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March 2002
The Vanessa Leggett Saga
An aspiring true-crime author with virtually no writing credentials spent nearly six months in jail rather than turn over all of her notes, tapes and other materials to law enforcement authorities. Here’s a look at the making of an unlikely martyr for the First Amendment.   > read more
By  Guillermo X. Garcia
Appointment in Somalia
A behind-the-scenes look at how reporter Mark Bowden penetrated the military culture and painstakingly reconstructed, minute by minute, the story of “Black Hawk Down.”   > read more
By  Alicia C. Shepard
Blacked Out
The Bush administration’s strict controls have made it very difficult for journalists to provide a full picture of the war in Afghanistan. The situation will get even tougher in the coming months, as covert U.S. military activity spreads to other countries.   > read more
By  Nina J. Easton
Back to Earth
What has become of the journalists who left traditional news organizations for the once high-flying dotcoms and the magazines that covered them?   > read more
By  Doug Brown
Covering the Boss
Bloomberg News grapples with an unprecedented problem: Its owner is the new mayor of the world’s financial capital.   > read more
By  Alina Tugend
Profit Fever Revisited
An analysis of the stockholders of publicly owned papers shows that Wall Street’s role in shaping the news business is considerably more nuanced than is often acknowledged.   > read more
By  Miles Maguire
Taking Care of Business
As the economy tightens, interaction between the editorial and business sides of newspapers is becoming more widespread. In its effort to make money, is the industry rumbling unawares down a slippery slope?   > read more
By  Sharyn Vane
A Worm’s-Eye View of the Media Elite   > read more
By  Catherine Seipp
Go Slow on Cross-Ownership
It would be bad news for news consumers.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Greta Expectations
The cable news follies--that’s entertainment.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
Using the Right Tool
The Spokesman-Review’s e-mail database cuts down on legwork.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
At What Price Publicity?
The gun-toting, self-important Geraldo is not an asset to Fox News.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
Banned from the Courtroom
Despite worldwide interest, a federal judge rules against electronic coverage of the Zacarias Moussaoui case.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Out of Reach
Fewer and fewer papers are distributed to a high percentage of local homes.   > read more
By  John Morton
The One That Got Away
How did the press miss the Enron story?   > read more
By  Kelly Heyboer
Digging Deep for Deep Throat
Investigative ace close to revealing one of journalism's great secrets   > read more
By  John Bebow
It's Not You, It's Mee Xiong
The St. Paul Pioneer Press goof that just won't die   > read more
By  Burl Gilyard
The Old and the Restless
Florida columnist serializes fictional condo soap opera   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
D'oh, a Deer
Media caught in headlights by Internet hoax   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Anger Weakens the Argument
Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News

By Bernard Goldberg

Regnery Publishing

232 pages; $27.95   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp

Burgin Record
Peripatetic editor David Burgin loses—for the second time in his career—the top editorial job at the San Francisco Examiner.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
A Near-Death Experience
The owners of the Jersey Journal almost close the paper when union negotiations over cutting half the staff break down.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Back to Business
The Missouri School of Journalism names Martha Steffens, former editor of Binghamton, New York’s Press & Sun Bulletin and the San Francisco Examiner, to its new endowed chair in business and financial journalism.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Departing Diva
Lisa Simeone reclaims her Saturday and Sunday evenings, quitting NPR’s “Weekend All Things Considered” after a year and a half.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Can’t Get Enough
At age 60, Charles B. Camp leaves a senior editing job at the Dallas Morning News to become chief projects reporter at Kentucky’s Lexington Herald-Leader.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Need Mora Viewers
Chicago’s WBBM-TV snags anchor Antonio Mora from ABC’s “Good Morning America.”   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Double Duty
John Cherwa, the Chicago Tribune’s assistant managing editor for sports, takes on two new jobs, one at Tribune Co., the other at the Orlando Sentinel.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Pruning the Portal
The head of Pulitzer Inc.’s financially struggling Web site STLtoday, which includes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, resigns and 15 staffers are laid off.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
This ‘n’ That   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Cliché Corner   > read more
By  Jill Rosen