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Waiting for the Angelides Commission

Kudos to The New York Times edit page for dogging the poky progress of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the... More

Investors vs. the Public

Why the business press should focus on the latter

Bloomberg posts interesting results of a poll saying that investors and the general public see Obama's economic performance very differently.... More

Anticipating Peter Goodman’s New Book

If this excerpt is any indication, Past Due, a new book by New York Times economics writer Peter S. Goodman... More

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

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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