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WaPo Boosts 401(k)s for No Good Reason

A main beef I have with personal finance reporting—beyond its constant purveying of banalities ("diversify!";"buy and hold!")—is that it generally... More

Audit Interview: The FT’s Lionel Barber

“We got a piece of the puzzle [but] we don’t tend to go grassroots up. There’s an important lesson for all of us.”

Among the discomfiting changes sweeping through the financial news business in the U.S. has been the rising influence of what... More

WSJ Is Good on Medical Transparency

How's that expression go?—"Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The Journal's Thomas M. Burton this morning shows Louis Brandeis's adage is... More

A Good Food-Safety Investigation from the Times

Credit is due the Times and veteran investigative reporter Michael Moss for a painstaking and stomach-turning account yesterday of the... More

Of Buts and Bloomberg News

Bloomberg News top editor Matt Winkler raised eyebrows around the newswire/data provider the other week with his op-ed in The... More

Urban-Affairs Reporting in the WSJ

The Journal deserves a nod for a good inside-the-paper story on Detroit public schools' using free food, celebrity visits and... More

More Journalism Green Shoots

The news this morning of a $5 million slug of money for a new non-profit local news organization in the... More

Harper’s Long Miss on AIG

I was standing at the 116th Street subway stop looking for something to read when a trained started to pull... More

James Grant’s Twaddle on Detroit

Looking over the vast landscape of foreclosures in New York City graphically illustrated at the Queens Museum of Art show... More

Leonhardt’s Deft Med Mal Treatment

Times's economics columnist David Leonhardt deserves a tip of the doctor's mirrors for delving into the messy business of separating... More

Bloomberg Further Hammers FDIC Credibility

Audit Interviewee Jon Weil, the Bloomberg finance columnist, has a good piece this morning noting that the bank regulator is... More

Go to Queens Museum, Get Mad

Business press practitioners and their readers in the New York area who are suffering from crisis fatigue have a few... More

Bloomberg Keeps Heat on FDIC

Yesterday, the Orange County Register banged away at bank regulators' bizarre six-year paralysis in the face of IndyMac's blatantly unsafe... More

Labor Gets a Word in Edgewise

The Times gets credit this morning for initiating and prominently displaying a story on organized labor, or as I like... More

Muckraking 1, Banksters 0

The announcement yesterday by the Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase that they would end some of their most egregious... More

WSJ Correction: Allies Not “Roiled” After All

Reading Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, we are finding, requires some amount of Kremlinology. What is happening is visible for... More

O.C. Register Stays on IndyMac Madness

The Orange County Register's Mathew Padilla has an item about a newly released FDIC inspector general's report saying the agency's... More

McClatchy’s “Unconfirmed Reports” About Criminal Probes

McClatchy asks a darned good question in a recent news story: "Why haven't any Wall Street tycoons been sent to... More

The Observer Advances the Ball on BoA

Charlotte's Rick Rothacker scooped the world over the weekend with a story saying the FBI has been probing Bank of... More

Waiting for the Angelides Commission

Kudos to The New York Times edit page for dogging the poky progress of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the... 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”

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