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December/January 2004
News Blackout
The FCC was getting ready to loosen the rules limiting media concentration. A grassroots movement had sprung up to derail the plan. But you wouldn’t have learned much about the controversy from many news outlets owned by the big conglomerates that were eager to cash in.   > read more
By  Charles Layton
The Women
A behind-the-scenes, step-by-step look at how the Los Angeles Times put together its controversial, last- minute story about allegations that Arnold Schwarzenegger had groped women without their consent.   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Star Power
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s celebrity status attracted massive media attention to California’s recall election, and not just in the Golden State. It also enabled the actor to cruise to victory while largely ignoring political reporters.   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
The British Invasion
Many Americans searching for a different view of the war in Iraq turned to the British Broadcasting Corp. Does the BBC offer a more aggressive and complete approach to the news, or a tilt to the left— or both?   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
The Next Level
For years Dean Singleton and quality journalism were rarely used in the same sentence. But now Singleton is talking the talk about his flagship Denver Post. Will he spring for the resources to allow his ambitious editor to make the paper one of the nation�s elite?   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Why Do People Read Newspapers?
A massive research effort by the NAA- and ASNE-backed Readership Institute endeavored to find out. Now newspapers are heeding some of the findings in an effort to reverse the persistent circulation slide.   > read more
By  Carl Sessions Stepp
Resurfacing in Scranton
Larry Beaupre was a big-time editor until he took the fall for the Cincinnati Enquirer’s ill-fated Chiquita series. Five years later, he’s trying to breathe life into two newspapers with a combined circulation of 61,000 in a struggling former coal town in Pennsylvania.   > read more
By  Randy Diamond
Ambushed by the Press
A feel-good photo-op for a recovering burn victim turns into a vulture-like media attack.   > read more
By  Francene Cucinello
Correction   > read more
By  AJR Staff
The Sound of Silence
Despite too little news coverage, the people rise up against media consolidation.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Caught in the Crossfire
Viewing journalism through an ideological lens   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
It’s the Little Ads
Intrusive pop-ups can’t compare to ads paired with related content.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
An Unhealthy Mix
Editorializing is good, but not as part of the newscast.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
A Fragile Privilege
May journalists refuse to turn over notes and reveal their sources to the courts?   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Churn, Baby, Churn
It takes constant tending to maintain subscription levels.   > read more
By  John Morton
Bloggin’ in the Newsroom
Despite a few early pitfalls, newspapers are catching on--slowly--to the spontaneous and opinionated world of blogging.   > read more
By  Kelly Heyboer
Getting Religion
Reporters are tapping an online resource to find expert sources for stories about religion.   > read more
By  Melissa Cirillo
Rapping on the “Glass”   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Media Troop Withdrawal
Since the official war in Iraq ended, most organizations have pulled way back on the number of staffers they have in the area.   > read more
By  Steve Ritea
Missing the Story
A study finds that newspapers in the fast-growing West are falling short in covering development issues.   > read more
By  Zenitha Prince
Ask and Ask Again (and Again)   > read more
By  Christopher Landers
The Meanest Editor of Them All
The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism

By James McGrath Morris
Fordham University Press
440 pages; $30   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp

Jumping the Pond
The New York Times' Foreign Editor Alison Smale becomes managing editor of the International Herald Tribune.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Old Story, New Twist
While layoffs are never easy, a Vermont TV station proves after closing its newsroom that its possible for a company to take the high road.   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Newsroom to Classroom   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Telling Stories   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Up the River   > read more
By  Christina Cepero
Etc.   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Cliché Corner   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Measuring Depth   > read more
Depending on Your Politics   > read more
The Kult of Krispy Kreme   > read more
Young ’uns Online   > read more
Here for the Taking   > read more