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March 2003
Ignoring the Alarm
A number of business journalists wrote pieces spotlighting the questionable practices that would lead to the bursting of the nation’s longest economic bubble. But even within their own news organizations, their insights were lost in a cacophony of naïve reportage.   > read more
By  Charles Layton
Preparing For War
With time running out in Iraq, journalists underwent hostile-environment training, struggled to get into shape--and debated whether the Pentagon would keep its promises of greater openness during combat.   > read more
By  Sherry Ricchiardi
Howell Much is Too Much?
The New York Times has heavily covered the refusal of the Augusta National Golf Club to admit women, playing four stories on the subject on page one. Other news organizations also have weighed in, although few have been as aggressive as the paper Howell Raines runs. Does a story affecting only an elite few deserve so much attention, or is this an equal rights struggle that belongs in the spotlight?   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Vacancies in Vacaville...
...and at other small papers throughout the country. Young journalists are increasingly reluctant to work long hours for low pay in less-than-glamorous locales. The result: high turnover and empty desks.   > read more
By  Tim Porter
Reading Between the Lines
The fast-growing media literacy movement strives to help students understand how the mass media do their jobs. The goal is a citizenry that critically analyzes what it reads, sees and hears.   > read more
By  Alina Tugend
Local TV Eye-opener: Politics Aren’t Poison
Stations discover that stories about real people draw audiences.   > read more
By  Dave Iverson  Tom Rosenstiel
Lost in Space?
The news media haven’t covered the shuttle program very well.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Both Sides of the Street
Cokie Roberts signs on for government service.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
You Spell It “internet”...
Web words come of age, prompting debate among style mavens.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
Looking Over Our Shoulders
Anyone who knew Ed Bliss will be forever trying to live up to his standards.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
Dangers of a Down-Under Download
Australia's High Court says an Internet story is “published” where it is read.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Noble Sentiments
Local owners devise ways to keep their newspapers away from the chains.   > read more
By  John Morton
Taking a Walk on Space
Columbia disaster spotlights news organizations' fading interest in space   > read more
By  Kelly Heyboer
The Protest That Knows No Name
Though some mock them, Guilds increasingly turn to byline strikes   > read more
By  Steve Ritea
Everyone’s a Critic
Charlotte mayor joins ranks of politicians who critique the media   > read more
By  Cheryl Johnston
He Covers Sports, But Who Will Cover Him?
One reporter surprised to find his career a roadblock to getting insurance   > read more
By  Don Walker
Shortchanging Mayberry
Rural America ignored in the news, a report finds   > read more
By  Tamara El-Khoury
Politics of Competition
Newspapers covering federal goings-on square off in Washington   > read more
By  Michael Duck
Coming Together Over TV
New program aims to connect journalists with people they might not be covering   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
A Trove of Courageous Coverage
Reporting Civil Rights

The Library of America
Part One, 996 pages
Part Two, 986 pages
$40 per volume   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp

Choosing a Master
The demands of parenthood prompt Jan Leach to resign as editor of the Akron Beacon Journal.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
The Outsider’s Story
The Seattle Times hires Bill Richards, a freelance business reporter, to cover what may turn out to be the dissolution of the paper's joint operating agreement with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
End of an Era
Louis D. Boccardi says he will retire later this year, after 18 years as president and CEO of the Associated Press.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Return of the Shamer
Crusading consumer reporter Arnold Diaz leaves ABC's "20/20" to revive his "Shame on You" feature at WCBS-TV.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Radio Recruit
Bill Delaney, former CNN Boston bureau chief, brings years of overseas reporting experience to his new gig as cohost of WBUR-FM's midday newsmagazine.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
D.C. People Watcher
Sandra Sobieraj gives up the Associated Press' White House beat to head People magazine's Washington bureau.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Wright On hires its former managing editor, Dean Wright, as its new editor in chief.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Longer Résumé?
Jim Bellows, an 80-year-old former editor known for the number of jobs he's held in journalism, advises former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan on launching a weekly newspaper.   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
Cliché Corner   > read more
By  Jill Rosen