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The Hamster Wheel is institutionalized at the Oregonian

Newhouse-owned outlet imposes a digital quota

This misbegotten document is what it looks like when HR spins the Hamster Wheel: Oregonian Employee Policy Presentation Willamette Week... More

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For the WSJ, access doesn’t pay off

While Businessweek, locked out, gets the big Target hacking story

Let's compare two stories on the Target data breach that offer starkly opposing portraits of how the mega-retailer handled the... More

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Bloomberg News’s deepening China problem

Chairman’s remarks raise serious questions about the news division’s mission in a key market

Peter T. Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg LP, spoke with perhaps more candor than he intended in responding this week to... More

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Michael Milken, financier and philanthropist (UPDATED)

The Washington Post and WSJ forget a key piece of information

So, who is Michael Milken, anyway? According to the Washington Post he's "a financier with numerous philanthropic ventures in health... More

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Automatic approval for weak study on robot journalism

Poor reporting accepts a flimsy report as gospel

"Could robots be the journalists of the future?" asks The Guardian. "People Think Computer Journalists Are More Trustworthy Than Human... More

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Audit Notes: Tribune gets results, Buffett’s sweet deal, China

An investigation of the flame-retardant industry snares a doctor

The Chicago Tribune's outstanding investigation into the flame-retardant industry (a probe featured in The Audit's Best Business Writing 2013) is... More

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The second draft of history

When corrections go unflagged

What do you do when you make a fact error online? The answer is simple: Fix it and flag the... More

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Audit Notes: A fallen journo does retail, local gone wrong, Abelson

Former Politico reporter on falling down the ladder

Joseph Williams had to take a retail job at 50 years old after getting fired from Politico in the wake... More

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The great Herbalife astroturf war

The New York Times probes Bill Ackman’s campaign against the multilevel marketer

Herbalife is one of those multilevel marketing companies, often sketchy, that usually operate below the view of the national press.... More

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Audit Notes: Agnotology, Blame-the-borrowers debunked, WSJ goes native

Michael Hiltzik looks at the cultural production of ignorance

Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times has a must-read column about agnotology, the study of the "cultural production of... More

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A letter from death row backfires on Gawker (UPDATED)

The site let Ray Jasper whitewash the brutal killing he helped commit

Gawker has long delighted in thumbing its nose at journalism convention, and that's fine. On the other hand it makes... More

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Newsweek and ‘trust us’ journalism

“The Face of Bitcoin” promised too much

Leah McGrath Goodman tells Felix Salmon this about her controversial Newsweek piece on the founder of Bitcoin: "If I read... More

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The NYT preps its paywall part deux

A few details emerge on the cheaper NYT Now, plus a high-end subscription

The New York Times has been looking for ways to build on the massive success of its three-year-old metered paywall... More

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The Satoshi Paradox

Newsweek out on a wire with a Bitcoin blockbuster

Newsweek wanted a scoop for its relaunch cover story, and boy did it deliver: it uncovered the identity of Satoshi... More

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An enterprising Journal fills gaps on investor protection

An outstanding investigation of FINRA, Wall Street’s self-regulator, continues

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent investigative series going into Wall Street self-regulator FINRA and how its system of... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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