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NYT and Frontline Tag-Team Prepaid Debit Cards

The New York Times and PBS's Frontline have a terrific story this morning on prepaid debit cards, yet another way... More

Monday Links: Pew, Murdoch, and Treasury Lies

Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism found, unsurprisingly, that media coverage of financial issues and business was overwhelmingly focused on... More

More on Measuring Too Big to Fail

Felix Salmon criticizes the Gretchen Morgenson piece on Dean Baker and Too Big to Fail, writing that the dollars talked... More

NYT is Excellent on Private-Equity

If you've been wondering what ever happened to high-flying private-equity, whose ever-bigger and ever-more-debt-laden deals dominated financial-press headlines in 2006... More

Measuring the Ongoing Cost of Too Big to Fail

I haven't seen anyone try to estimate the implicit subsidy taxpayers provide megabanks because of Too Big to Fail policies.... More

Friday Links: Wolff, Shirky, Veterans for Socialism

Michael Wolff, whose Newser depends on free news for its existence, rips Rupert Murdoch in Vanity Fair for planning to... More

Hiltzik With a Reality Check on Tort Reform

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times has a helpful column cutting through some of the noise in the health-care... More

Norris Asks Why Cash Subsidizes Plastic

Floyd Norris raises a very good point in his column today on merchant credit-card fees: Why do we have a... More

Good Show by the Journal Today

Dean Starkman tipped his hat to a Wall Street Journal story this morning on Detroit, part of a string of... More

Buy a Kindle, Get the Times for Free

A Friend of The Audit passed us an email he got from The New York Times offering a package deal... More

Weil: Bank Balance Sheets Still an Unknown

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil raises some good questions about what we really know about the banking industry's health this morning, looking... More

Gasparino’s Gossip Column

Charlie Gasparino really wants you to know that Wall Street executives are "nervous" and "feel betrayed" by Barack Obama. Is... More

CQ Stomps Out Newsroom Dissent

Setting a bad example by firing a veteran editor for impertinence

When the human-resources folks come for you, and in journalism these days that's not infrequent, you have to hope somebody... More

The Journal Edges to the Right

Charles Kaiser had a good piece this weekend questioning whether Rupert Murdoch's ideology has been seeping into the news pages... More

WaPo: How the Fed Failed to Protect Consumers

The Washington Post ran an excellent story yesterday looking at the Federal Reserve's utter failure to protect consumers—indeed to even... More

Now Bloomberg Calls it an Obama Bull Market

I nicked Bloomberg for a story in March calling the stock-market swoon an "Obama Bear Market." Now it's saying there's... More

Morgenson on a Mortgage Front

Gretchen Morgenson, unlike the rest of the press, pays attention to a Kansas court ruling last week that has potentially... More

Craigslist vs. the Aggregators

Wired's cover story this month is a terrific look at craigslist and why it's awesome and not very good, all... More

Suggested Readings

The New York Times's Charles Duhigg continues his eye-opening investigation of the state of the nation's water quality, today looking... More

WSJ: Hey, Readers—Your Jobs Aren’t That Important

I really like this page-one Wall Street Journal story today looking at the financialization of the economy over the past... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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