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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

Following AIG and Goldman: the Friedman case

Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are doing a good job of ignoring the unhelpful business press convention of not... More

WSJ’s Clean Galleon Get

There's nothing quite like a clean scoop of a delicate nature on a major story of global interest. But that's... More

Another Totemic Story in the WSJ

I was sent up there to cover the Hot Rod & Custom Car show by the New York Herald Tribune,... More

WSJ: New Banking Sheriff in Town, Again

The Journal this morning offers a classic beat-sweetener, a profile of a tough new banking regulator appointed to clean up... More

Cornerbacks and WSJ Editorial Writers

Moreover, some of the Senators seem worried that repealing Glass-Steagall might open up markets to terrible and maybe unforeseen risks.... More

Making Honest Choices at Fortune

The granddaddy of business magazines says it's cutting the number of issues per year to 18 from 25, in anticipation... More

McClatchy Advances the Ball on Moody’s

Many people feel the rating agencies haven't gotten enough attention, given their linchpin role in the crisis. I tend to... More

Good Goldman Question From Zero Hedge

Seems reasonable to me: "What Is The Rationale Behind The SEC's Hiring A 29 Year Old Goldmanite As Its COO?"... More

WSJ, Times at Odds on Citi Earnings

I'm sure this is much more a function of the unholy mess that is Citigroup's income statement—many a journalistic braincell... More

Financial Press Perennially Surprised by “Placement Agents”

The financial pages this morning are filled with the disclosure by Calpers that money-management firms seeking business from the big... More

Understanding Citi Losses in its Predatory Roots

Learn more in a 2003 alt media piece than in all business media put together

I see that Citigroup, amid boom times for other mega banks, got slammed again in its third-quarter earnings, primarily because... More

Intellectually Bankrupt, Firms Try to Squash Dissent

Crain's New York's Aaron Elstein has a good story about financially troubled corporations suing research firms that issue negative reports.... More

WaPo on High-Cost Banking

The Post,which has done good work previously on the high cost of poverty, weighs in with a look at efforts... More

Hackers From Minsk

Wired takes an interesting look at computer security breaches at Wal-Mart from a few years ago. It's a good probe,... More

WSJ Looks at More Crawley Things in the Market

At a time of great suspicion of all things Wall Street, stories start to emerge of sneaky tricks that insiders... More

Times Discovers S&L-asaurus Working For Citi

I don't want to let the day pass without a nod to a bit of accountability reporting by Gretchen Morgenson... More

WSJ Misses the Mark on Consumer Credit

It's hard to understand how a major financial news outlet, at this late hour, can discuss the "democratization" of consumer... More

SunHerald’s Lee, Times-Pic’s Mowbray: Still on it

One of the true pleasures of reporting on the insurance industry's response, or non-response, to Hurricane Katrina was meeting, and... More

Seriously Smart Column by the NYT’s Norris

I can't let the day pass without a nod to Floyd Norris's very thoughtful column on the unintended—make that, intended,... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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