Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Last Update: Tue 4:00 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Ryan Chittum | Email the Author

Audit Roundup: $700 Billion in a New Light

Enough to buy top 23 banks; Depression talk, etc.

Jonathan Weil of Bloomberg has an eye-opening column about the need to inject capital into the system, rather than just... More

Audit Roundup: Conveying the Magnitude

Times bests Journal on A1; Get ready for very high unemployment, etc.

These are incredible, historic times, and the Times’ writing rises to the occasion much more than the Journal’s, at least... More

Canadian Club

National Post doesn’t disclose its subject is also an owner

When facing a potential conflict of interest, in journalism, as in finance, it’s good to err on the side of... More

Audit Roundup: Goldman Everywhere

Including Paulson pow-wow on AIG; Was letting Lehman go a no-no? etc.

The New York Times’ Gretchen Morgenson wrote a great piece yesterday on how a tiny unit of AIG led to... More

Audit Roundup: NYT on WaMu’s Bank Run

Board didn’t even know; banks worse off than the S&L crisis? etc.

The extraordinary times continue. Nobody’s really framing it this way, but a 1930’s-style run on the bank just felled the... More

Audit Roundup: Bloomberg Bites the Raters

Looks at S&P, Moody’s flops; what price junk? etc.

While the focus now is rightly on how to prevent a (possible) economic apocalypse, let’s not forget the key players... More

5 Crisis Questions for the Press

Including what happens if we say “no”?

1. What happens if nothing happens? If the government doesn’t bail out Wall Street and the banks, will we all... More

UAL and Bloomberg, Revisited

The power of “The Bloomberg,” and lessons for a nervous market

The litany of media screw-ups in the UAL affair—that financial news blip before the current deluge—was well documented. Except, that... More

Note to CNBC: Breathe

Burnett suggests shorts are unpatriotic; Cramer says it may be terrorism

And now we have CNBC's Erin Burnett questioning short sellers' patriotism. This, we overhead this afternoon. Not believing our ears,... More

Audit Roundup: The Sun Breaks One, etc.

Crisis brings more scrutiny for the SEC; getting beyond false balance

The New York Sun ain't dead yet, and reports an ex Securities and Exchange Commission official says a boneheaded SEC... More

Audit Roundup: Credit Markets Grind to a Halt

Forget about AIG. This is the most important story of the day. Banks have essentially stopped lending to each other,... More

Audit Roundup: Wall Street Gives Way

Wall Street’s rot; Where are the accounting cops?

Fortune takes a look at how Wall Street rotted from the inside until it gave way, while the FT’s John... More

Audit Roundup: Playing Chicken

Coverage of credit crisis is good, bad, ugly

Here's a quick guide to what the business press is saying about the deepening crisis on Wall Street: The Journal... More

Mae We Correct the Record?

Fannie had a social mission first and a private one second

The Fannie/Freddie Fiasco is bad enough without news outlets letting politicians mangle their history. In reporting the two parties’ positions... More

Tomato, “Toe-mahto,” TIAA-CREF

Readers may never see syndicated columnist Berko’s many corrections

Malcolm Berko is a money man for Middle America. Writing on an old IBM Selectric typewriter, Berko cranks out a... More

Bhopal Revisited

The liability issue is complicated, but the Times still should have done more.

Last month, we criticized The New York Times for leaving a big hole in a page-one story on the aftermath... More

Opening Bell: States ‘Slammed’

As tax revenue shrivels; consumer spending drops; reading the recent oil-price slide; etc.

The Wall Street Journal leads its front page with a report saying that states are getting “slammed” with budget problems... More

Shorting Journalism Too

A working member of the business press writes in response to last week’s post on the SEC’s war on short-selling:... More

Portfolio’s Promise

Excellent reporting blows open the Countrywide scandal

Portfolio’s August cover story is a devastating follow to its scoop that broke the “Friends of Angelo” Countrywide VIP loan... More

Opening Bell: Worth Less, Costs More

Mortgage rates and inflation soar; Bizarro bank world; rich make more, pay less taxes; etc.

Mortgage rates jumped to their highest level in nearly five years, as investors continue to worry about the health of... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


Why The Upshot?

“Perhaps most important, we want The Upshot to feel like a collaboration between journalists and readers”

Jonah Lehrer has a new blog

“I also hope this blog can be a small step towards regaining the trust of my readers”

The greatest threat to women

Louis CK is nonplussed at how ladies do it

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.