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Major papers’ longform meltdown

Stories longer than 2,000 words down 86 percent at the LAT since 2003, 50 percent at WaPo, etc.

No one equates story-length with quality. Let’s start with that concession. But still. Story-length is hardly meaningless when you consider... More

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‘The future is medieval’

A discussion with the scholars behind the “Gutenberg Parenthesis,” a sweeping theory of digital—and journalism—transformation

What follows is an interview and discussion I had in Odense, Denmark, with Thomas Pettitt and Lars Ole Sauerberg, two... More

Harry Potter Hits the E-Book Market

I've never understood quite why, in a digital age that allows companies to sell directly to their customers, that book... More

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New York Times paywall growth slows

But it remains to be seen whether that’s a one-quarter blip or the new normal

The torrid growth in digital-only subscribers to The New York Times slowed sharply in the first quarter. Worse, advertising fell... More

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Newsweek and the (relative) health of print mags

Not all is dark for the industry

News that Newsweek is exiting print was hardly surprising coming two years after the Washington Post Company unloaded it for... More

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The Boston Globe, up for sale again

The Times goes all in on the Times

Back in 1993, The New York Times Company bought the Globe for about $1.8 billion (adjusted for inflation). Four years... More

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The Guardian’s digital boom

Revenue rises sharply online for a second-straight year

The Guardian had another big year of digital business last year, further brightening the paper's long-term outlook. The paper says... More

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The New York Times can’t abandon print—yet

It would immediately swing to a big loss

Everyone in the news business feels a sense of urgency these days, as well they should. But there's urgency, and... More

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The New York Times’ digital limbo

An author says the paper’s digital efforts are stuck in 2010

The New York Times innovation report provides an inside look at the paper of record in the US—and fanned the... More

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The New York Times’ paywall has plenty of room to grow

Prediction to the contrary from Re/code misses several key factors

A year and a half ago, Quartz wrote that "The New York Times paywall has hit a growth wall." Since... More

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USA Today’s third-rate clickbait

Trolling for pageviews à la Business Insider, but without the panache

What happens when America's Newspaper tries to go Business Insider? Something like this: That's the America's Markets section of USA... More

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A $52 million loss, but a good year for The Guardian

Digital revenue booms while print stabilizes and its trust fund surges

It's quite something to note that a company that lost $52 million last year had a very good year. But... More

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A game of telephone fools the Times

And the newspaper-of-record short-arms the correction

The New York Times posts a nasty correction on its Sunday op-ed by William Deresiewicz, who asserted that a study... More

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A new consensus on the future of news

The future isn’t what it used to be, and that’s a good thing

Just a couple of years ago, although it feels like a lot longer, the media world was embroiled in something... More

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A new cross-border tax-haven database and its significance

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists pushes into new journalism territory

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists hit the mother lode when it published the first of its dozens of exposés... More

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A reply to Clay Shirky

Who doesn’t distinguish between investing in journalism as opposed to print

NYU's Clay Shirky calls Ken Doctor and me shills and nostalgists for our respective coverage of Aaron Kushner's investment in... 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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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

All You Can Eat Magazines

Ken Doctor reports on a promising venture from five major publishers

Ken Doctor has a very interesting report for the Nieman Journalism Lab on the new consortium called Next Issue Media... More

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An eye on the Times-Picayune’s numbers

Some questions about what executives say are positive circulation trends

We'll have a long story on the Times-Picayune next week, but Publisher Ricky Mathews and Editor Jim Amoss released some... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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