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Martin Wolf Speak, You Listen

Martin Wolf's weekly column alone is worth paying for a Financial Times subscription. Or if you visit FT.com just for... More

Where Credit Is Due

A Financial Times reporter explores how a JP Morgan invention spurred the financial crisis

Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and... More

Rational on Rationing

David Leonhardt has an important column in The New York Times this morning looking at how the "rationing" buzzword is... More

The Economist on Banks’ Revisionist History

Applaud The Economist for a good dose of common sense, reminding bankers just how foolish they were and how close... More

The WSJ Questions Obama’s Securitization Fix

The Wall Street Journal this morning zeroes in on a critical aspect of the Obama administration's regulation proposals: What to... More

BusinessWeek Calls Out Obama on Reform

The most disturbing business news of recent weeks has been the resurgent confidence of the banking lobby, which is scrapping... More

Times Keeps an Eye on the Workplace

The New York Times this morning looks at what's turned out to be the surprising work phenomenon of this recession—the... More

Audit Handoff

Folks, I'll be on vacation until the 15th, but The Audit will go on in the meantime. Audit Manager Dean... More

Journal Drumbeat Continues on Wall Street Lobbying

The Journal continues to shine a bright light on the efforts by Wall Street to go back to the way... More

Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Succeed, Too Few to Compete

Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture takes on a relative of the "too big to fail" mess: what he calls... More

WSJ Continues to Hype Congressional Expenses Non-Story

I've been somewhat baffled by the Journal's repeated page-one stories on congressional expenses. So far they've turned up just about... More

More on the Journal’s Banking-Lobby Story

Andrew Leonard of Salon makes a nice catch on the Journal's bank-lobbying story this morning, one I read right by—perhaps... More

The Times Finds Countrywide (BofA) Up to Its Old Tricks

The New York Times's page one today is loaded with business stories. My favorite is Peter S. Goodman's excellent one... More

More on Why Kindle Doesn’t Work for Newspapers

It's good to see Jeff Bercovici land on his feet after Portfolio's demise. At Daily Finance, he quotes News Corp.... More

The Journal Continues to Focus on the Banking Lobby

I've been impressed recently by the business press's—particularly The Wall Street Journal's—reporting on the aggressive lobbying by the financial industry... More

WSJ: Citi Severs Huge Severance Packages

There's been a common-sense sighting on Wall Street. The Journal scoops that Citigroup is refusing to pay tens of millions... More

WaPo Circles Back on Cox’s SEC

I criticized the press last month for burying a blistering General Accountability Office report on the incompetence of Christopher Cox's... More

It’s the Times’s Turn on the Wall Street Rear Guard

The Journal did some three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust work last week on Wall Street's retrograde lobbying efforts—particularly to keep credit-default swaps from being... More

Bloomberg (News) Takes the 2,3 Train to Wall Street

It finds the Metropolitan Transit Authority massively overpaid for a big bond issue

Here's a great piece of watchdog journalism from Bloomberg, reporting that the Metropolitan Transit Authority sold a bond issue far... More

WSJ Keeps a Close Watch on the Wall Street Lobby

The Wall Street Journal scoops that Wall Street is up to its old tricks. It's lobbying against greater transparency rules... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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