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Audit Notes: paywall time machine, Times-Picayune, Elizabeth Warren

What digital subscriptions could have done for newspapers a decade ago

Ken Doctor writes a fantastic piece for Nieman Lab on charging for news. He notes that leaky paywalls are working... More

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Dow 36,000, just around the corner (again)

Fourteen years after an infamous book and still 22,000 points down

Back in 1999, two American Enterprise Institute guys, James K. Glassman and Kevin Hassett, wrote a book called Dow 36,000:... More

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Audit Notes: too big to prosecute, the techno-utopian backlash

Attorney General Holder admits Wall Street gigantism deters Justice charges

Lanny Breuer all but admitted it, but his former boss Eric Holder went all the way yesterday, telling Congress the... More

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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

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

Bloggingheads

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

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