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McDonald’s through management’s eyes, in the WSJ

Rude employees who, oh by the way, make poverty wages

The Wall Street Journal reports that internal McDonald's documents say that the fast food chain's customer service is "broken"—that it... More

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Populism and financial crises

A Columbia professor’s thesis on Canadian and American banking gets credulous WSJ treatment

The Wall Street Journal credulously reports on a new paper by Columbia B-school professor Charles Calomiris on why we have... More

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Audit Notes: The paywall problem, Thatcherism, Googlebots

Keeping out the youth of America

Alan Mutter has this to say about the pitfalls of paywalls: The case for paywalls would seem to be compelling:... More

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AP’s pension probe misses the broad view

Good reporting is undermined by a lack of context

The Associated Press has a tough three-part investigation out this week looking at corruption in an old Washington state pension... More

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Audit Notes: Not so scammy, engineer world, Americans’ low taxes

A Bloomberg View column’s alleged scamming of the FDIC looks perfectly legal

William D. Cohan roughs up newly former SEC Chief Mary Schapiro and former Fed Vice Chairman Alan Blinder in a... More

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Audit Notes: Reuters in court, 97-month car loans, the missing 000s

A flurry of legal activity for the wire service

Reuters has been in the legal news a bit lately, and not in a good way. First, the Journal reported... More

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Audit Notes: Plain Dealer, Silicon Valley openness, debt and borrowing

Cleveland execs trot out the Advance Publications talking points

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, whose slogan not so long ago was "Miss a day, miss a lot," will go to... More

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Revolving door spins for Schapiro and Breuer

Former SEC and DOJ officials cash in

So you make big bucks as partner at a top law firm at the "nexus of Washington and Wall Street."... More

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BusinessWeek’s billion-dollar boo-boo

A poor piece spreads bogus news about Amazon’s Goodreads acquisition

Bloomberg BusinessWeek makes itself look silly today, running a speculative piece on how much Amazon paid for its latest acquisition,... More

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Audit Notes: The Times-Picayune, Dimon’s hubris, the QuikTrip model

Shakeups in the Louisiana newspaper war

Gambit's Kevin Allman reports that the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Baton Rouge bureau chief is out after six months. My long... More

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Audit Notes: Columbia navel-gazing edition

A tech site takes down Michael Wolff’s thoughts on Twitter

It's always fun to see a Michael Wolff trolling get demolished. This one's at the hands of PandoDaily's Hamish McKenzie.... More

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IPOs for the masses

A global business leader wants IPOs for his countrymen, in Quartz

When Quartz launched, it said that its "mission is to serve today's new class of global business leaders" who "have... More

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Audit Notes: Different than you and me, Google as utility

Political discourse disproportionately follows the whims of the wealthy

The Los Angeles Times runs a fascinating op-ed by Benjamin I. Page and Larry M. Bartels on the policy preferences... More

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Personal finance experts of the day

Some baffling editorial judgment in the The Wall Street Journal

The Experts: Should People Buy Long-Term-Care Insurance? That's the headline of a The Wall Street Journal article out yesterday--the kind... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo hamster wheel, weather.com, bureaucracy’s upside

“At least a dozen pieces of content per day”

Poynter's Andrew Beaujon reports this internal want ad for the Washington Post's once-vaunted Style section: This blogger should be able... More

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WaPo will, finally, charge online

Anti-paywall forces routed in the US; attention shifts to Kings Cross

The Washington Post is making it official: It will put up a metered paywall sometime this summer, the paper reports.... More

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The Cyprus bailout fiasco

Get ready for a week (if we’re lucky) of euro crisis news

The major news over the weekend was the continuing incompetence of Europe's policymakers, who seem determined to make the euro... More

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Poor coverage of Google’s Street View scandal settlement

Incomplete accounts make the story more favorable to Mountain View

Google paid $7 million to 38 states earlier this week to settle its Street View privacy scandal. This was a... More

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Audit Notes: Weil embarrasses DOJ, Business Insider, revolving door

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil makes an amazing catch on the latest Ernst & Young wrist slap from the Justice Department, this... More

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Joe Nocera’s big (old) Goldman scoop

NYT’s revealing reporting gets almost no play elsewhere

Whoever thought the plight of executives and investors at eToys--one of the signal flops of the high tech bubble era--would... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

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

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