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The Audit

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The OC Register’s expansion reverses

Trouble for Aaron Kushner’s contrarian bet in Southern California

The Orange County Register, the rebuilt Chevelle SS of the newspaper industry, has blue smoke coming from the tailpipe. On... More

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Reuters deeply alarmed by competition in the cellphone industry

In the silo with Wall Street on worries about T-Mobile hurting profit margins

This Reuters story on the cellphone war between T-Mobile and AT&T is unintentionally hilarious—a good example of a story so... More

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Audit Notes: The Hamster Wheel, Mike Allen, artisanal toast

A complaint from the digital trenches

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade prints a missive from a former student who's now a 24-year-old veteran of three major British... More

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Box-office baloney

Journalists fall yet again for Hollywood spin on a revenue “record”

The Wall Street Journal gushes about the box-office success of Disney's Frozen, writing that the film has taken in $317.7... More

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Tracking digital-era news quality declines

A Tulane student project tracks the Times-Picayune before and after a digital overhaul

When the New Orleans Times-Picayune announced it would cut back its printed editions to three days a week and shift... More

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Audit Notes: Sysco is hungry, Michael Wolff, Big Viral

The WSJ looks at consolidation in the food business

The Wall Street Journal takes a good look at the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods, the middlemen of... More

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Native ads grow up

The New York Times gets the controversial format right

The New York Times is now in the native-advertising game, and that's raised the hackles of folks like Andrew Sullivan,... More

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Audit Notes: Roger Ailes biography, gun mags, Wells Fargo sales

The Times reports new details of Gabriel Sherman’s upcoming book

The NYT got hold of Gabriel Sherman's upcoming biography of Fox News svengali Roger Ailes and prints some of the... More

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Bank tellers in the boiler room

The Los Angeles Times on the underbelly of Wells Fargo’s sales culture

E. Scott Reckard, who did some of the finest work on mortgage boiler rooms during the housing bubble, reports for... More

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The NYT spreads AEI’s Big Lie of the Crisis

Poor judgment to run a fallacious column from Peter Wallison

What in the world is The New York Times doing running an op-ed from AEI's Peter Wallison that perpetuates his... More

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‘Best business photos’ make bad clickbait

Fortune’s uninspiring list illustrates the limits of the genre

Fortune's website needs clicks. That clear from the wannabe-clickbait slideshows populating its recent offerings, like "The Biggest business feuds of... More

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Holding the Newhouses to ‘The Pledge’

A newspaper’s ex-employees sue over an abandoned “no-layoffs” promise

Once upon a time, the Newhouse family issued its employees a written guarantee that came to be called "The Pledge":... More

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Best of 2013: Ryan Chittum

A look back at some of my favorite posts this year

The Battle of New Orleans: Amidst the gutting of one of the nation's few remaining great regional newspapers, I took... More

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USA Today’s stealth tilt toward free content

The paper Al Neuharth built is still grappling with his legacy

Gannett recently announced that next year it will be accelerating its strategy of putting mini-editions of its flagship USA Today... More

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Neocon WSJ editor sits down with France’s Iran critic

Gerard Baker gets a byline

Gerard Baker is an Iraq War-cheerleading neocon, goofball Obama ridiculer, and author of some of the wrongest commentary of the... 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


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”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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