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The Boston Globe, up for sale again

The Times goes all in on the Times

Back in 1993, The New York Times Company bought the Globe for about $1.8 billion (adjusted for inflation). Four years... More

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The New York Times and the rehabilitation of Steven Rattner

A monthly column not enough, the fallen former NYTer now gets the Sorkin treatment

The New York Times is declaring that disgraced private equity mogul Steven Rattner has gotten his reputation back in the... More

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Audit Notes: scoops and leaks, CNBC hardball, FT on Dow Jones CEO

The WSJ sniffs at a USA Today exclusive on Obama’s immigration plan

It's totally a shoe-leather scoop when you get the story. It's a "leak" when somebody else does. That's what The... More

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Audit Notes: due diligence, Elizabeth Warren, the Murdoch way

More evidence from private lawsuits on unprosecuted bank executives

The Seattle Times follows last week's reports on Dexia's lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase of fraud for its mortgage activities during... More

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Amazon’s German labor fiasco

A subcontractor employed neo-Nazi guards to patrol immigrant workers

The story of Amazon's treatment of workers took a sensational turn last week when German public television revealed that temporary... More

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Rubio and the Big Lie of the Crisis

The press fails to push back on the senator’s SOTU response whopper

The Big Lie of the Crisis keeps rearing its ugly head. The latest spotting: Senator Marco Rubio's response to Obama's... More

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Audit Notes: The FT does labor reporting, minimum wage, OC Register

An excellent look inside an Amazon warehouse in the UK

The Financial Times has an excellent story on the dystopian work culture at Amazon warehouses: Inside, hundreds of people in... More

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The NYT’s newspaper industry rarity: growth (UPDATED)

Its circulation strategy, led by the paywall, more than offsets ad losses in 2012

The New York Times's landmark metered paywall will be two years old next month, and it's already successful beyond anyone's... More

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Audit Notes: Libor Rain Man, fraud without fraudsters, George Will on TBTF

The Journal spotlights an RBS banker at the center of the scandal

The Wall Street Journal's David Enrich has some great reporting on Tom Hayes, the RBS banker at the center of... More

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Audit Notes: Wall Street fraud and coverup

JPMorgan “flouted quality controls and ignored problems, sometimes hiding them entirely”

The New York Times has a tough report on newly uncovered emails that show Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase knowingly misled... More

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Morgenson rebuts the Geithner hosannas

The Treasury Secretary’s legacy in context

There's been an unsettling amount of hagiography in the last few weeks as top Obama financial regulatory officials departed and... More

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Bloomberg unearths an Italian bank scandal

Its story reverberates across Europe

Back in mid-January, Bloomberg's Elisa Martinuzzi and Nicholas Dunbar reported that Deutsche Bank helped Italy's third-largest bank, Monte Paschi, cover... More

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Audit Notes: the anti-liquidation newspaper model, NYT on digital media doings

Ken Doctor spotlights Aaron Kushner’s investment at the OC Register

Ken Doctor has a fantastic post up at the Nieman Lab on the Orange County Register, which has actually been... More

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China hacks the press

While the FBI probed whether it gave some traders an early look at government data

Yesterday The New York Times ran this remarkable story about how Chinese hackers, presumably aligned with the military, hacked into... More

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Frontline hits hard on the lack of crisis prosecutions

And a top DOJ official resigns the next day

We'd be remiss to not flag Frontline's outstanding investigation into the shameful failure of the Obama administration to pursue, much... More

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Reuters gets a scalp

Its fantastic reporting takes down Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon

Reuters had already gotten results for its outstanding investigation into Chesapeake Energy and the conflicts of its swashbuckling CEO Aubrey... More

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Audit Notes: New Orleans newspaper intrigue, NYT numbers, CNET

The Manships are in talks about selling The Advocate

Baton Rouge's Manship family threw a wrench in the Newhouses' plans for the Times-Picayune when they launched a daily New... More

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Financial crisis bodies are still surfacing

Jesse Eisinger on a Morgan Stanley CDO scandal

If you think, going on six years after the onset of the financial crisis, that we've learned about all we're... More

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The press underplays the Geithner leak

A Fed president claims the now-Treasury Secretary gave inside information to Wall Street

Of all the things we expected to see in the 2007 Federal Reserve meeting transcripts released last week, Tim Geithner... More

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Audit Notes: mixed signals, Sam Zell’s phony equity, power shift

The Seattle Times flubs an inflation report

Deflation has set in in the Seattle area, according to a misleading Seattle Times story: This is awfully confusing. The... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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