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Native ads: Advertorial for the digital age

Talking Points Memo, Andrew Sullivan, and advertising as a necessary evil

The native-ad wars have flared up again, this time over Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo, the longtime standard bearer for... More

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Digital First plans layoffs (Updated)

High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Digital First Media, the New York-based newspaper operator that has made a high-profile bet on its digital business, is planning... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ’s Obamacare frame, undercover, too big to fail

The Journal’s angle slants against HealthCare.gov

Contrast how The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal frame the Obamacare news on their front pages: The... More

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Audit Notes: Business Insider’s junkets, NYT’s union dig, naive AP

Henry Blodget’s site lets sources pay for business reporters’ overseas trips

Henry Blodget's Business Insider is still letting reporters take junkets paid for by their sources, which it should go without... More

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Straw men fail to advance future-of-news debate, as usual

A response to Ben Thompson on the Web’s supposed golden age of journalism

Ben Thompson writes a three-part series about newspapers and the future of news over at his blog Stratechery. Since the... More

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Audit Notes: Sex bias and arbitration, NYT Now, ageism in the Valley

The Times on corporate culture questions raised by a lawsuit against Sterling Jewelers

Susan Antilla has a disturbing story in The New York Times about a sexual harassment and bias lawsuit seeking class... More

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WSJ editorial page brazenly ignores Toyota’s own admissions

Holman Jenkins isn’t entitled to his own facts

Four years ago, at the height of the Toyota sudden-acceleration debacle, Holman W. Jenkins of The Wall Street Journal editorial... More

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Audit Notes: Vice talks IPO, Wall Street suicides, Slate membership

CEO floats a Twitter-like valuation

Bloomberg reports that Vice Media is considering an IPO, reporting that its CEO says it will have $1 billion in... More

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Bloomberg gets a taste of transparency

And the controversy over its China coverage reaches a crisis point

Ben Richardson's very public resignation from Bloomberg LP over its China coverage takes a scandal that had been a contained... More

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The Hamster Wheel is institutionalized at the Oregonian

Newhouse-owned outlet imposes a digital quota

This misbegotten document is what it looks like when HR spins the Hamster Wheel: Oregonian Employee Policy Presentation Willamette Week... More

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For the WSJ, access doesn’t pay off

While Businessweek, locked out, gets the big Target hacking story

Let's compare two stories on the Target data breach that offer starkly opposing portraits of how the mega-retailer handled the... More

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Bloomberg News’s deepening China problem

Chairman’s remarks raise serious questions about the news division’s mission in a key market

Peter T. Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg LP, spoke with perhaps more candor than he intended in responding this week to... More

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Michael Milken, financier and philanthropist (UPDATED)

The Washington Post and WSJ forget a key piece of information

So, who is Michael Milken, anyway? According to the Washington Post he's "a financier with numerous philanthropic ventures in health... More

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Automatic approval for weak study on robot journalism

Poor reporting accepts a flimsy report as gospel

"Could robots be the journalists of the future?" asks The Guardian. "People Think Computer Journalists Are More Trustworthy Than Human... More

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Audit Notes: Tribune gets results, Buffett’s sweet deal, China

An investigation of the flame-retardant industry snares a doctor

The Chicago Tribune's outstanding investigation into the flame-retardant industry (a probe featured in The Audit's Best Business Writing 2013) is... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

Bloggingheads

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

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