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Confidence Game

The limited vision of the news gurus

“The question that mass amateurization poses to traditional media is ‘What happens when the costs of reproduction and distribution go... More

Best Business Writing, 2012: Send Us Your Favorites

Hey, Internet: A team at the Columbia Journalism Review—yours truly, Dean Starkman, Ryan Chittum, Martha Hamilton, ex-of the WaPo and... More

A Heavy Blow to The Wall Street Journal

An editor’s departure is a big deal

Anyone who thinks the departure of Alix M. Freedman, the WSJ’s Page One editor, a twenty-seven-year Journal mainstay, and winner... More

No, Actually, News of the World Won’t Happen Here

In a recent spasm of radio and TV interviews about #hackgate the last couple weeks, everyone wanted to know whether... More

The Audit on NPR

Talking about Murdochs, News Corp., NotW, etc.

I'm on "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook on NPR's Boston affiliate, WBUR, talking Murdoch and News Corp., with Sarah... More

The News Corp. Scandal is a Triumph for Investigative Reporting

Expensive, time-consuming, risky, stressful—and indispensable

It got pretty lonely.... --Ian Katz, deputy editor of the Guardian on the News of the World Story CJR's... More

Chaos at Dow Jones is the Bancrofts’ Legacy

"I want you to do what's best for the company. Don’t you and the boys worry about dividends." —Jane... More

The Mirror’s Dodgy “9/11 Hacking” Story

A piece that triggers an FBI probe reports no actual hacking and its information is third-hand

In response to calls from Congress, the FBI has opened an investigation into whether News Corp. journalists hacked the... More

Forget Regulating the Press. Enforce the Law.

As Reuters has it: "The basic test of a decent police force is that it catches more criminals than... More

News Corp.: Barometer Rising

“Some of the activity clearly was illegal.”

Ryan Chittum already said Nick Davies and the Guardian have pulled off one of the greatest newspaper investigations of... More

Bad Parent

Reading The Wall Street Journal’s hamstrung coverage of its owner, News Corp.

It's been hard to watch The Wall Street Journal, still the global business-news leader, struggling with both hands tied behind... More

Accountability, News Corp. Style

Those with responsibility escape it

Behold, editors and reporters at The Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, Fox News, and, for that matter, the... More

Audit Notes: Those Pricey Reporters, Business Press Critique, Wolff’s Idealism, etc.

--What's a story cost? Ken Doctor asks Clark Gilbert, CEO of the Deseret News's parent, who gives this breakdown:... More

What Washington Does All Day

HuffPo with a terrific story on the obscure interchange battle and its meaning

David Brooks says correctly that not enough Washington reporters break away from the pack and report on how the... More

When No One Cared About Moody’s and S&P’s Opinions

They operated on a journalism model, and no one listened

Does it rankle you that when S&P or Moody's issues a credit warning on, say, Japanese debt, not to mention... More

“The News Was That It Happened”

Bernanke presser was good and right

I wish that was an original thought, but Randall Forsyth of Barron's made the apt observation on the post-game... More

Ask Bernanke About This, Too

Depression-era levels of black unemployment in some cities, well-documented in HuffPo

This morning's strong Huffington Post piece on black-unemployment is a useful clip to print out and carry to the... More

Whither Twitter?

What does it mean if Mark Zuckerberg doesn't obsess about you anymore? Fortune's story from last week on Twitter's... More

Ohio’s Lost Decade

Dayton paper shines light on a devastating job and income losses.

Look what's happened to payrolls in Montgomery County, Ohio, in the last decade: Annual private payrolls dropped about $3... More

Securities Star Chambers

Gretchen Morgenson sees hope in a recent arbitration case that, incredibly, found in favor of actual human beings against... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


The future of Facebook may not say ‘Facebook’

The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps

Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ unmasked-again?

A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency

The Center for Public Integrity’s response to ABC News

“I urge you to go to your reporters and engage in serious self-examination”

The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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