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Who will save the Times now?

The New York Times’ firing of Executive Editor Jill Abramson last week let to much commentary about the implications for the paper’s future. Amid the speculation, the paper’s assistant ME for digital strategy, Aron Pilhofer, announced he was leaving for … 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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Bad Math: Wrong Numbers Don't Help

Journalists and academics both need to check our numbers, both those we come up with and those we get from news releases. Josh Benton flags the opening graf of this study announcement: COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Obesity rates have increased dramatically … Continue reading

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Herbert Gans on Journalism and Democracy

How, exactly, should news organizations approach the changing times? The media sociologist Herbert Gans has some suggestions. One graf jumped out at me (emphasis mine): Journalists also have to consider how American politics has changed since modern journalism first formulated … Continue reading

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Reality, Shmeality

Michael Tomasky has an important post pointing out that the Republican Party and the Mitt Romney campaign are trying to construct an alternate reality where their candidate is the favorite to win the presidential election Nov. 6. This is a … Continue reading

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Objectivity and OWS

Preach it, sistah: Similarly, if the mainstream media prides itself on reporting the facts, I have found too many problems with what does or does not get to be a fact — or what rises to the level of a … Continue reading

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Book review

I was at the library and decided to pick up a novel to keep me occupied during down time. A thriller on the new-books shelf looked interesting, so I checked it out. Here, with apologies to H.L. Mencken, is my … Continue reading

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SXSWi has crossed the bloat line

It’s now undeniable: SXSWi is too big. The five-day multimedia geekfest here in Austin hit 15,000 registrants this year and spread its programming out across several “campuses” — collections of meeting rooms at convention centers and hotels. This is a … Continue reading

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Is the open Web on the way out?

Two of my seminars this week are discussing interactivity, Web 2.0 and related matters. It certainly can seem as if we're in a golden age of connection and digital freedom that will continue well into the future. But yesterday former … Continue reading

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