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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

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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