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The Audit

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60 Minutes’s Chevron pollution story springs a leak

An on-camera expert recants in a court statement

Three years ago, we weighed in on a bitter media dispute pitting Chevron against 60 Minutes over a piece... More

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The native matrix

Making critical distinctions

Jay Rosen asks, reasonably, that people start drawing useful distinctions between buzzy terms like content marketing, sponsored content, native advertising,... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ and labor, Tumblr-speak, not the London whale

Getting it right on a nursing-home worker shortage

I got on the Journal last week for completely missing labor's point of view in a story on cranky McDonald's... More

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McDonald’s through management’s eyes, in the WSJ

Rude employees who, oh by the way, make poverty wages

The Wall Street Journal reports that internal McDonald's documents say that the fast food chain's customer service is "broken"—that it... More

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Populism and financial crises

A Columbia professor’s thesis on Canadian and American banking gets credulous WSJ treatment

The Wall Street Journal credulously reports on a new paper by Columbia B-school professor Charles Calomiris on why we have... More

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Audit Notes: The paywall problem, Thatcherism, Googlebots

Keeping out the youth of America

Alan Mutter has this to say about the pitfalls of paywalls: The case for paywalls would seem to be compelling:... More

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AP’s pension probe misses the broad view

Good reporting is undermined by a lack of context

The Associated Press has a tough three-part investigation out this week looking at corruption in an old Washington state pension... More

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The disruptive potential of native advertising

It’s ad agencies that should worry. But will it scale?

Andrew Rice delivers 6,000 words on BuzzFeed in the latest NY Mag, which means he has the space to... More

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Audit Notes: Not so scammy, engineer world, Americans’ low taxes

A Bloomberg View column’s alleged scamming of the FDIC looks perfectly legal

William D. Cohan roughs up newly former SEC Chief Mary Schapiro and former Fed Vice Chairman Alan Blinder in a... More

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Newspaper revenue: good news, bad news

Mostly bad as revenue stops its free-fall but ads remain weak

The Newspaper Association of America takes some comfort, and with some reason, in the news that newspaper revenues declined... More

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Audit Notes: Reuters in court, 97-month car loans, the missing 000s

A flurry of legal activity for the wire service

Reuters has been in the legal news a bit lately, and not in a good way. First, the Journal reported... More

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Investigative collaboration, cross-border edition

A landmark series on offshore tax havens from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

A good sign that your investigation has hit the mark is when law enforcement agencies start demanding to see... More

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Audit Notes: Plain Dealer, Silicon Valley openness, debt and borrowing

Cleveland execs trot out the Advance Publications talking points

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, whose slogan not so long ago was "Miss a day, miss a lot," will go to... More

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Advance to nowhere

Newhouse-owned chain slogs forward with discredited free-news model, now in Cleveland

Advance Publications's announcement today on the future of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was less dramatic than the one a year... More

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Digital ads and grains of salt

Assessing recent claims

Some data are better than no data, I suppose, but it always pays to be skeptical when companies disclose... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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