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Tragedy of a star:
We typically revel in the misadventures of celebrities, but the pregnancy of Britney's 16-year-old sister reveals the dark side of tabloid trash. (December 28, 2007)

Tactical retreat:
By pulling out of New Hampshire, Rudy Giuliani may live to campaign another day. (December 18, 2007)


Menace to society: Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are being blamed for releasing murderers from prison. But their reactions to the controversies are far more damning. (December 11, 2007)

The Democrats' panopticon: In an innovative -- but risky -- scheme, the Democratic Party is inviting the public to create videos attacking Republican presidential candidates. (December 4, 2007)

Hot off the presses: The Kindle, Amazon's new e-book reader, just might save print news media -- if both critics and the industry give it a chance. (November 27, 2007)

How Mitt got Mass.: The unlikely tale of the Republican Mormon who won over a state full of Democrat-leaning Catholics. (The Guardian, November 20, 2007)

Ordinary men: From Ground Zero rescue workers to Boston firefighters, deciding who can be called a hero has become politically divisive. (The Guardian, November 13, 2007)

Space cadets: Is seeing a UFO any more crazy than believing God created the universe in six days? It is if you are running to be president of the United States. (The Guardian, November 6, 2007)


How Mitt got Mass.: The unlikely tale of the Republican Mormon who won over a state full of Democrat-leaning Catholics. (The Guardian, November 20, 2007)

Ordinary men: From Ground Zero rescue workers to Boston firefighters, deciding who can be called a hero has become politically divisive. (The Guardian, November 13, 2007)

Space cadets: Is seeing a UFO any more crazy than believing God created the universe in six days? It is if you are running to be president of the United States. (The Guardian, November 6, 2007)

Crashing the blogosphere's party: Websites like Daily Kos are still railing against the mainstream media about Iraq. Unfortunately, they overstate their own role. (The Guardian, November 2, 2007)

Mass. Media: Plugged in, tuned out. Young Americans are embracing new media but failing to develop an appetite for news. (CommonWealth Magazine, Fall 2007)

Bittersweet smell of success: Now that the Boston Red Sox are the best team in baseball, their fans have become oddly nostalgic for their old, losing ways. (The Guardian, October 30, 2007)

Paying for news: Print newspapers are dying as readers stray to the Internet. But is online journalism really ready to take over? (The Guardian, October 24, 2007)

Water war: Environmentalists are waging a crusade against bottled water, but in doing so they're missing the bigger picture. (The Guardian, October 17, 2007)

Freedom of the press under fire: Amid growing public contempt for the media, a Boston court case opens a new front in the culture war against journalism. (The Guardian, October 10, 2007)

Highway robbery: Is Internet populism destined for corporate ruin? (The Phoenix, October 4, 2007)

Corporate America's censorship drive: What you wear and what you can receive on your phone has become a battleground in the fight over free speech in the US. (The Guardian, October 3, 2007)

The tragedy of Dan Rather: The former news anchor is suing CBS for $70m. It's not the first time he's had to defend his reputation in court. (The Guardian, September 25, 2007)

From the Daily Me to the Daily We: Social Web sites such as Digg and Reddit, whose users vote on the importance of news items, give a glimpse of what future citizen-journalism might look like. (The Guardian, September 18, 2007)

A state of self-indulgence: Massachusetts is regarded as a bastion of liberalism, out of step with the rest of America. Should Democratic presidential candidates stay far away? (The Guardian, September 13, 2007)

Bored in the USA: Repetitive, clichéd, robotic: Bruce Springsteen's latest single shows that nostalgia's just another word for "nothing left to say." (The Guardian, September 6, 2007)

Gambling on greed: A blogger may have saved a small town from a liar and a casino. But the real villains are the greedy politicians and voters who wanted a fast buck. (The Guardian, September 3, 2007)

Behind Wampanoag tribal leader scandal: Yes, the mainstream media had to do their own reporting and verify everything. But is it really that difficult to credit a blogger? (The Providence Journal, September 1, 2007)

Alberto Gonzales, angel of death: How will the current US attorney general deal with death-row appeals? Just read his record and weep. (The Guardian, August 23, 2007)

The dogs of war:
While the right quibbles over a flawed report, more horrifying truths about the U.S. Army's activities in Iraq are conveniently ignored. (The Guardian, August 16, 2007)

The people's presses: Technology may have irrevocably altered the relationship between journalists and the public but good reporting will always be in demand. (The Guardian, August 1, 2007)

Mass. Media: Full disclosure. The New England News Forum pulls back the curtain on local journalism. (CommonWealth Magazine, Summer 2007)


Make news, not views: America's cable news channels are abandoning high quality primetime news in favour of opinion-mongering and cheap commentary. (The Guardian, July 26, 2007)

Black and white and Rupert all over: Rupert Murdoch will interfere with the Wall Street Journal's journalism -- just as he has done at the Times and the New York Post. (The Guardian, July 19, 2007)

Rotten business at Whole Foods: By posting anonymous attacks against his rivals on the internet, the head of the supermarket chain has hurt himself, his company -- and his customers. (The Guardian, July 17, 2007)

The 10th Annual Muzzle Awards: The annual New England roundup of those who undermined freedom of speech and civil liberties. (The Phoenix, July 6, 2007)

Mass. Media: Disappearing ink. How a new ownership model might ensure the survival of daily newspapers -- including the Globe. (CommonWealth Magazine, Spring 2007)

Mass. Media: The cable guys. Two stalwarts demonstrate what public-access television can do. (CommonWealth Magazine, Winter 2007)