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The Daily Says — And Sings — Goodbye

The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to make a tabloid newspaper for the iPad age, shuts down this week. Anyone — and everyone — can tell you why The Daily didn’t work, and they’ve already done so.

So, instead, watch this video, produced by some of the 120 employees who will lose their jobs:

Give the folks at The Daily (which, like this Web site, is owned by News Corp.) credit for putting a brave face on things (note brief cameos from Daily EIC Jesse Angelo and publisher Greg Clayman).

But my favorite in this genre remains this 2007 beauty made by the about-to-be-fired staff at AOL France. Hoping we won’t see many more of these, but my hunch is we’ve got more coming soon:

 

 


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald