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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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