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December 1999
When Disaster Strikes
How should a news organization respond to credibility crises over plagiarism, fabrication and the like? Editors, some of whom have been there, offer hard-earned wisdom on what to do.   > read more
By  Don Campbell
How Bad Is Big?
Hold back the tears: Megamergers such as the CBS/Viacom deal may well be good news for journalism, a veteran media writer suggests.   > read more
By  Paul Farhi
Journalists at Risk
The First Amendment provides little comfort for many of the United States' foreign-language journalists, who face the threat of physical violence, sometimes fatal, from their readers.   > read more
By  William Kleinknecht
Prodigious Progeny
Many of today’s successful journalists come by it naturally: They’re following the career path of a parent.   > read more
By  Karen Lee Scrivo
The State of The American Newspaper
Feeling the Heat

Long overlooked, America’s weeklies are being snapped up by hungry chains. Along the way, more community voices are being lost.   > read more
By  Buzz Bissinger
A Humbling Career Launch
“Were there any Americans on that boat?” a flustered radio writer is asked during his interminably long, first night on the job.   > read more
By  Marvin Kalb
A Family Weekly Does It Right
In Georgia, the Espys have been at it since 1906.   > read more
By  Reese Cleghorn
A Costly Rookie Mistake
The L.A. Times pays the price for its publisher's lack of newspaper experience.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
The Company That Would Be King
Will the Viacom-CBS merger lead to better and cheaper programming?   > read more
By  Douglas Gomery
Happy Holidays for Online Retailers
Is the Internet the shopping mall of the future?   > read more
By  David Carlson
Muzzling the Media in the Name of Privacy
France and Hong Kong move to quash press “excesses.”   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
A Fresh Approach to Boosting Circulation
Newspapers should make more creative use of the demographic data they have on hand.   > read more
By  John Morton
Online Cheerleading for Golf?   > read more
By  Chris Harvey
AJR Asks
What is the best perk associated with your job?   > read more
By  AJR Staff
Livin’ La Vida Overdone
Ricky Martin is a teen sensation. And, it appears, a media sensation--providing inspiration for muchos headlines and irresistible phrases. You really know you’re a pop-culture phenomenon when…   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
“Inside the Adult Brain”   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Setting Up Mobsters in the Press?   > read more
By  Jon Marcus
Sacred Satire   > read more
By  Kent German
Reporters with a Cause   > read more
By  Natalie Pompilio
A Flexible Approach to Style and Language
The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage

By Allan M. Siegal and William G. Connolly
Times Books
384 pages; $35   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp

Jumping the Fence
Tom Griscom, former political editor at the Chattanooga News-Free Press, returns to the city as executive editor of the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
A Two-way Threat
Not only has Lowell Bergman gained the honor of having Al Pacino portray him in film, but the former “60 Minutes” staff producer’s byline has been popping up in the New York Times as well.   > read more
By  Danielle Christophe
Philosophical Differences
After more than two years as executive editor of the Binghamton, New York, Press & Sun-Bulletin, Martha M. Staffens is suddenly out of the job.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson &  Carol Guensburg
A Landmark Investment
The 88,103-circulation Greensboro News & Record in North Carolina adds 53 new positions and invests $13 million in new technology.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson &  Carol Guensburg
Burgeoning Bloomberg
Bloomberg News' Washington bureau makes 15 hires this year, seven for new positions.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson &  Carol Guensburg
Bits 'n' Pieces
New Orleans' Times Picayune President Linda Dennery becomes publisher of Newark's Star-Ledger.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson &  Carol Guensburg
Cliché Corner   > read more
By  Lori Robertson