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April/May 2004
The Next Generation
USA Today shed its lightweight “McPaper” persona in the 1990s, becoming a serious national paper and luring topflight talent from places like the Washington Post. Its next challenge is to step up its enterprise reporting and achieve the consistency of the nation’s best papers. But does it have the commitment, resources and newsroom culture to pull it off?   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Who Knows Jack?
For years USA Today star Jack Kelley filed amazingly vivid reports from virtually every major international scene. And for just as long, doubts simmered around his work. But to many who thought they knew him, Kelley seemed above such questions, the last person they’d suspect in a lie.   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Not Too Shabby
While their propensity for predictions led to some high-profile embarrassments, the news media’s coverage of the Democratic primaries was much better than it is often portrayed.   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Take the Money and Run
The Washington Post’s generous buyout--sorry, Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program--was the classic offer that was too good to refuse. Fifty-six journalists, star writers and columnists among them, headed for the exits. Great for them, but what, if anything, does the loss of all that talent and institutional memory mean for the readers?   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Trial and Error?
A roaming band of journalists crisscrosses the country to provide television coverage of every minor development in celebrity court cases. Is this a wise use of resources and airtime?   > read more
By  Kevin Brass
Follow the Leader
In reporting on weapons of mass destruction, the media too often take their cues from the president.   > read more
By  Susan D. Moeller
Corrections   > read more
By  AJR Staff
Hitting Home
Yet another journalism scandal erupts.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Sources of Despair
A flurry of phantom sources, stolen material and Jayson Blair sightings   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
After-the-War Coverage
While some Iraq special sections froze at the time major combat operations ended, other news sites continue to commemorate the casualties.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
The End of Sweeps?
“People meters” will give stations detailed demographic information about their audiences every day.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
Accompanying the Troops
The media have no constitutional right to battlefield access, a court rules.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
All Prices Negotiable
Newspapers used to have set-in-stone advertising prices. Now rate-card figures merely start the bargaining.   > read more
By  John Morton
Guns Under Fire
Though some war correspondents say having weapons on the job saved their lives, most journalists are still against carrying them.   > read more
By  Kelly Heyboer
Those Who Do, Teach
Journalism schools save money through teaching partnerships with area newspapers.   > read more
By  Melissa Cirillo
Comic Relief
A Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter on the comic book beat is now the author of one, Captain Jack.   > read more
By  Judson Berger
Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News
Though they call their program Dr. Risk, some California journalists think their plan to bring readers’ voices into news decisions is anything but chancy.   > read more
By  Judson Berger
Only the Stickered Survive
A reporter learns the hard way what matters when covering a presidential visit.   > read more
By  Bill Toland
Wardrobe Malfunction = Headline Inspiration
After pop star Janet Jackson exposed her right breast at the end of her Super Bowl halftime show, the Federal Communications Commission cracked down and headline writers stepped up.   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Censorship for Children?
Saving Our Children from the First Amendment

By Kevin W. Saunders
New York University Press
310 pages; $48   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp

Resigning in Protest
Two editors quit their Florida newspaper after it makes an election policy exception for one candidate.   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
Graphics Evolution
By creating USA Today’s weather map, a news art revolutionary set the tone for modern design.   > read more
By  Natalie Pompilio
Passing the Crown
In May it’s time for the quirky changing of the guard ritual at the St. Petersburg Times   > read more
By  Natalie Pompilio
Cliché Corner   > read more
By  Jill Rosen
To Our Readers   > read more
Pretty Tame, Actually   > read more
Food Fight   > read more
The Pequeño Papers   > read more
Not “In-Bed”   > read more
Peer Pressure   > read more
Pulling Rank   > read more