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Audit Notes: a missing foreclosure figure, Denton, Brookes

How many “boomerang” buyers are there again? Gawker’s secret sauce, etc

This Wall Street Journal story says buyers who went through foreclosure are already back in the market, buying houses again.They’re... More

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Facing up to the high cost of free news

Is there a quality argument to support the digital ads-only model?

Pretty soon, proponents of free digital news will have to own up to the implications of their model. The... More

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The hamster wheel vs. the quality imperative

The real problem with JRC/Advance free model and the unappreciated benefit of a paywall

…The great is rare; the dull quite common. But — and this is the genius of the online format... More

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Required skimming: unemployment

Get the facts about the jobs figures

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Digital goes first at the FT (Updated)

The Financial Times now has more digital subscribers than print ones; running the numbers

Like them or not, newspaper paywalls continue better-than-expected performances, the latest good (for some of us) news coming from The... More

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Audit Notes: more NOLA rumblings, Journatic, well-squawked

A new buyer emerges in New Orleans, Quick and Sorkin did good, etc.

—Can we agree at this point that Advance Publications’s attempt to sell its plans for dramatic newsroom cuts and... More

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A Washington reporter’s review of Barofsky’s book is unintentionally revealing

Shield’s up!

Jackie Calmes's review of Neil Barofsky’s new book, Bailout, to me, says so much more about Washington press culture... More

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Audit Notes: Macabre probe, Wall Street lethargy, linkless hype busters, ‘Chairman of the Fed,’ etc.

A compelling cross-border probe into the body parts business

“When my daughter-in-law touched it, she said that his foot was empty.” That’s right. Someone stole the inside... More

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A WSJ ‘A-hed’ covers the same topic twice

Tapping on the glass of a barometer for quality

Back when News Corp. took over Dow Jones & Co., which some of us didn’t think was a particularly... More

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Audit Notes: UK edition

On hack-gate and the paper that broke it open

Make no mistake about it: the criminal charges unveiled yesterday against former top News Corp. officials mark a major... More

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Audit Notes: NOLA stirrings, Libor’s victim, Honda-driving billionaire, etc.

—With the news market in New Orleans suddenly up for grabs—thanks to Advance Publications's decision to slash the newsroom... More

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Introducing Best Business Writing 2012

Columbia Journalism Review Books has just published Best Business Writing 2012, featuring pieces by Paul Krugman, Martin Wolf, Matt Taibbi,... More

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The reporter who saw it coming

Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown

Mike Hudson began reporting on the subprime mortgage business in the early 1990s when it was still a marginal,... More

The reporter who saw it coming

Mike Hudson thought he was merely exposing injustice, but he also was unearthing the roots of a global financial meltdown

Mike Hudson began reporting on the subprime mortgage business in the early 1990s when it was still a marginal,... More

The Value of Prizes

I watched the Pulitzer announcements for the first time this afternoon, just upstairs in the World Room—and, well, it’s a... More

What McClure Said: “The Story is the Thing”

Clearing space for the agenda-setting narrative in digital journalism

Editor's note: CJR’s Dean Starkman was invited to give the opening keynote speech at this year’s Narrative Arc Conference, at... More

A Narrowed Gaze

How the business press forgot the rest of us

Steve Lipin didn’t fit the profile of a transformative media figure when he took over the mergers-and-acquisitions beat for... More

Best of 2011: Dean Starkman

The Audit’s head honcho picks his top CJR stories from the past year

Confidence Game: The limited vision of the news gurus: The landmark 8,000-word essay that upended the future-of-news debate. The Hole... More

The Hole In FON Theory

Continuing the discussion about the future of news with Clay Shirky

I thank Clay Shirky and other posters for their responses to “Confidence Game: the limited vision of the news... More

It’s About the Stories

A response to Emily Bell

I thank Emily for her critique of "Confidence Game." Alysia Santo is pulling together other responses, and I’ll get... More

It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers

#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline

Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted

Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards


The slaughter bench of history

How war has made the world safer and richer

How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists

Or SF’s housing crisis explained

Jill Abramson on tattoos, Anita Hill, Nate Silver

“I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party”

Bend it, charge it, dunk it

Graphene, the material of tomorrow

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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