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What the WSJ Looked Like in 1930

Here's a great idea for a business blog. An anonymous somebody is going back through Depression-era Wall Street Journals day... More

Bloomberg Profiles Volcker, Obama’s Outside Insider

Bloomberg has a welcome, long profile of Paul Volcker, the legendary former Fed chairman who's been shouldered to the background... More

Fortune: Confidence in Banks Falling Again

Don't look now but market sentiment on the banking industry is falling again. Fortune reports that the cost of insuring... More

Even the Going-Out-of-Business Business Is Suffering

The Wall Street Journal has a great page-one “ahed” today about one rug merchant who's made a business of going... More

Bloomberg Buys the Discredited Realtor Lobby’s Spin

You'd think that by now the media would be done with the National Association of Realtors, a discredited organization that... More

Citigroup Keeps on Truckin’ Like It’s 2007

The New York Times and Financial Times both report that Citigroup is raising salaries by up to half to avoid... More

Footnoted Ferrets Out Legg Mason Foolishness

The excellent business site Footnoted, run by Michelle Leder, makes a nice catch today on executive compensation. Leder's m.o. is... More

The Journal Overplays Its Harvard Scooplet

I can't figure out why this Harvard endowment story is on page one of the Journal this morning. Two managers... More

LA Times Superb on Modern-Day Grapes of Wrath

The Los Angeles Times has a standout story today—one of the best pieces I've read in a long, long time.... More

“Too Big to Fail” Gets Big Play in the NYT

Morgenson, Dash, and Krugman all consider the issue

I was glad to see three pieces in the The New York Times or on its website this weekend about... More

John Gruber Analyzes Journal Sourcing on (Steve) Jobs

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has a smart analysis of the journalism behind the Journal's big scoop this weekend that... More

WSJ: Hedge Fund Lobbying Soars

The Journal this morning continues its good watchdog reporting on the lobbying efforts by the business-as-usual crowd. It looks at... More

Bloomberg, McClatchy Look at the Coming Option ARM Wipeout

“Green shoots” or no, the next couple of years look grim

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the press had become a bit too sanguine about all of the "green... More

Visualizing the Bailouts

You've got to see this. Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture asked Jess Bachman of the excellent information-graphics site Wallstats... More

Starkman Profiles Morgenson

Audit Chairman Dean Starkman has a big profile just out in The Nation of New York Times reporter and columnist... More

The Press Must Pay Extra Attention to Obama’s Fed Plan

One of the most obvious storylines for the next few weeks of regulatory-reform discussion is the Federal Reserve. The Obama... More

Fortune Swallows the Banks’ Baloney

I had to read this Fortune story a couple of times to make sure it was really as credulous as... More

Surreal Estate

Check out this great slideshow from Newsweek showing some of the physical legacy the bust has left on the landscape.... More

Nocera Blasts Obama’s Regulation Reform

Joe Nocera of The New York Times has the must-read of the day on Obama's regulation-reform plan. Let's just say... More

Stock Market Math for Journalists

Too many people are impressed by the recent surge in stock prices. Believe it or not, journalists are people, too!... 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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