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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

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A troubling suspension at Bloomberg News

The crisis grows over a China story that hasn’t run

When in a hole, the best course is usually to stop digging. Instead, Bloomberg has deepened the intrigue surrounding a... More

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Advice for the next owners of Forbes

Reclaiming the legacy of the legendary James Michaels should be the first order of business

The news, broken by Bloomberg's Edmund Lee, that once mighty Forbes is going on the block after 96 years of... More

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Bloomberg News at a crossroads

Allegations that it spiked a China investigation shine a light on its business model

Just a few months ago, Bloomberg News was faced with a potential crisis after Wall Street clients complained—publicly—that Bloomberg news... More

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Evidence for the hard-to-prove assertion

The WSJ on the murky question of regulatory funding

Jean Eaglesham had a nice get—an exit interview with the outgoing enforcement chief of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, who... More

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No paywalls, please: we’re the Guardian

Everyone’s favorite newspaper is on a risky financial course

Everyone loves the Guardian—well, everyone except Rupert Murdoch, the British intelligence apparatus, the American intelligence apparatus, and bullies, sneaks, and... More

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Newspaper self-destruction: Providence Journal edition

Executive bonuses and newsroom cuts do not go together

If the digital revolution has done nothing else, it has exposed the extent to which American newspapers have relied on... More

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AllThingsD and the limits of the personal franchise news model

A few breakout stars don’t signal a general power shift in journalism

A couple of weeks ago, Felix Salmon asked: "Can Rupert Murdoch hold on to Kara Swisher?" Well, now we have... More

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Press Manipulation: Federal Reserve edition

Summers, Yellen, and the perils of access reporting

At first glance, the Fed chairperson's race is one for the textbooks: a classic case of spin and counterspin,... More

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The WSJ on the continuing mortgage crisis

Linking borrowers and a toxic security, and leading the Lehman look-back work

We tend to think of the Lehman crash as a bad thing. And, well, it was. But, on the... More

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The new black migration

Laura Gottesdiener’s book details the continuing wreckage of the mortgage crisis

With the anniversary of the Lehman crash hard upon us, Laura Gottesdiener's* new book is the perfect reminder that journalism... More

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ESPN’s journalism problem

A network’s massive conflicts emphasize the need for media independence

Just recently, the Boston Red Sox's parent company bought the Boston Globe, and the head of the dominant online... More

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Bloomberg as the anti-News Corp.

Its transparent handling of snooping allegations starkly contrasts with News Corp. cover-ups

The external review into how Bloomberg News staffers used and misused confidential client data available on Bloomberg LP terminals in... More

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The OC Register’s transportation snarl

A media company’s deal to serve as a broker for a city transportation hub is a bridge too far

Aaron Kushner and his revamped Freedom Communications get huge slack around here. As Ryan Chittum explained in the May/June... More

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Reinforcing elite power: Bezos/Washington Post edition

A flattering profile of Bezos reminds us why it’s too bad he now owns the capital’s leading paper

It's hard to remember a more flattering profile of an important CEO than the one gracing the cover of the... More

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Required skimming: white-collar crime

Keeping up with the bad guys

This month, CJR presents "Required skimming," a daily miniguide to our staffers' beats and obsessions. If we overlooked your favorite... More

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More fraud evidence tilts the crisis narrative

A rigorous new study shows mortgage bond sellers provided demonstrably false information

The headline of the moment is that US authorities are poised to arrest two JP Morgan officials for allegedly covering... More

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Independent Media and Dependent Media

Bezos, The Washington Post, and billionaires buying the press

No one in their right mind claims to know how this is all going to go, but all agree that... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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