Words & Reflections

Evin Prison: A Destination for ‘Troublesome’ Journalists In Iran

By Words & Reflections September 27, 2011

Nicola Bruno’s provocative piece about machines replacing journalists is among the essays featured in this section of Nieman Reports. Other writers take us inside Tehran’s Evin prison, where Iran held Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari for nearly four months after he covered the 2009 election protests, and to Afghanistan, where women reporters write about frontline experiences. In Indonesia, the topic shifts to media coverage of sectarian violence, while a professor in the U.S. ponders the possibility of consensus-building journalism. Reporting on the financial crisis raises for one journalist the question of whether it should be covered as a crime story. Read more

The Inner Fire of Muckraking Journalists

By Words & Reflections July 8, 2011

Steve Weinberg writes about the inner fire that made Jack Anderson love to kick Nixon around, Dan Kennedy looks at a new take on the complicated life of Marshall McLuhan, and j-school student Christina Kim reconsiders her options after reading Tom Rachman’s novel about a failing newspaper. In addition to these three books, the latest issue of Nieman Reports highlights “The Deal From Hell” by James O’Shea and “The Filter Bubble” by Eli Pariser. Read more