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The Magazine

May/June 2012

Articles

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Feature

Postage due

The USPS is running out of money. Where does that leave magazines?

Early on a February morning, in a glass-walled conference room high up in the Hearst Tower in Manhattan, Postmaster General... More

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Feature

Encryption is your friend

Four easy ways to protect yourself and your sources

• Depending on whether you use Windows, Mac, or Linux, there is a variety of built-in or free software for... More

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Feature

Meanwhile, in the land of the free…

In the US, you can still say almost anything, but someone just may be listening in

In December 2010, the major payment systems used to buy goods and services online decided that Wikileaks was no longer... More

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Feature

Beyond encryption

Hold the phone! And other security strategies…

Encrypted messaging is just one of many techniques that journalists should be deploying in the digital age. I asked Christopher... More

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Feature

Censory overload

How a reluctant journalist used his software skills to aid the Arab Spring

January 26, 2011, was just another cold winter day in Sweden, where I attend graduate school. I returned to... More

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Feature

The reporter who saw it coming

Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown

Mike Hudson began reporting on the subprime mortgage business in the early 1990s when it was still a marginal,... More

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Feature

The spy who came in from the code

How a filmmaker accidentally gave up his sources to Syrian spooks

Last fall, “Kardokh,” a 25-year-old dissident and computer expert in the Syrian capital of Damascus, met with British journalist and... More

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Feature

Sino the times

Can China’s billions buy media credibility?

Locals call it da kucha, or “big boxer shorts,” because of its shape. China Central Television’s future headquarters in Beijing... More

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Feature

Muscovy pluck

How long can Ekho Moskvy radio get away with pooh-poohing Putin?

In Vladimir Putin’s Russia, there is no more persistent reproach to his autocratic rule than the country’s oldest independent... More

Feature

The reporter who saw it coming

Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown

Mike Hudson began reporting on the subprime mortgage business in the early 1990s when it was still a marginal,... More

Cover Story

Six degrees of aggregation

How The Huffington Post ate the Internet

Of the many and conflicting stories about how The Huffington Post came to be—how it boasts 68 sections, three... More

Departments

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Language Corner

Language Corner

Basis Points

“On a case-by-case basis.” “On a regular basis.” “On an urgent basis.” Each of those base expressions, from The Associated... More

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Currents

Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: I just came back from a conference; what’s the best way to use LinkedIn to connect with people... More

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Currents

Open Bar

The Press Room

Year opened 1995 Owner James “Raff” Rafferty (born in Manchester, England) Distinguishing features Next door to the Santa Barbara... More

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Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

Not going the distance

Much ado… On March 21, The Orange County Register published a blog post, based on the sworn affidavit of... More

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Currents

Title Search

User Experience (UX) Designer

Susan Rits is a User Experience (UX) Designer who worked at Time Warner, Fox, and Google. She is founder... More

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Currents

Hard Numbers

Retracting “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory”

888,000 downloads of “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” the January 6 This American Life episode based on Mike Daisey’s... More

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Currents

How I got that story

RealRural

In March 2011, Lisa M. Hamilton, a writer and photographer, began a series of road trips around rural California.... More

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Currents

What’s in My…

Dean Takahashi from GamesBeat unpacks

It’s fitting that veteran tech journalist Dean Takahashi, who grew up a self-described “arcade rat,” weaned on classics like... More

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Letters to the Editor

Notes from our Online Readers

Readers weigh in on Ron Howell’s “The New York Times Goes to the Dogs”

In a March piece, Ron Howell wrote about the increase in stories about dogs in The New York Times since... More

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Editorial

Aggregated assault

Whose work is it, anyway? A plea for standards.

“There’s nothing new under the sun.” Thus spake my high-school teacher, then nearing retirement, and if I remembered nothing... More

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On the Job

An unflinching witness

Long Island native Marie Colvin spent her career chronicling the horrors of war and oppression, from Sri Lanka to Syria. She wanted the world to see what she saw.

Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria on February 22, represents a great deal that is excellent about the... More

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our March/April issue

Patch work Excellent piece (“The constant gardener” by Sean Roach, CJR, March/April), and even though I didn’t join Patch until... More

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Opening Shot

Opening Shot

The Instagram campaign

Every presidential campaign produces its share of iconic images, but never before have we been able to see trail... More

Editorial

Editor in Chief’s Note

CJR’s 50th birthday party continues

Perhaps the best thing about turning 50 is that people tend to toss you more than one party. Christie Hefner,... More

Ideas & Reviews

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The Lower Case

The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Mother arrested after drowning —Houston Chronicle, 10/18/11 173 animals seized; 2 face cruelty charges —Bellingham (WA) World, 9/23/11 La. chimpanzees... More

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Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Hitlerland and Yazoo

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power | By Andrew Nagorski | Simon & Schuster | 385 pages,... More

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The Research Report

Guiding Starr

Freedom of expression is not freedom of the press

Paul Starr’s short essay, “An Unexpected Crisis: The News Media in Postindustrial Democracies” in the International Journal of Press/Politics (2012),... More

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Review

A master’s missteps

Fixated on Kapuscinski’s flaws, a new biography misses the point

Celebrated for his reportage about world-changing events and leaders of his day—the Iranian Revolution, Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution,... More

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Q and A

Exit Interview

C-SPAN’s maestro exits the stage

In 1979, Brian Lamb, then the head of Cablevision’s DC bureau, achieved what now seems unimaginable: He convinced Congress... More

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Review

The re-entry problem

America’s tough-on-crime policies didn’t work. Now what?

Over the course of eight days in 1978, a 15-year-old terror named Willie Bosket managed to satisfy his curiosity about... More

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Review

The astroturf Cassandra

Why hacks like Andrew Keen really fear the social Web

Long before Facebook or Foursquare, men like the late management consultant Martin Jay Levitt were connoisseurs of social networks. At... More

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Second Read

Laboratory confidential

The Double Helix’s warts-and-all portrayal of scientific pursuits shook up the formal world of science writing

W hen The Double Helix appeared in the winter of 1968, I reviewed it for The Laureate, the literary magazine... 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


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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.