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Roanoke Chronicles (cont.)

Plain English needed at the Times

Is it any wonder that newspapers are going the way of the Interstate Commerce Commission? Michael Stowe, managing editor of... More

Meanwhile, in Michigan

Voter disenfranchisement gets creative

Original reporting is a beautiful thing, and so all journophiles should take heart at the local online “papers” springing up... More

Something’s Rotten in Roanoke

Times is silent on reassignment of reporter after local hospital pulls its ads

The Roanoke Times is strangely silent about whether it reassigned a reporter at the behest of a big local business.... More

Wall Street Sank Freddie and Fannie

Coverage of the bailout could use a dose of recent history

My only quibble with the gusher of stories this morning on the government’s takeover on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac... More

“I Got Screwed Up”

BusinessWeek’s Gene Marcial says his sources have no conflicts—but they often do

Gene Marcial, the longtime writer of BusinessWeek’s “Inside Wall Street” column, is a business-press institution. For more than two decades,... More

Opening Bell: Are So/Are Not

…in a recession; yes, and there’s worse to come; in the vomitorium; on the bright side etc.

A lot of people express frustration with “are-we or aren’t-we” economic stories, like the one this morning by The New... More

Opening Bell: One Miillioon Doollllars

Do auction-rate probes rate? Disney’s surprise; blaming mom, etc.

I wonder sometimes about our priorities over here in the business space. Authorities and their chroniclers in the business press... More

Opening Bell: Gloom, Doom

Euro consumers pessimistic; profits to fall further; trade talks collapse. Hmm.

Business is cyclical and so is business news, but even so it’s amazing how universally bad the news is across... More

Opening Bell: Marked to Market

The WSJ shines on Merrill’s stunner; British-Spanish air merger; disconnected from Alcatel, etc.

Twenty-two cents. We now know the price of those collateralized debt obligations backed by loans foisted by Ameriquest and other... More

The Editor and the Architect

Time featured an editor’s husband, but didn’t tell readers

A splashy new show at the Museum of Modern Art puts a spotlight on a three-year-old story in Time and... More

Opening Bell: Summer Break

A disaster-free Monday; KKR goes public; hope for newspapers

A nice slow start to the week, financial disaster-wise, as no big investment bank announced a major writedown, no bad... More

The Journal’s Many Anonymice

And why Jack Shafer needs a better mousetrap

Our crony in criticism, Slate’s Jack Shafer, stumbles this morning in an otherwise interesting discussion about which major media outlets... More

The Answer Man?

Good luck, Marcus. You’ll need it.

Now that The Washington Post has chosen Marcus Brauchli over Phil Bennett to be its new executive editor, I hope... More

Fact Fight!

Insurers make “error” allegations vs. Bloomberg News—nick Deadline Club

We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts. -- John Dewey A big Bloomberg News... More

Brauchli’s Baggage

What he would carry to The Washington Post

The day will come when the next executive editor of The Washington Post will have to choose between the easy... More

The WSJ Edit Page and the Mortgage Industry

Does it really expect us to forget what it wrote?

Being a Wall Street Journal editorial writer means never having to say you’re sorry. Those literary lions of Liberty Street... More

Don’t Panic

A media consultant on the future of newspapers

From time to time, The Audit will interview thought leaders about both financial journalism and the finances of journalism. John... More

Turning Point: Middle Class Under Seige

Remember, it’s the policies, not the market’s “unseen hand”

This is part five of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

The Winkler Way—Okay?

With Bloomberg News at a crossroads, an audience with its maximum leader

I am deep inside Bloomberg LP’s global headquarters, the Lexington Avenue office of the financial-information giant. With its post-modernist design—sweeping... More

Worse Than It Seems

Drilling down to the rotten foundation of the economic crisis

With the economy apparently already in recession, gas prices near record levels, food prices rising, and inflation generally gaining momentum,... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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