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Ad technolology that may threaten newspapers; winners and losers of the fiscal cliff

By Steven Brill
November 20, 2012

1. Another threat to newspapers’ business models?

This article in the New York Times last Friday and this one in the National Journal pinpoint two important developments in the media business that could collide to pose yet another threat to the financial viability of journalism.

Why is the Ford Foundation donating to Kaplan Education and Jerry Springer?

By Steven Brill
August 7, 2012

It was widely reported last week that the Ford Foundation has given The Washington Post a $500,000 grant to hire four extra reporters for a year “to work on special projects related to money, politics and government,” according to a staff memo issued by the Post’s top editors. This followed a May announcement that the foundation had given a million dollars to the Los Angeles Times to expand coverage in areas ranging from local immigrant communities to the state prison system.