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The Audit

What Do I Owe You?

Don’t ask Bank of America

When a bank sells bad debts to third-party collectors, the first order of business would seem to be to tell... More

What McClure Said: “The Story is the Thing”

Clearing space for the agenda-setting narrative in digital journalism

Editor's note: CJR’s Dean Starkman was invited to give the opening keynote speech at this year’s Narrative Arc Conference, at... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s CDOs, Too Big to Fail Consensus, Need to Know

Fortune's Stephen Gandel reports that the SEC is likely to file fraud charges against Goldman Sachs for its 2006 Fremont... More

Bloomberg BusinessWeek Cuts the Guruspeak

Capital New York takes a quick but revealing look at how and why Bloomberg BusinessWeek has revolutionized the business magazine,... More

Audit Notes: Cookbooks and News, Too Big to Fail, Paul Ryan

Ken Doctor has a good post for Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab on why news organizations need to be ramping up... More

Harry Potter Hits the E-Book Market

I've never understood quite why, in a digital age that allows companies to sell directly to their customers, that book... More

Audit Notes: Chart of the Day, Trayvon Martin Sourcing, Updates

The Atlantic's Matthew O'Brien pulls the chart of the day from Ireland's Central Statistics Office: This shows the change in... More

The WaPo Ombudsman’s Faulty Paywall Analysis

The NYT’s meter is saving or adding more than $70 million in revenue a year already

Washington Post ombudsman Patrick B. Pexton has a flawed analysis on the logic of a possible paywall there and on... More

Audit Notes: Hollywood Rolls, Ryan’s Loopholes, Regulation and Racing

Looking at this Wall Street Journal graphic, you'd think Hollywood has been on some kind of epic roll the last... More

Sourcing Trayvon Martin “Photos” From Stormfront

Not a good idea, Business Insider

Business Insider runs a linkbait post with a graphic of Trayvon Martin images it found on the neonazi website Stormfront.... More

Audit Notes: N.J., Paragon of Clean Government; Algae Fuel, Fees, The Rich (UPDATED)

Bloomberg's Jonathan Weil just guts a Center for Public Integrity report card on state corruption. It found that New Jersey... More

The AP’s Weak Coverage of Its New Boss

The Associated Press has a new CEO. So how does the AP cover it? Not very well. AP hired McClatchy... More

The WSJ on the GOP’s $36 Million Man

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent page-one story today on a billionaire you've probably never heard of who's become... More

Why Twitter Will Get More Annoying

Happy sixth birthday, Twitter! You’re the service which started off as a way for groups of friends to keep... More

Audit Notes: Skynet News, Gawker’s High-Low Strategy, Oil Speculators

Evgeny Morozov has a must-read piece at Slate on the rise of journalism bots, which Forbes now employs to write... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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