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  • The ethics of saying 'sorry'

    Columbia Journalism Review
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    Last month, Slate published a Year in Outrage calendar, which chronicled the stories that enraged the general public each day of last year. Eric Meyer never meant to be Dec. 28. The Ohio-based Web developer meant only to tell his audience of industry insiders how a Facebook algorithm that brought him grief on Christmas Eve illustrated a big problem...
  • Data journalism: Cool site on counties' economic recovery

    Common Sense Journalism
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    The National Association of Counties has put out a cool site that looks at economic indicators for every county throughout the country, and the picture is not great -- aside from the great oil swath in the middle of the country.Click on the counties in your area. This definitely could lend itself to more reporting.More from Governing Magazine.
  • Historic mobile ad surge threatens print

    Reflections of a Newsosaur
    Newsosaur
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you compare the modest amount of time that consumers read newspapers with the billions in advertising dollars spent on the medium, you will see that newspapers long have captured far more than their fair share of the advertising pie. But this could begin unraveling with a vengeance in 2015, as mobile advertising surges to record levels.  As discussed in a moment, mobile advertising
  • Google most trusted source for news and information

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    Jack Lail
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Newspapers, and legacy media in general, have always thought that a key competitive advantage is being viewed as a "trusted source" of news and information. You've heard the punch line: "I saw it on the Internet, it must be true." While newspapers don't have the technical prowness of a Google (or any number of Silicon Valley companies) or the "metabolism" (the new buzz term) of a Buzzfeed or a Gawker, or the scale of Yahoo, they owned "trusted source." So the thinking goes ... until it collides with changing audience perceptions. The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer shows search engines (that…
  • Grand-jury leaks shouldn't get shield law protection, says grand jury

    Columbia Journalism Review
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    In a story that reminds me of The Onion’s “Area Man” series, a group of ​randomly selected Pennsylvania citizens, with no collective policymaking expertise, has recommended that the state legislature change its shield law to narrow the protections for journalists. A state grand jury has been investigating claims that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her staff improperly disclosed confidential grand jury information. That investigation has itself made...
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  • Grand-jury leaks shouldn't get shield law protection, says grand jury

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    In a story that reminds me of The Onion’s “Area Man” series, a group of ​randomly selected Pennsylvania citizens, with no collective policymaking expertise, has recommended that the state legislature change its shield law to narrow the protections for journalists. A state grand jury has been investigating claims that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and her staff improperly disclosed confidential grand jury information. That investigation has itself made...
  • 7 ways Andrew Sullivan changed blogging

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    It's hard to prove for sure who invented what on the internet. Innovations spread rapidly and sometimes seem to materialize simultaneously in many places. So I can't really prove that Andrew Sullivan, who announced Wednesday that he was quitting blogging, came up with all of the approaches I'm about to list. But I will say I've been immersed in digital...
  • What a cardboard cutout says about local news priorities

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Yesterday, Jim Romenesko introduced readers to “Michelle” and “Lisa DeVries,” a pair of middle-aged, prosperous white moms who, according to management directives, comprise the target demographic for two local TV newsrooms. The newsworthy bit: Michelle is a cardboard cutout. Lisa is a stock photo on a poster. Regardless, they exist to remind reporters about the ideal viewer to keep in...
  • The ethics of saying 'sorry'

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    Last month, Slate published a Year in Outrage calendar, which chronicled the stories that enraged the general public each day of last year. Eric Meyer never meant to be Dec. 28. The Ohio-based Web developer meant only to tell his audience of industry insiders how a Facebook algorithm that brought him grief on Christmas Eve illustrated a big problem...
  • Snapchat ventures into news territory

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The app used by millions as a creative outlet for duck-face selfies, fleeting nude photos, and covert humiliation of unknowing passersby is the latest third-party platform to host news coverage. On Tuesday, Snapchat unveiled Discover, a new section within the app that features content from 11 different media partners, including CNN, ESPN, National Geographic, and Vice, among others. The messaging...
 
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  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Untapped Technologies

    Jeff Jarvis
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Back from travel to lands and hotels of poor wifi, I’m returning to post more free chapters from Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. Today’s is the last of the first half of the book, about exploring untapped technologies for news. A snippet: I began this essay saying that I would not predict the future, but rather suggest a few. There are so many futures I cannot yet imagine. At CUNY, we get people to imagine new opportunities by having them play a game created by Dr. Nick Diakopoulos, now a professor at the University of Maryland. He conducted research for us…
  • Media = content + people

    Jeff Jarvis
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    We can’t see the internet for the wires. We talk about the internet as technology — computers and cables — but more and more I see it as people: people connected with each other, people speaking, people shopping, people learning. I am finally seeing media the same way: people, unmediated. This is the basis of our new degree in social journalism at CUNY. And this is a worldview and business model confirmed by Samir Arora, CEO of Mode Media (aka Glam) in a session I moderated at this week’s DLD conference in Munich. Samir presented a new taxonomy for media companies and…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Reinventing TV News

    Jeff Jarvis
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Here’s another chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts, this one about a topic I’ve discussed here: reinventing TV news. Read the whole thing on Medium. A snippet: I know people who are innovating with the form online and who object to calling what they do “television” because they don’t want the word’s baggage. But I say they should co-opt the word, revolutionizing the concept of television instead of letting it languish in its past. It’s true that there’ll soon be no way to distinguish among media. What used to be a text article in a print publication now, online, has video…
  • Free speech is not a privilege. It is a journalistic responsibility.

    Jeff Jarvis
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    All across Europe yesterday, newspapers stood in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo published the cartoons that supposedly motivated the murder its staff. They informed the public. Not in America, not in the land of free speech. Apart from the Jewish Chronicle, whose rationale for not running the cartoons is obvious, I find the excuses and the behavior of others to be cowardly and illogical. The New York Times told BuzzFeed — BuzzFeed — that it does “not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities. After careful consideration,…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Mobile=Local=Me: Context over Content

    Jeff Jarvis
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Back from the holidays, here’s the next chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts, posted for free on Medium. Spoiler: I say this is a chapter about mobile but instead it ends up being about understanding different use cases for news, no matter the device or medium. I argue that thinking of mobile as just another content-delivery medium is short-sighted. Mobile is about context. Instead of organizing our services around platforms, we should be organizing them around people and their specific needs. A snippet: Usage and traffic for mobile is fast outpacing the web. Many news sites see or are…
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  • "A Sound Bite Factory For Fox News": Senator Highlights Right-Wing Witnesses At Lynch Nomination Hearing

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    From the January 29 hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee:Previously: The Loretta Lynch Hearing: A Showcase Of Right-Wing Media Regulars Daily Signal Contributor Sharyl Attkisson To Testify At Attorney General Nominee Lynch's Hearing Congresswoman Outlines Fox's Role In Helping GOP Push Benghazi Smear Against Hillary Clinton
  • Too Little, Too Much, Or Just Right: To Conservative Media, Any Amount Of Snow Debunks Climate Change

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Some conservative media figures have touted the intensity of the recent blizzard that hit the northeast, some have claimed that it is no different than snow storms from the past, and others have deemed the blizzard much less severe than originally forecast. But the one thing they all agree on is that the blizzard somehow disproves the firmly established science of global warming.Conservative Media: Less Snow Disproves Global Warming  Pointing to Bigger Storm 130 Years Ago, Fox's Gutfield Attacked "Idiots" Linking Blizzard To Climate Change. On the January 27 edition of Fox News' The…
  • On Fox, Sharyl Attkisson Continues With Hacking Claims Despite Report That Found No Evidence Personal Computer Was Hacked

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    From the January 29 edition of Fox News' Hannity:Previously: Federal Report: Investigation Found No Evidence Sharyl Attkisson's Personal Computer Was Hacked Sharyl Attkisson Changes Hacking Story Again: Now She Doesn't Know Who Did It Computer Security Experts: Attkisson Video Of Purported "Hacking" Likely Just A Stuck Backspace Key
  • How Bloomberg Is Helping The GOP Smear Hillary Clinton

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    Bloomberg News is helping a Republican operative push out a dishonest smear of Hillary Clinton, hyping the aggregate cost of Clinton's air travel while she was serving as a U.S. Senator as something that could be scandalous. But the article's dubious premise is undermined by facts contained in the article, notably that Clinton's travel history was routine and completely within Senate rules. "Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the U.S. Senate," Bloomberg reported, "sometimes using the jets of corporations and…
  • Mark Levin: CNN's Fareed Zakaria Is A "Clown, With His Broken English" And "Shouldn't Be On TV"

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    From the January 28 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Mark Levin Show:Previously: CNN's Fareed Zakaria: Rupert Murdoch's Tweet Holding All Muslims Accountable For Terrorism Was "Incredibly Irresponsible" Beck:"If The Constitution Stands," We'll Remember Zakaria As "A Guy Who Bad-Mouths America Every Step Of The Way" Beck Attacks Fareed Zakaria As "An Out-And-Out America Basher" Who Is "Being Used By The Left To Come Against Me"
 
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  • Daily Must Reads, January 29, 2015

    Julie Keck
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    1. Emily Bell’s 2015 Hugh Cudlipp lecture (via Guardian) 2. Andrew Sullivan is quitting blogging (Joshua Benton / NiemanLab) 3. Future of news: News vs. noise (James Harding / BBC News) 4. Tumblr takes on Medium with upgrades to its writing interface and more (Sarah Perez / TechCrunch) 5. Super Bowl halftime: Katy Perry to pitch merch on YouTube, Twitter, Roku and connected TVs (Todd Spangler /Variety) 6. How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S (Casey Newton / The Verge)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, January 29, 2015

    Julie Keck
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    1. The ethics, hurdles, and payoff of advising an online student newspaper (David Cutler / Edutopia) 2. The folly of banning Yik Yak on school campuses (Ted Scheinman / Pacific Standard) 3. Journalism school dean: The First Amendment ends at insulting Mohammed (via Hot Air) 4. ​Will digital accessible books improve reading for students with dyslexia? (Valerie Chernek / EdSurge) 5. The new interlibrary loan (Barbara Fister / Inside Higher Ed)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Why Journalism Students Should Have a Double Major

    Adam Kuban
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    This guest post is co-authored by Sheryl Swingley. When I (Sheryl Swingley) found a proof copy of Thomas E. Patterson’s “Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism” in my journalism department’s mailroom, I grabbed it. I’m with Mark Twain. I don’t like adjectives, but I use knowledge-based journalism in every sentence I can. I devoured Patterson’s book in just a few days. I didn’t want to put it down. Patterson put into words exactly what I had been thinking for years. My next step was to buy two copies of Patterson’s book, and I gave them to two of Ball…
  • DBW E-Book Bestsellers: ‘American Sniper’ Hits E-Book Best-Seller List Twice

    Rich Bellis
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The well-known power of media tie-ins to drive sales of best-selling e-books was on ample display in the second half of last year, and the phenomenon shows no signs of diminishing in the first few weeks of 2015. “American Sniper”lands not one but two places on this week’s E-book Best-Seller List as the film adaptation starring Bradley Cooper plays in theaters now. The HarperCollins title snags the No. 1 spot at the same time that a memorial edition debuts on the list at No. 22. As has happened before, e-books associated with a film or TV series comprise the majority of…
  • Daily Must Reads, January 28, 3015

    Julie Keck
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    1. Snowden documents: Canada’s CSE tracks millions of downloads daily (via CBC News) 2. One week of harassment on Twitter (via Feminist Frequency) 3. The news website that’s keeping press freedom alive in Egypt (Leslie T. Chang / Guardian) 4. The Guardian completes its relaunch w/ global release of redesigned site (Ben Woods / The Next Web) 5. Gawker Media generated $45 million in net revenue last year (Alyson Shontell / Business Insider) 6. IN governor: Website will be ‘1-stop-shopping’ for news releases, not media competitor (Jeni O’Malley / Associated Press)…
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  • I’ll say whatever I goddamned please.

