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NYT exposé machine hums along (UPDATED)

Kocieniewski reveals Goldman’s commodity manipulations; one of a series

Dave Kocieniewski's corker in yesterday's Times is just a gorgeous piece of work, as an investigation, a piece of writing,... More

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On Koch vs. journalists: he said-she said

Washington Post says the Kochs are fighting the media, but not whether they have a leg to stand on

It's good to know, as Paul Farhi reports, that the Koch Brothers "use Web to take on media reports... More

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A chat with Lionel Barber

The editor of the Financial Times on what it means to be “digital first” and other topics

Lionel Barber has been the editor the Financial Times since 2005. On a visit to New York earlier this spring,... More

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The Best Business Writing 2013

Introducing our second anthology of the top business journalism of the year

Compiling the Best Business Writing series each year reliably brings the pleasures of the eclectic and unexpected. But it also... More

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A new cross-border tax-haven database and its significance

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists pushes into new journalism territory

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists hit the mother lode when it published the first of its dozens of exposés... More

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Tide goes out on News Corp.’s newspapers

The Times of London newsroom cuts staff as its parent company splits in two

It's not a great sign that the Times of London is laying off 20 editorial staffers just as it parent... More

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Nonprofits are still a drop in the news bucket

And there isn’t a growth story

Yes, as Kira Goldenberg writes, the most remarkable finding of the big new Pew study on nonprofit news organizations... More

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‘The future is medieval’

A discussion with the scholars behind the “Gutenberg Parenthesis,” a sweeping theory of digital—and journalism—transformation

What follows is an interview and discussion I had in Odense, Denmark, with Thomas Pettitt and Lars Ole Sauerberg, two... More

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Official Secrets of the Financial Crisis

Huge public money changing hands in deals that remain undisclosed; part of a widening shroud over government

Jon Weil's column the other day was one you really did not want to miss and points to wider... More

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Those immobile newspaper companies

Only 22 percent of a big sample even offer mobile products

One of the truisms of digital journalism, and one that happens to be true, is that mobile is a big... More

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The importance of counting stories

Schiffrin and Fagan quantify weaknesses in coverage of the stimulus

One of the cold, hard facts of media punditry is that no one can read everything—or should be expected... More

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Wall Street Journal: time to look in the mirror

Its Pulitzer shutout reaches six years

Stop me if you've heard this one: Old man goes to shul, prays: "Dear God, just once, let me... More

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60 Minutes’s Chevron pollution story springs a leak

An on-camera expert recants in a court statement

Three years ago, we weighed in on a bitter media dispute pitting Chevron against 60 Minutes over a piece... More

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Newspaper revenue: good news, bad news

Mostly bad as revenue stops its free-fall but ads remain weak

The Newspaper Association of America takes some comfort, and with some reason, in the news that newspaper revenues declined... More

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Investigative collaboration, cross-border edition

A landmark series on offshore tax havens from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

A good sign that your investigation has hit the mark is when law enforcement agencies start demanding to see... More

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Advance to nowhere

Newhouse-owned chain slogs forward with discredited free-news model, now in Cleveland

Advance Publications's announcement today on the future of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was less dramatic than the one a year... More

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Digital ads and grains of salt

Assessing recent claims

Some data are better than no data, I suppose, but it always pays to be skeptical when companies disclose... More

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Three things to like about the Times OSHA exposé

And one thing not to like at all

Ian Urbina's magisterial probe in The New York Times of OSHA's failure to police long-term health risks—like harmful fumes caused... More

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The Rise of Longform Newspaper Writing, 1950s-2003

Fink and Schudson document the rise of “contexual journalism” before the longform meltdown.

Katherine Fink and Michael Schudson have a fantastic new paper called "The Rise of Contextual Journalism, 1950s-2003," to be... 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


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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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