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Ebony on the Fall of Detroit

The magazine reports the U.S. car industry’s demise is hitting blacks especially hard

A Credit to Ebony for a piece describing how the tribulations of the U.S. auto industry are hitting African American... More

Portfolio: Anybody Home?

Two duds about housing suggest the magazine is not getting it

A Double Debit to Conde Nast Portfolio for offering us an extended portrait of luxury homebuilder Bob Toll as a... More

New Yorker’s Hot Air on Poverty

Gladwell over-inflates the story of one Goldman banker

Things we really don’t like: Articles that pose a question with an obvious answer and then, pretending the answer is... More

Herb Sandler: I’m Hit, But ProPublica’s Fine

A recent Bloomberg account was unclear; we fix the record

Readers may have wondered about the future funding of the new investigative-news organization ProPublica, if they saw an October 30... More

The Economist (Heart) Utah

The magazine reaches too far for a happy narrative on the state’s economy

A Debit to The Economist for adding to the list of stories that try too hard to give good news... More

The Great Man Theory and Hank Paulson

Business press iconography is over the top

The mythology of Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson got a helping hand recently from a spate of magazine cover stories unwilling... More

Halve Not

Unreflective Reuters undresses itself in misuse of transitive verb

A Debit to Reuters for posting a 19th century headline—and getting it wrong. The topic is undergarments. Specifically, Hanesbrands, about... More

Where are the Subprime Toasters?

Harper’s calls for a Financial Product Safety Commission

Sometimes we come across pieces that are so clear, relevant and to-the-point that we feel like quoting them to you... More

Disposable Story

Fortune overplays the meaning of a personal-savings uptick

A Debit to Fortune for repeating an old canard of the business press: that an increase in the personal savings... More

Picturing the Crisis

A look at photographic coverage in the financial press

What does the financial crisis look like? Well, judging from recent weeks, it looks better in The New York Times... More

The Newsweek Bubble

Zakaria is living in some other economy

A Debit to Newsweek for trying a bit too hard to look on the bright side as the latest economic... More

Broken Homes

Harper’s on the ground in the housing bust

A Credit to Harper’s for a brutal piece (subscription required) on cleaning out foreclosed upon and abandoned houses. We have... More

NPR Leads on SEC

Picking its spots, public radio continues to shine in credit crisis

A Credit to the Chicago Public Radio show This American Life and NPR’s new podcast Planet Money for an incisive... More

The Press and Phil Gramm

The alternative press leads on the policy roots of the credit crisis

The alternative press has led the way on the story of Phil Gramm and the policy roots of the 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

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

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