    Digidave
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    If I am to be labeled any kind of extremist, it might be that I am a “free speech extremist.” This does not mean I am a free speech “absolutist.” I recognize there needs to be limits on speech. One should not be able to falsely yell “fire” in a crowd. One should not be able to make  threats of violence. Child pornography, no thank you. Lying under oath. Bad form. We can come up with more I’m sure…… This list, however, should be short and limited to moments when speech creates tangible victims based on the real world (including market…
  • I have the Plague

    Digidave
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This weekend I caught the Plague. I’m not sick – just using an app of the name. It’s a simple and somewhat addictive app and anyone interested in the dissemination of information (journalists) should pay attention to it. There is always talk about “gamification” of news and 9 out of 10 times we think that means there should be a game with a journalist as the main character and we follow them along on their investigation. WRONG (only journalists think this is a fun game concept) The Plague gets it right: The “game” isn’t about how you get…
  • Atomized news: As a music video

    Digidave
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Here’s a post that I’ll admit is a bit ephemeral. Circa, Vox, AJ Plus, Timeline, Newsbound and others all play in a similar space with atomized news. It’s one that I helped pioneer at Circa but is spreading. They all do news snippets or news atoms that are threaded together to provide context. I distinguish this from, Inside.com or Techmeme (just snippets) because it’s the combining of these bits of information that provide meaning over time. As noted in a recent Neiman piece: “If the now much-maligned inverted pyramid — the foundation of AP-like “new…
  • When truth and fact collide. Which side do you take?

    Digidave
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is a tension in journalism. It is not new – but it is is expressing itself in different ways. Like water to fish, the tension is so ever-present we forget it is there. It is the tension between truths and facts. The two don’t always align. A great example of this in recent years is the Mike Daisy incident with This American Life. Mike Daisy had a great story about Foxconn, the company that manufactures Apple Inc. products in China. We learned about the exploitation of workers. Their horrid working conditions. Their low wages. Their struggles. It turned out – much…
  • Could the CNN joke ever turn on new media pushes?

    Digidave
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    On news days like today CNN seems like a parody of itself. While waiting for the Ferguson grand jury decision it was obviously stalling/wasting time and repeating itself. Breaking news….. for real! But I wonder if the script will ever flip? Could organizations that wait for that FINAL moment to do a wide push ever become the joke? Not for being “too slow” but for repeating news that is already echoing through a cacophony of social media RT’s and shares. In the event of unforeseen breaking news — I can’t imagine a push being a parody/joke. Just as when CNN is at its best…
 
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  • Google most trusted source for news and information

    Jack Lail
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Newspapers, and legacy media in general, have always thought that a key competitive advantage is being viewed as a "trusted source" of news and information. You've heard the punch line: "I saw it on the Internet, it must be true." While newspapers don't have the technical prowness of a Google (or any number of Silicon Valley companies) or the "metabolism" (the new buzz term) of a Buzzfeed or a Gawker, or the scale of Yahoo, they owned "trusted source." So the thinking goes ... until it collides with changing audience perceptions. The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer shows search engines (that…
  • Freedom of speech often takes courage

    Jack Lail
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Good watch for this holiday weekend, "The Editor and the Dragon," the story of W. Horace Carter (Jan. 20, 1921 - Sept. 16, 2009), a community newspaper editor in Tabor City, N.C., who courageously editorialized against the Carolina Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s as the organization was gaining power in the region around this town on the North and South Carolina border. Carter survived death threats against himself and his family, and threats of economic boycotts against his paper. He says in the documentary "it would have been a much better story if I had got killed." Carter's Tabor City Tribune…
  • CNN gets FAA approval for drone tests

    Jack Lail
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    My guess is this news is huge for news media use of drone aircraft. News media heavyweight CNN has reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designed to usher in the use of drones in newsgathering and reporting. CNN plans on experimenting with the vehicles in producing video content, while the government agency says the initiative will help to inform its drone policy moving forward. See story at gizmag.com (Video: Matt Waite demonstrating drone at ONA conference in 2013.)
  • An ancient list of digital newspapers

    Jack Lail
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    David Carlson reminded me today of a list I created in November 1993 of all the U.S. newspapers I knew of that had electronic new services. It wasn't a long list. From jdlail@MAMACLAUS.OPUP.ORG Wed Dec  1 15:13:53 1993Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1993 20:45:13 -0500From: jack lail <jdlail@MAMACLAUS.OPUP.ORG>Reply to: Computer-assisted Reporting & Research <CARR-L@ULKYVM.LOUISVILLE.EDU>To: Multiple recipients of list CARR-L <CARR-L@ULKYVM.LOUISVILLE.EDU>Subject: Corrected Newspaper Electronic Services ListYet another revision. Hopefully the last for…
  • Social media drives traffic, but the prize is direct users

    Jack Lail
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Facebook is an important source of website referrals for many news outlets, but the users who arrive via Facebook spend far less time and consume far fewer pages than those who arrive directly. The same is true of users arriving by search. Our analysis of comScore data found visitors who go to a news media website directly spend roughly three times as long as those who wind up there through search or Facebook, and they view roughly five times as many pages per month. This higher level of engagement from direct visitors is evident whether a site's traffic is driven by search or social sharing…
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  • When a veteran reporter heard he had the big ‘C’

    churumuri
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Journalists see plenty of disease, despair and death in the line of duty. Even if we do not entertain prospects of immortality, our near-constant exposure to the dark and grim side of life somewhat inures us to its only certainty. But what when it hits home? Krishna Vattam, for 40 years the Mysore correspondent of the Bangalore-based dailies Deccan Herald and Praja Vani, has been there, done that—and survived to tell the tale. In a new book, Joy of Conquering Cancer: A Spiritual Dimension, to mark the silver jubilee of his triumph, cancer-survivor Vattam describes how he heard the bad…
  • A legend who told MLAs where to get off: RIP

    churumuri
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:53 pm
    sans serif records the demise of S. Balasubramanian, the chairman of the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan—who also served as its editor, managing director and publisher for 50 years—in Madras on Friday, December 19. He was 78. Mr Balasubramanian hit the national headlines in 1987 when he was sentenced, arrested and jailed for refusing to apologise for a cartoon published on the cover of the magazine, which Tamil Nadu’s legislators deemed a “breach of privilege“. “He was released in two days after protests erupted all over the country but our editor was not…
  • ‘Deccan Chronicle’ says TOI is stealing its ads!

    churumuri
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
      Nothing is impossible in the merry world of Indian journalism. Big newspapers (and magazines) flick stories from small ones without as much as acknowledgement. Big TV stations conduct whole debates on issues first flagged by newspapers (and magazines) without so much as a by-your-leave. But at least there’s a word for it: plagiarism. What’s the equivalent in advertising? In a first, the embattled Hyderabad newspaper Deccan Chronicle has accused The Times of India of stealing its “classified advertisements” and passing them off as its own. Deccan Chronicle says…
  • When salary isn’t commensurate with circulation

    churumuri
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    The latest issue of Caravan magazine has more than just the story of former Indian Express editor-in-chief, Shekhar Gupta. There is a fine profile of Eenadu bossman Ramoji Rao, and there are interesting numbers in a data analysis of the big newspapers by howindialives.com. One of the charts (above) in the latter story is how the country’s biggest, most profitable media house—Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd—pays its staff. The numbers show how, of the 81 employees whose 2014 salaries were disclosed to the ministry of corporate affairs by BCCL, only nine of them were of…
  • 18 factoids in ‘Caravan’ profile of Shekhar Gupta

    churumuri
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    The December “media issue” of Caravan magazine has a 20-page profile of former Indian Express editor-in-chief and shortlived India Today editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta. Authored by Krishn Kaushik, the profile is titled “Capital Reporter”, with the strapline “How profit and principle shaped the journalism of Shekhar Gupta”. # The son of a minor bureaucrat from Haryana, Shekhar Gupta‘s annual salary at The Indian Express sometimes exceeded Rs 10 crore ($1.6 million) per year. Current chief editor Raj Kamal Jha got Rs 1.25 crore, Jaideep…
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  • Readings for a funeral

    Adrian Monck
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    What do you read at a funeral? Something secular, something religious? My own close family’s history of ritual-less industrial incineration — a few words, a recorded organ, the coffin slipping behind a faded velvet curtain in the crematorium — offered little in the way of secular comfort. A schooling paid for by singing psalms to empty cathedral stalls withered any religious belief. But buried in the bible are fragments of practical advice that have sustained human beings for a very long time. So today, this is what I will read at my sister’s funeral, adapted from the King James…
  • My sister’s keeper

    Adrian Monck
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    My sister died last night. She was 46 years old. For the last of those years she lived in a care home near the sea front in Great Yarmouth, patiently looked after. In good times she took her medication, and spent her weekly state allowance on daily litres of coca-cola and packets of cigarettes. She had lost a finger to domestic abuse. Lived with heroin addicts who had beaten her for her benefit cheque. They told her they were diabetics. She, who had struggled to be kept in school, believed them. After one beating, at her lowest ebb, she had ended up in a hospital ward where, out of kindness,…
  • Tattoos and the NYT’s ‘Game of Thrones’

    Adrian Monck
    18 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    “Some people are fortunate enough to be born into the right family. Others have to find their own way.”I can’t help but be fascinated by Jill Abramson’s tattoo. The ‘T’ of the New York Times inked into her skin. It’s like Carson, the butler in Downton Abbey, revealing that he has the Earl of Grantham’s armorial bearings embroidered on his boxers. England still has its Downton Abbeys. These days people pay to look round at weekends. Cabinets do not retire to them at weekends for shooting parties. There are no staff, no family to serve. All to the good. But will New York still…
 
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  • Google most trusted source for news and information

    Jack Lail
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Newspapers, and legacy media in general, have always thought that a key competitive advantage is being viewed as a "trusted source" of news and information. You've heard the punch line: "I saw it on the Internet, it must be true." While newspapers don't have the technical prowness of a Google (or any number of Silicon Valley companies) or the "metabolism" (the new buzz term) of a Buzzfeed or a Gawker, or the scale of Yahoo, they owned "trusted source." So the thinking goes ... until it collides with changing audience perceptions. The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer shows search engines (that…
  • Freedom of speech often takes courage

    Jack Lail
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Good watch for this holiday weekend, "The Editor and the Dragon," the story of W. Horace Carter (Jan. 20, 1921 - Sept. 16, 2009), a community newspaper editor in Tabor City, N.C., who courageously editorialized against the Carolina Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s as the organization was gaining power in the region around this town on the North and South Carolina border. Carter survived death threats against himself and his family, and threats of economic boycotts against his paper. He says in the documentary "it would have been a much better story if I had got killed." Carter's Tabor City Tribune…
  • CNN gets FAA approval for drone tests

    Jack Lail
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    My guess is this news is huge for news media use of drone aircraft. News media heavyweight CNN has reached an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designed to usher in the use of drones in newsgathering and reporting. CNN plans on experimenting with the vehicles in producing video content, while the government agency says the initiative will help to inform its drone policy moving forward. See story at gizmag.com (Video: Matt Waite demonstrating drone at ONA conference in 2013.)
  • An ancient list of digital newspapers

    Jack Lail
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    David Carlson reminded me today of a list I created in November 1993 of all the U.S. newspapers I knew of that had electronic new services. It wasn't a long list. From jdlail@MAMACLAUS.OPUP.ORG Wed Dec  1 15:13:53 1993Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1993 20:45:13 -0500From: jack lail <jdlail@MAMACLAUS.OPUP.ORG>Reply to: Computer-assisted Reporting & Research <CARR-L@ULKYVM.LOUISVILLE.EDU>To: Multiple recipients of list CARR-L <CARR-L@ULKYVM.LOUISVILLE.EDU>Subject: Corrected Newspaper Electronic Services ListYet another revision. Hopefully the last for…
  • Social media drives traffic, but the prize is direct users

