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May / June 2008


Cover Story
Lost Media, Found Media
Snapshots from the future of writing
By Alissa Quart
Cover Story
The Future of Reading
Ezra Klein discusses Amazon's Kindle in print and video
By Ezra Klein
The Devil in the Details
Polls reinforce reporters' stereotypes about evangelicals
By Lester Feder
My Year in the Trenches
A veteran editor goes back to square one, and learns something new
By Mike Pride
Shop Stewards
Der Spiegel’s employee-owners gave their boss the boot. Now they must prove they can revive the venerable German magazine.
By Konstantin Richter
Saved by the Shield
A reporter recalls his legal crucible after the Chiquita story
By Cameron McWhirter


Short Takes
Outsourced Edit?
Newspaper ad departments are already outsourcing to India. Is editorial next?
By Ben Frumin
Short Takes
Jay-Z? Shawn Carter? Mr. Z?
By Chris Faraone
Darts and Laurels
Dart to the Ottawa Citizen
Send tips and comments to
By Clint Hendler
Who Will Tell Us?
Journalism is losing its reporters
By The Editors
Short Takes
Mission Revisited
Pundits paved the way to "Mission Accomplished"
By Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky

Ideas + Reviews

Brief Encounters
Short reviews of books about the Pulitzers, early African American journalism, and the relationship between advertisers and consumers
By James Boylan
America's Think Tank
Politics warps a new history of the mysterious RAND Corporation
By Benjamin Schwarz
What We Sow
The maddening folly of our man-made pension crisis
By James Surowiecki
Q and A
Worse Than It Seems
Drilling down to the rotten foundation of the economic crisis
By Dean Starkman
Best Face Forward
At the Newseum, a troubled industry looks good under glass
By Julia M. Klein
Love Thy Neighbor
The religion beat in an age of intolerance
By Tim Townsend
The Research Report
Getting Bit
When sound bites get snack-sized
By Michael Schudson & Danielle Haas

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.