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The Magazine

July/August 2008

Articles

Q and A

He Likes Ike?

Robert Scheer looks left, right, and center

In many ways, Robert Scheer’s career encapsulates the long march of progressive journalism in postwar America. After an early stint... More

Feature

The Hunger

Egypt’s bloggers want to be journalists

Sandmonkey was determined to quit his blog. Sniping away at life and politics in Egypt had become too risky, he... More

Essay

Politics With Drawl

Our double standard for the southern twang

On the March 4, 2007, commemoration of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, an animated Hillary Clinton spoke from the pulpit... More

Essay

Flickring Out

What will become of photojournalism in an age of bytes and amateurs?

Clichés are sometimes true. Here’s one—photographers don’t like to give speeches. At a recent event, photographer Antonin Kratochvil screened slideshows... More

Essay

The Lives of Others

What does it mean to “tell someone’s story”?

On March 22, America’s Most Wanted told my story. I wasn’t the fugitive, or the victim, and it shouldn’t have... More

Cover Story

Sulzberger at the Barricades

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. is racing to transform the embattled New York Times for the digital age. Is he up to the job?

Corporate annual meetings are generally drowsy affairs—a pep talk by management, some PowerPoint graphics, a little predetermined voting, all topped... More

Feature

Climate Change: Now What?

A big beat grows more challenging and complex

Media coverage of climate change is at a crossroads, as it moves beyond the science of global warming into the... More

Feature

Endangered Species

The big-city sports columnist: devoured by TV, negated by the Net

“All I ever wanted to be was a newspaper writer.” Those were the self-eulogizing words of Tony Kornheiser upon accepting... More

Feature

Crossing Lines

In a bombed-out Detroit neighborhood, a new blog works to rekindle a community

A few miles east of Detroit’s gleaming new ballpark and glittering new casino hotels, a few miles west of the... More

Departments

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

A Dart to the television news industry

Dart to the television news industry, for a shameful nonresponse to serious questions about their vetting of analysts hired to... More

Editorial

Dissent Deficit

An American ideal needs a workout

To suggest that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were in any way blowback from U.S. actions (and inactions)... More

Short Takes

Katrina Washout

How will the presidential candidates continue recovery efforts? Let’s ask them.

In late August, as the Democrats convene in Denver to choose their presidential nominee, residents of the Gulf Coast will... More

Short Takes

Second Life

A storied German-language newspaper remakes itself as a magazine

Even in this era of editorial reinvention, few media outlets have remade themselves as completely as the legendary German-language newspaper... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about the run-up to World War II and the media’s coverage of John McCain

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, The End of Civilization By Nicholson Baker Simon & Schuster 576 pages,... More

The Research Report

Too Good to Be True?

New research about what viewers want from television news

The decade-long collaboration between the Project for Excellence in Journalism and several academics led by Wellesley College political scientist Marion... More

Review

Interpret the World

Vincent Sheean’s Personal History reminds us what foreign coverage once was…and what it might be again

On a dreary day in October 1922, a young man from Pana, a small town in southern Illinois, walked into... More

Review

My Facts, Your Facts

America and the pursuit of willful delusion

Reader comments posted on digital news sites are often heavy on invective, hurled from noms d’Internet that allow people to... More

Review

Pyrrhic Victory

Winning and losing at Guantánamo

Just a few months ago, in April of this year, the Guantánamo Bay detainee Salim Hamdan appeared before the Navy... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.