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The Banking Industry’s Other Bad Loans

Felix Salmon has an interesting chart showing what he aptly calls the "Usury Datapoint of the Day." The chart shows... More

Business-Press Beat-Sweetening

I wrote about beat-sweeteners in my previous post and said I'd look at it in the business press next. It's... More

Slate’s Beat-Sweetener Reader

Good, but goes a bit too easy on the practice

Timothy Noah has a fun column over at Slate on the journalism practice of "beat-sweeteners," stories written about key sources... More

The Press Buries the TARP Overseer’s Report

The press has given short shrift to an important report by the Congressional Oversight Panel on the government's bailout efforts.... More

ProPublica Wants YOU to Dig into Obama Records

ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative group, has rounded up a mother lode of Obama administration financial disclosures. They're asking readers to... More

NYT on Wall Street Versus Small-Town America

The New York Times fronts a story that illustrates well the asymmetry of information between the financial industry and those... More

WSJ With a Big Story on Grid Spies

The Wall Street Journal gets a major scoop on its page one this morning, reporting that China and Russia have... More

WaPo Finds Stimulus Bucks Going Further

The Washington Post has a piece of good news (really!) on its front page today: We're going to get more... More

Doing the Math on Online Subscriptions

What do newspapers have to lose?

Martin Langeveld over at the Nieman Journalism Lab runs some back-of-the-envelope calculations on whether charging online can work for newspapers... More

Resurgent WSJ Marches Into Glorious Future

Rivals are crushed, Aussie sister paper says; Elitists, counter-revolutionary elements on the bleedin’ run

Here's an interesting thought experiment: What do you get when a longtime Rupert Murdoch newspaper interviews one of Murdoch's key... More

NYT Looks at the Economy’s Lost Years

The New York Times has an interesting angle on the economy this morning, looking at how far the deep downturn... More

Good Wall Street Journal Op-ed on the Bubble’s Advent

The Wall Street Journal's editorial page runs a must-read today on why the housing bubble has caused so much more... More

Unemployment Rate Misses True Labor Picture, Bloomberg Says

Bloomberg has a nice story today on how the unemployment rate is woefully understating the amount of pain in the... More

Bloomberg Looks at What Toxic Assets Might Be Worth

We've been asking for a while now for a story that would delve into what seems to me the core... More

NYT’s False Balance on AIG Ex-CEO Greenberg

Jay Rosen points me to a story on AIG in The New York Times this morning and asks if a... More

FT: Wall Street Sees a New Shell Game

The Financial Times fronts an important story today that shows the ridiculousness of several things, including our banking system and,... More

The WSJ Singles on Sports Subsidies

The Providence Journal goes down looking.

The Journal has a pretty good story today on corporate welfare for sports teams. This one's about the Boston Red... More

“Heard” In a Graduate Seminar

The Wall Street Journal today tosses off one of the more disappointing pieces I've read in this crisis—and that's saying... More

Mark-to-Market and the Last Honest Man

Jonathan Weil over at Bloomberg finds a great way to illustrate the see-no-evil-hear-no-evil policy being instituted by the accounting-standards board... More

“Too Big to Fail”: The Debate

Felix Salmon (over at his new digs at Reuters) and Kevin Drum of Mother Jones are having a back-and-forth over... 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”

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