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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
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
A bogus NY Post piece sets off a frenzy - Serious problems with column alleging Census rigged unemployment for Obama
GoldieBlox picks an unfair fight with the Beastie Boys - A dismal press performance on a clear case of aggressive copyright infringement
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
The 184-year-old Rhode Island newspaper is the oldest major daily paper in the country
Pro-tip: “avoid critiquing writing with terms that could reasonably be used to describe a penis”
And why we changed the way we work
How should I propose?
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.