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All You Can Eat Magazines

Ken Doctor reports on a promising venture from five major publishers

Ken Doctor has a very interesting report for the Nieman Journalism Lab on the new consortium called Next Issue Media... More

Audit Notes: NBC’s Selective Edits, Bloomberg Clickbait, Secrecy

NBC News has apologized for editing tapes of George Zimmerman's 911 call to make it look like he said Trayvon... More

What Do I Owe You?

Don’t ask Bank of America

When a bank sells bad debts to third-party collectors, the first order of business would seem to be to tell... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s CDOs, Too Big to Fail Consensus, Need to Know

Fortune's Stephen Gandel reports that the SEC is likely to file fraud charges against Goldman Sachs for its 2006 Fremont... More

Bloomberg BusinessWeek Cuts the Guruspeak

Capital New York takes a quick but revealing look at how and why Bloomberg BusinessWeek has revolutionized the business magazine,... More

Audit Notes: Cookbooks and News, Too Big to Fail, Paul Ryan

Ken Doctor has a good post for Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab on why news organizations need to be ramping up... More

Harry Potter Hits the E-Book Market

I've never understood quite why, in a digital age that allows companies to sell directly to their customers, that book... More

Audit Notes: Chart of the Day, Trayvon Martin Sourcing, Updates

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien pulls the chart of the day from Ireland's Central Statistics Office: This shows the change in... More

The WaPo Ombudsman’s Faulty Paywall Analysis

The NYT’s meter is saving or adding more than $70 million in revenue a year already

Washington Post ombudsman Patrick B. Pexton has a flawed analysis on the logic of a possible paywall there and on... More

Audit Notes: Hollywood Rolls, Ryan’s Loopholes, Regulation and Racing

Looking at this Wall Street Journal graphic, you'd think Hollywood has been on some kind of epic roll the last... More

Sourcing Trayvon Martin “Photos” From Stormfront

Not a good idea, Business Insider

Business Insider runs a linkbait post with a graphic of Trayvon Martin images it found on the neonazi website Stormfront.... More

Audit Notes: N.J., Paragon of Clean Government; Algae Fuel, Fees, The Rich (UPDATED)

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil just guts a Center for Public Integrity report card on state corruption. It found that New Jersey... More

The AP’s Weak Coverage of Its New Boss

The Associated Press has a new CEO. So how does the AP cover it? Not very well. AP hired McClatchy... More

The WSJ on the GOP’s $36 Million Man

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story today on a billionaire you've probably never heard of who's become... More

Audit Notes: Skynet News, Gawker’s High-Low Strategy, Oil Speculators

Evgeny Morozov has a must-read piece at Slate on the rise of journalism bots, which Forbes now employs to write... More

Gawker Misreads the WSJ on Vaccines and Immunity (UPDATED)

Gawker totally misreads a Wall Street Journal story on numbskulls who don't vaccinate their kids, writing that it means "Oregonian... More

Audit Notes: Newspaper of the Year, Leverage, Wemple vs. Wolff

In 2011, The Guardian had one of the best years any paper has ever had. Its reporting on the systemic... More

The NYT Paywall Hums Along

The New York Times's paywall continues to outperform expectations at its first birthday. The paper says it now has 454,000... More

Audit Notes: Responsible Populism, Tom Frank on Elites, Shlaes and Inflation

Simon Johnson writes about what he calls "responsible populism," not populism as it is so often portrayed in the press... More

Why Making More Money Is Groovy, And Makes You Richer

You might think this is an Onion-style parody of a column by a right-wing think tanker: But it's no joke.... 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”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Questions and exercises for journalism students.