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3 things big media can do to save independent journalism

This is adapted from Rebecca MacKinnon’s 2012 Hearst New Media Lecture, given at Columbia’s J-school on April 19

By advocating Internet access that is open, interconnected, and neutral—which is not what's happening now—Rebecca MacKinnon argues that big media... More

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Audit notes: Blodget’s anonymous Zuck fans, Ongo no-go, social news apps

New York cover story dispenses with named sources

Here's the sourcing in Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget's New York cover story on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: "a colleague... More

Audit Notes: CDO Charges, Facebook’s Board, Deficits

Sure enough, the Justice Department charged former Credit Suisse CDO executive Kareem Serageldin with fraud for allegedly artificially inflating CDO... More

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Audit Notes: China slows, Romney’s taxes, copyright

Inventories pile up, posing another threat to the global economy

The New York Times looks at a glut of goods clogging up Chinese warehouses—an ominous sign for the global economy:... More

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Audit notes: Commercialization, GM and Facebook, Saverin’s taxes

Conor Friedersdorf makes a nice catch on Tom Friedman's Sunday column bemoaning the commercialization of seemingly all aspects of American... More

Audit Notes: Dodger Money, Social News Apps, U.S. Mowing Bills

Andrew Ross Sorkin writes a tough column on the group of investors buying (or supposedly buying) the Los Angeles Dodgers... More

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Audit notes: Facebook disclosure, Facebook value, soft corruption

Business Insider's Henry Blodget, who knows a thing or two about analyst/IPO scandals, writes that Facebook and/or its bankers could... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

I'm happy to say I was wrong (and Felix was right) in guessing that retail investors would jump into Facebook... More

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Audit Notes: Facebook IPO edition

Why the flop matters

Joe Nocera glosses over the problem with Facebook's IPO in arguing that we shouldn't care whether its shares plunged after... More

Audit Notes: Foreclosure Scandal, Gold Still Not a Record, Facebook Ads

The Washington Post drops this eye-raising info from a Long Island judge who's not happy with the banks' actions in... More

Audit Notes: Goldman and Facebook, Chainsaws, Hudson on Tax History

Francine McKenna sums up the problem with Facebook's Goldman Sachs investment pretty succinctly over at Forbes: Facebook wants the public’s... More

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Audit Notes: Instaflim-flam, off the Hamster Wheel, Hulu

The New York Times raises questions about a CEO’s sworn testimony

The New York Times's Nick Bilton reports that Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom appears to have misled regulators asking about Facebook's... More

Audit Notes: Minimum Wage and the Recession, Facebook’s Numbers, Most Powerless

The Wall Street Journal runs an editorial today criticizing Mitt Romney for his support for increasing the minimum wage and... More

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Audit Notes: NYT yacht coverage, Diluted tech stocks, CNBC

How stock options obscure what companies like Facebook are really worth

The New York Times takes a tough look at a pressing issue in our struggling economy: "How to Keep Yachting... More

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Audit Notes: that 1930s feeling, Facebook small fry, Carter’s Grove

Martin Wolf’s hair is on fire

Martin Wolf's hair is on fire in the Financial Times: Suppose that in June 2007 you had been told that... More

Audit Notes: Wells Bells, Nontaxpayers, Facebook Apps and Privacy

The Huffington Post reports that Elizabeth Magner, a federal judge in Louisiana, hit Wells Fargo with $3.1 million in punitive... More

Better to Be Skeptical Than Sanguine About Soaring Tech Valuations (UPDATED)

Henry Blodget's Business Insider runs a column today from a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist arguing that there's no new... More

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Collateral damage: news organizations, free speech, and the Internet

This is the text of this year’s Hearst New Media Lecture, given April 19 at the Columbia Journalism School

How many more years will need to pass before we can stop calling digitally networked media “new”? After all, this... More

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Come for the Facebook spat, stay for the child welfare story

Yes, there was a social media dustup between SC politicians last week. There’s also a real story here that local media have been on since last fall

CHARLESTON, SC -- Late last week, a Facebook spat between South Carolina's Republican governor and an oft-supportive GOP state senator... More

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Facebook as a reporting tool

The new graph search gives journalists a way to construct a trend story without picking up the phone. Is this a good thing?

You have a Facebook account. I know this because everyone has a Facebook account. And you are a journalist. I... 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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