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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

The WSJ Singles on Sports Subsidies

The Providence Journal goes down looking.

The Journal has a pretty good story today on corporate welfare for sports teams. This one's about the Boston Red... More

“Heard” In a Graduate Seminar

The Wall Street Journal today tosses off one of the more disappointing pieces I've read in this crisis—and that's saying... More

Mark-to-Market and the Last Honest Man

Jonathan Weil over at Bloomberg finds a great way to illustrate the see-no-evil-hear-no-evil policy being instituted by the accounting-standards board... More

“Too Big to Fail”: The Debate

Felix Salmon (over at his new digs at Reuters) and Kevin Drum of Mother Jones are having a back-and-forth over... More

Accounting Funny Business

A reader emails to point out a good Slate column from the 2002 era of Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, Global Crossing,... More

Journal Good on FASB but Should Be Better

The Journal is good today in showing how the proposed new rule gutting mark-to-market accounting would be counterproductive to healing... More

Failing on “Too Big to Fail”

The Journal, Bloomberg, and Reuters have stories on a Fed president, Gary Stern, saying the government is to blame for... More

Fresno Bee On the Ground with the New Joads

The Fresno Bee goes to the "unemployment capital of California" and returns with some stark imagery, scenes that conjure the... More

Boston Globe Is Excellent on Pension Insurer’s Bad Bets

Yesterday, The Boston Globe unloosed a superb piece of accountability reporting, writing that the Bush administration decided to move* the... More

BusinessWeek: Unemployment’s Worse Than You Think

BusinessWeek runs a nice story looking at the unreliability of unemployment statistics and how they're underestimating actual unemployment—something I criticized... More

Thinning Out the Journal’s Front Page

This Wall Street Journal A1 story today takes a rubbery strand of data about consumer borrowing and stretches it past... More

The Journal Games Out Depression Scenarios

I like this Wall Street Journal piece today looking at the odds of entering a depression, what that would mean,... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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