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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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