Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Last Update: Wed 4:04 PM EST

The Audit

Newspaper Industry Ad Revenue at 1965 Levels

Inflation-adjusted numbers show papers are even worse off than you think

Martin Peers had a smart Heard on the Street in yesterday's Wall Street Journal on the critical question of how... More

The Post’s Misleading Deflation Number

I hate it when I see numbers reported without necessary context. A Washington Post story today on the economy reports... More

Now We’re Blaming Lending Laws?

The WSJ tries—and fails—to tie strict laws to slow growth

The WSJ had an interesting story on how Vermont's strict lending laws have kept foreclosures down. But it goes off... More

WaPo Delivers a Much-Needed “Wait a Second”

The economy faces a long, hard path to any real recovery

With all the positive talk about the economy in the press over the last couple of months, you'd think happy... More

WSJ Back to the Backdating Scandal

The Wall Street Journal, which broke the massive options-backdating scandal three years ago in one of the great enterprise stories... More

Blowing Up a Feeble Defense of Ben Stein

You'll recall Ben Stein's ethical lapse last month that got him fired from his plum Sunday business column in The... More

The NYT Looks at the FT’s Paywall

The New York Times this morning posts a not-very-good look at the paywall strategy of the Financial Times's Web site.... More

Watching the Elizabeth Warren Coverage

Still not good enough

I've beefed several times about the press giving Elizabeth Warren and her Congressional Oversight Panel short shrift. So I wanted... More

NYT Flashes Confusion in HFT Reporting

How much high-frequency trading involves “peeking”?

For a brief moment last week, “flash orders” ranked #2 on Google Trends, just below “cash for clunkers car list”... More

Sweet or Sour?

Bloomberg has an investing story today that doesn't tell readers a critical piece of information about the motives of its... More

Weidner: Wall Street, Still Wayward

David Weidner has a great column today on WSJ.com, but not in the newspaper apparently. Too bad. It deserves wider... More

If Congress Can’t Fend off the Classic-Car Lobby…

Who can it fend off? The LAT on a Cash for Clunkers loophole

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting—if a bit late—piece of reporting on the Cash for Clunkers program, which has... More

Investor’s Business Daily Short-Arms Correction

Investor's Business Daily corrected an embarrassing boo-boo in an editorial and in the process made another huge error. In an... More

NYT Puts Fox Business Spin in Context

This one's a small thing, but one that too many journalists don't do—probably because we're stereotypically bad at math. Brian... More

The WSJ is Crazy for IG’s

A rash of stories today in The Wall Street Journal about inspector-general reports on government agencies caught my eye this... More

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

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

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Journalists can get PTSD right at their desks (PSmag)

A new study correlates exposure to violent images with mental health symptoms

Bloggingheads

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

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