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January / February 2008


Cover Story
Secrets of the City
What The Wire reveals about urban journalism
By Lawrence Lanahan
What Would You Do?
The journalism that tweaks reality, then reports what happens
By Daniel Weiss
The Language of Strangers
How a hotshot editor with big ideas failed to comprehend the soul of community journalism
By Jonathan Rowe
Checkbook Journalism Revisited
Sometimes we owe our sources everything
By Robert Boynton
The Redemption of Chris Rose
Like his city and his newspaper, a survivor
By Barry Yeoman


Short Takes
Games in Palestine
Can a video game replicate reporting in a war-torn country?
By David Cohn
Short Takes
Military Embeds: The World Tour
A military's handling of the media says a lot about its nation
By David Axe
Darts and Laurels
Laurel to the editorial staff of Stars and Stripes
Send tips and suggestions to
By Clint Hendler
On the Job
Bloggers of the world, unite!
By Chris Mooney
Supply and Demand
Journalism must invest in educated consumers
By The Editors

Ideas + Reviews

Brief Encounters
Short reviews of books: Woodward and Bernstein, the U.S. record on torture, and media populism
By James Boylan
May I Speak Freely?
Anthony Lewis on the First Amendment's march to victory
By Aryeh Neier
Appetite for Fear
David Everitt's history of the pamphleteers who hunted 'pinkos'
By David Hajdu
The Research Report
Leaps and Bounds
Paranoia: as American as your (possibly poisoned) apple pie
By Michael Schudson & Danielle Haas
Second Read
Uncomfortable Truth
P. Sainath reminds us that India is still a poor country
By Naresh Fernandes
Q and A
Keeping Poverty on the Page
Covering an old problem in new ways
By Mary Ellen Schoonmaker
Big Fish and Small Fry
In his new book, Robert McChesney overstates the threat to democracy posed by corporate media
By Carlin Romano

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.