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ProPublica and Planet Money Find the Keys to the Kingdom

Mark Pittman: Where is this demand coming from? How can you guys sell this issue in thirty minutes? Who the... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Drives BP Story, NYT is better on Wal-Mart, Insurance, Alabama, Da Bears

—The WSJ continues its strong BP coverage, a story on which it has simply excelled. Today my old paper examines... More

Fortune With a Stellar Probe into J&J

Now playing in Fortune, a honey of a probe into pharma icon Johnson & Johnson. Written by Mina Kimes, it... More

Audit Notes: WSJ on FASB; More on Auditors; the Demand Side, etc.

—I'd like to know more about the rushed retirement of the chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, which The... More

Bloggers at the Treasury

Last week, small groups of bloggers were ushered into the Treasury Department for quasi-off-the-record meetings with Tim Geithner and other... More

Audit Notes: Pittman Suit Advances, FT’s nifty banking graphic, Shareholder Activists Gain, etc.

—The full federal appeals court in New York refused to reconsider a lower court ruling ordering the Fed's board of... More

In an SEC Filing Against Countrywide, a Press Win

The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission has now explicitly alleged what that newspaper... More

Audit Notes: High Priests, Feed the Meter, Correlation and Causation, Etc.

—Chrystia Freeland ruminates on business journalism's image problem in the Times Book Review, and argues against the good-guys-vs.-bad-guys construction of... More

Mortgage Fraud Still Tiny

No matter what The Wall Street Journal says. Not to make too much of this. It's the summer doldrums, after... More

A Local Look at Small Business and Hard Money

Over the transom from the Audit/SABEW local business-press initiative

As some Audit readers know, we’ve started a push with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers to try... More

Mangling “Power Problem”

Heidi N. Moore, an ex-WSJ staffer and vocal defender of the business press, has been Twittering like mad to lambaste... More

The WSJ’s Pulitzer Shutout is Bad for the Country

As Alexander Cockburn theorized in a 1984 Wall Street Journal column, the Pulitzers are a kind of show business, a... More

The Price of Admission

Andrew Ross Sorkin’s debut and the limits of access journalism

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Medicaid, Rest Stops, Galbraith, Etc.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities previews the upcoming congressional debate over whether to extend the federal support for... More

Stiglitz, Wolf, Pearlstein, Huffington: Media & Economics Conference, April 6

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A day-long conference on Columbia University's campus will explore the problems and opportunities posed by reporting on a financial... More

What’s a Toyota “Exclusive?” at This Point?

Bloomberg pushes the definition

What is an exclusive, anyway? This is more than journalism competition issue. As readers sort through the news gusher, it's... More

Audit Notes: An NYT Dud on Regulators; A Good Day for M&I; FT on AIG; HuffPo on Mortgages, etc.

--Dean Baker is right to criticize the Times story this morning that reported on talks to set up a financial... More

As the Hamster Wheel Turns

As productivity demands soar, journalists need to talk

In a piece on growing discontent on The Associated Press’s business desk, Gawker reported that the desk has a deal... More

Audit Notes: Koblin Continues on Kouwe; Old Reformers; A good, quick WSJ probe; Charlie Moves Over, etc.

-John Koblin continues to turn in strong work for the Observer on the Times Bizday plagiarism story, this time with... More

Threading the “News Analysis” Needle

The lines between news and news analysis, and news analysis and opinion, are necessarily fuzzy. Most people would agree about... 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

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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