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When Government Acts Like Private Industry

The Wall Street Journal is good this morning to look at how public entities dirtied their hands in the bubble... More

Audit Notes: Underemployment, Rogue Industry, Schedule A

The St. Petersburg Times's has an excellent profile of an MBA who's gone from a six-figure job to bagging groceries... More

Bloomberg’s Overdraft Story Doesn’t Have the Goods

Bloomberg has its heart in the right place with a story on banks seeking new prey, err, revenue streams to... More

NYT Shows Banks Playing Dirty on Overdrafts

The New York Times is excellent to spotlight how banks are using aggressive marketing tactics to try to trick customers... More

Audit Notes: Goldman-Greece, Planet Money, Leverage Limits

The Wall Street Journal flooded the zone on the Goldman-Greece debt scandal with a troika of stories today. On page... More

The WSJ Is Hit and Miss on Geithner

The Wall Street Journal has some interesting reporting this morning on Tim Geithner—reporting that doesn't do him any good. But... More

Audit Notes: Uh Oh, Joe Cassano; Asian Markets; BW Hires

Reuters reports that AIG may have misled investors on material information related to its exposure to subprime mortgages. Investigative reporter... More

Mortgage Securitization in the Roaring Twenties

Floyd Norris has a fascinating column today on new research that shows, yet again, that there's nothing new under the... More

Bloomberg’s Reilly Wrecks the Lex on Fed/AIG

Bloomberg's David Reilly has a terrific column up today on the New York Federal Reserve and what's wrong with its... More

Audit Notes: Lex Dreck, Recourse, Extend and Pretend

This is a bad sentiment for a journalist to have: Postmortems are revealing. But too much poking is damaging. That's... More

Goldman, Gawker, and the Journal

Here's a good example of reporting by old media getting amplified and expanded upon by new media. The Wall Street... More

Newsday Paywall Is Barely Affecting Local Traffic

The news that Newsday has signed up just thirty-five online subscribers since it put its Web site behind a paywall... More

Bloomberg’s One-Source Stories

One of the essentials of writing a news story is to talk to more than one source. That's so basic... More

Audit Notes: Schedule AIG, Leveraging Pensions, Bank Labor v. Capital

The mysterious AIG Schedule A, which the Federal Reserve concealed from the public (read our account here of how reporter... More

Outside the Forties

We've often complained that the press, much less politicians and the regulators, are still playing three-yards-and-a-cloud-of dust ball between the... More

Advancing the AIG Story

Today is AIG day and there's lots of interesting stuff out there in the press (not to mention Geithner live... More

Advertising for Apple

AdAge points out that Apple's new tablet may not exactly part the sea for the press, but it will probably... More

Audit Notes: The Newsday 35, WSJ Sun, Davos

The New York Observer's John Koblin has had a busy day. First he broke a story on Newsday's paywall, which... More

Revisiting the SIGTARP AIG Investigation

The AIG backdoor-bailout story continues to build, with the TARP special inspector general now re-opening an investigation into the matter.... More

Audit Notes: Counterparties Relevant, Goldman/AIG, Beck on Stocks

We've been asking this question for a few months now: Why did Tim Geithner tell the TARP special inspector general... 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”

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