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AT&T Buys Nonprofit Support for its Anticompetitive Merger

Politico and the Washington Post follow the money

It ought to raise eyebrows when groups like the NAACP, GLAAD, and the nation's largest teachers union lobby to approve... More

Audit Notes: AP Spill, Reporting on Your Parent, Bloomberg Babies

This Associated Press story had me scratching my head. It says Citgo spilled 265,000 barrels of oil in the Delaware... More

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Audit Notes: Columbia navel-gazing edition

A tech site takes down Michael Wolff’s thoughts on Twitter

It's always fun to see a Michael Wolff trolling get demolished. This one's at the hands of PandoDaily's Hamish McKenzie.... More

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Carney’s conspiracy theory

White House Press Secretary sees GOP operatives in good journalism

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blamed GOP operatives for revealing that Susan Rice, President Obama’s presumed favorite... More

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CBS goofs up the green beat

Network fails to disclose M. Sanjayan’s affiliation and ties to source

Only two months after hiring him, CBS News has already botched a report from its new science and environment contributor,... More

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Digging for dark money

Guardian, CPI expose secretive climate-denial funding network

Just over a year ago, Peter Gleick, a scientist and climate-change activist, obtained a cache of internal documents from The... More

ESPN Obscures Its Own Role in the Conference Realignment Mess

The network’s $300 million deal with Texas, at the heart of the news, goes almost unmentioned

If you cover college sports for ESPN, you've got a real problem right now. The biggest story these days is... More

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Junkets masquerading as prizes

To avoid conflicts of interest, read the fine print

With dwindling support for travel in most newsrooms, journalists may be tempted to apply for one of the many prizes... More

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Native ads: Advertorial for the digital age

Talking Points Memo, Andrew Sullivan, and advertising as a necessary evil

The native-ad wars have flared up again, this time over Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo, the longtime standard bearer for... More

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Networks lose two veteran science reporters

ABC News and NBC News say they will replace Potter and Bazell

Last month witnessed the retirement of two longtime science correspondents for network news, Ned Potter of ABC and Robert Bazell... More

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Reuters gets a scalp

Its fantastic reporting takes down Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon

Reuters had already gotten results for its outstanding investigation into Chesapeake Energy and the conflicts of its swashbuckling CEO Aubrey... 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

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When a news executive sits on a bank’s board

The FT Group’s Fairhead is a director of troubled HSBC

It’s unusual—rare, even—for the CEO of a major financial news and information concern to serve on the board of directors... More

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Windmills, tourism, and transparency

Maine blogger’s ongoing conflict-of-interest problems spark concern

The former executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, who's now a fulltime media personality covering travel and outdoors... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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