American Journalism Review

Trade journal reporting on broadcast and print journalism. For Trade and Professional audiences.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 7, September

A "Book Nut" Turned Sleuth
Anonymous might still be anonymous had it not been for one man's passion for books and a stroke of luck. Washington Post reporter and self-described "book nut" David Streitfeld had just finished a 10-month Pew Charitable Trusts fellowship in California...
Another Excuse to Trash Newsrooms
During the recent debate over the Communications Decency Act, designed to fight pornography on the Internet, critics argued that obscenity and child pornography are already illegal. Undeterred, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate...
Consultants in the Newsroom
Papers are hiring outside experts to help revamp their news operations. Proponents say it's wise to seek fresh perspectives. But does relying on people with no journalism background pose risks? IMAGINE THE SCENE: EXECUTIVES WHO NORMALLY CONFRONT...
Covering Welfare Reform and Its Impact on Children
A Report on a Casey Journalism Center Conference on "Rewriting the Social Contract: Are Families Better Off?" More than nine million children in America live in families receiving welfare. But landmark new legislation will end the federal...
Covering Welfare Reform in the States
While Congress and the White House have been debating how to overhaul the welfare system, the states have launched a tidal wave of experiments to move people from welfare to work while restructuring the way welfare, health care and other services...
'Every Day's an Adventure'
A GROUP OF RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN journalists met last year at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to discuss the different ways they cover the news. With elections, wars and urban terrorism all making headlines in the former Soviet Union, Richard Hoagland,...
Fixing the Welfare System
America's social welfare system is undergoing the most sweeping changes since the New Deal. But there is little consensus on whether new approaches will be good or bad for children, according to a diverse group of policy experts who spoke at the conference....
Get Real
While there's still time, a variety of savants offer suggestions for improving presidential campaign coverage. Some familiar but oft-ignored themes: Cover real issues; don't do so many stories on polls; take the horse race addiction to the Betty Ford...
"Giving Great War"
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR HAD 25 MINUTES TO SPARE before boarding a plane in Croatia for a brief stopover at her Paris apartment. Then she was off to Israel to cover the elections. Plenty of time for a phone call. Her surroundings, a small battle-scarred...
Knight Adds Talent and Clout on Campus
As Everett Dirksen might have said if he had been a professor, a million here, a million there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money. Year by year, with only a bit of fanfare, the Knight Foundation has been building journalism schools...
Liven Up!
A veteran journalist turned author sees a bright future for newspapers--if they cover local news in a more provocative, less predictable way. One suggestion: Make the metro section feel more like a sports section. IT'S FOUR YEARS NOW SINCE I "GOT...
Over the Line?
Powerful reporting by Christiane Amanpour and others focused the world's attention on Serb atrocities in Bosnia. But did these hournalists go too far when tehy became both reporters and advocates? NATO JETS SWOOPED OVERHEAD AS A SHIELD OF BLACKness...
Primary Values
"Let me tell you, people, the news was not so good." -- Ivory Joe Hunter IT'S EASY TO WRITE OFF the Joe Klein/Anonymous flap as no big deal. Okay, so the Newsweek political columnist lied repeatedly in denying that he wrote the bestselling...
Rape Victims: Papers Shouldn't Name Us
Given all the charged emotions and political overtones of a crime like rape, most newsrooms choose to err on the side of caution when formulating policy on whether to name rape victims in news stories. But not North Carolina's Winston-Salem Journal,...
Still Tuning in to Radio News
With all the hype about the Internet and alternative media being the wave of the future, one might think radio news is a dying dinosaur. No way. "Radio news overall is stronger than it's been in 15 to 20 years," says Bernard Gershon, vice president...
The "Epidemic" of Black Church Fires
It had all the makings of a great story: mystery, race, religion and an eerie echo of the past. Churches were burning in the South and, for a few weeks this summer, it seemed like 1963 all over again. The revelation that more than 60 black churches...
The Loyal Chicago Daily News Alumni
They say that few things are quite as dead as yesterday's newspaper. So it should follow that a dead newspaper would be even deader. But if the love of many journalists for long-dead but not long-forgotten newspapers is any indication, maybe that's...
Through a Prism Darkly
American journalists often view Russia through the filter of their own values and expectations. The reporting that results is sometimes off the mark. THE SPECTACLE OF A FREE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION--COMplete with TV ads, voter interviews, baby-kissing...
Tracking Changes in Children's Lives
The ultimate story of welfare reform is its potential to build better lives for poor children. Critics say the current welfare system traps families in failure and dependency. But the dilemma is how to reform welfare for adults without driving...