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The Magazine

September/October 2008

Articles

Essay

Hope I Die . . .

Will the Chicago Reader finally grow up? Should it?

At the turn of the century, John Cusack came home to Chicago to shoot a movie called High Fidelity. In... More

Essay

Parliament’s Peanut Gallery

The wit and wisdom of Britain’s sketch writers

Whenever Simon Hoggart writes about Michael Fabricant, he makes note of the honorable gentleman from Lichfield’s hair. “How many My... More

Feature

The Ploughman 
and the Professor

Consumer reporting in the age of the wise crowd

Journalism is a funny line of work. It wobbles between aspirations to be taken seriously as a “profession,” with all... More

Essay

After the Accident

A reporter’s road back to life and work

Five years ago this month, new york city sanitation workers made a gruesome discovery. While emptying garbage cans in the... More

Feature

In the Beginning

From a consumer movement to consumerism

Last year, New York’s state legislature, which has historically led the nation in passing pro-consumer credit legislation, approved a pair... More

Essay

The Bigger Tent

Forget Who is a journalist; the important question is, What is journalism?

A PDF download of the complete CJR "The Bigger Tent" story can be purchased from CJR by clicking here: In... More

Essay

Boiler Room

The business press is missing the crooked heart of the credit crisis

“Mr. Howard made it clear to the mortgage broker that he could not read or write, but his loan application... More

Feature

The Lee Abrams Experience

How to hear the man who would transform Tribune

Abrams Unbound In a modest, cluttered office on the sixth floor of Chicago’s Tribune Tower, the future of American newspapers... More

Essay

Blind Spot

Seeing Iraq through Uncle Sam’s eyes

Over the last five years, as I’ve consumed one dispatch after another from journalists embedded with U.S. soldiers in Iraq,... More

Feature

Attitude Adjustment

How the Internet could usher in a new golden age of consumer journalism

Like the air that sustains life, facts that would help hard-pressed consumers are all around us. Instead of gathering and... More

Departments

Currents

Louts Out

How to police message boards and comments

In January, someone who goes by the name “crosswave” logged onto the reader forums at nydailynews.com and posted a comment... More

Currents

Blame It On Aécio

A journalism student’s video documentary took on the issue of governmental press manipulation in Brazil.

In 1985, press censorship was officially banned in Brazil, following the overthrow of a dictatorship that had for decades crippled... More

Darts and Laurels

Laurel and Mini-Dart to the Baltimore Sun

Send tips and suggestions to dartsandlaurels@cjr.org

Laurel to the Baltimore Sun for spotlighting abuse and street sales of buprenorphine, a widely hailed prescription drug for treating... More

Currents

About Those Anonymice

A research project evaluates how closely NYT reporters adhere to the paper’s anonymous sourcing policy

Last fall, when Clark Hoyt, the public editor of The New York Times, spoke to Professor Richard Wald's Critical Issues... More

Editorial

What Are Newspapers Selling?

Time to mine the depth and knowledge niche

Hired by Sam Zell to find innovative ways to market Tribune’s newspapers, and for the moment, Abrams is among... More

Ideas & Reviews

The Research Report

Too Good to Be True?

Do local TV news viewers prefer Jim Lehrer to Kent Brockman?

Journalists, and for that matter academics, relish a good plot twist. So it’s no surprise that some commentators in the... More

Review

Some Kind of Journalist

Hunter S. Thompson: prolific, Bible-loving, workaholic

Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson 
 by William McKeen
 W. W. Norton, 448 pages, $27.95 Conversations... More

Review

The Accidental Icon

How Jacob Riis went from the muck to muckraker

The Other Half: The Life 
Of Jacob Riis and the World 
Of Immigrant America
By Tom Buk-Swienty
Translated from the Danish 
by... More

Review

What Happens in War

Dexter Filkins’s decade in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq

Dexter Filkins has been covering the biggest story of the last ten years for the last ten years. A good... 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


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

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.’”

Bloggingheads

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

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