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The Guardian Unearths a Wall Street Journal Scandal

The paper claims the scalp of a Journal publisher and points to deeper problems

Read this Wall Street Journal story from this morning on the resignation of its European edition's publisher. What the Journal... More

The China Bubble

WSJ, Reuters, and Bloomberg reports show why a reckoning is likely

We've all heard about the crisis in Europe, how it's weighing on the economy, and how a collapse there could... More

The Shorter-Form Journal

The number of long stories has plunged under Murdoch

Story length in journalism by itself doesn’t mean much. We read too many news stories that are just too damned... More

Audit Notes: Overdraft Ethics, CNN’s Wall Street Apologist, U.S. Gas Boom

American Banker's Jeff Horwitz finds some emails that offer an interesting look into how banks make unethical decisions to gouge... More

A Weak Case for the Middle Class Embracing Globalization

Reuters’s David Rohde writes about Bowling Green, Kentucky, and how it’s doing well by embracing globalization. But it’s a pretty... More

Bailing Out the Bailed Out From TARP (Updated)

The WSJ on a Treasury “slush fund” for banks

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece of reporting today on a Treasury program ostensibly meant to boost small... More

Audit Notes: Steve Jobs

Here's Wired's striking homepage reporting the death of Steve Jobs: Scroll down and you get gray text with obituary comments... More

Wichita Eagle Eyes Regulatory Cracks Before a Failure

Here's a solid Wichita Eagle report that shows the holes in a regulatory system—ones that could have deadly consequences. What... More

Cronyism and Executive Compensation

A Washington Post examination of how “peers” inflate CEO pay

Companies tend to try to pay their employees as little as possible without killing morale and suffering high turnover. But... More

Audit Notes: The Costs of Trade, WSJ Op-Ed Page, Frontier Days

The Wall Street Journal covers an MIT study that found the downsides of trade with China have been worse than... More

How Not to Cover Your Paper’s New Owner

The Oklahoman glosses over Philip Anschutz’s political activism

The Oklahoman recently profiled Philip Anschutz, who bought the paper from the Gaylord family, which had owned it for 108... More

Boom Towns Amid the Bust

NPR finds “man camps” and $1,200 parking spaces in North Dakota

This paragraph jumps out from an NPR's All Things Considered report on an oil boom town in North Dakota: Two... More

LAT On Why Solyndra Dazzled the Private and Public Sectors

The Los Angeles Times has a really good look at the failure of Solyndra, the solar-power company that went bankrupt... More

The Morning Call’s Amazon Sweatshop Probe

An excellent investigation exposes poor conditions at a big Pennsylvania warehouse

What's going on with labor in Pennsylvania? It was just last month that foreign students working at Hershey's for the... More

ProPublica Shines a Light on Secret Gerrymandering Money

Every ten years, politicians get together in statehouses and redraw congressional districts to squeeze their opponents and entrench themselves in... More

ESPN Obscures Its Own Role in the Conference Realignment Mess

The network’s $300 million deal with Texas, at the heart of the news, goes almost unmentioned

If you cover college sports for ESPN, you've got a real problem right now. The biggest story these days is... More

The Countrywide Fraud Machine

Michael Hudson tallies up dozens of allegations that executives retaliated against whistleblowers

The Center for Public Integrity's Michael Hudson, who's done as much as any journalist—both before and after the crash—to expose... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Headlines, Bad Ad News, Wall Street Protests

The Audit has a love-hate reading relationship with Bloomberg News's wacky headlines. Here are a few we've flagged over the... More

The SEC’s Madoff Mess Gets Worse

The commission’s former top lawyer faces a possible criminal conflict of interest investigation

Louise Story and Gretchen Morgenson report that the SEC's inspector general is referring the David M. Becker case to the... More

Some Context With Your David Brooks

Obama's pitch to make the ultrarich pay as high a tax rate as their secretaries sent David Brooks into spasms... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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