Why does anyone still live in Detroit? (The Guardian) – There is a new sense of urgency to stabilize these neighborhoods after decades of population decline, with planners and academics unveiling innovative proposals to combat blight, and governments and outside donors pledging hundreds of millions to help. But everyone knows that time is running out.
Univision Is a Fucking Mess (Gizmodo Media Group) – After learning that our parent company was planning deep budget cuts, we investigated the financial decisions and mismanagement that pushed our own news organization to the brink.
10 years after the storm: has New Orleans learned the lessons of Hurricane Katrina? (The Guardian) – A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, I went in search of the people who were at the heart of its recovery, to understand what the city has gone through – and where it might be heading.
Can Politico rise again? (Columbia Journalism Review) – Politico redefined Washington journalism in the 21st century. The question now is whether it can stand out in a world created in its own image.
The death of the American mall (The Guardian) – I trekked to dead and dying shopping malls across the Midwest to explore what these symbols of postwar suburban utopia say about America’s past and future.
The LA Times may emerge from turmoil as a model of digital success—or not (Columbia Journalism Review) – I profiled the vaunted newspaper’s polarizing editor and publisher as its staff fought for survival.
End of the Boardwalk Empire? The rise and demise of Atlantic City (The Guardian) – A city built around a single industry finds itself grappling with that industry’s doom.
News & Analysis
Everything About Disney and ABC’s ‘Pink Slime’ Settlement Should Scare the Hell Out of You (Splinter) – Why a media giant paid out perhaps the largest defamation settlement in American history.
America’s Housing Crisis Is Forcing More People To Live In Vehicles (HuffPost) – How tech boomtowns up and down the West Coast are grappling with a new front in homelessness.
Slate’s Biggest Enemies Are Donald Trump and Its Staff Trying to Unionize (Splinter) – Just as Slate has branded itself as a leader of the anti-Trump resistance, its supposedly progressive leadership has stymied a newsroom union drive.
Is New Orleans in danger of turning into a modern-day Atlantis? (The Guardian) – While physical walls and pumping stations make up the city’s baseline of protection, there is inherent friction between today’s storm defenses and the geographical realities that could worsen tomorrow.
For Obama’s second inaugural, fund-raising limits lifted (The Boston Globe) – In 2008, $50,000 was the maximum donation accepted for Obama’s inauguration, which touted such limits as evidence of its ethical standards. Four years later, that’s a bargain.
A divided empire: what the urban-rural split means for the future of America (The Guardian) – Cities have long been the backbone of the Democratic party, and rural regions the heartland of Republicanism – yet Donald Trump’s election has exposed these divides like never before. Will US metropolises increasingly turn into city-states?
What’s the story in Cleveland? Don’t ask the national media covering the RNC (Columbia Journalism Review) – Perhaps it’s too much to ask political media to tell the broader story outside of the convention’s downtown confines. But that limitation speaks volumes to what political journalism has devolved into this election season.
Drone makers struggle for acceptance (The Boston Globe) – Domestic drone manufacturers face an uphill public relations battle to introduce the unmanned vehicles into US skies for commercial use. Drones’ military and intelligence prowess doesn’t help their cause.
Essays & Criticism
Why the media don’t get Detroit — and why it matters (Columbia Journalism Review) – This city’s tale of decline is not a story that Americans want to hear, or have ever really encountered before. America doesn’t decline; it rises toward its destiny. But increasingly, this story is one we can’t afford to ignore.
Drive-by journalism in Trumplandia (Columbia Journalism Review) – The dust may have settled since Donald Trump’s victory shocked the media establishment in 2016. But the debate over how to cover the people who catapulted him into office has only grown more complicated
Who Is The New York Times’ Woeful Opinion Section Even For? (Splinter) – For those seeking a media standard-bearer to help lead them through the Trump era, the painful realization is that they may have to look elsewhere.
The real history of fake news (Columbia Journalism Review) – Fake news is but one symptom of that shift back to historical norms, and recent hyperventilating mimics reactions from eras past.
Remember Who Michael Wolff Is (Splinter) – The fact that the internet has latched onto so many of Wolff’s colorful—if only “notionally accurate”—anecdotes about the Trump White House may say less about that much-hated media man than it does about the rest of us.
Reporting Norms Are Never Timeless (The Nation) – A new history of American newspapers traces today’s debates about journalism to shifts in tech and politics 50 years ago.
Jill Abramson’s ‘Merchants of Truth’ Can’t Pass Its Own Journalistic Purity Tests (The Nation) – In an attempt to understand journalism’s “Age of Anxiety,” the former New York Times executive editor takes aim at digital media.