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Advance to nowhere

Newhouse-owned chain slogs forward with discredited free-news model, now in Cleveland

Advance Publications's announcement today on the future of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was less dramatic than the one a year... More

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Digital ads and grains of salt

Assessing recent claims

Some data are better than no data, I suppose, but it always pays to be skeptical when companies disclose... More

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Revolving door spins for Schapiro and Breuer

Former SEC and DOJ officials cash in

So you make big bucks as partner at a top law firm at the "nexus of Washington and Wall Street."... More

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Three things to like about the Times OSHA exposé

And one thing not to like at all

Ian Urbina's magisterial probe in The New York Times of OSHA's failure to police long-term health risks—like harmful fumes caused... More

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BusinessWeek’s billion-dollar boo-boo

A poor piece spreads bogus news about Amazon’s Goodreads acquisition

Bloomberg BusinessWeek makes itself look silly today, running a speculative piece on how much Amazon paid for its latest acquisition,... More

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Audit Notes: The Times-Picayune, Dimon’s hubris, the QuikTrip model

Shakeups in the Louisiana newspaper war

Gambit's Kevin Allman reports that the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Baton Rouge bureau chief is out after six months. My long... More

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Paywalls rise

Breaking out sticks as well as carrots to get readers to pay

It's paywall season right now: The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Telegraph, the Sun—all have recently announced plans... More

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Audit Notes: Columbia navel-gazing edition

A tech site takes down Michael Wolff’s thoughts on Twitter

It's always fun to see a Michael Wolff trolling get demolished. This one's at the hands of PandoDaily's Hamish McKenzie.... More

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IPOs for the masses

A global business leader wants IPOs for his countrymen, in Quartz

When Quartz launched, it said that its "mission is to serve today's new class of global business leaders" who "have... More

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Audit Notes: Different than you and me, Google as utility

Political discourse disproportionately follows the whims of the wealthy

The Los Angeles Times runs a fascinating op-ed by Benjamin I. Page and Larry M. Bartels on the policy preferences... More

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Personal finance experts of the day

Some baffling editorial judgment in the The Wall Street Journal

The Experts: Should People Buy Long-Term-Care Insurance? That's the headline of a The Wall Street Journal article out yesterday--the kind... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo hamster wheel, weather.com, bureaucracy’s upside

“At least a dozen pieces of content per day”

Poynter's Andrew Beaujon reports this internal want ad for the Washington Post's once-vaunted Style section: This blogger should be able... More

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WaPo will, finally, charge online

Anti-paywall forces routed in the US; attention shifts to Kings Cross

The Washington Post is making it official: It will put up a metered paywall sometime this summer, the paper reports.... More

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The Cyprus bailout fiasco

Get ready for a week (if we’re lucky) of euro crisis news

The major news over the weekend was the continuing incompetence of Europe's policymakers, who seem determined to make the euro... More

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Poor coverage of Google’s Street View scandal settlement

Incomplete accounts make the story more favorable to Mountain View

Google paid $7 million to 38 states earlier this week to settle its Street View privacy scandal. This was a... 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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