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Paywalls: Maybe Not So Complicated After All

Thinking over Clay Shirky’s piece on the success of the NYT model

Clay Shirky, a leading paywall skeptic, deserves credit for grappling with what is now generally conceded to be the clear... More

Audit Notes: Triple Dip; Bloomberg Terminals; Goldman, AIG, and the Fed

Jeffrey Verschleiser is in the news for renting out the entire ninety-four room Hotel Jerome this weekend for his daughter's... More

Famous Last Words From the Fed

Assessing coverage of newly released transcripts from just before the crash

The big papers go page one today, as they should, with reports on newly released transcriptions from 2006 Federal Reserve... More

Audit Notes: Romney’s Black Box, Banker Probe, Laffer Curveball

Politico makes a good point about how reporters are having something of a hard time assessing Mitt Romney's tenure at... More

Misleading Readers on Romney’s “$12 Million Teardown”

The value is almost all in the land

We've heard a lot about $12 million teardowns lately. Tiger Woods's ex-wife Elin Nordegren is tearing down her $12 million... More

The Banker Finds Possible “Trouble” at Chase (UPDATED)

Debt-collection lawsuits dry up in at least five states, raising questions about past practices

Back in June, The Wall Street Journal reported a big scoop that press favorite Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase had dropped... More

Audit Notes: Kent State Court, Corporate Taxes, the Communion Wafer Industry

Hats off to The Daily Kent Stater and reporter Doug Brown for exposing how the university was about to name... More

Wall Street’s Toxic Touch

Bloomberg View's Mark Whitehouse points to a fascinating report on new evidence showing how badly Wall Street screwed investors in... More

Audit Notes: Swiped, Hit List, Journo Demographics

Bloomberg News has an interesting story on a dispute between a Utah restaurant and Visa and Mastercard. The card companies... More

It’s the WSJ’s Turn on Romney’s Private Equity Record

Mitt Romney's tenure at private-equity firm Bain Capital is the gift that will keep on giving for journalists. Reuters reported... More

Audit Notes: GE and Subprime, WaPo on Recess, Fed Fumes on Housing

The Center for Public Integrity’s Michael Hudson continues one of the most important series of the last year, on how... More

Reuters on Romney’s Private-Equity Past

How Bain Capital profited as workers got crushed

Reuters has a great look today at how Mitt Romney's Bain Capital loaded up a steel company with debt, mismanaged... More

Audit Notes: Citi Fees, A Bipartisan Bloomberg Dream, The Toil Index

Felix Salmon reports on an awful new fee Citigroup has cooked up to milk its customers. The bank will charge... More

The WSJ Eyes Analyst-Shopping

Call me naive, but I didn't know that companies launching IPOs were still overtly shopping around for banks with favorable... More

Best of 2011: Ryan Chittum

The Audit’s deputy editor picks his top CJR stories from the past year

Rupert Murdoch and the Corporate Culture of News Corp. On the pressing question of how much Rupert Murdoch is a... More

Audit Notes: Newsstand Success, Paywalls and Tacos, WSJ on Debt Collectors

How much has Apple's Newsstand increased sales of magazine apps. It's hard to say, but Peter Kafka posts a chart... More

The Guardian’s Big Hacking-Scandal Error

Failing to attribute its deleted-messages assertion left it open to attack

When The Guardian dropped its Milly Dowler bombshell back in July, I called the News Corporation hacking it reported "abhorrent... More

Audit Notes: Rattner Gets a Pass, NYT’s Golden Parachute, No Rhodes Scholar

New York Times reporter Geraldine Fabrikant writes a column for Reuters, oddly, on the pass former New York Times reporter,... More

The Journal on Congress’s Inside Dope for Investors

The Wall Street Journal continues to investigate the fuzzy intersection between Congress and insider trading, with a good page-one story... More

Bloomberg Takes on the Big Lie of the Crisis

Bloomberg takes a crack at knocking down what Barry Ritholtz correctly calls the Big Lie of the crisis, that government... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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

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