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The Magazine

May/June 2008

Articles

Essay

The Devil in the Details

Polls reinforce reporters’ stereotypes about evangelicals

My New York friends congratulated me for my “bravery” when I headed off to cover evangelical supporters of Mike Huckabee’s... More

Feature

My Year in the Trenches

A veteran editor goes back to square one, and learns something new

It was a store-bought cake with a row of candles and a message in sugary script. Excited young voices filled... More

Feature

Shop Stewards

Der Spiegel’s employee-owners gave their boss the boot. Now they must prove they can revive the venerable German magazine.

Stefan Aust, the longtime editor of Germany’s leading newsweekly, Der Spiegel, was on a boat trip near the Indonesian island... More

Q and A

Worse Than It Seems

Drilling down to the rotten foundation of the economic crisis

With the economy apparently already in recession, gas prices near record levels, food prices rising, and inflation generally gaining momentum,... More

Feature

Saved by the Shield

A reporter recalls his legal crucible after the Chiquita story

Ten years ago this month began a period of my life that I have come to call my season in... More

Cover Story

Lost Media, Found Media

Snapshots from the future of writing

If there were an ashram for people who worship contemplative long-form journalism, it would be the Nieman Conference on Narrative... More

Cover Story

The Future of Reading

Ezra Klein discusses Amazon’s Kindle in print and video

To watch Klein discussing the future of reading, click here. The title of a 2004 report by the National... More

Departments

Short Takes

Outsourced Edit?

Newspaper ad departments are already outsourcing to India. Is editorial next?

Rajesh Kumar, a twenty-six-year-old with tight jeans, long black hair, and a gold earring, drags a small black-and-white image of... More

Short Takes

Name-Dropping

Jay-Z? Shawn Carter? Mr. Z?

The New York Times rarely refers to rock stars such as Alice Cooper, Moby, and Elton John by their birth... More

Darts and Laurels

Dart to the Ottawa Citizen

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to the Ottawa Citizen for a little Canadian logrolling. When the Canwest media conglomerate launched a proprietary wire service... More

Editorial

Who Will Tell Us?

Journalism is losing its reporters

Read through the coverage of any presidential campaign and you will invariably find instances in which the conventional wisdom was... More

Short Takes

Mission Revisited

Pundits paved the way to “Mission Accomplished”

On May 1, 2003, President Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and told the world: “Major... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about the Pulitzers, early African American journalism, and the relationship between advertisers and consumers

Pulitzer’s Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism By Roy J. Harris Jr. University of Missouri Press 473 pages,... More

Review

America’s Think Tank

Politics warps a new history of the mysterious RAND Corporation

Ridiculed in Dr. Strangelove (as the “Bland Corporation”), castigated by Pravda (as the American “academy of science and death”), and... More

Review

What We Sow

The maddening folly of our man-made pension crisis

Over the past couple of decades, American companies and American state and city governments have descended into financial purgatory just... More

Review

Best Face Forward

At the Newseum, a troubled industry looks good under glass

And we think today’s reporters have it tough. Picture this: To land a job, the journalistic aspirant known to history... More

Review

Love Thy Neighbor

The religion beat in an age of intolerance

To watch Townsend discussing the religion beat, click here. In the Gospel of Matthew, it doesn’t take long for the... More

The Research Report

Getting Bit

When sound bites get snack-sized

Anyone who buys the beltway complaint that television news reporting shrivels both politics and public discourse has two new reasons... 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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