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Gannett’s print-focused paywalls flounder

The quality imperative and charging for news online

Gannett's fourth-quarter newspaper results, announced Tuesday, were basically miserable. Revenue at its publishing segment dropped 4.6 percent in the fourth... More

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The ratings game

The Super Bowl, the Oscars, and the numbers

David Carr got into the Super Bowl media scrum with a thumbsucker about why so many people watch the Super... More

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Audit Notes: NYT TV, Blodget invests in a paywall, Downworthy

The Times can’t keep up with advertiser demand for video ads

Capital New York's Joe Pompeo reports that The New York Times can't create enough video to satisfy advertiser demand and... More

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The trust-fund newspaper

The Guardian’s windfall ensures its long-term future

The Guardian, which until not that long ago was respected but little-read outside the UK, is now in the front... More

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Bloomberg’s viral misquote

Big Pharma CEO Marijn Dekkers didn’t quite say what they said he did

Last week, Bloomberg News stuffed a jarring quote from Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers at the bottom of a piece on... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg’s big impact; WSJ good on EU inflation, bad on crediting NYT

Trading behaviors changed in the wake of the wire’s foreign-exchange investigation

Bloomberg News continues its excellent reporting on the foreign-exchange scandal it uncovered last June, reporting that odd fluctuations in exchange... More

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Roddy Boyd finds alleged Ponzi schemer

High-wire reporting on a hedge fund gone awry

With news out that New York prosecutors have charged Bryan Caisse with running a Ponzi scheme, it's worth revisiting a... More

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Now, Bloomberg runs Wallison’s discredited housing line

And more on regulation and the shadow-banking system

I got on The New York Times a couple of weeks ago for running a fallacious op-ed from the American... More

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Audit Notes: No Post counteroffer for Ezra, OC Register, celebrity offspring

Politico reports the paper didn’t bother with a counteroffer

After getting shut down in his bid for 10 million big ones to launch a new site, Ezra Klein is... More

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Overdrafted

A Wall Street Journal probe uncovers huge fees at banks near military bases

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent front-page investigation into how banks near military bases are gouging customers with overdraft... More

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The OC Register’s expansion reverses

Trouble for Aaron Kushner’s contrarian bet in Southern California

The Orange County Register, the rebuilt Chevelle SS of the newspaper industry, has blue smoke coming from the tailpipe. On... More

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Reuters deeply alarmed by competition in the cellphone industry

In the silo with Wall Street on worries about T-Mobile hurting profit margins

This Reuters story on the cellphone war between T-Mobile and AT&T is unintentionally hilarious—a good example of a story so... More

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Audit Notes: The Hamster Wheel, Mike Allen, artisanal toast

A complaint from the digital trenches

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade prints a missive from a former student who's now a 24-year-old veteran of three major British... More

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Box-office baloney

Journalists fall yet again for Hollywood spin on a revenue “record”

The Wall Street Journal gushes about the box-office success of Disney's Frozen, writing that the film has taken in $317.7... More

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Audit Notes: Sysco is hungry, Michael Wolff, Big Viral

The WSJ looks at consolidation in the food business

The Wall Street Journal takes a good look at the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods, the middlemen of... More

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Native ads grow up

The New York Times gets the controversial format right

The New York Times is now in the native-advertising game, and that's raised the hackles of folks like Andrew Sullivan,... More

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Audit Notes: Roger Ailes biography, gun mags, Wells Fargo sales

The Times reports new details of Gabriel Sherman’s upcoming book

The NYT got hold of Gabriel Sherman's upcoming biography of Fox News svengali Roger Ailes and prints some of the... More

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Bank tellers in the boiler room

The Los Angeles Times on the underbelly of Wells Fargo’s sales culture

E. Scott Reckard, who did some of the finest work on mortgage boiler rooms during the housing bubble, reports for... More

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The NYT spreads AEI’s Big Lie of the Crisis

Poor judgment to run a fallacious column from Peter Wallison

What in the world is The New York Times doing running an op-ed from AEI's Peter Wallison that perpetuates his... More

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‘Best business photos’ make bad clickbait

Fortune’s uninspiring list illustrates the limits of the genre

Fortune's website needs clicks. That clear from the wannabe-clickbait slideshows populating its recent offerings, like "The Biggest business feuds of... 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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