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Audit Notes: A fallen journo does retail, local gone wrong, Abelson

Former Politico reporter on falling down the ladder

Joseph Williams had to take a retail job at 50 years old after getting fired from Politico in the wake... More

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The great Herbalife astroturf war

The New York Times probes Bill Ackman’s campaign against the multilevel marketer

Herbalife is one of those multilevel marketing companies, often sketchy, that usually operate below the view of the national press.... More

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Audit Notes: Agnotology, Blame-the-borrowers debunked, WSJ goes native

Michael Hiltzik looks at the cultural production of ignorance

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times has a must-read column about agnotology, the study of the "cultural production of... More

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A letter from death row backfires on Gawker (UPDATED)

The site let Ray Jasper whitewash the brutal killing he helped commit

Gawker has long delighted in thumbing its nose at journalism convention, and that's fine. On the other hand it makes... More

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Newsweek and ‘trust us’ journalism

“The Face of Bitcoin” promised too much

Leah McGrath Goodman tells Felix Salmon this about her controversial Newsweek piece on the founder of Bitcoin: "If I read... More

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The NYT preps its paywall part deux

A few details emerge on the cheaper NYT Now, plus a high-end subscription

The New York Times has been looking for ways to build on the massive success of its three-year-old metered paywall... More

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An enterprising Journal fills gaps on investor protection

An outstanding investigation of FINRA, Wall Street’s self-regulator, continues

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent investigative series going into Wall Street self-regulator FINRA and how its system of... More

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The Guardian’s digital boom

Revenue rises sharply online for a second-straight year

The Guardian had another big year of digital business last year, further brightening the paper's long-term outlook. The paper says... More

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Marc Andreessen’s news-business fairy tale

The news industry is not in for exponential growth

Marc Andreessen has some outlandish predictions about the future of the journalism business: I am more bullish about the future... More

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Audit Notes: Video ads, NPR on the Hamster Wheel, ProPublica’s data store

Adweek on TV versus online video

Adweek clickbaits us with a headline saying, "You Won't Believe How Big TV Still Is." It's unclear why you wouldn't... More

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The Financial Times breaks the law of large numbers

Digital subscriptions soar, putting paid circulation at a record

The paywalled Financial Times is the real digital-first newspaper, and it had a very, very good 2013. Online revenue now... More

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Audit Notes: NYT’s Goldman elevator coverage, hacking trial, mobile competition

The Times buries the lede

Earlier this week, investigative journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin outed the joke Twitter account @GSElevator, which purported to tweet actual quotes... More

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South African welfare queens gorge on lamb and macaroni as anecdotal Bloomberg fails data test

The wire misses badly

You can tell right from the headline on this Bloomberg News story that the piece is going to be seriously... More

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The Journal and the bond king

A brutal piece takes on Bill Gross and PIMCO’s corporate culture

What does it take to make someone quit a $100 million a year job? The Wall Street Journal's Greg Zuckerman... More

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Calling all entries for Best Business Writing 2014

The third book in The Audit’s annual series

We're in the process of putting together the third book in our Best Business Writing series with Columbia University Press,... More

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The WhatsApp coverage

Facebook’s rich purchase of a social-media company turns heads

It sure feels like a watershed moment. Facebook bought the messaging service WhatsApp yesterday for $19 billion in cash and... More

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Audit Notes: Wall Street’s secret society, Euro joblessness, Sorkin

Kevin Roose crashes the Kappa Beta Phi party

Financial reporters have long wondered just what goes on inside Kappa Beta Phi, Wall Street's elite secret society. Kevin Roose,... More

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Murdoch’s hard-paywall success

The Times of London makes it work

I've criticized Rupert Murdoch for his hard-paywall strategy at The Times of London, arguing that a metered model a la... More

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Audit Notes: Twitter math, guard labor, M&A and oligopoly

Newsweek and stock valuations

This is an odd little Newsweek item on "Twitter's Dicey 2013." Newsweek notes that Twitter's fourth-quarter earnings disappointed investors, who... More

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Roger Goodell’s salary stunner

Great sports reporting puts $44 million payday for the NFL commissioner in context

SportsBusiness Daily reports that the National Football League gave a big raise to its commissioner, Roger Goodell, who took in... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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