Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Tue 3:20 PM EST

The Audit

Audit Notes: Lobbying Both Ways, SEC Scrutiny, Steve Jobs,

The banks have been carping about the complexity of the Volcker Rule, which aims to prevent them from making risky... More

Matter’s Vision for Long-form Journalism

Yesterday morning, a very exciting new journalism project was launched on Kickstarter. It’s called Matter, and it’s going to be... More

Mitt Romney and Marriott’s Taxes

Mitt Romney's taxes were all over the news last month when it turned out he paid just 13.9 percent of... More

Audit Notes: Tax Break, No Wage Pressure, Clowning Schneiderman

Reuters's David Cay Johnston has a good column today on why tax rates are lower than we generally think: We... More

The IRS and the Chicago News Cooperative (UPDATED)

I wrote back in November that the tax man was making it harder for the nonprofit-news movement to flourish or... More

Audit Notes: Fed Transparency, Carp Invasion, Chinese Imports

The Wall Street Journal is good to bird-dog the Federal Reserve on transparency, and it gets results even before publishing... More

The “Can’t Find Workers” Meme

The Post’s business-friendly frame

In a time when millions of American workers can't find work, it's only natural to be intrigued by counterintuitive stories... More

Audit Notes: Limited Liability, Apple’s “Tons of Issues,” Foreclosure Scandal

The London Review of Books has a fascinating piece by the Bank of England's Andrew Haldane on excessive financial-industry risk.... More

The WSJ Exposes Google’s Tracking Hack

The Wall Street Journal has a big scoop this morning on how Google and other companies overrode Apple privacy settings... More

Anthony Shadid: What He Knew

The foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid of The New York Times, has died of an apparent asthma attack while covering the... More

Audit Notes: WSJ and FCPA, Apple Access, The Times Paywall

The Wall Street Journal editorial page comes out swinging against the Justice Department's "latest prosecutorial attack on business" via the... More

Blodget Asks a Taboo Question on Wages and Profits

I like this Henry Blodget thought experiment on how much more major companies could afford to compensate their ill-paid employees.... More

Audit Notes: TP Bubble, No More “Fat Cats,” Big Long Now

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at one growing American industry the Internet and the Chinese can't wipe out:... More

For The Sun, Karma Is No Fun

Rupert Murdoch's Sun is in big trouble. Reuters reports today that Scotland Yard is investigating "serious suspected criminality over a... More

Audit Notes: Government Spending, News Corp., The Machines Rise

The New Yorker's George Packer deftly riffs off both Charles Murray's new book on turmoil in the white lower and... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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