    Jack Lail
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Facebook is an important source of website referrals for many news outlets, but the users who arrive via Facebook spend far less time and consume far fewer pages than those who arrive directly. The same is true of users arriving by search. Our analysis of comScore data found visitors who go to a news media website directly spend roughly three times as long as those who wind up there through search or Facebook, and they view roughly five times as many pages per month. This higher level of engagement from direct visitors is evident whether a site's traffic is driven by search or social sharing…
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  • Corollaries of Moore’s, Cooper’s, and Butters’ Laws Interactions

    Vin Crosbie
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Previous webpage: When Moore’s, Cooper’s, and Butters’ Laws Interact on Media Here are some corollary effects resulting from observable dynamics of Moore’s, Cooper’s, and Butters’ laws. These go beyond the computer and telecommunications industries from which those dynamics directly stem and beyond the media industries which are the subject of this particularly work you’re reading, and pertain to virtually all industries now and in the future, as well as to societies, culture, and civilization. The ramifications of these corollary effects demonstrate the…
  • When Moore’s, Cooper’s, and Butters’ Laws Interact on Media

    Vin Crosbie
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Previous webpage: Butters’ Law Acting on Media     Alone, neither Moore’s Law nor Cooper’s Law nor Butter’s Law would have led to the world we know today and the one we will know in the future. During the past 50 years, Moore’s Law, without the bandwidths of fiber optic doubling approximately every nine months and of wireless doubling approximately every three years, would have resulted merely in very powerful computers barely able to communicate and network with each other at much more than teletype speeds. Butter’s Law without computer chip power doubling…
  • Butter’s Law Acting on Media

    Vin Crosbie
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Previous webpage: Cooper’s Law Acting on Media   We don’t live in a ‘wired’ world, but a ‘fibered’ world. Wired communications is obsolete. Metallic wires could never have sustained the phenomenal growth of the Internet and of the global telecommunications networks in general. The world’s capacity to use telephones and networked computers would have expired and collapsed more than a dozen years ago if not for two telecommunications inventions of the 1960’s ad 1970’s: lasers and fiber optics. The constant acceleration of those combined technologies, known as…
  • Cooper’s Law Acting on Media

    Vin Crosbie
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Martin Cooper Previous webpage: Moore's Law Acting on Media As much as Moore’s Law affects the world in terrific ways, it alone would result merely in very powerful but isolated and unconnected computer boxes, with no broadband networking, no Internet, not even anything online, were not for two similar observations or so-called laws. Although these two other dynamic laws of technology are taught in my classroom, they need also be taught in any classroom that teaches Moore’s Law. Moreover, every technology or media executive who needs to predict or understand the future needs to…
  • Moore’s Law Acting on Media

    Vin Crosbie
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Previous webpage: Proximate Remarks & Ultimate Causations The more transistors a standard-sized computer chip contains, the more computation power it has, the more calculations it can make, and the more problems it can solve. Physicist Gordon Moore, co-founder of the Intel Corporation, observed that the sheer numbers of transistors which manufacturers were able to miniaturize and place on a standard chip had been doubling approximately every 18 to 24 months. The practical effects of what he observed were that the new chips had twice the power of the old after that time or that the old…
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    Idea Lab

  • How Crowdfunding + Municipal Bonds Help People Invest in Communities

    Rodrigo Davies
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    For the past couple of years I’ve been thinking about how to bring the energy, potential and ambition of donation/reward crowdfunding to community development and civic engagement. I was lucky to be an early employee of Spacehive, one of the first movers in the space; I put together the first study of the field (with the help of Ethan Zuckerman and others at MIT); and I got to watch as the idea of civic crowdfunding caught the attention of the media, researchers, and finally, heads of state. I got to watch some incredible people make change for their neighborhoods and their communities.
  • What’s in Store for Digital Audio in 2015?

    Anne Wootton
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This post was co-written by Emily Saltz, Head of Content Strategy at Pop Up Archive, and first appeared on Medium. Given the increased attention paid to audio in late 2014, we asked some top audio producers and digital innovators to comment on the top challenges they see facing the industry in 2015. We’ve collected their responses — which centered on topics like shareability, discoverability, distribution, metrics, workflow and audience — in two parts. Read part one below: On shareability and discoverability PJ Vogt, Reply All / Gimlet Media “I wish there were a way to share…
  • Why Journalism Needs to Build With the Community, Not for It

    Josh Stearns
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    At the end of last year Kristin Hare of the Poynter Institute was collecting tech resolutions for 2015 and asked for mine. Here is what I wrote: In 2015 I want to help more journalists build with their communities, not just for their communities. At so many publications, journalists are rebuilding their newsrooms around new technologies from smartphones to social networks. But for the most part, the community is left on the other side of the screen. In 2015 there is a huge opportunity to engage communities in the work of helping build powerful journalism. I want to help newsrooms design…
  • How a Student Startup at UNC Makes Business Learning Real

    Abby Reimer
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Kinethics team members came back from winter break much more prepared than we had been last August. After a successful Pitch Day, we wrote a proposal outlining how we would build and test our prototype for interactive compliance training during the next semester. That’s right: My team of four women dreamed up a new product — a culturally specific and interactive compliance training service that provides exclusive employee feedback regarding the ethical status of the company. And this semester we’re working on launching it. The bible for our training program is the Foreign Corrupt…
  • With $3M More in Knight Funding, Tow Center Looks Toward Data, Computational Journalism

    Desiree Everts
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The rise of the data journalist and computational journalism is an unstoppable trend — and one that we’ve written about before on PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab. (See our special series about teaching data journalism and how to help journalism programs explore computational thinking.)  Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism has been on the forefront of examining that trend and how it can help newsrooms and educators strengthen journalism. To that end, it has announced it has secured $3 million in additional funding from the Knight Foundation to expand its efforts…
 
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • Historic mobile ad surge threatens print

    Newsosaur
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you compare the modest amount of time that consumers read newspapers with the billions in advertising dollars spent on the medium, you will see that newspapers long have captured far more than their fair share of the advertising pie. But this could begin unraveling with a vengeance in 2015, as mobile advertising surges to record levels.  As discussed in a moment, mobile advertising
  • #JeSuisCharlie

    Newsosaur
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    There are no words...
  • UC-Berkeley seeks international journalists

    Newsosaur
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Applications are being accepted through Jan. 5 for a unique program providing mid-career journalists from outside the U.S. with an opportunity to pursue advanced professional training and academic study at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. In the non-degree Visiting Scholar program, participants can audit courses offered at the journalism school and
  • How newspapers lost the Millennials

    Newsosaur
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    American publishers and editors have only themselves to blame for failing to connect with the Millennial generation that they – and most of their advertisers – covet the most.  The inability of newspapers to resonate with digital natives has left them with a daunting demographic challenge. Two-thirds of the audience at the typical newspaper is composed of people over the age of 55, according
  • USA Weekend shuts as costs spike and ads tumble

    Newsosaur
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    USA Weekend, the second-largest Sunday newspaper magazine in the United States, will print its final edition on Dec. 28, succumbing to soaring distribution costs and plunging advertising.   The circulation of the Sunday supplement, which was stuffed into newspapers delivered to as many as 70 million homes a few years back, has fallen today to about 18 million, according to a knowledgeable
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    20 headlines from the reading list

  • Podcast Fans Are Ready for Adam Carolla + Dennis Miller

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Adam Carolla currently occupies the top spot on PodcastOne’s “Top 25 Podcasts.” The network also broadcasts Dennis Miller’s daily Miller Time musings. So what happens when these two name-brand stars are combined? Well, there’s no actual first episode of new weekly PodcastOne offering PO’DCast yet. But per the screen grab on the right, the 30-second promo for the show debuting Saturday has vaulted to the top of the iTunes Comedy Podcasts chart, as folks check in and subscribe. In the 30-second tease, Miller explains that as far “whose voice most…
  • Media Minutiae

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    PRNewser: We tried (and failed) to not laugh at Comcast referring to a customer as “Asshole Brown.” GalleyCat: Michael Fassbender will play Steve Jobs in the film about his life. Good luck satisfying Apple fans Mikey! TVNewser: NBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin described Navy SEAL Chris Kyle as a “racist” who went on “killing sprees.” Safe to assume Mohyeldin gave American Sniper two thumbs down.
  • Fishbowl Five With Terri White, Editor of Time Out New York

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Last year was a period of transformation for Time Out New York. Terri White, who joined the publication last January as editor-in-chief, restructured the editorial staff and brought on a new award-winning art director, Chris Deacon.“I really believe the success of Time Out meant becoming a true multiplatform brand in New York. So instead of having two separate teams [print and digital], we built one big content team, and I brought in a lot of new senior staff,” said White. The result was an aesthetic change and a refresh of the content that really spoke to New Yorkers.
  • From Romania with Corrections

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This is one of the more unusual notations at the bottom of an article crediting additional contributions to the piece: HuffPost software engineer Dan Fratean, who translated Chivu’s Facebook posts, contributed to this report. The Facebook postw in question, by Loredana Chivu, are in Romanian. With Fratean’s help, colleague Hilary Hanson is calling out the New York Daily News, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror newspaper for getting the story wrong. From the Bing translation of a message posted by Chivu earlier today: It’s the first time in my life when I feel the need to comment on…
  • Harper’s Bazaar and Nylon Make Changes

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    A couple Revolving Door items today, involving Harper’s Bazaar and Nylon. Details are below. Aeriel Brown is joining Harper’s Bazaar as deputy photography director. Brown comes to the magazine from Entertainment Weekly, where she served as senior associate photo editor since 2012. Brown begins February 17. Nylon has added head of brand strategy to Michelle Lee’s role as editor-in-chief. In the new role she’ll oversee the magazine’s branded content. Lee joined Nylon last year.
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • Dean Baquet still unsure about future of national race beat

    Benjamin Mullin
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    New York Times New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet hasn’t yet decided what will become of The New York Times’ national race beat now that Tanzina Vega has been reassigned to cover the Bronx courthouse, public editor Margaret Sullivan reported Thursday: At this point, he said, “I haven’t decided what to do about the beat, but I know that it has to be covered paper-wide. Baquet told Sullivan that although the future of Vega’s beat is uncertain, The New York Times will provide “paper-wide” coverage of race. Deputy Executive Editor Susan Chira told…
  • Al Jazeera English news director tells employees to continue leaking memos

    Benjamin Mullin
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    Al Jazeera English has a plan to deal with the recent leaks that have aired the organization’s preferences regarding style and usage: invite its employees to keep leaking. Salah Negm, director of news at Al Jazeera English, sent a memo to employees Thursday with the subject line “TO BE LEAKED.” In it, Negm thanks the employee or employees who have leaked memos about the news organization’s attitude toward events such as the Charlie Hebdo shooting and decisions not to use the words “terrorist” and “Islamist”: Whoever forwarded these emails on to…
  • Indiana governor cancels controversial news site

    Benjamin Mullin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has told the Indiana press corps that he plans to cancel “Just IN,” a proposed state-run news source that some feared would be used as an end-around the press. Maureen Hayden, Indiana statehouse bureau chief for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., tweeted that Pence ordered the website shut down. IN Gov Pence orders controversial Just IN website terminated. Statehouse press just notified. — Maureen Hayden (@MaureenHayden) January 29, 2015 News of the proposed site, which was reported by The Indianapolis Star earlier this week, sparked controversy among…
  • HuffPost’s Ferguson Fellow is working out of the St. Louis American

    Benjamin Mullin
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    Stewart. Before last week, Mariah Stewart didn’t have much of a commute. Stewart, the crowdfunded scribe who was catapulted to national prominence when she became The Huffington Post’s Ferguson Fellow, would work from anywhere with Internet access: her home, the local library, a café. But starting last week, Stewart became a part of the newsroom at the St. Louis American, St. Louis’ historically black newspaper. There, she has an office and will receive assignments, instruction and guidance from editors. The new digs are a welcome change for Stewart, who says she missed the…
  • Robot-writing increased AP’s earnings stories by tenfold

    Benjamin Mullin
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Since The Associated Press adopted automation technology to write its earnings reports, the news cooperative has generated 3,000 stories per quarter, ten times its previous output, according to a press release from Automated Insights, the company behind the automation. Those stories also contained “far fewer errors” than stories written by actual journalists. The Associated Press began publishing earnings reports using automation technology in July for companies including Hasbro Inc., Honeywell International Inc. and GE. Appended to those stories is a note that reads “This…
 
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    Megan Taylor: Web Journalist

  • David Bowie hairstyles animated GIF

    Megan Taylor
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    by Helen Green via kottke.org.
  • Wonderful aerial photos shot from a helicopter of NYC at night

    Megan Taylor
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    LAFORET | VISUALS – Night Over New Yorkvia kottke.org
  • Food for the Week

    Megan Taylor
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Shakshuka Chicken Tortilla Soup Garlic Macaroni and Cheese Edit: This was actually really disappointing and just kind of meh. Edible, but meh.Lazy Skillet Lasagna
  • 2014 Recap

    Megan Taylor
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    In 2014…I got my dream job! I took a lot of pictures of my cats, but not enough. We got a king-sized bed. We finally went to Coney Island. Twice! Cleo got her first professional grooming. I quit smoking cigarettes! My cat allergies resurfaced. I ate a lot of really awesome food. I cooked some really awesome food. I started playing Ingress. I made some amazing new friends. I walked more than 300 miles playing Ingress. I got to see old friends I hadn’t seen in a while. I went to the Catskills and crushed apples for cider. I met my nieces on my husband’s side of the family. I…
  • A Farmers Market of Open Data

    Megan Taylor
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Slides from my talk at QueensJS on November 5.
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    Media Disruptus

  • A text-message storytelling tool: How about for news?

