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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

The WSJ on the GOP’s $36 Million Man

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story today on a billionaire you've probably never heard of who's become... More

Audit Notes: Skynet News, Gawker’s High-Low Strategy, Oil Speculators

Evgeny Morozov has a must-read piece at Slate on the rise of journalism bots, which Forbes now employs to write... More

Gawker Misreads the WSJ on Vaccines and Immunity (UPDATED)

Gawker totally misreads a Wall Street Journal story on numbskulls who don't vaccinate their kids, writing that it means "Oregonian... More

Audit Notes: Newspaper of the Year, Leverage, Wemple vs. Wolff

In 2011, The Guardian had one of the best years any paper has ever had. Its reporting on the systemic... More

The NYT Paywall Hums Along

The New York Times's paywall continues to outperform expectations at its first birthday. The paper says it now has 454,000... More

Audit Notes: Responsible Populism, Tom Frank on Elites, Shlaes and Inflation

Simon Johnson writes about what he calls "responsible populism," not populism as it is so often portrayed in the press... More

Why Making More Money Is Groovy, And Makes You Richer

You might think this is an Onion-style parody of a column by a right-wing think tanker: But it's no joke.... More

Audit Notes: Greg Smith, Mike Daisey, David Carr

Quote of the day goes either to Bloomberg or The Epicurean Dealmaker. It's a tough one. Bloomberg finds Morgan Stanley... More

Audit Notes: 1966 Wages, Fracking’s Chickens and Eggs, Whistleblowers

David Cay Johnston looks at the latest income-distribution data from Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, and notes that in this... More

The NAA Newspaper Numbers

Alan Mutter looks at the 2011 numbers out of the Newspaper Association of America, which he notes were "quietly published."... More

Mad Libs, New York Times Executive Pay Edition

The New York Times likes to inveigh against executive compensation practices on its editorial pages, and its newsroom has done... More

Audit TV: Has the Business Press Failed the Public Trust?

Audit Boss Dean Starkman's cover story in the last issue of CJR argued that business journalism had narrowed its gaze... More

Greg Smith and Goldman Sachs

It's tempting to get all savvy and snarky about Greg Smith's op-ed in The New York Times this morning on... More

Audit Notes: Fast Food Nation at 10, U.S. Inequality, Marilyn Hagerty

Eric Schlosser revisits his muckraking epic Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal for The Daily Beast,... More

American Banker Delves into Debt-Collecting Woes at Chase

It looks more and more like the foreclosure scandal is a symptom of a larger problem. American Banker's Jeff Horwitz... More

Audit Notes: Charles Murray’s Lunch, Morgenson on Fairfax, Knight-Ridder’s iPad

The Globe and Mail's Doug Saunders writes this on Twitter: What Charles Murray had for lunch while telling the FT... More

A Dim-Bulb Story From the Washington Post

New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman's office this afternoon sent out a press release hammering the Washington Post's page-one story on... More

200 Years of Citi

An alternate history

Bloomberg's Christine Harper, on Twitter, notes that Citigroup's corporate timeline, launched in a must-have new iPad app called Citi News,... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

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

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