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The Martin Family Journalism Torch Is Passed

Bradley Martin, left and his son, Alexander.

I’ll never forget trying to get into Afghanistan in January 1980. Like other journos, I went up to Peshawar, Pakistan, and then hitched a ride to the border at Torkham. The border was closed, and the last American correspondent who had gotten through was Bradley Martin of the Baltimore Sun. I thought to myself, “he must be a hell of a guy.” Read more...

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A Somber Mood in Hollande's France

Francois Hollande, Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential el

It's not those glory days in 1981when the French elected François Mitterrand the first socialist president since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958. For his supporters there was ardent hope and wild enthusiasm, while in the hearts and minds of many on the right they cowered at home fearing the rumble of tumbrils before dawn. Not so after Hollande's election in May. Read more...

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Journalism Is Not Karaoke

Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik die in Homs trying to get the message out.

Today's karaoke journalism lets anyone step up to the mike, and a lot of fresh voices sound great. But too many enthusiastic amateurs get the words wrong. Our spectacularly skewed world needs more real reporters to get things right. Read more...

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How Journalists Can Maintain Their Influence

H.L. Mencken

Three recent reshufflings in the media world continue a trend of promoting people who don't necessarily understand what quality journalism is. Read more...

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Press Pays a High Price for Arab Spring

Press Pays a High Price for Arab Spring

A year into the Arab Spring, the journalists, bloggers and Tweeters who risked so much to speak freely have won only partial victories.  Read more...

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