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How David Simon is wrong about paywalls

David Simon is a talented writer and storyteller, but is he qualified to give advice to publishers about how to... More

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When watchdog meets lapdog

The New York Times's report last week on the Obama administration's secret "kill list" of Al Qaeda suspects and the... More

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In Thailand, moderate comments or go to jail

For 20 days in the 2010, a user comment, later deemed by Thai officials as offensive to the king, was... More

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Election 2012 coverage: another gender gap

Earlier this week, I wrote about the persisting gender gap in opinion media. Women’s voices were especially lacking in legacy... More

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Class, warfare

Paul Fussell, historian and cultural critic, died last week at 88. With his death, America lost a steady voice for... More

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Talking back to Alan Simpson

Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, as followers of the entitlements debate know, is, shall we say, tart-tongued and gutsy. Or,... More

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Turning users into supporters

Building an actively involved audience ranks high on the priority list for news organizations, but as outlets around the country... More

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Welcome to the blogosphere, Mischiefs of Faction

The rise of ideologically coherent, well-disciplined political parties is probably the key fact to focus on if you want to... More

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David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme, on the Times-Picayune cuts

It's grievous what is happening to regional newspapers, especially. But the whole industry will continue to collapse until everyone swallows... More

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The Times-Picayune cuts staff and print runs

The news hit late Wednesday night that the storied New Orleans Times-Picayune, the newspaper that served as a community rock... More

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Broadcasters sue to keep political ad buy data offline

The National Association of Broadcasters—which represents parent companies of NBC, CBS, and Fox, among others—yesterday moved to halt the Federal... More

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The Pulitzer Prize luncheon, storified

The Pulitzer Prizes were officially presented to recipients on Monday afternoon at Columbia University's Low Library rotunda. See attendee reactions... More

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A game of telephone fools the Times

The New York Times posts a nasty correction on its Sunday op-ed by William Deresiewicz, who asserted that a study... More

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What Warren Buffett sees in local newspapers

On Thursday, Warren Buffett announced he will spend $142 million to purchase 63 local and regional newspapers from the Richmond,... More

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Don’t take my traditional Internet away!

Over at Nieman Lab, Adrienne LaFrance has an interesting interview with Talking Points Memo publisher Josh Marshall about his efforts... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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