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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Out on Assignment and Famous Long Ago

Out on Assignment: Newspaper Women and the Making of Modern Public Space | By Alice Fahs | University of North... More

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All on the same page

A new essay collection suggests technology will enhance book culture, not kill it

Mark Bauerlein, an english professor at Emory University and the author of the 2004 National Endowment for the Arts study... More

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Deconstruction boom

Barlett & Steele hammer away, again, at the middle-class decline

Meet Barbara Joy Whitehouse, known as Joy, whose life story seems to constitute a catalogue of misfortune. The widow of... More

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Blinded by the fight

In a new book on poverty in America, the authors’ lectures undercut their message

In 2009, reporter Chris Hedges and cartoonist Joe Sacco set out to capture the state of American desperation. Over the... More

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Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Hitlerland and Yazoo

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power | By Andrew Nagorski | Simon & Schuster | 385 pages,... More

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A master’s missteps

Fixated on Kapuscinski’s flaws, a new biography misses the point

Celebrated for his reportage about world-changing events and leaders of his day—the Iranian Revolution, Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution,... More

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The re-entry problem

America’s tough-on-crime policies didn’t work. Now what?

Over the course of eight days in 1978, a 15-year-old terror named Willie Bosket managed to satisfy his curiosity about... More

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The astroturf Cassandra

Why hacks like Andrew Keen really fear the social Web

Long before Facebook or Foursquare, men like the late management consultant Martin Jay Levitt were connoisseurs of social networks. At... More

Brief Encounters

Short reviews of Ghost of the Ozarks, News for All the People and After the Fall

Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South | By Brooks Blevins | University of Illinois Press... More

Reading Room

An illustrated review of the New York Post’s app

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Your Black Muslim History

A new book tackles issues larger than one murdered reporter

Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism's Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist | By Thomas Peele... More

Heap of Trouble

Katherine Boo chronicles life inside a Mumbai slum

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity | By Katherine Boo | Random House |... More

Brief Encounters

Reviewing anthologies on food in wartime reporting and the best of Wolcott Gibbs

Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar: Stories of Food During Wartime by the World’s Leading Correspondents Edited by Matt McAllester |... More

The Tea Party Paradox

A democratic movement that is anti-democratic at heart

It remains one of the mysteries of our political age: How did a Wall Street-spawned meltdown and the worst recession... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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.