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The Audit

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Bloomberg unearths an Italian bank scandal

Its story reverberates across Europe

Back in mid-January, Bloomberg's Elisa Martinuzzi and Nicholas Dunbar reported that Deutsche Bank helped Italy's third-largest bank, Monte Paschi, cover... More

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Audit Notes: the anti-liquidation newspaper model, NYT on digital media doings

Ken Doctor spotlights Aaron Kushner’s investment at the OC Register

Ken Doctor has a fantastic post up at the Nieman Lab on the Orange County Register, which has actually been... More

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China hacks the press

While the FBI probed whether it gave some traders an early look at government data

Yesterday The New York Times ran this remarkable story about how Chinese hackers, presumably aligned with the military, hacked into... More

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Frontline hits hard on the lack of crisis prosecutions

And a top DOJ official resigns the next day

We'd be remiss to not flag Frontline's outstanding investigation into the shameful failure of the Obama administration to pursue, much... More

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Reuters gets a scalp

Its fantastic reporting takes down Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon

Reuters had already gotten results for its outstanding investigation into Chesapeake Energy and the conflicts of its swashbuckling CEO Aubrey... More

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Audit Notes: New Orleans newspaper intrigue, NYT numbers, CNET

The Manships are in talks about selling The Advocate

Baton Rouge's Manship family threw a wrench in the Newhouses' plans for the Times-Picayune when they launched a daily New... More

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Q&A with the FT’s Martin Dickson

A new US managing editor takes over at the salmon-colored financial daily

Martin Dickson came on as US managing editor of the Financial Times in September, succeeding Gillian Tett, who is on... More

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Financial crisis bodies are still surfacing

Jesse Eisinger on a Morgan Stanley CDO scandal

If you think, going on six years after the onset of the financial crisis, that we've learned about all we're... More

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The press underplays the Geithner leak

A Fed president claims the now-Treasury Secretary gave inside information to Wall Street

Of all the things we expected to see in the 2007 Federal Reserve meeting transcripts released last week, Tim Geithner... More

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Longform meltdown (cont.)

Reaction to a post on the decline of longform stories at major papers

My post presenting data showing that major newspapers drastically cut back their longform story output in the last decade generated... More

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Audit Notes: mixed signals, Sam Zell’s phony equity, power shift

The Seattle Times flubs an inflation report

Deflation has set in in the Seattle area, according to a misleading Seattle Times story: This is awfully confusing. The... More

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Amazon takes a tax hit, finally

Reuters reports early signs that collecting sales taxes affected the company’s sales

Reuters reports that Amazon's fourth quarter results may take a hit from new laws that force it to collect sales... More

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Major papers’ longform meltdown

Stories longer than 2,000 words down 86 percent at the LAT since 2003, 50 percent at WaPo, etc.

No one equates story-length with quality. Let’s start with that concession. But still. Story-length is hardly meaningless when you consider... More

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Digital First goes the Newhouse route in upstate New York

In Oneida, the paper moves to three days a week, following the Post-Standard

The three-day-a-week newspaper model pioneered by Advance Publications in Michigan is now spreading to Digital First Media. The company will... More

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Reuters’s OKC gusher

Its outstanding Chesapeake Energy investigation turns toward the gas driller SandRidge

Reuters's reporting on Oklahoma natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy was some of the best corporate journalism of last year. Its... 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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