Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Last Update: Tue 4:18 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Ryan Chittum | Email the Author

balance_beam.jpg

False balance on Romney’s bogus welfare reform attack

He said-she said from the FT, and a weak showing from the WSJ

This Financial Times coverage of Mitt Romney's false attack on an Obama administration move on welfare reform is a classic... More

drought.jpg

Audit Notes: WSJ forgets climate change, Reuters results, Murdoch hides

A story on the record heat wave omits global warming

The Wall Street Journal writes 640 words on how last month was the hottest July on record—and fails to mention... More

about3.png

The New York Times prepares to leave the content farm

The sale of About.com would leave a pure-play newspaper company

The New York Times Company looks set to exit the content-farm business, with AllThingsD's Peter Kafka reporting that the company... More

korea_korus.jpg

A welcome spotlight on trade deals

Reuters’s Johnston goes to Korea to look at the prospects of a new agreement

In March, the Obama administration implemented a trade agreement with South Korea that it promised, implausibly, would create tens of... More

standard_chartered.jpg

Audit Notes: Auditor conflicts, Frannie holdup, London Whale pressured

The latest money-laundering scandal points to problems with a business model

Francine McKenna looks at Deloitte's role in the latest money-laundering scandal and how it points to conflicts of interest in... More

barclays.jpg

Audit Notes: Singing on Libor, another bank scandal, Star Tribune

The NYT on how banks are turning each other in

The New York Times, in a good page-one story, reports that giant banks are selling each other out trying to... More

barclays.jpg

Required skimming: Libor

Understand and keep up to speed with England’s bank rate rigging scandal

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

cal_electric.jpg

Audit Notes: California’s Enron echoes, Sox toolbox, the Dow’s decade

LAT on allegations that JPMorgan manipulated markets

— Michael Hiltzik had a good column two weeks ago on allegations that JPMorgan Chase manipulated California energy markets: The... More

washington_post.jpg

The Washington Post’s not-so-good earnings report

The paper puts a positive spin on another poor quarter

Here's how the Washington Post covers its namesake parent company's dismal second-quarter earnings report: Washington Post Co. second-quarter profit up... More

steven_rattner.jpg

Audit Notes: Taibbi on TBTF, the paranoid rich, Olympics

An NYT op-ed elides some critical context

It's unclear why The New York Times is running op-eds on finance from a guy who is still operating under... More

tiger.jpg

The Times airbrushes Tiger Fund’s flop

A needlessly flattering hedge fund profile omits the basics

The New York Times posts a flacktacular Business Day piece on a new hedge fund named Falcon Edge. This new... More

rupert_murdoch_puppet.jpg

Audit Notes: News Corp.’s board, Romney’s taxes, NBC’s Olympics

The paper reports prosecutors are examining whether to charge Murdoch’s directors

The Guardian's Nick Davis, with David Leigh, has another stunner on the hacking scandal. They report that Britain's Crown... More

twitter_costolo.jpg

Audit Notes: Twitter’s censors, NYT apology, Craigslist’s aggregators

Twitter gave itself a serious black eye today, censoring a journalist for reporting the easy-to-figure-out corporate email address of NBC... More

hsbc.jpg

When a news executive sits on a bank’s board

The FT Group’s Fairhead is a director of troubled HSBC

It’s unusual—rare, even—for the CEO of a major financial news and information concern to serve on the board of directors... More

nokia.jpg

The WSJ on the fall of Nokia

The company that foresaw an iPhone-like device in 2000 is left in the dust

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story on the fall of Finnish cellphone giant Nokia—the kind of deeply... More

barclays_del_missier.jpg

Audit Notes: Bloomberg on Libor, “can’t find workers” in the WSJ

At least 34 traders are under investigation in the widening scandal

Bloomberg names names in the Libor investigation, reporting that at least 34 traders from more than a dozen banks are... More

local_tv_ice_cream.png

Audit Notes: Ignoring Libor, Barron’s, rich kids and TV news

ABC and NBC evening newscasts ignore the huge scandal in its first two weeks

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple points to Media Matters research that shows ABC's and NBC's nightly newscasts completely ignored the... More

K_street.jpg

More on NPR and manufactured quotes

Why lobbyist-provided rent-a-quotes subvert the news

NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos (who teaches here at Columbia) takes a look at the network's poor showing with manufacturing sources... More

joe_paterno_statue.jpg

Audit Notes: Too big to fail football, Guardian digital numbers, WaPo

Penn State and the ramifications of a possible NCAA death penalty

It's not just the banks. Now elite college football programs are too big to fail, as well. Here's Bloomberg News... More

barclays.jpg

The WSJ Editorial Page and the Libor scandal

Blaming everybody but the bankers

When wrongdoing by Big Business is in the news, you can usually count on the WSJ editorial page to do... More

The Tea Party is timeless - Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story - Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

Do you know Elise Andrew? - The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Goodbye and good luck to all of us - Dean Starkman on leaving CJR

When quitting goes viral - Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience


This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

Bloggingheads

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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.