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The Magazine

September/October 2013

Articles

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Feature

Cold comfort

How to dress for Arctic success

Back in the day, arctic explorers had it easy. In order to dress for expeditions, they simply approached Inuit hunters... More

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Feature

Déjà news

The FCC ignores local TV news’ quiet consolidation strategy

A strange thing happens when you turn on the news in Hawaii. Tune into the 10pm local newscast on KGMB,... More

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Feature

The Gray Lady blushes

A former Times sportswriter recalls a primmer era

Chuck Ramsey, the New York Jets' punter, was crying. it was 1979 and the first time I I had ever... More

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Cover Story

What is journalism for?

A range of perspectives on the question

In his 1999 book, What Are Journalists For?, which told the story of the civic-journalism movement, Jay Rosen suggested that... More

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Cover Story

Who, what, when, where, why, and how

CJR asks the question: What is journalism for?

From high-school teachers to new-media whiz kids, conservative pundits to liberal wonks, African poets to Google executives, CJR asked dozens... More

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Cover Story

The ‘awayness’ problem

I was there, you weren’t; let me tell you about it

The elemental question that CJR has asked me to address, "What is journalism for?" is 100 times better than the... More

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Cover Story

Identity crisis

Why journalists should drop the push for special protection and just defend freedom of expression

When young people took to the streets of Istanbul in June to rally to preserve a downtown park, the... More

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Cover Story

Accidental journalists

What happens when a bunch of outsiders with no journalism experience buy an island newspaper?

"Land ho!" shouts a redheaded boy, finger pointing over the guardrail of the ferryboat's upper deck. His mother holds onto... More

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Cover Story

To the barricades

Is it okay that Ukraine’s journalists are using protests and political theater to fight for press freedom?

One breezy morning in June, a group of leading Ukrainian journalists drove to the small village of Novi Petrivtsi,... More

Departments

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Opening Shot

Opening Shot

Across the great gun divide

In the nine months since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the rekindled debate over gun control has... More

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Editorial

Divided we fall

Journalism matters; it’s time to start acting like we believe it

In the July/August issue of CJR, Francesca Borri wrote a powerful essay about the plight of being a freelancer,... More

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Readers respond to our July/August issue

Power of the punchline Thanks for your article, Dannagal G. Young ("Lighten up," CJR, July/August). One thing you fail to... More

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Currents

Open Bar

Local Edition

Local Edition San Francisco, CA Year opened 2012 Owners Future Bars, aka Doug Dalton and Brian Sheehy Distinguishing features... More

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Language Corner

Language Corner

Nuclear attainment

An editorial discussed Iran's "determined program to attain nuclear-weapons capacity." Later, it cited pressure on Iran "to halt its aggressive... More

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Currents

Stranger than fiction

The new niche: gangsters

Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza crime syndicate, has published an official magazine that features satirical haikus and genteel articles about... More

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Currents

Hard Numbers

Waging the privacy war

55 percent of American voters identified Edward Snowden as a "whistleblower" in July 2013 34 percent of American voters identified... More

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Currents

Gaming

Playing for keeps

Busted! Hair Net Hero is part of a new breed of news game (Center for Investigative Reporting) Looking for... More

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Currents

What’s in my…bags

Alexia Tsotsis, TechCrunch

Alexia Tsotsis carries bags inside her bags. The 31-year-old San Francisco co-editor of TechCrunch carries enough stuff with her... More

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Currents

Innovation watch

Drill down in the Amazon

In 2008, Gustavo Faleiros, a reporter at the Brazilian news outlet O Eco, sought a way to synthesize the... More

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Currents

Up Next

If it ain’t broken…

Breaking News. Those two little words can sound a warning cry when uttered by a news anchor. But has the... More

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The Lower Case

The Lower Case

Headlines that editors probably wish they could take back

--Associated Press, 7/23/13 --San Francisco Chronicle, 7/20/13 --Gainesville Sun, 7/3/13 --Minneapolis Star Tribune, 7/22/13 More

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Darts and Laurels

Darts & Laurels

Racist jokes and fake quotes

DART to KTVU, the Fox affiliate in Oakland, CA, for its infamous broadcast of bogus, racist names for the... More

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On the Job

On the job

Boomdocks

Independent radio producer Todd Melby lives more than 600 miles from his wife and kids in a basement in... More

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Q and A

Exit Interview

Know your audience

In 1992, Rob Dean became editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, the main news source in a small... More

Ideas & Reviews

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Critical Eye

False fronts

The Act of Killing shatters Indonesia’s sense of itself

In the early hours of October 1, 1965, a group of junior officers in the Indonesian military assassinated six... More

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Second Read

In the name of the father

An editor who soared, then flew away

Here are some of the things and people that my father loved: Gregorian chant, Joe Louis, airplanes, the Detroit... More

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Reports

At the altar

The national conversation about same-sex marriage has shifted. What are the challenges now for the journalists who cover it?

On June 12, two weeks before the Supreme Court, in separate rulings, struck down parts of the Defense of... More

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Critical Eye

Original sin

The creation of email spam and its threat to the promise of the Internet

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet By Finn Brunton The MIT Press 270 pages Hardcover $27.95 In... More

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Critical Eye

Blurry verge

The line between democracy and a darker social order is thinner than you think

The House of Journalists: A Novel By Tim Finch Farrar, Straus and Giroux 304 pages Hardcover $26 When... More

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Critical Eye

Brief encounters

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather | Edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout | Alfred A. Knopf... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

Bloggingheads

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

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