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June/July 2005
Web Special: A Story at Last
How public pressure helped propel the long-ignored Downing Street memo into the news   > read more
By  Kim Hart
2005 State of the First Amendment Survey   > read more
By  First Amendment Center & AJR
Web Special: “It’s like cable news for your neighborhood.”
A Q-and-A with the founders of the new citizen journalism Web site Backfence.   > read more
By  Jennifer Dorroh
The Sad Saga of Gary Webb
The hard-charging investigative reporter's career imploded in the wake of his much-criticized “Dark Alliance” series about the CIA and crack cocaine. But while Webb overreached, some key findings in “Dark Alliance” were on target--and important. Last December Webb committed suicide.   > read more
By  Susan Paterno
Dotcom Bloom
The Web seems poised to blossom with stand-alone news sites.   > read more
By  Jennifer Dorroh
Lee Who?
With the acquisition of Pulitzer Inc. and its flagship St. Louis Post-Dispatch, little-known Lee Enterprises becomes the nation’s seventh-largest newspaper chain. What’s the deal with the Iowa-based company?   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
A Bright Future for Newspapers
Stop hanging the crepe. A contrarian argues that despite those discouraging circulation numbers, the old behemoths are well positioned to thrive in the new-media world.   > read more
By  Paul Farhi
A Grim Foreshadowing?
The accounts of four Iraqis working for Western news organizations who say they were abused by American troops in January 2004 sound hauntingly familiar to the horrors of Abu Ghraib that emerged four months later. But the episode has received little media attention. The government denies that the soldiers acted improperly.   > read more
By  Jill Carroll
Appreciation: A Class Act
Celebrating a distinguished career and doing journalism the right way   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
As the World Churns
Newspapers must invest more heavily in their product if they are to survive.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Newsweek’s Nightmare
A botched story, not a journalistic war crime.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
Bridging the Gap
Newspapers must invest much more heavily in their Web sites.   > read more
By  Barb Palser
Anchors Overboard?
TV newscasts still need trusted, experienced journalists at the helm.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
The Blog and the Ban
An American blogger strikes a blow for freedom of information in Canada.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Bye, Bye Broadsheet?
Papers’ newest attempt to attract readers is tabloid-shaped.   > read more
By  John Morton
Not a Funny Situation
In the shrinking field of editorial cartoonists, women are scarce.   > read more
By  Katrina Altersitz
Stand Up for Your Right   > read more
By  Caroline Zaayer
Trying to Resolve a Rocky Situation
A Hispanic journalists’ group helps diversify a Denver newspaper.   > read more
By  Lucy Hood
Spreading the Muse   > read more
By  Rachael Jackson
A Somber Take on the State of The American Newspaper
A former Knight Ridder editor decries the impact of profit pressures.

Knightfall: Knight Ridder and How the Erosion of Newspaper Journalism Is Putting Democracy at Risk By Davis Merritt
256 pages; $24.95   > read more
Book review by  Eugene Patterson

Who Should Control the Press?
The Press
Edited by Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson
450 pages; $65   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp
A Blue-Collar Columnist
Connie Schultz, the Plain Dealer’s Pulitzer Prize winner, loves to tell the stories of regular people.   > read more
By  Robin T. Reid
Stepping Down
Retiring NBC News executive Bill Wheatley reflects on three decades in network news.   > read more
By  Sarah Clark