Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Last Update: Tue 6:50 AM EST

The Audit

Benjamin Wey and the Power of PR

In September, one Benjamin Wey, calling himself "Chinese American Financial Expert Foremost Expert On Chinese Business in U.S.," put out... More

Audit Notes: Countrywide, WSJ Stays Ahead on Probe, Blodget

All the biz/econobloggers are going gaga over a nugget of information buried deep in Gretchen Morgenson's column yesterday. Consider a... More

All But Ignoring the Fed’s Call for More Stimulus

Deficit-obsessed newspapers stuff Bernanke’s plea for near-term spending or tax cuts

Last week, Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman, Republican, Bush appointee, calm technocrat, called for more fiscal stimulus (government spending and/or... More

Audit Notes: WSJ Scoop, SAC’s Golf Guy, Two Old Guys Flailing

The Wall Street Journal has a big scoop out this evening, reporting that the federal government is winding up a... More

Unemployment Benefits as Search Engine Bait

Readers want to know about this issue. Many of them need to know

When I think of SEO (search engine optimization), silly slide shows and headlines about Lindsey Lohan come to mind. But... More

Covering the Unemployment Benefits Extension Vote

The reporting and play on a critical issue for millions needs to be a lot better

(UPDATE: Thanks for the comments, all. All I can say is I hope things turn around for you—soon. I've quoted... More

The Former Car Czar Kicks Back on CNBC

Network lets Rattner guest host as subpoenas, settlements, and lawsuits fly

It's probably not the best idea to let somebody in the news for bribing public officals guest-host your news show.... More

The Chamber of Commerce, Front for Hated Industries

Bloomberg reveals health insurers gave $86 million to oppose Obama’s reform plan

Bloomberg gets a great scoop on the Chamber of Commerce, reporting that the health-insurance industry gave the secretive nonprofit a... More

Deflation Warning Signs, Mostly Buried in the Press

Core inflation at a 57-year low isn’t big news for the NYT, WaPo, and LAT

Core inflation hit a record low last month, a warning sign that the economy could be heading toward Japan-style deflation.... More

Still Looking for Good MSM Coverage of Indian Microfinance Crisis

Are we ever going to get a good article on the hugely important microcredit crisis in the Indian state of... More

The Felix Thing

Concerns from a friend about our new blogger

We’ve gotten a couple of private notes expressing concern about our naming Felix Salmon as our new Peterson Fellow to... More

Audit Notes: Catching Up With Wall Street, Princess Dresses, Olbermann and Objectivity

The New York Observer's Max Abelson takes a look at the Wall Street people who nearly crashed the world. Where... More

WSJ’s Casino Piece: A Few Details Short of a Full Deck

Alexandra Berzon has an enjoyable piece in today's WSJ about the Cosmpolitan, the new $4 billion casino, fully paid for... More

The FT Talks to the Little Guy

A story told through regular folks in Ireland, rather than Davos Men

This isn't a particularly great story by the Financial Times, but I'm going to applaud it anyway, because it shows... More

A Particularly Weak WSJ Page One

One-sided on the deficit, plus stale news, and a royal yawner

Boy, this morning's Wall Street Journal page one leaves a lot to be desired. First, there's this story: States Offer... 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


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”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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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