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The Audit

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

Wednesday Links: Weedkiller, Bloomberg Heds, and WSJ Analysis

Charles Duhigg's fruitful investigative summer appears to be getting results. He reports today in The New York Times that the... More

Detroit News on the Downside of the 401(k)

With all the turmoil in the stock market over the last couple of years—well, make that the last twelve years... More

Miami Herald Gets a Deserved Pat on the Back

Congrats to Jack Dolan, Matthew Haggman, and Rob Barry of The Miami Herarld for winning first place in the the... More

The Journal Inside the Hilton Grand Jury

The Journal has some very good reporting today on a scandal in the normally-staid chain-hotel business (part of which I... More

Tuesday Links: Bloomberg v. Fed, Hypothermia, The Economist

Bloomberg News continues its battle to let a little sunshine in on what the Federal Reserve is doing to bail... More

Nonsense at Newsweek on Overdrafts

Columnist pulls the ol’ personal-responsibility card

Steve Tuttle of Newsweek has one of the worst columns I've seen in a good long time, arguing "Why Banks... More

NYT and Frontline Tag-Team Prepaid Debit Cards

The New York Times and PBS's Frontline have a terrific story this morning on prepaid debit cards, yet another way... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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