Monthly Archives: April 2013

Kochs' Tribune Play Aims to Install a New Normal

I was going to write a post about the Koch brothers’ possible purchase of the Chicago Tribune and sister papers, but Ken Doctor wrote it for me. Thanks, Ken! The Koch brothers are oil-and-gas billionaires from my hometown, Wichita KS, … Continue reading

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It's Academic, but It Costs

I had a bit of a "duh" moment reading Derek Willis' excellent post on the persistent gap between what journalism schools teach and what their students need to learn. (The discussion starts here with Katie Zhu.) Willis says a lot … Continue reading

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Frontiers in Working for Free, New York Review of Books Edition

New York magazine interviews Robert Silvers, co-founder of the New York Review of Books, about how it all started 50 years ago. It's a long, fascinating read; this little bit bears on recent debates here. The NYT Book Review had … Continue reading

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More on the Exploitation of Volunteer Athletes

Here’s more on the exploitation of Kevin Ware, the injured volunteer athlete. TL;DR: The Louisville team’s corporate master, Adidas, merged Ware’s uniform number with its latest ad slogan on some T-shirts it then sold for $25. Selling a T-shirt that … Continue reading

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The Madness-Nomics of Working for Free

My journalist friends have spent the past few weeks arguing the utility and ethics of working for free — whether a professional or aspiring pro journalist should ever work for exposure or for practice without pay. It’s a stirring debate … Continue reading

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