Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Last Update: Wed 2:50 PM EST

Author Archive

Articles by Ryan Chittum | Email the Author

Audit Notes: Strong Leder, Online Ads, CNBC Deathmatch

The Wall Street Journal has a very good leder today looking at how the dearth of credit is crimping... More

Blogs Beat the Press on the Lehman Brothers Scandal

And just like that the Lehman Brothers scandal drops off the front pages. And not just the front pages—the section... More

Michael Lewis Drops Some Wisdom on Wall Street

I haven't read Michael Lewis's sure-to-be blockbuster The Big Short yet, but everybody ought to watch his appearance on 60... More

Audit Notes: Google “Grandeur,” Toxic Pet, Stop the Presses?

Valleywag's Ryan Tate hammers Google about its "Six Delusions of Grandeur." Tate points to this stunning quote in Fortune from... More

The Lehman Scandal Breaks Wide Open

Will Repo 105 be the Chewco and JEDI of this crisis, and are we finally about to see some people... More

Audit Notes: Investigative Budgets, Cable BS, The Audit Outsourced

Amount the Lehman Brothers court examiner spent to investigate that single company: $38 million. Amount Congress has budgeted for the... More

The Really Real S&P 500

I wrote a post called "The Real Dow" a couple of months ago about how the press almost always fails... More

Gensler, Derivatives, and the Causes of the Crisis

A Times story brings up several critical points for coverage of Wall Street and reform

The New York Times profiles Gary Gensler, the Goldman alum and former deregulation advocate who's now pursuing reform with the... More

Audit Notes: FT “News,” Overdrafts Over at BofA, No Marketwatchdog

There they go again. The Financial Times has a scoop so big it thought it decided we media types couldn't... More

Cranston Attorney Now a Journal Star

It's probably a bad sign if you're a Rhode Island lawyer who's the subject of two page-one Wall Street Journal... More

Times Peeks Inside CFPA Dealmaking

The New York Times has a great scoop on the making of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency bill sausage. No... More

Audit Notes: Sorkin GOP, Multi-Task Meacham, Salmon, Simon

Andrew Ross Sorkin dips his toe into political commentary today in his DealBook column. Maybe he should stick to mergers:... More

Big Money, No Funny

I get that everybody's trying to hop on the video bandwagon now since ad CPMs are so much higher than... More

Credit Cards, Credit Scores, and Citigroup

In case you didn't know it—the banks still have you over a barrel. David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times... More

Lowenstein’s Consumer Protection Stinker

Faulty logic and a false choice on banks

Roger Lowenstein is too contrarian for his own good with his latest Bloomberg column. He writes that "Smart Banks With... More

Audit Notes: Glades Crusade, Greenspan Deflects, Whatever Happened to…?

The New York Times's excellent investigation into Florida's deal for thousands of acres in the Everglades finds an awful lot... More

Bloomberg Shows Banks Teetering with Market Prices

Some good reporting by Bloomberg today shows how the banking system is dependent on make-believe accounting to help prop it... More

Before Preemption There Was Riegle-Neal

That may be the least-SEO-friendly headline of all time, but hey, we're not the Huffington Post! This from the Journal's... More

Audit Notes: God of Journalism, Pandit Panned, Wolff’s Own Medicine

The new-hire newsroom memo has long been a hotbed of puffery—a place where journalists consistently put aside their cynicism and... More

Carrying Water for White-Collar Criminals

William D. Cohan pleads for a Goldman convict to be pardoned

Edward Ericson Jr. of Baltimore City Paper points us to a long, weird William D. Cohan blog piece at New... 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

  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.

Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.