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A Snapshot of a Journalist at Work on Bear Stearns

With Bear Stearns' Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin in the news, Janet Tavakoli passes along an excerpt from her new... More

Some Misses on the Bear Stearns Acquittals

The only Wall Street executives to be charged in the crisis walked away from a Brooklyn courthouse free men after... More

Tuesday Links: One-Source FT, Soaring APRs, Severance

The Financial Times runs one of those no-context, let's-quote-one-source-with-obvious-bias stories it likes to do, this one on global food corporations... More

Loyal Readers and Junk Traffic

The bottom 75 percent of newspaper Web visitors provide just 14 percent of page views

(See the first part of this post) What the Journal does have that nobody else does is more than a... More

What’s Murdoch Up to with Google and WSJ.com?

Google traffic is worth far less than $15 per user per month

Everybody's all inflamed about Rupert Murdoch bumbling through part of an interview on News Corp.'s Internet strategy in which he... More

Monday Links: Bad Stats, TBTF, “Less with Less”

The New York Times reports that "A widening gap between data and reality is distorting the government’s picture of the... More

LAT a Bit Wide of the Mark on Health Care

The Los Angeles Times's David Lazarus beats back an accusation of using a red herring—and then goes on to push... More

Good WSJ Story on the Wall Street-Subprime Nexus

The Wall Street Journal has a good scoop on a story showing the connection of Wall Street to the shadier... More

Friday Links: A Contrite Banker, Pay to Play, Gutting SOX

Bloomberg finds a contrite banker, John Reed the former CEO of Citigroup who merged it with Sandy Weill's Travelers in... More

Dow Jones on the Paper-It-Over Economy

Dow Jones Newswires breaks an excellent story on Wells Fargo's efforts to delay its day of reckoning on billions and... More

WSJ Spotlight Helps Get Results on Antitrust

The Wall Street Journal follows up this morning on its report on CVS Caremark's business practices six months ago. The... More

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

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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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