Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Last Update: Wed 10:50 AM EST

The Audit

The Unemployed on the Payday Loan Treadmill

The Los Angeles Times reports that payday lenders are feasting on the jobless, taking huge chunks of their unemployment checks... More

Perspective, Please, on China

The New York Times added to the unstoppable-China meta-narrative over the weekend with an interesting report from the country’s industrial... More

Breakingviews Says This Out of Love, Goldman

Shorter Reuters Breakingviews: "The great Goldman Sachs, despite its greatness, should apologize for not living up to its higher standards... More

Audit Notes: North Dakota Tea, WSJ Heds, AP Charge

This is good bread-and-butter business reporting by The Wall Street Journal. It reports on an oil boom unfolding in North... More

A Few Sour Notes In National Journal’s Chamber Piece

National Journal goes in a good direction this week, with a long look at a powerful Washington institution that gets... More

No Context on the Fed’s New Fangs

Since when has the Federal Reserve been an investigative pit bull? Since never. But don't look to the major papers... More

Audit Notes: NYT CDS, Embargoes, Obama Folds

I had some reservation about the Times story on Greece and credit-default swaps this morning. Although I liked the idea... More

Reinflating the Bubble

A relative of mine just got this in the mail from Bank of America Home Loans (ie: Countrywide) offering to... More

Are Swaps Helping Create a Greek Death Spiral?

It's a good idea for The New York Times to point out that Wall Street is betting against Greece after... More

Audit Notes: Rewrite, Taibbi’s Coffee, TBTF Antitrust

Jonathan Stray of the Nieman Journalism Lab finds that of 121 stories on Google hackers being traced to schools in... More

Was IndyMac a Sweetheart Deal or Just Sweet?

The Los Angeles Times is good to point out that the consortium of billionaires and might-as-well-be-billionaires, including George Soros and... More

What’s a Toyota “Exclusive?” at This Point?

Bloomberg pushes the definition

What is an exclusive, anyway? This is more than journalism competition issue. As readers sort through the news gusher, it's... More

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

Audit D.C. Notes: A Meta, Mega-Krugman Profile; State Tax-Receipt Nosedive; Traffic Tix as Revenue Source? Maybe.

--Larrissa MacFarquhar’s 10,000-word New Yorker profile of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has kind of a meta-feel to it,... 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


The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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