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  • Cracking the case: Is there propaganda behind propagation?

    Columbia Journalism Review
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The dentist was examining the patient’s broken tooth. “Oh, no,” he said. “It looks like that crack is in danger of propagating.” “Mmmpf, mffppp,” the patient responded, her mouth full of cotton and dentist’s tools. What she meant was, “I thought propagate meant creating babies or reproducing, not just getting bigger." The dentist immediately turned to Google and pulled up...
  • Want to major in sports journalism? Now you can

    Columbia Journalism Review
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    With the expansion of broadcast networks, the rise of heavily trafficked niche outlets, and ever-popular local coverage, sports journalism is one of the few beats that can be called a media growth industry. That’s why universities are recalibrating to train students for the field. Not coincidentally, sports journalism programs are first emerging at colleges that have both a long-running school...
  • Guest column: the ‘Mobilegeddon’ fallout

    Talking New Media
    TNM Staff
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:11 pm
    The post Guest column: the ‘Mobilegeddon’ fallout appeared first on Talking New Media.
  • Trump’s press

    Jeff Jarvis
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    American news media: You are Donald Trump’s bitch*. You are making him what he is. And that makes you something worse yet: You are lab assistants to our modern media Dr. Frankenstein, the man who invented Trump as politician, the man who more than anyone else has divided this nation, Roger Ailes. You, the press, should be exposing Trump’s idiocies for what they are and his demonization of the others — the aliens, the Mexicans, the Jews** (oops, that was someone else) — for the racism that it is. You should be instructing the public in the definition of demagoguery.***…
  • Fox's Shannon Bream Acknowledges Planned Parenthood Smear Videos Show Legal Activity

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:32 am
    Many media outlets have already reported that the videos show no illegal behavior by, or on behalf of, Planned Parenthood. From the September 1 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:Previously A Comprehensive Guide To The Deceptively-Edited Videos Used Against Planned Parenthood Fox News To Air Hour-Long Special In Support Of CMP's Smear Campaign Against Planned Parenthood Fox Cites A For-Profit Company's Website To Falsely Suggest Illegal Activity At Planned Parenthood
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    Columbia Journalism Review

  • Want to major in sports journalism? Now you can

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    With the expansion of broadcast networks, the rise of heavily trafficked niche outlets, and ever-popular local coverage, sports journalism is one of the few beats that can be called a media growth industry. That’s why universities are recalibrating to train students for the field. Not coincidentally, sports journalism programs are first emerging at colleges that have both a long-running school...
  • Cracking the case: Is there propaganda behind propagation?

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The dentist was examining the patient’s broken tooth. “Oh, no,” he said. “It looks like that crack is in danger of propagating.” “Mmmpf, mffppp,” the patient responded, her mouth full of cotton and dentist’s tools. What she meant was, “I thought propagate meant creating babies or reproducing, not just getting bigger." The dentist immediately turned to Google and pulled up...
  • Florida micro-media mogul breaks news, but is it journalism?

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Subscribers to Sunburn, an email newsletter for Florida’s political class, got a chuckle one day not long ago out of a little scoop: A state legislator was making money on the side driving for Uber. Sunburn is the work of Peter Schorsch, a conservative political consultant and controversial blogger who has become, in recent years, a micro-media mogul. The plugged-in...
  • How 'democratators' threaten press freedom

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    As President Obama arrived in Ethiopia in July, his National Security Advisor Susan Rice was asked if she considered the country to be a democracy. “One hundred percent,” she quipped, referring to the tally in favor of the ruling party in national elections in May. Not everyone was amused. For the activists and journalists who face harassment, imprisonment, and exile,...
  • Why a drone journalism educator is getting his pilot's license

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    Matt Waite has already enjoyed a varied career as an investigative journalist and author, as the principal developer behind PolitiFact, and, most recently, as an educator. He’ll soon add one more title to his CV: pilot. Waite, a journalism professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been working toward his light-aircraft pilot’s license all summer—not because of any particular ambition...
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    Talking New Media

  • Guest column: the ‘Mobilegeddon’ fallout

    TNM Staff
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:11 pm
    The post Guest column: the ‘Mobilegeddon’ fallout appeared first on Talking New Media.
  • App updates: NYT continues to add recipe features to its NYT Cooking app; eBook platforms Glose and Oyster get updates

    D.B. Hebbard
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Google updated its logo today (you knew that) but they also issued update for Google Maps, adding support for six languages (and updating the logo, of course) There were a number of media and platform app updates released today, somewhat contradicting my own prediction that things would slow down now that we are so close to the release of iOS 9 (so much for predictions). Two involve eBook platforms. Glose has released version 1.6 of its social eBook reading iOS app of the same name. The update is all about… love. Well, that’s what they say: Find books you will love with books you…
  • Programmatic marketing platform Rocket Fuel rejects Gravity4 acquisition proposal

    TNM Staff
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:11 am
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – September 1, 2015 — Rocket Fuel, a leading programmatic marketing platform provider that uses artificial intelligence (AI) at Big Data scale to optimize marketing ROI for global agencies and enterprise marketers, today confirmed that it has received and rejected an unsolicited, conditional proposal from Gravity4 to acquire Rocket Fuel. Consistent with its fiduciary duties, the Rocket Fuel Board of Directors, in consultation with its independent advisors, has evaluated the proposal and concluded that the proposal, which is highly conditional and inconsistent with…
  • Gloomy report on Canadian daily newspapers

    TNM Staff
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:02 am
    The post Gloomy report on Canadian daily newspapers appeared first on Talking New Media.
  • Axel Springer, Samsung announce content partnership agreement for new digital media services for European consumers

    D.B. Hebbard
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:52 am
    Not to be outdone by Apple, Samsung will be launching its own aggregated news app called UPDAY. The app will launch on Wednesday (but only for Samsung customers in Germany and Poland), and will feature the content of the German media company Axel Springer. Whether the app will eventually feature content from other news outlets is not yet known. Samsung has signed exclusive digital publishing agreements in the past. Last June, Samsung and Adobe announced that it would create a new digital newsstand called Papergarden (see TNM post here). Papergarden was, I suppose, kind of an answer to Next…
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  • Trump’s press

    Jeff Jarvis
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    American news media: You are Donald Trump’s bitch*. You are making him what he is. And that makes you something worse yet: You are lab assistants to our modern media Dr. Frankenstein, the man who invented Trump as politician, the man who more than anyone else has divided this nation, Roger Ailes. You, the press, should be exposing Trump’s idiocies for what they are and his demonization of the others — the aliens, the Mexicans, the Jews** (oops, that was someone else) — for the racism that it is. You should be instructing the public in the definition of demagoguery.***…
  • Hacking through Amazon’s jungle of coverage

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    The New York Times exposé of working conditions at Amazon lacks two key attributes: context and — I can’t quite believe I’m saying this — balance. Like everyone in my feeds, I read the story with something verging on horror. Since then, I’ve seen many tweets presenting another perspective and just read a point-by-point rebuttal by an Amazonian. Where’s the truth? in the mix. Except as a reader, I had to go search for that mix. First, context: Last night on Twitter, I half-joked that Amazon sounded like many newspaper newsrooms: Amazon: long hours,…
  • What Would Alphabet Do?

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
    You’d expect me to say this but Google’s transformation into Alphabet is a brilliant move that enables Page, Brin, and their company to escape the bonds of their past — They’re just a search company. Why are they working on self-driving cars and magical contact lenses and high-flying balloons? — and go where no one has thought they would go before. To Wall Street and countless bleating analysts — not to mention its competitors and plenty of government regulators — Google was a search company, though long ago it became so much more. I don’t just…
  • New video powerhouse

    Jeff Jarvis
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The amazing Samir Arora, CEO of Mode (née Glam), called with some impressive numbers on his company’s new platform and aggressive push into video. A two-minute video illustrating 100 years of fashion gained 1 million views in six days, 10 million in 21, and now — a bit more than eight weeks out — has 58 million views. Almost three-quarters of those views came on Mode’s own network — where they can prioritize users based on relevance and influence; the rest on Facebook, YouTube, et al. In two months, Mode is now the 13th video property according to ComScore; it…
  • Journalism is not a crime: A letter to German authorities

    Jeff Jarvis
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:43 am
    A large group of key figures in journalism and technology in Germany and elsewhere has published an open letter to German authorities in a critical fight for press freedom there. The letter is below. I am among the signatories. The editors at Netzpolitik and their sources were being investigated for treason for sharing government documents openly. A furor ensued in German media and online. The case was supposedly called off. Then the German justice minister called for the resignation of the chief prosecutor who had started the investigation. Rather than going quietly, that prosecutor is…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox's Shannon Bream Acknowledges Planned Parenthood Smear Videos Show Legal Activity

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:32 am
    Many media outlets have already reported that the videos show no illegal behavior by, or on behalf of, Planned Parenthood. From the September 1 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:Previously A Comprehensive Guide To The Deceptively-Edited Videos Used Against Planned Parenthood Fox News To Air Hour-Long Special In Support Of CMP's Smear Campaign Against Planned Parenthood Fox Cites A For-Profit Company's Website To Falsely Suggest Illegal Activity At Planned Parenthood
  • On Special Report , A Fox News Correspondent Denies Scientific Consensus On Human-Induced Climate Change

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:26 am
    From the September 1 edition of Fox News' Special Report With Bret Baier:Previously Fox News Host Attacks Pope Francis For Addressing Climate Change Fox Attacks Obama For Calling Climate Change An Immediate National Security Threat Climate Change Poses Huge Challenge To The Coast Guard, But Fox News Would Rather Dismiss It
  • Media Hype Poll Showing Public Disapproval Of Iran Deal But Ignore Polls That Show Majority Support When Respondents Hear Details

