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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

Finally, Somebody Says It

Economist, author and Audit pal Jeff Madrick has a piece on the Daily Beast that I've been hoping someone would... More

A Bit of Data to Back Our Thesis

Survey says: Maybe The Audit isn't the only one to wonder whether the business press has some thinking to do... More

Bloomberg Tears the TARP

Bloomberg News continues to show the way on Treasury Department coverage this morning with a hard-hitting piece that shows what... More

Deep Journal Resources On Display in India

The upside of the WSJ’s evolving journalism model is on display in a well-executed account this morning of the scandal... More

Eisinger On Regulators

We were big fans of Portfolio’s Jesse Eisinger even before our Audit interview with him last month (a must-read for... More

Too Easy on TARP

A word about a story in yesterday’s WSJ, which calculates that the Treasury Department has earned $8 billion, or 4... More

In the Crisis, the Journal Falls Short

The newspaper is missing the moment

"...The last great newsman. He may be the greatest newspaper man of all time"—Michael Wolff, author of The Man Who... More

Bloomberg Rakes Muck

Another stellar entry pops out of the box

Bloomberg continues to turn in business journalism at its muckraking best, now with this superb/nauseating story of the hosing of... More

Access Uber Alles

NYT story on Krawcheck shows perils of business-press sourcing

If business journalism can be said to have structural problems—and I think it does—the biggest one, in my view, its... More

Fox Business Is Next to File a FOIA

News Corp.’s biz news channel unit says without disclosure it will sue in 20 days

Fox Business News appears to get the bailout transparency picture. The News Corp. business news cable network, home of beautiful... More

About “Joining” That Bloomberg Suit…

Turns out other news orgs can’t. But wait…

The other day I urged other news organizations to "join" the Bloomberg suit in federal court seeking bailout records under... More

A Letter from Goldman Sachs

The bank takes issue with The Audit; we reply

Recently, I've written posts denouncing the secrecy surrounding the government bailout of American International Group—secrecy that. among other things, has... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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