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The Magazine

November/December 2013

Articles

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Cover Story

The love affair is over

America’s relationship with the automobile is changing. The transportation beat has to catch up.

In January 2013, more than 5,000 journalists from 62 countries poured into Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, as they... More

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Feature

Human terrain

After Paula Loyd was murdered in a bazaar near Kandahar, journalist Vanessa Gezari uncovered a story that embodies the tragic arc of US involvement in Afghanistan

Vanessa Gezari's new book, The Tender Soldier, tells the story of the Human Terrain System, a controversial effort by... More

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Feature

Reform interrupted

Egypt’s most prominent state-run newspaper launched a website to shake up the status quo. Then came a revolution. And a coup. What is the future for Al Bawaba?

When Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef arrived at a Cairo courthouse on March 31, Al Bawaba, the upstart website of... More

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Feature

The loud listener

Stand-up comic Marc Maron is the best celebrity interviewer working today

When I left Marc Maron on the concrete terrace of Montreal's Hyatt Regency, he was 40 minutes into an... More

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Feature

Witness

A dispute over press access to a neo-Nazi trial reveals the tension between Germany’s embrace of privacy and its need to confront right-wing extremism

The 6th Criminal Division of the Higher Regional Court in Munich, Germany, houses one of the largest courtrooms in Bavaria,... More

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Feature

Back to Burma

Expelled in 2009, a writer returns to find a country in transition and a journalism community buzzing with possibility

When I left Yangon in May 2009, escorted onto a Thai Airways plane with a passport stamped "deportee," the... More

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Feature

Go west

In the quest for digital-age prosperity, legacy newsrooms are making pilgrimages to Silicon Valley

In March 2012, the nation's public broadcasters gathered in Austin, TX, for the annual meeting of the Integrated Media Association,... More

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Feature

The mighty pen

A new project trains Syrians in Jordan to report on themselves

When Hazm al-Mazouni shows his press pass at the entrance to the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian... More

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Feature

Feel me?

The promise and perils of sensor-based journalism

One letter can make a big difference. When talking about sensor journalism, you must take care to note that you're... More

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Feature

Old law, new tricks

Can we modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act?

In 1986, the year President Reagan signed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), most reporters did their work with a... More

Departments

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Opening Shot

Opening Shot

After the end of denial

Last month's Frontline documentary, League of Denial, was the emotional coda to the first phase of one of the... More

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Editorial

Off the road

Here comes the ‘mobility’ beat

In 2012, carmakers and dealers spent $14.8 billion on advertising, the second most of any sector. Newspapers have cut staff... More

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our September/October issue

Cursive While I can certainly appreciate the idea behind the cover of the September/October 2013 CJR, I do not appreciate... More

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Currents

Open Bar

McGeary’s

McGeary's 4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY Year opened 1982 Distinguishing features  A stuffed hammerhead shark dangling over the middle of... More

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Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

Sober statistics and misnamed killers

LAUREL to the BBC for debunking an incendiary TIME article chronicling "Africa's rising rate of alcohol abuse." "Africa has... More

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Currents

Hard Numbers

International expanse

260 million homes that receive Al Jazeera America, globally 76 percent of Al Jazeera stories on Syria orginated from bureaus... More

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Currents

Curious tales

Citizen journalism at scale

Each day, Curious City, a public-radio show that airs on Chicago's WBEZ, hits its audience with a strangely intuitive... More

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Currents

Conflict Reporting

Staying safe in the field

The Journalist Survival Guide does not use the phrase "survival guide" lightly. That much is clear by Lesson 1:... More

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Currents

How I got that story

One man’s struggle in Syria becomes art

In December 2012, Fotini Christia, a professor at MIT, was in Antakya, Turkey, researching an article about women in the... More

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Currents

Innovation Watch

Crowd reporting an election

In 19 years of democratic elections, Mozambique has experienced voter apathy and corruption. But a free local newspaper, @Verdade, is... More

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Language Corner

Language Corner

Next of kin

We have mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, sons- and daughters-in-law, sisters- and brothers-in-law. But what should you call the parents of your child's... More

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On the Job

On the job

The outsider

Catch Stacy Kranitz on a summer night and there's a good chance she's sleeping in her car somewhere in... More

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Q and A

Exit Interview

Shifting landscapes

When Leo Hickman said farewell to his readership at The Guardian, he did it with a declaration: "The era... More

Ideas & Reviews

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Second Read

America’s secret fetish

Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Secrecy: The American Experience is an optimistic book; reading it today brings despair

The ease with which the United States government creates new state secrets masks the ultimate cost of the secret's... More

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Critical Eye

Benjamins or bullets

How Mexico became a narco-democracy

This is how it used to work: In the 1970s farmers would pay Mexican officials for permission to plant... More

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Critical Eye

Human nature

Do conflicting desires prevent us from building happy cities

One of the occupational hazards in writing a book called Traffic is that every year, just after the annual... More

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Critical Eye

Games people play

Most of what we think we know about video games is wrong

The fantasy of cyberspace and virtual worlds has captured the human imagination for decades. There's a romance inherent in... More

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Critical Eye

Brief encounters

Short reviews of Informing the News and Celebrity Politics

Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism | By Thomas E. Patterson | Vintage Books | 233 pages |... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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