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The Audit

The Chasm Between the Value of Print and Web Readers

A person buying the paper brings twenty times the revenue of an online reader

After posting the unhappy news that newspaper ads are at 1965 levels, I thought it might be interesting to take... More

WSJ Weighs in on the Seattle Mayoral Race

For the second time in three days, The Wall Street Journal gives prominent play to the Seattle mayoral primary*. To... More

Newspaper Industry Ad Revenue at 1965 Levels

Inflation-adjusted numbers show papers are even worse off than you think

Martin Peers had a smart Heard on the Street in yesterday's Wall Street Journal on the critical question of how... More

The Post’s Misleading Deflation Number

I hate it when I see numbers reported without necessary context. A Washington Post story today on the economy reports... More

Now We’re Blaming Lending Laws?

The WSJ tries—and fails—to tie strict laws to slow growth

The WSJ had an interesting story on how Vermont's strict lending laws have kept foreclosures down. But it goes off... More

WaPo Delivers a Much-Needed “Wait a Second”

The economy faces a long, hard path to any real recovery

With all the positive talk about the economy in the press over the last couple of months, you'd think happy... More

WSJ Back to the Backdating Scandal

The Wall Street Journal, which broke the massive options-backdating scandal three years ago in one of the great enterprise stories... More

Blowing Up a Feeble Defense of Ben Stein

You'll recall Ben Stein's ethical lapse last month that got him fired from his plum Sunday business column in The... More

The NYT Looks at the FT’s Paywall

The New York Times this morning posts a not-very-good look at the paywall strategy of the Financial Times's Web site.... More

Watching the Elizabeth Warren Coverage

Still not good enough

I've beefed several times about the press giving Elizabeth Warren and her Congressional Oversight Panel short shrift. So I wanted... More

NYT Flashes Confusion in HFT Reporting

How much high-frequency trading involves “peeking”?

For a brief moment last week, “flash orders” ranked #2 on Google Trends, just below “cash for clunkers car list”... More

Sweet or Sour?

Bloomberg has an investing story today that doesn't tell readers a critical piece of information about the motives of its... More

Weidner: Wall Street, Still Wayward

David Weidner has a great column today on WSJ.com, but not in the newspaper apparently. Too bad. It deserves wider... More

If Congress Can’t Fend off the Classic-Car Lobby…

Who can it fend off? The LAT on a Cash for Clunkers loophole

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting—if a bit late—piece of reporting on the Cash for Clunkers program, which has... More

Investor’s Business Daily Short-Arms Correction

Investor's Business Daily corrected an embarrassing boo-boo in an editorial and in the process made another huge error. In an... 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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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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