We hear a lot—though not nearly enough—about what it’s like to be a soldier returning from duty in Iraq: the culture shock, the pain, the sharp angles of the transition. But it’s rare to hear about what that transition can be like for a reporter. The New York Times’s Damien Cave, who covered Iraq for the paper between July 2006 and December 2007, has written a fascinating journal of re-entry, documenting the fourteen weeks since he first arrived in Miami Beach (Cave is now the Times’s Miami bureau chief) after leaving Iraq. It’s a compelling narrative, both reflective and raw, and certainly worth a read.
01:00 PM - May 23, 2008
Back from Baghdad
‘See you on the other side’ - Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism
#Realtalk: This is the best moment to be in journalism - The old stuff isn’t coming back, but that’s okay
Streams of consciousness - Millennials expect a steady diet of quick-hit, social-media-mediated bits and bytes. What does that mean for journalism?
Sticking with the truth - How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism
An ink-stained stretch - Can Aaron Kushner save the Orange County Register—and the newspaper industry?
“If you wouldn’t mind using another publication to advertise your infringement tool, we’d appreciate it”
“[A]s flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush’s administration”
“Reporters are increasingly skeptical about Carney’s demeanor and the veracity of some answers”
A future where writers can gain wealth through a “freelance economy”
She replies she’s an atheist
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.