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Oxford on paying for news online

Young people are far more likely to pony up than older readers

Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism put out a digital-news survey recently that's well worth your time. It... More

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Audit Notes: HuffPost terrible on Hastings, Fox touts, Advance PR

Terrible news judgment adds fuel to conspiracy theories about the journalist’s death

The Huffington Post publishes a deeply irresponsible story on the death of the journalist Michael Hastings with this headline: Was... More

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The IRS scandal unwinds

And Peggy Noonan pushes crazy conspiracy theories in the WSJ

The IRS Tea Party "scandal" has taken a couple of body blows in the last week. First, it emerged that... More

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The newspaper plunge slows

But paywall strategies and new business are still not enough to offset print ad declines

The newspaper industry found an extra $6 billion in its couch cushions last year. That's not new revenue, unfortunately—just newly... More

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Tocqueville and regulation

Niall Ferguson pines for the laissez-faire days of a relatively primitive society

Dean Baker slices up Niall Ferguson's latest op-ed in The Wall Street Journal—this one about how over-regulated the U.S. supposedly... More

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The ax falls at The Oregonian (UPDATED)

The decline of what was one of the better regional newspapers

Not that long ago, The Oregonian was one of the better news organizations in the country. In 2008, Editor &... More

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Audit Notes: Fox tout, Newhouses’ interior decorators, stocks and flows

MarketWatch outs a corporate cousin’s contributor as a shill

MarketWatch's Charles Jaffe busts a contributor to corporate cousin Fox Business for taking big bucks to tout penny stocks. Jaffe... More

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The Advance Publications name game

The old Newhouse Pledge and the company’s corporate shuffle

The Oregonian is about to get Newhouse'd. As the billionaires' Advance Publications has rolled out its newspaper-liquidation plan across the... More

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Audit Notes: Goldman dissembles, Corporate taxes, Silicon Valley

Bloomberg View shreds the bank’s too-big-to-fail apology

Goldman Sachs issued a report recently claiming to debunk the fact that too-big-to-fail banks like itself get implicit taxpayer subsidies... More

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No, it’s not another housing bubble

Hysteria in pockets of the press over a long-awaited recovery

The top story in all the major papers on Wednesday was news that home prices jumped 11 percent in the... More

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Fortune goes long on Amazon and taxes

How the retailer manipulated a broken government system to get an unfair advantage

I've been following the Amazon tax-avoidance story for years now, and I haven't seen it better-told than it is on... More

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Audit Notes: The IRS story in context, Silicon Valley oligarchs

Necessary context from ProPublica and the NYT on the overblown scandal

The bulk of the IRS scandal press coverage has been seriously devoid of the kind of context that tells readers... More

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Bloggers for hire on a penny-stock pump and dump

The Motley Fool digs into a brazen and successful scheme to manipulate share prices

The Motley Fool's Brian Richards posts a fascinating look inside the pump and dump world of penny-stock promoters, reporting how... More

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OKC’s TV news excels in another disaster

Life-saving information before the tornado, essential reporting afterward

In Oklahoma, particularly in the springtime, dangerous weather is a part of life. And so are the local TV news... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ on the IRS, countering Kinsley, Cramer gets an ‘F’

The paper mishandles news on the Tea Party targeting story

Rupert Murdoch must have loved his Wall Street Journal front page on Saturday. Editors splashed this headline across the top... More

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Peggy Noonan loses it on the IRS story

The Journal columnist draws an evidence-free connection to the White House

We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. That's Peggy Noonan today in The Wall Street... More

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The other IRS target: the press

The nonprofit news experience undermines the Tea Party targeting outrage

Conservatives are howling about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups applying for nonprofit tax exemptions. Well, welcome to our world.... More

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Audit Notes: Student loan profits, paywall incentives, postal banking

The Huffington Post on a government bonanza

The Huffington Post's Shahien Nasiripour comes up with a great angle on news that the Education Department expects to make... More

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The Bloomberg terminal scandal

Not nearly in the Murdoch hacking league, but it requires a cultural shift

The Bloomberg terminal-snooping story is a serious ethics problem, but I've read some awfully hysterical takes on it in the... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg apologizes, Snow Fall re-imagined, Carr on Advance

Winkler admits reporters should never have had access to customer data

Bloomberg News has gotten a big black eye for snooping on its customers, and Editor-In-Chief Matt Winkler apologizes in a... 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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