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How the media gets the price of Thanksgiving dinner wrong

ABC, NBC, Tech Times, and The Atlantic run with a press release

It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time for the American Farm Bureau Federation's report on the cost of the average Thanksgiving... More

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The news business should refuse Facebook’s deal

The lure of online ad revenue isn’t worth surrendering news judgment to Zuckerberg’s algorithm

Facebook wants publishers to become its junior partners, embedding their news and content into Facebook itself (at least on mobile)... More

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The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell

It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

The Guardian happened upon a huge story while discussing a journalism partnership with Whisper, whose social media app promises anonymity... More

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The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity

Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

In a piece late last month, Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein criticized Adam Feuerstein, a reporter at TheStreet, for his... More

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Simon & Schuster keeps its fabulist on bookshelves

C. David Heymann’s impact on the historical record

C. David Heymann got his books published by a string of respected publishers, which was quite a feat given his... More

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Scary numbers in Moody’s public pension report, sans context

Media coverage of ‘$2 trillion’ gap is incomplete at best

A Moody's report last week warning that top US public pensions are underfunded by $2 trillion got wide coverage in... More

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The upside of yesterday’s New York Times news

Paywall 2.0 flop triggers layoffs, but digital ads and digital circulation surge

The New York Times is cutting 100 jobs from its newsroom, and you'd get the impression from the reaction that... More

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Going easy on Eric Holder’s Wall Street inaction

Press coverage falls short on the attorney general’s failure to prosecute fraud

There's one word missing in too many major press accounts of Eric Holder's tenure as Obama's only attorney general: bankers.... More

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Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book

C. David Heymann’s Joe and Marilyn is full of highly dubious information—just like many of his previous books

On Christmas Eve 1983, David Cay Johnston exposed C. David Heymann's Barbara Hutton biography as a fraud on A1 of... More

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Audit Interview: Carol J. Loomis

The Fortune legend talks about 60 years in business journalism

Carol J. Loomis, who retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business... More

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Paywall pioneer Press+ merges with Piano Media

A European investment fund purchases the company for an undisclosed sum

European investment fund 3TS Capital Partners is buying American paywall pioneer Press+ for an undisclosed sum and will merge it... More

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How not to report on inflation

Cognitive biases on prices obscure the big picture on food costs

"Food Prices Are Soaring and Washington Doesn't Care," screeches conservative site The Federalist. The New York Post blares, "Meat, poultry,... More

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Carol J. Loomis reflects on 60 years at Fortune

“It’s pretty amazing I’ve worked this long!”

Carol J. Loomis retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business... More

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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

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