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Facebook’s war on clickbait unlikely to do much good

Publishers who cheer the move should know that Zuckerberg & Co. can turn off the traffic spigot whenever it suits them

In May, Mike Hudack posted a self-described rant on Facebook about the dismal state of the media, focused as it... More

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The New York Times’ paywall has plenty of room to grow

Prediction to the contrary from Re/code misses several key factors

A year and a half ago, Quartz wrote that "The New York Times paywall has hit a growth wall." Since... More

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Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers

Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Gannett's latest Great Leap Forward will go "digital first," heavily emphasizing metrics to guide coverage. It will have significantly smaller... More

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The great newspaper spinoff

A wave of media deconsolidation sends legacy publishers off on their own

It's hard to recall a spate of media deconsolidation like the one in recent months, as companies shed their publishing... More

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Guardian reporter battles the British power elite

One of the biggest media stories in history was right in front of Nick Davies, and he almost missed it

Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch By Nick Davies Chatto & Windus 448 pages Hardcover, £20... More

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The NYT’s new paywall products flounder

Early problems for the paper’s new apps

The New York Times' expanded paywall offerings are off to a poor start, and its three-year run of higher circulation... More

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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

Integrated Whale Media Investments of Hong Kong is now the majority owner of Forbes Media, valuing the company at a... More

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Murdoch moves on Time Warner

As pipes companies merge, another round of media consolidation

Seven years ago, when Rupert Murdoch stunned the media world by bidding for The Wall Street Journal, its parent company... More

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A $52 million loss, but a good year for The Guardian

Digital revenue booms while print stabilizes and its trust fund surges

It's quite something to note that a company that lost $52 million last year had a very good year. But... More

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A Fourth of July inflation bugaboo

The press fixates on the “exploding” price of a barbecue

The press loves itself a good story about rising prices, particularly if it's about the cost of food going up.... More

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The Journal’s BNP Paribas ‘blunder’

Anonymous bank sources assure the paper they knew nothing about its crimes

Was BNP Paribas's $8.9 billion settlement with the Justice Department caused by a long-running criminal conspiracy or was it just... More

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Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.’s woes will continue

Rebekah Brooks’s acquittal is big, but there’s much more to come

Rupert Murdoch has known since sometime last year that he is a suspect in the investigations probing the systemic corruption... More

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A reply to Clay Shirky

Who doesn’t distinguish between investing in journalism as opposed to print

NYU's Clay Shirky calls Ken Doctor and me shills and nostalgists for our respective coverage of Aaron Kushner's investment in... More

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Why the Orange County Register’s bold experiment hit the skids

Debt doomed Aaron Kushner’s dramatic expansion strategy, financial documents show

Aaron Kushner's massive investment in The Orange County Register—one I argued a year ago was "the most interesting--and important--experiment in... More

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Market power and the media baron

The anti-competitive practices of Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos

No one should be surprised that Amazon is employing anticompetitive tactics in its negotiations with the book publisher Hachette. As... More

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The New York Times can’t abandon print—yet

It would immediately swing to a big loss

Everyone in the news business feels a sense of urgency these days, as well they should. But there's urgency, and... More

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Management isn’t journalism’s strong suit

And running a newsroom is hard and getting harder

Newsrooms have long hired and promoted based on journalistic chops, and often that alone. The problem, of course, is what... More

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Reader revenue and the great newspaper ad bubble

Four decades of artificially high advertising goes pop

Newspaper advertising will almost surely fall to the lowest level on record this year, as ads continue to migrate to... More

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Baquet’s big job

The Times’ new editor must navigate business-side challenges, and still match the great journalism that Abramson produced

Dean Baquet faces a different set of challenges than Jill Abramson faced when she took over as editor of The... More

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That BBC link on Slate is really an ad

What you’re not told about apparently curated links

The big paradox for journalism on the internet is that the medium offers so many technical advantages—infinite space, malleable design,... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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