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The Washington Post needs a paywall—now

A strategic error needs to be reversed, stat

The not-so-gentle ejection of Marcus Brauchli from the top editor’s chair at The Washington Post has cast a bright... More

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Paywalls are a means, not an end

A Toronto Star columnist’s belligerence gets me thinking

I like paywalls. I really do. I think it makes sense for newspapers that saw the bottom drop out... More

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Lessons from Sullivan-Silver fracas

When digital and institutional cultures collide

Before the Margaret Sullivan/Nate Silver episode fades into history, there are a couple of meta lessons to be drawn from... More

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Audit Notes: Stray on Silver, the new-old Black, ‘rocketing’ from a low base

Data-based journalism and its potential; an ex-mogul takes a flogging, etc.

The best thing about the faux-controversy between New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan and political stats whiz Nate Silver... More

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MSM: port in a storm

And social media was not as useful as I’d thought it’d be

Sandy was the first natural disaster I can remember experiencing not as a reporter but as Joe Reader/Viewer. (I’ve... More

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Send Candidates for The Best Business Writing 2013

Our 2nd annual compilation of business journalism’s best is closing soon; send us stuff

Hi Internet, This spring, we launched with Columbia University Press the first of what we hope will be a long-running... More

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Are newspaper audiences really shrinking?

A dialogue with Alan Mutter

Alan Mutter’s post the other day—"The incredible shrinking newspaper audience"—got me thinking: is the newspaper audience really shrinking? So... More

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Tuesdays with Andrew

Changing up a Dealbook ritual

An Andrew Ross Sorkin column is beginning to take on a ritualistic feel. Sorkin is The New York Times... More

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Audit Notes: a missing foreclosure figure, Denton, Brookes

How many “boomerang” buyers are there again? Gawker’s secret sauce, etc

This Wall Street Journal story says buyers who went through foreclosure are already back in the market, buying houses again.They’re... More

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Facing up to the high cost of free news

Is there a quality argument to support the digital ads-only model?

Pretty soon, proponents of free digital news will have to own up to the implications of their model. The... More

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The hamster wheel vs. the quality imperative

The real problem with JRC/Advance free model and the unappreciated benefit of a paywall

…The great is rare; the dull quite common. But — and this is the genius of the online format... More

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Required skimming: unemployment

Get the facts about the jobs figures

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Digital goes first at the FT (Updated)

The Financial Times now has more digital subscribers than print ones; running the numbers

Like them or not, newspaper paywalls continue better-than-expected performances, the latest good (for some of us) news coming from The... More

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Audit Notes: more NOLA rumblings, Journatic, well-squawked

A new buyer emerges in New Orleans, Quick and Sorkin did good, etc.

—Can we agree at this point that Advance Publications’s attempt to sell its plans for dramatic newsroom cuts and... More

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A Washington reporter’s review of Barofsky’s book is unintentionally revealing

Shield’s up!

Jackie Calmes's review of Neil Barofsky’s new book, Bailout, to me, says so much more about Washington press culture... More

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Audit Notes: Macabre probe, Wall Street lethargy, linkless hype busters, ‘Chairman of the Fed,’ etc.

A compelling cross-border probe into the body parts business

“When my daughter-in-law touched it, she said that his foot was empty.” That’s right. Someone stole the inside... More

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A WSJ ‘A-hed’ covers the same topic twice

Tapping on the glass of a barometer for quality

Back when News Corp. took over Dow Jones & Co., which some of us didn’t think was a particularly... More

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Audit Notes: UK edition

On hack-gate and the paper that broke it open

Make no mistake about it: the criminal charges unveiled yesterday against former top News Corp. officials mark a major... More

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Audit Notes: NOLA stirrings, Libor’s victim, Honda-driving billionaire, etc.

—With the news market in New Orleans suddenly up for grabs—thanks to Advance Publications's decision to slash the newsroom... More

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Introducing Best Business Writing 2012

Columbia Journalism Review Books has just published Best Business Writing 2012, featuring pieces by Paul Krugman, Martin Wolf, Matt Taibbi,... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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