AdAge’s Matthew Creamer includes Audit CEO Dean Starkman’s “Confidence Game” in his list of Best Media Writing of the Year.

The beating that the institution of journalism has been taking for several years has come in many different forms, from the market and technological forces that have pulled so much advertising from newspapers and magazines to the theoretical pounding the trade’s practices and processes have been getting from academe. For a few loud critics, the news-gathering processes at many news organizations have grown moldy and need a rethink. Among others, Dean Starkman points to Jeff Jarvis’ interrogation of the idea of the article and John Paton’s “digital first” focus on the crowd and networked journalism. In “Confidence Game,” Mr. Starkman summarized and parsed the number of these “future of news,” or FON, thinkers, producing a useful critique as well as one of my favorite lines of the year: “I covered Pawtucket City Hall, and you had to pay me.”

Creamer gives it the “Best Painting a Bull’s-Eye on Oneself” award, which sounds about right. Check out “Confidence Game” here.

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at