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The Magazine

March/April 2012

Articles

Feature

The American Newsroom

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Feature

Married, With Websites

Leaving newsrooms behind, journalist couples from Maine to Alaska are setting up their own shops—online

In romantic relationships, it’s often the small courtesies that express love best: doing the dishes, picking up the kids, making... More

Reports

Detained in Dagestan

How I got caught—and got out

Last September I went on assignment with a translator to Dagestan, a Russian republic on the Caspian Sea. Since we... More

Feature

Money Talks

If you cover Wall Street, should you take Wall Street speaking fees?

Gillian Tett, the US managing editor of the London-based Financial Times, is “sharp” and “glamorous,” according to a 2010... More

Cover Story

The Constant Gardener

My two years tending AOL’s hyperlocal experiment

My employment with Patch started with a handshake and a promise that I would be called with a job offer... More

Feature

A Brief History of Hyperlocals

Smells like town spirit

This article ran in CJR's March/April 2012 edition as a sidebar to Sean Roach's cover story on the Patch hyperlocal... More

Feature

Tim Armstrong Still Believes

The AOL CEO tells why he’s still betting on Patch

This article ran in CJR's March/April 2012 edition as a sidebar to Sean Roach's cover story on the Patch hyperlocal... More

Feature

Infographic: What’s a CEO Worth?

What Janet Robinson’s golden parachute could buy

Infographic by Nigel Holmes Click here to see a larger version of this image. The tenures of two recently... More

Feature

Tongue Oppressor

How Lukashenko’s Belarus muzzles the press

Last summer I traveled to Belarus on assignment for The Virginia Quarterly Review. It was the most bizarre reporting trip... More

Reports

Newt and the Age Gap

What young reporters don’t understand

In this topsy-turvy political year, Newt Gingrich has exhausted every resurrection metaphor from the world’s great religions and undoubtedly,... More

Behind the News

Only Connect

Connie Schultz learned that reaching readers means showing them who she is

Connie Schultz came late to her first newspaper job. After years of freelancing, she went to work for The... More

Departments

Language Corner

Flat Out

Writers are “prone” to use the more familiar word

The gunman was “lying prone on his stomach.” He could have just been “prone,” and the writer could have saved... More

Currents

Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: I’d like to improve my Twitter bio. Any tips? A: Make sure you have your full name spelled out.... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

So much hot air

In January, as earthlings awaited the largest solar radiation storm in seven years, news headlines had a Cowboys-and-Aliens feel:... More

Currents

Acronyms You Should Know

FERN: The Food & Environment Reporting Network

Even as interest in all things food-related skyrockets, space devoted to serious food issues continues to lose out to... More

Currents

Words & Deeds

Murdoch finds it’s not easy being green

In 2007, News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch unequivocally acknowledged the reality of climate change and launched “a... More

Currents

Shelf Life of…

A Mort Zuckerman editor

The news that Kevin Convey was out as editor of the New York Daily News after less than 24 months,... More

Letters to the Editor

Notes from our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on Gordon’s “Gender Imbalance on the Campaign Trail,” and Fahy’s “Media Made Hawking Famous.”

When so many voters are women, why do male reporters outnumber female reporters two to one? Meryl Gordon explores that... More

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our January/February issue

Out of the park Congratulations on a truly outstanding January/February issue. Magazines I read—like The New Yorker and The New... More

Editorial

Editor in Chief’s Note

Congrats and goodbye to deputy editor Clint Hendler, and a call for photos of journalists on the job

Although ’tis the season to look ahead, it’s time to say thank you to someone whose name is disappearing from... More

Currents

Hard Numbers

Super PACs and Stephen Colbert

9 days before South Carolina’s primary when comedian Stephen Colbert announced his presidential bid 157,876 dollars spent by Colbert Super... More

Editorial

Show us the Money

Broadcasters and the FCC need to get political ad data online

The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision unleashed a torrent of campaign spending, the impact of which we are... More

Behind the News

How I Got That Story

Death Metal Angola

In September 2009, Jeremy Xido, a New York-based filmmaker, went to Angola with a colleague and two hand-held video... More

Opening Shot

Opening Shot

Pinterest is the media’s newest BFF

“What is Pinterest and why should I care?” asked a recent blog post on TheAtlantic.com. In case you’ve managed... More

Behind the News

What’s in My…

David Carr’s powerful backpack

David Carr, veteran newspaperman and indie-film star (Page One), can’t quite remember the year he started his career at... More

Currents

Lost & Found

The AP Stylebook turns 99!?!

The Associated Press has long acknowledged what one historian called the “maddeningly imprecise” information about its origins. In 2005,... More

Behind the News

Lost & Found

The AP Stylebook turns 99!?!

The Associated Press has always maintained that its first Stylebook - the essential reference bible for professional journalists -... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Ghost of the Ozarks, News for All the People and After the Fall

Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South | By Brooks Blevins | University of Illinois Press... More

The Lower Case

The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Army School Suspends Female Head—The New York Times 12/15/11 Trusty #Ows medics tend to pepper spray victims. pic.twitter.com/AfT6vnTC—NYC General Assembly... More

Review

Reading Room

An illustrated review of the New York Post’s app

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The Research Report

Link Think

News organizations and their hyperlinking choices

How do online news organizations use hyperlinks? Judging from some websites, not very well. Several journalism researchers have noted that,... More

Essay

Why Kael is Good for You

It’s time to defend a critic’s ‘contrarian’ viewpoint

Last fall, The New Yorker published a long feature on the life and legacy of Pauline Kael, the most celebrated... More

Second Read

The Auteurs’ Caretaker

Penelope Gilliatt didn’t care about movies as much as she cared about the people who made them

In 1968, New Yorker editor William Shawn decided to start taking the movies seriously. Up to that point, the... More

Review

Your Black Muslim History

A new book tackles issues larger than one murdered reporter

Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism's Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist | By Thomas Peele... More

Review

Heap of Trouble

Katherine Boo chronicles life inside a Mumbai slum

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity | By Katherine Boo | Random House |... More

Behind the News

Exit Interview

Whither the wizard of HuffPo?

Paul Berry became the chief technology officer of the Huffington Post in 2007. He developed technical strategies that exploited... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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