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NYT’s AIG Story Puts Spotlight on State Insurance Regulation

The anachronism that is state-based insurance regulation has basically gotten a pass in the financial crisis—what with all the problems... More

Best of 2009: Dean Starkman

Starkman picks his top stories from 2009

Note to Audit Readers: The Audit will be taking off its green eyeshade and pince nez during a holiday break... More

NYT’s Creativity On the Unemployment Story

The Times deserves a little something extra in its pay envelope for this morning's unemployment package: a story based on... More

Everybody’s Got an Angle

WSJ’s Thomson on NYT’s Carr

It’s probably an understatement to say that we at The Audit weren’t nuts about the prospect of News Corp. buying... More

“He Could See Over”

A pal remembers Mark Pittman

This is a eulogy for Mark Pittman, a Loeb-award-winning Bloomberg reporter who died on Thanksgiving, given by his friend and... More

Hertz Drops a Libel Suit

A tip of The Audit’s green eyeshade to Aaron Elstein and Crain’s New York, which seems to have gotten some... More

The Pittman Way

A financial reporter who combined data and attitude

Q: Tell me how your cops background plays into what you’re doing now. A: You end up with a big... More

A Too-Narrow Lens

Zach Carter hits on something interesting about shareholder democracy in The Nation this week (disclosure-longer-than-this-post: I wrote a piece for... More

What’s a News Brief Worth?

The Journal Inquirer, of Manchester, Conn., which over the summer forced its larger rival, the Hartford Courant, to admit to... More

WSJ Scoops on AIG

The WSJ scores a nice scoop this morning with word that the relatively new head of AIG wants to quit... More

Trivial Pursuit at ProPublica

There is a journalistic school of thought emerging, I fear, that holds that because you went to the trouble of... More

Regulation: Cool, At Last

We appreciate the bizpress’s newfound attention to Washington political fights over regulatory and economic policy, and we’re not afraid to... More

The WSJ’s 3% Solution

A Journal story this morning reports that a White House claim that the stimulus bill saved or created 640,000 jobs... More

Times Maintains Consumer Credit Drumbeat

The Times has done a really nice job exploring dubious practices in the credit-card industry, not to mention efforts to... More

Foxy Headines in the New Journal

The Murdoch Street Journal has been a slow-motion overhaul, and it takes a minute sometimes to realize that things you... More

As Goldman Turns

For my money, McClatchy’s Goldman series remains the best show these days on business-press Broadway. It’s sort of the “Masterpiece... More

US Banker on Bank Rescues: “all so hit or miss.”

Speaking of tick-tocks, and I recently was, American Banker's US Banker magazine just published a credible entry on the bank-rescue... More

Carr Has a Point about Business News In the Dumps

David Carr looks at the business press and sees a connection between staffing cuts at business news outlets and the... More

McClatchy Tightens Ties Between Goldman and Predatory Lenders

McClatchy is running a big series on Goldman Sachs that does what other business news organizations have so far failed... More

A Bureau Where They Reported Stories to Death

The hue, cry and gnashing of teeth over News Corp.'s takeover of The Wall Street Journal's parent a couple of... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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