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The Magazine

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 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


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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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

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