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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

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

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’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Bloggingheads

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

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Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.