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Everybody’s Got an Angle

WSJ’s Thomson on NYT’s Carr

It’s probably an understatement to say that we at The Audit weren’t nuts about the prospect of News Corp. buying... More

“He Could See Over”

A pal remembers Mark Pittman

This is a eulogy for Mark Pittman, a Loeb-award-winning Bloomberg reporter who died on Thanksgiving, given by his friend and... More

Hertz Drops a Libel Suit

A tip of The Audit’s green eyeshade to Aaron Elstein and Crain’s New York, which seems to have gotten some... More

The Pittman Way

A financial reporter who combined data and attitude

Q: Tell me how your cops background plays into what you’re doing now. A: You end up with a big... More

A Too-Narrow Lens

Zach Carter hits on something interesting about shareholder democracy in The Nation this week (disclosure-longer-than-this-post: I wrote a piece for... More

What’s a News Brief Worth?

The Journal Inquirer, of Manchester, Conn., which over the summer forced its larger rival, the Hartford Courant, to admit to... More

WSJ Scoops on AIG

The WSJ scores a nice scoop this morning with word that the relatively new head of AIG wants to quit... More

Trivial Pursuit at ProPublica

There is a journalistic school of thought emerging, I fear, that holds that because you went to the trouble of... More

Regulation: Cool, At Last

We appreciate the bizpress’s newfound attention to Washington political fights over regulatory and economic policy, and we’re not afraid to... More

The WSJ’s 3% Solution

A Journal story this morning reports that a White House claim that the stimulus bill saved or created 640,000 jobs... More

Times Maintains Consumer Credit Drumbeat

The Times has done a really nice job exploring dubious practices in the credit-card industry, not to mention efforts to... More

Foxy Headines in the New Journal

The Murdoch Street Journal has been a slow-motion overhaul, and it takes a minute sometimes to realize that things you... More

As Goldman Turns

For my money, McClatchy’s Goldman series remains the best show these days on business-press Broadway. It’s sort of the “Masterpiece... More

US Banker on Bank Rescues: “all so hit or miss.”

Speaking of tick-tocks, and I recently was, American Banker's US Banker magazine just published a credible entry on the bank-rescue... More

Carr Has a Point about Business News In the Dumps

David Carr looks at the business press and sees a connection between staffing cuts at business news outlets and the... More

McClatchy Tightens Ties Between Goldman and Predatory Lenders

McClatchy is running a big series on Goldman Sachs that does what other business news organizations have so far failed... More

A Bureau Where They Reported Stories to Death

The hue, cry and gnashing of teeth over News Corp.'s takeover of The Wall Street Journal's parent a couple of... More

Following AIG and Goldman: the Friedman case

Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are doing a good job of ignoring the unhelpful business press convention of not... More

WSJ’s Clean Galleon Get

There's nothing quite like a clean scoop of a delicate nature on a major story of global interest. But that's... More

Another Totemic Story in the WSJ

I was sent up there to cover the Hot Rod & Custom Car show by the New York Herald Tribune,... More

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination

Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public - Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?

A new course in video games journalism - As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

On the NSA, a White House credibility problem - The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors - The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter


In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

9 decades of The New Yorker (New Yorker)

With the relaunch comes the archive

I don’t care if you like it (TNR)

“[I]n this country, every barometer by which female worth is measured—from the superficial to the life-altering, the appreciative to the punitive—has long been calibrated to ‘dude,’ whether or not those measurements are actually being taken by dudes”

Bloggingheads

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

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