Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Last Update: Tue 3:20 PM EST

The Audit

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

WaPo: Why BofA Lags on Mortgage Redos

The Washington Post asks why Bank of America is so far behind everyone else on its mortgage-modification program. It's only... More

Times Discovers S&L-asaurus Working For Citi

I don't want to let the day pass without a nod to a bit of accountability reporting by Gretchen Morgenson... More

Maremont and the Journal Hammer Option Schemes

Anytime The Wall Street Journal's news pages can make the editorial side spit up their eggs benedict, well, that has... More

WSJ Misses the Mark on Consumer Credit

It's hard to understand how a major financial news outlet, at this late hour, can discuss the "democratization" of consumer... More

WSJ and Reuters on High-Frequency Trading

The press continues to try to shine a light on high-frequency trading. This morning, The Wall Street Journal reports on... More

SunHerald’s Lee, Times-Pic’s Mowbray: Still on it

One of the true pleasures of reporting on the insurance industry's response, or non-response, to Hurricane Katrina was meeting, and... More

Seriously Smart Column by the NYT’s Norris

I can't let the day pass without a nod to Floyd Norris's very thoughtful column on the unintended—make that, intended,... More

Shaky Writing Hurts Good Bloomberg D.C. Reporting

The headline on this Bloomberg story says Derivatives Lobby Links With New Democrats to Blunt Obama Plan. That's true as... More

Bloomberg Good on Stock Research

Bloomberg has a solid look this morning at stock-research and the conflicts that still pervade the Wall Street research business... More

Thursday Links: Landlord Ben, Geithner, Elizabeth Warren

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters looks at the thicket the Federal Reserve finds itself in because of its assumption of all... More

WSJ on De-Leveraging and the Economy

The Journal on page one today says we're experiencing a "Drought of Credit." I'm not sure it shows that, but... More

WaPo Boosts 401(k)s for No Good Reason

A main beef I have with personal finance reporting—beyond its constant purveying of banalities ("diversify!";"buy and hold!")—is that it generally... More

AP: Geithner’s Wall Street Speed Dial

The Associated Press rakes a little muck onto Tim Geithner's shoe this morning courtesy of his own phone records. Who... More

Audit Interview: The FT’s Lionel Barber

“We got a piece of the puzzle [but] we don’t tend to go grassroots up. There’s an important lesson for all of us.”

Among the discomfiting changes sweeping through the financial news business in the U.S. has been the rising influence of what... 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


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”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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