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“It’s pretty shocking to see what’s become of the time-honored form since the newspaper industry’s great unraveling started a decade ago,” Starkman wrote.

The industry saw a steady rise of long-form contextual journalism from the 1950s to the early 2000s, according to a new report by Katherine Fink and Michael Schudson of Columbia University. But Starkman’s research suggests that such in-depth coverage might have peaked about a decade ago.

Starkman examined The L.A. Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and reported that all but The New York Times saw steep declines in their long-form coverage. The Post’s 2,000 word stories dropped about 50 percent between 2003 and 2012, and The Journal’s fell 35 percent. These declines are even sharper for 3,000 word stories: The L.A. Times saw a 90 percent decrease and The Journal a 70 percent decrease.


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Kira Witkin


2013-03-15 16:57

This should be boom time for the e-reader.

The end of 2012 saw a glut of new 'front-lit' e-readers Kindle Paperwhite, Nook Glowlight and the Kobo Glo. All of these devices offer touch screens, Wifi (some even 3G) and a new  technology that projects light from the side or top of the screen, avoiding backlighting to simulate a less obtrusive ambient light.

Yet in his outlook on 2013, Walt Mossberg (@waltmossberg) mentions in passing that tablets are "gradually replacing another device: the dedicated e-reader".

And Pew research supports this: while e-book or e-reader sales continue to grow, moving from 10% to 19% market penetration in the US between December 2011 and November 2012, tablet penetration increased from 10% to 25% in the same period.

So is Mossberg's statement true? Just as the e-reader evolves, the tablet has usurped it?


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Nick Tjaardstra


2013-01-02 12:00

Amazon’s first Kindle Fire, which journalists positioned as a potential rival to the iPad’s throne when it came out last November, “never really, well, caught fire,” as Wired's Christina Bonnington puts it. Nevertheless, 10 months after its release, the original full-colour, 7-inch touch-screen tablet has sold out, and Amazon has captured 22 percent of the U.S. tablet market, regaining the position it first won in December of last year as the second-strongest tablet brand in the United States.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced this triumphant statistic yesterday, in what has been called an Apple-like event at a hangar in Santa Monica, California, where he announced the newest additions to the Kindle line.


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Emma Knight


2012-09-07 14:14

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