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Sugar, Sugar

Credit to Florida newspapers for stellar reporting on U.S. Sugar deal

A Credit to the Florida press for its reporting on the state’s agreement to buy nearly three hundred square miles... More

Who Invented Facebook?

Credit to Rolling Stone’s reporting on the Facebook genesis saga

A Credit to Rolling Stone for its unauthorized history of the popular social-networking site Facebook. The driving question: Whose idea... More

Foreclosure Phil Gets Fingered

Credits to Mother Jones and the NYT

A Credit to Mother Jones for an excellent piece by David Corn on former Sen. Phil Gramm’s role in deregulating... More

The Master Builder?

Debit to Metropolis for its story on construction at the WTC site

A Debit to Metropolis for giving us occasion to repeat ourselves, yet again, about ground zero: The rebuilding project is... More

A Fawning “Facetime”

Debit to BizWeek and Maria Bartiromo

A Debit to BusinessWeek for lobbing softball questions at Chrysler CEO Robert L. Nardelli, in one of Maria Bartiromo’s “Facetime”... More

Graphic, Not Very Novel

Debit to Portfolio’s illustrated history of Bear Stearns

A Debit to Portfolio for an experiment that doesn't quite work: a brief illustrated history of the collapse of Bear... More

Have Some Money, Senator!

Credits to the WSJ and Portfolio for exposing secret politico loan program

A Credit to The Wall Street Journal for exposing the existence of Countrywide’s special loan program for politicians. Countrywide Financial... More

Credit Crisis? What Credit Crisis?

Debit for Fortune’s puff piece on KB Home

A Debit to Fortune for a piece on KB Home’s new business strategy: build smaller and charge less, in line... More

Mazel Tov, Namibia

Credits for the WSJ and New York’s CW11

A Credit to the WSJ for an interesting front page story by Steve Stecklow on former Comverse Technology CEO Jacob... More

NYP Scoops Competition. Again.

Is the Chrysler Building on the block?

A second Credit today to the New York Post for a nice scoop on the possible sale of a large... More

NYP’s Refreshing Outrage

Cuozzo tears into ground zero nonsense

A Credit to the New York Post for some righteous anger about still more delays at the World Trade Center... More

Bad Credit! Bad!

Business Week exposes credit industry’s arbitration scheme

A Credit to BusinessWeek for a damning cover story revealing that the major arbitration firm for credit card disputes heavily... More

Journal’s Blame-the-Borrower Boondoggle

Piece joins a list of shameful stories on this “phenomenon”

A Debit to The Wall Street Journal for the latest twist on blame-the-borrower reporting, and labeling it one of the... More

Repent, You Lazy Spendthrift!

David Brooks has a ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ Moment

A Debit to The New York Times for David Brooks’s column identifying America’s spending habits as a “moral” problem, and... More

Chronicle Credit

Going deeper to point out banks’ loan enigma

A Credit to The Chronicle of Higher Education for some insightful analysis of the government’s rescue plan for the federal... 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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