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Only 3 Percent of Newspaper Reading Done Online?

Martin Langeveld has been doing some interesting stuff over at Nieman Journalism Lab on newspaper numbers. I disagreed with parts... More

Journal Walks the Plank with Commodity News

“Arrrrrr,” says Audit

So Rupert Murdoch wants the Journal to be a first read, to compete with The New York Times on general... More

WSJ Gives TARP Panel the Play It Deserves

Good for The Wall Street Journal for giving a nice run to an exclusive that the TARP oversight panel is... More

Scrappy Mortgage Blogger Fights Bad Court Ruling

A reader points us to this Citizen Media Law Project report on an unlikely new front in the battle for... More

The Banking Industry’s Other Bad Loans

Felix Salmon has an interesting chart showing what he aptly calls the "Usury Datapoint of the Day." The chart shows... More

Business-Press Beat-Sweetening

I wrote about beat-sweeteners in my previous post and said I'd look at it in the business press next. It's... More

Slate’s Beat-Sweetener Reader

Good, but goes a bit too easy on the practice

Timothy Noah has a fun column over at Slate on the journalism practice of "beat-sweeteners," stories written about key sources... More

The Press Buries the TARP Overseer’s Report

The press has given short shrift to an important report by the Congressional Oversight Panel on the government's bailout efforts.... More

ProPublica Wants YOU to Dig into Obama Records

ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative group, has rounded up a mother lode of Obama administration financial disclosures. They're asking readers to... More

NYT on Wall Street Versus Small-Town America

The New York Times fronts a story that illustrates well the asymmetry of information between the financial industry and those... More

WSJ With a Big Story on Grid Spies

The Wall Street Journal gets a major scoop on its page one this morning, reporting that China and Russia have... More

WaPo Finds Stimulus Bucks Going Further

The Washington Post has a piece of good news (really!) on its front page today: We're going to get more... More

Doing the Math on Online Subscriptions

What do newspapers have to lose?

Martin Langeveld over at the Nieman Journalism Lab runs some back-of-the-envelope calculations on whether charging online can work for newspapers... More

Resurgent WSJ Marches Into Glorious Future

Rivals are crushed, Aussie sister paper says; Elitists, counter-revolutionary elements on the bleedin’ run

Here's an interesting thought experiment: What do you get when a longtime Rupert Murdoch newspaper interviews one of Murdoch's key... More

NYT Looks at the Economy’s Lost Years

The New York Times has an interesting angle on the economy this morning, looking at how far the deep downturn... More

Good Wall Street Journal Op-ed on the Bubble’s Advent

The Wall Street Journal's editorial page runs a must-read today on why the housing bubble has caused so much more... More

Unemployment Rate Misses True Labor Picture, Bloomberg Says

Bloomberg has a nice story today on how the unemployment rate is woefully understating the amount of pain in the... More

Bloomberg Looks at What Toxic Assets Might Be Worth

We've been asking for a while now for a story that would delve into what seems to me the core... More

NYT’s False Balance on AIG Ex-CEO Greenberg

Jay Rosen points me to a story on AIG in The New York Times this morning and asks if a... More

FT: Wall Street Sees a New Shell Game

The Financial Times fronts an important story today that shows the ridiculousness of several things, including our banking system and,... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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