Archive: Mar 2013

Complicated Matters

By Watchdog March 13, 2013

Veteran investigative journalist Ken Armstrong, NF ’01, encourages his fellow reporters to look for patterns rather than isolated anecdotes, to focus on what others have to say rather than joust with sources, and not to be too humble. In a Q. and A. about watchdog reporting, he said stories too often are presented as black and white; what he’d like to see is “less villainizing, more humanizing.” And he singled out Steve Coll’s “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power” as a well-researched book that doesn’t shy from nuance. Read more

The Jobs Crisis

By Watchdog March 13, 2013

Job creation is a key topic in the presidential election but so far it's been all sound bites and no substance. Dan Froomkin, a new contributing editor to Nieman Reports and former deputy editor of the Nieman Watchdog Project, examines the jobs crisis and what's missing from Romney and Obama's statements on the issue. Neither seems ready to acknowledge that, in the words of Robert Pollin, author of “Back to Full Employment," creating decent jobs requires “substantial levels of government intervention.” Read more

“Get This Boy in Our Stable”

By Nieman Notes March 12, 2013

Dan Wakefield, NF ’64, edited and annotated the recently published “Kurt Vonnegut: Letters.” Here he reflects on first meeting Vonnegut during his Nieman year and the impact the resulting friendship had on his own writing career Read more