Books

Spring 1999: Books Introduction

By Books March 15, 1999

As foreign reporting struggles to find its foothold in the news that Americans watch, listen to and read, reporters write books about human tragedies they observe. They hope someone will pay attention. We open this section by examining some current … Read more

Locating the Citizens’ Pulse

By Books December 15, 1998

If the 1998 elections represented the maturation of “public journalism,” then pre-election news coverage should have reflected more astutely the concerns and motivations of voters rather than the spin of professional image-makers and pundits. In North Carolina, where I work, … Read more

Cataloging Journalism’s Concerns

By Books December 15, 1998

Richard Reeves, old tad reporter of the finest kind, tells us in salty, joyous prose exactly how and why journalism has metamorphosized. No fooling around. And guess what, this former New York Timesman does not despair as much as one … Read more

A Reader’s View: Novelists Outdo Journalists

By Books September 15, 1998

After years of self-satisfied isolation, Indonesia finds itself exposed on the world’s financial pages and, occasionally, on front pages. The last time journalists paid so much attention to this immense, complex and fascinating country was 30 years ago when blood … Read more