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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

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Amazon takes a tax hit, finally

Reuters reports early signs that collecting sales taxes affected the company’s sales

Reuters reports that Amazon's fourth quarter results may take a hit from new laws that force it to collect sales... More

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Digital First goes the Newhouse route in upstate New York

In Oneida, the paper moves to three days a week, following the Post-Standard

The three-day-a-week newspaper model pioneered by Advance Publications in Michigan is now spreading to Digital First Media. The company will... More

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Reuters’s OKC gusher

Its outstanding Chesapeake Energy investigation turns toward the gas driller SandRidge

Reuters's reporting on Oklahoma natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy was some of the best corporate journalism of last year. Its... More

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Audit Notes: insider trading versus CDO fraud, 401(k)s, lead and crime

Rough treatment for inside-trading suspects contrasts with CDO probes

The contrast between how aggressively authorities have gone after inside-trading hedge fund impresarios and how softly they've tiptoed around Wall... 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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