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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

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

Bloggingheads

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

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