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:35 am
    Media outlets are playing up the significance of a new poll that found a majority of Americans opposed to a deal recently signed by the U.S. and major world powers with Iran, believing it will make the world "less safe." But that poll gave respondents no information about the deal, while other more comprehensive polls have found  that when respondents are actually informed about the terms of the deal, a majority support it.Media Hype Quinnipiac Poll Finding Majority Of Americans Oppose Iran Deal, Believe It Will Make The World "Less Safe" Wash. Post: "The Iran Deal Is Unpopular." In…
  • Fox News To Air Hour-Long Special In Support Of CMP's Smear Campaign Against Planned Parenthood

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:49 am
    Fox News is reportedly set to air an hour-long special that furthers the conservative media campaign to smear Planned Parenthood with debunked accusations from deceptively edited videos that purport to show the organization is selling aborted fetal body tissue. A board member of the group behind the videos, The Center For Medical Progress, said he "expect[s] the documentary will be very much on our side," despite the fact that the videos were found to have been manipulated. This conservative media campaign coincides with the Republican effort to defund and investigate the women's health…
  • On Fox News, Joe Lieberman Says Iran Deal Supporters "Absolutely" May End Up With Blood On Their Hands

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:32 am
    From the September 1 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto: CHARLES PAYNE (HOST): But when these things -- and we've seen this a lot, though, in Washington where they hide behind the different procedures, in part because I think a lot of them are actually embarrassed by their positions. But, again, they're walking the party line. This is sort of saying, OK, let the American public know, are you saying to them also that one day you may have blood on your hands and you want the people to see who you are right now? LIEBERMAN: Well I'm saying to -- absolutely. I'm saying to people,…
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  • E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup, September 1, 2015

    Julie Keck
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:44 am
    1. A manifesto for ‘smart content’ in publishing (Steve Odart / FutureBook) 2. Digital magazine subscriptions are on the rise (Mike Kozlowski / Good E-Reader) 3. Self-publishing beyond the book: Serializing, podcasting, and merchandising (via Jane Friedman) 4. Soundtracks for books: How one author is using Booktrack for her novels (Joanna Penn / The Creative Penn) 5. DBW Spotlight launches today (Daniel Berkowitz / Digital Book World)   Our E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup comes out every Tuesday. We’re happy to deliver it directly to your email inbox when you…
  • Daily Must Reads, September 1, 2015

    Julie Keck
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:15 am
    1. Podcast collective Radiotopia has a new leader (Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab) 2. Local news startups link engagement to revenue (Michele McLellan / Knight Digital Media Center) 3. Grasswire relaunches its crowdsourced Wikipedia of news (Mathew Ingram / Fortune) 4. ‘We aren’t in the news business, we’re in the understanding business’– Q&A with Mathew Ingram (Mădălina Ciobanu / 5. Amazon’s Prime Instant Video expands offline viewing to iOS, Android services (Natalie Jarvey / The Hollywood Reporter) 6. Soul-searching in TV land over the…
  • The Difficult Ethics Around Showing a Murderer’s Video

    Dale Blasingame
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:05 am
    When two WDBJ journalists were murdered on live television last week near Roanoke, Virginia, the ethical debate over “how much is too much” in terms of coverage was never more evident. This is an increasingly more and more complex decision that falls on the shoulders of journalists, which is nothing unusual. But these days, technology companies and, now, the public itself are also part of the process. To make things more difficult, there are no easy answers or obvious choices. Newsrooms like the New York Daily News and NPR, in the days since the shooting, have shared justifications for or…
  • Thinking of Starting a Podcast? Read This First

    Meagan Francis
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Podcasts first popped up on my radar about 10 years ago, when the trend, fueled by RSS and file sharing technology, was just starting to boom. I loved the concept but couldn’t figure out how to create one in a way that fit into my career as a freelancer writer. Even if I had the time, the technology that existed to create podcasts were off-limits for all but the most savvy Internet users. A decade later, that barrier to entry has drastically changed. Third-party platforms like Stitcher and Pocketcasts have made finding, consuming and sharing podcasts simpler than ever. Meanwhile, cars are…
  • Upcoming Trainings and Courses: Sept. 1 Edition

    Sonia Paul
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Each week, MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people — with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our new DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, KDMC, and others. If we’re missing anything, please let us know at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. SEPTEMBER 2015 Web Headlines & SEO Essentials (September 2015) Headlines appear on the Web with photos, graphics or other type, but usually they stand alone. That means you’ve only got a few words—and a few seconds—to tell readers what the story (or blog…
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  • What is possible with “Structured Journalism”? A response to critiques of Circa

    6 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Columbia Journalism Review did a great dive into “structured journalism” recently. It’s nice to know that this new-fangled space, which is still nascent. is getting some nods. Circa of course was part of this growing space. And I hope will be looked at as a project that tried to break new ground. There was also some good criticism of Circa in the post. They were indicative of other critiques I’ve heard/read and so I wanted to respond to them. It should be important to note, however, that while I’m providing some devil’s advocate here – it…
  • What journalists can learn from Aristotle

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    I wrote a blog post about Circa shutting down and a lot of people glommed on to this sentence: “The schadenfreude in our industry is thick and disgusting at times. People love to read tea-leaves. This is a whole other tangent that we can/should confront as a community sometime.” I was also asked to write an article for SPJ’s July/August issue on failure. Below is a small part of that which focuses on an alternative to Schadenfreude via Aristotle. Pedantic much? Yes! Note: Much of this is inspired by Alain de Botton – who I highly recommend. But first let’s get…
  • Quick thoughts as Circa shuts down

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    The news has broken – Circa is essentially shutting down. While I haven’t been with Circa for the last 10 months, I was its first editorial hire and Chief Content Officer for almost three years. I am proud of all the work I did there and the editorial team I put together. I’d go to battle with them any day. In early 2012, when I joined, mobile was still pretty uncharted territory. Circa was a pioneer. Discussions around structured journalism were nascent and ‘cards,’ ‘stacks’ or any ‘atomization’ as summarization/curation wasn’t…
  • Felix Salmon’s report on the death of journalism as a career is greatly exaggerated

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    At Perugia this year Felix Salmon gave a talk: “The end of journalism as a career?” In typical fashion, anytime a headline ends in a question mark the answer is almost always “no.” Throughout the video you can tell how excited Salmon is to play the contrarian. He wants to “bring you down and make you depressed” (his words, not mine). This is the role Felix is increasingly happy to play. The “Golden Age” person who is still a naysayer. ‘This is the best of times for journalism – but you shouldn’t try to participate if you have…
  • Get your startup funded: SXSW V2Venture!

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    It’s that time of year again. I continue to be on the advisory board of the SXSW Pitch challenge and now its sister-challenge: The SXSW V2Venture pitch event. This is an opportunity to “showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders… This event takes place on July 21 & 22 as a part of the SXSW V2V Event, during which you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW V2V has to offer. The deadline to…
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    Newspaper Death Watch

  • New York Times Passes 1M Digital Subscribers

    7 Aug 2015 | 4:29 am
    The New York Times marked a milestone of sorts yesterday with the announcement that it has passed the one million paid digital-only subscriber mark, less than four-and-a-half years after launching its paywall. The milestone is validation that paywalls can work, especially if you’re The New York Times. The news comes less than two months after the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers reported that global newspaper circulation revenues surpassed advertising revenues for the first time this century (good slide presentation here). The association didn’t say when was…
  • This ‘Funny or Die’ Parody Totally Nails It

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    This promo for “The Monsters of a Rapidly Changing Media Landscape” conference in Shreveport is perfect. The buzzwords, the phrasing, even the clothes are perfect. Our favorite line: “I like the feel of the CD. I like to hold a CD in my hand. I put it into the stereo with two hands, OK?” Stick around for the last 30 seconds.
  • Does the Internet Make Journalism Better or Worse? Actually, Both

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Two Great Examples of How Journalism Has Changed for the Better – Gigaom Mathew Ingram writes: “It’s worth pointing out when ‘citizen journalism’ — or networked journalism, or whatever we want to call it — really works, and a couple of great examples of that have come to light recently. One of them is related to a project that I’ve written about: namely, the open Ukrainian vehicle tracking database that British investigative blogger Eliot Higgins and his team have been putting together through his Bellingcat website, which tracks the movements of Russian…
  • Journalism’s Paradox: Better Information, More Mistakes

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mathew Ingram offers a reality check on the state of journalism, citing a recent Digiday interview with Jack Shafer in which the media critic says, “news coverage has probably never been more accurate than it is today.” Ingram cites the ability of crowdsourced fact-checking projects as well as social networks to quickly spot inconsistencies that lead to embarrassments like Rolling Stone‘s recent University of Virginia rape story. Facts are now available with a quick search. So is misinformation, but through triangulation a journalist can usually arrive at the truth quickly…
  • The Bots are Coming!

