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Content economics, part 2: payments

How and why people fork over money for media

Apologies for the delay between part 1 and this: I wanted to wait until Amanda Palmer's TED talk appeared... More

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Audit Notes: NYT softballs, ad inventory, the future of the LAT

The Justice Department’s Lanny Breuer gets another weak exit interview

How many parting kisses can outgoing senior administration officials collect from the press? Lanny Breuer, already given the puff treatment... More

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The battle of New Orleans

Is Advance Publications securing the future of local news—or needlessly sacrificing it?

In May, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune put to bed an epic, eight-part investigation into Louisiana's prison system, its... More

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More on that BusinessWeek cover

A firestorm over its unintentionally inflammatory art

My post on this unfortunate Bloomberg BusinessWeek cover touched off a wave of fury on the intertubes this morning. First,... More

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A BusinessWeek cover crosses a line

Minorities as greedy grotesqueries fueling a new housing bubble

Bloomberg BusinessWeek is a lot edgier than its predecessor, at least where design is concerned. Sometimes it's too edgy, like... More

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Commercialization of the academy: diet supplements edition

The LAT’s Hiltzik on professors who hawk Herbalife

The Herbalife story is a business-press feast. You've got warring billionaires, the words "Ponzi scheme" being thrown around, a televised... More

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Fortune on the French

France’s “unproductive labor force” is, in fact, quite productive

The abrasive tire CEO Maurice Taylor made news last week when he lashed out at French workers as "lazy" good-for-nothings.... More

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Audit Notes: Seattle paywall, private equity taxes, mortgage security fraud

The Seattle Times will charge online readers beginning next month

The Seattle Times is the latest paper to join the paywall movement. It looks like it's basically copying The New... 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

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Content economics, part 1: advertising

The dismal state of ads in online publishing

Back in December, Peter Kafka summed up the most important question with regards to the future of online advertising. Do... More

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Audit Notes: Hank the hero, Des Moines, Norwegian wood

The FT’s John Gapper reviews the former AIG CEO’s autobiography

John Gapper's Financial Times review of the new Hank Greenberg (the disgraced former AIG CEO, not the All Star baseball... 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 New York Times and the rehabilitation of Steven Rattner

A monthly column not enough, the fallen former NYTer now gets the Sorkin treatment

The New York Times is declaring that disgraced private equity mogul Steven Rattner has gotten his reputation back in the... More

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Audit Notes: scoops and leaks, CNBC hardball, FT on Dow Jones CEO

The WSJ sniffs at a USA Today exclusive on Obama’s immigration plan

It's totally a shoe-leather scoop when you get the story. It's a "leak" when somebody else does. That's what The... More

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Audit Notes: due diligence, Elizabeth Warren, the Murdoch way

More evidence from private lawsuits on unprosecuted bank executives

The Seattle Times follows last week's reports on Dexia's lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase of fraud for its mortgage activities during... 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

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

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

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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