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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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