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    On one level we can understand the teeth-gnashing that follow the Associated Press’ announcement that it plans to start using robots to write the majority of U.S. corporate earnings stories. Robots seem to bring out the Luddite in all of us. What we can’t understand is why anyone outside of a few shop stewards should want to preserve the jobs that will invariably be lost to this new kind of automation. Actually, the AP says no jobs will be eliminated. “This is about using technology to free journalists to do more journalism and less data processing, not about eliminating jobs,” wrote…
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    The Journalism Iconoclast

  • When your big, obnoxious Flash ad doesn’t work and just crashes the Web page

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    This just happened to me. Like a lot of people, I don’t have Flash installed on Safari (I use Chrome when I need it). This website tried to popup some kind of Flash interstitial or overlay and because I didn’t have Flash, it just froze the entire page, making it impossible for me to read the contents or even see other ads. If you’re going to use Flash ads, you need to have non-Flash fallbacks. That’s at a minimum, otherwise you’re either not serving ads to a lot of users, or you’re going to just crash your Web page and force people to leave. I would…
  • Vanity Fair, for when one interstitial is not enough

    12 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    It’s kind of annoying when you click on a link and the first thing that happens is that an interstitial pops up that obscures your ability to read said page. But hey, we all have to pay the bills. But when said interstitial is then interrupted by an auto-playing video interstitial, you can see why people are flocking to ad-blocking software. I’ve hit the Inception of interstitials on Vanity Fair’s website, and I’d hate to see how far down this goes. So, I’ll click away. How news orgs monetize their websites is getting really out of control. Users understand that…
  • The coming ad-block apocalypse

    10 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    This is AdBlock, the most popular ad-blocking software around. The Economist estimates that about 200 million people around the world are using ad-blocking software on websites, and the trajectory of people using ad-blocking software is growing at least 50 million users a year. Most of the news industry is ad supported. This is not good news. But it gets worse. Mobile devices have largely been a firewall against this growing trend. The iPhone and iPad don’t support ad-blocking software, and it’s not as easy to install and use ad-blocking software on other mobile platforms that do…
  • Overcoming the wall of links on news homepages

    5 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    Ask yourself this: What should I click on? Our homepage like most traditional journalism homepages is a wall of links. Everywhere you look there are similar sized links to stories. It’s hard to make out individual stories to click on unless you really focus. And guess what? When users can’t find stories to focus on, they bounce from your site. A crowded homepage like this will cause users to flee because they are overwhelmed by our lack of choices. When you look at the layout of our current homepage, and many other homepages, you can see that meeting internal stakeholder needs…
  • There is no value in working for free for publicity

    6 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    “I don’t take a piss for free.” Most journalists at some point will be asked to work for free, especially young journalists starting out. They’ll tell you its for publicity. That it’ll help you get work in the future. But what exactly does that mean? I’ll get publicity for not getting paid so that some company in the future will ask me to work for money? If they act the same way, this publicity will lead to me being asked to write more pieces for publicity. Working for free only leads to more working for free. I’m not saying that there are never any…
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  • Interesting Tool of the Week: Quadrigam – Connecting two visualizers

    Tom Johnson
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Take me to Quadrigam Connect two visualizers All of the charts have input data and output data. You can synchronize two charts just using the output data element of the first chart as the input data element of the second chart. You can even build formulas based on data outputs, like for instance using the element selected in a control list to be part of a formula which filters a given datasset based on one column which elements match with the selected element in the control list. Charts use to have two main data outputs: On over: When on over with the mouse, the element will be the data…
  • The Guardian view on geography: it’s the must-have A-level

    Tom Johnson
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:32 pm
    It used to be a Cinderella subject. Now, in a world that increasingly values people who can work across the physical and social sciences, geography’s all the rage ‘Geographers learn about the physics of climate change, or the interaction of weather events and flood risk, or the way people’s behaviour is influenced by the space around them.’ Above, Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast, Australia. Photograph: Chris Hyde/Getty Images Thursdday 13 August 2015 A star is born.
  • DigitalGlobe Partners With Mapbox To Launches Its Maps API

    Tom Johnson
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Very high quality satellite imagery integrated into the MapBox APIs and SLA: ​    ​ ​From the post: Most developers, however, don’t just want pretty satellite imagery (with resolutions of down to 30 centimeter per pixel in some regions). They also need street data and other information. To offer developers that, the company has partnered with Mapbox, an OpenStreetMap-based mapping service. Mapbox will distribute DigitalGlobe’s imagery and back the service with an SLA.​ ​This seems like…
  • 7/7 Webinar: Excel Basics for Analyzing Health Data

    Tom Johnson
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Paul Overberg is one of the very best in our business.  Yeah, we’re old friends, but he’s still one of the best.  Take advantage of what he will have to say. With the explosion of public health data online, more journalists than ever need analytical tools in their daily work. This webinar will teach newcomers how to use a spreadsheet to do simple data cleanup and analysis for journalism. The webinar will be led by Paul Overberg, former data editor of USA Today.
  • Excellent progress at the City of Albuquerque’s Open Data site

    Tom Johnson
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Kudos to the City of Albuquerque for its ABQ Data site at   Especially helpful is that it includes links to the data set’s Metadata —  Something not see enough.  Bravo, señores, bravo.
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    Journerdism | Will Sullivan's Stompin' ground for journalists and nerds.

  • Trends on Tuesday: Web Standards Advocate Advises Adaptive Web Design for Government Sites

    Will Sullivan
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:06 pm
    (This is another of my DigitalGov columns that I’m cross-posting here to keep an archive and share knowledge.)  This August, Aaron Gustafson, Web Standards Advocate at Microsoft, industry thought leader and speaker, and an author who wrote a leading book on adaptive web design, spoke to the government tech community at the U.S. General Services Administration and provided many magnificent insights into mobile strategy, design and tech development for reaching the widest audience possible across devices. Gustafson’s insights are especially important and impactful for government…
  • Trends on Tuesday: “Mobile Addict” users explode in growth, drive app usage

    Will Sullivan
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:04 pm
    (This is another of my DigitalGov columns that I’m cross-posting here to keep an archive and share knowledge.)  Yahoo’s mobile analytics division, Flurry, released an interesting report, in July, comparing mobile usage among three distinct types of users around the worldbased on how frequently they launch mobile applications each day: Regular Users, Super Users and Mobile Addicts. According to Flurry, of the 1.855 billion total mobile app users in the world: 985 million people or 53% are Regular Users 590 million people or 32% are Super Users 280 million people or 15% are Mobile Addicts…
  • Trends on Tuesday: The Impact of ‘Mobilegeddon’ on Non Mobile-Friendly Sites

    Will Sullivan
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    (This is another of my DigitalGov columns that I’m cross-posting here to keep an archive and share knowledge.)  Adobe released its quarterly Adobe Digital Index report this month, which showed websites that aren’t mobile optimized are seeing more than double-digit drops in traffic from Google’s organic search referrals. This is after the leading search engine announced it would start penalizing websites, after April 21st, that weren’t optimized for mobile—also called “Mobilegeddon.” Microsoft’s Bing search engine also made a similar announcement, indicating that…
  • Trends on Tuesday: Mobile Web Audiences Abandon Sites with Interstitial Ads

    Will Sullivan
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    (OMG, when will it end? This is another of my DigitalGov columns that I’m cross-posting here to keep an archive and share knowledge.)  David Morell, a software engineer with Google, posted an interesting case study from the tech giant, sharing data about how users interacted with interstitials (ie webpages displayed before or after an expected content page) on their website. Their analysis showed that 69% of users completely abandoned the page and their original intent after being shown an interstitial. Interstitials take many forms on the Web—native app installation prompts,…
  • Trends on Tuesday: People Over 55 Soon to Be Mobile-Majority Users

    Will Sullivan
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:59 pm
    (This is another of my DigitalGov columns that I’m cross-posting here to keep an archive and share knowledge.)  In July, comScore released a research paper, The Global Mobile Report: How Multi-Platform Audiences & Engagement Compare in the U.S., Canada, UK and Beyond,covering a lot of areas from smartphone penetration to Android vs. Apple preferences. The most impactful trend for government agencies might be best communicated through this graphic: In the U.S., tablets and smartphones are driving the majority of digital media usage for 18-to 54-year-olds. People 55 and older are on the…
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    Idea Lab

  • 50 Years After Watts: Going Beyond Anniversary Coverage and Building Community Engagement

    Daniela Gerson
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    August 11 marked 50 years since Watts — along with most of South Los Angeles — erupted in six days of racially charged upheaval. Local and national media outlets marked the anniversary with coverage that revisits the police stop that triggered the upheaval, probes comparisons with Baltimore and Ferguson, and investigates the myriad and disturbing persistent problems. This is the important coverage we expected. But while reviewing history and examining persistent problems are critical, can anniversary coverage present an opportunity for media outlets to play another, potentially…
  • What Journalism Can Learn from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    David Dunkley Gyimah
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Thirteen shows in two days takes some beating. It goes from the intense, with “Le Gateau Chocolat: Black,” a one man show on depression, flipping to mirth. A Nigerian law student yearns to be an Opera singer, but on the way suffers denigrating abuse from his father. Then there’s the insouciant in “Jessie Cave’s: I loved her,” as a young girl, neurotic, fidgety, tells of attempted love. Lots of split personalities talking to herself. I’m in Edinburgh, the event horizon for comedy and innovatory drama. You’ve never seen anything like it. Not the crowds, but the…
  • Survey Shows Intense Interest in Local News, Wide Dissatisfaction with Coverage

    Mike Rispoli
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the main goals of our News Voices: New Jersey project is to elevate the role of communities at their local media outlets. To that end, we asked our Garden State members to tell us how they consume news, what issues they care about, and how well they feel local media reflect their communities. More than 300 people responded — and their answers were informative. Over half of the respondents said their communities don’t get enough local coverage. This result reflects what previous research has revealed: In a state with 565 municipalities, there simply isn’t enough local, regional…
  • Beacon, ProPublica Partner on Workers’ Comp Stories

    Meg Dalton
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    This week, Beacon announced its new partnership with non-profit newsroom ProPublica to improve coverage of workers’ compensation across the United States. The journalism crowdfunding platform has already shown its commitment to funding underreported stories. Through this new partnership, Beacon will not only be able to provide financial support to journalists, but also valuable reporting tools, including data and sources, thanks to ProPublica. Why Workers’ Comp? As part of its ongoing investigation, Insult to Injury, ProPublica found that 33 states have recently changed their…
  • The Prime Importance of Desirability in a News Startup

    Jonathan Morris
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s amazing how interesting a project can become once you talk to the right people. When I was placed on the team tasked with creating a project that brings more transparency to the North Carolina court system, I was not excited. Courts were boring, but as I dove deeper into the project, I found an exciting and engaging project to work on. Finding The Spark Our team’s first meeting for the project was with the lawyers from Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych PLLC in Raleigh, NC. It was here that I learned about the huge problem of public records access in North Carolina and how it affects…
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • Retail ad spending is speeding to mobile

    12 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are few industries where mobile is having as big an impact as the disruption it is bringing to retailing. This should make publishers nervous. Very nervous.  Though the rising popularity of mobile commerce may be great for consumers and could be pretty good for merchants, the phenomenon poses a sharp challenge to newspaper publishers, who rely on retailers to generate half of the roughly
  • What good is the Apple Watch, anyway?

