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The Magazine

March/April 2011

Articles

Feature

The Cancer Report

Journalists who wrote on—and through—their disease

Followers of Leroy Sievers’s “My Cancer” blog knew its expected end approached when Sievers published an entry titled “The... More

Reports

Hiding the Real Africa

Why NGOs prefer bad news

And now for some good news out of Africa. Poverty rates throughout the continent have been falling steadily and... More

Feature

Unnecessary Secrets

Opening government, from Ellsberg to Manning

Back in 1999—simpler times, perhaps—there was a little-noticed brouhaha in federal court over an effort to get several secret... More

Cover Story

Tested

Covering schools in the age of micro-measurement

Eleven New York City education reporters were huddling on e-mail last October 20, musing over ways to collectively pry... More

Feature

CJR Column Mentions The Simpsons

A second look at SEO

In the beginning was the word—and the headline writer, who worshipped at the church of the active verb alongside... More

Reports

Sunrise on the Nile

Egypt’s news media enter a new era

As Egyptians tried to shake loose nearly thirty years of darkness, the Egyptian press stumbled toward the sunlight, too. The... More

Feature

The Fixer

Meet Greg Scott, your guide to Junkieville

Greg Scott is a fixer. In Chicago, where Scott plies his trade, the title is traditionally tapped for the slick... More

Feature

Open Mic

A popular radio host tests press restrictions in Azerbaijan

Khadija Ismayilova commands an audience. It’s the first thing you notice about her, in a country ruled overwhelmingly by men,... More

Reports

Mark Cuban’s Business Model

A media maverick on the news industry

Mark Cuban is well known as the brash, combative owner of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team, the guy who... More

Departments

Currents

The Hacker, Off the Couch

Brian Boyer and the rise of “hacker-journalists”

Back in May 2007, Brian Boyer was just another computer guy short-circuiting from ennui sitting on a friend’s couch,... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

The Portland Press Herald blurred an important line with its donation of ads during an election

The importance of a daily newspaper’s role in local politics is undeniable. Ideally, it reports the issues impartially, then makes... More

Editorial

Members Only

Two cheers for high-cost subscription journalism

Washington beckons as a land of opportunity for journalists today, at least in the realm of high-cost subscription news. We’re... More

Letters to the Editor

Notes from Our Online Readers

A reader’s response to a CJR.org post about Congresswoman Giffords

In our January 11 News Meeting, we asked our readers, are the kind of errors that followed the shooting of... More

Currents

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

14 percent of coverage given to former press secretary Scott McClellan and his book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White... More

Language Corner

Mentee Fresh

Some notes on “protégés,” “mentors,” and manatees

When you have a “mentor,” what are you (aside from in need of advice)? Before the sixties, you probably would... More

Currents

Hungarian Chill

A Q & A with Eva Simon of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union on press freedom

Hungary’s conservative government stirred international outrage when tough media regulations went into effect January 1, the same day the country... More

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Philip Gourevitch reacts to Tristan McConnell’s piece about him, and McConnell responds

The Storytellers Thanks for the excellent piece by Vanessa Gezari (“Crossfire in Kandahar,” CJR, January/February). I wished the story would... More

Opening Shot

Opening Shot

Al Jazeera showed global media how to cover an uprising

>Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite news network, showed global media how to cover a people’s uprising—by getting right into the... More

Ideas & Reviews

Second Read

Not for Laughs

A pathbreaking look at the dark comic genius behind “Skippy”

“All cartoonists are geniuses,” wrote John Updike in his introduction to a collection of cartoons by Arnold Roth, a... More

The Lower Case

Girls’ school still offering ‘something special’ — head

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

AP Exclusive: Iran invites nations to nuke sites —The Associated Press 1/4/11 Pedestrian deaths largely flat in U.S., Maryland —baltimoresun.com... More

The Research Report

The Public Screen

A study on collective viewing experiences

The television set had arrived in the majority of American households by 1955. Inspired by the popular ideals of domesticity,... More

Review

Mitford’s Good Fight

A review of Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking

Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking by Jessica Mitford | New York Review Books Classics | 274 pages, $15.95... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of a new history of NPR, Denys Wortman’s cartoons, and Laurie Hertzel’s memoir

This Is NPR: The First Forty Years by Cokie Roberts and others | Chronicle Books | 271 pages, $29.95 This... More

Review

The Selfish Bit

Do we rule information, or does it rule us?

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick | Pantheon Books | 544 pages, $29.95 In 1848,... More

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

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

Bloggingheads

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

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