Saturday, September 20, 2014. Last Update: Fri 4:26 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Dean Starkman | Email the Author

Of Hamsters and Values

Reply to Felix Salmon

“The Hamster Wheel,” my argument against news organizations’ cranked-up productivity requirements for reporters, generated some nice discussion, including a post... More

The Hamster Wheel

Why running as fast as we can is getting us nowhere

“Newsrooms have shrunk by 25% in three years.” —Project for Excellence in Journalism, “State of the News Media 2010” “A... More

Susanne Craig leaving WSJ for the NYT

A blow to the Journal

Susanne Craig, one of The Wall Street Journal’s star Wall Street reporters, is moving to The New York Times, a... More

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

RSVP Now

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

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

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.