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The smartwatch market is so small that it only took a day or two for the Apple Watch to emerge as the biggest selling techno-timepiece in history.  Now that it has been a while since the world’s most expensive Mickey Mouse watch has been glitzing the wrists of a few million early adopters (Apple coyly won't say how many), it’s time to ask what the thing is good for, anyway.  The positive
  • Mobile moves to digital ad domination

    11 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    Any day now, we will cross another technological tipping point, as the majority of digital advertising purchases moves to mobile devices from desktops and laptops.  The shift could happen before the end of this year or early in 2016, according to a variety of industry prognosticators. Either way, the move will be profound in the coming years, with eMarketer forecasting that mobile will account
  • 1 of 4 news start-ups flamed out

    4 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    In 2009, David Boraks wrote an inspiring guest post here about the launch of his hyper-local news site in Davidson County, NC. Last week, he reluctantly shut it down, saying, “Alas, we haven’t turned it into a sustainable business.” He is far from alone. One of every four news startups has failed, according to a survey I conducted of the 141 ventures listed in an online directory published by
  • Why publishers had to partner with Facebook

    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The natural order of the universe was disrupted yesterday when BuzzFeed, NBC News, the New York Times and a number of other prominent media companies shockingly ceded to Facebook the marketing and monetization of portions of their valuable content.  The move, which represents a further step in the transfer of power from the media tribe to the technology tribe, means that some of the biggest
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • Bloomberg EIC outlines editorial vision in wake of cuts

    Ben Mullin and Jim Warren
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:23 pm
    After a day of layoffs that claimed dozens of journalists from the ranks of Bloomberg’s massive reporting and editing corps, Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait called the departures a painful necessity intended on making the company stronger. “It always hurts to let talented, dedicated people go, and no journalist likes to tell other journalists that they are losing their jobs,” Micklethwait wrote in a memo to staffers. “But this is not about downsizing; it is about refocusing our considerable resources. We are committed to changing Bloomberg Editorial in significant…
  • With ‘Only Clinton Emails,’ BuzzFeed brings a distributed approach to politics coverage

    Benjamin Mullin
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:51 am
    “Only Clinton Emails,” a new Twitter account from BuzzFeed Politics, curates and highlights the most interesting excerpts from the Hillary Clinton email dumps. (Screenshot) When a judge ordered the State Department to release a trove of emails from Hillary Clinton in dribs and drabs earlier this year, he fated U.S. news outlets for months of repetitive coverage. By now, a clear pattern for the Clinton email story has been established: Every time a new batch of emails is released, reporters dutifully troll through the correspondences and file story after story summarizing their…
  • Texas station shares unedited video showing man killed by police

    Kristen Hare
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:23 am
    CNN KSAT in San Antonio, Texas published a video showing a man’s shooting death during an arrest, Brian Stelter reported Tuesday for CNN. The video shows Gilbert Flores being shot and killed by police officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call coming from his home last Friday. According to the authorities, Flores resisted arrest and nonlethal techniques were used before guns were drawn. KSAT, a CNN affiliate, said it received the video from a witness, Michael Thomas, who recorded it from a distance. The station’s managers initially decided not to show the moment of the…
  • ‘Brilliant jerks’ no longer welcome as Kansas college daily heralds ‘kick-ass’ first week

    James Warren
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:11 am
    Medium Katie Kutsko doesn’t suffer from low ambitions, undue modesty or lack of clarity as editor in chief of the University Daily Kansan at the University of Kansas. Exhibiting the exuberance of youth and the tactics of a wizened field general, last spring she detailed a lengthy manifesto for change. She’d turn the paper from a four-days-a-week print product into a twice-a-week print paper that focused its efforts online. As College Media Matters chronicled the vision, she was declaring the need for: “Morning newsroom meetings. Daytime reporting and editing shifts.
  • Front page of the day: Have we reached peak Denali/McKinley?

    Kristen Hare
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:28 am
    I apologize for that headline. Tuesday’s front page of the day comes from The Cincinnati Enquirer, which led with news that the president was renaming Alaska’s Mount McKinley to Denali. From President William McKinley’s home state: On Monday, Jennifer Steinhauer wrote about some to reactions to the news for The New York Times: To be clear, President William McKinley has one of the largest grave sites of any former American president, so perhaps a mountaintop was a bit superfluous. But this has not stopped the political outrage — manufactured, deeply felt and otherwise…
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    Megan Taylor: Web Journalist

  • CSS Image Cropping

    Megan Taylor
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    This came in handy over the weekend: 3 methods for image cropping with CSS. Crop Top | CSS Tricks
  • Pair Programming

    Megan Taylor
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    During a recent chat with a senior dev at work, I mentioned that I would like to try pair programming. The theory is that I would learn more from working with a more experienced dev than on my own. We had our first pair programming session today.The project we were working on was just HTML and CSS. The experience was pretty nerve-wracking (having another dev sitting there watching me code feels a lot like public speaking), and I feel like most of what I learned was how inefficient I am. Type type, fix typo, save, refresh in browser, realize Grunt didn’t finish yet and refresh again,…
  • Scale and Center Image in Container

    Megan Taylor
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:56 pm
    I knew how to do this with a background image, but was really struggling with this earlier today until I found this CodePen.@import "compass/css3"; body, html { width: 100%; height: 100%; @include box-sizing(border-box); } body { padding: 1em; background: #3498db; } section { width: 50%; height: 15em; margin: 0 auto; overflow: hidden; background: #2980b9; @include border-radius(.5em); img { position: relative; max-height: 100%; left: 50%; @include translateX(-50%); @media(min-width: 800px) { top: 50%; left: 0; max-height: none; width: 100%; @include translateY(-50%); } } }See the…
  • ScriptEd Wants YOU to Teach High School Students

    Megan Taylor
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    ScriptEd is growing! We will partner with 30 schools in NYC beginning this fall, and we’re recruiting volunteers to teach in our partner schools.ScriptEd is a nonprofit organization that engages software developers on a volunteer basis to teach web development in underserved high schools throughout NYC. Classroom volunteers commit to teach for the entire school year (approximately late September through May) twice a week. Each volunteer is part of a four-person team, and is supported by ScriptEd’s staff members. Learn more.Interested folks can fill out a volunteer application at…
  • Django Girls NYC Lightning Talk: My Journey to Becoming a Developer

    Megan Taylor
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    A five-minute speech given at Django Girls NYC on March 27th about my journey to becoming a web developer.As a child, I took apart appliances in my home to see how they worked. I learned HTML from a boy in my middle school library aide period. I built Geocities websites for the fanfiction my friends and I wrote in high school. But after I saw the required math courses for a computer science major in my college course catalog, I got my degree in journalism.I thought I couldn’t be a developer because I was so bad at math, I had to take remedial arithmetic in elementary school.When, as the…
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    Evolving Newsroom

  • Japanese supply ship delivers 5 tons of goodies to International Space Station

    Julie Starr
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:48 pm
    A Japanese supply craft successfully docked with the International Space Station this week to deliver around 5 tons of supplies. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) “Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) arrived at the International Space Station Aug. 24 to deliver almost five tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the Expedition 44 crew. The cargo vehicle was launched atop a Japanese H-IIB rocket Aug. 19 from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. That will be a welcome arrival since the last supply craft, launched from Russia in April, spun out…
  • Bookmarks for August 19, 2015

    Julie Starr
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
      How about this beautiful Google Earth image of Carauari, Brazil? The Big Read: Downfall of a drug smuggler – National – NZ Herald News Downfall of a drug smuggler. @jaredsavageNZH does a nice job on this story about pseudoephedrine supplier. Adorable Puppies Become Wise Adult Dogs in Heartwarming Side-By-Side Portraits – My Modern Met Photographer Amanda Jones beautifully documents the lives of dogs in her book Dog Years: Faithful Friends Then & Now. The artist has been working with animals for over 20 years and, during this time,……
  • More than 3 million people visited NZ in past year

    Julie Starr
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    More than 3 million people came to check out New Zealand’s attractions in the past year, says Statistics NZ. Visitor arrivals to New Zealand surpassed 3 million for the first time in the July 2015 year, Statistics New Zealand said in a media release. The record-breaking 3,002,982 visitors this year was 7 per cent higher than the July 2014 year. “The expanding market of Chinese holiday visitors, and steady growth of visitors from Australia, helped push the annual number of visitors to 3 million,” population statistics senior manager Vina Cullum said. “New Zealand first…
  • “Innovation is about saying no to 1,000 things”

    Julie Starr
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    I came across this Steve Jobs quote in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s tremendously entertaining book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, and it struck a chord. I notice it’s a fairly popular quote on Goodreads too, as are quite a few from Taleb’s book.  
  • Bookmarks for August 17, 2015

    Julie Starr
    16 Aug 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Reddit Bans CoonTown, Quarantines Offensive Subreddits | Variety Reddit took a first step toward more hands-on content policing Wednesday by unveiling a new content policy that bans illegal speech, harassment and bullying. The company also started to instate war… Further changes to suicide reporting proposed | Radio New Zealand News MPs have backed a significant change to the Coroners Act to allow media to report a death as “suspected suicide” >RNZ Diving into the world of the dead – BBC News Two Japanese men go diving twice a month to look…
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  • Shopping Malls as Local Rewards Targets? Starwood Partners with Spring