    Steve Outing
    4 Jan 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Instead of writing a traditional text article, wouldn’t it be great to write in a way that you told your story by having a conversation with each person in your audience? (I won’t answer that just yet.) Recently I ran across the intriguing mobile app and storytelling platform Massively. It can be defined as: online...
  • Final days to share your news business model!

    Steve Outing
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Back in October (the last time I posted to Media Disruptus), I asked people with an interest in the future of journalism to propose new, innovative business models for the news sector. There’s still time to add your ideas! The online brainstorming tool I’m using (Tricider) will shut down our exercise shortly after the clock...
  • Reboot blog!

    Steve Outing
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I’ve taken a break from blogging for a few months, but I’m more than ready to restart! My focus remains on the future of journalism, and especially using the methods of Foresight to anticipate likely futures. That’s mostly what I’ll post here — but I might stray occasionally. Top photo: Creative Commons use, by Neerav...
  • Brainstorm! What are future ways to fund news organizations?

    Steve Outing
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    As much as journalists may hate to hear this, news is not something that lots of people are willing to pay for — especially in this go-go digital era when information overload is an epidemic with no end in sight. Advertising, meanwhile, continues to decline as a revenue source for news organizations, which are requiring...
  • HBO has losing game with ‘Thrones’

    Steve Outing
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The headline above may give the wrong impression. Actually, I love and am seriously addicted to HBO’s Game of Thrones fantasy-drama series. That title refers to the cruel (and unfortunately still usual) way that HBO limits access to the hit TV show. But first, the show. I ignored the hubbub for the first four seasons...
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    Evolving Newsroom

  • Rental house prices & Antarctica mission: visual stories online

    Julie Starr
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:55 pm
    I’m enjoying the work coming out of the NZ Herald’s data ‘department’ (not sure it’s big enough to warrant that description but I like the sound of it). This week Harkanwal Singh, the Data Editor, has published an interactive map of New Zealand showing changes in rental prices for houses since 2001, and 2006. It’s fascinating moving round the map and seeing the changes, suburb by suburb. More fascinating is where high-rent areas sit cheek-by-jowl with low-rent areas. The graphic is nicely set up: just move around the map like you would on Google Maps…
  • Bookmarks for January 28, 2015

    Julie Starr
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    Scientists voyage to Antarctica for whale research | NIWA New Zealand scientists voyage to Antarctica to research humpback and blue whale feeding habits, and study icefish and grenadiers| NIWA http://evlvgn.ws/1BhmhJ0 A poster of Māori weather and climate indicators from NIWA Māori weather and climate indicators – a poster from NIWA | Evolving Newsroom http://evlvgn.ws/18mnIyQ How weather balloons are used in New Zealand | MetService Blog Now I know: weather balloons are designed to burst. “How weather balloons are used in New Zealand” | MetService Blog…
  • “The exploration of outer space shall be the province of all mankind”

    Julie Starr
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    I love the language in the United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space (related General Assembly resolutions and other documents) (PDF).   You can find the Treaties and other space-related documents and databases, including the Online Index of Objects Launched into Outer Space, on the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs website.      
  • Māori weather and climate indicators – a poster from NIWA

    Julie Starr
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    I notice that NIWA, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, has a poster of Māori climate and weather indicators for download on its website. You can either grab the pdf or order a full-sized paid-for poster. This is a slice of it: The weather (day-to-day state of the atmosphere, varying from minutes to weeks) predictors include: From Te Roroa: The sound of breaking waves up the valley = Approaching rainfall and inclement weather is expected From Te Whānau a Apanui: The plume from White Island lies to the left = Rainfall expected; The plume…
  • The week ahead in New Zealand news: McCully in Jordan, Tolley in Norway, Finlayson in Poland

    Julie Starr
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Some of the events you may see covered in the news in New Zealand in the week beginning Monday January 26. School’s back Schools start going back this week (between Monday Jan 26 and Friday Feb 2). Education Minister Hekia Parata tells us in a press release that 750,000 children will be back in classrooms this week. More than 10,000 five-year-olds will be experiencing school for the first time at the start of this year; a total of 63,000 will be starting in the course of the year. The best page I’ve found for checking school dates is this one on the beta education.govt.nz…
 
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    LOCAL ONLINER

  • Mark Your Calendars: BIA/Kelsey NATIONAL, March 25-27, Dallas

    Peter
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    It’s here! We have just announced the agenda for BIA/Kelsey NATIONAL. which takes place March 25-27 in Dallas. The NATIONAL theme is especially important this year. Local technology and services have reached a level where they have fostered major relationships with national brands and retailers. At IAB’s Annual Leadership Meeting last year, we noted a poll by Operative that showed that local sales has now become the seventh most important revenue driver for CMOs. Our own BIA/Kelsey research shows that national players will spend more than $68 billion on local marketing by 2018. We…
  • Expert Insight: Gregg Stewart on National Brands, Local Marketing

    Peter
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Advertising expert Gregg Stewart is the CEO of Third Act Marketing and co-chair of BIA/Kelsey’s National event March 25-27 in Dallas. He has specialized in localizing national brands since 1985 and has previously served in leadership capacities at Wahlstrom, TMP and 15 Miles. Some of the brands he has advised include FedEx, GE, Hilton Hotels, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, United Van Lines, Brooks Brothers, Farmers Insurance, Target, Bank of America, Aspen Dental, and ADT. Local marketing used to be an after-thought for national brands and retailers. What’s changed? In the early days, brands…
  • Salesforce’s Randy Wootton at BIA/Kelsey SFO: Avoiding Local’s ‘Creepy Valley’

    Peter
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    Marketers have lots of disparate information about consumers they are targeting, but if they don’t put it together in a consumer friendly way, it quickly becomes an offputting “Creepy Valley of Local Marketing” that is counter productive, said Salesforce VP RandyWootton in a keynote address at BIA/Kelsey’s Interactive Local Media event at San Francisco Airport. Citing GoDaddy’s Blake Irving for inventing the “Creepy Valley” moniker, Wootton noted that “where it gets weird is when there are things that target you” and are really not consistent with good Customer…
  • BIA/Kelsey SFO: Home Depot,Thumbtack, Serviz Weigh in on Home Improvement

    Peter
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Home improvement services is a wild new frontier that has just scratched the tip of its potential, according to segment leaders at BIA/Kelsey’s Leading in Local: Interactive Local Media event at San Francisco Airport. “ServiceMagic/Home Advisor is (only) a couple of hundred million dollars. Angie’s has never made a profit. The market is ripe but no one is there yet,” said Home Depot Silicon Valley leader Anthony Roddio, who also serves as GM of the company’s Red Beacon contractor scheduling service. “The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is repeat…
  • Uber Tests 10 Minute Delivery Service

    Peter
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    The big online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Groupon and WalMart have been focusing on developing same day delivery channels. Same day delivery is an effort that that may not only boost their edge over other retailers, but also add new anchor channels such as groceries, and also boost impulse sales. We’ve also seen other players experiment with delivery. The San Diego Union Tribune, for instance, has tested delivery of coffee beans with the morning newspaper. Newspapers have been also a channel for free CPG samples with Sunday newspapers for years. Now along comes Uber, in the midst of an…
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    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project

  • After Charlie Hebdo, Balancing Press Freedom and Respect for Religion

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    Following the attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, U.S. public opinion of the appropriateness of the magazine’s cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad show a tension between free expression and religious tolerance.
  • The Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald Investigation

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    What common interest in an investigative project could Miami’s El Nuevo Herald and the Toronto Star, separated by thousands of miles and a national border, possibly have? The particulars of the story they did together provide the answer – and may also serve as a model of sorts for ad hoc collaborations. The Star, working […]
  • The Lens (New Orleans) and WWNO Public Radio

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Any non-profit news startup (or for-profit, for that matter), faces a first-order challenge of sticking its head up and getting noticed. Put another way, the startup needs to find a spot in what is variously called the local news landscape or news ecosystem. Markets don’t come any more newsy, treacherous and competitive than New Orleans, […]
  • The Texas Front-Page Exchange

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Three of the five case studies in this group feature the contributions of non-profit start-ups. But established news businesses also are fully capable of constructing news collaborations that work on their own. A specific news event marked the beginning of a new era of cooperation among the five largest newspaper organizations in Texas, once a […]
  • I-News Network, Rocky Mountain PBS and KUSA-TV

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Laura Frank’s idea for a multimedia investigative network in Colorado was born in February 2009, the day the Rocky Mountain News closed. An experienced investigative reporter who led a small team at ‘the Rocky,’ she wanted to keep doing what she did best and also cushion the abrupt end of the paper’s contributions in Denver, […]
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    LostRemote | RSS Feed

  • Social Scoreboard: Wednesday, January 28

    Karen Fratti
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    FOX’s “Empire” drove the most Twitter traffic last night according to the Nielsen Social ratings. “American Idol” took the number two spot, followed by “Conan,” the season premiere of “The Americans,” and the CW’s “Arrow.”
  • DISH Subscribers Can Skip Through the Super Bowl for the Ads

    Karen Fratti
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Charlotte McKinney in a 2015 Super Bowl ad for Carl’s Jr. Proving that all technology can be used for good and evil, DISH announced today that it’s going to let subscribers use the “Reverse Autohop” feature for the Super Bowl. This is good. Give people what they want. On Monday, DISH subscribers will be able to access the DVR’d Super Bowl and just skip through the game to the commercials so they’ll be able to keep up with the Twitter jokes, social shares, and think pieces on the commercials (Slate is bound to have a few about that Doritos spot, right?)…
  • #TGIT Is Back, and ABC is Making Sure You Tweet About It

    Karen Fratti
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    I’m not ashamed to admit it: #TGIT. It wasn’t easy, but with a little patience we are finally back to regularly scheduled programming. What day is it? THURSDAY. Retweet to spread the word: #TGIT is back! (@ScandalABC @HowToGetAwayABC @GreysABC) pic.twitter.com/LLZ1BjxeVf — Good Morning America (@GMA) January 29, 2015 ABC execs are excited to have their audience back, too. Every ABC morning and late show is stacked with Shondaland casts. To celebrate the return of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” every…
  • Forrester Research Survey: Only 46% of Millennials Watch Linear TV Monthly

