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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

60 Minutes’s Biovail Trainwreck (cont.)

A news magazine’s corporate “victim” pleads guilty

Last month, we wrote how 60 Minutes and Lesley Stahl had botched a business story by using, of all companies,... More

WSJ’s Committee of the Absurd

Waiting for a complaint that will never come

I see The Wall Street Journal’s Special Committee has given itself a new name, or at least tried to define... More

The Anglo-ization of The Wall Street Journal

A struggle over the editor was about much more than turf

LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- When Lisa Kelly learned she had leukemia in late 2006, her doctor advised her to... More

Little Buttercup

The Bancroft’s opera singer/News Corp. director is “unavailable for comment”

And what of the opera singer? You remember: Natalie Bancroft, the twenty-something aspiring diva who wound up on News Corp.’s... More

WSJ committee Must Prove Its Mettle

It gets benefit of doubt, but now it’s time to fight

At a certain point, tragedy turns into farce, and we are getting awfully close to clown-car territory at The Wall... More

The WSJ’s Little Committee That Failed…

To protect the paper’s editorial independence

So much for the editorial side agreement that was supposed to protect The Wall Street Journal’s editorial independence from News... More

Brauchli’s Exit Is…

The end of the beginning of the end of what made the Journal special

The abrupt resignation of Marcus Brauchli as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal is surprising even to those of... More

Open Letter to Les Moonves

Don’t pay Couric’s successor $15 million; invest in journalists instead

If nothing else, Katie Couric’s earlier-than-expected departure from the CBS Evening News should call into question the superstar anchor system... More

Congress and the Press—Together Again

Oversight helps the business press, too

What a difference Congressional oversight makes—for the business press, if nothing else. The last two weeks, the financial (and front)... More

Audit Mailbag: ‘Stop the Class Warfare’

So says an editor; The Journal’s use of a housing stat sparks a squabble; we are praised, etc.

The Audit sometimes gets interesting mail from readers, and from time to time we’ll be posting some of it in... More

Pulitzers A Triumph For Investigations

Nothing like this on a blog

Army officials say they "started an aggressive campaign to deal with the mice infestation" last October and that the problem... More

Stahled

We don’t mean to pick on Lesley Stahl, in particular, but that Al Gore piece last night on 60 Minutes... More

60 Minutes Blows Biovail Story

SEC sues drug maker Lesley Stahl defended

The Securities and Exchange Commission sued a Canadian drug maker this week—and in the process blew apart the premise of... More

In the Mad Money Swamp

What part of “Bear Stearns is fine” don’t you understand?

"Bear Stearns is fine,"—Jim Cramer, on CNBC’s Mad Money, March 11. The Mad Money swamp beckons. The Audit cannot resist... More

The Other Side of Schadenfreude

Searching for a non-Wall Street perspective on Spitzer’s fall

Who remembers the schadenfreude? It was only a week ago—it feels like another era— that financial news publications rushed to... More

Another Baseless Screed

As will most press-bias rants, Strassel’s piece is hollow

“Many reporters built careers on the prosecutor’s leaks intended to bully innocent people” - Kimberly A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal... More

Red Ink Rising

How the press missed a sea change in the credit-card industry

One of the paradoxes of the business press is that while everyone should read it, since we all live in... More

Eakes!

Forbes’s flawed probe of a prescient consumer advocate

Forbes readers will be forgiven their confusion after reading a recent profile of Martin Eakes, a leading anti-predatory-lending crusader. Headlined... 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

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