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The Magazine

July/August 2010

Articles

Feature

The Rise of Private News

A niche model can make a lot of money. What are the costs?

Anyone who has spent time in a newsroom lately is familiar with the conversation—generally conducted in the “hushed tone you... More

Feature

Justice for John Conroy

John Conroy spent years exposing police torture in Chicago. Now the alleged leader is on trial, and the reporter is laid off.

If life were fair and the gods of journalism just, I would be able to report to you that... More

Cover Story

A Second Chance

How mobile devices can absolve journalism of its original sin: giving away online content

1 Talk to people who are into mobile reading devices like the Kindle and the iPad, and a scene from... More

Feature

After the Storm

What happens to the journalists who get pushed out of their newsrooms?

As of early June, Paper Cuts, a blog that keeps track of announced buyouts and layoffs at newspapers, counted a... More

Feature

Lone Star Trailblazer

Will the Texas Tribune transform Texas journalism?

Click here to watch an interview with Texas Tribune chairman John Thornton and editor Evan Smith. A week after the... More

On the Job

A World of Trouble

Who’s a journalist? In today’s war zones, the answer matters.

In November 2008, the Pakistani army launched its first major offensive against militants in the tribal areas of the country.... More

Feature

Message Control

Is Obama’s White House tighter than Bush’s?

On March 4, President Obama sat behind his stout oak desk, flanked by beaming lawmakers, and, wielding a pen for... More

Feature

The Trouble With Experts

The Web allows us to question authority in new ways

Actress Jenny McCarthy’s favorite line is, “My son is my science.” She’s an autism activist who insists that vaccines caused... More

Departments

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

The diamond thief’s tale sounded too good to be true. Turns out it was.

On Valentine’s Day weekend in 2003, a gang of Italian thieves, led by a man named Leonardo Notarbartolo, broke into... More

Short Takes

Bold Move

Gannett makes a surprising venture into the online world

Last Fall, a new, city-mag-style Web site quietly planted its flag in the crowded San Francisco blogosphere. There was no... More

Short Takes

Is the End Nigh?

A libel reform campaign makes great strides in Great Britain

Journalists have been whinging about England’s libel laws—which notoriously place the burden of proof on defendants, lack a strong defense... More

Editorial

Shield Abuse

A bogus argument stretches a good law to the breaking point

We like shield laws. They encourage the flow of information by allowing reporters to promise anonymity to sources, without fear... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

American Soldiers

Think you know them? Sebastian Junger suggests you have no idea.

War | By Sebastian Junger | Twelve | 304 pages, $26.99 At one point in War, Sebastian Junger is nearly... More

Second Read

The Ordinary Jungle

A not-so-awed explorer who was unafraid to say so

In April 1925, a fifty-seven-year-old British explorer named Percy Harrison Fawcett trooped into the Brazilian jungle for the last time.... More

The Research Report

Philadelphia Story

A study in the City of Brotherly Love suggests what’s been lost, and what can be gained

Everybody knows that newspapers have been cutting jobs, cutting services, cutting corners. It is not so widely acknowledged that these... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of a classic novel about journalism and a biography of a pioneering female reporter

A Modern Instance | By William Dean Howells | J. R. Osgood and Company | 514 pages, available online for free... More

Review

Around the Bend

A new book charts Commentary’s slide into irrelevance

Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine That Transformed the Jewish Left Into the Neoconservative Right | By Benjamin Balint | PublicAffairs... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

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

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


James Fallows on David Frum’s asserted, then retracted, charge the NYT ran fake photos of Gaza

“For all their blind spots and flaws, reporters on the scene are trying to see, so they can tell, and the photographic and video reporters take greater risks than all the rest, since they must be closer to the action. For people on the other side of the world to casually assert that they’re just making things up—this could and would drive them crazy.”

The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

Bloggingheads

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

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.