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Audit Notes: Animal Farm Webified, Murdoch’s Paradox, Reform Hype

Speaking of the Web and hyped headlines, McSweeney's has probably the best satire of the genre yet. Mike Lacher's piece,... More

Bad Redesigns

News sites regress in a bid to declutter their home pages

What's going on with these redesigns? There seems to be a movement afoot to declutter news websites' home pages. Problem... More

The Journal Excels on BP

An investigation shows the company repeatedly cutting corners in the Gulf

The Wall Street Journal unloads a huge, devastating investigation into the BP oil catastrophe this morning, finding that the company... More

Audit Notes: Corporate Welfare for BP, (Financial) Markets First, Facebook

The Los Angeles Times has a terrific story pointing out that Washington larded up the oil companies with tax breaks... More

WSJ Again Pulls Back the Curtains on Window Dressing

The Wall Street Journal continues its excellent work on the Wall Street "window dressing" story, which it broke early last... More

More on Hyped Atlantic Headlines

“Did Christianity Cause the Crash?” was a low point for the magazine

Mollie brings up a great point in comments on my earlier post on sensational, misleading headlines at the Atlantic. She... More

The Financial Industry’s Threadbare Astroturf

Mike Konczal reports on a scrambled-together lobbying effort by the banks along with Visa and Mastercard to defeat the interchange-fee... More

Sorry, Porn Didn’t Cause TK Regulatory Failure

A misleading Atlantic headline and a misdirection on what’s wrong with oversight

Here's an example of one of the all-time most-annoying Web journalism tricks. Daniel Indiviglio at The Atlantic's site has this... More

Audit Notes: Blankfein and Barber, Another BP OIl Spill, Box Offices and Onions

Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor Alan Murray has a good question on Twitter for the Financial Times: So the... More

WSJ.com Lacks Link Luster

But there are lots of reasons for that

Jeff Bercovici and Felix Salmon point to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study for a cautionary tale on paywalls... More

Small Banks Did Not Perform Worst in This Crisis

It would take 3,800 Georgia bank failures to equal one Bank of America

The Atlantic's Derek Thompson quotes a friend in finance saying: "Small banks did the worst in this crisis," he once... More

Audit Notes: Hardly a Nick, European Fallout, Shopping for Ratings

I wrote this morning that the financial-reform bill is like taking a firebug's matches away and leaving him with his... More

Bloomberg Investigates a “Double Irish” Corporate Tax Scheme

A tip of The Audit's cap to Bloomberg, which had an excellent investigation last week on a big way corporations... More

The Times on What Financial Reform Really Means

Binyamin Appelbaum of The New York Times has the smartest take I've seen yet on what the impending passage of... More

Audit Notes: Pretty Pensions, Private Equity Walks, Payday Lenders Skate

Kudos to the Times’s Mary Williams Walsh and Amy Schoenfeld for a corker of an exposé on six-figure pensions larding... More

Mostly Muddled Coverage of the Housing Market

How optimistic should we be about the housing market? After reading press coverage of April's mortgage stats, you'd be forgiven... More

The Journal Reveals Another Facebook Privacy Gaffe

The Wall Street Journal gets a nice Facebook/MySpace privacy scoop this morning, reporting that the sites—particularly Facebook—send along personal-identification information... More

Audit Notes: A-hed Hed, Deflation, BW or BBW?

Headline of the Week goes to The Wall Street Journal for this A-hed: In England, Buying the Farm Can Be... More

All the Banks in Georgia

Small-bank failures are child’s play in a too-big-to-fail world

It's a good idea to point out that small banks are failing, too. This is hardly a news flash, but... More

Audit Notes: Not-So-Goldman Advice, One Source Stories, Facebook

Bloomberg reports that even though Goldman Sachs, along with other banks, won on every day at the dog tracks last... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates (Oregonian)

“Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone”

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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