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The Magazine

May/June 2009

Articles

Feature

Identity Crisis

The Wall Street Journal steers away from what made it great

In December 2008, a year after* Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. purchased The Wall Street Journal, the paper had a holiday... More

Feature

Waiting for CNBC

A tragicomedy in one long act

“But eight point one percent. . . . Uh, that’s what you said, right, Zandi?” “I said eight. I said eight. Eight point one... More

Feature

A Matter of Trust

One story from Gaza and what it says about the coverage of Israel

On Thursday morning, March 19, Israelis woke to find a story on the front pages of two leading daily newspapers... More

Feature

A Vision in the Desert

The National tries to lift journalism in Abu Dhabi

It’s 11 a.m. in mid-June and ten section editors have crowded around the table at the center of The National’s... More

Feature

The Smell of Paradise

Under pressure in Gaza: a reporter’s notebook

First Day It is 10:40 on a sunny and warm Saturday morning, and time for my walk through Gaza. I... More

Campaign Desk

Covering Gaza from Israel

What Israelis wanted to know about the war

During the first week of Israel’s winter military operation in Gaza, a broadcaster for ChanNel 2, which has the highest... More

Feature

Crash Course

How to cover a car wreck

The fatal car crash is, unfortunately, an all-too-familiar staple of local journalism. Each of us can summon a grim collage... More

Feature

Heresy on the Right

A handful of new Web sites try to rewire conservative media

Electoral defeat tends to spawn bouts of ideological tinkering—when the Democrats lost the presidential election in 2004, a clutch of... More

Cover Story

Power Problem

The business press did everything but take on the institutions that brought down the financial system

“The government, the financial industry and the American consumer—if they had only paid attention—would have gotten ample warning about this... More

Essay

Newspaper Narcissism

Our pursuit of glory led us away from readers

American journalism is in trouble, and the problem is not just financial. My profession is in distress because for more... More

The Audit

The List

What the business press did (and didn’t do) while the financial crisis was brewing

Welcome to the List, a comprehensive catalog of relevant stories produced by major business-news outlets on the lending industry and... More

Departments

Editorial

All Together Now

Journalism’s collaborative future

Over the last year, a number of news outlets have done what has traditionally been anathema to journalists: collaborate with... More

Short Takes

Bull’s-Eye

Will targeted Web advertising save newspapers?

In CJR’s March/April issue, David S. Bennahum, who runs the Center for Independent Media, made the case that targeted Web... More

Short Takes

By Its Cover

The Internet and the ever-growing book title

Remember when a non-fiction book could get away with a short, ambiguous title? Walter Lippmann’s Public Opinion and Ernie Pyle’s... More

Short Takes

Cad Call

A journalist’s stutter is a curse and a blessing

A stutter is not something I’d wish upon anyone (though I could be tempted). Mine is blessedly behind me, for... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels 

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to the Deseret News for dereliction of journalistic duty in its coverage of the Mormon Church and the Church’s... More

Ideas & Reviews

Second Read

Dead Reckoning

Manchester’s flawed, essential chronicle of the JFK assassination

The first printing of William Manchester’s The Death of a President ran to a half million copies and reached stores... More

Review

Live and Learn

How the meritocratic assembly line has let us down

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever | By Walter Kirn | Doubleday | 224 pages, $24.95 How... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about William Randolph Hearst and the Arkansas Gazette

The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst | By Kenneth Whyte | Counterpoint | 546 pages, $30... More

The Research Report

The News Deficit

Public television’s role in informing Americans

A Yank, a Brit, a Dane, and a Finn walk into a bar. . . . You’ve heard this one? Well, not the way... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.