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September/October 2012

Articles

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Feature

Alternative ending

Bruce R. Brugmann, one of the last of the alt-weekly lions, is calling it quits. Sort of.

Bruce B. Brugmann is a stubborn guy who sticks to his point of view, even as the world he... More

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Feature

The oys of October

A longtime Boston Red Sox fan asks, Why does hometown coverage of the troubled team sound so damn gleeful?

“I don’t even go outside anymore,” David Ortiz, the slimmed-down slugger for the Boston Red Sox, was telling an... More

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Feature

No habla Español

The new Latino media universe is young, political, and all-American

Lalo Alcaraz has always embraced the word pocho. It refers to Mexican-Americans who have lost their Mexican culture and... More

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Cover Story

Will the Daily Bugle survive?

How the most endangered journalism species — the newspaper — might prevent extinction

Excerpted from Deadlines and Disruption, by Stephen B. Shepard, published by McGraw-Hill, © 2012 With the traditional business model collapsing,... More

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Cover Story

Failing geometry

The once-mighty triangle of publisher-audience-advertiser, long the basis for success in the media business, is now shaky. So let’s consider transformation …

In 1830, a publisher named Lynde Walter launched a Boston paper called The Boston Evening Transcript. Transcript’s most important... More

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Cover Story

Long may it wave

The traditional banner ad isn’t dead; it just transforms to fit the latest digital fashions — and the demands (lots of demands) from marketers

Fifteen years ago, when I was an editor at New York magazine, I had a little side project: I got... More

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Cover Story

Made for you and me

In Tulsa, This Land Press is defying news-startup orthodoxy and betting that its community will pay for quality journalism — not eventually, but right now

Across the street from a Fastenal hardware store in the shadow of Tulsa’s aging art-deco skyline, the staff of... More

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Cover Story

What’s the best model for a digital news business?

Let’s compare three well-funded local news startups - with very distinct fates

Too often, conversations about the evolution of media seem to pit defensive, old-school journalists against arrogant, tech-savvy upstarts. But in... More

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Cover Story

The genuine article

What is the atomic unit of journalistic storytelling?

The news story is suffering an identity crisis. For a century at least, it was secure in the knowledge that... More

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Cover Story

Murder Inc.

A crime-news website tells the story of every DC homicide

Laura Norton Amico spent the summer trying to find a newsroom in Washington, DC, to take over Homicide Watch,... More

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Cover Story

Journalism by numbers

It’s time to embrace the growing influence of real-time data on the media business

Everywhere we go, everything we do, we send signals. Simple acts create streams of data, whether it is crossing... More

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Cover Story

By the people

For better and worse, the Sacramento Press lets the readers write the news

Thirty-one-year-old Ben Ilfeld launched Sacramento Press in October 2008, with the goal of making hyperlocal news and information an interactive... More

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Cover Story

Perks, not paywalls

The Voice of San Diego’s new membership strategy ties funding to “family”

According to its motto, the Voice of San Diego is “irreverent, honest and engaging” in its pursuit of community news.... More

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Cover Story

App pupil

USC Annenberg journalism professor Robert Hernandez rounds up great tools for gathering and presenting news

Robert Hernandez may be a professor, but he considers himself “a hackademic” who encourages digital journalists and technologists to share... More

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Feature

The boy in the bubble

Ezra Klein rewrites the role of Washington wunderkind

He’s impossibly young, infuriatingly accomplished, and impressively wonky. In a town full of journalistic flop sweat, he glides instead... More

Departments

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Currents

The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

- Erie Times-News, 6/13/12 - BBCNews.com, 6/12/12 - The Des Moines Register, 7/5/12 - Brand Republic News, 7/5/12 - Bellingham... More

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Darts and Laurels

Darts and Laurels

That’s sick

The Daily Caller drew some odd conclusions from a June survey of physicians, when it published a report with... More

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Currents

Beyond ‘Deep Throat’

Reporters find themselves in odd situations

Eric Zorn, columnist, Chicago Tribune I covered a nudist convention for the Tribune in a health club. Going with... More

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Currents

Last lick?

A fudgsicle fan can’t escape his past

On a hot August day in 1995, a Baltimore Sun photographer snapped this picture of three-year-old John Boias. It... More

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Currents

Hard Numbers

Who do you trust?

193 pages in the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision 2 pages of the decision CNN and Fox News producers... More

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Currents

When Worlds Collide

NPR interns devoured by music-site trolls!

Newsrooms tend to shield their interns from the rougher side of the news business. But this summer, two NPR interns... More

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Currents

Sree Tips

Social-media etiquette for journalists

Q: What’s the latest thinking on following back everyone who follows you on Twitter? Is this something we are... More

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Currents

Why stop there?

Anna Wintour is not the next ambassador to Britain, but …

In June, Anna Wintour was (briefly) rumored to be under consideration by the Obama administration as its next ambassador... More

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Currents

Have at it

Can’t draw? No problem

For years, Nik Kowsar managed to stay out of jail while building a reputation as Iran’s most infamous political... More

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Currents

Open Bar

Tom and Jerry’s

Tom and Jerry's 288 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY Year opened 1993 Distinguishing features A collection of mugs and bowls inscribed... More

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to our July/August issue

Gyno-mite Your list of “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years” (CJR, July/August) is impressive... More

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Editorial

Tale of the tape … so far

Lessons for a year of scrutinizing campaign coverage

In two months, Americans will elect a president and determine who controls Congress. We’ve been tracking the coverage of... More

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Opening Shot

Opening Shot

Drawing attention to the decline in local accountability reporting

The current media revolution has brought many encouraging changes, but also a worrisome decline in accountability reporting, especially at... More

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Currents

Language Corner

Few grudges

“Grudge,” from an old German word meaning “lament,” is a lot of fun to say. The noun “grudge” means “hostility... More

Ideas & Reviews

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The Research Report

TMI

How are we managing the daily flood of information?

Information overload goes back at least to Ecclesiastes—“of making many books there is no end.” And according to historian Ann... More

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Review

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Anonymous in Their Own Names and At the Fights

Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale, and Jane Grant | By Susan Henry | Vanderbilt University... More

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Review

The lying game

Is it ever okay to tell a whopper in the name of journalism?

In 2007, investigative journalist Ken Silverstein went undercover to test Washington lobbyists’ taste for sleaze. Using an alias, Silverstein... More

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Second Read

Rocky Mountain fever

Gene Fowler’s Timber Line celebrates the chicanery and showmanship of the original Denver Post

In the winter of 1907, Denver showed the rest of the nation how to fight a newspaper war. The... More

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Essay

Fighting words

How war reporters can resist the loaded language of their beat

Last year, I visited Bogotá, Colombia, to teach a seminar on conflict reporting. Afterward, a soldier missing two legs and... More

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Review

Talking trash

What’s more important, human dignity or freedom of speech?

The lead article in the sports section of the July 1 New York Times was about an Italian football... More

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Q and A

Identity crisis

Journatic’s short-lived editorial director Mike Fourcher weighs in

In July, just 10 weeks after he started work as the editorial director of Journatic, Mike Fourcher announced on... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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