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April/May 2005

Breaking News:
Belo Stockholders Cry Foul

A lawsuit charges that top Dallas Morning News officials were told of circulation abuses long before they made them public.   > read more
By  Charles Layton

The Dallas Mourning News

In the wake of a costly circulation scandal and with the economy soft, the Dallas Morning News last fall laid off 65 newsroom staffers, many highly regarded veterans among them. The housecleaning has shattered morale, and questions swirl about how management decided who would get the ax.   > read more
By  Charles Layton
Smokey Places
Did the Morning News soften its pro-environment stance after a visit from a powerful congressman?   > read more
By  Charles Layton
Reversing the Slide
Jolted by sharp circulation losses, the Washington Post is striving to turn the situation around. The paper has convened focus groups, launched modest front-page zoning and added larger, more stylish key boxes. The top editor is calling for shorter stories, more art and graphics, and a livelier page-one mix. What does it all mean for the character of one of the nation’s best papers?   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Hip--and Happening
You thought all those free mini-dailies for the way-too-busy and way-too-young-and-cool were dreck, didn’t you? Well, many have captured significant shares of their markets and are heading toward profitability faster than imagined. And more are on the way.   > read more
By  Sharyn Vane
Out of the Past
Jerry Mitchell has an unusual beat. The reporter for Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger specializes in uncovering new evidence about unsolved civil rights-era murders. His stories have helped lead to arrests in long-dormant cases.   > read more
By  Sherry Ricchiardi
The Quote Machines
They’re everywhere, a handful of scholars and pundits with an opinion for every reporter’s phone call. Is there anything wrong with turning again and again to the usual suspects, or should journalists try harder to diversify the expert pool?   > read more
By  Mark Francis Cohen
Appreciation: An American Original
A journalist--whose AJR account of an unforgettable night with Hunter S. Thompson led to a big-time demotion at his day job--fondly remembers the Good Doctor, and a surprising act of kindness in the middle of the night.   > read more
By  Richard Keil
The Rout Is On
And it’s open season on journalists.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Hold That Obit
They’re on the ropes, but it’s not over yet for the battered mainstream media.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
No More Name-Calling
There are lessons to be gained from the blogosphere-versus-mainstream media controversies. And they don’t involve how better to deride each other.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
A Victim of Arrogance
The blogosphere took down Eason Jordan? More like CNN’s lame response to the contretemps.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
Merely the Messenger
A small Pennsylvania paper takes the concept of “neutral reportage” to the Supreme Court   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Yet Another Contender
Washington’s new Examiner enters a crowded field, but the free daily has a very different business model.   > read more
By  John Morton
Does No Mean No?
A former journalist says she doesn’t want to be interviewed, but then talks freely. Should the interviewer have used her remarks?   > read more
By  Natalie Pompilio
To Whom It May Concern
The inside scoop on newspaper recruiters’ idiosyncrasies   > read more
By  Kathryn Quigley
Constitutionally Challenged
High school students either don’t support, or don’t understand, the First Amendment.   > read more
By  Rachael Jackson
Empowering the Foreign Correspondent
A critique of less-than-serious TV news argues that reporters often know best.

Bad News: The Decline of Reporting, the Business of News, and the Danger to Us All.
By Tom Fenton
262 pages; $25.95   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp

The Accidental Blogger
How a biotech company founder went to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and ended up costing CNN's Eason Jordan his job   > read more
By  Neil Reisner
Switching Carolinas
Ousted Durham editor lands in Charleston.   > read more
By  Sarah Clark
Networks by the Numbers
Analyst Andrew Tyndall makes his living tallying the nightly news reports.   > read more
By  Dorcas Taylor
Been Caught Stealing   > read more
JOA Disputes   > read more
Predictable Press Corps   > read more
The Source Behind the Story   > read more