New Yorker Staff Writer Nicholas Lemann

Most Students Underestimate the Importance of Reliability

Nicholas Lemann is the Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and dean emeritus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of numerous books, including The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy. Before moderating a Zócalo event asking “Is There Still Merit in a Merit-Based System?,” Lemann told us about his most meritless quality, why he’s (maybe) Team Pete Davidson, and the reason he prizes reliability over talent.

Journalist Frances Anderton | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Journalist Frances Anderton

I Think I Detest the Beverly Center

Frances Anderton, the longtime host of the weekly public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW, currently covers Los Angeles design and architecture for print and radio. She is …

Lebanon’s Other Explosion | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Lebanon’s Other Explosion

When Disasters Become the Norm, People Stop Paying Attention—But I'm Still Telling This Country's Stories

It was the explosion that drove home to me how irrevocably Lebanon was broken.

Not the horrific August 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion, when a warehouse full of ammonium nitrate exploded, …

What Do We Need From Campaign Journalism? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

What Do We Need From Campaign Journalism?

Whether It’s 1968 or 2020, It’s Necessary to ‘Reveal the Truth About a Campaign’

What kind of campaign reporting serves our democracy, and what sort of political journalism undermines it? How have the methods of reporting on presidential contests changed over the course of …

How Horace Greeley Invented the Persona of the Crusading Journalist | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Horace Greeley Invented the Persona of the Crusading Journalist

The 19th-Century Publisher Made Reform-Minded, Opinion-Driven Journalism Commercially Viable

December 3, 1840, a Thursday. A bank president in New Jersey goes missing in broad daylight, leaving his office in New Brunswick around 10 a.m. He is never again seen …

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Confused About Journalism’s Goals? You Must Be American

Reporters Here May Be Social Justice Warriors, Corporate Victims, or Targets—Or All of the Above

Journalists seemed to be heroic figures when they covered civil rights, poverty, pollution, the Vietnam War, and Watergate. But more recently that story has become confused.

Journalists are sometimes victims …