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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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