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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

NYT on Wall Street Versus Small-Town America

The New York Times fronts a story that illustrates well the asymmetry of information between the financial industry and those... More

WSJ With a Big Story on Grid Spies

The Wall Street Journal gets a major scoop on its page one this morning, reporting that China and Russia have... More

WaPo Finds Stimulus Bucks Going Further

The Washington Post has a piece of good news (really!) on its front page today: We're going to get more... More

Doing the Math on Online Subscriptions

What do newspapers have to lose?

Martin Langeveld over at the Nieman Journalism Lab runs some back-of-the-envelope calculations on whether charging online can work for newspapers... 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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