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WSJ: Obama Official Caught Up in Pension-Scandal Inquiry

The Journal today goes a good way toward catching up with the Times on the New York pension-fund kickback scandal... More

The Times Falls Short on Banks’ Health

The New York Times writes on page one about the signs of recovery in the banking industry, but its story... More

Journal’s Awesome Pang Story Gets Quick Results

The Wall Street Journal's epic story on the, um, questionable past of financier Danny Pang is already getting results. The... More

Bloomberg: Wells Fargo’s Numbers Don’t Add Up

Wondering just how the banks' earnings reports have been so good? Me, too. Already we've seen Goldman Sachs fiddle with... More

New ProPublica Site Birddogs the Bailouts

The investigative outlet ProPublica has created a new site devoted to tracking the government bailouts. Called "Eye on the Bailout,"... More

A WSJ Tour de Force

A Wall Street Journal investigation paints a devastating portrait of a financier and shows the paper’s deep-reporting powers are far from gone

The Wall Street Journal drops an incredible story on its page one today. It's one of the best stories I've... More

WSJ Finds a Renewed Foreclosure Push by Banks

The Journal has a good story today reporting that some big banks are ramping up their foreclosure machines again after... More

WaPo: Economy’s Decline Slowing, But Don’t Say That

This page-one Washington Post's story doesn't make much sense to me. Its premise is that Obama and Bernanke are getting... More

Times: Cuomo Is Eyeing Carlyle Group

The Times got a nice scoop today, reporting that the white-shoe private-equity firm Carlyle Group is under investigation by New... More

The Press, NYT’s Norris Excepted, Gives Goldman a Pass

News of Goldman Sachs's good first quarter is all over the business press today, as it should be. But the... More

FT Stays Ahead on Merrill Bonuses

The Financial Times continues to get scoops in the Merrill Lynch/Bank of America bonus scandal. Today it reports that the... More

Only 3 Percent of Newspaper Reading Done Online?

Martin Langeveld has been doing some interesting stuff over at Nieman Journalism Lab on newspaper numbers. I disagreed with parts... More

Journal Walks the Plank with Commodity News

“Arrrrrr,” says Audit

So Rupert Murdoch wants the Journal to be a first read, to compete with The New York Times on general... More

WSJ Gives TARP Panel the Play It Deserves

Good for The Wall Street Journal for giving a nice run to an exclusive that the TARP oversight panel is... More

Scrappy Mortgage Blogger Fights Bad Court Ruling

A reader points us to this Citizen Media Law Project report on an unlikely new front in the battle for... More

The Banking Industry’s Other Bad Loans

Felix Salmon has an interesting chart showing what he aptly calls the "Usury Datapoint of the Day." The chart shows... More

Business-Press Beat-Sweetening

I wrote about beat-sweeteners in my previous post and said I'd look at it in the business press next. It's... More

Slate’s Beat-Sweetener Reader

Good, but goes a bit too easy on the practice

Timothy Noah has a fun column over at Slate on the journalism practice of "beat-sweeteners," stories written about key sources... More

The Press Buries the TARP Overseer’s Report

The press has given short shrift to an important report by the Congressional Oversight Panel on the government's bailout efforts.... More

ProPublica Wants YOU to Dig into Obama Records

ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative group, has rounded up a mother lode of Obama administration financial disclosures. They're asking readers to... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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