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By Dean Starkman May 21, 2007 at 07:04 AM
We believe facts are facts and that they are ascertainable through honest, open-minded and diligent reporting. We thus believe that... More
The Wall Street Journal’s parent has been paying outsized cash dividends, to the primary benefit of the controlling Bancroft family, instead of reinvesting to keep the company independent of Murdoch and other predators.
By Dean Starkman May 10, 2007 at 02:44 PM
“Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson has announced an ambitious pilot program to radically reshape the welfare system in his state. If... More
Rupert Murdoch’s “reassuring” e-mail about a live offer for the Wall Street Journal’s parent creates a journalistic fiasco. Thanks, Rupert. We feel better already.
By Dean Starkman May 8, 2007 at 04:49 PM
Well, we can stop wondering whether The Wall Street Journal would allow Rupert Murdoch to screw up its editorial judgment.... More
The business press accepts insurance industry assumptions that are utterly bogus—and, yes, it matters a lot.
By Dean Starkman May 3, 2007 at 10:10 AM
You know me as The Audit, a mild-mannered, bespectacled, some would say underachieving critic and interpreter of the business press—just... More
For the business press, the more mergers and acquisitions, the better. Too bad most of them don’t work out.
By Dean Starkman Apr 26, 2007 at 02:13 PM
Is it just The Audit, or does anyone else feel that business stories about mergers and acquisitions sound like they... More
By Dean Starkman Apr 19, 2007 at 01:43 PM
Sometimes The Audit can only drop its monocle, place the riding crop under its arm, and bring its heels together... More
What Would The Audit Do, if given $125 million to reinvent business reporting from scratch? Quelque chose comme Conde Nast Portfolio? Peut-être.
By Dean Starkman Apr 12, 2007 at 01:40 PM
What Would The Audit Do? If somehow The Great One were to raise $125 million for a new magazine and... More
By Dean Starkman Apr 5, 2007 at 12:10 PM
Um, excuse me; there may have been a misunderstanding. See, when I took the job of running CJR’s The Audit,... 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
Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others
Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps
The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan
Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?
The beginning of the end of burner phones?
“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”
“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.