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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

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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