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September/October 2009

Articles

Feature

How ‘Subprime’ Crushed ‘Predatory’

And what it says about language, the business press, and how we think about the economic crisis

What is the root cause of the financial crisis? “Lousy loans,” says Elizabeth Warren, the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight... More

Feature

A Luddite’s Virtual Book Tour

Get on Facebook, make a video, e-blast everyone you know

Just before my latest book, Home Girl, came out in June 2008, the Random House promotion team invited me in... More

Feature

Great Expectations

An Investigative News Network is born. Now what?

Call it the Pocantico Declaration. Back on July 1, the leaders of twenty muckraking nonprofit news organizations concluded a three-day... More

Feature

Take a Stand

How journalism can regain its relevance

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, as the press faced criticism for failing to use the catastrophe to initiate a... More

Feature

The New Energy Beat

It’s global as well as local, environmental as well as financial. Can embattled newsrooms see the big picture?

On a Monday morning in January, less than a week after his inauguration, President Barack Obama signed two memoranda designed... More

Cover Story

Disappearing Iraq

After a period of openness that benefited both the military and the media, the door is closing

Ah, the happy world of Iraq, as seen through U.S. military press releases. Iraq could be exploding—in fact, parts of... More

Cover Story

Too Close for Comfort?

Tom Ricks and the military’s new philosophical embeds

Thomas E. Ricks has a photograph of a general—Ulysses S. Grant, looking haggard and defeated in Cold Harbor, Virginia—on the... More

Departments

Short Takes

Somalia’s Dark Days

Ahmed Omar Hashi was no stranger to death threats. As a senior producer for Mogadishu’s popular Shabelle Radio, Hashi routinely... More

Short Takes

All Together Now (II)

When the San Diego Union-Tribune went on sale in July 2008, veteran investigative reporter Lorie Hearn worried about the future... More

Short Takes

All Together Now (I)

Not long ago, Kevin Murphy was simply the president of the Berks County Community Foundation in Reading, Pennsylvania, a city... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

News outlets in Connecticut grapple with a hostage crisis

It was the kind of ethical dilemma that classroom case studies are made of, but the potential con- sequences of... More

Editorial

Truth? Yes, Sir!

Why we need a clearer view of both our wars

General William Tecumseh Sherman, like a number of military leaders through history, despised journalists. Tom Curley, president and CEO of... More

Ideas & Reviews

The Research Report

Opening Minds

Can the media persuade audiences to embrace a fresh outlook?

Viewers of The Colbert Report do not all see the same show. Liberals see host Stephen Colbert as a liberal... More

Review

First Person Singular

An African master recedes behind his own myth

In a letter to Chinua Achebe, John Updike once admired the swift and surprising ruin of the hero at the... More

Review

Raising Keynes

A new book paints the iconic economist as the ultimate realist

How difficult it is to be right. John Maynard Keynes is “an entertaining economist whose bright but shallow dissertations on... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of books on the Irish Revolution and animal rights crusaders

The News From Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and The Irish Revolution By Maurice Walsh I.B. Tauris 258 pages, £20 At the... More

Review

Rocket Man

An epic tale of men, missiles, and bureaucratic maneuvering

Humanity is now some sixty years into the nuclear age and has, somehow, yet to extinguish itself. How that somehow... More

Second Read

Of Heroes and Humans

Jim Brosnan wrote about himself, and sports writing evolved

Red Smith, who wrote as well as anyone about athletes and the games they play, called the sports section the... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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