Journalism

1996: A Grueling Standard to Live By

By Journalism December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 1996 issue of Nieman Reports.] Violent crime rates have been falling, yet sensational crime coverage on television news has been rising. So have the fears of viewers who have an exaggerated sense they … Read more

1979: Yes Virginia, There Is an Agnes

By Journalism December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the Summer 1979 issue of Nieman Reports.] …Louis M. Lyons, as Nieman Curator, continually struggled against the ban on women from the program. His correspondence with the University administration in the early 1940’s shows that … Read more

1978: Uphill All the Way

By Journalism December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the Winter 1978 issue of Nieman Reports.] …Having been introduced to newspaper work on a thriving paper that received its United States and world reports by Morse code—when the telegraphers actually used a Prince Albert … Read more

1971: The Xerox and the Pentagon

By Journalism December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the September 1971 issue of Nieman Reports.] …To the office secretary, the Xerox machine is the greatest invention since the coffee break. In an instant, carbon paper has been made obsolete. True, many offices, including … Read more

1959: The Pursuit of Journalism

By Journalism December 15, 1999

President Truman holding a press conference on the lawn of the “Little White House,” his vacation residence at Key West, Florida, surrounded by reporters, photographers and staff members, 1950. Photo courtesy of the Harry … Read more

Winter 1999 – Spring 2000: Journalism Introduction

By Journalism December 15, 1999

What you [see] here is a collection which reflects the substance of the first 53 years of the conversation journalists have engaged in about their rights and responsibilities in the pages of Nieman Reports. At times you will find an article that opened a new argument or ended an old one. Throughout you will hear the voices of journalists committed to their work challenging colleagues to raise the standards of discovering, reporting, writing and editing the news in a context meaningful for navigation within a free society. – Bill Kovach Read more