Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Last Update: Tue 4:00 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Dean Starkman | Email the Author

The List

What the business press did (and didn’t do) while the financial crisis was brewing

Welcome to the List, a comprehensive catalog of relevant stories produced by major business-news outlets on the lending industry and... More

No Pulitzers, But Here’s an Audie

Financial news is shut out on journalism’s big day

We don’t have anything to do with Pulitzers here at the Columbia Journalism Review, other than bask in their reflected... More

Speedy Kills

A new Journal edict to employees will hurt the paper

Back in the summer of 2007, when the world was a cartoon version of today and Dow Jones & Co.... More

Listening to Kilgore

In a new biography, the journalism pioneer has something to tell us; will we hear him?

Barney Kilgore, the inventor of the modern Wall Street Journal and, in important respects, the best of America journalism as... More

Ansberry’s Grim Tales of the Non-Retired

I suspect I'm not the only one who read this WSJ story about workers in their 70s and 80s scuffling... More

A Nice Get On Stanford From the Chronicle

This Houston Chronicle story from last week contains an interesting interview with a pair of ex-employees, who describe how... More

NYT on WSJ

The New York Times does a nice job keeping an eye on its downtown rival this morning, reporting interesting details... More

WSJ Widens Lead On Citi

The Journal breaks the news that the erstwhile subprime leader is asking the government for more help with an idea... More

FOIA Score: Fox 1 - Bailout Secrecy 0

FBN chalks up key win in documents case

Fox Business News scored an important victory in the WOBS (War On Bailout Secrecy), when a federal judge in Manhattan... More

Happy Presidents Day

Ryan Chittum is off touring the Lincoln and Washington monuments in search of answers to the great economic questions of... More

Eisinger on Wilke

A Portfolio editor defends a former WSJ colleague

Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos created a stir in journalism circles last week when he testified that he approached one of... More

Attention Is Paid

Fortune’s fine unemployment cover

Sometimes it’s better just to keep it simple, and in that spirit I give Fortune credit for profiling several unemployed... More

The Journal’s Citi Scoop—Don’t Bet Against It

Having learned a lesson, I certainly won’t

The WSJ's David Enrich and colleagues Matthew Futterman and Damian Paletta uncork another valuable scoop from deep inside Citigroup's boardroom... More

Madoff-ed in Ventura County

The Star’s source blames a Madoff-linked firm for a fund-raising fiasco, disappears

Audit Financial Journalism Ethics Quiz: Advanced Placement Final. 1. A newspaper that accurately quotes someone saying something that is almost... More

Ken Lewis in Black and White

I don't know how Ken Lewis the man is holding up under the pressure, but I can tell you his... More

Portfolio’s Trivial Pursuit

Instead of investigating Goldman, it mocks the idea

I am still not understanding a certain strain of business-press culture that seems inclined to run interference for investment banks... More

Vindication for the Journal

With the dispatching of Sir Win Bischoff from the chairmanship of Citigroup, following the dismantling of its financial supermarket model... More

Unsettling News From Liberty Street

The WSJ reports: The Wall Street Journal has received more than a dozen envelopes containing an unknown white powder, and... More

Fortune’s Forgiving Instincts

The magazine chooses not to see

A Fortune piece this week shows how editorial tastes can differ, to say the least. When it chooses to explore... More

“What Is Financial Journalism For?”

A timely academic study asks the right questions

"The current crisis in global banking, markets and economies has reminded us all of the importance of financial and business... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Why The Upshot?

“Perhaps most important, we want The Upshot to feel like a collaboration between journalists and readers”

Jonah Lehrer has a new blog

“I also hope this blog can be a small step towards regaining the trust of my readers”

The greatest threat to women

Louis CK is nonplussed at how ladies do it

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.