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The Audit

The Free Press Probes Fannie and Freddie

The giant bailout recipients are dumping inventory in Detroit and pushing foreclosures over modifications

A Detroit Free Press investigation raises some interesting questions about why government-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are pushing foreclosures... More

Why the NYT Paywall Isn’t Like the FT’s

Fred Wilson has nice things to say about my analysis of the NYT paywall—thanks, Fred!—but it’s worth teasing out one... More

How the NYT Paywall Is Working

When I wrote about the success of the NYT paywall last month, I got a lot of pushback in... More

Feces, Fascists, and Michael Lewis

A flop from the best writer in financial journalism

Kevin Drum doesn’t think much of Michael Lewis’s latest European dispatch for Vanity Fair — and neither do I. There’s... More

Audit Notes: JPMorgan’s Denuded County, Recession Watch, Reporting Rumors

Bloomberg News revisits JPMorgan Chase's screwing of Jefferson County, Alabama, as the county debates whether to file for bankruptcy because... More

The WSJ Advances the Foreign-Exchange Gouging Story

The Wall Street Journal has a good investigation that advances its series of stories looking at how banks, and particularly... More

Ace in the Hole (1951)

What a sixty-year-old noir can tell us about the Murdoch hacking scandal

I’ve got Murdoch on the brain, but I couldn’t help thinking about the News of the World scandal while watching... More

Audit Notes: Picturing the Turmoil, WSJ vs. SmartMoney, Long Crisis

Lots of people are linking the Brokers With Hands On Their Faces Blog in the midst of the market turmoil... More

SmartMoney Makes a Hash of the Downgrade

Says borrowers face higher rates, despite sinking Treasury yields

Speaking of the Journal overhyping the S&P downgrade of U.S. Treasurys, its sister magazine SmartMoney has a doozy of a... More

The Journal Hypes the Downgrade

A three-day-old story gets the overkill treatment

That Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. from AAA to AA+ is a big story no doubt. But The Wall... More

Audit Notes: Murdoch’s Board, Hedge Funds Selling

How awful is News Corporation's corporate governance (among other things)? Bloomberg News on Viet Dinh, the guy who wrote the... More

The Long Crisis

The current tumult had its origins in the housing bust and Crash of 2008

The Wall Street Journal's new Money & Investing chief, Francesco Guerrera, has an awfully narrow perspective about "Why This Crisis... More

Market Mess

Troubles pile up for the financial system and the economy

What happened in the markets today? Good luck figuring that out (you can't, really). Let's just say it's some combination... More

Blaming the Audience: Almost Always a Bad Idea

Marketplace's Heidi N. Moore lays into a listener for getting upset about Wall Street wanting to cut her entitlements. In... More

Audit Notes: Decline and Fall, Inflation Falls Again, Stress Indicators

Your Decline and Fall Moment of the Day comes from Standard & Poor's, the credit-ratings firm that was a core... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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