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The Magazine

March/April 2009

Articles

Feature

A Social-Network Solution

How investigative reporting got back on its feet

Washington, D.C., 2014—It didn’t seem possible. Who would have thought, amid the newsroom devastation of the first decade of the... More

Feature

Old Hands, New Voice

How NGOs learned to do news

NEW YORK, 2014—Back in 2009, the future of international reporting looked bleak indeed. Several big U.S. newspapers had shut down... More

Feature

Unchaining the Monitor

How an early Web-first strategy worked out

BOSTON, 2014—In October 2008, The Christian Science Monitor announced it was shifting to a “Web-first, multiplatform strategy.” The bulk of... More

Feature

So Cool

How an economic weather map changed the climate

Washington , D.C., 2014—The economic weather map, which started out as a gimmick, changed everything. It showed us how the... More

Feature

The New Niche

How tax incentives and technology came to the rescue

Washington, D.C., 2014—By 2009, we were at an impasse. The news business—newspapers in particular—was collapsing, and there was no obvious... More

Essay

In the Foothills of Change

Foreign coverage seems doomed, but it’s only just begun

Some months ago, while exploring files in the nearly empty, ink-blackened basement of the old New York Times building on... More

Feature

No Profit, No Problem

How a new city daily (on newsprint!) rolled

San Francisco, 2014—With the collapse of the business model undergirding the tradition of muckraking journalism—and the double-digit profit margins it... More

Feature

Rise of the Reader

How books got wings

New York, 2014—Back in 2009, the headlines about book sales and the future of the publishing industry looked about as... More

Feature

Two Tents

How Politico might work out. Or not.

ARLINGTON, VA, 2014—The quirky assignment handed down by CJR’s editors—to imagine the future as though observing the past—brings to mind... More

Feature

Get Off the Bus

The future of pro-am journalism

Standing before a fawning crowd at a private fundraiser in San Francisco last April, Senator Barack Obama’s usually finely calibrated... More

Feature

Suffering in Silence

Ground Zero’s other victims

Even now, more than seven years later, images of that day remain frightfully raw, in large measure because a legion... More

Essay

The Sarcastic Times

For Rachel Maddow and the other ironic anchors, absurdity is serious stuff

On a Wednesday night in December, Rachel Maddow, in a toreador-style black jacket, waits for her show to start. She... More

Feature

Good Morning, Postville!

An unlikely thorn in Agriprocessors’ side

As a new work week began in Postville, Iowa, last November, Jeff Abbas, with his bushy gray beard and ample... More

Cover Story

Roll the Dice

How one journalist gambled on the future of news

Nine months. We’d been at this project for nine months, beginning with a few sketches on a whiteboard about how... More

Departments

Language Corner

Snark Hunt

The search for the true meaning

Sometimes, dictionaries just don’t get it. this one will define a word one way; that one will define the same... More

Editorial

Reasons to Believe

Journalism’s search for a support system

There is a lot of death talk around journalism lately. A case in point that stuck in our craw was... More

Short Takes

Craigslist = Straw Man

Tracking advertising revenue in the digital age

Data gathered by the Newspaper Association of America show a savage decline in newspaper ad revenue in the third... More

Short Takes

One Shot

A Q & A with Iranian photographer Jamshid Bayrami

In 1999, an Iranian college student and an Iranian news photographer crossed paths briefly but momentously in Tehran during... More

Short Takes

Dutch Treat

The Netherlands’s newspaper economic crisis

After a cry for help from the print media, the Dutch government has established an €8 million ($10.2 million) fund... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels 

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Tennessean, and The Post and Courier for strong reporting on the coal-ash... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

Buyer Beware

A history of redlining and racism in Chicago

Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black America | By Beryl Satter | Metropolitan Books | 512... More

Review

Picture Perfect?

In three new graphic histories, the facts get a visual boost

08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail | By Michael Crowley And Dan Goldman | Three Rivers Press |... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about Fred Friendly and America’s early newspapermen

Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism | By Ralph Engelman, Foreword by Morley Safer |... More

The Research Report

Luces in the Sky

Covering big pharma in the age of marketing

When Time magazine went culinary trend-spotting in July 1951, it bypassed usual suspects like new ice-cream flavors and found a... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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