    Adam Flomenbaum
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Forester Research last week published the findings of a new survey – ‘Making Sense Of New Video Consumption Behavior‘ – which showed that only 46% of US online millennials, Gen Xers, and Younger Boomers watch linear TV monthly. The greatest difference in the video consumption habits of Gen Xers and Younger Boomers (35 to 58) versus millennials (18 to 34) is when it comes to watching live TV broadcasts. 52% of Gen Xers and Younger Boomers view live TV in a typical month, while only 40% of millennials do the same. On the flip side, 40% of millennials stream video from…
  • You’ll Be Able to Shop the Pepsi Halftime Show This Year

    Karen Fratti
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    You can shop the Super Bowl this year, thanks to Delivery Agent. During the Pepsi Halftime show, four exclusive, limited edition Katy Perry products will be unveiled for viewers to buy across various platforms. Last year, Delivery Agent had a trial run with an H&M commercial during the game. This year, they’re going all out in what CEO Mike Fitzsimmons calls a “transformative…360 degree experience.” According to their statement, you can shop the products via: Twitter: As one of Twitter’s “Buy Now” launch partners, Delivery Agent will shop-enable tweets sent…
 
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    Online Journalism Blog

  • Guest post: Why I crowdfunded a case against the German government over surveillance exports

    Paul Bradshaw
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    investigative journalist Boris Kartheuser won a right-to-information case against the German government. In a guest post for OJB,  explains how he came to use a new crowdfunding site to raise money to pursue the case after the government appealed. We all remember the pictures of uprisings in Libya, Egypt, Bahrain or Tunisia a few years ago. Hundreds of thousands of people marching in the streets to protest against oppressive and corrupt governments. Many of these protestors paid a high price for their courageous uprising: shot in the streets; arrested, tortured and killed in prison.
  • #PublicDuty – mass whistleblowing or political campaign?

    Paul Bradshaw
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Since yesterday evening medical professionals have been tweeting their concerns about the health service under the hashtag #PublicDuty. It is my #PublicDuty as a doctor to say the medical profession has NO confidence in this politician. RT if you agree pic.twitter.com/wvOOLv4fWb” — Peter Dilworth (@PeterDilworth1) January 26, 2015 Most adopt a particular pattern: “As a (job) with (number) years NHS experience, it’s my #PublicDuty to inform you that the Tories are dismantling and privatising the NHS” In fact, that template above was set out by the National Health…
  • Malachy Browne’s tips on verification – in 12 tweets

    Paul Bradshaw
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Malachy Browne is Managing Editor and Europe Anchor of social media reporting project Reported.ly, and formerly news editor of social media news agency-slash-verification experts Storyful: 1/ A few tweets about the process of verifying details of air strike on #Ghouta — Malachy Browne (@malachybrowne) January 23, 2015 2/ @AP alerts 32 killed in Damascus according to activists. Get Arabic for Damascus from Wikipedia. Search Twitter YouTube to find more. — Malachy Browne (@malachybrowne) January 23, 2015 3/ Several "scraped" pictures and videos are shared with captions…
  • Spanish version of data journalism book now live: “Excel para periodistas”

    Paul Bradshaw
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Cover image by Matt Buck at Drawnalism. A Spanish translation of my ebook ‘Finding Stories in Spreadsheets’ is now live. The book is available for an initial special discount price of $4.99 for ‘early adopters’. Meanwhile, I’m continuing to add chapters to the English version, which you can download from here. The latest chapters deal with using query-based URLs in Google Sheets, and generating random numbers for mapping.Filed under: online journalism Tagged: ebook, Excel para periodistas, Finding Stories In Spreadsheets
  • #Hyperlocal Voices: Niall Norbury, Alt Reading

    Damian Radcliffe
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    To kick off our Hyperlocal Voices series for 2015 Damian Radcliffe hears from Niall Norbury, Editor of Alt Reading. A relative newcomer to the scene, the only magazine celebrates its first birthday later this month. 1.  Who were the people behind the blog? While initially it was just me behind setting up Alt Reading, it was always my intention to have the content produced by local residents in Reading. Once the site was launched in January 2014 I was bombarded with emails from people wanting to write and get involved. Currently, Alt Reading is led by me and my co-editor, Erik van…
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • Data journalism: Cool site on counties' economic recovery

    Doug Fisher
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    The National Association of Counties has put out a cool site that looks at economic indicators for every county throughout the country, and the picture is not great -- aside from the great oil swath in the middle of the country.Click on the counties in your area. This definitely could lend itself to more reporting.More from Governing Magazine.
  • CSJ: Are you ready for journalism education without 'journalism'?

    Doug Fisher
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    My latest Common Sense Journalism column. The importance of this was brought home to me again today when reading a student's description on her blog: xxxxx is a senior at the University of South Carolina studying journalism.She may be in the journalism school, but she is studying public relations. The increasing conflation of these distinctly different things, especially in our students' minds, is dangerous.For years, growing enrollments at journalism and communications schools have meant a steady stream of young, fresh-faced and motivated applicants willing to work for less than they might…
  • Ledes: Zig left, zag right - constructing thin air out of ... thin air

    Doug Fisher
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    You don't have to be spot on the bull's eye when writing a lede, but it is nice if you kind of open somewhere in the general neighborhood of the story.It seems to be of fashion these days for writers to indulge their fantasies in ledes that start out with a faux anecdote -- one that is about as close to the actual point of the story as, say, Greenland is to Antarctica (well, yes, they're both cold) -- only to give the perplexed reader whiplash as it snaps back the point.Our latest exhibit:On Sept. 13, 1899, Henry Hale Bliss stepped off a streetcar at 74th and Central Park West, and walked…
  • AP style: 'Justify'

    Doug Fisher
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    AP has issued one of its periodic style updates, and one might be of interest to usage mavens:Justify: Smith justified his actions means Smith demonstrated that his actions were right. If the actions are still controversial, say Smith sought to justify his actions. It's much like refute (proved) and rebut (sought to prove). I like it, but as with all usage issues, AP is splitting hairs a tad. For instance, Merriam-Webster's entry first lists to provide or be a good reason for (something) : to prove or show (something) to be just, right, or reasonable, to provide a good reason for the…
  • How to annoy your readers, McClatchy style

    Doug Fisher
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    McClatchy has apparently found a new way to torture readers who go to at least some of its websites -- the ad intercept screen that has no ad on it and asks you if you want to read a story that's not the one you clicked through.Is it any wonder that McClatchy's stock (MNI) is in the tank?McClatchy keeps talking about how digital is its future (PDF). But I've yet to see this company really show that it understands how online works -- except to annoy readers with websites that don't display or print correctly, or have so much underlying crap code they slow down browsers.For a while, I thought…
 
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  • AP's 'Robot Journalists' Writing Stories on Their Own Now

    Janelle
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Ross MillerJanuary 29, 2015The VergeMinutes after Apple released its record-breaking quarterly earnings this week, the Associated Press published (by way of CNBC, Yahoo, and others) "Apple tops Street 1Q forecasts." It's a story without a byline, or rather, without a human byline — a financial story written and published by an automated system well-versed in the AP Style Guide. The AP implemented the system six months ago and now publishes 3,000 such stories every quarter — and that number is poised to grow. Philana Patterson, an assistant business editor at the AP tasked with…
  • MO Weekly Could Lose Capitol Press Credentials Over Ethics

    Janelle
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Terry GaneyJanuary 29, 2015Gateway Journalism ReviewThe Jefferson City press corps has voted to give the Missouri Times until the end of March to clean up the news organization’s ethics mess or face the possibility of losing credentials to cover events in Missouri’s state capital. Ten representatives of wire service, print and broadcast news organizations met Monday to discuss the lobbyist-sponsored parties that Times’ publisher Scott Faughn had held for lawmakers at the newspaper’s office in Jefferson City. While some press corps members appeared ready to vote to take away the…
  • Reporter Held In Iran to Face Trial 'Soon'; Charges Unknown

    Janelle
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Brian MurphyJanuary 29, 2015The Washington PostA Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for more than six months will stand trial “soon,” Iran’s official news agency reported Wednesday, but the charges against him remain unknown. The report by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency gave no additional information about Iran’s allegations against Jason Rezaian, The Post’s bureau chief in Tehran. Rezaian, a dual American-Iranian citizen, also has not had access to legal counsel since his detention in late July. “We have yet to hear any accounting of any charges against…
  • Deadline Extended to Feb. 17 to Enter Heywood Broun Contest

    Janelle
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    StaffJanuary 28, 2015NewsGuild-CWA  The postmark deadline for submitting entries for the Heywood Broun award has been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 17.    Broun, one of the Guild’s founders, was a crusading New York City columnist whose reporting took on injustice, corruption, intolerance and other social ills, while giving voice to society’s underdogs.   Each year, NewsGuild-CWA honors the best of journalism in the tradition of Broun with a $5,000 top award and two $1,000 substantial distinction awards. Both print and broadcast journalism are eligible.   Details about entering are here.
  • 5 Journalists Dead as Gunmen Ambush Convey in South Sudan

    Janelle
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    StaffJanuary 28, 2015Committee to Protect JournalistsFive journalists were killed on Sunday when unidentified gunmen ambushed an official convoy in South Sudan's Western Bahr al Ghazal state, according to local journalists and news reports. "The murder of five journalists is a devastating attack on South Sudan's already beleaguered press corps," CPJ East Africa Representative Tom Rhodes said. "We urge Western Bahr el Ghazal authorities to do their utmost to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and to ensure journalists are allowed to carry out their duties safely."
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  • Journalists should be shielded from phone and web snooping, union says

    Paul Farrell
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:41 pm
    The MEAA says allowing governments to access data to investigate confidential sources and whistleblowers would seriously endanger Australia’s press freedomAustralia’s Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) has called for journalists to be exempt from government access to phone and web data, warning that the government’s data retention proposal risks making it impossible for a free press to function.The plan to retain web and phone data will mean that a range of telecommunications and service providers will need to keep an as-yet-unspecified set of data. Continue reading...
  • #MyOzObituary: Colleen McCullough fans mock obituary in the Australian

    Elle Hunt
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Article that remarked on the Thorn Birds author’s weight and ‘plain’ features greeted with mockery on social mediaA churlish obituary for much-loved Australian author Colleen McCullough has attracted scorn on social media, spurring users to speculate on how their own life’s achievements might be backhandedly remembered.In Friday’sedition of the Australian, the bestselling author of The Thorn Birdswhich sold 30m copies worldwide – is remembered as “plain of feature, and certainly overweight, [but] nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth” in the first paragraph.My @Australian…
  • Defiant editor Alan Morison to return to face Thai navy defamation case

    Ben Doherty
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    ‘If bullies in uniform can silence reporters, then you don’t have a democracy,’ says Phuketwan editor charged for covering the plight of Rohingyan asylum seekersAn Australian journalist who is facing a defamation charge from the Thai navy and the possibility of a jail term will return to the country from Australia unrepentant for stories alleging abuse of Rohingyan asylum seekers by Thai authorities.“We must defend this,” Alan Morison told Guardian Australia this week. “If bullies in uniform can silence reporters, then you don’t have a democracy.” Related: Thai pursuit of Alan…
  • Police urge TV stations to scale back live coverage of any London terrorist siege

    Vikram Dodd, Mark Sweney and Tara Conlan
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Met commissioner says he fears that broadcast of live images could increase difficulties for police and military and risk lives of hostagesTelevision news organisations are to be asked by Scotland Yard to consider not broadcasting live images of police or special forces preparing to storm any terrorist siege in London to avoid jeopardising the lives of hostages or armed forces trying to rescue them.Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, said on Thursday he feared live coverage could hamper the ability of police or the military to respond. Continue reading...
  • No filter: Rupert Murdoch's Twitter feed provides a new take on the editorial

