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The Magazine

September/October 2007

Articles

Feature

Private Matters

A new push to rein in the tabloids has British reporters on edge

One of the biggest scandals to engulf the British press since princess Diana’s death began with a trivial bit of... More

Feature

The Uncle Sam Solution

Can the government help the press? Should it?

This past spring, the Columbia Journalism Review convened a panel of top editors and a media investor to discuss the... More

Feature

Play (Hard!) Ball

Why the sports beat must evolve

Last summer, celebrity sports columnist Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote the latest in a series of articles denigrating... More

Feature

The Nonprofit Road

It’s paved not with gold, but with good journalism

Never has there been a greater need for independent, original, credible information about our complex society and the world at... More

Feature

How Healthy Is Men’s Health?

A shovelful of sugar helps the medicine go down

Something is radically wrong in American medicine when even the 2008 Republican presidential candidates start debating the merits of universal... More

Feature

The (Josh) Marshall Plan

Break news, connect the dots, stay small

To get to the newsroom of Talking Points Media in lower Manhattan, you need to visit a pungent block of... More

Cover Story

Goodbye to All That

The decline of the coverage of books isn’t new, benign, or necessary

The health of a society is always best measured by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable citizens. The... More

Departments

Short Takes

Glass Half Full

While journalism’s job pool shrinks, j-school enrollments expand

The U.S. newspaper industry has suffered thousands of job losses since the turn of the century, creating a sense of... More

Short Takes

Tailor-made

PBS’s tailored documentary

It’s fitting that Six Days in June—the documentary film reexamining the 1967 war that was a crucible for today’s Arab-Israeli... More

Short Takes

Pride of Place

A veteran editor trades the corner office for the newsroom floor

Sarah Liebowitz was nervous. In the smallish newsroom of the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire in June, a new reporter... More

Darts and Laurels

Dart to The Oregonian

Send tips and comments to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Dart to The Oregonian for rolling over an obvious mathematical mistake, and thereby opening up otherwise admirable reporting to attack.... More

The Research Report

What Journalism Can’t Do

In covering catastrophe, how can journalism make a difference?

Suppose you volunteer to participate in a psychological experiment. You answer a set of questions and receive a small cash... More

Essay

Unshackled

Why one reporter left a newspaper to write books

When I left a reporting job at The Washington Post several years ago, I lost an institution I loved—not to... More

Editorial

Letting Go

It’s time to rethink journalistic competition

In 1995, as newspapers were beginning to grapple with the seismic structural shift of digital technology, the late James Carey... More

Ideas & Reviews

Essay

The Second Draft of History

Where newspapers fall short, news books continue to succeed

When William Russell telegraphed his reports from the Crimean War to The Times of London in 1854, English readers learned... More

Essay

The Identity Trap

Does the personal make reporting predictable?

One morning last year, not long after the publication of my first book, Absolute Convictions, I paid what turned out... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news


The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”

Bloggingheads

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

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