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Rockin’ in the Fee World

Here’s a good, newsy personal-finance story. The Journal reports that banks are turning the screws on their customers, pushing those... More

Glass of Milk with Your “Bailout Pie”?

The New York Times takes a good look at the feeding frenzy of Washington lobbyists trying to get a piece... More

Audit Roundup: Underwater in California

NYT on a town where 90 percent have negative equity; Journal is good on retail jobs evaporating; etc.

The New York Times finds a place where 90 percent of the mortgages are underwater, the most in the country.... More

Audit Roundup: Bloomberg Fights the Fed

Calling for disclosure of trillion-dollar government loans; The Times on the the new pitch business; etc.

Bloomberg has been excellent in watchdogging the Federal Reserve’s various bailouts, even suing the government last week for the information.... More

Audit Roundup: Shopper Shock

Papers’ language differs a bit; Musty WSJ hedge-fund story; etc.

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal employ different tones on the terrible retail sales reports yesterday. The... More

Audit Roundup: Newspaper Sales Skyrocket!

For a day on historic election; Consumer credit still under pressure, WSJ says; etc.

The NYT has a nice story this morning on the overwhelming demand yesterday for… wait for it… newspapers! The election... More

Audit Roundup: Obamanomics

Bloomberg on what’s in store; Challenges galore, says the Times; etc.

Bloomberg, better than the Journal, Times, or Post, looks ahead to the economic change likely under an Obama administration. The... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Baloney

The FT still buys it; WSJ scoops on more bailouts; etc.

This is one of the most gullible stories I’ve seen in some time. The FT reports that Wall Street says... More

My Foreclosure: Judgment and Empathy

Readers on the story of how I lost my home

When Audit honcho Dean Starkman asked me if I would write a story about losing my family’s home when I... More

Audit Roundup: WaMu’s Boiler Room

NYT’s Morgenson on bank’s shady mortgage biz; Papers dig into AIG; etc.

The NYT’s Gretchen Morgenson talks to a former WaMu mortgage underwriter, who dishes on what sure seems to us like... More

Audit Roundup: Deregulate, Sayeth Bush

At least he’s consistent, WaPo reports; WSJ on Wall Street pay; etc.

The Washington Post is good this morning in reporting that the Bush Administration, which is exiting with the house falling... More

Audit Roundup: Bubble Brains

Press forgets Fed’s easy money sparked the crisis; WaPo good on dividends; etc.

What a short memory the business press has. Amazingly, neither the Journal nor the NYT in their page-one stories on... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Assembly Line

Bloomberg digs into securitization; WSJ on Trump’s latest woes; etc.

Bloomberg has a nice, long look at securitization (part of a series on Wall Street’s debt-making). Particularly interesting is what... More

Audit Roundup: Crime and Punishment

WSJ’s Berman asks how likely crisis convictions are; A pall in the mall; etc.

The Journal’s Dennis Berman looks at how difficult it may be to prosecute executives for the financial collapse, despite what... More

Audit Roundup: How Low Can It Go?

NYT asks; Preventing another Depression; Laughs with Laffer; etc.

The Times is good today in looking at how some prognosticators are racing to outdo each other predicting how far... More

Audit Roundup: Greenspan’s Mea Culpa

One-time press hero faces its wrath; Jobs are scarcer than you think; etc.

The press, along with everyone else, has finally turned on Alan Greenspan, and it looks like there’s no going back.... More

Audit Roundup: Hank on the Hot Seat

The Times applies a little heat in an interview; Credit raters also grilled; etc.

The New York Times has an excellent bit of insta-history this morning, scoring an interview with Treasury Secretary Paulson to... More

Audit Roundup: Reeling ‘Em In

NYT good on credit chicanery; Journal looks at housing’s ground zero; etc.

The New York Times has an excellent story on how banks are luring struggling Americans into ever-more debt by assembling... More

Audit Roundup: Derivative Dilemma

Selloffs creating more selloffs, says WSJ; Blaming boomers for the bust; etc.

The Wall Street Journal is good this morning in writing that more trouble is brewing in the derivatives markets. One... More

Audit Roundup: Oil Turmoil

WaPo and WSJ on the fallout from falling crude; Watching the swaps market; etc.

The bust has already sent oil prices tumbling, but here’s a shocking headline from Bloomberg: Options contracts are pointing 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


You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

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