    Ed Pilkington in New York
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Known for being private, the media boss is offering unrestrained commentary on everything from Mitt Romney to British royals – and it could land him in troubleFrom the day Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter, the media mogul has been spreading alarm among his enemies and supporters in equal measure. One of his earliest posts on the social network, three years and three major elections on as many continents ago, Murdoch gloated that his “friends [are] frightened what I may really say”. Another dripping tweet managed to insult an entire nation on an official day of rest: “Maybe Brits have too…
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  • Charlie Hebdo and the end of the French exception

    Alice
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Today many are asking why Parisians have been attacked in their own city, and by their own people. But for many years the question for those following the issues of foreign policy and religion was why France had suffered so little terrorism in comparison to other European states. After the bombs on the Paris Metro and a TGV line in 1995, there were no significant Islamist attacks until the fire-bombing of the Charlie Hebdo office in November 2011, and the killings of three French soldiers (all of North African origin) and three Jewish children (and one teacher) by Mohamed Merah in Toulouse…
  • #Force2015 – back to the future of scholarly communications

    Alice
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Oxford University Press is delighted to co-sponsor this year’s Force2015 conference which takes place in Oxford’s new Mathematical Institute on 12-13 January 2015. Conference sessions will be live-streamed for a global audience. This year marks the 350th anniversary of the scholarly journal, as recorded by the first publication of the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions in 1665. In a dedicatory epistle to the Society’s Fellows and the Introduction, editor Henry Oldenburg set forth its purpose to inform the scientific community of the latest and most valuable discoveries.
  • Alternative access models in academic publishing

    Alice
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Disseminating scholarship is at the heart of the Oxford University Press mission and much of academic publishing. It drives every part of publishing strategy—from content acquisition to sales. What happens, though, when a student, researcher, or general reader discovers content that they don’t have access to? For example, while a majority of Oxford Handbook Online (OHO) and Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) users have access through their institutions, not everyone does; sometimes even those who do need to conduct research at home or while on leave, when they aren’t connected to their…
  • Selfies and model bottoms: monkeying around with intellectual property rights

    Miranda Dobson
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    When “The Case of the Black Macaque” scooped media headlines this summer, copyright was suddenly big news. Here was photographer David Slater fighting Wikipedia over the right to disseminate online a portrait photo of a monkey which had, contrary to all expectations and the law of averages, managed within just a few jabs of a curious finger, to take a plausible, indeed publishable “selfie”. Did Slater have the right to control the image since it was his camera on which it was recorded, or was it free for the world to use on the basis that he was not its author, the true creator…
  • Christmas crime films

    Daniel Hall
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    In order to spread some festive cheer, Blackstone’s Policing has compiled a watchlist of some of the best criminal Christmas films. From a child inadvertently left home alone to a cop with a vested interest, and from a vigilante superhero to a degenerate pair of blaggers, it seems that (in Hollywood at least) there’s something about this time of year that calls for a special kind of policing. So let’s take a look at some of Tinseltown’s most arresting Christmas films: 1. Die Hard, directed by John McTiernan, 1988 Considered by many to be one of the greatest…
 
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  • England v India: Tri-Series – live! | Dan Lucas and John Ashdown

    Dan Lucas (first innings) and John Ashdown (second innings)
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Tri-Series deciding match to see who faces Australia in the finalMorgan’s IPL decision hits chances of England Test place for AshesAnd email dan.lucas@theguardian.com or tweet @DanLucas86 6.55am GMT Woakes into his final over. Can he keep India under 200? No; rather he’ll hand it to them on a plate with a wide. But that’s it as Shami swings and gets an edge through to Buttler. 6.53am GMT 48th over: India 199-9 (Sharma 7, Shami 25) Anderson comes back and he’s digging them in too. It’s obviously a team strategy but I’m not quite sure what the thinking behind it is. Shami pushes one…
  • Queensland election: no clear winner after Newman and Palaszczuk clash in debate – live

    Bridie Jabour in Brisbane
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Campbell Newman and Annastacia Palaszczuk cap the final day of campaigning with the Queensland Media Club leaders’ debate in Brisbane. Follow the updates here 5.37pm AEST Both major parties have rejected legal reforms that would end the politicisation of the judiciary in Queensland and stop it being the only state in Australia that puts juveniles in adult prisons, my colleague Joshua Robertson reports here.The Liberal National party (LNP) and Labor have refused calls for an independent body to vet legal appointments in the wake of Tim Carmody’s highly contentious elevation to supreme…
  • Aactas 2015: The Water Diviner and The Babadook tie, but at least they're Aussie

    Luke Buckmaster
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Never has the Australian film industry seemed so confounded by the challenge of distinguishing great art from handsome mainstream productThe annual Aacta awards got at least one thing absolutely right. National treasure David Gulpilil was awarded best leading actor for his exquisitely soulful performance in director Rolf de Heer’s poignant character drama Charlie’s Country. A great Australian performance in a great Australian film, accepted by a great Australian actor.And it was certainly an improvement on last year. Announcing the same award in 2014, the Aacta president, Geoffrey Rush,…
  • Fortitude recap: episode one – secrets, lies and murder suspects

    Gwilym Mumford
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    A grisly killing kicks off this crime drama, but this strange Arctic mining town is blanketed in winter dark and suffused with other, strange mysteriesSPOILER ALERT: Don’t read on if you haven’t seen episode one of Fortitude. Related: Fortitude: meet the inhabitants of the Arctic town in Sky Atlantic's new thriller Continue reading...
  • The Proposition rewatched – outback western mixes violence and profundity

    Luke Buckmaster
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Director John Hillcoat’s blood-splattered revenge film revises a classic film genre with help from Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, David Gulpilil and Nick Cave• More Australian films rewatched – week by weekHardknuckle films about weather-beaten men who stomp across desolate terrain and shoot each other are synonymous with the American western. The Proposition’s director, John Hillcoat, proved Australia’s sun-baked outback and violent colonial history also make a natural fit with the genre in this 2005 hit, which takes the familiar dramatic tension of deep-seated conflict between siblings…
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  • The Worlds First Streaming Radio Station and First Live Sporting Events on the Net

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    AudioNet http://www.Audionet.Com 1-800-34AUDIO AudioNet & KLIF 570 Announce The First FullTime SimulNetCast Radio Station on the Net For Immediate Release Friday, September 1st 1995 Contact:     Mark Cuban AudioNet Direct:214-696-3320 [Dallas]…AudioNet, the world’s first audio network on the Internet, and KLIF 570AM, Dallas, are pleased to announce that on September 1st, 1995, KLIF became the first radio station in the world to begin broadcasting their original programming simultaneously over the air, and over the Internet. Beginning with the broadcast of the Southern…
  • Is this a proposal from 1995 or 2015 ?

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I had reason to do some research and find some old goodies from the beginning of the world of streaming. This was first written in 1995 with testimonial emails added over time. Since 2015 marks the 20th Anniversary year of streaming, i thought it would be fun for you to see that our proposals from back then aren’t a whole lot different from what we see in proposals today. The technology has improved. The market has changed. The proposition. Not so much.  Ok maybe I had to explain what the Internet is and that’s not necessary today. But why nitpick Notice towards the end the offer…
  • My Conversation with Business Insider about Net Neutrality

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Hey Mark, A few things that stood out from your recent string of Tweets: Yes, broadband speed and quality have gotten better. But it’s still behind the most of the developed world. We pay a lot more on average for slower speeds on average. The overarching problem is that there is no competition among ISPs. They each have monopolies where they operate. That in turn gives them little incentive to provide better service, invest in infrastructure, and so on. In fact investment in those things have declined over the last four years. Allowing ISPs to compete would be wonderful, but…
  • Another interview about streaming media from 1999

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    As I clean up or find old emails for whatever reason, its always interesting to run across old interviews I did about the future of streaming media.  This interview was with Kevin Werbach who along with Esther Dyson wrote one of the leading newsletters of the time. Here is the entire email, the good and the bad At 02:48 PM 8/9/99 -0400, Kevin Werbach wrote: Thanks for your message.  I’ll definitely be in touch when I put the piece together (probably either September or October), as your perspective would be very helpful. The primary question I’m asking is how streaming video…
  • The 6 Things You Need to Know to be Great in Business

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    There are no shortcuts in business.  In order to be successful there are some things that you must know.  These are not all of them by a long shot, but IMHO they are 6 of the most important   1. Know how to sell. Selling means being able to convey why your product or service, which may be you if you are looking for a job,  will make things better. Selling is never about convincing. It is always about helping. 2. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer If you know how to put the person you are dealing with in a position to succeed, you can be successful. In order to do this, you…
 
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  • Teaching a teenager about social media

    Adam Tinworth
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Apparently a student on work experience at The Telegraph enjoyed my training: One of the highlights during my week here, was getting the chance to attend a course with Adam Tinworth , a lecturer and journalist, called ‘Writing for the Web’. This course was all about online journalism and learning how to write in a style that is appealing to a reader online. Honestly, me being a teenager, I had already assumed I knew all there was to know about social media but Adam definitely introduced me to a whole new perspective of the web. Aw, shucks.
  • How blogging became today's new journalism

    Adam Tinworth
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    Ben Smith, Buzzfeed's editor in chief: Indeed, the strongest new news outlets and the most nimble elements of the old ones have also co-opted and professionalized the tools and ethos of bloggers — fast, direct publishing; an informal voice; a commitment to transparency. We’ve pulled in some of the adaptable stars of that era. And we believe those people, tools, and values can serve our unchanging commitments to immediate, well-told, fearless, compelling, and independent journalism. Nice piece, which really clarifies that the blogosphere (and how long is it since I last wrote that…
  • The Post-Blogging age

    Adam Tinworth
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:31 am
    Chris Cillizza, commenting on the reaction to Andrew Sullivan's departure from blogging: But, again, a blog isn't any one thing. For me, the idea of a blog — or blogging — that works is reported analysis told through a variety of textual and visual mediums. You could call them — as newspapers tend to do — "analysis" pieces and run them as articles. You could call them — as the graphics world does — data visualizations and run them as infographics. The bigger point is: It's journalism, on the Web. It doesn't matter what word you ascribe to it. His is a…
  • Andrew Sullivan's Dish finally empties

    Adam Tinworth
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Disconcerting news this evening. Andrew Sullivan is quitting blogging: The second is that I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly…
  • Twitter joins the Group Messaging game - and brings video, too

    Adam Tinworth
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    A big – but expected – announcement from Twitter today. Group messaging is here: 30 seconds of Twitter video Possibly more interesting from a journalistic point of view is the fact that they're adding video natively into Twitter apps: Our unique mobile video camera and inline editing experience lets you capture and share videos up to 30 seconds in an instant. Twitter for iPhone users will be able to upload videos from the camera roll as well (a feature that will be available on our Android app soon). Here’s more information on the new mobile video camera. These features are…
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  • Exporting Financial Instability

    Kevin P. Gallagher
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Activists wave Malaysian flags during a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's Malaysia visit, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 25, 2014.  The late Dr. Martin Luther King is praised for saying “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Along the same lines, if we learned anything from the global financial crisis it is that financial instability anywhere is a threat to financial stability everywhere. The Obama administration appears not to have learned that lesson. The trade…
  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
  • 'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    (AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie) Andre Stokes, who is homeless, tries to stay warm in a shelter he built in downtown El Paso Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Temperatures were in the 30s, which is unusual for the El Paso area.  In an era of shrinking financial resources, policymakers, providers, and activists who work on homelessness prevention and care in the United States have been forced to develop new strategies. There was a time when officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) saw it as their responsibility to provide both housing and supportive services for…
 
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       themediamanager.com: 
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  • A six-month break, now back to it

    11 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    I took a break from themediamanager.com six months ago today. There was a clear reason for the first four months of the hiatus: I took a detour from journalism and entered the race for public life as the mayoralty candidate for the Non-Partisan Association. It would have been an ethical challenge to discuss current media while running for office.I lost the race and have put a couple of months of distance from that event. Last month I resumed duties as Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen. Last week I returned to University of British Columbia as an Adjunct Professor…
  • June 11, 2014 media notes: Amazon clashes with Warner Video; API on mobile revenue; phone-hacking jury deliberates

