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Thursday Links: Goldie’s Gall, Chait Check, FSA

The Wall Street Journal reported a couple of days ago that Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) is trying to buy... More

Bloomberg Examines the Bank Lobby’s Armor

Bloomberg spotlights the Consumer Financial Protection Act and uses it as a jumping-off point for a smart story on the... More

Wednesday Links: Ad Comps, Recovery Engine, Coming Crash

The Wall Street Journal's Nat Worden makes the obvious point—one missed by some, including, apparently, lots of investors—that any potential... More

McClatchy: Goldman Laid Down with Dogs

Dean Starkman has been applauding McClatchy's series on Goldman Sachs (an Audit funder) for a couple of days now. Add... More

Bloomberg: Moneychangers in the Temples

Bloomberg notices that three prominent bankers in recent weeks have taken to UK churches to make the case that they're... More

Friday Links: Pearlstein’s Fairy Tale, WSJ’s Results, Galleon

Steven Pearlstein has an excellent column in the Washington Post today explaining the problem with Wall Street compensation policies for... More

On a Diet on the Second Front

Here's a good example of the Murdoch-era Wall Street Journal short-arming a potentially interesting story. The paper reports on B1... More

An Excellent NYT Column on Financialization

Every writer knows the feeling of reading something you wish you'd written yourself. That's what I got with Floyd Norris's... More

Newspapers Get the Slate Treatment

Yes, the industry is doing that badly

Slate got extra contrary last night, talking up the newspaper biz in a piece headlined "Newspapers aren't doing as badly... More

The Colour of Galleon’s Money

Here's one of those strange stories that could be one that blows a story wide open or one that blows... More

Wednesday Links: Cable Bluster, Night School, Footnotes First

What was CNN doing having sports journalist Stephen A. Smith on to debate Times business wunderkind Andrew Ross Sorkin on... More

Hard Truths on Social Security from Leonhardt

The New York Times's David Leonhardt has a smart column this morning on the administration's skewed spending priorities. By spelling... More

Rhetoric and Reality on Pay

The Wall Street Journal has a nice analysis on pay czar Kenneth Feinberg's plan to restrict compensation at seven corporate-welfare... More

Tuesday Links: Circulation, Mouthpieces, Galleon

One of the critical questions for what remains of the newspaper industry's near-to-medium-term future is how much of the recent... More

Seattle Times Reviews WaMu, Hometown Predator

An excellent postmortem details a corrupted culture

Hats off to The Seattle Times for an excellent two-part series investigating the demise of Washington Mutual, onetime hometown hero... More

Bloomberg on AIG as Banks’ Backdoor Bailout

Bloomberg has an important story today on the bailout of the banks through AIG. Estimating that an essentially bankrupt company... More

Monday Links: Circ Collapse, Main Street, Patriots

At the Nieman Journalism Lab, Martin Langeveld digs into the catastrophic newspaper numbers. Every six month increment for (weekday) newspaper... More

NYT Goes A1 on TBTF

Too big to fail makes the front page of The New York Times this morning, which reports that Congress, specifically... More

Only One to Charge Online, Only One to Gain Paying Customers

Congratulations to The Wall Street Journal, which now reclaims the title, held by USA Today for years, of the nation's... More

About Those Chamber of Commerce “Members”

Our Greg Marx does a good job looking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce member-count dispute, which has laid bare... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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