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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

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Print: It’s alive!

Newsweek’s return to print is another body blow to the idea of free content from old media

Newsweek's announcement that it is resurrecting its print edition is probably the most dramatic sign yet that digital-only ad models... More

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Bloomberg News and the problem of church-state separation

The downside of eroding the traditional wall between business and editorial

It has become accepted wisdom in future-of-news debates that the church-state divide between the newsroom and the business side was... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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

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