Boy, the New York Times’ aborted TimesSelect experiment just keeps looking dumber and dumber. According to a post at Beet.tv, the online version of the Times just keeps growing. In October, NYTimes.com attracted over seventeen million unique visitors, up from more than fourteen million in September, making it the paper’s best month ever. It’s likely no coincidence that the record fell just after the paper scuttled its pay wall in mid-September, opening the entire daily package to readers online. For all the heat the newspaper industry has been taking for falling print subscription numbers over the past couple of years, it’s obvious that while people may be turning away from the print edition, the paper is still getting plenty—in fact a record number—of online readers, something that’s sure to cause some consternation among the MSM-haters out there in blogland.
09:45 AM - November 16, 2007
MSM, Still Kicking
And it’s growing online
Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods
The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director
How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early
On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information
Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”
“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”
Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.
Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.