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The NYT’s new dividend is unwise

Keeping Wall Street—and Sulzberger trust funders—happy

Does The New York Times Company have $24 million a year to spare? Apparently its executives—and more to the point,... More

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Audit Notes: Adjunct poverty, Reuters flops, NOLA.com impact

A longtime professor at Duquesne dies in squalor

Today's must-read is this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette column by Daniel Kovalik of the United Steelworkers on the death of an 83-year... More

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Russell Brand on the press and power

Ejected from a British GQ event for jokes aimed at the corporate sponsor

A couple of weeks ago, British GQ put on its annual Men of the Year gala, where it hands out... More

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Audit Notes: GOOD sellout, flash crashes, Reuters eyes banks’ accounting moves (UPDATED)

The liberal magazine-turned-social network pairs up with the military to perfect a killing machine

GOOD, the earnestly liberal magazine that fired most of its editorial staff and turned itself into a "social network for... More

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DealBook’s sympathy for the SEC

NYT access gives the bumbling agency its preferred angle on Lehman inaction

The New York Times's DealBook once again publishes a story about how the valiant crimefighters at the SEC who really,... More

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Audit Notes: Daily Beast, Countrywide shareholders, a liberal in NYC

Tina Brown is out as editor of the money-bleeding website

It looks like The Daily Beast is in real trouble. Barry Diller is getting rid of Tina Brown, according to... More

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Here’s the 1 Thing You Need To Know About Why I Can’t Stop Looking At These 9 Questions You’re Too Embarrassed To Ask About headlines

The ancient history of a clickbait headline claimed by Ezra Klein for the Post

The stupid Internet news spat du jour features Ezra Klein accusing BuzzFeed of "straight stealing" one of the Washington Post's... More

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Audit Notes: Reporting numbers, The Onion on the hamster wheel, info consumerism

Francine McKenna on how to handle unaudited financials

Auditor-turned-journalist Francine McKenna, writing at Medium, has some cautionary advice for journalists on reporting unaudited and unverified financial information. She... More

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Advance Publications scraps AnnArbor.com

A return to The Ann Arbor News name and integration with MLive

Back in 2009, Advance Publications shut down the 174-year-old daily Ann Arbor News, unveiled a new website named AnnArbor.com, dropped... More

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A weakened Washington Post, a serious ethical breach

Erik Wemple hits his own paper for hopping the wall between ads and news

Erik Wemple breaks a huge media-corruption story for the Washington Post, and unfortunately for his employer, it's about the Post... More

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The minimum wage and the Danish Big Mac

In Denmark, higher wages mean higher prices but they’re still worth it

The Los Angeles Times drops into the debate over whether or how much prices would have to rise at fast-food... More

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Britain’s spooks don’t get the 4th estate

Oliver Robbins on the detention of David Miranda and the seizure of press communications

Last week I disembarked in Denmark to find myself already embroiled in European intrigue—an international espionage scandal, even. Okay, not... More

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Bubbles, bubbles everywhere

Stocks, like housing, are not detached from realistic prices

Press hysteria about another housing bubble seems to have cooled off a bit in the last few months. Which is... More

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Audit Notes: Complex collapse, Sears spiral, NYT

The Guardian on the Nasdaq systems failure

The Guardian has an excellent and disturbing take on the crash of Nasdaq's systems on Thursday: A series of system... More

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Those struggling $300,000-a-year households in the WSJ

A terribly boring story, spiced up by the minor discomforts of the rich

This Wall Street Journal day-in-the-life-of story from a couple weeks ago is even more boring than its headline—"What It's Like... More

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The WSJ short-arms a promising Amazon piece

On how physical retailers are getting more competitive on prices

The Wall Street Journal posts a very interesting blog item about how Amazon is showing signs that it's losing its... More

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Audit Notes: The Guardian, LAT on the OCR, Google bus piñata

The fallout continues from the paper’s latest revelations

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger's bombshell column Monday night was one of the biggest pieces of media news in recent years.... More

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Audit Notes: Murdoch’s hacking scandal, disrupted, the fall of Detroit

The police eye the corporation in their hacking and bribery investigation

The Independent reported this weekend that the UK police are investigating Rupert Murdoch's News International (now called News UK) for... More

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Guardian bombshells in an escalating battle against journalism

Greenwald partner’s detention, prior-restraint threats, and smashed hard drives

Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger filed an astonishing column tonight that shows just how far the British authorities are going to... More

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The Washington Post’s pension math

The Grahams didn’t effectively pay to unload the paper

Felix Salmon, my sometime colleague, has a typically good post about the economics of producing journalism. Read the whole thing,... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

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