    11 Jun 2014 | 1:07 pm
    For Wednesday, June 11, 2014, here are some media stories of note:Amazon's recent public battle with the Hachette publishing house now has another chapter: Warner Home Video is in its own dispute over revenue share and Amazon has decided it will not let customers order high-profile DVDs in advance of their release. The New York Times reports that Amazon is taking a step back from being the self-described Everything Store. The J.K. Rowling book on Hachette and the Lego movie from Warner are signs it is prepared to tell customers to go elsewhere when it can't reach acceptable terms.***Jeff…
  • June 10, 2014 media notes: World Press Trends report; a political media critique; BBC uses chat apps to spread news

    10 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    For Tuesday, June 10, 2014, here are some media stories of note:The annual World Press Trends report has several revelations: digital news audiences are up 23 per cent from a year ago, newspaper circulation is up two per cent, print advertising revenue comprises 93 per cent, print advertising declined nine per cent, and digital circulation revenue grew 60 per cent (albeit from a low starting point). The report was released at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers conference. As journalism.co.uk reports, while audiences for digital news are on the rise, companies are not…
  • June 9, 2014 media notes: the second media apocalypse; U.S. Supreme Court and online comments; press freedom threats

    9 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    For Monday, June 9, 2014, here are some media stories of note:Forget the last apocalypse. A second apocalypse is upon media. Tom Foremski, writing for ZDNet, says the strikingly low advertising rates for mobile are a new, much more menacing threat to conventional and digital media. He has found that mobile rates are about one-tenth desktop rates, which are as we know already quite lower than broadcast or print rates. How bad is it? Even Google is taking engineers off other projects to find ways to monetize mobile. Foremski paints a picture that, if you're looking to start your work on an…
  • June 6, 2014 media notes: Pakistan's channel suspended; four indicted in 1999 Serbian killing; NYT can't abandon print yet

    6 Jun 2014 | 3:55 pm
    For Friday, June 6, 2014, here are some media stories of note:The Pakistan government has stepped up its media crackdown by suspending the licence of Geo News, a popular television channel, in its dispute with the country's spy agency. The New York Times reports the broadcast regulator indicated the channel will be suspended 15 days and pay a fine. The channel had reported that the spy agency was behind a shooting of one of its journalists.***It has taken 15 years, but four Milosevic-era security officials have been indicted in the 1999 killing of a newspaper publisher in Serbia. Slavko…
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  • This.cm isn’t built for mobile. Is that a problem?

    Caroline O'Donovan
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    The New York Times Style section published a story this week on This.cm, the Atlantic Media funded social platform we wrote about this summer. While there’s no doubt the platform has grown since August, not everyone agreed with the headline. Are people really clamouring for @thisdotcm invites? http://t.co/IV48wKm1IT — Owen Williams (@ow) January 28, 2015 RELATED ARTICLEThis: Why Atlantic Media is funding a social platform for sharing links, one at a timeAugust 20, 2014Meanwhile, independent media journalist Simon Owens had a story on his website that took a slightly less rosy view…
  • Constantly tweaking: How The Guardian continues to develop its in-house analytics system

    Joseph Lichterman
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    A little over a year ago, Katharine Viner, now the editor in chief of The Guardian US, had a question for the paper’s developers: Why didn’t Ophan, The Guardian’s internal analytics tool, work on mobile? In short order, The Guardian’s developers built a mobile version of Ophan, and Viner has integrated the mobile analytics tool into her everyday routine. “When I wake up, I lean over, check Ophan first, then check Twitter, and email, and personal things,” Viner told me earlier this week. “A lot changes a lot the time, and it can be quite unpredictable.
  • Bloomberg Business’ new look has made a splash — but don’t just call it a redesign

    Caroline O'Donovan
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Bloomberg launched a fresh, new Bloomberg Business Tuesday night, to both acclaim and confusion. Change has long been afoot lately at Bloomberg Media, which hired Justin B. Smith away from Atlantic Media in 2013 and Joshua Topolsky away from The Verge last July to help reconfigure the company’s digital presence. The new look — inspired in part by the boldness of Bloomberg Businessweek, the print magazine the company bought in 2009 — is fresh, colorful, and not a little bit dizzying. In a piece for VentureBeat called “Bloomberg Business’ new site design is beautifully bizarre…
  • Newsonomics: From national, Politico expands into global — and local

    Ken Doctor
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    Twenty years ago, Jim VandeHei took an unassuming job that would later shape the global news empire he’s still building. Fresh out of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with degrees in journalism and political science — numerous job rejections in hand — he joined a weekly newsletter called New Fuels Report in Washington. Ethanol and methanol were all the rage, and he covered that emerging alternative energy field. While he w0uld go on to Roll Call, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, the experience of that targeted newsletter stayed with him. Today, Politico, which…
  • Snapchat’s new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile news

    Joshua Benton
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    You may have missed it in the #snowpocalpyse that wasn’t1, but Snapchat unveiled a new feature called Discover Tuesday that puts news into the ephemeral chat app so popular among American teens and young adults: Here’s Wired’s story on it: At launch, Snapchat is working with ten media partners, including CNN, ESPN, and National Geographic. These companies will release a new edition of Discover content every 24 hours, featuring both videos and articles hand picked by their staffers. The goal for these media companies, of course, is to hook a new, younger audience that…
 
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • Data journalism: Cool site on counties' economic recovery

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    The National Association of Counties has put out a cool site that looks at economic indicators for every county throughout the country, and the picture is not great -- aside from the great oil swath in the middle of the country.Click on the counties in your area. This definitely could lend itself to more reporting.More from Governing Magazine.
  • CSJ: Are you ready for journalism education without 'journalism'?

    9 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    My latest Common Sense Journalism column. The importance of this was brought home to me again today when reading a student's description on her blog: xxxxx is a senior at the University of South Carolina studying journalism.She may be in the journalism school, but she is studying public relations. The increasing conflation of these distinctly different things, especially in our students' minds, is dangerous.For years, growing enrollments at journalism and communications schools have meant a steady stream of young, fresh-faced and motivated applicants willing to work for less than they might…
  • Ledes: Zig left, zag right - constructing thin air out of ... thin air

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    You don't have to be spot on the bull's eye when writing a lede, but it is nice if you kind of open somewhere in the general neighborhood of the story.It seems to be of fashion these days for writers to indulge their fantasies in ledes that start out with a faux anecdote -- one that is about as close to the actual point of the story as, say, Greenland is to Antarctica (well, yes, they're both cold) -- only to give the perplexed reader whiplash as it snaps back the point.Our latest exhibit:On Sept. 13, 1899, Henry Hale Bliss stepped off a streetcar at 74th and Central Park West, and walked…
  • AP style: 'Justify'

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    AP has issued one of its periodic style updates, and one might be of interest to usage mavens:Justify: Smith justified his actions means Smith demonstrated that his actions were right. If the actions are still controversial, say Smith sought to justify his actions. It's much like refute (proved) and rebut (sought to prove). I like it, but as with all usage issues, AP is splitting hairs a tad. For instance, Merriam-Webster's entry first lists to provide or be a good reason for (something) : to prove or show (something) to be just, right, or reasonable, to provide a good reason for the…
  • How to annoy your readers, McClatchy style

    3 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    McClatchy has apparently found a new way to torture readers who go to at least some of its websites -- the ad intercept screen that has no ad on it and asks you if you want to read a story that's not the one you clicked through.Is it any wonder that McClatchy's stock (MNI) is in the tank?McClatchy keeps talking about how digital is its future (PDF). But I've yet to see this company really show that it understands how online works -- except to annoy readers with websites that don't display or print correctly, or have so much underlying crap code they slow down browsers.For a while, I thought…
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • True or False, the Power of Confessions is Great

    ProPublica
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    by Joe Sexton Over the next several months, defense lawyers for Pedro Hernandez will seek to undercut the central evidence against him: his videotaped confession to having killed 6-year-old Etan Patz. They will depict the confession as inaccurate when set against the known facts of the infamous 1979 missing child case. They will portray Hernandez, a onetime bodega clerk in the Manhattan neighborhood where Patz lived, as mentally ill. They will paint the detectives who gained the confession as manipulative and coercive. It's a daunting assignment, but here's what may well be scaring the…
  • U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of David Hicks, Guantanamo Detainee, Should Not Stand

    ProPublica
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    by Raymond Bonner, Special to ProPublica, SYDNEY – The United States has acknowledged that the conviction of an Australian man held for nearly six years in Guantanamo Bay was not legally valid. The Australian, David Hicks, was one of the first people sent to Guantanamo, and he has already figured in a key U.S. court decision that expanded the rights of detainees held in the offshore prison. Initially charged with multiple crimes, including conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, attempted murder, and aiding the enemy, Hicks ultimately pleaded guilty to a single charge of providing…
  • A Sheldon Silver Mystery: Did He Betray New York Renters?

    ProPublica
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    by Justin Elliott When New York enacted a major rent regulation law in 2011, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver celebrated the passage of the legislation as a victory over real estate interests. "Despite fierce and well-financed opposition to working families in New York City, we were able to secure important victories for tenants," he said at the time. But the bribery case against Silver unveiled by prosecutors last week raises questions about whether Silver pulled his punches in negotiations on that 2011 bill, potentially at the expense of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who live in rent…
  • Pentagon Finally Identifies the Remains of a POW Lost Since 1942

    ProPublica
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    by Megan McCloskey Missing overseas for 73 years, an American POW who perished in World War II is finally going home. Last week, the Pentagon officially identified the remains of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder, who died as a Japanese prisoner in the Philippines in 1942. After the war, the U.S. government buried him and thousands of others as "unknown" soldiers in a war memorial cemetery there. The identification is vindication for Kelder's family, who had discovered evidence of which gravesite contained Kelder's remains and then spent years trying to persuade the Pentagon to investigate.  John…
  • Podcast: Why Tracking Is Scarier With Zombie Cookies

    ProPublica
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    by Sara Afzal What are ‘zombie cookies’? Sadly, not innocent baked goods shaped like Halloween creatures, but a kind of tracking cookie that lives on your computer and rises from the dead even after being deleted. Zombie cookies came to light in Julia Angwin’s investigation into an online advertising company’s use of a hidden undeletable number produced by Verizon to monitor customers’ web surfing on tablets and smartphones. The company, called Turn, uses Verizon’s number to recreate tracking cookies even after a user deletes it, which Editor-in-Chief Steve…
 
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    Joe Gullo

  • Facebook Place Tips Is Like Having a Tour Guide at Your Finger Tips

    Joe Gullo
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    A new Facebook feature will connect you with the places around you. It’s like having a personal tour guide of any city right at your finger tips.  According to Facebook, Place Tips will show you information about a place you’re at, including posts from its Page, popular menu items, and upcoming events. You’ll also see posts and photos your friends have shared with you about a particular place. People have the ability to turn off Place Tips in the settings section of the Facebook app. Facebook says Place Tips uses your location through cellular networks, Wi-Fi, and GPS. The post…
  • FCC: Broadband Speed Benchmark is Now 25 Mbps

    Joe Gullo
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    If your Internet is slow, you’re not alone. Hopefully, you’re one of the lucky ones where you’re not at the mercy of an hour glass icon whirling and whirling and whirling. Regardless of how fast or slow your Internet speed is, the Federal Communications Commission says broadband Internet speeds are not being deployed across the country in a timely manner. Not only that, but the FCC has also updated its broadband speed benchmark to 25 megabits per second (Mbps)/ 3 Mbps. That’s up from 4 Mbps / 1 Mbps set back in 2010. This change comes weeks before the FCC is expected…
  • Tumblr Makes it Easier to Just Keep Writing

