CJR Article on NewsBios Uses Shallow & Shoddy Journalism

This is Chris Ip's profile photo from LinkedIn

This is Chris Ip’s profile photo from LinkedIn

We were unpleasantly surprised by the shallow and shoddy article about NewsBios dossiers appearing in the Jan/Feb 2015 edition of the Columbia Journalism Review. The story, by Chris Ip, does a disservice to readers of CJR, depriving them of a balanced look at our service and the role it plays.

If CJR botches our story so severely, we can only wonder what the truth is behind what else it reports?

If you are a journalist or a communications executive, you owe it to yourself to review Ip’s article and our rebuttal and decide for yourself.  Here are the tools you’ll need.

  1. Read the original CJR story
  2. Read our full NewsBios dossiers of the three journalists: Dyan Machan, Margot Sanger-Katz, and Ankit Ajmera (Available for free)
  3. Read our rebuttal and request for a correction to Chris Ip and CJR
  4. View one of several public reports on Ms. Machan’s 2007 donation to Hillary Clinton (below)
  5. View Margot Sanger-Katz’s LinkedIn page.

We invite your reactions and comments.


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Guess Who? He is Editor of the Largest Personal-Finance Publication in the U.S.

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David Crook runs the largest-circulation personal finance publication in America. Can you name it?

Just over 15 years ago, David Crook founded what has grown into the largest-circulation personal-finance publication in the United States, reaching the homes of 6.6 million subscribers each week.

Guess where David works?  Money magazine?  Kiplinger’s Personal Finance?  How about Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Barron’s or Consumer Reports?


David Crook is the editor of The Wall Street Journal Sunday, which is distributed weekly in 69 partner newspapers, targeting the Main Street reader – people who have substantial assets in their 401(k)s or IRAs, but don’t invest for a living.

David discusses the unique reach and mission of The Wall Street Journal Sunday in an exclusive audio interview with Dean Rotbart, executive editor of NewsBios and himself a former Journal reporter and columnist.

If you write about personal finance or work in the financial services industry, you definitely need to hear what David has to say.

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Also be sure to Hear Dean Rotbart’s interview with the editor of the new Businessing Magazine, aimed at truly small, small businesses.

Get To Know The World’s Most Influential Journalists…Before You Meet Them

Official newsroom bios and LinkedIn résumés only provide you half of the story.  It’s the other half that often matters the most – i.e. what the journalists don’t volunteer about their professional experiences and personal influences.  That is where NewsBios excels.

Our in-depth dossiers, prepared by veteran researchers, let you “know” the world’s most influential journalists before you ever meet them.  In fact, we often are pleased to hear from our clients that they gain insights about what makes journalists tick – even those they’ve worked with for years.

When your company’s or clients’ reputation is on the line, you really can’t afford to know only the “authorized” portion of a journalist’s background.  You need to be certain you’ve got the full story.