The Record Volume 31, No. 7


Business & Economy
R. Glenn Hubbard
Bob Bontempo
Paul Glasserman

International Affairs
Lisa Anderson
Akeel Bilgrami
Victoria de Grazia
Michael Doyle

Mass Media
Samuel G. Freedman
Richard C. Wald
June Cross

Medicine, Health & Environment
Allan Rosenfield
Klaus Lackner

Andrew Marks

Politics, Law & Society
Jeffrey Fagan
Kathleen Knight
Randall Balmer
Dana R. Fisher
Jane Waldfogel
Jeanette Takamura

M. Dianne Murphy

Visual Arts, Theater
& Film

Jon Kessler
Arnold Aronson
Dan Kleinman





Assistant Professor of Journalism

On the best TV documentaries in 2005:

1) A Company of Soldiers, Edward Jarvis' film on what it was like  to be embedded for 30 days with the men of Dog Company, the Army's 1-8 Cavalry Regiment, provided a grunt's-eye view of the heartbreak and ambiguity of the war.

2) Marty Smith's The Storm dissected what went wrong with FEMA during the Katrina disaster in a way that perfectly balanced outrage and tragedy. 

3) For fun, Martin Scorsese's PBS documentary on Bob Dylan revealed how the filmmaker continues to explore the lines between fiction and truth.

What's ahead?

Spike Lee's documentary on Katrina—Katrina and the war in Iraq will continue to offer long-form filmmakers the material and the imperative to reveal truth and question articles of faith.

Source of Inspiration in 2005

The Columbia Newsblaster has made me think more about why the media covers what it does and how stories get prioritized and grouped together. It has also allowed me to follow links to stories in papers I don't ordinarily read. For instance, I recently rediscovered The Dallas Morning News—have been checking in periodically to see what my Southern brethren think.