What We’re Reading
Preeti Aroon “Incentivized Birth: How Russia’s Baby-Boosting Policies Are Hurting the Population,” by Yasha Levine for Slate. Last September, I blogged about how couples in the Ulyanovsk region of Russia were given a day off to conceive a child and boost the area’s population. Nine months later, it turns out that there was a baby ...
“Incentivized Birth: How Russia’s Baby-Boosting Policies Are Hurting the Population,” by Yasha Levine for Slate. Last September, I blogged about how couples in the Ulyanovsk region of Russia were given a day off to conceive a child and boost the area’s population. Nine months later, it turns out that there was a baby boom, but how it seems to have happened reveals how government policies can have unintended consequences.
The Atlantic‘s Mark Bowden takes an intimate look at Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of the Wall Street Journal and what the media mogul’s conquests might mean for the future of journalism. After spending last summer in London and seeing some of Murdoch’s other prized publications (see: The Sun’s Page 3), I was initially quite skeptical of this takeover. Bowden makes me slightly less so.
“Is Fournier saving or destroying the AP?” Politico‘s Michael Calderone profiles new AP Washington Bureau chief Ron Fournier, whose emphasis on “cutting away the clutter” aims to move away from the “he said, she said” reporting that often mars political coverage. Predictably, not everyone’s happy about the new approach.
War Journal, by NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. Engel follows up 2004’s A Fist in the Hornet’s Nest with more harrowing coverage of his time in Iraq. This time, civil war and post-war reconstruction efforts dominate the narrative, as does talk of Iran’s increasing influence. Don’t miss Engel’s candid interview with President Bush, whose knowledge of Iraq might surprise you.
“Who Murdered the Virunga Gorillas,” by Mark Jenkins in National Geographic. This feature on the killing of seven rare mountain gorillas in Congo’s dangerous Virunga National Park last year is equal parts war reporting, environmental exposé, and compelling whodunnit.
One Person Trend Stories, a hilarious mock-blog devoted to skewering the thinly sourced trend stories that seem to be the norm these days.
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