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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

The Pulitzers and The Wall Street Journal

Where to find the big one

Reading The Wall Street Journal’s “What They Know” series on Internet (un)privacy last year, I thought, this has “Pulitzer” written... More

WSJ Helps Keep It Real on Inflation

Jon Hilsenrath and Justin Lahart do well to pinpoint exactly what we need to worry about in the inflation... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Marks, Taibbi, Dakota Tea, etc.

I like Bill Cohan's clearly written column explaining how Goldman marked its mortgage assets lower than everyone else, then... More

What Dimon, Cutler Knew About Madoff

The WSJ has a piece this morning advancing our knowledge about what Jamie Dimon knew about the Madoff fraud.... More

Best of 2010: Felix Salmon

Highlights from CJR’s newest Peterson Fellow

Salvaging the FCIC: The primer offered by Republicans members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is essentially 5,400 words... More

Best of 2010: Dean Starkman

CJR’s Kingsford Capital Fellow picks his top stories of the year

The Hamster Wheel. Why running as fast as we can is getting us nowhere. The Hamster Wheel isn’t speed; it’s... More

The Felix Thing

Concerns from a friend about our new blogger

We’ve gotten a couple of private notes expressing concern about our naming Felix Salmon as our new Peterson Fellow to... More

Leakapalooza on the Hill

Public relations bends this morning’s banking committee previews

Bank of America previewed and helped to soften its executives' planned apology before Congress today by letting the Times... More

A Biovail/60 Minutes Coda

Some stories just never go away. 60 Minutes's poor decision four years ago to portray a small pharmaceuticals company... More

Felix Salmon is the Columbia Journalism Review’s New Peterson Fellow

Will blog about media coverage of fiscal and economic policy

Felix Salmon, the finance blogger for Reuters and a leading voice on financial and economic issues, has been appointed the... More

A “Gate” Worthy of the Name—”ForeclosureGate”

The spectacle of the nation’s biggest banks—Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co, GMAC—halting foreclosures because of evidence of mass-scale... More

Seeking a Media Critic

CJR is looking for an experienced journalist to be its Peterson Fellow, a part-time job blogging about and critiquing media... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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