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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

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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