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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

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The reporter who saw it coming

Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown

Mike Hudson began reporting on the subprime mortgage business in the early 1990s when it was still a marginal,... 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”

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