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How Jonah Lehrer should blog

The art of glossing the news

In the wake of the revelations that Jonah Lehrer is a serial self-plagiarist, Josh Levin declares that if you’re an... More

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CNBC graphic of the day, Greek bond yield edition

Martin Wolf, the anti-CNBC, makes an appearance

Martin Wolf appeared on CNBC today, which is never a good idea. Between all the swishing noises and flashing... More

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How Gawker wants to monetize comments

Denton’s vision for Gawker Media’s editorial product moves away from posts

Back in November, I grappled with the fact that online display ads in general, and banner ads in particular, are... More

What the Loebs Can Learn From the Pulitzers

I’m not a huge fan of journalism awards. The Pulitzers, in particular, are a peculiar fish: they tend to award... More

Why Twitter Will Get More Annoying

Happy sixth birthday, Twitter! You’re the service which started off as a way for groups of friends to keep... More

When Journalists Take Money From Wall Street

Many thanks to Paul Starobin for getting to the bottom of the question of journalists being paid by Wall Street... More

The Worst Personal-Finance Video Ever

Like many people, I’m fascinated by lottery tickets. In many ways they’re the purest speculative investment in the world: a... More

Why Journalists Need to Link

Jonathan Stray has a great essay up at Nieman Lab entitled “Why link out? Four journalistic purposes of the noble... More

Matter’s Vision for Long-form Journalism

Yesterday morning, a very exciting new journalism project was launched on Kickstarter. It’s called Matter, and it’s going to be... More

Quality vs. Quantity Online

At about the same time that Michael Kinsley’s hilarious response to a blog post of mine hit the web,... More

Elizabeth Spiers and the Reinvented New York Observer

There are three main reasons that I like entering into bets with people. The first is, simply, that it’s fun.... More

NYT Paywall Datapoints of the Day

Ken Doctor has a very smart and interesting take on the news that the NYT now has 390,000 paying digital... More

Summers: “Inside Job had essentially all its facts wrong”

In mid-2009, I went on a search for apologies, from the people who laid the intellectual and regulatory foundations... More

How Sharing Disrupts Media

I’m at DLD in Munich, where David Karp of Tumblr and Samir Arora of Glam Media helped me understand the... More

Will Fact-Checking Go the Way of Blogs?

Lucas Graves has by far the best and most sophisticated response to NYT ombudsman Arthur Brisbane’s silly question about “truth... More

Holding Aggregators to Journalistic Standards

Now I’ve got my rant off my chest, let me try to add a bigger-picture point to the noise surrounding... More

Link-Phobia and Plagiarism

Jack Shafer has an unforgiving take on l’affaire Kendra Marr: The plagiarist defrauds readers by leading them to believe that... More

Charts of the Day, WSJ Story-Length Edition

Point/Counterpoint: Salmon/Chittum

Ryan Chittum has taken a look at the length of the stories on the front page of the WSJ. Here’s... More

How The New Yorker Monetizes Old Content

I love the way that The New Yorker is using the iPad to construct a whole new revenue stream from... More

Annals of Government Toothlessness, HAMP edition

ProPublica with a fantastic piece

ProPublica’s Paul Kiel has a fantastic story about the way in which the government has proved utterly toothless with... 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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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