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NYT Paywall to Other Papers: “Copy Me!”

There’s no excuse for other publishers not to follow the Times’s model

If The New York Times spun off its digital edition, it would be the tenth biggest paper in the country... More

Audit Notes: WSJ on Selling Access, Wall Street-Style; Yanked; Small Paywalls

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story on how Wall Street gives hedge funds access to key... More

Audit Notes: Fallows on Orszag, The Atlantic in the Black, Google

Obama cabinet official Peter Orszag took a spin through the revolving door and ended up in a million-dollar sinecure at... More

Audit Notes: Fukayama on the Crisis, WSJ on Exec Pay, Nonprofit News

The Browser has a great interview with Francis Fukayama on his five favorite financial-crisis books. Here he is on whether... More

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Audit Notes: Gannett profits, Spiegel grilling, private equity

At least Gannett is optimistic about the next few years, The Wall Street Journal reports (emphasis mine): Gannett, publisher of... More

Audit Notes: Off the Hamster Wheel, The Dumb Money, iPad Newspapers

I like this Nieman Journalism Lab piece on how Salon hopped off the hamster wheel and saw site traffic increase... More

Audit Notes: Paywall Protection, News Corp. Scandal Widens, Goldman and Libya

Ken Doctor has a good post over at Nieman Journalism Lab on the Walter Hussman Theorem, which is that you... More

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Audit Notes: Stray on Silver, the new-old Black, ‘rocketing’ from a low base

Data-based journalism and its potential; an ex-mogul takes a flogging, etc.

The best thing about the faux-controversy between New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan and political stats whiz Nate Silver... More

Audit Notes: Sunday Papers, Weymouth’s Payday, Ayn Rand

Ken Doctor has some interesting thoughts at the Nieman Journalism Lab on why The New York Times's paywall pricing steers... More

Audit Notes: What News Corp. Knew, Mulcaire Talks, FT Paywall Success

The New York Times has a big scoop tonight on the Murdoch hacking scandal, reporting that News International and its... More

Gannett’s Multimillionaires Regret to Inform 700 Workers of Their Layoffs

Imagine if these six execs scrapped the “multi” and took low seven figures

Gannett says "we need to take further steps to align our costs with the current revenue trends," so it's laying... More

Newspaper Turnaround Stories

Give credit to the creditors and the courts before the CEOs

David Carr takes a look today at the fortunes of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which have stopped plummeting at least... More

NYT Paywall Datapoints of the Day

Ken Doctor has a very smart and interesting take on the news that the NYT now has 390,000 paying digital... More

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Owens’s straw man army

A commentator takes 10 swings at paywalls, and misses each time

Howard Owens's 5,200 word CJR riposte to David Simon on paywalls deserve a reply of its own (outside of its... More

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Responding to Shirky on the Washington Post

Transformation is required, and transformation takes investment

Thanks to Clay Shirky for responding to my piece on the financialization of the Washington Post Company, which during the... More

The New York Times Paywall Is Working

Back in April, I was very skeptical that The New York Times would achieve its leaked goal of getting 300,000... 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

Warren Buffett and Paywalls

The newspaper paywall now has a champion in some guy in Nebraska named Warren Buffett. Buffett, who just forked over... 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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