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The Magazine

March/April 2008

Articles

On the Job

Think You Know Your Web Traffic?

Think again. The scramble for online measures

If you hopped into a time machine that spat you out sometime between 1996 and now, you could almost pinpoint... More

Feature

The Grave Dancer

Sam Zell and Tribune’s fate

When the Tribune Company went private in December, Sam Zell completed a deal that many had said he couldn’t get... More

Feature

Blogging the Long War

Bill Roggio wants to be your source for conflict coverage

For much of the twentieth century, Americans co-existed with the country’s armed forces in a way we don’t anymore. In... More

Q and A

Immigration’s Rise

New proposals, rhetoric, and enforcement revive a thorny issue

Last may, a CBS/New York Times poll found that 69 percent of Americans want to see the country’s illegal immigrants... More

Essay

Somewhere East of Eden

Why the St. Pete Times model can’t save newspapers

The temple housing Nelson Poynter’s holy relics of journalism is located outside of downtown St. Petersburg, on a sunny chunk... More

Feature

Red Ink Rising

How the press missed a sea change in the credit-card industry

One of the paradoxes of the business press is that while everyone should read it, since we all live in... More

Cover Story

Lost Over Iran

How the press let the White House craft the narrative about nukes

When Americans tuned in to the news on the afternoon of December 3, they were in for a surprise. A... More

Essay

Out of Focus

How indie dogma undercuts the documentary

Recently, I attended a screening of the documentary Meeting Resistance, an inside look at the Iraqi insurgency. I was eager... More

Q and A

Errol Morris on Abu Ghraib

An interview with the filmmaker

Errol Morris is widely considered to be one of the best American filmmakers, a reputation that is especially impressive considering... More

Feature

Happy All the Time

Fox Business Network’s populist sensibility is refreshing, sort of, but nobody’s watching. Here’s why

On January 4, Wall Street suffered big losses. On my TV, several non-celebrities had a lengthy and lively discussion about... More

Departments

Darts and Laurels

Dart to the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Triblocal.com

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Triblocal.com for shoveling dodgy online content into print. In April 2007, the Tribune... More

Editorial

Edward R. Murrow at 100

From the archives: an appreciation of the broadcaster’s famous 1958 speech

Edward R. Murrow was born on this day in 1908. Though he died, too young, in 1965, he left to... More

Editorial

Mind Games: CJR on the Military’s Media Manipulation

Some context for the NYT’s excellent investigation

The New York Times’s 7,600-word piece on the secret Pentagon campaign to get retired military officers onto the leading television... More

Short Takes

Science in Arabic

A conversation with the leaders of the Arab Science Journalists Association

Last fall, CJR’s Curtis Brainard discussed the state of science journalism in the Arab world with Nadia El-Awady and Zainab... More

Short Takes

Blogging the Coup

When their press was silent, Thai citizens delivered

In September 2006, when the military overthrew the government of Thailand’s Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless coup, the... More

Short Takes

Putting on Putin

Criticism gets creative at Russian Esquire

Vladimir V. Putin is a fashion victim, addicted to luxurious clothes. Or at least he is according to the Russian... More

Editorial

A Question of Velocity

In the pursuit of traffic, we’d do well to think before we post

The world of journalism is convulsed with matters of online traffic—how to get it, how to keep it, how to... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

School for Scandal?

A media critic takes aim at journalism education

In The Big Picture, Jeffrey Scheuer grapples with a highly abstract subject: the intermingled roles of journalism, education, and democracy.... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about Tarbell’s muckraking, the cost of war, and that headless body in a topless bar

Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller By Steve Weinberg W. W. Norton... More

Review

Crowd Control

Bouquets and brickbats for the ‘electronic mob’

Roughly a dozen years ago, when use of the Internet and World Wide Web was first ramping up, I was... More

The Research Report

One of the Guys

It’s still rare for a reporter to be both fierce and female

Veteran Washington post media critic Howard Kurtz is known for hurling slings and arrows at members of his own profession.... More

Essay

The Last Word

Advice for aggrieved writers: zip it

There is a place in readers’ memories, if not on the musty shelf of literature, for an author’s published rebuttal... More

Second Read

Divided Soul

Rian Malan stared down the demons of apartheid

Rian Malan’s one and only meeting with J.M. Coetzee took place in the early 1990s. Malan greatly esteemed his fellow... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

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.