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January/February 2003
Higher Examination
Once treated with reverence, universities and colleges are now receiving more skeptical and probing coverage. But the economic downturn has prompted some news organizations to scale back their commitment to the beat.   > read more
By  Carl Sessions Stepp
Air of Uncertainty
Coverage of potential health problems near Ground Zero was slow to develop, as many news organizations simply accepted the reassurances of the EPA. The episode underscores the difficulty of covering questions with no clear answers.   > read more
By  Susan Q. Stranahan
Blinded by History
How political journalists relied too heavily on past patterns and conventional wisdom, missing what was really going on in the 2002 midterm election   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Poll Crazy
America's news organizations poll the public on a staggering variety of subjects, from Iraq to the sniper to whether Elvis is still alive. Does all of this surveying increase understanding, or does it simply amount to more random noise?   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Endangered Journalists
A percolating brew of drug cartels, right- wing paramilitary units and Marxist guerrillas: Welcome to Colombia, where some of those unhappy with coverage are more apt to communicate their views with death threats or the real thing than with letters to the editor.   > read more
By  Sherry Ricchiardi
What Is Journalism Education?
A college president rekindles the debate.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
A Prime-Time Player
And the importance of thinking big   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
Every Last Word
Sources who publish transcripts of their interviews? It’s becoming more common.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
So Long
Two Twin Cities TV stations drop daily in-depth segments.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
There They Go Again
In the name of (surprise!) security, the government blocks access to public information.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Worth a Try
Can customized tabloids attract those elusive 18- to-34-year-olds?   > read more
By  John Morton
Ground for Contention
Controversy surrounds an article about Ground Zero from The Atlantic Monthly   > read more
By  Steve Ritea
A Hole in One Paper’s Actions   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Reefer Madness
A publisher of pot literature takes issue with the name of a Chicago tabloid   > read more
By  Kelly Heyboer
They’ve Got Game
The craziest headlines win in a new game created by journalists   > read more
By  Carla Correa
The Truth Hurts
A series about heroin abuse in the Hartford Courant makes waves   > read more
By  Marcel Dufresne
Alt-weeklies Play Hard to Get with Adult Ads
It's getting a bit harder in some cities to find risque advertisements   > read more
By  Sarah Schaffer
Provocative Thoughts from an Outsider
Democracy and the News
By Herbert J. Gans
Oxford University Press
184 pages; $26   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp
That's Settled
Fired St. Louis radio call-in host Charles Jaco reaches a settlement with KMOX-AM's owner, Infinity Broadcasting.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
New at Knight Ridder
Veteran war correspondent Joseph L. Galloway and former Baltimore Sun editors James Asher and Stephen Henderson join Knight Ridder's Washington bureau.   > read more
By  Michael Duck
Iron City-Bound
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette names David M. Shribman, the Boston Globe's Washington bureau chief, to replace retiring Editor John G. Craig Jr.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Leaving His Baby
Neil Budde, Wall Street Journal Online publisher and founding force, departs to pursue other opportunities.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
She's Not Bashful
CNN producer Dana Bash moves to the other side of the camera to become a White House correspondent.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
The Old Switcheroo
Gannett editors Tom Callinan and Ward Bushee trade jobs, with Callinan going to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Bushee moving to the Arizona Republic.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
The Philadelphia Inquirer loses its full-time ombudsman as Lillian Swanson gives up the position to return to editing.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Trial by Ice
Neil Offen, the new editor of the Chapel Hill Herald, starts his job two days before an ice storm slams North Carolina.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Around & About
Media moves.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Cliché Corner   > read more

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