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FT: SEC Investigates a Magnetar Deal

The FT's Kara Scannell scoops that the SEC is investigating a Magnetar CDO deal, probing Merrill Lynch and its handpicked... More

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Audit notes: Buffett on newspapers, Times-Picayune, SEC lets Lehman go

A vow to invest in newspapers and protect them from interference

This is the most hopeful thing I've read about the business of newspapers in a long, long time: I'll quote... More

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Audit notes: Dollar dictator, the SEC’s small fry, Americans go Swiss

The Federal Reserve doesn’t answer solely to Ben Bernanke

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien, whom you should really be reading, raises an important point lost in all the discussion about... More

Audit Notes: Lehman, Off the Hook; Foreclosure Scandal; Bloomberg Snooze

Bloomberg News scoops that the fearsome SEC is going to let top executives from Lehman Brothers off the hook without... More

Audit Notes: Magnetar Misled, Anonymous But On the Record, WSJ Jet Probe

I wrote about JPMorgan's Magnetar settlement this morning, but it's important to note that it shows once and for all... More

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Audit Notes: Statute of limitations, whither The Daily, Romney’s taxes

The WSJ on how the clock may (or may not) be running out on the SEC

The Wall Street Journal is good to keep an eye on the statutes of limitation clocks that are running out... More

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Bank of America’s Merrill scandal reignites

The NYT reports former CEO Ken Lewis admits shareholders got bad information

The New York Times's Gretchen Morgenson has a big story today on how Bank of America fooled shareholders into approving... More

Fraud Without Fraudsters; Fraud Without “Fraud”

The SEC’s settlement with JPMorgan Chase on a Magnetar deal

How is it possible to file a civil fraud lawsuit against a bank without filing them against a banker? That's... More

Matt Taibbi vs. the SEC

Rolling Stone gets no credit from most of the press for a huge scoop

Matt Taibbi’s 5,000-word exposé of the SEC’s document-shredding is a magnificent piece of journalism, and is the first and last... More

Outsourcing Investigations to the Suspects

The Washington Post looks at how the SEC lets companies probe themselves

If you're a watchdog/government regulator and you suspect a company of committing crimes, it's probably not the best idea to... More

ProPublica Has Questions for the SEC on Its Citi Settlement

I really like how ProPublica covers the SEC's $285 million settlement with Citigroup this week. The commission nicked Citi for... More

Reuters Brings a Deustche Derivatives Whistleblower to the Surface

Reuters's Matthew Goldstein has an eye-raising scoop today, reporting that Deutsche Bank fired a top credit default swaps trader in... More

SEC Scooplets From the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the SEC is finally considering charging the credit raters—critical components of the... More

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The Times gives the SEC’s Khuzami a parting kiss

The enforcement chief still gets the “new sheriff in town” treatment

It's at least easy to understand the logic, however icky, of the beat sweetener, that staple of news coverage that... More

The SEC’s Madoff Mess Gets Worse

The commission’s former top lawyer faces a possible criminal conflict of interest investigation

Louise Story and Gretchen Morgenson report that the SEC's inspector general is referring the David M. Becker case to the... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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