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Covering somebody who’s suing you

The WSJ sticks it to Sheldon Adelson by keeping a reporter on the beat

Francine McKenna asked a good question on Twitter the other day about Wall Street Journal coverage of Sheldon Adelson's Las... More

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An ink-stained stretch

Can Aaron Kushner save the Orange County Register—and the newspaper industry?

Rob Curley, one of the more prominent digital journalists of the last decade, had just about had it with... More

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The Advocate vs. the Times-Picayune

A New Orleans businessman fires up the newspaper war with the Newhouses

The Louisiana newspaper war just got a lot more interesting. It's been a poorly kept secret in New Orleans media... More

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Audit Notes: Awful on Bangladesh, the Kochtopus, US day care

Slate’s Matthew Yglesias gets it very wrong on workers and safety standards

They were still pulling the hundreds of dead bodies out of the collapsed garment factory in Bangladesh when Slate's Matthew... More

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New York Times paywall growth slows

But it remains to be seen whether that’s a one-quarter blip or the new normal

The torrid growth in digital-only subscribers to The New York Times slowed sharply in the first quarter. Worse, advertising fell... More

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Audit Notes: Bagged Men, whistleblowers, Times-Picayune

Rupert Murdoch, prepare your checkbook

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple asks the New York Post's "Bag Men" to sue the paper for libel: So journalists... More

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The fight over Internet sales taxes

The corporate and ideological motives behind the opposition

We're more than 20 years into the mainstream Web era—20 years!—and Congress is finally seriously considering force retailers to collect... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ goes long, Valleywag, Boston Globe paywall

With a Boston bombings story, the paper shows what it can still do

This Wall Street Journal piece on the suspected Boston terrorists is a deeply reported (18 bylines and taglines) and convincing... More

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On a wild night of news, a remarkable press performance

While Reddit fails again

Last night was one of the wildest nights of news I can ever recall. With Boston already on edge in... More

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The New York Post’s disgrace

The paper smears a kid and a young man on its front page as possible terrorists

At some point, you even have to hold the tabloids to account. That point is now with the New York... More

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Audit Notes: Retail life, statutes of limitations, newspaper bulls

CBS MoneyWatch looks at how shops jerk workers around

CBS News's MoneyWatch is good to take a hard look at life for workers in the retail industry, which not... More

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Paywalls did not cause the fall of WSJ longform

The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal misses the Murdoch

Alexis Madrigal asks whether The Wall Street Journal's paywall is responsible for its turning away from longform journalism. That one's... More

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The problem with financial literacy as a fix

Helaine Olen on enabling blame-the-victims apologies

Helaine Olen has an eye-opening column in The Guardian on the concept of financial literacy and how it's misused to... More

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Audit Notes: Reinflating the bubble, Nader in the WSJ

The LA Times reports on a new rush in Southern California

The Los Angeles Times has a good and disturbing look at how the LA housing market is already showing signs... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ and labor, Tumblr-speak, not the London whale

Getting it right on a nursing-home worker shortage

I got on the Journal last week for completely missing labor's point of view in a story on cranky McDonald's... More

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McDonald’s through management’s eyes, in the WSJ

Rude employees who, oh by the way, make poverty wages

The Wall Street Journal reports that internal McDonald's documents say that the fast food chain's customer service is "broken"—that it... More

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Populism and financial crises

A Columbia professor’s thesis on Canadian and American banking gets credulous WSJ treatment

The Wall Street Journal credulously reports on a new paper by Columbia B-school professor Charles Calomiris on why we have... More

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Audit Notes: The paywall problem, Thatcherism, Googlebots

Keeping out the youth of America

Alan Mutter has this to say about the pitfalls of paywalls: The case for paywalls would seem to be compelling:... More

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AP’s pension probe misses the broad view

Good reporting is undermined by a lack of context

The Associated Press has a tough three-part investigation out this week looking at corruption in an old Washington state pension... More

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Audit Notes: Not so scammy, engineer world, Americans’ low taxes

A Bloomberg View column’s alleged scamming of the FDIC looks perfectly legal

William D. Cohan roughs up newly former SEC Chief Mary Schapiro and former Fed Vice Chairman Alan Blinder in a... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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