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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

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Statistical illusions

How readers perceive numbers is important too

We've talked about how the press feeds into the questionable narrative that we're in another housing bubble. Here's a good... More

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The front-group impresario

The New York Times and Boston Globe take on Rick Berman

It's always good to see a newspaper take on Rick Berman, the PR powerhouse who specializes in organizing deceptive corporate... More

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Audit Notes: Re/coding the Valley, Kellogg’s labor fight

A look inside the bubble

Re/code's Nellie Bowles went to a Startup and Tech Mixer in downtown San Francisco and came away with an instant... More

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An FT story lets Wall Street off the hook

On mortgage fraud and willful blindness

The Financial Times has a very interesting profile of former Bakersfield real estate guy Carl Cole, who's about to start... More

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NYT hasn’t been hit that hard

Parsing the numbers with Quartz and the WSJ

Quartz posts this graphic of New York Times Company revenues going back to 2003, asking "Can the New York Times's... More

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The NYT on the right track

A solid quarter tops off a very good financial year for the Times

The New York Times's paywall picked up another 33,000 customers in the fourth quarter, bringing its total to 760,000 digital... More

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Gannett’s print-focused paywalls flounder

The quality imperative and charging for news online

Gannett's fourth-quarter newspaper results, announced Tuesday, were basically miserable. Revenue at its publishing segment dropped 4.6 percent in the fourth... More

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The ratings game

The Super Bowl, the Oscars, and the numbers

David Carr got into the Super Bowl media scrum with a thumbsucker about why so many people watch the Super... More

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Audit Notes: NYT TV, Blodget invests in a paywall, Downworthy

The Times can’t keep up with advertiser demand for video ads

Capital New York's Joe Pompeo reports that The New York Times can't create enough video to satisfy advertiser demand and... More

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The trust-fund newspaper

The Guardian’s windfall ensures its long-term future

The Guardian, which until not that long ago was respected but little-read outside the UK, is now in the front... More

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Bloomberg’s viral misquote

Big Pharma CEO Marijn Dekkers didn’t quite say what they said he did

Last week, Bloomberg News stuffed a jarring quote from Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers at the bottom of a piece on... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg’s big impact; WSJ good on EU inflation, bad on crediting NYT

Trading behaviors changed in the wake of the wire’s foreign-exchange investigation

Bloomberg News continues its excellent reporting on the foreign-exchange scandal it uncovered last June, reporting that odd fluctuations in exchange... More

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Roddy Boyd finds alleged Ponzi schemer

High-wire reporting on a hedge fund gone awry

With news out that New York prosecutors have charged Bryan Caisse with running a Ponzi scheme, it's worth revisiting a... More

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Now, Bloomberg runs Wallison’s discredited housing line

And more on regulation and the shadow-banking system

I got on The New York Times a couple of weeks ago for running a fallacious op-ed from the American... 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


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!

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

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

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