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The Audit

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

Audit Notes: Radicalized, Nonprofit Newt, Murdoch’s Wedding Singer

Kevin Drum riffs off Bloomberg Markets story on banks' bailout profits to write about how the response to the crash... More

Bloomberg Leads on the Fed (Again)

The consequences of the central bank’s secrecy

Bloomberg is still, thank God, hammering away at the gargantuan bank bailouts of 2008-2009. Most of those were hidden from... More

The Turkey-Inflation Goblin

Supply and demand is lost on the WSJ editorial page

Speaking of The Wall Street Journal editorial page, its Opinion Journal Live is looking for signs of runaway inflation to... More

A Columnist Recants, but the WSJ Edit Page Won’t Hear it

The paper runs a flawed column and declines to publish the retraction

A year and a half ago, George Mason University economics professor Daniel B. Klein wrote a column about his finding... More

Hudson On the Systemic Corruption of the Mortgage Business

The Center for Public Integrity Michael Hudson has another excellent installment of his investigation into the culture of fraud at... More

BW Oversells Its Story on Americans and Dirty Jobs

This Bloomberg BusinessWork cover story from last week on "Why Americans Won't Do Dirty Jobs" takes an uneven look at... More

FT Style Undermines A Good Investigation

The Financial Times has a good investigation today into how hedge funds are stocking their boards with directors in the... 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”

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