Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Last Update: Wed 10:50 AM EST

The Audit

Audit Notes: CDS Watch, Murdoch’s Email, Fracking and Quaking

The Wall Street Journal has a good look at how European banks have been busy writing hundreds of billions of... More

Reuters Finds AMR’s Cost-Cutting Missed a Biggie

AMR’s discreet $30 million house exposed in a securities filing

Back in 2006, BusinessWeek wrote a story about AMR's "penny-pinching," "cost-cutting culture": When it comes to pinching pennies, few full-fare... More

Audit Notes: Nobody’s Guilty In SEC Deals, Swipe Fees, Euromess

The New York Times makes a good catch on the disparities in a Justice Department settlement with Wachovia and an... More

A Big Corporate Welfare Story Gets Short Shrift

Reuters’s Johnston and Times Union spotlight news almost everyone else ignores

Here's a story that's calling out for more attention and isn't getting it. Reuters's David Cay Johnston wrote last week... More

Sensationalism and Consumerism, Paid For on the News

The Post pulls up a bit short on plugola

I like this Washington Post story on how product experts popping up on newscasts are frequently paid by companies to... More

Ad Layout of the Day

From the A-section of The Wall Street Journal: More

60 Minutes’ Tough Piece on Crisis Prosecutions

Kroft on the lack thereof

A tip of the cap to 60 Minutes for an excellent report Sunday asking about the lack of criminal prosecutions... More

A Super Journal Story on “Death-Debt” Collectors

Bank proxies harassing grieving family members to give money they don’t owe

The Wall Street Journal had an outstanding story this weekend on so called death-debt collectors—an industry that makes money by... More

Audit Notes: Reproducibility, Daily Show, Boeing Settlement

The Wall Street Journal has a very good page-one story today reporting on how most peer-reviewed medical studies can't be... More

WSJ Gives Minimum Info on Front Group

An astroturf group gets a hit on the minimum wage

Here's how The Wall Street Journal framed its report yesterday on several states raising the minimum wage next year: Small... More

Kristof Finds a Banker With Regrets

I've praised Bloomberg News a couple of times this week for digging up years-old muck on the financial crisis, so... More

Audit Notes: Wall Street Dissent, Strib Scrooge, Bailouts In Context

ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger has an excellent column today on dissent within the financial industry, writing that "Wall Street Is Already... More

McClatchy Misses on Cotton Speculators

McClatchy investigates doings in the cotton market, which like other commodities has been roiled by volatility in recent years largely... More

Audit Notes: WSJ’s Facebook Non-News, Bogus Bloomberg, Tabloid Id

Fortune's Dan Primack calls out The Wall Street Journal for hyping non-news on page one that Facebook is going to... More

Bloomberg’s Big Paulson Scoop

The former Treasury secretary told the public one thing while telling select traders another

Bloomberg Markets reports that in July 2008 then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson told a meeting of big investors, including several fellow... 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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