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November 2001
ASSIGNMENT: Afghanistan
Journalists reporting from the front lines in one of the world’s harshest landscapes encounter no shortage of obstacles and dangers.   > read more
By  Sherry Ricchiardi
The Videophone War
The new technology enabled television photographers to provide viewers with a closer look at the early days of the fighting in Afghanistan. That look, however, wasn’t crystal clear.   > read more
By  Elizabeth Wasserman
Ignoring the Warning
The national media, like the federal government, didn’t pay much attention to a high-level commission’s dissection of the nation’s security weaknesses in the face of terrorist threats.   > read more
By  Susan Paterno
40 Hours in Hell
A New York Times reporter chronicles her marathon coverage of the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack, including 28 hours at Ground Zero.   > read more
By  Katherine E. Finkelstein
After the Adrenaline
Once the excitement of chasing the big story subsides, journalists struggle to cope with the horror of the tragic events they’ve witnessed.   > read more
By  Sherry Ricchiardi
Anchoring the Nation
The network anchors are far more than journalists during times of national crisis. As they reassure the public, they play the roles, consciously or not, of minister, counselor, leader—which can make it tricky when they have to once again raise tough questions about government policy.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Anatomy of an Urban Legend
How the bogus notion that CNN’s footage of Palestinians celebrating the September 11 attacks was actually a decade old took root on the Internet.   > read more
By  Christopher Callahan
Not So Bad
The performance of online news sites on September 11 was better than the early reviews suggest.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
Double Whammy
News organizations confront the daunting combination of higher newsgathering costs and sagging ad revenues.   > read more
By  Paul Farhi
The Rookies
Thanks to an acute shortage of television producers, many young, inexperienced journalists are holding down those critically important positions on local newscasts. And sometimes it shows.   > read more
By  Chris Tuohey
Mike’ll Get Ya
Michael Getler has proven to be the toughest ombudsman at the Washington Post in a long time. What’s the impact of a hard-hitting in-house critic on a newspaper?   > read more
By  David A. Markiewicz
So Say Something
Too much writing in America’s newspapers is awfully bland.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Getting Serious
Substance is back in vogue in the culture and in the news media.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
The Great Online Wall
China tries to regulate Internet news content from within and outside its borders.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
It Isn’t Over
TV news has some lessons to learn as it covers the ongoing terrorism story.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
Waving the Flag
The press must maintain its watchdog role in wartime.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Tossing the Budget Aside
Newspapers performed nobly in spite of the downturn.   > read more
By  John Morton
Terrorism Trumps Release of Election Review
A consortium of the nation's most prestigious news organizations has stalled the release of its presidential election ballot analysis, citing commitment to coverage of September 11 as the cause.   > read more
By  Janet Kolodzy
September 11 Hawaii Hoax
The media reports Curtis Larson's erroneous tale of his son and daughter-in-law's death aboard one of the airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center.   > read more
By  Natalie Pompilio
Libeled Lions?
Photographs of fake mountain lions angers at least one reader of Discover Magazine.   > read more
By  Shannon Canton
Phoenix Food Fight
The alt-weekly Phoenix New Times chastises Arizona Republic food critic Howard Seftel for recycling his columns--and publishes his picture in the process.   > read more
By  Lonnie Shekhtman
The Freedom Forum’s Shrinking Endowment
Severe stock-market losses cause the nonprofit foundation to close its satellite offices and significantly reduce its staff, in favor of continuing the relocation of its popular Newseum.   > read more
By  Kelly Heyboer
The Collectible Columnist
Sid Hartman, longtime sports columnist for Minneapolis' Star Tribune, is now a bobblehead doll.   > read more
By  Burl Gilyard
Books
Journalism with Passion and Spirit Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America
By Rodger Streitmatter
Columbia University Press
340 pages; $18.50 paperback

Voices of Revolution” is a useful if unrevolutionary history of America’s non-mainstream press—until the last two pages. At that point, the author incites his own little rebellion.   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp

The Right Thing
Vickie Walton-James is named chief of the Chicago Tribune's Washington bureau, replacing James Warren, who returns to the Windy City as deputy managing editor/features..   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Knight Ridder Shuffle I
Harold Higgins leaves the publisher's post at the Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California, to become publisher of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, where he once worked as a reporter.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Knight Ridder Shuffle II
Lou Heldman, publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, is chosen as publisher of the Wichita Eagle after Peter Pitz announces his retirement.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Applied Research
Newspaper consultant and researcher Sharon Peters returns to the newsroom as editor of the Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Going Golden
Des Moines Register Editor Dennis Ryerson leaves his native Iowa to become editorial page editor at the San Jose Mercury News.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Oops
A CNN press release incorrectly announces the departure of Bernard Kalb from the network's "Reliable Sources" program.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
This 'n' That
Gary Farrugia will become editor and publisher of the Day in New London, Connecticut.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Darkened Set
ABC affiliate KDNL in St. Louis shuts down its news operation.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Cliché Corner
Ratchet up vs. Ramp up   > read more
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