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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

Investors vs. the Public

Why the business press should focus on the latter

Bloomberg posts interesting results of a poll saying that investors and the general public see Obama's economic performance very differently.... More

Anticipating Peter Goodman’s New Book

If this excerpt is any indication, Past Due, a new book by New York Times economics writer Peter S. Goodman... More

Plagiarism Follies at the Courant

TribCo unit fumbles a scandal

On the subject of newspapers chewing their own legs off, the Hartford Courant, is in the process of doing... More

Gannett Spins the Hamster Wheel

It is disturbing, to say the least, to see American newspapers chewing their own legs off as they try to... More

A Needless Ethical Slip

The WSJ’s current ethical snafu of hiring the head of a global PR giant to write a column, even on... More

Brill Rakes Muck in NYC Schools

Fine urban-affairs reporting in the New Yorker. More please.

Steven Brill’s New Yorker story on the quagmire that is the New York City school system is an example of... More

Final Blow to a 60 Minutes story

As Dealbook reports, a New Jersey judge threw out a lawsuit filed by Canadian drugmaker Biovail Corp. against a hedge... More

Now We’re Blaming Lending Laws?

The WSJ tries—and fails—to tie strict laws to slow growth

The WSJ had an interesting story on how Vermont's strict lending laws have kept foreclosures down. But it goes off... More

Don’t Dismiss Taibbi

What the mainstream press can learn from a Goldman takedown

Mainstream financial journalism is doing its level, eye-rolling, heavy-sighing best to stuff Matt Taibbi back into the alt-press hole he... More

When Financial Media Blogs Collide

Competing views of journalism emerge

As Ryan Chittum noted on Saturday, Yvette Kantrow, a columnist and editor with The Deal, a Wall Street trade publication... More

Journalism Scandal at News Corp

While it's too early to draw conclusions, anyone interested in what goes on at the owner the nation's leading financial... More

“All gerbils die, and when they do, hardly anybody really gives a damn.”

Not bad for a graduation speech. Doug Bates, an editorial writer at the Oregonian, gave University of Oregon J-School grads... More

A Pecora-Style Commission Will Help the Narrative

This occurred to me while reading the extensive coverage leading up to, the live blogging of, the video, and next-day... More

Business Journalism Saves Planet

From near-certain disaster

Bloomberg has a nice item showing the power of the business press for good. Or at least the power of... More

Attitude Adjustment

Bloomberg's Jon Weil offers a helpful perspective on how to think about all these Wall Street goings on, such at... More

WSJ Flicks on Lights in a Wall Street Corner

A terrific story in the Journal this morning shines a light on what the country's brightest minds do all day... More

Man on Wire

I understand, of course, the American journalism convention to keep opinions out of news columns and to stick to verifiable... More

More Fed Coverage, Please

The MSMs all have short items on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's unusal subpoena of the Federal... More

Language Matters at the Globe

I wish The Wall Street Journal had taken better care in crafting the lede of its story on the Boston... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

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