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The Magazine

September/October 2010

Articles

Essay

Keeping Secrets

How censorship has (and hasn’t) changed since World War II

On December 16, 1941, nine days after the Japanese bombed pearl harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood before the White... More

Reports

All-Out Media War

It’s Clarín vs. the Kirchners, and journalism will be the loser

On June 24, a story in the Argentine daily Clarín reported a bombshell: a former ambassador, Eduardo Sadous, had privately... More

Reports

Tea Party Poopers

How the left press helped create a conservative monster

The Tea Party has evolved from a cable-news curiosity into a political and cultural force that decides elections and casts... More

Feature

What Is Russia Today?

The Kremlin’s propaganda outlet has an identity crisis

On Election Day 2008, two African-American men in black fatigues and berets stood outside a polling station in a predominantly... More

Feature

See It Now!

Video journalism is dying. Long live video journalism.

As the video begins, no announcer welcomes you, no headline scrolls across the computer screen. There is no need for... More

Feature

A Rocket’s Trajectory

Marcus Brauchli at The Washington Post

For more than thirty years, Keith Richburg has been a classy and distinguished presence at The Washington Post. Richburg served... More

Cover Story

The Hamster Wheel

Why running as fast as we can is getting us nowhere

“Newsrooms have shrunk by 25% in three years.” —Project for Excellence in Journalism, “State of the News Media 2010” “A... More

Reports

Traffic Jam

We’ll never agree about online audience size

Miami has deep ties to the Caribbean. So when a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, The Miami Herald... More

Departments

Currents

Hard Numbers

Some stats and figures on the news industry

£1 (about $1.60), the new daily fee to access to The Times of London and The Sunday Times websites 66... More

Currents

Glory Days

The unique legacy of Brooklyn College newspaper the Vanguard

When campus police detained Ohio State University freshman Alex Kotran in April for taking pictures of rogue cows on campus,... More

Currents

Coffee, Tea . . . and a Scoop

A hyperlocal in the Czech Republic runs its newsroom out of a coffee shop

When the owner of a former brick-making factory in Kromeriz, Czech Republic, began storing large amounts of the plant’s leftover... More

Editorial

What We’ve Sown

The nation needs better coverage of the Farm Bill

The debate over the 2012 Farm Bill is already under way. Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee,... More

Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

A Lincoln Journal Star series digs through the paper’s archives and finds treasure

In an effort to fill the Monday edition, traditionally a thin news day everywhere, city editor Peter Salter has tried... More

Ideas & Reviews

The Research Report

Snapshots of War

WikiLeaks isn’t the first site to publish controversial material from a war zone

In April, WikiLeaks released a graphic video entitled “Collateral Murder,” which shows U.S. soldiers shooting from a helicopter on a... More

Review

Top Gun

How the Kalashnikov conquered the world

The Gun | By C. J. Chivers | Simon & Schuster | 496 pages, $28 Oh, to imagine the world without... More

Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of a history of wartime public opinion and a biography of Time publisher Henry Luce

Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century | Edited by Kenneth Osgood... More

Review

Error, Folly, and Reversal

Strategic steps and missteps, from Pearl Harbor to Iraq

Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9/11, Iraq | By John W. Dower | W. W. Norton & Company | 640... More

Second Read

What It Was Like

Dispatches told why kids from Ohio came back so ‘eerily old’

In the fall of 1978, I was racing through Kent State University’s campus bookstore when a thin book, propped in... 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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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.