Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Tue 10:48 AM EST

The Audit

Understanding Citi Losses in its Predatory Roots

Learn more in a 2003 alt media piece than in all business media put together

I see that Citigroup, amid boom times for other mega banks, got slammed again in its third-quarter earnings, primarily because... More

Most of the Press Misses Fed Overdraft News

The Wall Street Journal and USA Today have one of the biggest news stories of the day: The Federal Reserve... More

Wednesday Links: Crooked Heart, No Smell, Paying for News

Joe Nocera, fresh off slamming banks on Saturday, makes fools of them today on their line that they didn't cause... More

Geithner’s Aides and Wall Street Pay

A Bloomberg story adds perspective to a WSJ report on record banker bonuses

I want to applaud some solid enterprise work at Bloomberg and the Journal and see if we can play one... More

Intellectually Bankrupt, Firms Try to Squash Dissent

Crain's New York's Aaron Elstein has a good story about financially troubled corporations suing research firms that issue negative reports.... More

BusinessWeek to Grow—Really!

All but left for dead two months ago, the weekly will expand its pages

Fortune and Forbes better look out. BusinessWeek, just a couple of months ago given decent odds to disappear from the... More

WSJ on Eminent Domain in Brooklyn

It's almost never a bad idea to do an eminent-domain story, especially the Kelo-type ones that pit the government in... More

Tuesday Links: Scrubbed Dirty, Game Theory, Taxes

Charles Duhigg's investigation of the state of the nation's water continues today with an excellent piece on page one of... More

BizWeek Emblematic of the Fall of Print

From $1 billion to less than $5 million in nine years

The big business-media news this week will be BusinessWeek's sale to Bloomberg for $2 million to $5 million plus the... More

NYT’s Sorkin Is Confused on Goldman Bonuses

Clueless paragraph of the day: But we can’t have it both ways, either. At one moment, many in the nation... More

Stimulate This!

Slate’s Gross debunks stimulus nonsense

Like Daniel Gross, I get the impression that people, including many journalists, just can't get their heads around the stimulus.... More

WaPo on High-Cost Banking

The Post,which has done good work previously on the high cost of poverty, weighs in with a look at efforts... More

Hackers From Minsk

Wired takes an interesting look at computer security breaches at Wal-Mart from a few years ago. It's a good probe,... More

WSJ Looks at More Crawley Things in the Market

At a time of great suspicion of all things Wall Street, stories start to emerge of sneaky tricks that insiders... More

Monday Links: Reuters Investigates, Debt Iceberg, USAT

Chris Roush reports that Reuters is hiring some investigative reporters, a welcome development in a time of reduced journalistic ambitions.... 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


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”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

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