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March / April 2007


Cover Story
The Race
Newspapers have a bright future as print-digital hybrids after all -- but they'd better hurry.
By Robert Kuttner
Capturing Cuba
Ann Louise Bardach has spent fifteen years in relentless pursuit of the island nation, its dictator, its exiles, and their secrets.
By Bree Nordenson
Before Jon Stewart
Fake news is back, but our tolerance for it isn't what it was before journalism donned the mantle of authority.
By Robert Love
The Epidemic
That gee-whiz medical segment on your local TV news? It was produced and written by the very hospital it's touting.
By Trudy Lieberman

Ideas + Reviews

The Opt-Out Myth
Most mothers have to work to make ends meet but the press writes mostly about the elite few who don't.
By E.J. Graff
Crude Realities
Two histories of the oil business.
By Daphne Eviatar
Second Read
Corps Values
Thomas E. Ricks's 1997 book Making the Corps describes a society's relationship to its warriors.
By Russell Working


Blinded by Dubai
While the press gawks, workers are dying.
By The Editors
Darts and Laurels
Darts & Laurels
Send tips and comments to
By Gloria Cooper
Q and A
Beyond the Cartoon Controversy: Q & A with Flemming Rose
Fifteen months after he enraged the Muslim world, Danish editor Flemming Rose's conscience is clear.
By Alia Malek
On the Contrary
Missing Middle
That gaping hole in our national news report is called the Midwest.
By Michael Massing
The Research Report
A Long View of Layoffs
A reason to worry less about the future of the newspaper industry
By Michael Schudson & Tony Dokoupil
On the Job
Dark Days
Labor loses more ground in the newsroom
By Julia M. Klein
On the Job
When Beats Collide
When an oil refinery blew, reporters at The Houston Chronicle got a lesson in synergy.
By Lynn J. Cook

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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.