How the media gets the price of Thanksgiving dinner wrong

    By Ryan Chittum It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time for the American Farm Bureau Federation's report on the cost of the average Thanksgiving dinner, an annual tradition celebrated by press release rewriters (and media critics) across the land. This year the "news" is that the cost of Thanksgiving dinner will be essentially flat, rising just 0.8 percent. Which means it should be...

The news business should refuse Facebook’s deal

    By Ryan Chittum Facebook wants publishers to become its junior partners, embedding their news and content into Facebook itself (at least on mobile) and sharing the ad revenue, The New York Times reported earlier this week. New ad revenue always looks enticing in the digital space, where it's hard to come by in meaningful chunks. But this is a deal that publishers,...

The upside of yesterday’s New York Times news

    By Ryan Chittum The New York Times is cutting 100 jobs from its newsroom, and you'd get the impression from the reaction that it's about to turn out the lights. The headline news is not as bad as it seems. For one, the Times had actually added 80 journalists in 2014. The upcoming cuts will put the newsroom down 20 people from the...