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The Journalism of Religious Experience

An interview with Jeff Sharlet, editor of Radiant Truths.

Quick Studies


Can Better Sports Coverage Reduce Football Injuries?

A new study suggests the media’s attitude toward the sport’s players could play a major role in its tough-guy ethos.

Sociological Images


Gender at the ‘New York Times': The Most Comprehensive Analysis Ever

At the paper of record, female bylines only appear on about one-third of all stories.

This Is Your Brain


Your Brain on Story: Why Narratives Win Our Hearts and Minds

Our craving and connection to story is so much more than a haphazard preference.

What Makes Us Politic


Why Make Stuff Up? The Incredible Demand on Campaign Reporters to Keep Things Interesting

Will the recent incorporation of some working political scientists into legacy media outlets help curb the use of misleading headlines and made-up stories of momentum in campaign coverage?

A Conversation With


Lock Up Your Daughters: An Interview With Ralph Steadman

A conversation about Picasso, Sigmund Freud, farm animals, and Hunter S. Thompson.



Journalism Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half

As part of an ongoing investigation into the role colleges and universities play in the intern economy, ProPublica spoke with an internship coordinator to learn more about the process of developing a program.

Burgh Diaspora


Rust Belt Geography and Awful Journalism

The dominant view of dying cities is outdated and wrong, and journalists are largely responsible for the geographic misconceptions.



Journalism Is Never Perfect: The Politics of Story Corrections and Retractions

Do reporters and editors have an obligation to get the story right—even if not the first time?



Why Reporters in the United States Now Need Protection

The Obama administration has made the most concerted effort since the Nixon years to intimidate officials from talking to a reporter.



Is Alcohol Really to Blame for the Prevalence of Sexual Assault on College Campuses?

Access to alcohol isn’t anything new, but access to members of the opposite sex is.



If You Want Free Nicotine Patches, Pretend to Smoke More Than 7 Cigarettes a Day

Mike Dang called a hotline that helps people quit smoking. The only issue: he’d never started.



A Journalism Program That Offers Students Internships With Prestige, But No Paycheck

Colleges have used internships as a way to prepare their students for the professional world, but they’re also collecting tuition for unpaid programs.



Putting You at Risk: Why It’s Critical That Health Agencies Cooperate With Reporters

Federal, state, and local health agencies are shutting down traditional lines of communication in increasing numbers, but public health, history shows, is profoundly affected by mainstream media.



The Lives of Dictators’ Wives

The fancy clothes and charitable works aren’t incidental: The dictator’s spouse is an important part of maintaining power.



Want to Reduce Polarization? You Need to Improve Political Journalism

Ideologically extreme members of Congress are more vulnerable to defeat when voters can learn about their in-office activities through traditional media.



The Melting-Pot Gazette

Can a sociologist and a journalist get an ethnically fractured city engaged?



Churnalism Sorts Original Journalism From Repackaged Press Releases

The Sunlight Foundation is on to you.


Journalists: Why Do We Even Bother?


What Academics Can Teach Fareed Zakaria


Announcing Our New Name

Miller-McCune is renaming, and relaunching under the new moniker: “Pacific Standard.”


Miller-McCune’s Top Stories of 2011

A looming government shutdown, faulty comet theories, clever transit alternatives, and women’s gaydar were among the top topics Miller-McCune readers flocked to in 2011.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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