Archive: Dec 1999

1960: Asking Rude Questions

By Journalism December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the September 1960 issue of Nieman Reports.] …I remember going over to the President’s house.… And he said, “You know it’s only three years—you’re the third class [of Niemans]. But I think maybe you people … Read more

1961: Are We the Best Informed Nation?

By Journalism December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the July 1961 issue of Nieman Reports.] “Communications specialists” and working newspapermen sometimes glibly assert without a shred of proof that the American people are the best informed people in the world. This is a … Read more

1952: Al Capp Views the Networks

By Electronic Media December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the April 1952 issue of Nieman Reports.] The two main ways to communicate ideas in America are by press and radio. I’ve communicated with America both ways. I’ve found freedom of speech in the American … Read more

Winter 1999 – Spring 2000: Race Introduction

By Features December 15, 1999

From early in the magazine’s history, America’s dilemma—race relations and, in this case, how journalists report stories involving race—has been dissected and debated. Regarded initially in Nieman Reports from the perspective of two Southern newspaper editors, Hodding Carter (NF’40) and … Read more