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The WaPo Ombudsman’s Faulty Paywall Analysis

The NYT’s meter is saving or adding more than $70 million in revenue a year already

Washington Post ombudsman Patrick B. Pexton has a flawed analysis on the logic of a possible paywall there and on... More

Audit Notes: Hollywood Rolls, Ryan’s Loopholes, Regulation and Racing

Looking at this Wall Street Journal graphic, you'd think Hollywood has been on some kind of epic roll the last... More

Sourcing Trayvon Martin “Photos” From Stormfront

Not a good idea, Business Insider

Business Insider runs a linkbait post with a graphic of Trayvon Martin images it found on the neonazi website Stormfront.... More

Audit Notes: N.J., Paragon of Clean Government; Algae Fuel, Fees, The Rich (UPDATED)

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil just guts a Center for Public Integrity report card on state corruption. It found that New Jersey... More

The AP’s Weak Coverage of Its New Boss

The Associated Press has a new CEO. So how does the AP cover it? Not very well. AP hired McClatchy... More

The WSJ on the GOP’s $36 Million Man

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story today on a billionaire you've probably never heard of who's become... More

Audit Notes: Skynet News, Gawker’s High-Low Strategy, Oil Speculators

Evgeny Morozov has a must-read piece at Slate on the rise of journalism bots, which Forbes now employs to write... More

Gawker Misreads the WSJ on Vaccines and Immunity (UPDATED)

Gawker totally misreads a Wall Street Journal story on numbskulls who don't vaccinate their kids, writing that it means "Oregonian... More

Audit Notes: Newspaper of the Year, Leverage, Wemple vs. Wolff

In 2011, The Guardian had one of the best years any paper has ever had. Its reporting on the systemic... More

The NYT Paywall Hums Along

The New York Times's paywall continues to outperform expectations at its first birthday. The paper says it now has 454,000... More

Audit Notes: Responsible Populism, Tom Frank on Elites, Shlaes and Inflation

Simon Johnson writes about what he calls "responsible populism," not populism as it is so often portrayed in the press... More

Why Making More Money Is Groovy, And Makes You Richer

You might think this is an Onion-style parody of a column by a right-wing think tanker: But it's no joke.... More

Audit Notes: Greg Smith, Mike Daisey, David Carr

Quote of the day goes either to Bloomberg or The Epicurean Dealmaker. It's a tough one. Bloomberg finds Morgan Stanley... More

Audit Notes: 1966 Wages, Fracking’s Chickens and Eggs, Whistleblowers

David Cay Johnston looks at the latest income-distribution data from Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, and notes that in this... More

The NAA Newspaper Numbers

Alan Mutter looks at the 2011 numbers out of the Newspaper Association of America, which he notes were "quietly published."... More

Mad Libs, New York Times Executive Pay Edition

The New York Times likes to inveigh against executive compensation practices on its editorial pages, and its newsroom has done... More

Audit TV: Has the Business Press Failed the Public Trust?

Audit Boss Dean Starkman's cover story in the last issue of CJR argued that business journalism had narrowed its gaze... More

Greg Smith and Goldman Sachs

It's tempting to get all savvy and snarky about Greg Smith's op-ed in The New York Times this morning on... More

Audit Notes: Fast Food Nation at 10, U.S. Inequality, Marilyn Hagerty

Eric Schlosser revisits his muckraking epic Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal for The Daily Beast,... More

American Banker Delves into Debt-Collecting Woes at Chase

It looks more and more like the foreclosure scandal is a symptom of a larger problem. American Banker's Jeff Horwitz... 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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