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The Seattle Times Takes On Hometown Amazon

A tough series on the dark side of the booming local company

Here in Seattle, Amazon is growing like crazy, adding thousands of jobs and building several skyscrapers just off downtown, something... More

Audit Notes: Wells Bells, Nontaxpayers, Facebook Apps and Privacy

The Huffington Post reports that Elizabeth Magner, a federal judge in Louisiana, hit Wells Fargo with $3.1 million in punitive... More

Audit Notes: Paul Ryan’s Very Serious Budget, The London Whale

Paul Krugman hammers colleague David Brooks today, writing about unnamed commentators "pretending to be moderates or at any rate only... More

The Ethics of Social News Apps

I don't know about you but my Facebook feed has gotten creepy and cringeworthy these days, and it's thanks to... More

Audit Notes: Sky News Hacking, JPMorgan Fined, False Balance

Murdoch's hacking scandal continues to metastasize, spreading to Sky News now, which admitted when asked by The Guardian that it... More

NYT Examines Chris Christie’s Corporate Welfare Machine

Charlie Bagli takes a nice look in The New York Times at the corporate-welfare machine that is Chris Christie's administration... More

Audit Notes: Shareholder Revolution Edition

This AlterNet piece finds some revealing quotes from the Business Roundtable that show how that influential group's views on who... More

All You Can Eat Magazines

Ken Doctor reports on a promising venture from five major publishers

Ken Doctor has a very interesting report for the Nieman Journalism Lab on the new consortium called Next Issue Media... More

Audit Notes: NBC’s Selective Edits, Bloomberg Clickbait, Secrecy

NBC News has apologized for editing tapes of George Zimmerman's 911 call to make it look like he said Trayvon... More

What Do I Owe You?

Don’t ask Bank of America

When a bank sells bad debts to third-party collectors, the first order of business would seem to be to tell... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s CDOs, Too Big to Fail Consensus, Need to Know

Fortune's Stephen Gandel reports that the SEC is likely to file fraud charges against Goldman Sachs for its 2006 Fremont... More

Bloomberg BusinessWeek Cuts the Guruspeak

Capital New York takes a quick but revealing look at how and why Bloomberg BusinessWeek has revolutionized the business magazine,... More

Audit Notes: Cookbooks and News, Too Big to Fail, Paul Ryan

Ken Doctor has a good post for Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab on why news organizations need to be ramping up... More

Harry Potter Hits the E-Book Market

I've never understood quite why, in a digital age that allows companies to sell directly to their customers, that book... More

Audit Notes: Chart of the Day, Trayvon Martin Sourcing, Updates

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien pulls the chart of the day from Ireland's Central Statistics Office: This shows the change in... More

The WaPo Ombudsman’s Faulty Paywall Analysis

The NYT’s meter is saving or adding more than $70 million in revenue a year already

Washington Post ombudsman Patrick B. Pexton has a flawed analysis on the logic of a possible paywall there and on... More

Audit Notes: Hollywood Rolls, Ryan’s Loopholes, Regulation and Racing

Looking at this Wall Street Journal graphic, you'd think Hollywood has been on some kind of epic roll the last... More

Sourcing Trayvon Martin “Photos” From Stormfront

Not a good idea, Business Insider

Business Insider runs a linkbait post with a graphic of Trayvon Martin images it found on the neonazi website Stormfront.... More

Audit Notes: N.J., Paragon of Clean Government; Algae Fuel, Fees, The Rich (UPDATED)

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil just guts a Center for Public Integrity report card on state corruption. It found that New Jersey... More

The AP’s Weak Coverage of Its New Boss

The Associated Press has a new CEO. So how does the AP cover it? Not very well. AP hired McClatchy... 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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