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The Magazine

May/June 2007

Articles

Feature

Style Over Substance

Despite India’s media boom, its journalism is shrinking.

Before moving to New York in August 2006, I met with fellow journalists and writers in New Delhi. The conversations... More

Feature

The Shield Bearer

How a conservative congressman from Indiana became journalism’s best ally in the fight to protect anonymous sources.

Representative Mike Pence, a fourth-term Republican, delivers his speech with the cadence of a southern minister. “Over and over the... More

Feature

Soldiers’ Stories

What fires up the journalists at Military Times is the vulnerability of the community they cover

Gina Cavallaro had drifted away from the soldier escorting her, wanting to take a picture of the Iraqi children trailing... More

Feature

The Curious Case of Victor Pey

Why the Chilean government wants to keep a friendly newspaper shuttered.

The irony of Chile’s media is that there was more ideological diversity and journalistic energy in the printed press in... More

Cover Story

Rules of Engagement

A year with the 101st Airborne in Iraq.

Ahail-and-farewell party is in full flow at a Spartan civilian restaurant in Clarksville, Tennessee. Clarksville is about fifty miles northwest... More

Departments

The Research Report

When Does the White House Watchdog Bark?

More often than you think

The veteran UPI correspondent Helen Thomas, recently dislodged from the front row of the remodeled press briefing room, has seen... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists, for refusing to tie the knot without a proper... More

Editorial

Calling Uncle Sam

How government can and should support a free press

At a moment when our government appears to be battering the Bill of Rights in the name of combating terrorism... More

On the Job

The Wiki Defense

What Floyd Landis taught the press about drug testing

It was a partisan crowd in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and they gave their local hero, Floyd Landis, a standing ovation... More

On the Job

Unspoken

Foreign correspondents and sexual abuse

The photographer was a seasoned operator in South Asia. So when she set forth on an assignment in India, she... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

The Flaw of Averages

How polls obscure America’s many social patchworks

The first American survey was ordered by the Constitution, and Article 1, Section 2, even specified the cross-tabs: “Number of... More

Review

A Place at the Table

Setting the record straight on early black journalists

Missing Pages: Black Journalists of Modern America An Oral History By Wallace Terry Carroll & Graf 368 pages, $15.95... More

Second Read

On the Rocks

Douglas McCollam on John McPhee’s Annals of the Former World

Annals of the Former World By John McPhee Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998 I first encountered the writer John McPhee... More

Essay

New Grub Street

How did ethics become a staple of contemporary food writing?

Time was, a war of words between a food writer and an organic-foods retailer would have attracted the interest of... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


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”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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