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“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

Guilty Pleasure

I know it was last week's cover, but don't let my tardiness cause you to miss Steve Fishman's New York... More

When Mozilo Met Morgenson

Before we get too far from the fraud charges the Securities and Exchange Commission filed against Angelo Mozilo last week,... More

The Sun, Times Follow the Subprime Muck

The Baltimore Sun and New York Times recently gave some attention to under-reported social and class aspects of the mortgage... More

Learning Journalism Lessons of the Past

The Times this morning continues strong recent press performance on the busted-and-bailed-out banking industry's Golem-like resilience and continued potency in... More

Journal Remains Citi Scoop Central

Ryan Chittum has now left the undisclosed location in the D.C. area (Langley) where he works to go on vacation.... More

The List

What the business press did (and didn’t do) while the financial crisis was brewing

Welcome to the List, a comprehensive catalog of relevant stories produced by major business-news outlets on the lending industry and... More

No Pulitzers, But Here’s an Audie

Financial news is shut out on journalism’s big day

We don’t have anything to do with Pulitzers here at the Columbia Journalism Review, other than bask in their reflected... More

Speedy Kills

A new Journal edict to employees will hurt the paper

Back in the summer of 2007, when the world was a cartoon version of today and Dow Jones & Co.... More

Listening to Kilgore

In a new biography, the journalism pioneer has something to tell us; will we hear him?

Barney Kilgore, the inventor of the modern Wall Street Journal and, in important respects, the best of America journalism as... More

Ansberry’s Grim Tales of the Non-Retired

I suspect I'm not the only one who read this WSJ story about workers in their 70s and 80s scuffling... More

A Nice Get On Stanford From the Chronicle

This Houston Chronicle story from last week contains an interesting interview with a pair of ex-employees, who describe how... More

NYT on WSJ

The New York Times does a nice job keeping an eye on its downtown rival this morning, reporting interesting details... More

WSJ Widens Lead On Citi

The Journal breaks the news that the erstwhile subprime leader is asking the government for more help with an idea... More

FOIA Score: Fox 1 - Bailout Secrecy 0

FBN chalks up key win in documents case

Fox Business News scored an important victory in the WOBS (War On Bailout Secrecy), when a federal judge in Manhattan... More

Happy Presidents Day

Ryan Chittum is off touring the Lincoln and Washington monuments in search of answers to the great economic questions of... More

Eisinger on Wilke

A Portfolio editor defends a former WSJ colleague

Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos created a stir in journalism circles last week when he testified that he approached one of... More

Attention Is Paid

Fortune’s fine unemployment cover

Sometimes it’s better just to keep it simple, and in that spirit I give Fortune credit for profiling several unemployed... More

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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