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December/January 2006
The vicious response to a Washington Post column on Jack Abramoff exposes the worst of the Web and politics. Posted Jan. 25, 2006   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
Editor's Note
Online Exclusive » Posted Dec. 19, 2006   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
Faking It
A best-selling memoirist made up some of the details. But that’s OK, he reassures us—some of it’s true. And Oprah’s still down with it. Posted Jan. 12, 2006   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
A Times Blockbuster
The story on NSA eavesdropping was powerful and important, but the paper should have more fully explained why it held the piece for so long. Posted Dec. 19, 2005.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
A Merger We Like
Integrating print and online operations seems like a smart move. Posted Dec. 13, 2005.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
White Knight?
If Knight Ridder must be sold, McClatchy would be a far better new owner than the alternatives. Posted Dec. 12, 2005   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
Wonderful Weeklies
Far away from the high-pressure, profit-margin-obsessed world of corporate journalism, four Mississippi weeklies provide their readers with first-rate local coverage. Despite their tiny staffs, they manage to find time for investigative reporting. And their hard-hitting editorials often have significant impact on public policy.   > read more
By  Julia Cass
Myth-Making in New Orleans
The impressive media coverage of Hurricane Katrina was marred by the widespread reporting—sometimes attributed to public officials—of murders and rapes that apparently never took place. What can news outlets learn from this episode to prevent similar problems in the future?   > read more
By  Brian Thevenot
Off the Sidelines
Many journalists jettisoned their detached-observer status and jumped in to help the suffering victims of Hurricane Katrina. When should reporters intervene? And where is the line between humanitarian assistance and unacceptable activism?   > read more
By  Rachel Smolkin
Dangerous Assignment
Iraq has proven to be a particularly hazardous posting for journalists. More media workers have been killed there than during the two-decades-long war in Vietnam. And 15 have died at the hands of American forces.   > read more
By  Sherry Ricchiardi
Adding a Price Tag
The New York Times joins the ranks of news organizations charging for some of their online content. Is paying for Internet news inevitable, or will the Web’s “information wants to be free” culture prevail?   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Inbox Journalism
The e-mail interview has become an increasingly popular technique. It eliminates endless rounds of phone tag, and it gives sources a chance to provide well-thought-out answers rather than top-of-the-head responses. But critics warn that it’s hardly a substitute for real-time conversation and may be a recipe for sterile journalism.   > read more
By  Kim Hart
Reporting Out of the Comfort Zone
Setting college students loose in a low-income neighborhood doesn’t quite inspire the enthusiasm Syracuse professors hoped it would.   > read more
By  Steve Davis and John Hatcher
Tanks and Shields
It’s time for a federal law allowing reporters to protect confidential sources.   > read more
By  Thomas Kunkel
Changing of the Guard
AJR welcomes a new managing editor and bids a fond hasta luego to an all-time favorite.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
The Accidental Cyberjournalist
Why do so few j-school students plan to go into online news?   > read more
By  Barb Palser
If This Had Been an Actual Emergency…
The alert system designed to warn people of danger breaks down all too often.   > read more
By  Deborah Potter
Protecting the Privilege
The argument that shielding sources’ identities serves the “public interest” actually hurts press freedom.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Wall Street Squeeze
Will rising newsprint prices and an increasing focus on the Internet trigger more newsroom cuts?   > read more
By  John Morton
Redesigning a Washington Bureau
Scripps Howard’s bureau is forging ties with the company’s cable networks. How does traditional Washington reporting fit in?   > read more
By  Katrina Altersitz
Lonely Critics
A few college newspapers are appointing ombudsmen to critique their content and address readers’ concerns. The job isn’t an easy one.   > read more
By  Jay McDaniel
Site-Seeing   > read more
By  Matt D. Wilson
AJR Update   > read more
By  Shamla K. Shakir
Working 3 to 11
What a way to make a living. But what do you do during the daytime?   > read more
By  Rachael Jackson
Is Investigative Reporting Here to Stay?
The Evolution of American Investigative Journalism
By James L. Aucoin
University of Missouri Press
256 pages; $37.50   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp
His Softer Side
The Star-Ledger’s hard-charging David Tucker is earning recognition—for his poetry.   > read more
By  Matt D. Wilson
Expecting More Of the Same   > read more
Instrumental Column   > read more
Justice and Judy   > read more
The MSM and Katrina   > read more
The Chronicle's Struggle   > read more
Santa Barbara Saga   > read more
Just What I Needed   > read more