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The Magazine

July/August 2011

Articles

Reports

Life Near the Center of the Story

Istanbul is the ‘It’ location for enterprising freelance journalists

Last summer, my wife became NPR’s correspondent in Baghdad. I couldn’t join her there, so we decided I’d move... More

Feature

John Paton’s Big Bet

Will “Digital First” bring home the bacon?

Update: On July 14, 2011, Journal Register Company announced that it had been purchased by Alden Global Capital for... More

Feature

The Great Right Hype

Tucker Carlson and his Daily Caller

When Tucker Carlson took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2009, he opened by inviting... More

Cover Story

News for the World

A proposal for a globalized era: an American World Service

I would be surprised if in future decades, people did not say that the end of the twentieth century and... More

Cover Story

Big Bird to the Rescue?

Public television remains largely indifferent to calls to boost serious news coverage

Representative Earl Blumenauer stood before a microphone outside the Capitol building in February to make a passionate plea for continued... More

Reports

How to Cover the Money Race

A Q&A with money-and-politics expert Dave Levinthal

If 2010’s $3.6 billion midterm elections are any gauge, reporters tasked with following the money in campaign 2012 face a... More

Cover Story

Signal and Noise

Trying to follow global news in America, a newcomer finds that something is missing

If you wished to see a vivid illustration of how the broadcast news media in the US are perceived in... More

Cover Story

The Future of Public Television

Can Public Television News Step Up?

Television has long been our most popular news medium, the format that unites us and brings the world to our... More

Departments

Editorial

The Kitchen-Table Connection

How to find—and serve—readers beyond Washington

Toward the end of last year, The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery advised her readers that “a surprisingly broad consensus... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

Meet Brian Condra, the media’s favorite “everyman”

In late 2008, as the world financial system went into collapse, a shocking self-dealing scandal toppled the Anglo Irish Bank.... More

Currents

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

41 percent of the US news media workforce who are women 23.3 percent of top-level US news media managers who... More

Language Corner

Almost Famous

Confusion over “infamy” and “notoriety” abounds

You probably don’t want to become “infamous.” but you may want to be “notorious.” The adjective “infamous” has traditionally meant... More

Currents

All Politics is Local

Highlights from CJR.org’s News Frontier Database

One of the most important questions facing the news industry in its search to sustain journalism online is how the... More

Editorial

Editor’s Note

CJR’s Joel Meares wins a Mirror Award; goodbye to our 2010-2011 fellows

Prizes—oh, how we love ‘em! CJR’s Joel Meares has taken home our latest: a win in the Best Profile/Digital Media... More

Letters to the Editor

Notes From Our Online Readers

Readers add to CJR’s own “Words We Shouldn’t Say” list

When New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren posted a list of “words we don’t say” to the magazine’s 6th... More

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our May/June story by Pamela Newkirk, “The Not-So-Great Migration”

Black and White Permit me to offer an amplifying note to Pamela Newkirk’s trenchant take on the migration of some... More

Currents

Kling’s Warning

A Q&A with Minnesota Public Radio’s first CEO as he steps down

In 1967, in exchange for free graduate-school tuition, Bill Kling agreed to help Minnesota’s St. John’s University start a... More

Currents

Silence Across the Sinai

Some topics remain tense in post-Mubarak Egypt

Sometime in late March, at a Cairo protest, a prominent Egyptian activist pretended he was meeting me for the... More

Opening Shot

Opening Shot

Jill Abramson, the first woman at the helm of The New York Times

“OMG. It’s official, women run the world,” wrote Dennis M. Madison, a New York Times reader who posted a... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on newspaper publishers

The Magnificent Medills: The McCormick-Patterson Dynasty: America’s Royal Family of Journalism During a Century of Turbulent Splendor By Megan McKinney... More

Second Read

Punk’s Prophet

Greil Marcus’s seminal work Ranters and Crowd Pleasers: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-92

Discounting cash-in reunions, studio sessions with bank robber Ronnie Biggs, and the like, The Sex Pistols last played in... More

Review

The New Newsweek

Reviewed in comic format

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Review

The Hatchet’s Tale

James O’Shea, Tribune’s one-time man in Los Angeles, tells all in his new book

The Deal From Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers by James O’Shea | Public Affairs |... More

The Lower Case

Sultan woman with dog’s head taken to hospital

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Utah: Incompetent sex offender freed —The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA) 4/8/11 Navy SEALs Responsible For Getting Osama bin Laden To... More

The Research Report

The Climate for Science Reporting

A new report shows a surge in climate change coverage

Early in December 2009, politicians, media representatives, and NGO officials queued up outside the Bella Center from eight in the... More

Review

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

A review of Simon Reynolds’s Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds | Faber and Faber, Inc. | 458 pages, $16... More

Review

Bang Bang Off Target

Hollywood gets war reporters wrong again

The Bang Bang Club, written and directed by Steven Silver; starring Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Malin Akerman, Frank Rautenbach, and... 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


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”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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.