The Dana decision, lawyers say, helped provide a legal road map for other companies, which soon started crafting “incentive” plans and arguing in court that payments were part of their ordinary course of business and a sound exercise of their business judgment.

— Some good news from the nonprofit-news and future-of-news front: MinnPost took in more money than it spent last year, reports Nieman Journalism Lab’s Andrew Phelps.

Just 21 percent of its $1.5 million in revenue came from foundation support. Half came from advertising, sponsors, and memberships.

Traffic to MinnPost.com grew, too. Pageviews rose 20 percent over the year before. The number Kramer prefers, though, is visits from Minnesotans: 3.7 million in 2011, versus 2.8 million the year before.

Unfortunately, Voice of San Diego has had to lay some staff off after falling short last year, Phelps reports.

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Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.