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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

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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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