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The Magazine

November/December 2007

Articles

Essay

Rights and Wrongs

The most common words in politics can be the most deceptive

In 2002, a year after the terrorist attacks on new York and Washington, the Bush administration published a new version... More

Essay

Orwell Abuse

Orwell: muse, not model

Once in a great while, one encounters a writer who seems not only to have a finger on the pulse... More

Essay

‘Surge,’ Meet ‘Escalation’

The fight for clarity in language: a case study

Nothing has the capacity to frame political debate more successfully than a good turn of phrase, characterization, or metaphor; nor... More

Feature

If You Build It…

The Journal-Constitution gambles on a digitally driven makeover

John C. Mellott, the affable publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is moving his forearm up and down like a lever.... More

Essay

The Limits of Clear Language

Orwell worried about polluted language, but polluted information is more toxic

Can there be a political writer who has not fallen in love with George Orwell’s 1946 essay, “Politics and the... More

Feature

Musharraf’s Monster

In Pakistan, independent TV is young, powerful, and biting the hand that fed it

One evening last June, during an oppressively hot summer in Islamabad, I attended a protest organized by Pakistani television journalists.... More

Essay

The Rhetoric Beat

Why journalism needs one

There was a series of moments, during the first twenty-four hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, when the... More

Departments

Darts and Laurels

Laurel to The Principia Pilot

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to The Principia Pilot for truth-telling under difficult circumstances. When rumors began to circulate that CEO Stuart Jenkins, who... More

Short Takes

The Big Picture

Movie journalists get an image makeover

The movie poster for this fall’s The Hunting Party features a black-and-white photo of Richard Gere and Terrence Howard, press... More

Editorial

Iraq and the Cost of Coverage

Serious stories, serious money

The debate about the ramifications of the U.S. troop “surge” that began last winter in Iraq is both highly politicized... More

On the Contrary

The War Expert

Wrong, wrong, wrong again. But the media still want Ken Pollack

On July 30, as the debate over the Bush administration’s “surge” in Iraq was heating up, The New York Times... More

Ideas & Reviews

The Research Report

Who Hates the Press?

From Watergate to the present, confidence in the media has been spiraling down

A new study traces more than thirty years of changing public attitudes toward the news media, and unhappily finds... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books: the AP, the I. Lewis Libby trial, White House communications, and abuses of civil liberties

Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else By Reporters of the Associated Press, with... More

Review

Parting Shot

WFB shores up his place in the establishment

A confession: back in June of 1988, when journalist John Judis (The New Republic) published his respectable and respectful biography,... More

Review

Cowboys and Damsels

Susan Faludi oversimplifies post-9/11 America

Since September 12, 2001, the American media have churned out a remarkable body of work on our nation’s response to... More

Q and A

The New Health-Care Debate

1992 echoes loudly, but today’s story isn’t just back to the future

A 2005 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that twice as many people rely on the media for information... More

Second Read

The Unvanquished

Marshall Frady and the dime-store rascals of southern politics

A few months before he died in a car accident, David Halberstam published a droll, melancholy homage to his colleague... More

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

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

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’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.