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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

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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