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December/January 2005
Uncertain Times
The Los Angeles Times, bloodied by the Mark Willes era and the Staples Center fiasco, rebounded strongly after its parent company was acquired by Tribune Co. in 2000. Now a bruising year of staff cuts, newshole reductions and content-sharing pressures has raised concerns about the future of the Times and other prestigious former Times Mirror properties.   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Campaign Trail Veterans for Truth
As the election neared, news organizations aggressively fact-checked the assertions of the presidential contenders, in analysis pieces and sometimes in spot news stories. But this close scrutiny should have begun much earlier.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Lesson Learned
A behind-the-scenes look at election night coverage   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Knocking Down the Stonewall
The ill-fated “60 Minutes” story on President Bush’s National Guard service is the latest reminder that the defensive crouch doesn’t cut it as a response to a serious ethical challenge. What should news organizations do when a story comes under fire?   > read more
By  Jennifer Dorroh
Offensive Interference
For decades women sportswriters faced intimidation and harassment from male athletes, coaches and even colleagues. Thanks to the perseverance of pioneers, the blatant sexism has subsided, and locker-room doors are open to both genders. But the battle for equality isn’t over.   > read more
By  Sherry Ricchiardi
The Magic Lantern
Election night reminded us how wonderful television can be.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Win Some, Lose Some
Once again the news media went ga-ga over polls. But by campaign’s end they had begun to aggressively fact-check the assertions of the presidential rivals.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
All Error, No Margin
Every vote counts on the Web, but news organizations should temper their enthusiasm for these pseudo polls.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
Conflicts of Interest
The revolving door between politics and journalism is spinning out of control.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
Investigation or Illusion?
The secretive probe into the leak of Valerie Plame’s name has done little more than threaten the rights of the press.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Spending Money to Make Money
How, in 1975, the New York Times averted a financial crisis, becoming the paper it is today   > read more
By  John Morton
Caught “Accidentally” Stealing
The story of a small-town reporter, fired for plagiarism, who got his job back   > read more
By  Caroline Zaayer
Go Rightward, Liberal Media?
The airwaves are filled with conservative TV talk shows.   > read more
By  Kim Hart
Ask and Ask Again (and Again)   > read more
By  Christopher Landers
A First Amendment Hero
Richard M. Schmidt Jr., 80, longtime general counsel to the American Society of Newspaper Editors and First Amendment champion, died on October 17.   > read more
By  Eugene Patterson
What Did He Say?   > read more
By  Caroline Zaayer
Shocking Ads   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
When Everyone's a Journalist
A seismic shift, thanks to the Internet

We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People
By Dan Gillmor
320 pages; $24.95   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp


Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don’t Follow the News
By David T.Z. Mindich
Oxford; 192 pages; $20.   > read more

Back from the Rajiv Palace
The Washington Post's former Baghdad bureau chief reflects on an action-packed 18 months in Iraq.   > read more
By  Natalie Pompilio
Taking Command
Rob Karwath leaves the Chicago Tribune for the top newsroom job at the Duluth News Tribune.   > read more
By  Kim Hart
Where's the Crime?   > read more
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Not Our Mission   > read more
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Dirty Politics   > read more
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Just What I Needed   > read more
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