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The Magazine

May/June 2011

Articles

Feature

The Not-So-Great Migration

From the black press to the mainstream—and back again

It started as a trickle. Sylvester Monroe resigned in 2006 as Sunday national editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and, two... More

Reports

The Smith Rules

Sam Smith covers the Chicago Bulls—for the Bulls

Sam Smith says he’s living out the “ultimate journalistic fantasy” after leaving the news business. The former Chicago Tribune... More

Cover Story

Breathing Room

Toward a new Arab media

Before there was Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or even Al Jazeera, there was Hama, Syria. It was 1982 and an... More

Cover Story

English Lesson

The moment has arrived for Al Jazeera English, except in the US

[This is a sidebar article to the May/June 2011 cover story, "Breathing Room: Toward a new Arab media," which you... More

Feature

Anybody There?

Why the UK’s phone-hacking scandal met media silence

On Thursday, July 7, James Murdoch announced that, in the wake of the paper's escalating phone-hacking scandal, the 168-year-old... More

Feature

Covering Obama’s Secret War

When drones strike, key questions go unasked and unanswered

In the spring of 2009, New York Times reporter David Rohde was being held captive by Taliban gunmen in a... More

Feature

True Enough

The second age of PR

The Gulf oil spill was 2010’s biggest story, so when David Barstow walked into a Houston hotel for last... More

Reports

The Family Owner Rises Again

A tradition of hewing to basics pays off

The Seaton family had spent four generations weaving a daisy chain of newspapers across the small towns of the... More

Departments

Editorial

Lift the Shroud

Why we need Al Jazeera English

For most of the last decade, when Americans heard mention of Al Jazeera, the Arabic language Qatar-based satellite news... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

The Oregonian and Village Voice Media help to de-sensationalize a story

In early 2009, the FBI organized a nationwide sting operation to rescue victims of sex trafficking and arrest their pimps.... More

Opening Shot

Opening Shot

Attacks on reporters and photographers in the Arab world threaten journalism everywhere

Is journalism worth dying for? Murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s editor used those words as the title of a posthumously... More

Language Corner

Important News

Some “most important” notes on adverbs

Writers, rejoice! it’s perfectly acceptable to tell people what’s most important by saying “most importantly….” Many people were taught that... More

Letters to the Editor

Notes from Our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on who should fill the slot on the New York Times op-ed page

With the recent departures of Frank Rich and Bob Herbert from the New York Times’s opinion pages, and a new... More

Currents

Freed Press

Upheaval in a Tunisian newsroom is all for the better

Watching the upheaval in her home region from a Tunis newsroom in late December, Assabah reporter Rim Saoudi became frustrated.... More

Currents

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

30 percent of visitors to local news and information websites that live outside the site’s market 25 percent of visitors... More

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our March/April cover story by LynNell Hancock, “Tested”

Grading Teachers LynNell Hancock’s article, “Tested: Covering schools in the age of micro-measurement” (CJR, March/April), gives a thoughtful and thorough... More

Editorial

Editor’s Note

News about an upcoming web series on digital journalism, “The Story So Far”

This is a full issue and, we hope you agree, a good one. we invite you to read every word,... More

Currents

Paying Off

The problem of bribes in the Liberian press

After two civil wars, Liberian journalists are enjoying unprecedented freedoms but struggling to maintain independence. The business of news is... More

Currents

Tide Change at Bay Journal

The Chesapeake Bay Journal celebrates twenty years of educating readers about the bay

The twentieth anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Journal marks a watershed moment for a publication that knows something about watersheds.... More

Ideas & Reviews

Essay

Pay Up

Sources have their agendas. Why can’t money be one?

Paying for information is, among American journalists, generally regarded as falling in the same moral category as paying for sex.... More

Second Read

The Paper Chase

For tabloid king Emile Gauvreau, it took a lifetime to slow down

Years later, when he recounted the events that would lead to his becoming the most sensational, shameless, ambitious, and... More

The Lower Case

Bishops agree sex abuse rules

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Girls Think Tank Has Emerged as Key Voice for Human Rights — The San Diego Union-Tribune 1/3/11 Padres pitcher Latos... More

The Research Report

How to Dow

Careless coverage of the Dow Jones Industrial Average can mislead readers

Stock-market indices offer an alluring impression of rigor and certainty. But what do they really mean? The University of Michigan... More

Review

Headless Body in Newspaper War

Paul Collins’s new history brings a gaudy death to life

Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Spaked The Tabloid Wars | By Paul... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of new books about war correspondents Roi Ottley and Byron Darnton

Roi Ottley’s World War II: The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist | Edited with an introduction by Mark... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.