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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 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


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

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

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