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Shopping Malls get a lot of foot traffic, but other than some email and newsletter marketing, haven’t really had success parlaying their brand and their consumer loyalty to online marketing efforts. Starwood Retail Partners is seeking to change that with the rollout of “Oh, So Simple Rewards” at the Chicago Ridge Mall. The launch will be followed by three additional markets by the end of 2015, and all 29 Starwood properties during 2016, reaching 3000 retailers locations and more than 100 million annual consumer visits. The rewards program is a partnership with Spring Rewards…
  • On Demand Companies Focus on Deliveries

    19 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Cheap deliveries will drive impulse buys and new revenues: or at least, that’s the hope of a number of new local commerce players. Uber and Sidecar – high profile on demand leaders – have seized on the strategic value of delivery (along with Google, Amazon, Groupon, WalMart, PostMates and specialized delivery players such as GrubHub and During the process of raising hundreds of millions of dollars, they’ve positioned themselves as local commerce players that enhance their freelance taxi origins. As Sidecar put it this spring, delivery represents “a passenger in the…
  • G5 Raises $75 Million; Extends Vertical Marketing Focus

    17 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    We like vertical specialization for local marketing, and have long admired the approach of G5, the Bend, Ore- based local marketing firm that started with a focus on self-storage unit owners in 2005, and later added senior housing, multi-unit property managers and student housing. The 175-person company has 425 customers controlling 6,900 properties. Sixty percent of its business now comes from multi-unit property managers. Last week, G5 hit the big time with a $75 million raise from Peak Equity Partners. The company says it will use the funds to extend its Marketing Cloud, which has gone…
  • New Paper: Local’s Stake in Programmatic Advertising

    12 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    A new era of big data analysis and automation has been heralded in by the rise of programmatic advertising. But what is the actual impact on local? That’s the subject of my new Insight Paper for BIA/Kelsey: Defining the Local Stake in Programmatic Sales. Programmatic advertising supports the ability to automatically plan, buy and optimize ad campaigns. By adding transparency, discoverability and transactability to media inventory, much of the buy/sell friction is reduced When it comes to local, however, programmatic’s rise has been slower because of local’s fragmentation, natural…
  • Come to Denver: BIA/Kelsey’s SMB Show, Sept. 29-30 (+ Discount Code)

    12 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    The “local” space has become many things to many people…which makes BIA/Kelsey’s SMB Show the most focused event in our annual lineup. Produced this year by my colleague Charles Laughlin, the event has been growing every year and is making a case for itself as the company’s new flagship. It will be held at Denver Tech Center Sept. 29-30. Some great features are planned for the event, including a new version of the Future Stars showcase and contest; a robust exhibit hall; and of course, the industry’s best local networking. The Denver area in the fall is quite nice, too. Some…
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  • I'm supporting Corbyn for the same reasons I supported Thatcher

    8 Aug 2015 | 1:57 am
    In my nearly forty years I've only really supported, or had any faith in, two British politicians - Jeremy Corbyn, and Margaret Thatcher. Both times, it was for much the same reason. British politics occasionally seems to slip into a consensus, a status quo bias, that is wrong, and harmful, and needs to be overturned. Thatcher overturned a political consensus that the mission of the British government was the orderly management of British decline and championed the market capitalism that was needed to make Britain prosperous. Now that market capitalism has deformed into…
  • The man elected eight times who we're supposed to believe is unelectable

    8 Aug 2015 | 1:50 am
    Is Jeremy Corbyn electable? Trivially so. His constituents keep electing him. They do so in ever-greater numbers. They've done it eight times. "Unelectable" is not a useful charge to levy against a man who keeps getting elected. As well say that the sea is dry or that fish fly south for the winter.  Ah, but. Islington North is not Britain, the argument goes. Islington North is an unrepresentative bubble of weird, rich, London left-wingers. The country as a whole will never elect a left-wing politician.  Which would be debatable (not true, but at least…
  • Don't bother turning off electronic devices

    15 Dec 2011 | 3:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago the New York Times ran a piece pointing out that while plane passengers are asked to turn off their mobile phones during take-off and landing, no-one knows why. The Times speculated that if just 1% of American plane passengers secretly left their devices on, that meant 11 million flights a year somehow managed to stay in the air even though someone had left their phone on. The 1% number was just a guess, though. So last week I got the guys at my company, Holiday Extras, to run a poll and ask our customers. We run our polls on the "welcome back" email we send to…
  • Stop following me!

    14 Dec 2011 | 2:16 am
    Scott Adams wrote recently about the increasingly poor online shopping experience. Every time you buy anything online you need to register, enter discount codes, work out shipping costs, struggle through endless attempts to sell you extra things you don't's no longer possible to meaningfully comparison shop because every online retailer hides the final price in different ways, and it's already easier to just go to a damned shop. My own frustration shoping online is with ad retargeting. Every time I search for anything online now - clothes, a ski chalet, a xmas present -…
  • Ad-lapsing, or TV plus or minus ten minutes

    12 Dec 2011 | 12:33 am
    Appointment television ceased to be appointment television when we all got TiVos. We could skip the ads so we skipped the ads. Then we all got Twitter, and appointment television became appointment television again because what's the fun of watching Xfactor or The Apprentice or Dr Who the day after the twitter stream has flown by? There's a couple of possible solutions to this, but the one that strikes me as most obviously achievable without the invention of any new technology is for us all to agree to a minor conspiracy. Let's just watch the stuff 10 minutes after it starts.
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    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project

  • Methodology: How do Americans use Twitter for news?

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:50 am
    This analysis is exploratory research aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of news habits on Twitter by using a survey-based sample to identify a representative group of Twitter users and study their behavior. The study is based on Twitter activity of 176 U.S. adults who identified themselves as Twitter users and gave Pew Research Center permission […]
  • Methodology

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Social Media and News Survey The main source of data for this report comes from a survey that was fielded over two weekends, March 13-15, 2015 and March 20-22, 2015, among a sample of 2,035 adults 18 years of age or older. The survey was conducted by GfK through OMNIWEB, a nationally representative omnibus online […]
  • News Use on Facebook and Twitter Is on the Rise

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    On both Facebook and Twitter, more users are getting news than in the past. As of early 2015, 63% of Facebook and Twitter users get news on their respective sites. This is up substantially from 2013, when about half of each social network’s users (47% for Facebook and 52% for Twitter) reported getting news there. […]
  • News Habits on Facebook and Twitter

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    When asked about specific news habits on each social site, users demonstrate some common tendencies as well as distinctions in how they use the sites. To some degree, this can be expected: The two services have different sets of technical features (Twitter has the live-streaming app Periscope, while Facebook has Instant Articles), and distinct cultures […]
  • The Evolving Role of News on Twitter and Facebook

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Americans are more likely to get news on Twitter and Facebook than ever before. Our new study explores the similarities and differences in the role of news on these two social networks.
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    LostRemote | RSS Feed

  • Horizontal, Vertical, Square? Why Every Shape Has a Place in Your Video Strategy

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:45 am
    From King David to the Karate Kid, everyone loves a good underdog story. Long dismissed by purists, the vertical format (aka “portrait” orientation) is going mainstream and marking a major shift in the evolution of online video on mobile. It’s already creating waves in the industry: this week Instagram finally went beyond the square format to support vertical and horizontal photos, while in June landscape-friendly YouTube revamped their Android mobile app for vertical. This shift is not surprising. Vertical simply works better with the way the average consumer records and consumes…
  • Social Scoreboard: Week of Aug. 24

    Karen Fratti
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
    It was a big TV week on Twitter between the VMAs and some new premieres. According to Nielsen Social: 247,500 tweets were sent at 10:49 p.m. ET about 2015 MTV Video Music Awards after Kanye West announced his Presidential run in 2020 on stage. 3,400 tweets were sent at 8:39 p.m. ET about WWE Monday Night Raw following the Dudley Boyz return to WWE. 1,600 tweets were sent at 9:39 p.m. EST about Fear the Walking Dead after Tobias is attacked and fends off Art as a zombie.
  • VMAs 2015: Top 5 Shazamed Performances

    Karen Fratti
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Shazam was pretty good at predicting VMA winners by examining what people were looking for leading up the to awards. Taylor Swift may have taken home the Moonman for Video of the Year, but it was Tori Kelly and her performance of “Should’ve Been Us” who won overall for Most Shazamed Moment of the Night. Here are the top performances, according to Shazam: Tori Kelly:  Should’ve Been Us Tori Kelly – Should’ve Been Us (Live) – Music – More Music Videos Twenty One Pilots with A$AP Rocky: HeavyDirtySoul, Lane Boy, M’$ and L$D 2015 VMA – Artists.MTV…
  • VMAs 2015: Taco Bell, Apple Music Most Talked About Brands

    Karen Fratti
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    It wasn’t just Kanye’s presidential ambitions that drove conversation last night.  Some brands were able to get the attention of MTV viewers last night, driving conversation through all the other noise. According to Amobee Brand Intelligence, which analyzed the digital consumption around the VMAs in order to spotlight what is being most “seen” in digital content around the awards show, from three weeks ago until last night: VMA Association to Brands Ranked look at which brands had the most VMAs related digital content engagement between July 31 – August 31, 2015. 1.
  • VMAs 2015: Kanye Drives Conversation on Twitter

    Karen Fratti
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    Does he have your vote America? @kanyewest accepts the Video Vanguard award — MTV (@MTV) August 31, 2015 Last night’s VMAs drove over 47 million tweets during the pre-show and red carpet, according to Twitter, though the Nielsen Social data for the actual awards show will be available later this afternoon. Here are some of the highlights: Most Tweeted Moments @KanyeWest accepts the Vanguard Award and announces he is running for president in 2020. @JohnLegend and @Pharrell perform @BigSean, @KanyeWest, and @JohnLegend win Video with a Social Message Award…
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  • NPPA Constitutional Rights Panel Set For Texas In September

