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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
New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting
Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims
Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine
The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine
Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”
“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”
“In the media, we eat our own for sport”
“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”
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.
Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process – Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again