    Joe Gullo
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Tumblr released a new update that makes it easier to just keep writing in post upgrades. When it comes to blogging, platform matters. The blogging platform you’re using whether it’s WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, or any other will either hinder of help you write. Some of the new features include adding images, videos, subheadings, and horizontal lines will help spice up your posts as you write. Another neat feature is the post you’re working on will look exactly how it’s going to look on the dashboard. This will help you in you structure your posts. Tumblr says the update will roll out…
  • YouTube Now Using HTML5 For Default Video Player

    Joe Gullo
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    YouTube is now defaulting to the HTML5 player on the web. According to YouTube, they are also ending Flash embeds and Flash API. Anyone who is embedding videos form YouTube is enocuraged to use the <iframe></iframe> API. “The benefits of HTML5 extend beyond web browsers, and it’s now also used in smart TVs and other streaming devices,” Richard Leider, YouTube Engineering Manager, said. Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8, and beta verisons of Firefox use HTML5 for YouTube videos on default. The post YouTube Now Using HTML5 For Default Video Player appeared first on Joe…
  • Facebook Adds New Tool to Help Understand the Impact of Facebook Ads

    Joe Gullo
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    Facebook is adding a new tool to help advertisers understand the impact of their Facebook ads. Metrics for analyzing advertisements online are just as basic as there on other media like television and radio. Ads are tracked online through clicks. All this really tells us is that someone clicked on the ad. Conversion lift essentially creates a study for your ads. When creating a campaign, a randomized test group that sees the ad, and a control group, people that don’t see the ad, are created. The conversion data is shared with Facebook, who then determines “additional lift generated from…
 
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • Slack Adding Voice, Video, and Screen Sharing

    Kevin Wild
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Around the same time we started building Slack, another team began building their vision; a service specializing in voice, video and screen sharing that would allow people working remotely to work as if they were in the same room, and people in the same room to work better than ever.That team was Screenhero. And the more we got to know them, the more we liked the cut of their jib.I'm a huge fan of Slack (it's one of my must-have iPhone apps) and I can't wait to see how this new integration will work. Permalink
  • YouTube Drops Flash for HTML5 Video As Default

    Kevin Wild
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Five years ago when the iPad was introduced, tech analysts predicted the iPad would fail without Flash support. This is Reason #5 from an article titled: "5 Reasons The iPad Will Fail." "Around 90% of video you watch on the web is powered by Flash. Countless sites integrate Flash into their designs. No flash support means a lousy web experience. Yet another area where netbooks clearly outperform the iPad."Clearly Flash support wasn't enough to maintain the Netbook market and the iPad has been a huge success for Apple.Steve Jobs said it best when he talked about the future of…
  • One of The Best Films At Sundance Shot Using an iPhone 5S

    Kevin Wild
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Plenty of amateur films have been shot using iPhones, but by all reports, this is the first movie at the Sundance Film Festival to be shot almost entirely on an Apple device. It was a decision that indie writer and director Sean Baker made to accommodate the film’s small budget. But you’d never guess the camera, to look at it: Tangerine was shot in a widescreen, 2:35:1 aspect ratio, and its camera zooms through the streets of LA with a fluidity you’d never expect from a handheld device. And yet despite his camera of choice, Baker says the iPhone made for a good partner. "It…
  • Bad Assumptions

    Kevin Wild
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Ben Thompson on some incorrect assumptions about Apple:It’s difficult to overstate just how absurd this is, but here’s my best attempt: last quarter Apple’s revenue was downright decimated by the strengthening U.S. dollar; currency fluctuations reduced Apple’s revenue by 5% – a cool $3.73 billion dollars. That, though, is more than Google made in profit last quarter ($2.83 billion). Apple lost more money to currency fluctuations than Google makes in a quarter. And yet it’s Google that is feared, and Apple that is feared for.I think he makes a lot of good points and his post…
  • Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results

    Kevin Wild
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.9 percent compared to 37.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.The results were fueled by all-time record revenue from iPhone® and…
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    Vox - All

  • 9 questions about the Keystone XL pipeline debate you were too embarrassed to ask

    Brad Plumer
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    By now, most people have heard of the Keystone XL pipeline. It's the source of a bitter, endless fight in Washington, DC. But to many onlookers, it's not always obvious why there's so much fuss about a single infrastructure project. The basics are easy enough: The proposed pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada's oil sands down to Nebraska. Supporters argue that building it will create jobs and bolster the flow of crude from a friendly neighbor. Opponents say all that extra fossil fuel will exacerbate global warming. The Obama administration, which has final say…
  • Vox Sentences: China's cracking down on VPNs. That's a BFD.

    Dylan Matthews
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Welcome to Vox Sentences, our news bulletin breaking down the day's biggest stories. 1. An even greater firewall A person surfs the internet in a net cafe on January 21, 2008 in Chongqing Municipality, China. (China Photos/Getty Images) China has initiated a crackdown on the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), a technology widely used to evade the country's extensive internet censorship. [NYT / Andrew Jacobs] An official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology confirmed the crackdown to People's Daily, a government paper. [People's Daily] Over the past month or so, a…
  • Comcast's "asshole" problem

    Timothy B. Lee
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    After Ricardo Brown called Comcast to cancel his TV service, a Comcast employee updated Brown's account so that his next bill was addressed to "Asshole Brown." The story has, predictably, spread quickly across the internet. People are, predictably, outraged. Comcast is, predictably, very very sorry. On the one hand, it would be unfair to read too much into this single incident. Comcast is a big company with many employees. Sometimes an employee does something dumb. That doesn't mean that management approved of — or even knew about — the employee's actions. On the other hand, I think the…
  • And the internet, by Vox

    Lauren Katz
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    We plugged our Twitter account, @voxdotcom, into the poetry-generating website Poetweet and were so tickled with the results that we tried it on a bunch of other handles, too. Here is the outcome: Vox The New York Times BuzzFeed VICE ClickHole The Verge CNN The New Republic Fox News MSNBC SB Nation Want to turn your tweets into poetry? You, too, can type any Twitter handle into Poetweet, select a style of poetry, and watch the magic unfold.
  • First Fella? Watch Bill Clinton try to think of a term for a male presidential spouse.

    Andrew Prokop
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This week, former President Bill Clinton taped an interview for the Rachael Ray Show — and Ray caught him flat-footed with a hard-hitting question he clearly had no response to. "There is a possibility that you will return to the White House yet again," Ray said. "I really wanna know, what would you then be called? Would you be ‘First Fella?' Would you be 'Mr. and Mrs. Presidents?'" Clinton was unprepared, and began by answering an unrelated question, saying, "If the president is a man, you call the president's spouse the First Lady, so we'll have to cross this bridge if a gay couple…
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    10000Hacks

  • Whatsapp for Web is a Great Instant Messaging tool for Newsrooms But..

    jayadevanpk
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    If you are looking to use a secure instant messenger for your newsroom activities or talking to a very sensitive source, you should try Telegram or a messaging service that has encryption. Then there is Slack, which newsrooms can use to collaborate. One of the drawbacks of Slack that I’d pointed out earlier is that it’s not a great mobile experience. This is where Whatsapp for web which was launched earlier today kills it. For average newsroom chatter, Whatsapp has already become one of the most used tool. Whatsapp for desktop takes it to the next level. It’s fast, easy and…
  • Raghav Bahl’s Quintillion Media Wants to Build a WordPress Killer, Quintype

    jayadevanpk
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Last year, many Indian new media startups raised funding. And two big names in the industry– Shekhar Gupta of The Indian Express and Raghav Bahl, founder of Network 18– announced new ventures. Bahl launched Quintillion Media, a digital media company. His mobile first news service TheQuint has been written about. The lesser known product is Quintype. The company is calling it the digital publishing platform from the future. Amit Rathore, Ritu Kapur & Raghav Bahl From what we know, it is going to be a cloud based content management system. Their pitch? Digital publishing has…
  • Journalism Tip: Searching for Words & Phrases in a Data Dump

    jayadevanpk
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:28 pm
    I’ve written before about a few tech tools that journalists can use. Like Slack, which you can use in your newsroom to talk to each other. Or secure instant messengers for journalists.   Some of the best journalism colleges in India also teach a lot of new media tools. I recently came across a simple problem. Imagine you’ve just got a big dump of text that you need to search through for the occurrence of a particular word or phrase. Like the file that hackers dumped on the Internet containing a list of all files that are on Sony’s servers. Searching for a string in a…
  • Best Journalism & Mass Communication Colleges in India

    jayadevanpk
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    People often ask me which is the best journalism college in India? The top mass communication colleges in India? I’m an engineering graduate and I learned much of my journalism on the job.  So I didn’t go to journalism school, except to give a talk or two.  To most people, my advice is to study any subject of their liking and then apply to one of the companies that you want to work for. The best way to start is as an intern or a trainee reporter and work your way up. Much of your learning will happen at the press club over drinks, chai,  smoke breaks or in the newsroom when…
  • 2015 Ahoy!

    jayadevanpk
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Last year was amazing for me. After two years at NextBigWhat, I moved back to The Economic Times. The idea is to work on some good stories, some great stories and focus a lot on writing. I’ll try to break news, write features and hopefully pass a comment or two about the tech & internet scene in India. View image | gettyimages.com There are some very talented and highly accomplished journalists in the newsroom right now and I’m happy that I get to spend some time with them. I’ll also be working with a team that’s bringing out a brilliant web product for the…
 
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    Anastasia Bowden » My Blog

  • dontmakemeleaveunc

    Anastasia Bowden
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    I have an obsession with taking pictures, I’ll be honest about it.  I currently have 3,037 pictures on my phone, and I deleted hundreds over Christmas break.  I’ve actually deleted hundreds of pictures on multiple occasions but I keep taking more.  The first pictures on my phone are from sometime in the beginning of my junior year of high school…. five years ago.  These pictures aren’t perfectly composed or even closely resembling an image that would be seen in an art gallery, they’re just snapshots of, well, everything. Why do I have an excessive amount of…
  • Snapchat = news source?

    Anastasia Bowden
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:34 pm
    In between classes on Tuesday, I saw tweets about the new update for Snapchat that was really throwing everyone for a loop.  Snapchat had made a change, and I was eager to know what it was. During class, I was told that the change was Snapchat’s decision to add a Discover feature to the picture-sending platform that news sources could post tidbits of news for all viewers to see.  News sources ranging from CNN and Yahoo! News to Cosmo and ESPN are included with content created by each platform ranging from news stories to promoting shows on its network. Below is how Snapchat introduced…
  • RIP SkyMall

    Anastasia Bowden
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:36 pm
      Before you start reading this, you might need to sit down. Are you sitting now?  Good. SkyMall as we currently know it is about to be gone.  After 25 years of having its in-flight catalog full of unusual items for the viewing pleasure of airplane passengers, SkyMall’s parent firm filed for federal bankruptcy court protection due to a funding crisis.  The parent firm, Skymall LLC, is also seeking a court-supervised sale of their assets. So SkyMall isn’t technically dead, but it may be under new management soon. Before we start mourning this loss, let’s look at…
  • Anastasia and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    Anastasia Bowden
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Some days suck.  That’s just how it is.  Sometimes you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and it’s all downhill from there.  Maybe you have an overwhelming amount of homework, step in water while wearing socks, or get in a fight with your very best friend.  Maybe all of the above.  Regardless, some days just don’t go our way and all of a sudden, you’re in a terrible mood. Yesterday was one of those days for me. I’d consider myself a pretty happy person. Well, as long as I’m well-rested and fed, I’m a happy person.  I’ve already…
  • “Love your curls”

    Anastasia Bowden
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:12 pm
    While mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook timeline the other day, I stumbled upon a friend’s status update that shared the link to Dove Hair’s “Love Your Curls” commercial. I’ve shared the video below. At 2 minutes and 45 seconds, the video is much longer than a traditional, for television advertisement, but it is still—at its core—an advertisement. It doesn’t come out and say that Dove Hair products will make your hair shinier, your curls bouncier and your love for those curls grow. This being said, this heart-warming video is still attached to a brand: Dove. Aside from…
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