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To the Ramparts!

Study says stock prices rise and fall with protest coverage

Media coverage of protests against publicly traded corporations affects stock prices. The more coverage, the more the price declines. This... More

The Larry Silverstein Story, Continued….

Esquire joins the Financial Times in fantasyland

Second of two articles Coverage of Larry Silverstein is the object of much consternation here at The Audit. Why do... More

The Remarkable Larry Silverstein Story

How the FT (and others) were had by a huckster

First of two articles We here at The Audit understand the constraints under which the business press operates, and we’re... More

Missing MGM Mirage Macau Mob Material

NYT and WSJ leave out key facts about an Atlantic City casino announcement

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both rolled snake-eyes in covering MGM Mirage’s announcement earlier this month... More

Fuzzy Connection in the Journal

A good telecom yarn misses the larger point by an Iowa mile

The headline is catchy: “How 2 Guys’ Iowa Connection Took Big Telecoms for a Ride.” This article appeared October 4... More

How ‘Subprime’ Crushed ‘Predatory’

And what it says about language, the business press, and how we think about the economic crisis

What is the root cause of the financial crisis? “Lousy loans,” says Elizabeth Warren, the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight... More

Three Faces of Greeley

How the local, regional, and national press covered a bank failure

What do you know about New Frontier Bank? We can pretty confidently say, that depends on where you live. If... More

Asphalt Jungle

A fresh look at a monumental smackdown over urban renewal

Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City | By Anthony... More

Derivatives Echo Chamber

The business press largely parroted industry on a massive, prescient ‘94 GAO study

The Audit wants to know. What role did the press play in diffusing financial warnings in the years leading up... More

Frontline Disappoints

A surprisingly weak effort on the financial crisis; do-over needed

Dismay. That was our response to Frontline’s recent documentary on the financial crisis. And our problem wasn’t even with the... More

The Business Press and the Cult of Personality

A misplaced emphasis on celebrity over substance got us into this mess

In times of great troubles, it is natural to look for a savior, someone who can get us out of... More

Two Lives

The bifurcated existence of a Gilded Age celebrity

Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line By Martha Sandweiss | The Penguin... More

A Guide To Bailout Transparency Sites

Another public service from The Audit

It is no secret that bailout transparency is a problem. Now that taxpayers have become financiers, we have a right... More

A City in the Ditch

Weekly Standard, Labash, and LeDuff look beyond “Detroit.”

An Audit Credit to The Weekly Standard for helping to fill one of the business press’s yawning reality gaps: the... More

Losing Lehman

Press coverage dances around the true shame of Fuld and his fallen firm

The press has a Lehman problem. We’ve suspected as much for a while now, but only steeled ourselves to trace... 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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