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Bloomberg on Cherry-Picking Executive “Peers” to Inflate Pay

Bloomberg News has a good piece on how companies inflate CEO pay by comparing them to "peers" that are out... More

Audit Notes: The ER Boiler Room, Jeremy Hunt, UK Austerity Fails

Jessica Silver-Greenberg has an alarming page-one story in The New York Times on how hospitals are letting in third-party debt... More

The Journal Misses on Ebooks and Antitrust

It's usually wise to read an "experts say" story a little more skeptically than you normally would. That's the case... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch Minister Edition

The Murdoch scandal heated (hotted?) up yet again today with James Murdoch's testimony to the Leveson Inquiry, and it now... More

60 Minutes Revisits Lehman, Valukas, and Repo 105

Remember the Valukas Report? That court-appointed bankruptcy examiner's investigation into the collapse of Lehman Brothers found a number of colorable... More

Audit Notes: Blame the Lenders, Government Scandals, Corrections

Abigail Caplovitz Field at Firedoglake writes a good post explaining why the blame-the-borrowers meme is ultimately misguided—and dangerous: Houses are... More

The Times’s Extraordinary Wal-Mart Investigation

David Barstow's epic Wal-Mart investigation in the Sunday New York Times has already lopped $10 billion off the company's market... More

Audit Notes: The Pentagon’s Privatized Propaganda, Chesapeake, Inequality

This story is just amazing: A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to... More

The NYT Goes Backward on Digital Ads

The New York Times Company's first quarter earnings, reported yesterday, left a lot to be desired. About.com, the company's web-only... More

Audit Notes: Luskin and Krugman, Bailouts, Minimum Wage,

Brad DeLong catches Donald Luskin in a doozy. Luskin calls out Paul Krugman for saying in 2000 that the Dow... More

Excellent Reuters Probe Uncovers a CEO’s Billion-Dollar Loans

Reuters has a fantastic piece of enterprise reporting on natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy, reporting on serious conflicts of interest... More

Audit TV: Dean Starkman at the Narrative Arc Conference

Take a look at Audit Chief Dean Starkman's speech last month to the Narrative Arc conference at Boston University. Dean's... More

Audit Notes: Bank Run, Silicon Valley Small-ball, Anti-Free

Michael Lewis, who says he sympathizes with the Occupy Wall Street movement, interviews himself on what he would do if... More

The New York Times Company in 2015

Trendlines—as of right now—don’t point to its demise

Will The New York Times Company survive as a stand-alone firm past 2015? That's unknowable, of course. A lot can... More

Audit Notes: French Capital, French Economists, Hulu’s Paywall

Bloomberg's Mark Whitehouse is good to report that as the Eurocrisis flares again, with Spain in the spotlight now, investors... More

Audit Notes: Carr on Amazon, Muni Broadband, Too Big to Fail

David Carr's New York Times column today on Amazon, Apple, and the book publishers is excellent. He calls the Department... More

Audit Notes: Ebooks, Amazon, and Apple Edition

Barry C. Lynn, author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction, writes a good Slate piece... More

Bloomberg Scrutinizes JPMorgan Chase

Bloomberg News has an important story today showing how press favorite Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase has ramped up risk in... More

The Minimum Wage in Context

The New York Times reports that even in a weak economy, there's a fairly serious push for increasing the historically... More

Ebooks and Antitrust

The Justice Department sues Apple and five book publishers for fighting Amazon

Back in 2010, a giant retailer had 90 percent of a market—a near total monopoly (monopsony, if you want to... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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