Friday, August 29, 2014. Last Update: Fri 2:45 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Dean Starkman | Email the Author

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

Let’s Go to Court!

A call to news organizations: Join Bloomberg’s suit vs. Fed

There will time later to assess who’s ahead and who’s behind in the coverage of the financial crisis and 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”

Bloggingheads

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

  • 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.