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The Audit

Austerity and Objectivity

Why are spending cuts contractionary overseas but not here?

The top story in The Wall Street Journal today is interesting for what it says about how American papers are... More

Audit Notes: Copying the NYT Paywall, WaMu, The 0.1 Percent

Jeff Bercovici of Forbes responds to my post calling on papers to follow the NYT's lead on charging for news... More

Newspaper Companies As Emblems of the 1 Percent

David Carr rips Gannett’s $37 million golden parachute

"Gannett paper" has long been a pejorative in journalism circles. So how about "Gannett executive"? The nation's biggest newspaper chain... More

ProPublica Has Questions for the SEC on Its Citi Settlement

I really like how ProPublica covers the SEC's $285 million settlement with Citigroup this week. The commission nicked Citi for... More

Audit Notes: Paying for Newspapers Edition

I may have spoken too soon when I said to expect The New York Times's paid subscription growth rate to... More

NYT Paywall to Other Papers: “Copy Me!”

There’s no excuse for other publishers not to follow the Times’s model

If The New York Times spun off its digital edition, it would be the tenth biggest paper in the country... More

Occupy Wall Street, Democrats, and Campaign Finance

This Politico story on Occupy Wall Street's influence on the Democrats' campaign donors is awfully interesting: After the Democratic Congressional... More

Bloomberg Eyes Bank of America’s Derivatives Move

Bloomberg News reports that Bank of America (with Federal Reserve approval) put Merrill Lynch credit-default swaps into BofA's deposit-holding arm... More

Link-Phobia and Plagiarism

Jack Shafer has an unforgiving take on l’affaire Kendra Marr: The plagiarist defrauds readers by leading them to believe that... More

Homeless Shelters 4 AT&T-Verizon Duopoly

In June, Politico and the Washington Post ran stories showing how, in exchange for Ma Bell's cash, nonprofits like NAACP... More

HuffPost Finds the Pain in Goldman’s For-Profit Education Firm

It's not hard to imagine that letting boiler rooms push poor folks into taking out impossible-to-shed federal loans is a... More

Rupert Murdoch’s “Arse”

An ex-tabloid editor tells Parliament who kissed what

Ever since the News of The World phone-hacking scandal gathered pace in July this year, members of the UK press... More

Audit Notes: Economic Policy Edition

Ezra Klein, in his long story (which you should read) on why and how Obama's economic policy failed (I should... More

WSJ Backs Up The Guardian on European Scandal

Its reporting disputes its parent company’s denials

Last night, Dow Jones slammed The Guardian's report on wrongdoing at The Wall Street Journal Europe, calling it "replete with... More

Wall Street Journal Europe Sourcing Was Unusual

And the CEO of the firm involved is a former Journal executive

We now know, thanks to reporting in the both The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal itself, that Andrew Langloff,... 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


You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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