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September / October 2008


Hope I Die . . .
Will the Chicago Reader finally grow up? Should it?
By Edward McClelland
Parliament’s Peanut Gallery
The wit and wisdom of Britain’s sketch writers
By James Kirchick
The Ploughman 
and the Professor
Consumer reporting in the age of the wise crowd
By Evan Cornog
After the Accident
A reporter’s road back to life and work
By Emily Brady
In the Beginning
From a consumer movement to consumerism
By Trudy Lieberman
The Bigger Tent
Forget Who is a journalist; the important question is, What is journalism?
By Ann Cooper
Boiler Room
The business press is missing the crooked heart of the credit crisis
By Dean Starkman
The Lee Abrams Experience
How to hear the man who would transform Tribune
By Robert Love
Blind Spot
Seeing Iraq through Uncle Sam’s eyes
By Michael Massing
Attitude Adjustment
How the Internet could usher in a new golden age of consumer journalism
By David Cay Johnston


Louts Out
How to police message boards and comments
By Adam Rose
Blame It On Aécio
A journalism student's video documentary took on the issue of governmental press manipulation in Brazil.
By Elizabeth Tuttle
Darts and Laurels
Laurel and Mini-Dart to the Baltimore Sun
Send tips and suggestions to
By Lawrence Lanahan
About Those Anonymice
A research project evaluates how closely NYT reporters adhere to the paper's anonymous sourcing policy
By Cassandra Lizaire and Alicia Tejada II
What Are Newspapers Selling?
Time to mine the depth and knowledge niche
By The Editors

Ideas + Reviews

The Research Report
Too Good to Be True?
Do local TV news viewers prefer Jim Lehrer to Kent Brockman?
By Michael Schudson & Danielle Haas
Brief Encounters
Short reviews of books about Masson v. New Yorker and immersion journalism at Harper's magazine.
By James Boylan
Some Kind of Journalist
Hunter S. Thompson: prolific, Bible-loving, workaholic
By David Gates
The Accidental Icon
How Jacob Riis went from the muck to muckraker
By Steve Weinberg
What Happens in War
Dexter Filkins's decade in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq
By Anthony Swofford

Back Issues

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Top Stories
  • Parting Thoughts: An Invitation

    Give us your thoughts on journalism’s state and its future

  • Opening Bell: Oil Slicks

    As prices soar, U.S. looks for scapegoats; UBS ready to roll over; Jimmy Cayne, pariah; Rachael Ray, jihadi; etc.

  • Mort Rosenblum on Dispatches

    New quarterly bucks industry trend, exudes smart idealism

  • Cut the Dividends!

    Newspaper companies fork over hundreds of millions a year—and for what?

  • Opening Bell: The Hours

    Americans are working fewer, but not by choice; cuts on Wall Street; jobless ranks swell; etc.

  • Wiring Journalism 2.0

    Brad Stenger on the intersection of the press and computer science

  • Opening Bell

    In CJR's a.m. guide to the business press: Grim tidings on housing; WP says a veto threatened on bailouts; 50 bank failures? etc. etc.

  • The Opening Bell

    Pause in the panic; the Times on useless insurance; more bad news for a fallen titan, etc.