Eating Out on Calorie Counts

Surprise! Unless something really out-of-the-ordinary happens, chain restaurants will have to list the nutritional information¬†of the foods they serve, beginning on May 5. Why is this a surprise? Because the menu labeling law is embedded in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as “Obamacare” — and almost everyone thought the law would be […]

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The Problems of New Apps

To me, the more fundamental question is one that could be asked of the coverage of all new apps, whether in transportation, mobile technology, printing and much else: Are reporters and editors blinded by the sizzle of new ideas, to the extent that the articles they produce start off as largely adulatory and enthusiastic rather than objective and balanced?

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Newspaper Nightmares

By Paul Bernish Stop the presses! It’s not a good time to be in the newspaper business. This is surely not news; the impending death of daily newspaper journalism has been talked and written about for years. But as recent events demonstrate, print versions of news providers are definitely on life support. The question now […]

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Obituaries, Repurposed

By Paul Bernish The leak of an internal New York Times report on what the media company needed to do to stay fully competitive was a revelation, to say the least. ¬†What it mostly revealed was that old habits really do die hard. Take, for example, the Times‘ fabled obituaries, which for generations have been […]

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The Tug-of-War Over Content

By Paul Bernish Content — specifically the content that was once the purview of professional journalism — is the focus of an intense tug-of-war over quality, authority and transparency. On one side are the remnants of traditional media reporters and editors battling to preserve the quality of news in the midst of drastic change in […]

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