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:18 am
    A panel discussion concerning the constitutional right to photograph and record in public, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association, will take place Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX.
  • NPPA Statement on WDBJ Killings

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), its members and the entire visual journalism profession collectively grieve the tragic deaths today of television reporter Allison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward of Roanoke, VA television station WDBJ.
  • Taz Lombardo Awarded Inaugural Rich Clarkson Founders Scholarship

    14 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    The inaugural winner of the Rich Clarkson Founders Scholarship is Taz Lombardo, a master’s degree student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Martin Smith-Rodden To Teach At Ball State

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    Nationally recognized picture editor and visual journalist at The Virginian-Pilot. Martin Smith-Rodden has been appointed assistant professor of journalism at Ball State University.
  • Northern Short Course Videos Now Online

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Videos of some of the panel presentation's from this year's National Press Photographers Association's Northern Short Course are now online for viewing.
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    Online Journalism Blog

  • When to use shape maps in data visualisation: part 2 of a great big guide

    Paul Bradshaw
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:11 pm
    xkcd’s take on mapping, via Duarte Romero In a previous post I explained some of the considerations in deciding to use a map in data visualisation, and went into detail about mapping points and heatmaps. In this second part, taken from the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, I’m going to look at other types of maps: shape-based maps and image maps. Mapping shapes A more ambitious alternative to mapping points is to map shapes: in other words, instead of each data point being placed on a specific point on a map, instead different areas on that map are drawn and…
  • When to use maps in data visualisation: a great big guide

    Paul Bradshaw
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Matt Bierbaum’s zombie map allows you to simulate outbreaks When it comes to data visualisation, everyone loves a map. More exciting than a chart, easier than an infographic, it’s generally the first thing that journalists and journalism students alike ask: “How can we create a map?” But just because you have some geographical data doesn’t mean you should map it. Here’s why: maps, like all methods of visualisation, are designed for a purpose. They tell particular types of stories well – but not all of them. There is also more than one type of map. You…
  • VIDEO: Jornalismo de Dados – “Dados no contexto digital”

    Paul Bradshaw
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Inês Rodrigues interviewed me and a bunch of other people for a Portuguese video project about data journalism. The results can be seen in the video above, while you can also watch longer versions of the individual interviews with experts including Alberto Cairo, Simon Rogers and Raquel Albuquerque, and separate videos on subjects such as open access (in Portuguese). I’ve embedded these below. Filed under: online journalism Tagged: Alberto Cairo, data journalism, Inês Rodrigues, Paulo Nuno Vicente, Portugal, Raquel Albuquerque
  • How one journalist found hidden code in a Google report and turned it into a story

    Paul Bradshaw
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:11 pm
    The story found that most requests were made by private individuals, not politicians or criminals. Image: The Guardian Sylvia Tippmann wasn’t looking for a story. In fact, she was working on a way that Google could improve the way that it handled ‘right to be forgotten‘ processes, when she stumbled across some information that she suspected the search giant hadn’t intended to make public. Two weeks ago The Guardian in the UK and Correct!v in Germany published the story of the leaked data, which was then widely picked up by the business and technology press: Google had…
  • The hidden dangers of ethnic minority data in big surveys

    Paul Bradshaw
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Just because a sample is big, doesn’t mean it’s representative of the people you’re looking for. Image by Sreejith K This is very interesting – why tiny samples bandied around in the news can't be trusted in the immigration debate: — Dominic Casciani (@BBCDomC) July 28, 2015 One of the things reporters should always be careful about when reporting on research or statistics is sample sizes: the smaller sample, the wider the margin for error when generalising to the population as a whole (more on sampling here and here). But sometimes…
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    The Newspaper Guild

  • Few Leads in Shooting Death of Manchester Guild Member

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:41 am
    Mark HaywardSeptember 1, 2015New Hampshire Union LeaderAll available police detectives are investigating the unexplained shooting death of a well-known Manchester native as she went for her regular Sunday-night exercise walk in an affluent North End neighborhood, a grim-faced police chief said Monday. Authorities released a time line detailing the final hours of Bedford resident Denise Robert, 62, a longtime advertising sales representative and Guild member at the Union Leader Corp.
  • CWA, Media Sector ‘Heartsick’ Over Journalists’ Murders

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    StaffAugust 26, 2015NewsGuild-CWA Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed while doing a live TV interview Wednesday morning. The following statement was issued jointly by NewsGuild, NABET and CWA: THIS morning’s senseless tragedy in Roanoke, Va., struck close to home for the journalists and other news media workers represented by The NewsGuild-CWA and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET-CWA). We are heartsick over the killings of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Our thoughts and prayers are with their…
  • As Investors Circle, Organized Labor Moves into Digital Media

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Lukas I. AlpertAugust 20, 2015The Wall Street JournalAs online media outlets grow in heft—generating significant revenue and earning eye-popping valuations in investment rounds—their workers are beginning to argue they deserve better compensation and employment protections. But the labor organizing movement is happening at what is arguably the most inopportune moment for the industry, just as it is attracting attention from strategic investors who can inject a huge amount of capital into their fledgling businesses. Big media companies are scouting the space aggressively as they chase…
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Members Ratify Contract Extension

    19 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    Jeff GordonAugust 19, 2015United Media GuildThe Post-Dispatch unit of the United Media Guild approved a three-year contract extension by a 71-23 vote Tuesday afternoon at the newspaper’s downtown building. The extension — the result of expedited bargaining earlier this month — will take effect immediately and run through Sept. 30, 2018. The contract includes 2 percent raises every December from 2015 to 2017.
  • Growing Numbers of Global Journalists Seeking Asylum

    19 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    Allison GrinerAugust 19, 2015Columbia Journalism ReviewMexican journalist Ricardo Chávez Aldana was leaving his home, his job, and his country behind as he hurried across the border into El Paso, Texas in December 2009. He is part of an ever-growing population of journalists forced into exile by fear of persecution. In June, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual “Journalists in Exile” report tallied 82 new cases in the past year alone, based on cases in its Journalist Assistance Program, which offers aid and legal support to vulnerable journalists and their families. The actual…
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    Media | The Guardian

  • Social media overtakes entertainment as favourite online activity

    Jasper Jackson
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Time spent on sites including Facebook, Gawker Media and Reddit account for 17% of all time people in the UK spend onlineSocial media has overtaken entertainment as the UK’s favourite activity online, accounting for almost a fifth of the two hours and 51 minutes a day people in the UK on average spend on the web.Social media use – including time on sites such as Reddit or Gawker Media that are built on blog platforms – accounted for nearly 17% of all time online, up from 12.2% a year ago, according to research commissioned by the Internet Advertising Bureau. Continue reading...
  • BBC digital news operation must be curbed, say newspaper publishers

    Mark Sweney
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:01 pm
    News Media Association calls on government to implement 10 changes to corporation’s objectives and governance in submission to green paperUK national and regional newspaper publishers have called for the BBC’s digital news operation to be curbed to allow commercial players to flourish at home and abroad.The News Media Association, the trade body for the UK newspaper industry, “fundamentally disagrees” with the corporation’s ambition to grow its online news services, according to its submission to the government green paper on the BBC charter review. Continue reading...
  • CNN changes Republican debate rules in move that could help Carly Fiorina

    Tom McCarthy in New York
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Lack of polls to whittle down presidential hopefuls means more candidates may participate, with the former Hewlett-Packard executive likely to benefitCNN has changed the rules for admitting candidates to a Republican presidential debate it will host later this month, possibly securing a place onstage for Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard executive who surged in the polls following a first debate in early August. Related: Carly Fiorina stands apart in lesser-known Republican debate field Continue reading...
  • Corbyn proposes more help for the arts and vows to defend BBC

    Rowena Mason Political correspondent
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Labour leadership contender says more can be done to fund public art and argues party must lead campaign to defend licence fee and reverse cuts Public art could be installed in all open spaces and new big buildings to help support the incomes of painters and other creative artists, the Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has suggested.The leadership frontrunner, who writes poetry and enjoys abstract paintings, raised the possibility of changes to the planning system to place an obligation on developers and local councils to fund local art as he launched his creative manifesto. Continue…
  • Alan Watkins’ own expenses scandal | Letters

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:43 am
    As someone who worked with the late political columnist Alan Watkins while comment editor of the Independent on Sunday, I greatly enjoyed Peter Oborne’s account of him (An education from the master columnist of Fleet Street, 1 September). I was amused to read that Watkins’ editor at the Sunday Express, John Junor, was a careful monitor of expenses. Perhaps that is why Watkins became such a craftsman in that area as well as writing.At a dinner held in 2003 to mark Alan’s 70th birthday, Donald Trelford, his editor of 17 years at the Observer, recalled that he had submitted expenses for a…
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    OUPblog » Media

  • Technology and the evolving portrait of the composer

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    It’s a cartoon image from my childhood: a man with wild hair, wearing a topcoat, and frantically waving a baton with a deranged look on his face. In fact, this caricature of what a composer should look like was probably inspired by the popular image of Beethoven: moody, distant, a loner… a genius lost in his own world. To some degree or another, this clichéd portrait of a “typical” composer has been in the popular lexicon for many, many years, and has been stamped on composers from Mozart all the way to those in the middle of the 20th century. Stravinsky and his contemporaries seem…
  • Tips from a journal editor: being a good reviewer

    9 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Peer review is one of the foundations of science. To have research scrutinized, criticized, and evaluated by other experts in the field helps to make sure that a study is well-designed, appropriately analyzed, and well-documented. It helps to make sure that other scholars can readily understand, appreciate, and build upon that work. Of course, peer review is not perfect. Flawed studies are published, and peer reviewers may miss critical problems or errors in particular studies. Reviewers often do not have the time, nor the inclination, to dig deeply into a study’s methods, or assumptions,…
  • Selfies in black abayas

