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Plagiarism Follies at the Courant

TribCo unit fumbles a scandal

On the subject of newspapers chewing their own legs off, the Hartford Courant, is in the process of doing... More

Gannett Spins the Hamster Wheel

It is disturbing, to say the least, to see American newspapers chewing their own legs off as they try to... More

A Needless Ethical Slip

The WSJ’s current ethical snafu of hiring the head of a global PR giant to write a column, even on... More

Brill Rakes Muck in NYC Schools

Fine urban-affairs reporting in the New Yorker. More please.

Steven Brill’s New Yorker story on the quagmire that is the New York City school system is an example of... More

Final Blow to a 60 Minutes story

As Dealbook reports, a New Jersey judge threw out a lawsuit filed by Canadian drugmaker Biovail Corp. against a hedge... More

Now We’re Blaming Lending Laws?

The WSJ tries—and fails—to tie strict laws to slow growth

The WSJ had an interesting story on how Vermont's strict lending laws have kept foreclosures down. But it goes off... More

Don’t Dismiss Taibbi

What the mainstream press can learn from a Goldman takedown

Mainstream financial journalism is doing its level, eye-rolling, heavy-sighing best to stuff Matt Taibbi back into the alt-press hole he... More

When Financial Media Blogs Collide

Competing views of journalism emerge

As Ryan Chittum noted on Saturday, Yvette Kantrow, a columnist and editor with The Deal, a Wall Street trade publication... More

Journalism Scandal at News Corp

While it's too early to draw conclusions, anyone interested in what goes on at the owner the nation's leading financial... More

“All gerbils die, and when they do, hardly anybody really gives a damn.”

Not bad for a graduation speech. Doug Bates, an editorial writer at the Oregonian, gave University of Oregon J-School grads... More

A Pecora-Style Commission Will Help the Narrative

This occurred to me while reading the extensive coverage leading up to, the live blogging of, the video, and next-day... More

Business Journalism Saves Planet

From near-certain disaster

Bloomberg has a nice item showing the power of the business press for good. Or at least the power of... More

Attitude Adjustment

Bloomberg's Jon Weil offers a helpful perspective on how to think about all these Wall Street goings on, such at... More

WSJ Flicks on Lights in a Wall Street Corner

A terrific story in the Journal this morning shines a light on what the country's brightest minds do all day... More

Man on Wire

I understand, of course, the American journalism convention to keep opinions out of news columns and to stick to verifiable... More

More Fed Coverage, Please

The MSMs all have short items on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's unusal subpoena of the Federal... More

Language Matters at the Globe

I wish The Wall Street Journal had taken better care in crafting the lede of its story on the Boston... More

“My Sources Say No”

That's the answer I got when I asked Magic Eight Ball whether our beyond-worst-case financial catastrophe will result in effective... More

Settlement Closes the Book on a Nigerian Tale

I, for one, enjoy a good civil trial. You never know what you might learn. The business papers this morning... More

Bloomberg With Nice Details on UBS Tax-Cheating Service

A cool story from Bloomberg pries some nice details from the tax-avoidance case that for the last few years has... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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