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The Magazine

July/August 2009

Articles

Feature

Expensive Gifts

What does free culture cost?

One evening in February 2009, the artist Shepard Fairey spoke at the New York Public Library. He was discussing his... More

Feature

What’s a Fair Share In the Age of Google?

How to think about news in the link economy

The buzz inside Google is overwhelmingly positive about what the company does and how we will all benefit from the... More

Feature

Open for Business

If you want readers to buy news, what exactly will you sell? The case for a free/paid hybrid.

In the dark winter and spring of 2009, as dispatches from the news business grew ever more grim, as Jim... More

Feature

Build the Wall

Most readers won’t pay for news, but if we move quickly, maybe enough of them will. One man’s bold blueprint.

To all of the bystanders reading this, pardon us. The true audience for this essay narrows necessarily to a pair... More

Feature

Leap of Faith

Inside the movement to build an audience of citizens

What inspired you to become a journalist? I always liked writing, and I was also into photography. And I knew... More

Feature

A Man in Full

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans broadcaster Garland Robinette is still fighting mad

It was the birds that tipped him off. Two days before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, while the storm was... More

Feature

One of Us

A soldier chooses journalism, but his old boss won’t let go

On what I thought was my last day in the Army in May 2007, my battalion commander gave me some... More

Feature

Groundhog Day

Why this year’s health-care debate sounds like the one in 1993

Last fall, soon after Barack Obama was elected president, Sheila Burke was waiting to discuss Obama’s campaign promises, via Webcast,... More

Cover Story

No Free Lunch

Who will pay for news? CJR presents four stories searching for journalism’s economic model

Journalists tend to move in packs. Not long ago we thought that the key to the business model of the... More

Departments

Editorial

The Grave Dancer’s Folly

Blaming newspapers for their plight is a waste of precious time

Despite the tedious posturing of both Web triumphalists (Jeff Jarvis to the Newspaper Association of America: “You blew it!”) and... More

Short Takes

Global Village

Are regional columnists under pressure to think locally?

Let’s not call this a trend. Not yet, please. In April, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the paper that championed civil rights... More

Short Takes

A Kind of Victory

Remembering El Salvador’s struggle and those who covered it

“El Salvador is now the most dangerous country in the world for foreign journalists,” NBC's John Chancellor told viewers on... More

Short Takes

Into the Fold

How the online sports community has become part of the mainstream

Regular watchers of ESPN —that is, all sports fans—may have noticed the network has begun allotting more airtime to the... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to The Arizona Republic for “Perfectly Legal,” a series of six articles, published in May, that exposed a network... More

Ideas & Reviews

Second Read

‘The Greatest Liar’

Is Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year a work of journalism?

I first read Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year on a train from Boston to New York. That’s... More

Essay

Why John Lennon Matters

The case for professional pop-music critics in an amateur age

A John Lennon song floated over our rental-car radio as my father and I wound our way past silos and... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on campaign bloggers, tabloids, and a collection of Henry Fairlie’s essays

Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press By Eric Boehlert Free Press 280 pages, $26... More

Review

Heart of Stone

A distinguished new biography of a career contrarian

American Radical: The Life and Times of I. F. Stone | By D. D. Guttenplan | Farrar, Straus, and Giroux | 224... More

The Research Report

Edifice Rex

How newspapers lost their spots in the skyline

It was billed “The Fight of the Century” before a single punch was thrown: Jack Johnson versus Jim Jeffries, black... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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.