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South African welfare queens gorge on lamb and macaroni as anecdotal Bloomberg fails data test

The wire misses badly

You can tell right from the headline on this Bloomberg News story that the piece is going to be seriously... More

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The Journal and the bond king

A brutal piece takes on Bill Gross and PIMCO’s corporate culture

What does it take to make someone quit a $100 million a year job? The Wall Street Journal's Greg Zuckerman... More

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Calling all entries for Best Business Writing 2014

The third book in The Audit’s annual series

We're in the process of putting together the third book in our Best Business Writing series with Columbia University Press,... More

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The WhatsApp coverage

Facebook’s rich purchase of a social-media company turns heads

It sure feels like a watershed moment. Facebook bought the messaging service WhatsApp yesterday for $19 billion in cash and... More

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Audit Notes: Wall Street’s secret society, Euro joblessness, Sorkin

Kevin Roose crashes the Kappa Beta Phi party

Financial reporters have long wondered just what goes on inside Kappa Beta Phi, Wall Street's elite secret society. Kevin Roose,... More

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Murdoch’s hard-paywall success

The Times of London makes it work

I've criticized Rupert Murdoch for his hard-paywall strategy at The Times of London, arguing that a metered model a la... More

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Audit Notes: Twitter math, guard labor, M&A and oligopoly

Newsweek and stock valuations

This is an odd little Newsweek item on "Twitter's Dicey 2013." Newsweek notes that Twitter's fourth-quarter earnings disappointed investors, who... More

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Roger Goodell’s salary stunner

Great sports reporting puts $44 million payday for the NFL commissioner in context

SportsBusiness Daily reports that the National Football League gave a big raise to its commissioner, Roger Goodell, who took in... More

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Statistical illusions

How readers perceive numbers is important too

We've talked about how the press feeds into the questionable narrative that we're in another housing bubble. Here's a good... More

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The front-group impresario

The New York Times and Boston Globe take on Rick Berman

It's always good to see a newspaper take on Rick Berman, the PR powerhouse who specializes in organizing deceptive corporate... More

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Audit Notes: Re/coding the Valley, Kellogg’s labor fight

A look inside the bubble

Re/code's Nellie Bowles went to a Startup and Tech Mixer in downtown San Francisco and came away with an instant... More

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An FT story lets Wall Street off the hook

On mortgage fraud and willful blindness

The Financial Times has a very interesting profile of former Bakersfield real estate guy Carl Cole, who's about to start... More

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NYT hasn’t been hit that hard

Parsing the numbers with Quartz and the WSJ

Quartz posts this graphic of New York Times Company revenues going back to 2003, asking "Can the New York Times's... More

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The NYT on the right track

A solid quarter tops off a very good financial year for the Times

The New York Times's paywall picked up another 33,000 customers in the fourth quarter, bringing its total to 760,000 digital... More

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Gannett’s print-focused paywalls flounder

The quality imperative and charging for news online

Gannett's fourth-quarter newspaper results, announced Tuesday, were basically miserable. Revenue at its publishing segment dropped 4.6 percent in the fourth... More

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The ratings game

The Super Bowl, the Oscars, and the numbers

David Carr got into the Super Bowl media scrum with a thumbsucker about why so many people watch the Super... More

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Audit Notes: NYT TV, Blodget invests in a paywall, Downworthy

The Times can’t keep up with advertiser demand for video ads

Capital New York's Joe Pompeo reports that The New York Times can't create enough video to satisfy advertiser demand and... More

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The trust-fund newspaper

The Guardian’s windfall ensures its long-term future

The Guardian, which until not that long ago was respected but little-read outside the UK, is now in the front... More

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Bloomberg’s viral misquote

Big Pharma CEO Marijn Dekkers didn’t quite say what they said he did

Last week, Bloomberg News stuffed a jarring quote from Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers at the bottom of a piece on... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg’s big impact; WSJ good on EU inflation, bad on crediting NYT

Trading behaviors changed in the wake of the wire’s foreign-exchange investigation

Bloomberg News continues its excellent reporting on the foreign-exchange scandal it uncovered last June, reporting that odd fluctuations in exchange... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

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

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

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