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Best of 2012: Ryan Chittum

The Audit’s deputy editor picks his favorite posts of the year

The Washington Post Co.’s Self-Destructive Course — Dividends, share buybacks, and an anti-paywall stance help bleed the paper dry. CNBC:... More

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Must-reads of 2012: business

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Vast Mexico Bribery Case... More

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The Louisiana newspaper war

The Advocate picks up 23,500 readers in less than three months in New Orleans

The Baton Rouge Advocate is making a run at a weakened Times-Picayune in New Orleans. The paper, which started a... More

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Hearst buckles under advertiser pressure

The Times Union caves after reader-response post dinged real estate agents

It's been a long time since we've seen anything as craven as the Albany Times-Union's capitulation to real estate agents... More

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Audit Notes: Instaflim-flam, off the Hamster Wheel, Hulu

The New York Times raises questions about a CEO’s sworn testimony

The New York Times's Nick Bilton reports that Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom appears to have misled regulators asking about Facebook's... More

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Bloomberg on the impacts of inequality

One longtime McDonald’s worker’s story says a lot about the economy

Bloomberg has an excellent story on low-wage work and inequality, comparing a longtime McDonald's worker to the company's CEO, who... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon’s shell company, The Lens, Plain Dealer cuts

Reuters unwinds how the online retail giant avoided taxes via Luxembourg

Reuters has a nice investigation into Amazon's vigorous tax avoidance, and this time it's not about sales taxes. The wire... More

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Paywall illogic

Steve Buttry distorts our arguments—and the evidence

Followers of the hot ‘n heavy paywall debate—all seven of you—may find it hard to believe, but there’s plenty of... More

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Audit Notes: paying for news edition

NYT cuts would surely have been much worse without its paywall

The New York Times, after a weak third quarter, is cutting 30 senior editors positions. "Senior editor" can mean a... More

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Audit Notes: News Corp./Wall Street Journal edition

Gerard Baker takes the reins of The Wall Street Journal

Robert Thomson will become CEO of the news-focused News Corp. (the other new company will be called Fox Group) after... More

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Anti-paywall dead-enders

Why worry about evidence when you can argue against straw men?

In 1944, Lt. Hiroo Onoda was sent by the Japanese Army to the remote Philippine Island of Lubang with instructions... More

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Audit Notes: pyramid people, Disney and ABC, no USA Today paywall

Roddy Boyd digs into a diet-shake pyramid scheme

The investigative journalist Roddy Boyd has some excellent reporting on a multilevel marketing company (read: pyramid scheme) called ViSalus: ViSalus... More

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Hot air Rises Above on CNBC

An anchor pins a minor dip in stocks on the TV appearance of a minor politician

Rise Above, if you're among the 99.95 percent of the country who don't watch CNBC on a given day, is... More

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Audit Notes: WaPo on Avandia, giving away the store, plutocrats

Report shows how drug research is corrupted by corporate money

The Washington Post's Peter Whoriskey has another outstanding story in his series on the Avandia drug scandal at GlaxoSmithKline and... More

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Audit Notes: FT’s Fairhead is out; BofA CEO stonewalls; Rent a Quote

But Pearson says the paper is not for sale.

FT Group CEO Rona Fairhead got denied the top job at Pearson and so is stepping down as chairman and... More

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Amazon sharecroppers

The Seattle Times on the hometown giant’s uneasy relationship with its merchants

The Seattle Times has another good story on Amazon, this time reporting on the hometown giant's lopsided relationship with its... More

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Audit Notes: not Fortune tellers; Foursquare, two million; Big Ten

The magazine’s picks for future Apple and Microsoft CEOs go awry immediately

Fortune peered into its crystal ball for the October 29 issue and came up with four "best bets" on who's... More

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Audit Notes: the free model, Coulson and Brooks, another DOJ stunt

A musician writes a compelling business argument against Pandora

The free model isn't just a failure for newspapers. It doesn't work in music either, as this terrific Pitchfork piece... More

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Rise Above, CNBC’s move into advocacy

Corporate America’s house organ starts an anti-political political campaign

Any time you see Wall Street CEOs and CNBC campaigning for what they call the common good, it's worth raising... More

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Audit Notes: marginal taxes, a redesign for core readers, Murdoch

An NYT’s anecdote’s confusion goes uncorrected

The New York Times flubs some reporting on how investors and well off people are bracing for higher tax rates:... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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