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Detroit Now Reduced to Using Regular Pencils

The Times has some amusing-if-pathetic details in its story on how the Big Three are cutting back to the bare... More

MediaNews’ Busted Newspaper Bets

The Times has a nice story on Dean Singleton's MediaNews and the problems it's facing in this atrocious time for... More

Bloomberg on Madoff’s Auditor

Bloomberg does some basic legwork on the Bernard Madoff scandal and gets some great color out of it. One of... More

WaPo: Bailout’s Pay Limits May Be Moot

The Washington Post has a nice scoop today that the executive-pay provisions of the bailout law are basically unenforceable. But... More

WSJ: Tax-Lite Companies Want Tax-Heavy Bailouts

The Journal does some good work in looking at some of the pigs lined up at the $700 billion TARP... More

Fed Slaps Down Bloomberg FOIA

Bloomberg keeps the heat on the Federal Reserve to disclose to whom it's given $2 trillion in loans. The news... More

Audit Interview: Michael Hudson

“We’re in a battle now to define what happened.”

Lots of people have asked why the press didn't tell us loudly enough that the subprime train was a-comin'. But... More

Was Countrywide’s “Puffery” Criminal?

Floyd Norris in the NYT points out something worth watching: a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial that's been allowed to go... More

NYT Lets Treasury Off Too Easy

The Times lets Neel Kashkari, the Treasury's bailout guy, off the hook in a news story on congressional hearings yesterday.... More

Portfolio Pries Into Pequot

Portfolio's Scot Paltrow has a very interesting story on some doings between Pequot Capital and one of the firm's former... More

The Times Looks at Bush’s Homeowner Advocate

The New York Times takes a nuanced look at FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair this morning. She's the Bush administration member... More

$73 an Hour Doesn’t Add Up

I like David Leonhardt's column this morning in the Times, debunking the $73 figure widely thrown around as what the... More

Journal’s Legg Mason “Get”

The Journal scores an interview with Legg Mason's Bill Miller, a legendary investor who's run into a brick wall in... More

Bloomberg Hits the Washington Consensus

Bloomberg has an excellent story this morning about how the free-trade policies foisted upon poor countries by rich ones have... More

The Journal Gets a Scalp

A day after the Journal went page one with a story about Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain begging the board... More

Tribune Aftermath

The NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin has an excellent column today on Tribune. He slams a list of players, including the... More

Cookie-Company Crisis Makes WSJ and NYT

Jeffrey D. Austen lost his job making cookies in Ohio. Some ambitious PR firm needs to hire him, stat. It... More

Journal Pushing Free Trade on Its News Pages

This Journal headline is irritating: Hard Times Offer a Chance To Overcome Protectionism Some of us fervently hope that the... More

The Ratings Scam

Gretchen Morgenson in yesterday's Times keeps her eye on the ball with a look at one of the biggest scandals... More

Tribune on the Brink

The financial crisis has dealt a deadly blow to its chances

The Journal scooped last night that Tribune Company may file for bankruptcy this week. The other papers follow suit (not... 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”

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

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