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The Audit

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When a news executive sits on a bank’s board

The FT Group’s Fairhead is a director of troubled HSBC

It’s unusual—rare, even—for the CEO of a major financial news and information concern to serve on the board of directors... More

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The WSJ on the fall of Nokia

The company that foresaw an iPhone-like device in 2000 is left in the dust

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story on the fall of Finnish cellphone giant Nokia—the kind of deeply... More

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How to worry about a clicks-driven Times-Picayune

A departing reporter’s worst-case fears

If clicks drove coverage at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans —a more realistic prospect than it’s ever been—what kind of... More

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Audit Notes: Bloomberg on Libor, “can’t find workers” in the WSJ

At least 34 traders are under investigation in the widening scandal

Bloomberg names names in the Libor investigation, reporting that at least 34 traders from more than a dozen banks are... More

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Audit Notes: Ignoring Libor, Barron’s, rich kids and TV news

ABC and NBC evening newscasts ignore the huge scandal in its first two weeks

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple points to Media Matters research that shows ABC's and NBC's nightly newscasts completely ignored the... More

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More on NPR and manufactured quotes

Why lobbyist-provided rent-a-quotes subvert the news

NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos (who teaches here at Columbia) takes a look at the network's poor showing with manufacturing sources... More

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Audit Notes: Too big to fail football, Guardian digital numbers, WaPo

Penn State and the ramifications of a possible NCAA death penalty

It's not just the banks. Now elite college football programs are too big to fail, as well. Here's Bloomberg News... More

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The WSJ Editorial Page and the Libor scandal

Blaming everybody but the bankers

When wrongdoing by Big Business is in the news, you can usually count on the WSJ editorial page to do... More

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Audit Notes: Statute of limitations, whither The Daily, Romney’s taxes

The WSJ on how the clock may (or may not) be running out on the SEC

The Wall Street Journal is good to keep an eye on the statutes of limitation clocks that are running out... More

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Audit Notes: JPMorgan’s Whale, rent-a-quotes, shark videos

This New York Times story on JPMorgan's regulators is not well edited, but it has some interesting reporting: At one... More

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The Goldman Sachs of online retail

The FT with a good look at Amazon’s Marketplace platform

The Financial Times is running a good series this week on Amazon, one of the country's most fascinating and frustrating... More

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Audit Notes: Reuters on Chesapeake, Krugman on CNBC, Waldman on banks

The wire uncovers more emails showing potential collusion between competitors

Reuters continues its tremendous investigation into natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy and its CEO Aubrey McClendon. Brian Grow and Joshua... More

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Audit Notes: The Fed and The Economist on Libor, Goldman and Louisville

Reuters's Carrick Mollenkamp, who broke the Libor scandal open in 2008 with Mark Whitehouse when they were at The Wall... More

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Manufactured quotes

News organizations fail to disclose “regular Joe” businessmen’s lobbying ties

Two weeks ago The New York Times wheeled out that old chestnut of Great Recession-era economic reporting: Companies can't find... More

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Audit Notes: Daily Planet holds up, record collapse, presidential fundraising

The Onion on the least believable part of Superman comics

This Onion article on the outdated Daily Planet is spot on: Frustrated fans of the Superman comic book said Monday... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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