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Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins

A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

When Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news giant rolled out its massive new American affiliate one year ago, creating a... More

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First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems

Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture

When Pierre Omidyar, the eBay billionaire, announced the creation of a news organization featuring, for starters, investigative heavyweight Glenn... More

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Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box

Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

When Justin Smith arrived from The Atlantic to last fall to take over the sprawling media group at Bloomberg LP,... More

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The Loomis era

A note on the retirement of a business-press legend

Carol Loomis' extraordinary career is being celebrated around the media world on word of her retirement after 60 (that's six-oh)... More

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A rockstar of the paywall set

A Q&A with the Financial Times’ Rob Grimshaw—“Ultimately, it does come back to the content”

LONDON—The New York Times' efforts to adapt to the digital age gets all the attention, for better and for worse.... More

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Uh oh, newspapers are looking like attractive investments again

Mostly smaller ones; good news and (mostly) bad news

The consolidation boom in the media business may soon extend, albeit on a vastly smaller scale, to newspapers, especially the... More

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A newspaper deal threatens Utah’s main non-Mormon-owned daily, critics say

And the Justice Department is looking into it

A deal reached last fall between Salt Lake City's two main newspapers is unraveling into an angry controversy as the... More

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Digital First plans layoffs (Updated)

High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Digital First Media, the New York-based newspaper operator that has made a high-profile bet on its digital business, is planning... More

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Bloomberg gets a taste of transparency

And the controversy over its China coverage reaches a crisis point

Ben Richardson's very public resignation from Bloomberg LP over its China coverage takes a scandal that had been a contained... More

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Bloomberg News’s deepening China problem

Chairman’s remarks raise serious questions about the news division’s mission in a key market

Peter T. Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg LP, spoke with perhaps more candor than he intended in responding this week to... More

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A new consensus on the future of news

The future isn’t what it used to be, and that’s a good thing

Just a couple of years ago, although it feels like a lot longer, the media world was embroiled in something... More

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Media convergence: regional newspaper/ national magazine edition

The Atlantic.com teams up the Mormon-owned Deseret News for a series on the family

The editorial teams of the Atlantic.com and the Deseret News are launching on a four-part series on the American family,... More

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Why Capital New York’s $6,000 paywall will probably work

And why that’s not necessarily good news for news

When Politico's owner bought Capital New York in September, the move came as a surprise to many of us, but... More

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Vox and Ezra Klein: testing the limits of the digital-news expansion

Will what works for tech and fashion work for policy?

When Ezra Klein was told to fish-or-cut bait at The Washington Post last week, it was already in the air... More

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Ezra Klein and the early-mover disadvantage

No one knows if these new personal-franchise journalism ventures are going to work

The parade of departures of high-profile journalism talent from big newspapers, of which Ezra Klein's is the most recent, can... More

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Tracking digital-era news quality declines

A Tulane student project tracks the Times-Picayune before and after a digital overhaul

When the New Orleans Times-Picayune announced it would cut back its printed editions to three days a week and shift... More

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The great story

In the run-up to the Great Recession, accountability journalism saw the story that access journalism missed

This is an excerpt from The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism,... More

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USA Today’s stealth tilt toward free content

The paper Al Neuharth built is still grappling with his legacy

Gannett recently announced that next year it will be accelerating its strategy of putting mini-editions of its flagship USA Today... More

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Two paths for newspapers

And Tribune Company is taking the wrong one.

As if newspapers didn't have enough problems, they also have investment bankers. Joe Cahill brings some disturbing news about cynical... More

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Newspapers continue demonstrating indispensability

Deeply reported mega-series in the NYT and WSJ add vastly to public knowledge

85 percent of professionally reported accountability news comes from newspapers, but I have heard guesses from credible sources that go... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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