    25 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Today, when worlds collide with equal force and consequence as speeding cars on a California highway, can we imagine escaping the impact of even a single collision? Is the option of being miraculously air-lifted out of the interminable traffic log-jams available for us, even if we are spared physical injury? Just as avoiding California highways is an impossibility (given the systemic destruction of public transportation system), meeting head-on forces of neoliberal globalization with its unique technological, financial, and ideological structures is an inevitability. No one can be immune to…
  • Devising data structures for scholarly works

    Julia Callaway
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    For over 100 years, Oxford University Press has been publishing scholarly editions of major works. Prominent scholars reviewed and delivered authoritative versions of authors’ work with notes on citations, textual variations, references, and commentary added line by linefrom alternate titles for John Donne’s poetry to biographical information on recipients of Adam Smith’s correspondence. In an effort to move these works online in an interlinked fashion, we were faced with an interesting challenge to structure the content digitally so that it can be viewed, searched, and navigated to…
  • Rihanna, the Court of Appeal, and a Topshop t-shirt

    Miranda Dobson
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Can a fashion retailer take a photograph of a celebrity, print it on a t-shirt and sell it without the celebrity’s approval? Yes, but sometimes no – not when the retailer has previously gone out of its way to draw a connection between its products and that celebrity; in this case Robyn Fenty, aka Rihanna. How did this begin? Rihanna released her sixth album, Talk That Talk, in 2011. One of the singles was We Found Love. Photographs were taken of Rihanna at the shoot for the video to the single. The photographer, who was legitimately entitled to the copyright for the photographs, licensed…
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • US Open 2015: Andy Murray v Nick Kyrgios – live!

    Bryan Armen Graham at Flushing Meadows
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Tweet Bryan at @BryanAGrahamOr email him at 1.37am BST Second set: Murray 3-2 Kyrgios* (*denotes next server)At 15-15, Kyrgios jumps on a second serve and delivers a series of powerful groundstrokes that keep Murray on the back heel until he nets a backhand. Another winner and all of a sudden he’s got two break points at 15-40. Murray saves the first, then Kyrgios goes for broke on a forehand down the line that misses wide by several inches. No one can blame him for not being aggressive. Deuce. A half-volley winner on the following point gives Kyrgios a third…
  • Premier League transfer window review: how did they all do? | Guardian writers

    Nick Ames, Paul Doyle, Dominic Fifield, Andy Hunter, David Hytner, Jamie Jackson and Louise Taylor
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Manchester City looked the big winners as Manchester United’s dealings faded into confusion and Chelsea were frustrated by not landing John StonesArsène Wenger’s belief in his players is total and he was only ever going to make important signings if he felt they were an upgrade on what he already had. Petr Cech fitted the bill in goal but, in what the Arsenal manager felt was a bizarre market, nobody else who was obtainable did Continue reading...
  • Kermit the Frog's new girlfriend is younger, thinner – and blander

    Megan Carpentier
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:33 pm
    How could the veteran Muppet trade in someone as fabulous as Miss Piggy for boring new model Denise? In 2015, that’s a move worthy of Ben AffleckLet’s make one thing perfectly clear: after the release of pictures of Kermit the Frog’s new girlfriend, Denise, it’s clear who was the real pig on the Muppets.Miss Piggy was always the more charismatic performer, the more powerful presence in that relationship: she was Angelina to Kermit’s Billy Bob, the Cher to his Sonny, the Liz to his Larry (Fortensky). And yet he always got the top billing, the most screen time and the most credit for…
  • US stock markets off more than 2.8% at close as China's troubles spread west – as it happened

    Sam Thielman (now), Nick Fletcher (until 6pm BST)Graeme Wearden (until 2pm BST)
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:25 pm
    IMF chief fears ‘bumpy’ ride and warns that global growth is weaker than hoped, as China’s manufacturing shrinks at fastest rate since 2012The Dow is off by more than 400 pointsSummary: Another bad day in the marketsWall Street falls sharply, with US manufacturing weak 9.25pm BST A long day of down selling without much respite across the globe has ended with the US’s Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index closing down lower in a single day than it has since the country’s national debt was downgraded by Standard & Poor’s. The Nikkei lost a full 3.8% today and the FTSE lost…
  • US Open 2015: Roger Federer beats Leonardo Mayer – as it happened

    Niall McVeigh
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Roger Federer was in ominous form as he raced through this potentially tricky first-round match, taking control by winning the first five games before cruising to a straight-sets win in just 77 minutes 9.11pm BST Roger Federer is through to play either Marcos Baghdatis or Steve Darcis, both of whom must be delighted at the prospect. His performance today was ominous for the rest of the US Open field; while he took a whole five minutes longer to get through than Novak Djokovic did to steamroller poor Joao Souza, he was up against a much tougher opening opponent in world No34 Leonardo…
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    One Man & His Blog

  • Siri on the autumn Apple iPhone event

    Adam Tinworth
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Summer is ending. Temperatures are dropping. And, as is traditional, the arrival of Autumn is heralded by the announcement of a new Apple event. It’s almost certain to be iPhone-centric, but just to tease us a little, it reads: Hey Siri, give us a hint. For those not familiar with the usage, “Hey Siri” is how you trigger Apple’s intelligent assistant when your phone is plugged in – for example, when driving the car or cooking in the kitchen. So all that implies that there’s something coming where voice-control is important. New Apple TV? Maybe Siri knows:…
  • Internal linking: free traffic

    Adam Tinworth
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    From one of Kath Viner’s first memos as editor-in-chief of The Guardian, as leaked to Guido: One of the easiest things everyone can do is link to other Guardian stories when writing a Guardian story. Internal linking: easy and free traffic. It’s very simple (highlight the word; Apple K; paste in link) and yet is one of the most important elements of digital practice and good journalism. It gives readers context and background, and it drives traffic. Preach it.
  • Welcome to a mobile-only world for journalism

    Adam Tinworth
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Catalina Albeanu reporting on the National Readership Survey results: Some 56.9 per cent of Independent readers access the title only from their smartphones or tablets, followed by 53.2 per cent at the Daily Mirror, 51.5 per cent at the Express and 50.7 per cent at the Guardian. We’re rapidly moving from a mobile-first world to a mobile-dominant world.
  • Office of the day: Singapore Academia edition

    Adam Tinworth
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Day two with magazine journalists at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications & Information, Singapore.
  • Blogger blackmail or blagger blunder?

    Adam Tinworth
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Today in “things that depress me”: One of the biggest points being made on Twitter is that bloggers don’t get stuff for free, but are working for their reviews. I wholeheartedly agree. There is nothing wrong with a blogger being compensated for their work through an experience, goods or money. That doesn’t make them a blagger as some would suggest. This is Ryan Wenstrup-Moore, a social media manager at Equator, writing about “blogger outreach” and #bloggerblackmail. Trading goods for coverage is something journalism has tried to avoid for years (but which…
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    The American Prospect

  • Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve—or Too Little?

    Robert Kuttner
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, from left, with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, presides over a meeting in Washington on July 20, 2015.  This is an expanded version of a piece that first ran on Huffington Post. There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fed’s annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A. Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims: Very low rates were necessary…
  • Why Nothing Can Quell the Media's Addiction to Clinton Scandals

    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    AP Photo/John Locher Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. If there's any constant in presidential campaigns, it's that at the first sign of difficulty, everyone who wants one particular candidate to win has an iron-clad critique of the candidate's decisions thus far, which goes something like, "If only they'd get their heads out of the sand and listen to what I have to tell them, they wouldn't be having these problems." You only have to get two or three partisans in a room (or an exchange…
  • Obama's Mixed Record on School Integration

    Rachel M. Cohen
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:58 pm
    AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Barack Obama, accompanied by Education Arne Duncan, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, during an event to honor the teachers of the year.  As Congress debates competing revisions of the No Child Left Behind Act over the next several weeks, lawmakers are unlikely to spend much time looking at the growing problem of segregated schools. Despite strong academic and civic benefits associated with integrated schooling, and a unanimous Supreme Court decision which ruled that “separate educational facilities are…
  • The Political Legacy of O’Malley’s Gerrymandered Maryland

    Justin Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After the 2010 Tea-Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House, the Democratic Party was desperate to regain the congressional seats they’d lost in 2012. Democrats in the deep-blue state of Maryland had a rare opportunity. If they got creative with the upcoming redistricting of the state, they could likely flip a congressional seat from red to blue. They succeeded. But the result was what many have…
  • Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?

