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The Audit

Audit Notes: Occupy Maybelline, Abramoff on the Revolving Door, News Corp. (UPDATED)

The Occupy Wall Street movement is already having its dissent commodified. As BagNews shows, this Maybelline commercial shows its models... More

Skeptical and Not-So-Skeptical Coverage of Angie’s List

A hot IPO for a dot.com that loses tons of money

Social media site Angie's List IPO'd yesterday, and the market now values it at nearly $900 million. While those are... More

Audit Notes: Net Exposure, Crain’s Chicago Probe, Angelo’s Tumblr

Gillian Tett of the Financial Times shows why banks hedging their European exposure with credit-default swaps aren't necessarily actually hedged.... More

Nonprofit News and the Tax Man

The IRS questions whether journalism startups qualify for tax-exempt status

The future of nonprofit news organizations has hit an unexpected roadblock in the agency that determines their tax-exempt status: The... More

Audit Notes: Fraud Prosecutions Plunge, Robber Barons, Zoning Fight

Here's the chart of the day, from Syracuse's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse via The New York Times's Catherine Rampell: Prosecutions... More

Reuters On the “Payment Protection” Scam

Plus, an American Banker columnist’s predatory-lending past

Reuters puts the spotlight on the scam that is the multi-billion-dollar credit-card insurance industry, which promises to cover payments if... More

Audit Notes: Farmland Booms, Regulation and Jobs, Euro Sell-off

The Wall Street Journal reports that farming is making something of a comeback on the edges of metro areas amid... More

Confused NYT Coverage of Obama Health Care Law’s Prospects

The New York Times can't make up its mind on what a Supreme Court ruling against Obama health care plan's... More

Bloomberg Gives Newt Another Frannie Headache

Executives contradict Gingrich’s account of his advice

Newt Gingrich has a Frannie problem. The former Speaker of the House used to work for Freddie Mac but is... More

Insider Trading in Congress

A new book puts faces on data suggesting members enrich themselves with nonpublic information

If I could short Congress, I would right now. Last night's 60 Minutes report, based on the work of conservative... More

The Times Eyes New Fees From the Banks

Everybody who skipped Bank Transfer Day ought to read this New York Times story today on how giant banks are... More

Debating Starkman’s “Confidence Game”

Rounding up responses

Dean Starkman’s critique of future-of-news gurus Jeff Jarvis, Clay Shirky, and Jay Rosen, among others, made a bit of splash,... More

Audit Notes: The Sovereign Risk Genie, Regulatory Complexity, Wal-Mart and Bank Fees

The Economist's Greg Ip says the European crisis, at its core, is not about Silvio Berlusconi or even Italian debt... More

Holding Aggregators to Journalistic Standards

Now I’ve got my rant off my chest, let me try to add a bigger-picture point to the noise surrounding... More

The Morning Call Revisits Amazon’s Work Conditions

Allentown workers baked in the summer, froze in the winter

Remember that Morning Call investigation a couple of months ago into an Amazon sweatshop outside Allentown, Pennsylvania? The paper showed... 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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