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Major papers’ longform meltdown

Stories longer than 2,000 words down 86 percent at the LAT since 2003, 50 percent at WaPo, etc.

No one equates story-length with quality. Let’s start with that concession. But still. Story-length is hardly meaningless when you consider... More

“There is no ‘The Tea Party’”

East and West Coast Times’s different approaches to the movement

Tea Party Patriots co-founder and national coordinator Mark Meckler was the lead quote-giver in major New York Times and Los... More

L.A. Times Examines Trump’s Gold-Plated Corporate Welfare

How do you handle covering a candidacy that's primarily a publicity stunt by a crazed ego and presshound—one with approximately... More

L.A. Times Quantifies the Dominance of the Finance Lobby

No “obtained” records here or even FOIAs; this info was in plain sight

The Los Angeles Times drops some good reporting this morning on regulation and the financial lobby, aggregating publicly available records... More

LAT on the U.S. As Low-Wage Offshoring Destination

Where does Ikea build a plant when it wants to offshore work to pay poverty wages, bust unions, force mandatory... More

LAT On Why Solyndra Dazzled the Private and Public Sectors

The Los Angeles Times has a really good look at the failure of Solyndra, the solar-power company that went bankrupt... More

LAT Watchdogs Wall Street on the GM IPO

The banks just can’t help themselves, and if shares soar, political problems await.

The L.A. Times takes a smart tack on the General Motors IPO story, reporting that it shows how Wall Street... More

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A concrete example of journalistic success

The Los Angeles Times expands on its outstanding coverage of earthquake risks

In media criticism as in journalism in general, it's easier to write compellingly about failure than success. As the old... More

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A failure to ‘ask the questions’

Why didn’t NBC, Fox News or CBS 2 examine Deborah Cavallaro’s insurance cancellation story before they aired it—like the LA Times did?

Deborah Cavallaro, a real estate agent in suburban Los Angeles, sure became a minor media celeb last week. Cavallaro, a... More

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A fault-finding mission

Los Angeles Times series seeks to make sure towers aren’t built along earthquake faults

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- When it comes to public service, journalists do some of their best work when focused on... More

A Medicare Miss at the LA Times

Some fact-checking, please

Medicare is a bear to write about. It’s tough for beneficiaries to understand, and unclear news stories only serve to... More

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After murders raise questions about parole supervision, LA Times sues for records

Paper invokes Jaycee Dugard precedent to argue for access to parole documents

Registered sex offenders Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, are accused of raping and murdering four women in... More

Amazon’s California Tax Battle

Fighting to delay the end of its unfair advantage

While billionaire Jeff Bezos is off crashing spaceships (or wannabe spaceships, anyway) in the West Texas desert, his company's unfair... More

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Amazon’s California tax squeeze

A WSJ follow story waters down an LAT scoop from two weeks ago

Amazon's long run of not paying collecting state and local sales taxes is coming to an end as legislatures finally... More

Audit Notes: Banks Mislead, The South and Unions, Shareholder Capitalism

Adam Levitin of Georgetown Law and Credit Slips calls out the banking lobby for an "incredibly dishonest" attempt to mislead... More

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Audit Notes: BLS BS, another print turnaround forecast, deficits

The LAT and CNBC let Jack Welch frame the jobs numbers

Don't miss Brendan Nyhan's excellent review of coverage of the unemployment-numbers conspiracy theory kicked off by Jack Welch on Friday.... More

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Audit Notes: California’s Enron echoes, Sox toolbox, the Dow’s decade

LAT on allegations that JPMorgan manipulated markets

— Michael Hiltzik had a good column two weeks ago on allegations that JPMorgan Chase manipulated California energy markets: The... More

Audit Notes: Daisey vs. Pogue, American Banker, LAT Paywall

Mike Daisey, of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, and the recent This American Life exposé of Apple's outsourced... More

Audit Notes: Justice’s Revolving Door, GE Probed, iBooks Author

Reuters's Scot J. Paltrow reports that Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder and the head of his criminal division worked for... More

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Audit Notes: Online polls, local TV news, HuffPost art

The LA Times runs with a shaky survey on wage theft

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple picks apart poor Los Angeles Times coverage of an Internet survey that found that 90... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

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