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The Magazine

November/December 2010

Articles

Reports

Disclose This

The press should treat big tech companies like Big Pharma

On August 9, Google and Verizon announced an alliance in which Google, the champion of the free, open Internet, would... More

Feature

The Record Keeper

Carol Rosenberg owns the Guantánamo beat

2:55: First prisoner comes off. He is wearing a fluorescent orange jump suit, a shiny turquoise facemask, goggles, similar colored... More

Reports

Tabbed Out

A key has lost its place

In his heyday, he was the zelig of late-twentieth-century journalism, present for every watershed event that appeared in print: Watergate,... More

Feature

AOL and Its Algorithm

The company is hiring hundreds of journalists. What will they produce?

“Are you a passionate and entrepreneurial online journalist? Want to be part of a dynamic and innovative team of journalists,... More

Reports

A Faustian Bargain

Slideshows are the scourge, and the savior, of online journalism

In May 2009, Thebigmoney.com was shouting into the void. Slate’s business site was eight months old, but it was still... More

Feature

China’s Chess Match

How the web has empowered the people

Early in 2003, like millions of other migrants of his generation, Sun Zhigang, a young graphic designer, left central China,... More

Reports

Serious Fun With Numbers

We’re drowning in data, but few reporters know how to use them

The story was already great, even before Daniel Gilbert opened his first spreadsheet. Thousands of citizens in the southern Virginia... More

Feature

In Demand

A week inside the future of journalism

I spent eight years at The Miami Herald, mainly writing features, and when the paper laid me off in 2009,... More

Cover Story

Reboot

An open letter to the FCC about a media policy for the digital age

Editor's Note: On June 9, 2011, the FCC's Future of Media Project released a report on the state of local... More

Departments

Currents

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

47 percent of Internet users ages fifty to sixty-four used social networking between April 2009 and May 2010—up from 25... More

Currents

Lost Links

The frustrations of archiving and saving clips in the digital age

I thought I was doing the responsible thing buying Christinabellantoni.com, having a friend build it out with snazzy graphics, and... More

Letters to the Editor

Notes from Online Readers

CJR.org readers weigh in on journalism career mistakes and the shrinking Sacramento press corps

In CJR's September 28 news meeting, “Woulda Coulda Shoulda,” we asked our readers, Have you made any pivotal career mistakes... More

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers weigh in on our September/October cover story “The Hamster Wheel”

Hamster Food for Thought Great article (“Hamster Wheel” by Dean Starkman, CJR, September/October). “The Wheel” entirely devalues the profession of... More

Editorial

Editor’s Note

Congratulations to our CJR editors for their book deals and promotions

In the future, I am asking everyone on CJR’s staff to hide their light under a bushel. Otherwise, people may... More

Currents

Drop Out?

Suggested closure of Colorado journalism school sparks controversy

The University of Colorado at Boulder kicked up a cloud of dust when it announced in August that it had... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

Reporters at two weeklies keep the memories of unknown murder victims alive

In 2008, L.A. Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek learned that the Los Angeles Police Department had recently dedicated a secret task... More

Editorial

Escape the Silos

How the press can help rebuild the American conversation

In his wonderful book, The Earl of Louisiana, A. J. Liebling takes many a detour on his way to explaining... More

Ideas & Reviews

The Lower Case

Public Help Sought in Shooting of Neighborhood Cat

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

Efforts Meant to Help Workers Batter South Africa’s Poor —The New York Times 9/26/10 Christine O’Donnell’s Masturbation Stance —ABCnews.com 9/16/10 More

The Research Report

In ACORN’s Shadow

A new analysis of the community-organizing group’s history shows the media was less than fair

Remember ACORN, the community-organizing group that got caught in the electoral crossfire between one-time community organizer Barack Obama and a... More

Review

A Matter of Trust

Blur, a new book by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, is about how contemporary journalism can stay trustworthy

Blur: How to Know What’s True In the Age of Information Overload | By Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel |... More

Review

Home and Away

A review of A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides, by David Rohde and his wife

A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping From Two Sides | By David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill | Viking |... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books about copyright law, political scandals, and Gay Talese’s sports writing

Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership | By Lewis Hyde | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | 306 pages, $26... More

Review

History as Soundbites

A televised vision of the twentieth century

We Were There: An Eyewitness History of the Twentieth Century | Edited by Robert Fox | Overlook Press | 391... More

Second Read

The Devil’s Football

H. L. Mencken airs his unexpurgated Prejudices

As we all know, serious criticism of the arts is leaving the pages of mainstream newspapers and magazines. Shrinking under... More

Review

Siberian Rhapsody

Ian Frazier ventures across the steppe and back in time

Ian Frazier is one of the few true stylists in nonfiction writing today. Along with Susan Orlean and not many... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

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

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

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.