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A word about leadership

And one reason Dow Jones lost the war

Warren H. Phillips, a former longtime CEO of Dow Jones & Co., wrote a letter to the New York Times's... More

Of Lepers and Lou Dobbs

Dobbs has a leprosy problem

60 Minutes couldn't do it. Neither could NPR. Well, hats off to The Times for running Dobbs to ground on... More

FT on DJ

Don’t do us any favors

We suspect the Financial Times has an advantage covering the Bancrofts--maybe everyone went to the same schools, or something--but... More

A Good One on Drug Trials

Big Pharma

Barry Meier, one The Audit's favorites, has an excellent piece on today's New York Times business cover about a debate... More

The Tragedy of Peter Kann

A devoted son of Dow Jones brings down the company.

We believe facts are facts and that they are ascertainable through honest, open-minded and diligent reporting. We thus believe that... More

Steiger Sat On What?!

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.

Well, we can stop wondering whether The Wall Street Journal would allow Rupert Murdoch to screw up its editorial judgment.... More

The Trouble With Insurance Reporting

The business press accepts insurance industry assumptions that are utterly bogus—and, yes, it matters a lot.

You know me as The Audit, a mild-mannered, bespectacled, some would say underachieving critic and interpreter of the business press—just... More

The End of Dow Jones

Covering Your Own Downfall

What must it be like to write your own obituary? What must it be like to read it? Reading the... More

Mergers: They’re What’s for Dinner

For the business press, the more mergers and acquisitions, the better. Too bad most of them don’t work out.

Is it just The Audit, or does anyone else feel that business stories about mergers and acquisitions sound like they... More

Dang, That’s Good

With many moving parts, the WSJ’s options series took serious stones to publish

Sometimes The Audit can only drop its monocle, place the riding crop under its arm, and bring its heels together... More

W.W.T.A.D.

What Would The Audit Do, if given $125 million to reinvent business reporting from scratch? Quelque chose comme Conde Nast Portfolio? Peut-être.

What Would The Audit Do? If somehow The Great One were to raise $125 million for a new magazine and... More

Capitalism At Risk; Needs More From Journal’s Third Front

Money & Investing is Getting Some Help. It needs it.

Um, excuse me; there may have been a misunderstanding. See, when I took the job of running CJR’s The Audit,... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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