American Journalism Review

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

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, March

All the Facts about the Harper's Index
When Harper's Magazine Editor Lewis Lapham set about redesigning the monthly in 1983, one factor he took into account was the diminished attention span of modern readers. One of the things that emerged from his handiwork was the now famous and oft-quoted...
A Reader's Threats, a Reporter's Ordeal
From the first moment I heard his voice in September 1993, I knew there was something wrong with the man on the other end of the phone who was telling me he thought I was out to get him. He said he was going to make sure that didn't happen, his flat...
A Snapshot to Go with the Negatives
The press has been shelled from all quarters lately, including books by some of the better creatures of the newsrooms and bureaus. Among other things you keep hearing: People don't like you. What do you say to someone who wants to go into this line...
Baby You Should Drive This CAR
Rena singer, a suburban correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer, took a "loaded gun" to her interview with the budget official. Before firing off a question, she knew that the borough of Norristown had been running in the red in recent years by as...
Covering Blowouts and Bouquets
It is, perhaps, an unlikely trend. Sports journal-ists, with their liberal use of such phrases as "in the paint" and "burying the trey," and wine journalists, with their endless adjectives to distinguish between wines that are "pre-raphaelite" and those...
Electronic Wrongs
Mid-level freelance journalists who fuel the publishing industry are about to become the next endangered species thanks to increasing numbers of major publishers who are demanding they give up electronic rights to their work. Like the early generations...
Hoodwinked!
In every presidential electron since Richard Nixon faced John F. Kennedy in 1960, the American press has fumbled the ball in some significant, often memorable way. Candidates have gotten away with outright lies, deliberate misrepresentations, phony assertions...
Limiting Media Access to Prisoners
Just after Christmas, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the state of California had sharpy curtailed media access to the 135,000 inmates incarcerated in its 31 prisons. The interim policy prohibits news organizations from setting up face-to-face...
More Honor, Few Honoraria
NBC moves--wisely--to stop its journalists from taking speaking fees from corporations and trade associations. Score one for the Peacock. NBC News was right on target when it banned staffers from accepting speaking fees from corporations and trade...
Post Seeks a New General as Rocky Retreats
In the rock 'em, sock 'em Denver newspaper war, the truth can be elusive. Especially when the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News are reporting on the latest battlefield developments. The News announced in January that it no longer aspired to be...
Show and Print
Everyone knows that showing or reading a story to a source before it's published is simply not done. But some journalists argue that ignoring this deeply rooted newsroom tradition can pay big dividends. I am interviewing ABC's star religion correspondent,...
Surveillance in Cyberspace
Internet-savvy reporters using the computer network's public,forums to fin sources and spark dialogue may want to think twice be fore logging on. The vast re source that provides reporters with instant access to 13,000 topics of conversation and millions...
Team 'Nightline.' (ABC's Ted Koppel and Executive Producer Tom Bettag)
Ted Koppel is one of the most secure, self-assured people in all of television news--until you stick him on the peak of a mountain. Koppel, as it happens, is afraid of heights, and so on an Outward Bound trip to Maine last summer, he got. the jitters...
Time for a New Look for "60 Minutes."
What a difference a year makes. Ever since CBS showed the world how to create a successful, and profitable, newsmagazine, many clones have come and gone. But CBS' era of unparalleled success seems to be coming to a close. Last year "Dateline NBC" proved...
Trying Harder to Become Number 2
The Rocky Mountain News apparently wants to become the number two newspaper in its fight with the Denver Post. The News has been battling the ascendant Post for circulation in the most intensely competitive newspaper market in the nation--the most intense...