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The Audit

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

Cops in the Newsroom

The News Corp. fiasco imperils press protections in the UK

I noted this yesterday about News Corporation's Management Standards Committee, set up over the summer to handle the company’s internal... More

A National Paywall That Works

Lessons from Slovakia

While nobody was looking, a small company in Slovakia may have shed some light on one of the biggest challenges... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Hacking Scandal, Chipotle Not Apple

Murdoch's hacking scandal deepened this weekend with the arrests of several senior journalists at another News Corporation paper—The Sun— in... More

Quality vs. Quantity Online

At about the same time that Michael Kinsley’s hilarious response to a blog post of mine hit the web,... More

Pogue Misses on Cheap Gadgets and Foreign Labor

The cost difference between China and the U.S. is less than he imagines

David Pogue of The New York Times looks at the "Dilemma of Cheap Electronics" raised by the paper's recent, outstanding... More

Audit Notes: Energy Economy, Insider Trading, Mortgage Settlement

Here's a good Wall Street Journal page-one story on how the energy boom is driving economic activity across the U.S.... More

BusinessWeek Goes Inside a Critical Hacking Scandal Meeting

Murdoch, at a fork in the road, chose the coverup

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has a fantastic story reporting on a critical meeting Rupert Murdoch held last May to plot how to... More

Audit Notes: Off the Hamster Wheel, The Dumb Money, iPad Newspapers

I like this Nieman Journalism Lab piece on how Salon hopped off the hamster wheel and saw site traffic increase... More

Mostly Skimpy Coverage of JPMorgan’s Overdraft Settlement

Press favorite Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase is paying $110 million to settle a class-action suit against it for gouging its... More

Audit Notes: Payment Protection, Greek Austerity, Inflation Bugaboo

American Banker's Victoria Finkle and Jeff Horwitz report on the credit card industry's payment-protection racket and note that the Consumer... More

NYT: Criminal Charges in the Foreclosure Scandal

Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times reports this morning on new criminal charges against robosigning company DocX and its... More

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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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

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