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Digital ads and grains of salt

Assessing recent claims

Some data are better than no data, I suppose, but it always pays to be skeptical when companies disclose... More

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Three things to like about the Times OSHA exposé

And one thing not to like at all

Ian Urbina's magisterial probe in The New York Times of OSHA's failure to police long-term health risks—like harmful fumes caused... More

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The Rise of Longform Newspaper Writing, 1950s-2003

Fink and Schudson document the rise of “contexual journalism” before the longform meltdown.

Katherine Fink and Michael Schudson have a fantastic new paper called "The Rise of Contextual Journalism, 1950s-2003," to be... More

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Q&A with the FT’s Martin Dickson

A new US managing editor takes over at the salmon-colored financial daily

Martin Dickson came on as US managing editor of the Financial Times in September, succeeding Gillian Tett, who is on... More

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Longform meltdown (cont.)

Reaction to a post on the decline of longform stories at major papers

My post presenting data showing that major newspapers drastically cut back their longform story output in the last decade generated... More

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Major papers’ longform meltdown

Stories longer than 2,000 words down 86 percent at the LAT since 2003, 50 percent at WaPo, etc.

No one equates story-length with quality. Let’s start with that concession. But still. Story-length is hardly meaningless when you consider... More

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Native ads’ existential problem

L’affaire Atlantic/Scientology points up the format’s built-in problems for news

The Atlantic’s big mistake in the Scientololgy “debacle” has been variously described as: 1. Running an ad in the... More

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EXCLUSIVE: WSJ memo doubles down on scoops

An internal memo over the transom

Fresh over the transom, a new memo from The Wall Street Journal’s hierarchy on the importance of scoops to reporters’... More

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Murdoch’s straw snobs

The phony war on “elitist” journalism

It’s often hard to tell when Rupert Murdoch’s biographer, Michael Wolff, is merely transmitting his subject’s views or whether... More

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A valuable walk through a 10-K

Partnoy and Eisinger keep it simple

Sometimes, when faced with the unholy mess that is financial regulation, the best idea is to keep it simple,... More

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Andrew Sullivan’s bold experiment

And how to think about it

The great journalism paywall debate has picked up steam lately as more newspapers move away from the idea of giving... More

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Best of 2012: Dean Starkman

The Audit chief’s best of the year

A Narrowed Gaze — How the business press forgot the rest of us. What McClure Said: “The Story is the... More

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The real problem with that Dealbook conference

In a reputational transaction between Wall Street and a newspaper, guess who wins?

The discussion around the corporate star-studded Dealbook conference last week was good, but I don’t think it got to... More

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Ingrassia’s balancing act

Thoughts as The New York Times business editor steps aside

What are the most important American journalism jobs in the early 21st century? Given the Financial Crisis, you could make... More

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In Cleveland, bracing for a free-news fallout

Fear and loathing at The Plain Dealer

Cleveland Scene magazine ran a fine, overlooked story on the ticking clock at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, as journalists and readers... More

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Audit Notes: a big Dealbook conference, Gawker on unemployment, buzzed into oatmeal, etc.

An assembly of titans at the Times, listening to the jobless, etc.

For better and worse, conferencing is becoming a big part of the media landscape. We do a mini-version, too.... More

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News worth paying for

Looking for profit in public-interest news

Now that the confetti and campaign corks had been swept up after news leaked that The Washington Post was probably... More

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Audit Notes: sustainable newsrooms edition

More thoughts on digital subscriptions at the Washington Post and elsewhere

Jeff Bercovici asks if the The Washington Post waited too long to install its paywall since its revenue losses,... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo likely to get a wall; papers as luxury product; thought on The Daily; Barofsky

Long overdue in the nation’s capital; That was Murdoch’s ideal newspaper? etc.

The news: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Washington Post is most likely adopting a wall next... More

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On blaming The Daily’s demise on purely technical causes

Was it any good? Who knows?

Remember The Daily? Yeah, that was a long time ago. Good times. Now an artifact of history, like the Montreal... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

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