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The Magazine

November/December 2008

Articles

Feature

Overload!

Journalism’s battle for relevance in an 
age of too much information

In 2007, as part of the third round of strategic planning for its digital transformation, The Associated Press decided to... More

Feature

Surface Routines

How we read on the Web

Overload—the amount people feel compelled to know combined with the volume of information they have to sift through in order... More

Feature

Picture This

The infographic comes of age

The infographic was among man's earliest means of communication (think petroglyph), yet after millennia of evolution, this marriage of text... More

Feature

Trimming the Hedges

Web jungle, Web garden—you decide

It may seem like people have been gawking at the proliferation of online news sources for ages now, but it... More

Feature

At Risk in Mexico

Drug violence is silencing the press

On November 13, Mexican crime reporter Armando Rodriguez was killed outside his Juarez home by an unknown attacker. Rodriguez covered... More

Feature

Murrow’s Boy

Dan Rather in high definition

The headquarters of Dan Rather Reports is a small, disheveled space just off Times Square in Manhattan, cluttered with temporary... More

Essay

Music Lessons

What journalists could learn from Kid Rock, Lil Wayne, and Bon Iver

He takes the stage clad in a black turtleneck. his famous line is, “Green is the new red, white, and... More

Essay

Pushback

Fed-up newsrooms want a voice in their future

When her Contra Costa Times colleagues compared her union organizing efforts to those of Norma Rae, Sara Steffens rented the... More

Essay

False Readings

How the Gross Domestic Product leads us astray

It is 7:30 a.m. in washington and a bevy of reporters files into the Department of Commerce, which is kitty-corner... More

Departments

Editorial

Drawing Lines

Why do we let political operatives act like journalists?

Nicholas Kristof and William Kristol both write regular columns about politics and policy for the New York Times op-ed page.... More

Currents

Let’s Talk About Sex(ism)

How the media handled gender during the campaign

It’s by now understood that sexism, in some form, lodged itself into the gears of this election cycle from the... More

Currents

A Little Something for Your Trouble

Buyout packages at papers around the country

Since January 2007, as the shrinking of our newsrooms continued apace, some 2,700 journalists accepted buyouts and moved on. Here... More

Currents

Ties That Blind

Following the funding trail in health and medical reporting

For nearly thirty years, the editors of medical journals have relied on public disclosure of researchers’ conflicts of interest to... More

Darts and Laurels

A Laurel to the Rocky Mountain News

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the Rocky Mountain News for uncovering a systemic effort by a federal Department of Labor program to deny... More

Ideas & Reviews

Review

Absolutely Sensational!

The rise and fall and rise of the tabloid press

The Godfather of Tabloid: Generoso Pope Jr. and the National Enquirer
By Jack Vitek
University Press of Kentucky 290 pages, $29.95 The... 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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