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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

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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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