Wednesday, September 03, 2014. Last Update: Tue 3:20 PM EST

The Audit

Goodwill Hunting at BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek has an interesting piece on the accounting funny business companies employ to smooth out their earnings or to patch... More

Circulation Surpasses Ad Revenue at NYT

Back in July, The Audit noted that a big shift had happened in the news business. Circulation revenue was growing... More

Wednesday Links: “Read and Weep,” Break Up, WSJ Excuses

Uh oh, Bank of America. Some pretty damning emails leaked out of Congress yesterday about what BofA executives knew about... More

WaPo on Hard Times in Bank City USA

The Washington Post has a very good story on the fall of Charlotte's once-mighty banking industry and the impact on... More

Twitter, Facebook Get Paid. What About the Press?

So Microsoft's Bing search engine is going to pay Twitter and Facebook to have their users' posts show up in... More

Sorkin’s Major Scoops on the Goldman/Paulson Nexus

Felix Salmon has been digging some choice nuggets out of Andrew Ross Sorkin's huge new book "Too Big to Fail."... More

NYT Takes on Obama’s Volcker Exile

Why won't the Obama administration listen to its most credible economic adviser? That's the question—and it's an essential one— asked... More

Tuesday Links: Insiders, Preemption, iPhone Mags

The Journal floods the zone on the big hedge-fund insider-trading story. It goes page one with a report noting a... More

Live-Blogging the Corporate Press Release

Live-blogging is a relatively new responsibility in the journalist's job description—which now includes regular blogging, picture-taking, Web video, Twitter, live... More

Incurred on the Street: Windfall Tax on Bankers?

I've been wondering when the taxation solution would pop up in the financial press regarding the record bonuses Wall Street... More

The Post Gets Perky on Bailout-Bank Pay

The Washington Post spotlights this morning a somewhat-overlooked (this year, anyway) compensation aspect of our corporate-welfare kingpins: perks. These are... More

Monday Links: Foreclosure Homeless, NYT Cuts, Fed Up?

The New York Times profiles a one-time homeless-shelter operator who now lives in one. It says the number of... More

The New Compact for Workers: No Compact at All

The Wall Street Journal has a good page-one look at big-picture changes in the workforce—ones that have been going on... More

WSJ: Plastic Fees Under the Microscope

The Wall Street Journal keeps the spotlight on banking industry rent-seeking, looking at the increased pressure it finds itself under... More

McClatchy Advances the Ball on Moody’s

Many people feel the rating agencies haven't gotten enough attention, given their linchpin role in the crisis. I tend to... 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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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