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July/August 2012

Articles

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Short Takes

Old time, real time

What if Jessica Mitford had been on Twitter?*

*Mitford's tweets are actual quotes. More

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Feature

Cell coverage

How a convicted murderer found his true calling as a jailhouse reporter and prisoners’ rights crusader

Paul Wright began his journalism career behind bars. When he was 21, Wright killed a man in Federal Way,... More

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Feature

Piecemeal existence

For today’s young freelancers, what will traffic bear?

In 2009, an editor for a new website called The Faster Times, which sought to be “an edgier Huffington Post,”... More

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Feature

Copywrong

How well do you know fair use?

Are the following scenarios responsible, or wrong? • Prithi did a beautiful arts feature on the history of a musical... More

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Feature

Unfair use?

How a documentary filmmaker was (temporarily) foiled by the copyright cops

It began with an invitation to present at a TEDX event in Grand Rapids, MI. I wanted to share... More

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Feature

Networks schmetworks

The race is on to recast the newscast

While the big three networks struggle to adapt to the world of mobile, on-demand delivery, a number of experiments... More

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Feature

Weighing anchors

The nightly newscasts are retooling to suit their stars, and it’s working—for now

Five days before Christmas, on the night Congress deadlocked on payroll tax rates and unemployment benefits affecting more than 160... More

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Cover Story

20 women to watch

A by-no-means-complete list of eXXcellent talents we’d bet on to map the future of the media business

Molly Bingham (@4GJournalist) Descended from a venerable newspaper family, Bingham is an intrepid photojournalist and filmmaker who’s now launching ORBmedia, which... More

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Cover Story

The divine sisterhood

All hail 40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years

Jill Abramson First woman to be executive editor of The New York Times Christiane Amanpour CNN’s fearless, globe-trotting war correspondent... More

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Cover Story

Katherine the great

In her searing portrait of an Indian slum, Katherine Boo demonstrates the potency of deep, patient reporting

When Katherine Boo worked at The Washington Post in the 1990s, the future Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winner... More

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Cover Story

The sixth W

Who, what, when, where, why—and women. A bow to those who helped close the media gender gap, and a cheer for leaders of the future

On the high wire Lynn Povich was named the first female senior editor of Newsweek in 1975. Here she... More

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Feature

Something fishy?

John Solomon had grand plans for the digital future of the Center for Public Integrity. But there was always a catch…

When John Solomon took over as executive editor of The Washington Times in 2008, the conservative daily had long... More

Departments

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Currents

Darts and Laurels

Sterile cuckoo

In August 2002, Winston-Salem Journal reporter John Railey was part of a team of reporters assigned to a story... More

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Currents

What’s in My…Purse

Mimi Swartz, Texas Monthly

She has been a staff writer at The New Yorker and Talk, autopsied the Enron scandal from the inside out... More

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On the Job

Boy on the bus

Kid reporters hit the campaign trail

Z ach Dalzell is 13 and covering his first presidential campaign. You might think that his observations on the political... More

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Currents

Back from the dead

Zombie mags!

Not long ago, the print magazine, flush and glossy, was journalism’s most vibrant arena—the place where big writers went... More

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Language Corner

Author! Author!

People who write are “writers,” though many call themselves “authors,” especially if their products are books, or legislation. More and... More

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Currents

Title Search

Taxonomist

Barbara McGlamery is a taxonomist at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. A semantic Web specialist, she has worked as an... More

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Currents

Hard Numbers

How genuine are those followers on Twitter?

140 million monthly active Twitter users 340 million tweets sent per day 25 million+ followers of Lady Gaga, the current... More

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Letters to the Editor

Notes from our online readers

Comments erupt over David Simon’s paywall piece

In May, David Simon, the former Baltimore Sun reporter who created the television shows The Wire and Treme, reiterated his... More

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Editorial

A helping hand

The Ford Foundation reaches out to broaden minority coverage

Anyone who cares about the future of newsrooms is on the lookout for omens. And there have been plenty... More

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Currents

Open Bar

The Billy Goat Tavern

Year opened 1964 (original location, 1934) Who drinks here Mostly tourists, but journalists still turn up. It remains the... More

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our May/June issue

China syndrome Sambuddha Mitra Mustafi asks in “Sino the times” (CJR, May/June), “Can China’s billions buy media credibility?” The problem... More

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Editorial

Editor in Chief’s Note

CJR’s business crew unveil The Best Business Writing 2012

What is Hugh Grant—yes, that Hugh Grant—doing in a book called The Best Business Writing 2012? Turns out the actor’s... More

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Opening Shot

Opening Shot

What New Orleans is losing

I n the years since the Times-Picayune and the city of New Orleans endured the trauma of Hurricane Katrina, it... More

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Currents

D’oh!

Halo effect

Today’s video games are so sophisticated, and the shenanigans at the UN can be so sophomoric. Perhaps that’s why,... More

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Currents

Sending out an SOS

A new low in Azerbaijan

Radio Liberty’s Khadija Ismayilova has built her career on exposing corruption in oil-rich Azerbaijan. She did it largely without... More

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Currents

Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: It’s so hard to keep track of social media, so how do I make sure I miss none of... More

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The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Breivik killed with joyous "battle cry": survivors—Reuters, 5/16/12 Escaped wallaby caught using huge fishing net—BBCNews.com, 4/13/12 Police: Dismembered woman lived... More

Ideas & Reviews

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Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Out on Assignment and Famous Long Ago

Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space | By Alice Fahs | University of North... More

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Review

All on the same page

A new essay collection suggests technology will enhance book culture, not kill it

Mark Bauerlein, an english professor at Emory University and the author of the 2004 National Endowment for the Arts study... More

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The Research Report

Sounds about right

Talking up talk radio

Occasional advertising boycotts of Rush Limbaugh’s program notwithstanding, political talk radio has been wildly successful in recent years—in terms of... More

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Review

Deconstruction boom

Barlett & Steele hammer away, again, at the middle-class decline

Meet Barbara Joy Whitehouse, known as Joy, whose life story seems to constitute a catalogue of misfortune. The widow of... More

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Second Read

Look back on anger

At his best, Ambrose Bierce used vicious satire to puncture the smug complacency of America’s Gilded Age

I s journalist, short-story writer, and poet Ambrose Bierce one of the biggest SOBs in American literature? He is certainly... More

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Review

Blinded by the fight

In a new book on poverty in America, the authors’ lectures undercut their message

In 2009, reporter Chris Hedges and cartoonist Joe Sacco set out to capture the state of American desperation. Over the... More

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Q and A

Setting a new Record

Martin Gottlieb returns to his roots

He traded Paris for Hackensack? Really? Well, not exactly. As global editions editor for The New York Times, Martin... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.