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The Audit

ProPublica on Stimulus Spending

Check out this chart from the non-profit investigative journalism group ProPublica. It helpfully lists, line by line, all the spending... More

Hedgies About to Get Trimmed?

The Journal and Bloomberg have very interesting stories on the legal battle between Fairfax Financial Holdings and the short-sellers it... More

NYT Chickens Out on Insolvent Banks

The Times runs a front-page piece this morning looking at the argument that much of the nation's banking system, especially... More

Merrill in the Public Stocks

I like the prominent display The New York Times and the Financial Times give the news that Merrill Lynch made... More

The Corruption Thing

Portfolio's new issue contains an interesting piece by Gary Weiss comparing the problems on Wall Street with the extensive corruption... More

Post Shines on Unemployment Disputes

The Washington Post has a great story today looking at how employers are fighting ex-employees' unemployment claims in record numbers.... More

Must-Read of the Day

Martin Wolf of the Financial Times is on fire over the Geithner/Obama bailout plan. I thought Wolf's lede was over-the-top... More

Attention Is Paid

Fortune’s fine unemployment cover

Sometimes it’s better just to keep it simple, and in that spirit I give Fortune credit for profiling several unemployed... More

Auletta on the Newspaper Death Watch

Ken Auletta makes some sharp comments on the perilous state of the news industry in a Q&A with The Boston... More

WaPo’s Pearlstein Sticks It to Wall Street

But good

Steven Pearlstein has an excellent column today ripping Wall Street for still not getting it. He leads with six columns... More

Odds & Ends

This one-source story in the NYT today bothers me. It's got some analysis, but not much. Couldn't find one independent... More

CNBC’s Bear Trap

CNBC paired noted bears Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Nicholas Taleb yesterday in what could have been a very good arrangement.... More

A-Rod, the WSJ, and A1

Why is a huge headshot of Alex Rodriguez taking up half the above-the-fold space on page one of my Wall... More

LA Times Finds California Farms Not Hiring

The LA Times has a very interesting story about how the recession is causing a surplus of farm labor in... More

The Times on the Times

The New York Times's media reporter Richard Perez-Pena plows into the minefield to look at his own company's prospects for... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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