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3 things big media can do to save independent journalism

This is adapted from Rebecca MacKinnon’s 2012 Hearst New Media Lecture, given at Columbia’s J-school on April 19

By advocating Internet access that is open, interconnected, and neutral—which is not what's happening now—Rebecca MacKinnon argues that big media... More

On the Media silent on NPR retraction

The show should address This American Life’s disavowal of its Mike Daisey story

I rarely miss an episode of NPR’s On the Media, which is essential listening for information on media trends and... More

Audit Notes: Beer Buys Off the ‘Burg?, Apple As Bully, Bank Propaganda

This New York Times story, which reports that residents of Brooklyn's Williamsburg protested a Duane Reade chain store coming into... More

Audit Notes: Charles Murray’s Lunch, Morgenson on Fairfax, Knight-Ridder’s iPad

The Globe and Mail's Doug Saunders writes this on Twitter: What Charles Murray had for lunch while telling the FT... More

Audit Notes: Daisey vs. Pogue, American Banker, LAT Paywall

Mike Daisey, of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, and the recent This American Life exposé of Apple's outsourced... More

Audit Notes: Ebooks, Amazon, and Apple Edition

Barry C. Lynn, author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction, writes a good Slate piece... More

Audit Notes: Greg Smith, Mike Daisey, David Carr

Quote of the day goes either to Bloomberg or The Epicurean Dealmaker. It's a tough one. Bloomberg finds Morgan Stanley... More

Audit Notes: Justice’s Revolving Door, GE Probed, iBooks Author

Reuters's Scot J. Paltrow reports that Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder and the head of his criminal division worked for... More

Audit Notes: Limited Liability, Apple’s “Tons of Issues,” Foreclosure Scandal

The London Review of Books has a fascinating piece by the Bank of England's Andrew Haldane on excessive financial-industry risk.... More

Audit Notes: Steve Jobs

Here's Wired's striking homepage reporting the death of Steve Jobs: Scroll down and you get gray text with obituary comments... More

Audit Notes: Steve Jobs, WSJ on Hacking, NYPD As Domestic CIA

Awful news just hit the tape that Steve Jobs's health has finally forced him to resign as CEO of Apple:... More

Audit Notes: The Bloomberg Way, Conflicts in Congress, Apple and Wikileakspedia

One of the knocks on Bloomberg News is that the place is a bit, well, cultish. This quote doesn't help... More

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Collateral damage: news organizations, free speech, and the Internet

This is the text of this year’s Hearst New Media Lecture, given April 19 at the Columbia Journalism School

How many more years will need to pass before we can stop calling digitally networked media “new”? After all, this... More

Ebooks and Antitrust

The Justice Department sues Apple and five book publishers for fighting Amazon

Back in 2010, a giant retailer had 90 percent of a market—a near total monopoly (monopsony, if you want to... More

Instapaper and Readability Come Out of Their Shells

The New York Times’s Gadgetwise blog notes today that the online reading services Readability and Instapaper are both undergoing curious... More

iPad Magazines: Just a Little Bit of History Repeating

Tablet news following a pattern as old as paper itself

Last December, headlines decreed that the digital publishing world was falling apart. After an initial surge, iPad magazine sales were... More

Ira Glass’s Casablanca Moment with Mike Daisey

A classy confession doesn’t negate the crime

Over the weekend, as just about anyone with electricity knows by now, the public radio program This American Life fell... More

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Misleading and incomplete coverage of Apple’s ‘record’ value (CORRECTED)

Microsoft’s 1999 market cap still, by far, bigger

The big market news today is about Apple's gargantuan market capitalization reaching a new, stunning high: Bloomberg News: Apple Becomes... More

More On Why I’m Talking About Tim Cook’s Sexuality

Every so often I put a blog post up, start getting feedback on it, and realize I’ve got things horribly... More

Pogue Misses on Cheap Gadgets and Foreign Labor

The cost difference between China and the U.S. is less than he imagines

David Pogue of The New York Times looks at the "Dilemma of Cheap Electronics" raised by the paper's recent, outstanding... More

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

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

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’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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