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September 1994
Judgement Calls
The O.J. obsession reflects the power of live television to shape news. And it frames in the starkest of terms the age-old debate: Should the public get what it wants or what it needs?   > read more
By  Jacqueline E. Sharkey
The Gospel of Public Journalism
Adherents of the fast-growing movement say news organizations must listen more closely to their audiences and play more active roles in their communities if they are to flourish. But nonbelievers worry it will hurt credibility by turning the media into a player rather than a chronicler.   > read more
By  Alicia C. Shepard
When a Journalist is Kidnapped
The news media suppressed the story of the abduction of an AP staffer in Somalia. Was a double standard at work?   > read more
By  Christopher Callahan
Rallying Around The Flag
The press never questioned President Kennedy's account of the Cuban missile crisis, and the myth of the brave young president saving the world from nuclear war persisted for years. Coverage of the Persian Gulf War suggests nothing has changed.   > read more
By  James McCartney
Here It Is: A User's Manual for J-Schools
You'll need it if you want to help us strengthen journalism.   > read more
By  Reese Cleghorn
Tabloids Force All To Pay for News
Mainstream news outlets pay consulting fees and travel expenses to beat their competition.   > read more
By  Lou Prato
Cable TV: Not as Free as Print Media
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling establishes the limits of cable's First Amendment rights.   > read more
By  Lyle Denniston
Feeding Readers' Tabloid Appetites
Newspapers are in the business of giving people what they want. That's OK.   > read more
By  John Morton
A Newsroom Manifesto: No More Whining   > read more
By  Rebecca Nappi
Editor Admits: We Whine Too   > read more
By  Peggy Kuhr
New Speech Rules Anger TV Vets   > read more
By  Alicia C. Shepard
Those Sensitive Auto Dealers Strike Again, and Another Newspaper Caves   > read more
By  Alicia C. Shepard
Does Radio News Rip Off Newspapers?   > read more
By  Alicia C. Shepard
A Plea from Minority Journalists: Give Us Some Feedback   > read more
By  Jerry Ceppos
The N.Y. Daily News Strike: Bad News for Everyone
Strike: The Daily News War and the Future of American Labor
By Richard Vigilante
Simon & Schuster   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp
The 10 Best Books of Social Concern by Journalists
At least as far back as the penning of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" in 1776, American journalists have been trying to reform society as well as inform it...   > read more
Book review by  Judith Paterson
Reporters Get Religion   > read more
By  Melanie A. Lasoff
Bylines   > read more
By  Chip Rowe
Cliché corner   > read more
By  Suzan Revah