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The Magazine

March/April 2007

Articles

Feature

Capturing Cuba

Ann Louise Bardach has spent fifteen years in relentless pursuit of the island nation, its dictator, its exiles, and their secrets.

I met Ann Louise Bardach at her house in Santa Barbara one afternoon in early January. I was running late... More

Cover Story

The Race

Newspapers have a bright future as print-digital hybrids after all — but they’d better hurry.

By the usual indicators, daily newspapers are in a deepening downward spiral. The new year brought reports of more newsroom... More

Feature

The Epidemic

That gee-whiz medical segment on your local TV news? It was produced and written by the very hospital it’s touting.

NOTE: This story has been corrected, as detailed in a note at the end of the piece When 19 thousand... More

Feature

Before Jon Stewart

Fake news is back, but our tolerance for it isn’t what it was before journalism donned the mantle of authority.

Just before his famous confrontation with Tucker Carlson on CNN ’s Crossfire two years ago, Jon Stewart was introduced as... More

Departments

Q and A

Beyond the Cartoon Controversy: Q & A with Flemming Rose

Fifteen months after he enraged the Muslim world, Danish editor Flemming Rose’s conscience is clear.

It’s been fifteen months since the publication by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten of a series of cartoons depicting the... More

Editorial

Blinded by Dubai

While the press gawks, workers are dying.

“I realize I’m late to the party: Dubai is long past its media moment. The flurry of breathless write-ups—in Sunday... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to the Lowell, Massachusetts, Sun, for beclouded judgment. For its December 27 issue, the paper produced a special commemorative... More

On the Job

When Beats Collide

When an oil refinery blew, reporters at The Houston Chronicle got a lesson in synergy.

Virtually every story can be boiled down to one thing: money. Who has it? Who doesn’t? Who’s successfully lobbying for... More

On the Job

Dark Days

Labor loses more ground in the newsroom

A week before Christmas, the mosaics and stained glass in the sanctuary of Congregation Rodeph Shalom framed a somber scene.... More

The Research Report

A Long View of Layoffs

A reason to worry less about the future of the newspaper industry

The present wave of cost- cutting, job-eliminating, and bureau-closing is just one reason journalism is widely believed to be an... More

On the Contrary

Missing Middle

That gaping hole in our national news report is called the Midwest.

In early January, more than 6,000 journalists from around the world descended on Detroit’s Cobo Center for the annual Detroit... More

Ideas & Reviews

Essay

The Opt-Out Myth

Most mothers have to work to make ends meet but the press writes mostly about the elite few who don’t.

On October 26, 2003, The New York Times Magazine jump-started a century-long debate about women who work. On the cover... More

Second Read

Corps Values

Thomas E. Ricks’s 1997 book Making the Corps describes a society’s relationship to its warriors.

Early last year, my cousin, a Marine captain based in Okinawa, sent me a Wall Street Journal story about changes... More

Review

Crude Realities

Two histories of the oil business.

Lisa Margonelli first became fascinated with oil while observing an experimental cleanup in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oil field. The lab... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.