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Shaky Writing Hurts Good Bloomberg D.C. Reporting

The headline on this Bloomberg story says Derivatives Lobby Links With New Democrats to Blunt Obama Plan. That's true as... More

WaPo Boosts 401(k)s for No Good Reason

A main beef I have with personal finance reporting—beyond its constant purveying of banalities ("diversify!";"buy and hold!")—is that it generally... More

Audit Interview: The FT’s Lionel Barber

“We got a piece of the puzzle [but] we don’t tend to go grassroots up. There’s an important lesson for all of us.”

Among the discomfiting changes sweeping through the financial news business in the U.S. has been the rising influence of what... More

WSJ Is Good on Medical Transparency

How's that expression go?—"Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The Journal's Thomas M. Burton this morning shows Louis Brandeis's adage is... More

A Good Food-Safety Investigation from the Times

Credit is due the Times and veteran investigative reporter Michael Moss for a painstaking and stomach-turning account yesterday of the... More

Of Buts and Bloomberg News

Bloomberg News top editor Matt Winkler raised eyebrows around the newswire/data provider the other week with his op-ed in The... More

Urban-Affairs Reporting in the WSJ

The Journal deserves a nod for a good inside-the-paper story on Detroit public schools' using free food, celebrity visits and... More

More Journalism Green Shoots

The news this morning of a $5 million slug of money for a new non-profit local news organization in the... More

Harper’s Long Miss on AIG

I was standing at the 116th Street subway stop looking for something to read when a trained started to pull... More

James Grant’s Twaddle on Detroit

Looking over the vast landscape of foreclosures in New York City graphically illustrated at the Queens Museum of Art show... More

Leonhardt’s Deft Med Mal Treatment

Times's economics columnist David Leonhardt deserves a tip of the doctor's mirrors for delving into the messy business of separating... More

Bloomberg Further Hammers FDIC Credibility

Audit Interviewee Jon Weil, the Bloomberg finance columnist, has a good piece this morning noting that the bank regulator is... More

Go to Queens Museum, Get Mad

Business press practitioners and their readers in the New York area who are suffering from crisis fatigue have a few... More

Bloomberg Keeps Heat on FDIC

Yesterday, the Orange County Register banged away at bank regulators' bizarre six-year paralysis in the face of IndyMac's blatantly unsafe... More

Labor Gets a Word in Edgewise

The Times gets credit this morning for initiating and prominently displaying a story on organized labor, or as I like... More

Muckraking 1, Banksters 0

The announcement yesterday by the Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase that they would end some of their most egregious... More

WSJ Correction: Allies Not “Roiled” After All

Reading Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, we are finding, requires some amount of Kremlinology. What is happening is visible for... More

O.C. Register Stays on IndyMac Madness

The Orange County Register's Mathew Padilla has an item about a newly released FDIC inspector general's report saying the agency's... More

McClatchy’s “Unconfirmed Reports” About Criminal Probes

McClatchy asks a darned good question in a recent news story: "Why haven't any Wall Street tycoons been sent to... More

The Observer Advances the Ball on BoA

Charlotte's Rick Rothacker scooped the world over the weekend with a story saying the FBI has been probing Bank of... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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