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The Audit

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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

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Revolving door spins for Schapiro and Breuer

Former SEC and DOJ officials cash in

So you make big bucks as partner at a top law firm at the "nexus of Washington and Wall Street."... More

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Three things to like about the Times OSHA exposé

And one thing not to like at all

Ian Urbina's magisterial probe in The New York Times of OSHA's failure to police long-term health risks—like harmful fumes caused... More

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BusinessWeek’s billion-dollar boo-boo

A poor piece spreads bogus news about Amazon’s Goodreads acquisition

Bloomberg BusinessWeek makes itself look silly today, running a speculative piece on how much Amazon paid for its latest acquisition,... More

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Audit Notes: The Times-Picayune, Dimon’s hubris, the QuikTrip model

Shakeups in the Louisiana newspaper war

Gambit's Kevin Allman reports that the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Baton Rouge bureau chief is out after six months. My long... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

Bloggingheads

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

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