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The Audit

“What Is Financial Journalism For?”

A timely academic study asks the right questions

"The current crisis in global banking, markets and economies has reminded us all of the importance of financial and business... More

WSJ Sees the Bright Side of Layoffs

The Journal reaches too far for a silver lining this morning, writing that, hey, even if tons of people are... More

The Post Rips the Bush Economy

The Washington Post is brutal this morning, as well it should be, in its post-mortem on eight years of the... More

The Journal’s Late Swing at Housing’s “Baghdad Bob”

There are a lot of folks who deserve some time in the public stocks for their doings during the housing... More

Audit Interview: Gretchen Morgenson

“You’ve got to keep hammering”

Gretchen Morgenson is a leader of what might be called the accountability school of business journalism—a school with, in our... More

Finally, Somebody Says It

Economist, author and Audit pal Jeff Madrick has a piece on the Daily Beast that I've been hoping someone would... More

A Bit of Data to Back Our Thesis

Survey says: Maybe The Audit isn't the only one to wonder whether the business press has some thinking to do... More

Bloomberg Tears the TARP

Bloomberg News continues to show the way on Treasury Department coverage this morning with a hard-hitting piece that shows what... More

Deep Journal Resources On Display in India

The upside of the WSJ’s evolving journalism model is on display in a well-executed account this morning of the scandal... More

Losing Lehman

Press coverage dances around the true shame of Fuld and his fallen firm

The press has a Lehman problem. We’ve suspected as much for a while now, but only steeled ourselves to trace... More

Eisinger On Regulators

We were big fans of Portfolio’s Jesse Eisinger even before our Audit interview with him last month (a must-read for... More

Too Easy on TARP

A word about a story in yesterday’s WSJ, which calculates that the Treasury Department has earned $8 billion, or 4... More

LAT Scores on Health Insurance Scheme

The LA Times gets a nice win today in its series on health insurers. The paper has run a series... More

Pearlstein Skewers Obama’s SEC Pick

Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post is good to raise serious questions about Mary Schapiro, Obama's pick for SEC chairwoman.... More

The Journal Goes Frontline

A (mostly) well-done mini-documentary on the financial crisis

If you visited The Wall Street Journal's website yesterday, you saw it touting a three-part in-house video called “The End... 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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