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An Excellent NYT Column on Financialization

Every writer knows the feeling of reading something you wish you'd written yourself. That's what I got with Floyd Norris's... More

Newspapers Get the Slate Treatment

Yes, the industry is doing that badly

Slate got extra contrary last night, talking up the newspaper biz in a piece headlined "Newspapers aren't doing as badly... More

The Colour of Galleon’s Money

Here's one of those strange stories that could be one that blows a story wide open or one that blows... More

Wednesday Links: Cable Bluster, Night School, Footnotes First

What was CNN doing having sports journalist Stephen A. Smith on to debate Times business wunderkind Andrew Ross Sorkin on... More

Hard Truths on Social Security from Leonhardt

The New York Times's David Leonhardt has a smart column this morning on the administration's skewed spending priorities. By spelling... More

Rhetoric and Reality on Pay

The Wall Street Journal has a nice analysis on pay czar Kenneth Feinberg's plan to restrict compensation at seven corporate-welfare... More

Tuesday Links: Circulation, Mouthpieces, Galleon

One of the critical questions for what remains of the newspaper industry's near-to-medium-term future is how much of the recent... More

Seattle Times Reviews WaMu, Hometown Predator

An excellent postmortem details a corrupted culture

Hats off to The Seattle Times for an excellent two-part series investigating the demise of Washington Mutual, onetime hometown hero... More

Bloomberg on AIG as Banks’ Backdoor Bailout

Bloomberg has an important story today on the bailout of the banks through AIG. Estimating that an essentially bankrupt company... More

Monday Links: Circ Collapse, Main Street, Patriots

At the Nieman Journalism Lab, Martin Langeveld digs into the catastrophic newspaper numbers. Every six month increment for (weekday) newspaper... More

NYT Goes A1 on TBTF

Too big to fail makes the front page of The New York Times this morning, which reports that Congress, specifically... More

Only One to Charge Online, Only One to Gain Paying Customers

Congratulations to The Wall Street Journal, which now reclaims the title, held by USA Today for years, of the nation's... More

About Those Chamber of Commerce “Members”

Our Greg Marx does a good job looking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce member-count dispute, which has laid bare... More

Friday Links: Foreboding, Cell-less, anti-Moores

The FT's Gillian Tett feels a "sense of foreboding" about the current "rally fueled by cheap money," otherwise known as... More

Much Ado About Not Much on Pay

Wall Street pay has been all over the news the last couple of days, leading the Journal and the Times... More

The High Bubble Era in Retrospect

"A growing family with a lot of debt. A young couple with no down payment. A business owner whose income... More

Thursday Links: BW’s History, Lipman?, Job Scramble

Mediaite has a swell feature on BusinessWeek covers through the decades, from the days when it was called The Business... More

Goodwill Hunting at BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek has an interesting piece on the accounting funny business companies employ to smooth out their earnings or to patch... More

Circulation Surpasses Ad Revenue at NYT

Back in July, The Audit noted that a big shift had happened in the news business. Circulation revenue was growing... More

Wednesday Links: “Read and Weep,” Break Up, WSJ Excuses

Uh oh, Bank of America. Some pretty damning emails leaked out of Congress yesterday about what BofA executives knew about... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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