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News Corp. ponders a split

Easing but not erasing the Murdoch discount

Shareholders have been carping for years that Rupert Murdoch should get rid of his newspapers and focus on the real... More

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Audit Notes: Gannett profits, Spiegel grilling, private equity

At least Gannett is optimistic about the next few years, The Wall Street Journal reports (emphasis mine): Gannett, publisher of... More

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Bernanke goes mostly unheard on spending (UPDATED)

The press continues its spotty coverage of Fed’s fiscal views

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, yet again, publicly called for spending (ADDING: deficit spending, I should say. Bernanke has talked... More

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The WSJ bakes a bogus trend

And ABC copies its grocery-store wedding cake story

The Wall Street Journal has noticed that some people outside midtown Manhattan buy their wedding cakes from grocery stores: Now... More

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Audit Notes: NYT CEO search, Private Prisons, Morozov

Sulzberger looks for a boss with tech experience

Bloomberg News has new details on The New York Times Company's search for a CEO, which includes "aspirational" folks like... More

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Bloomberg blows the whistle on the IRS

The agency hamstrings a program designed to bring in tips on tax evasion

Bloomberg News has an eye-opening investigation into what we now know is the failed IRS Whistleblowers Program. That program is... More

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Audit Notes: Smart Money, NYT CEO, sushi chefs and nola.com

Dow Jones lays off staff and goes all-digital with its personal-finance magazine

Dow Jones is shutting down Smart Money magazine, laying off most of the staff and going to a digital-only format... More

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Audit Radio: Cleveland edition

Dean Starkman joins a panel of Ohio journalists on the future of newspapers

Audit Chief Dean Starkman talked about the future of newspapers on Cleveland's NPR affiliate WCRN this morning. "Sound of Ideas"... More

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Audit Notes: The U-6ers, Jamie’s corporate welfare, The Guardian’s future

The NYT looks at those with not enough work

I like this Michael Cooper piece in The New York Times on the folks who don't show up in the... More

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How Jonah Lehrer should blog

The art of glossing the news

In the wake of the revelations that Jonah Lehrer is a serial self-plagiarist, Josh Levin declares that if you’re an... More

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Another A1 Times-Picayune press release

This time the publisher takes to the front page, eliding the gutting of his newsroom

Not content with dominating the Times-Picayune's front page on Thursday with a press release from its editor, the paper ran... More

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Audit Notes: Echoes of the 1930s, gilded bubble, access journalism

As Greece crumbles, extremism and violence rises

On the echoes of the 1930s tip, the University of Athens's Aristides Hatzis writes in the Financial Times: Despite the... More

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Microsoft’s live-action press release

Journalists hype the software giant’s new tablet

Yesterday, Microsoft got a bunch of tech journalists to go to Hollywood for what it promised would be a major... More

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Audit Notes: Very profitable staff cuts; Dimon’s crisis bet; Obama and trade

Time Inc. squeezes Sports Illustrated for more money

Bloomberg's Edmund Lee gets a great quote from the editor of Time Incorporated's Sports Group, Terry McDonell, on why Sports... More

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The Times-Picayune’s front-page press release

Advance Publication’s Alabama papers take even worse hits than New Orleans

You know the backlash is serious when the Times-Picayune wraps itself in Katrina and puts a press release/editorial by the... 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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