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Money’s Helpful Housing Numbers

Chart points up regional differences, shifting foreclosure rate

A Credit to Money for publishing an intriguing and informativechart of housing data—including the change in the foreclosure rate over... More

Putting Them Out

The Times works the Miami eviction beat

A Credit to The New York Times for adding to its recent strong coverage on the impact of the housing... More

The Tipping Point

BusinessWeek is smart on oil prices and consumers

A Credit to BusinessWeek for a piece that describes the combined effect of the housing crisis and the oil boom... More

Fast Company: Addled by Sex, Money

The monthly misses the story at American Apparel

A Debit to Fast Company for a piece on American Apparel’s marketing strategy that unveils old news, ignores current problems,... More

About That Chernobyl Accident…

Fortune alt-energy piece reads like nuke-industry spin

A Debit to Fortune and columnist Elizabeth Spiers for getting too aglow about nuclear power—and propagating the industry's spin. With... More

Debits & Credits

A glaring and common mistake on housing; more good NYT work on foreclosures; Portfolio (heart) Big Pharma, etc.

A Debit to just about everybody for constructing a piece of housing news that doesn’t stand up. We learned from... More

Daily News Leaves Times in the Dirt

News’s solid, scrappy reporting on city construction projects buries Times

If beat reporting were a softball game, the Daily News would be soundly beating The New York Times—at least in... More

Debits & Credits: LAT 1 - Housing Myths 0

Deconstructing mortgage industry nonsense; yet another dumb Silverstein story; Marketwatch’s fact void, etc.

A Credit to the Los Angeles Times for excellent reporting that shows conventional wisdom—that a significant number of homeowners are... More

Debits & Credits: Fortune’s Reckless Stenography

And now: the uninsured as bank robbers; a fun read from Adweek; the Times blows a headline, etc.

A Debit to Fortune for journalistic laziness and reckless stenography in its interview with Aetna CEO Ron Williams in which... More

Debits & Credits: Morgenson vs. Lender Abuse

Plus, a great healthcare story; deal madness; Directors vs. directors, etc.

A Credit to Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times for something she declined to take credit for herself. Morgenson’s... More

Debits & Credits: Hrd on the St.

For WSJ, less is less; FT plays Boswell again; NYT unwinds ratings snarl; contrarian runs amok, etc.

WSJ cuts muscle A Debit to The Wall Street Journal—and we mean to the institution itself, not the reporter—for... More

Debits & Credits: 10,000 Words in Search of a Trend

Plus: Undue credit-taking at the WSJ; Wilson Quarterly’s wise look at schools; Variety’s empty Olympics coverage, etc.

A Debit to The Economist for a special report on how digital technology is making us “nomads.” You may recall... More

Debits & Credits: Fortune and The Nation on Same Page

Plus: LAT’s Couric flipflop; FT channels Wal-Mart; WSJ covers it; a missing pipeline detail; etc.

Credits to Fortune and The Nation for broad but incisive pieces that explain the credit crisis and the economic slump.... More

Debits & Credits: Hold the Brass Band

Plus: Names, please?; too easy on boards; vivid scenes from Calcutta; and an east Texas courthouse, etc.

Debits to Dow Jones and Bloomberg for being a bit too rah-rah after a big stock rally on Tuesday. In... More

RIP: Stand-Alone Biz Section

They were thin, sure, but they were something

Business news is booming these days. Business-news sections not so much. They are disappearing and have been doing so regularly... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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