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Jake Silverstein, editor of The New York Times Magazine

Streamed live on Feb. 26, 2015--Jake Silverstein speaks with Victor Navasky. To view this video on mobile phones, click here.

Victor Pickard on native ads and the new journalism economy

Victor Pickard celebrated the Federal Communication Commission's vote Thursday to regulate the internet as a public utility at an internet victory party in Washington, DC. For Pickard, an assistant professor at the Annenberg School of...Show More Summary

Praise for Notre Dame student journalists

Letter to Romenesko From ALLAN JOSEPH: I was editor of Notre Dame’s student paper a few years ago, and I wanted to share the tremendous work the staff there did on the biggest breaking-news story I could imagine on that campus. Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, the president emeritus of Notre Dame and an absolute legend, passed … Read More

Morning Report for February 27, 2015

Caroline O’Donovan: “I don’t know what the future of journalism is. …I know that blogs aren’t dead. I know that Twitter isn’t over. I know that people still read print.” ( The New York Daily News, which owner Mort Zuckerman wants to unload, loses about $20 million annually. ( New York Post: … Read More

BuzzFeed breaks the Internet with The Dress

Seriously though, the traffic this dress is generating is no fucking joke. This is the Viral Singularity. — Neetzan Zimmerman (@neetzan) February 27, 2015

Newsonomics: The Financial Times triples its profits and swaps champagne flutes for martini glasses

Even as the Financial Times announces excellent bottom-line numbers, the heat it’s feeling from the diverse and growing competition in business news is palpable. The FT may be 127 years old and roundly and rightfully respected for its journalism. But it doesn’t even break into the top 25 business news websites, as counted by comScore...

How one town's government brought the local paper back to life

Around this time last year, a practically defunct newspaper in a suburb of Madison, WI, embarked on an experiment: With a one-year direct financial boost from city hall—about $30,000 to cover monthly postage, plus the shuttering of a city newsletter that competed for ad dollars—the paper would return to print. Then, it would see if it could stand on its...

Bill O’Reilly’s L.A. Riots Stories Disputed By Former ‘Inside Edition’ Colleagues

Six former colleagues of Bill O’Reilly have cast doubt upon his reporting in the 1992 L.A. riots, claiming they do not recall an incident in which a fusillade of bricks and rocks rained down upon reporters. O’Reilly covered the riots with Inside Edition, and as the Guardian reports, details that he has related in the Bill O’Reilly’s L.A. Show More Summary

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Efficiency … The Final Cut

Here’s the next free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts about efficiency and news and ask what of journalism we must fight to save and what isn’t necessarily journalism or at least journalism we can’t necessarily afford anymore. Most discussions of the state and fate of the business of news start with revenue and a search […]

Warren Buffett enjoys ice cream while his journalists are encouraged to eat veggies

Warren Buffett told Fortune magazine this week that he drinks at least five 12-ounce servings of Coca-Cola every day, and that he enjoys potato sticks with his sugary soft drinks. However, “this morning, I had a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream,” he confessed. Meanwhile, Buffett’s newspaper employees are being put on a “BH Media … Read More

Correction of the Day: So that’s why my Mealworm Cookies tasted funny

I called the University of Wisconsin-Madison University Communications office to find out how 550 ml of flour was converted in the first release, but I got press release author Darin Harris’ voicemail. Here’s the news release and the corrected Mealworm Cookies recipe.

Bill O’Reilly ‘Saw’ Nuns Murdered: Did He Actually Need To Be There To See It?

Bill O’Reilly claims the murdered nuns story he told and claimed he witnessed makes sense and was true now just as it was then, except that people simply didn’t understand what he meant. As the Inquisitr reported earlier, Bill O’Reilly...Show More Summary

A farewell to #content: Optimism, worries, and a belief in great work

The other day, someone called me at work and asked me, What’s the future of journalism? As calmly and politely as I could, I replied, I don’t know what the future of journalism is. I’ve been asked to predict the future a couple of times. It comes with the territory I guess. What are the...

Washington Post staffer leaves for Starbucks-backed media startup

The Washington Post’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran is the latest legacy media star to strike out on his own in the startup world, announcing on Thursday that he’ll move to Seattle to form a new media company partnered with Starbucks. Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor at The Post, told CJR that the venture will produce longform “social-impact content” in...

In the “web vs. apps” debate for online publishers, apps are on a run

It’s what qualifies as an age-old debate in the digital media business: Web or native apps? The question isn’t really either/or — for most news outlets, the answer is “both” — but since the iPhone arrived, publishers have debated how much emphasis to put behind publishing on the open web vs. building native app experiences...

How journalists should reframe the encryption debate

Digital encryption may seem like a niche topic to be the center of an international debate. Yet in recent months, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, FBI Director James Comey, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers, and President Obama have all weighed in on the possibility of widespread consumer-technology encryption. Show More Summary

Weekly owner wants to buy the Greensboro News & Record from Warren Buffett

Roy Carroll, whose investment portfolio includes the Rhino Times weekly, wants to buy the Greensboro (NC) News & Record from Warren Buffett’s BH Media for $16 million. Carroll tells the billionaire investor “that this is not a publicity stunt but a bona fide offer” and “I have developed a business plan to turn the News … Read More

Milwaukee columnist: Why would a newspaper employee like me need union protection?

That’s right! Job security is almost guaranteed for newspaper employees these days, so why the heck would they need a union? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel award-winning columnist Jim Stingl wrote this piece just as Wisconsin journalists working for the state’s Gannett papers were getting laid off. None of them had Guild representation, by the way. [Correction: … Read More

On convening a community: An excerpt from Jake Batsell’s new book on engaged journalism

Where was God in Aurora? It was a frank, arresting, and painful question to ask in the days following the macabre shooting spree that left 12 people dead and dozens of others injured at a screening of a Batman movie in Colorado on July 20, 2012. Still, the question struck a nerve for hundreds of...

Showdown over the future of independent documentaries at PBS

POV executive producer Simon Kilmurry, filmmaker Dawn Porter and WNET VP for programming Stephen Segaller at PBS' New York listening tour (POV Docs) The scene was New York’s SVA Theater in Chelsea and the battle was over a proposal to shift two beloved PBS documentary programs to a secondary station. Mikel Ellcessor, moderator for the day, tried his best...

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