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WSJ: August 2011 print ad revenue up 24% over August 2010

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Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson points out in a staff memo that the print edition ad revenue increase occurred “while other national newspapers have reported distressing declines in advertising.” His note also mentions some new design tweaks that add more color throughout the paper. Thompson praises the Journal’s designers for “injecting vivacity while not making us a manga.” The memo, first posted by Joe Pompeo, is after the jump. Read more


‘WSJ under editor Thomson is more readable but less distinctive’

Many former Journal reporters tell Ken Auletta that the paper now has a Murdochian conservative bias, but no one offered specific instances of Murdoch and managing editor Robert Thomson pushing a politically biased story. “What occurs is a form of anticipatory censorship,” writes Auletta. “If readers are offended, it’s not apparent in the numbers. In the six months ending in September, 2010, the Journal’s average weekday circulation was up two per cent. Excerpts from the subscription-required story are after the jump. Read more

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