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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

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.