    Sam Ross-Brown
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Center for Popular Democracy A Fed Up rally in San Francisco on March 5, 2015.  This week, Dawn O’Neal has traveled from her home in south DeKalb County, Georgia, to the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a simple message for Fed leaders: Don’t raise interest rates. The 48-year-old teacher’s assistant and mother of four wants Fed governors to know that her community is far from recovered and that raising interest rates too soon could be disastrous.   O’Neal is one of dozens of activists and policy experts traveling to Jackson Hole this week to urge…
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    Nieman Lab

  • New Pew survey: Not all Twitter users tweet news, but those who do tweet a lot of it

    Shan Wang
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    A study published last month confirmed what we already know: Americans across all demographics are increasingly getting their news from Facebook and Twitter. Nearly two-thirds of Facebook and Twitter users saying they use those social platforms to get news, with Twitter users particularly using it for breaking news. But how are these users actually using the platform? How do they share news and what accounts do they follow? A new Pew snapshot susses out a few different behaviors. Not all Twitter users tweet about the news, for instance, but for those who do, nearly half their tweets on…
  • Messaging and chat apps continue their rise in popularity, especially among young people

    Laura Hazard Owen
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    RELATED ARTICLESnapchat stories: Here’s how 6 news orgs are thinking about the chat appFebruary 23, 2015RELATED ARTICLEThe New York Times is publishing on WhatsApp for the first time, covering Pope FrancisJuly 6, 2015RELATED ARTICLEHere’s some remarkable new data on the power of chat apps like WhatsApp for sharing news storiesNovember 20, 2014Publishers are increasingly looking to messaging apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp as a way to deliver news to young, smartphone-dependent audiences. And these apps have become popular enough that, starting this year, the Pew Research Center has…
  • Press Publish 13: Adam Ragusea on podcasts and the pessimist’s case for public radio’s future

    Joshua Benton
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    It’s Episode 13 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest today is Adam Ragusea, the host of The Pub, a podcast about the state of public media — mostly public radio. I first heard Adam’s voice about 7 years ago, when he was a reporter for WBUR, the local NPR station here in Boston. He’s since moved into teaching journalism at Mercer University in Georgia, and by hosting The Pub — which is based out of Current, the website covering public media — he’s established himself as one of the more interesting and ornery thinkers about the field’s future. We…
  • “Behind every tweet is a story,” and journalists’ other advice for new journalism students

    Laura Hazard Owen
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You might not know it from the 90-degree weather, but fall is approaching, and that means it’s time to go back to school. On Monday evening, Emily Bell, a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, asked her Twitter followers for their best advice for new student journalists. If you had 200 new journalism students from across the globe sitting in front of you…what would you tell them? (Keep it clean….) — emily bell (@emilybell) August 18, 2015 Bell is preparing a lecture on the changes in the journalism…
  • Hot Pod: The Netflix-YouTube-Twitter-Starbucks of podcasting

    Nicholas Quah
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    Editor’s note: Podcasting is one of the most interesting growth areas in media. (You do listen to our own Nieman Lab podcast, Press Publish, don’t you?) From the early days of docking your iPod to iTunes to today’s mobile, on-demand world, podcasting has been home to a lot of experimentation — both in content and in how to make money. My favorite way to understand what’s going on in podcasting has been Nick Quah’s opinionated email newsletter Hot Pod. There aren’t many people smarter than Nick, who works at the Slate-founded podcast group Panoply, about…
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    Failure Magazine's Feature Articles

  • Riding the 1914 Giro d’Italia
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:06 pm
    “When you’re riding along on an ancient bike you are a heroic figure, but if you get off and push the bike up a large hill you are immediately a hateful, pathetic failure.” – Tim Moore
  • In Cold Storage
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    More than forty years after Harold Nokes murdered and dismembered Edwin and Wilma Hoyt, the case still defies explanation.
  • America’s Whiskey: A History
    11 May 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Author Reid Mitenbuler pulls back the curtain on America’s whiskey industry.
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Statue of Liberty
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The Statue of Liberty is arguably the most famous sculpture in the world, yet few can recall the backstory of the 151-foot-tall colossus.
  • Countdown to Zero Day
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:33 am
    Prior to the negotiations that produced the framework of a nuclear pact, the United States attempted to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program using a sophisticated digital weapon—Stuxnet.
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • Free Food and Networking: Apply For Our Diversity Mentorship Program at ONA

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:45 am
    by Sisi Wei and Ryann Grochowski Jones ProPublica and Mashable are proud to announce our first-ever Diversity Mentorship Program at the Online News Association conference in Los Angeles this year. You can apply here. Last month, ProPublica published what we’re doing to increase the diversity of our newsroom and, more broadly, investigative journalism. This breakfast is another step toward making it easier for journalists from underrepresented communities to get to know us, and forge some meaningful relationships with senior journalists and editors. Since this is our first event,…
  • The Tiger Mom Tax: Asians Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Get a Higher Price from Princeton Review

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    by Julia Angwin, Surya Mattu and Jeff Larson, Read our methodology. Every year, thousands of high school students get ready for the SAT by using The Princeton Review’s test preparation services. But few, if any, realize that the prices for The Princeton Review’s online SAT tutoring packages vary substantially depending on where customers live. If they type some ZIP codes into the company’s website, they are offered The Princeton Review’s Premier course for as little as $6,600. For other ZIP codes, the same course costs as much as $8,400. One unexpected effect of the…
  • The Human Reasons Why Athletes Who Dope Get Away With It

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    by David Epstein, ProPublica, and Michael J. Joyner, special to ProPublica, Last week, we examined reasons why the very nature of drug testing technology — which cannot eliminate false positives and false negatives at the same time — means it will never be a perfect mechanism for catching cheaters. This may come as no big to surprise to anyone who remembers the famous Nike commercial featuring video of Lance Armstrong taking a drug test. “What am I on?” Armstrong asks rhetorically. “I’m on my bike, busting my ass six hours a day.” He was also on a…
  • 10 Years Later, People Are Still Living in Toxic FEMA Trailers (MuckReads Weekly)

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    by Terry Parris Jr. Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email?  Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend. People are still living in FEMA's toxic Katrina trailers — and they likely have no idea (Grist) People are still living in toxic FEMA trailers and they likely have no idea— grist (@grist) August 27, 2015 "In late 2008, FEMA had quietly sold about a thousand Katrina trailers and mobile homes as scrap; six months later, they were spotted in mobile home…
  • Top Tobacco Bond Banker Departs Barclays

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    by Cezary Podkul The go-to dealmaker in the market for tobacco bonds is gone from her post – a surprise departure that raises questions about the future direction of a once-burgeoning corner of Wall Street. Kym S. Arnone, a senior banker who, by her own count, helped engineer more than $40 billion of tobacco bond deals, is no longer with Barclays Capital, a bank spokesman confirmed last week. The reasons for Arnone’s departure are unclear. Some clients contacted by Barclays said they had been told the separation was “mutually agreeable” but not whether Arnone was…
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • 'I told myself I wouldn't use the iOS 9 Beta'

    Kevin Wild
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:35 pm
    I've avoided using Apple beta software for the past few years after being burned several times with buggy software. It's a beta for a reason, and I use my devices far too much for work to take a risk of losing data or productivity.This being said, today I installed the iOS 9 beta on daily iPhone 6 Plus.iOS 8 has been far too buggy for me lately to not give iOS 9 a chance - and so far it's been stable - far more stable than 8.4 was for me.I won't publish any thoughts on iOS 9 until it leaves beta. For now, you can rest knowing it appears to be a much more stable release than iOS 8 was.
  • All Websites Look The Same

    Kevin Wild
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Dave Ellis nails it perfectly.Permalink
  • Swatch CEO: Apple Watch Is An ‘Interesting Toy’

    Kevin Wild
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Sounds familiar.Permalink
  • Apple Sends Out Invite for Sept.9 Special Event

    Kevin Wild
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I know everyone can't wait to buy the new iPhone, but personally I'm more excited for the (potential) new Apple TV.Permalink
  • Google's Modular Ara Phone Delayed

    Kevin Wild
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    'Delayed' suggests it might actually be released at some point (which I doubt).Permalink
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    Vox - All

  • Vox Sentences: Here we go, once again, with the email

    Dylan Matthews
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There's more Hillary Clinton email drama; same-sex marriage opponents make their sad, pathetic last stand; and some musings on self-driving cars. Vox Sentences is written by Dylan Matthews and Dara Lind. TOP NEWS Oh-you-thought-there-was-no-more-emails-but-guess-what-there's-an-EMAIL! Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Oh you thought the whole Hillary Clinton email drama was over? WRONG it was not over. The State Department posted 4,368 documents, totaling 7,121 pages, in the latest monthly disclosure of emails sent and received by Clinton during her time as Secretary. [NYT / Peter Baker and…
  • CNN just changed its GOP debate qualifying rules — and now Carly Fiorina might get in

    Andrew Prokop
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:26 pm
    CNN, the host of this primary season's second Republican debate, announced Tuesday afternoon that it would modify its rules to potentially let an extra candidate — likely Carly Fiorina — on stage for the main event on September 16. The rules were changed after increasing criticism that the network's methodology wouldn't sufficiently account for a more recent surge in a candidate's support — like the one Fiorina has benefited from in the few national polls conducted after her widely praised performance in the first debate. So the network executives said, "We now…
  • "My name is Rob": This video might change how you think about criminalizing sex work

    German Lopez
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Why do people go into sex work? It's a question at the heart of the debate over decriminalizing prostitution. But very often, people on both sides of the debate attempt to answer it without talking to sex workers themselves. The video above, posted by the Huffington Post's JamesMichael Nichols and CockyBoys, tells the story of New York City-based sex worker Rob Yaeger, who worked for Rentboy, a male escort website shut down by the feds. RelatedRentboy, the gay escort website raided by the feds, explained Yaeger doesn't represent every sex worker, a group made up of vastly different lived…
  • Why a Kentucky clerk can't use her religion as an excuse to avoid marrying gay couples

    German Lopez
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:40 pm
    A Kentucky clerk on Tuesday refused to marry both opposite-sex and same-sex couples, citing "God's authority" and defying a US Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis's stance, which now flies in the face of multiple court decisions, could expose her to fines and jail time. But it also shows the lengths that those most religiously opposed to same-sex marriages are willing to go to fight for their beliefs, and has become ground zero for the broader battle against marriage equality. While the situation with this Kentucky clerk is the most…
  • Scott Walker to Senate: Get rid of the filibuster, repeal Obamacare with 51-vote majority

    Andrew Prokop
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Scott Walker wants the Senate to get rid of the filibuster, and thinks it should be able to pass "anything" with a simple 51-vote majority — a major reform that could make it much easier for future presidents to enact their parties' agendas. In an interview with CNBC's John Harwood, the Wisconsin governor and presidential candidate pointed out that most states get by just fine without supermajority requirements to pass new laws, and accurately observed that the filibuster is mentioned nowhere in the US Constitution. Here are Walker's full comments, according to an extended version of the…
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