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The business press is missing the crooked heart of the credit crisis

“Mr. Howard made it clear to the mortgage broker that he could not read or write, but his loan application... More

Yes, but…

Reader: The business press, too, is implicated in the current credit calamity

A reader responds to this morning's post of qualified business-press praise: Dear Dean, Some comments. First, now that the horse... More

The Language of Calamity

The business press finds its voice in covering Wall Street’s implosion

Even casual business press readers by now know that what is happening on Wall Street is new, unusual, historic, unfamiliar,... More

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

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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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