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The Audit

A WSJ Tour de Force

A Wall Street Journal investigation paints a devastating portrait of a financier and shows the paper’s deep-reporting powers are far from gone

The Wall Street Journal drops an incredible story on its page one today. It's one of the best stories I've... More

WSJ Finds a Renewed Foreclosure Push by Banks

The Journal has a good story today reporting that some big banks are ramping up their foreclosure machines again after... More

WaPo: Economy’s Decline Slowing, But Don’t Say That

This page-one Washington Post's story doesn't make much sense to me. Its premise is that Obama and Bernanke are getting... More

Times: Cuomo Is Eyeing Carlyle Group

The Times got a nice scoop today, reporting that the white-shoe private-equity firm Carlyle Group is under investigation by New... More

The Press, NYT’s Norris Excepted, Gives Goldman a Pass

News of Goldman Sachs's good first quarter is all over the business press today, as it should be. But the... More

FT Stays Ahead on Merrill Bonuses

The Financial Times continues to get scoops in the Merrill Lynch/Bank of America bonus scandal. Today it reports that the... More

Only 3 Percent of Newspaper Reading Done Online?

Martin Langeveld has been doing some interesting stuff over at Nieman Journalism Lab on newspaper numbers. I disagreed with parts... More

Journal Walks the Plank with Commodity News

“Arrrrrr,” says Audit

So Rupert Murdoch wants the Journal to be a first read, to compete with The New York Times on general... More

WSJ Gives TARP Panel the Play It Deserves

Good for The Wall Street Journal for giving a nice run to an exclusive that the TARP oversight panel is... More

Scrappy Mortgage Blogger Fights Bad Court Ruling

A reader points us to this Citizen Media Law Project report on an unlikely new front in the battle for... More

The Banking Industry’s Other Bad Loans

Felix Salmon has an interesting chart showing what he aptly calls the "Usury Datapoint of the Day." The chart shows... More

Business-Press Beat-Sweetening

I wrote about beat-sweeteners in my previous post and said I'd look at it in the business press next. It's... More

Slate’s Beat-Sweetener Reader

Good, but goes a bit too easy on the practice

Timothy Noah has a fun column over at Slate on the journalism practice of "beat-sweeteners," stories written about key sources... More

The Press Buries the TARP Overseer’s Report

The press has given short shrift to an important report by the Congressional Oversight Panel on the government's bailout efforts.... More

ProPublica Wants YOU to Dig into Obama Records

ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative group, has rounded up a mother lode of Obama administration financial disclosures. They're asking readers to... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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