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The Magazine

March/April 2010

Articles

Feature

Repression Goes Digital

The Internet has become a chokepoint in the struggle for a free press

In what has been dubbed "The Twitter Revolution," citizens in Tehran since June have been documenting violence in the street... More

Feature

An Rx for Reporting

Yesterday’s strategies failed on the health-reform story. Now what?

Just before Christmas, a CNN poll asked Americans whether they favored or opposed the health-reform bills moving through Congress. Forty-two... More

Feature

The Education of Herb And Marion Sandler

When two patrons of aggressive journalism became its targets, they cried foul. They have a point.

As of July 16, 2010, the end of this story has been updated with new information about Paul Bishop's wrongful... More

Feature

An Icon Fades

Ebony shaped the black middle class, then misread its digital moment

Ebony magazine, the African-American monthly, has been a beloved institution in black America for more than sixty years. These days... More

Cover Story

Dumb Like a Fox

Fox News isn’t part of the GOP; it has simply (and shamelessly) mastered the confines of cable

Last December 10 was a big news day. U.S. Senate negotiators announced they had agreed to a compromise on health... More

Feature

NPR Amps Up

Can Vivian Schiller build a journalism juggernaut?

If I were writing this story for All Things Considered, I might open with some audio: the sound of applause.... More

Feature

Tangled Web

A CJR survey finds that magazines are allowing their Web sites to erode journalistic standards

An article about a new CJR survey of practices at magazine Web sites that was published in the March/April issue... More

Feature

A Success Story

The Web is the star, but print is the unsung hero

In coastal Maine, community journalism has been running on parallel tracks in recent years. On one track, an aspiring publisher... More

Feature

An Rx for Reporting

Yesterday’s strategies failed on the health-reform story. Now what?

Just before Christmas, a CNN poll asked Americans whether they favored or opposed the health-reform bills moving through Congress. Forty-two... More

Departments

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

A paper in the Midwest exposes a scandal. Thirty years later, it does it again.

In 1979, Des Moines Register reporters Mike McGraw and Margaret Engel discovered sixty mentally disabled men eviscerating turkeys at an... More

Editorial

The Unconquered

A grassroots effort to keep journalism’s mission alive

In late October 2005, Dan Grech returned home to Miami after two months spent covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina... More

Short Takes

Too Much Information?

The release of battle footage sparks a controversy in Norway

It is New Year’s Eve in northern Afghanistan. A small group of Norwegian soldiers is en route to meet... More

Short Takes

Press Crimes?

Scrutinizing whether media outlets spurred on the war in the Balkans

On November 20, 1991, Serbia’s newspapers and TV stations picked up a startling report: forty-one Serbian children had been massacred... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

The Price of Admission

Andrew Ross Sorkin’s debut and the limits of access journalism

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves... More

The Research Report

True to Form

Online journalism, like print journalism, can be a variety of things

Even the ways we think about revolutionary forces shape our revolutions. Revolutions are products of multiple institutional and personal decisions,... More

Review

Critical Condition

Can a retailer-sponsored book review keep its critical hands clean?

Christopher Hayes is a European-style social democrat, who worked at the left-leaning In These Times before assuming his current job... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about the future of journalism and a career at the Times

The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again By Robert W. McChesney... More

Second Read

What Happened Here?

Joan Didion’s forty-year-old cautionary tale still fits America

It was my mother, of all people, who introduced me to Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem. This was in the... 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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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.