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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

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Print ads go up at The New York Times

At least for one quarter

The New York Times just had a quarter reminiscent of the days before the Great Newspaper Crash. The Times paywall... More

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Newspapers continue to sink (UPDATED)

Ad declines far outweigh subscription gains

The newspaper industry continued to sink last year, shedding 2.6 percent of its revenue on heavy print ad declines, according... More

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In defense of ‘Dasani’

The NYT series transcends the Pulitzers and the second-guessing

Columbia's Bill Grueskin tries to explain why the Pulitzer board dismissed The New York Times's "Invisible Child" series about Dasani... More

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USA Today’s third-rate clickbait

Trolling for pageviews à la Business Insider, but without the panache

What happens when America's Newspaper tries to go Business Insider? Something like this: That's the America's Markets section of USA... More

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Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers (UPDATED)

The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies

Having accurately predicted that Lachlan Murdoch would return to his dad's company, Michael Wolff, in his exhilaration, made this crack... More

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The press and the tech bubble

How the groundwork might be laid for another Big One

Here's a headline you don't like to see if you're worried about a possible social-media/tech bubble: Slate wrote this toward... More

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Audit Notes: CNN, SEC scorched, how we read now

CNN is launching a show built for Twitter called Your 15 Second Morning, The Wall Street Journal reports. Fifteen seconds!... More

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Audit Notes: Online polls, local TV news, HuffPost art

The LA Times runs with a shaky survey on wage theft

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple picks apart poor Los Angeles Times coverage of an Internet survey that found that 90... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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