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The Audit

Lewis on Merrill: The Government Made Me Do It!

A Journal scoop this morning goes a ways toward filling in the details of just what Bank of America's Ken... More

Why Pay $100 a Year for the Journal?

They’re giving it away free on your phone

Amy Gahran over at Poynter points out something I've been wondering about, too: Why is The Wall Street Journal giving... More

Portfolio to Credit Suisse: “Good Doggie”

Jesse Eisinger of Portfolio points to a bank doing something right on compensation for once and throws them a deserved... More

Journal Gives “Too Big to Fail” Some Play

Applaud The Wall Street Journal for, alone among most papers, reporting on the congressional testimony yesterday on the "too big... More

About That Pulitzer Shutout

There's been lots of buzz today about the Pulitzers giving financial reporting a big fat zero. Audit impresario Dean Starkman... More

No Pulitzers, But Here’s an Audie

Financial news is shut out on journalism’s big day

We don’t have anything to do with Pulitzers here at the Columbia Journalism Review, other than bask in their reflected... More

WSJ Credit Raters Story Downgraded to Single ‘A”

The Journal takes a look today at the credit-ratings firms and their assertion that the First Amendment protects them from... More

WaPo Skittish on Its Own Chrysler Scoop

The Washington Post has a nice exclusive today on Chrysler Financial turning down a $750 million government loan because its... More

New York’s Portrait of Wall Street in Denial

In the well-appointed fortress with a finance class under siege

New York's fun story about Wall Streeters not Getting It is one of the best yet on the difficulty of... More

WSJ Calls Out Treasury’s Inflated Loan Numbers

The Journal has more bad news on the banks and some top-notch analysis that cuts through the government line on... More

NYT: Obama to Invent New Bank Capital

The New York Times scoops that the administration has figured out how to give the banks another bailout without having... More

Cognitive Dissonance of the Week

The Syracuse Post-Standard has a fascinating report on one of the leaders of the local "tea-party" protest this week—you know... More

WSJ: Obama Official Caught Up in Pension-Scandal Inquiry

The Journal today goes a good way toward catching up with the Times on the New York pension-fund kickback scandal... More

The Times Falls Short on Banks’ Health

The New York Times writes on page one about the signs of recovery in the banking industry, but its story... More

Journal’s Awesome Pang Story Gets Quick Results

The Wall Street Journal's epic story on the, um, questionable past of financier Danny Pang is already getting results. The... 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


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.”

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

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