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The Audit

LA Times Superb on Modern-Day Grapes of Wrath

The Los Angeles Times has a standout story today—one of the best pieces I've read in a long, long time.... More

“Too Big to Fail” Gets Big Play in the NYT

Morgenson, Dash, and Krugman all consider the issue

I was glad to see three pieces in the The New York Times or on its website this weekend about... More

“All gerbils die, and when they do, hardly anybody really gives a damn.”

Not bad for a graduation speech. Doug Bates, an editorial writer at the Oregonian, gave University of Oregon J-School grads... More

John Gruber Analyzes Journal Sourcing on (Steve) Jobs

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has a smart analysis of the journalism behind the Journal's big scoop this weekend that... More

WSJ: Hedge Fund Lobbying Soars

The Journal this morning continues its good watchdog reporting on the lobbying efforts by the business-as-usual crowd. It looks at... More

Bloomberg, McClatchy Look at the Coming Option ARM Wipeout

“Green shoots” or no, the next couple of years look grim

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the press had become a bit too sanguine about all of the "green... More

Visualizing the Bailouts

You've got to see this. Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture asked Jess Bachman of the excellent information-graphics site Wallstats... More

Starkman Profiles Morgenson

Audit Chairman Dean Starkman has a big profile just out in The Nation of New York Times reporter and columnist... More

“There Is a General Bias Toward Management By the Press”

Excerpts from a CJR panel with Ackman, Madrick, Morgenson, Starkman, moderated by Grueskin

We’ve seen some pretty good panels on the financial collapse, but the one we hosted the other night on its... More

The Press Must Pay Extra Attention to Obama’s Fed Plan

One of the most obvious storylines for the next few weeks of regulatory-reform discussion is the Federal Reserve. The Obama... More

Fortune Swallows the Banks’ Baloney

I had to read this Fortune story a couple of times to make sure it was really as credulous as... More

Surreal Estate

Check out this great slideshow from Newsweek showing some of the physical legacy the bust has left on the landscape.... More

Nocera Blasts Obama’s Regulation Reform

Joe Nocera of The New York Times has the must-read of the day on Obama's regulation-reform plan. Let's just say... More

Stock Market Math for Journalists

Too many people are impressed by the recent surge in stock prices. Believe it or not, journalists are people, too!... More

Martin Wolf Speak, You Listen

Martin Wolf's weekly column alone is worth paying for a Financial Times subscription. Or if you visit FT.com just for... 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”

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