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Articles by Richard J. Tofel | Email the Author

Does It Even Know What It’s Selling?

As Bill Gates recently wrote, “the next sea change is upon us.” For newspapers, that means they must do no less than reconceive their basic business model.

Bill Gates, the most successful businessman in the world, recently wrote in a memo to the troops at Microsoft that,... More

General Motors and a Newspaper “Classic”

The Wall Street Journal faced down a company at the peak of its power

In these days of automotive bankruptcies and newspaper closures, it may be hard to recall—even to imagine—that the auto companies,... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

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

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