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The Hamster Wheel

Why running as fast as we can is getting us nowhere

“Newsrooms have shrunk by 25% in three years.” —Project for Excellence in Journalism, “State of the News Media 2010” “A... More

Susanne Craig leaving WSJ for the NYT

A blow to the Journal

Susanne Craig, one of The Wall Street Journal’s star Wall Street reporters, is moving to The New York Times, a... More

ProPublica and Planet Money Find the Keys to the Kingdom

Mark Pittman: Where is this demand coming from? How can you guys sell this issue in thirty minutes? Who the... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Drives BP Story, NYT is better on Wal-Mart, Insurance, Alabama, Da Bears

—The WSJ continues its strong BP coverage, a story on which it has simply excelled. Today my old paper examines... More

Fortune With a Stellar Probe into J&J

Now playing in Fortune, a honey of a probe into pharma icon Johnson & Johnson. Written by Mina Kimes, it... More

Audit Notes: WSJ on FASB; More on Auditors; the Demand Side, etc.

—I'd like to know more about the rushed retirement of the chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which The... More

Bloggers at the Treasury

Last week, small groups of bloggers were ushered into the Treasury Department for quasi-off-the-record meetings with Tim Geithner and other... More

Audit Notes: Pittman Suit Advances, FT’s nifty banking graphic, Shareholder Activists Gain, etc.

—The full federal appeals court in New York refused to reconsider a lower court ruling ordering the Fed's board of... More

In an SEC Filing Against Countrywide, a Press Win

The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission has now explicitly alleged what that newspaper... More

Audit Notes: High Priests, Feed the Meter, Correlation and Causation, Etc.

—Chrystia Freeland ruminates on business journalism's image problem in the Times Book Review, and argues against the good-guys-vs.-bad-guys construction of... More

Mortgage Fraud Still Tiny

No matter what The Wall Street Journal says. Not to make too much of this. It's the summer doldrums, after... More

A Local Look at Small Business and Hard Money

Over the transom from the Audit/SABEW local business-press initiative

As some Audit readers know, we’ve started a push with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers to try... More

Mangling “Power Problem”

Heidi N. Moore, an ex-WSJ staffer and vocal defender of the business press, has been Twittering like mad to lambaste... More

The WSJ’s Pulitzer Shutout is Bad for the Country

As Alexander Cockburn theorized in a 1984 Wall Street Journal column, the Pulitzers are a kind of show business, a... More

The Price of Admission

Andrew Ross Sorkin’s debut and the limits of access journalism

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Medicaid, Rest Stops, Galbraith, Etc.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities previews the upcoming congressional debate over whether to extend the federal support for... More

Stiglitz, Wolf, Pearlstein, Huffington: Media & Economics Conference, April 6

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A day-long conference on Columbia University's campus will explore the problems and opportunities posed by reporting on a financial... More

What’s a Toyota “Exclusive?” at This Point?

Bloomberg pushes the definition

What is an exclusive, anyway? This is more than journalism competition issue. As readers sort through the news gusher, it's... More

Audit Notes: An NYT Dud on Regulators; A Good Day for M&I; FT on AIG; HuffPo on Mortgages, etc.

--Dean Baker is right to criticize the Times story this morning that reported on talks to set up a financial... More

As the Hamster Wheel Turns

As productivity demands soar, journalists need to talk

In a piece on growing discontent on The Associated Press’s business desk, Gawker reported that the desk has a deal... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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