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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

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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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