Must-reads of the week

Press freedom in Burma, Gawker makes office banter public, and Brazil mourns a soccer defeat.

Culled from CJR’s own stories, plus the frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the past week:

After the fall: An amazing profile of Lance Armstrong (Esquire) - “Here in purgatory, the mansion is smaller, but the wine cellar, paneled in rich mahogany and stocked with thousands of bottles, is truly magnificent.”

Daily Caller editor doubles down on Menendez ‘scoop’ (CJR) - Until The Washington Post’s story that it was a Cuban plot is proven true, Tucker Carlson says, there is nothing to correct. 

Reporting in Burma (CJR) - In this Southeast Asian country only recently released from the grip of a brutal, almost 50-year military junta, it turns out even lighthearted reporting evokes darkness.

Writing about writing about Taylor Swift’s writing (Pacific Standard) - ”[P]ieces about her piece had a better chance of getting that famous BuzzFeed ‘social lift’ because of the interest in the material (or, at least, the singer).” 

Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public (CJR) - Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom? 

The saddest post-World Cup front pages in Brazil (NYMag) - The despair overcomes language barriers.

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