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February/March 2004
Et Tu, “Nightline”?
The Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson sagas are the latest manifestations of the media’s infatuation with celebrity--even Ted Koppel ditched President Bush for the erstwhile King of Pop. But is that so wrong? In an era with so many sources of news, is celebrity overkill a major threat to the republic?   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Indianapolis 500
The Indianapolis Star hasn’t really had 500 editors in recent years, although it might seem that way to the whipsawed staff. The paper has dealt with fallout from a tumultuous merger, undergone an ownership change and witnessed a revolving door of newsroom managers. Now a new leadership team is inspiring hopes of better times ahead.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Wild Pitch
Dean Singleton’s Berkshire Eagle campaigned aggressively for a new baseball stadium to help revitalize down- town Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Singleton even offered to pony up $2 million for the ballpark. But voters rejected the plan, and the paper’s civic activism thrust it into a credibility-straining controversy, attracting pitcher/ author Jim Bouton and PBS’ Bill Moyers as critics.   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
The State of the American Newspaper
Local Heroes

They don’t have the exposure, clout or access of the reporters in Washington’s major bureaus. They don’t necessarily chase the glamorous story of the day. Instead, the capital’s regional reporters focus resolutely on issues that matter to the readers back home. And they learn to juggle.   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Haute Cuisine
Food journalism, once a throwaway compendium of recipes and “what’s hot” articles, has gone upscale. Newspapers and magazines are dedicating top talent to the food beat, and they are hungry for sophisticated stories with timely angles.   > read more
By  Doug Brown
Corrections   > read more
By  AJR Staff
Fan Dancers on the Front Page
Readers are hungry for engaging, entertaining stories.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
A Beheading in Baltimore
The Sun jettisons an outstanding editor.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
The Difference a Year Makes
If you think you know the new-media landscape, wait a year--or a few months-- and it will change.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
Viewer Beware
Stations are reenacting scenes, adding sounds and adopting other misleading practices.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
Bashful Barbra
A judge rules Streisand’s privacy wasn’t violated by a photo of her property.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Nouveau Niche
Newspapers are once again turning to niche publishing.   > read more
By  John Morton
Embedded Obstacles
Some say reporters "embedded" with Miami police during recent trade talks to cover the ensuing protests were too quick to adopt the law enforcement line.   > read more
By  John Pacenti
Priming the Pump
A training program launced at Denver's Rocky Mountain News aims to get more Hispanic presence in newsrooms.   > read more
By  Zenitha Prince
AJR Asks
What reporting gadgets do you use?   > read more
By  Christina Cepero
Story of Their Lives
Students at West Virginia University immerse themselves for a year with cancer patients for a compelling project that includes a documentary, a book and a Web site.   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Information as a Weapon Against Terrorism
Casualty of War: The Bush Administration’s Assault on a Free Press

By David Dadge
Prometheus Books
350 pages; $26   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp

A Eulogy for Journalists
Dying to Tell the Story The Iraq War and the Media: A Tribute

International News Safety Institute
226 pages; $22   > read more
Book review by  Sherry Ricchiardi

A Bad “Fit”
After the surprise firing of Baltimore Sun Editor Bill Marimow, his staff and colleagues are left wondering why, yet hold out hope for the Sun publisher's choice, Tim Franklin.   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Taking a Hike
David Anable retiring and leaving post at the head of the International Center for Journalists.   > read more
By  Melissa Cirillo
Taking Over in Tampa
Frank M. Denton leaves longtime Wiscons State Journal job to become editor of the Tampa Tribune.   > read more
By  Judson Berger
Soldier to Sergeant
Globetrotting documentor of wars becomes the Associated Press' director of photography.   > read more
By  Melissa Cirillo
Man for the Job
The Sarasota Herald-Tribunes all-woman management triumverate ends with the hire of new editor from Congressional Quarterly.   > read more
By  Judson Berger
On His Way Up
Longtime Columbus Dispatch journalist gets promoted to managing editor.   > read more
By  Hongmei Shen
Cliché Corner   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Media (Not) Covering Media   > read more
Staying Power   > read more
Ad-Free BBC   > read more
If I Do Say So Myself   > read more
Simply the Best   > read more
Soft on Whom?   > read more
Krispy Kreme Kontinued   > read more