Let's Hope They're Not Swan Songs

Even in the days of Woodward and Bernstein, writes Mark Kemp in Paste magazine, print journalism "wasn't ever entirely noble" -- but today, it's "crumbling faster than week-old bread." With "fond memories" of what the newspaper industry once was, and hope that it has a future, Kemp put together a list of the top 10 songs about newspapers and journalism.

The Free Press Is Somewhat Less Free

Freedom House has released its 2009 Freedom of the Press Survey. For the seventh consecutive year, it notes, global press freedom has declined, with declines occurring across all regions for the first time. Israel, Italy, and Hong Kong were downgraded from “Free” to “Partly Free.” (Is it time for someone to study the correlation between […]

A Voucher System for Investigative Reporting

Dozens of proposals are floating around suggesting different ways to fix what seems to be the broken business model for newspapers. Michael Kinsley‘s Op-Ed, working backwards from the gross numbers, provides a devastating critique of the claim that micropayments on the Internet could save the industry: Micropayment advocates imagine extracting as much as $2 a […]

What Can Magazines Learn From an Air-Conditioner Company?

Photo: Joe Shlabotnik The other day I had a company come and remove two air conditioners from my office in order to clean them, store them for the winter, and return them in the spring. It wasn’t cheap: $269 for the first one and $249 for the second. But I like air conditioning, and I […]

Dept. of Oops

The Economist is, almost inarguably, a great magazine. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t make the occasional mistake. Consider this lead from a recent article about a huge Mexican mining company called Fresnillo, which was recently listed on the London Stock Exchange: In the hills north east of Mexico City it is not uncommon to find […]

Ralph Steadman Answers Your Questions

Ralph Steadman, self portrait from Stop Smiling magazine. Last week we solicited your questions for British cartoonist and caricaturist Ralph Steadman. He graciously fielded your questions about his friendship with the late Hunter Thompson (a “partnership and provocation,” he called it), why his work can be found on beer labels, and why an artist should […]

Bring Your Questions for Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman, self portrait from Stop Smiling magazine. British cartoonist and caricaturist Ralph Steadman is best known as the late Hunter Thompson‘s collaborator. Starting with their first assignment together — illustrating the Kentucky Derby for Scanlan’s (Steadman forgot his “colors” and drew with a friend’s makeup samples) — Thompson and Steadman invented a genre of […]

Cheating, Casinos, and Accuracy: A Q&A With the Author of Bringing Down the House

Ben Mezrich Ben Mezrich‘s book Bringing Down the House — a nonfiction account of six M.I.T. card-counters who made millions in Las Vegas — has sold more than a million copies and was translated into 18 languages. But the changes made in the recent movie adaptation, 21, have (besides helping to bring in $23.7 million […]

When Journalists Gripe

Media employees have plenty to complain about these days — layoffs, dropping revenue, and of course, accusations of bias. But now there’s a place for frustrated journalists to vent: AngryJournalist.com. It’s an anonymous message board with no dates, locations, or any identifiers save a number. Here’s a recent post: I’m angry because after a Sunday […]

The FREAK-est Links

Receiving a kidney: a personal account. (Earlier) A wonderful meditation on globalization and journalism. Online game’s in-world economist issues his first newsletter. (Earlier) “The Wallet Test” captures honesty on camera. (Earlier)