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The Magazine

May/June 2010

Articles

Feature

Embrace the Wonk

A new opportunity for reporters and political scientists

On January 8, Marc Ambinder, the widely-read political reporter and blogger for The Atlantic, found a copy of Game Change,... More

Feature

Can Local Television Afford Investigations?

A Texas station makes the calculation

In the predawn hours of October 16, 2006, the home of Benny and Martha Cryer exploded. They had lived in... More

Feature

Bite the Hand That Feeds

The Chicago News Cooperative and the tricky nonprofit terrain

Shipwrecked by the sea change in their industry, many journalists are looking to philanthropy and academia as safe harbors. Numerous... More

Feature

Stayin’ Alive

Christopher R. Weingarten is determined to be the last rock critic standing

Christopher R. Weingarten reviews records on Twitter under the name “1000TimesYes.” In January, he decided to make a full set... More

Cover Story

Look at Me!

A writer’s search for journalism in the age of branding

When I was nineteen and chose to accept the creeping suspicion that I would turn out to be a writer... More

Feature

The New Investigators

Nonprofits are breaking new ground. Can they sustain themselves?

At a story meeting for California Watch, the nonprofit investigative news startup, employees sit around a conference table as Robert... More

Feature

Down the Rabbit Hole

One reporter’s effort to understand a forty-year-old nuclear accident

Anouschka and I stood in the parking lot of an empty gas station, leaning against the hood of the rental... More

Departments

Short Takes

A New Start

An Iraqi journalist builds a life in New Jersey

Saif Alnasseri stepped out into a winter morning, stood on the wide front porch outside his apartment in a... More

Editorial

The Hands That Feed

Managing conflicts of interest in the era of nonprofit journalism

The need to manage real and perceived conflicts of interest, and the self-censorship that can accompany them, has always been... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

An LAT reporter did strong work on the Toyota story. But where was the rest of the auto press?

Complaints about Toyota and Lexus cars suddenly accelerating out of control began surfacing about a decade ago, and a series... More

Ideas & Reviews

Second Read

The Reporter Whom Time Forgot

How Cornelius Ryan’s The Longest Day changed journalism

In 1957, an expatriate Irish newspaperman struggling to make a buck after his most recent employer went under began making... More

Review

Black Editor, Gray Lady

Gerald Boyd, Jayson Blair, and journalism’s diversity problem

My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times | By Gerald M. Boyd |... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about misreported stories, the Killing Fields, and the press vs. secrets

Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism | By W. Joseph Campbell | University of... More

The Research Report

French Connections

What do different press styles have to do with distinct political cultures?

If you think about European print media at all, you are likely to think of newspapers that stake out ideologically... More

Review

American Justice

Two distinct takes on the folly of our prison policies

Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire | By Robert Perkinson | Metropolitan Books | 496 pages, $35 Orange... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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

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