In a cosmic irony, it’s the big chain-owned newspapers that can’t seem to get any help from the government

When they began to see the devastating impact coronavirus-related shutdowns were having on their advertising revenue, local newspapers across the country — like local businesses across the country — turned to the federal government and its stimulus package for help. Of all of the CARES Act’s various moving parts, the one that seemed most likely…

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The L.A. Times is closing three suburban newspapers

The first set of cuts at the Los Angeles Times — which said this week its ad revenue has “nearly been eliminated” by coronavirus — came on the business side, plus pay reductions for some editors in the newsroom. But the cuts are now moving more thoroughly into news production, with the closure of three…

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The Bloomberg Way appears to have gone astray when it killed an investigation into China’s richest man

In the introduction to the 2014 edition of The Bloomberg Way — the combination style guide, reporting bible, and (to its detractors) cult manual for the news operations of Bloomberg — then–editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler describes how Michael Bloomberg convinced him to join the company in 1989. Bloomberg the company was, at that point, a highly…

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