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  • Factchecking’s impact

    Columbia Journalism Review
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    Political factchecking has grown up over the course of the past three presidential elections. Launched in 2003, examined candidates’ claims during the 2004 campaign and was even incorrectly cited by Vice President Dick Cheney during a debate. The then-nascent analyzed more than 750 political statements throughout the 2008 cycle, garnering a Pulitzer Prize for its efforts. The genre...
  • McClatchy advertising dips sharply, reports $11.3 million loss for quarter

    Talking New Media
    D.B. Hebbard
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Newspaper company says advertising revenue fell 12 percent in Q1 of 2015, though digital advertising grew 3.1 percent The publisher of the Sacramento Bee, The McClatchy Company, today reported Q1 earnings and said advertising revenue fell 12 percent in the quarter. “Our revenues in the first quarter were impacted by the continued decline in print retail and national advertising, particularly among large advertisers. To help offset advertising trends, we are undertaking a number of initiatives that involve incremental expense at the start of the projects, but which should be more than…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: The Pricing Paradox of Information

    Jeff Jarvis
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    This chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts deals with a fundamental strategic question for the future of news: Why does the information business suck? Does it need to? Yes, it does. Here’s the start of the chapter. You can read the rest here. In Adam Smith’s paradox of value, he wondered why, if water is vital to life and diamonds are not, diamonds are worth so much more than water. The pricing paradox of information presents a similar quandary: If information is so much more valuable to society than entertainment, why is it so hard to build a business — namely,…
  • ABC's Stephanopoulos Confronts Clinton Cash Author About Missing Facts And Overstatements

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    From the April 26 edition of ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos:Previously: ABC News Finds More Errors In Schweizer's Clinton Cash Media Admit Schweizer Reporting Contains "No Smoking Gun" Clinton Cash Author Peter Schweizer's Long History Of Errors, Retractions, And Questionable Sourcing
  • The List

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    Reach out.Walk back.Slow-walk.Pushback.Call out.Hot mic.Hot take.
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    Columbia Journalism Review

  • Factchecking’s impact

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    Political factchecking has grown up over the course of the past three presidential elections. Launched in 2003, examined candidates’ claims during the 2004 campaign and was even incorrectly cited by Vice President Dick Cheney during a debate. The then-nascent analyzed more than 750 political statements throughout the 2008 cycle, garnering a Pulitzer Prize for its efforts. The genre...
  • Why Ohio's new 'Sunshine Audits' could be important

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    When a member of the public believes a state agency has violated a public-records law, who gets to be the referee? That question is at the core of a colorful political affair that recently unfolded in Ohio, one that pitted Republicans from different branches of state government against one another—and underscored the importance of programs that can resolve public-records disputes...
  • What we can learn from Judith Miller's rehab tour

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Judith Miller’s publicity campaign for her new book (The Story: A Reporter's Journey) which has taken her from the Wall Street Journal to numerous television interviews, has been an instructive and engaging media spectacle. She has shown characteristic passion and energy in attempting to defend her journalistic reputation after being pummeled during her final years at The New York Times...
  • The value of news

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    In March of 2011, The New York Times announced that it would start charging readers for digital content. The announcement came from the publisher of the Times, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., who wrote that the shift away from offering all the Times’ online content at no cost was “an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in...
  • Fear of screwing up

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    That could've been me. If you heard about the retracted Rolling Stone rape story, you might have thought that to yourself when you considered its now disgraced reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely. I know I did. Erdely screwed up. Big time. We can tell ourselves she was always a terrible journalist, but she's had a strong career. We can tell ourselves...
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    Talking New Media

  • McClatchy advertising dips sharply, reports $11.3 million loss for quarter

    D.B. Hebbard
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Newspaper company says advertising revenue fell 12 percent in Q1 of 2015, though digital advertising grew 3.1 percent The publisher of the Sacramento Bee, The McClatchy Company, today reported Q1 earnings and said advertising revenue fell 12 percent in the quarter. “Our revenues in the first quarter were impacted by the continued decline in print retail and national advertising, particularly among large advertisers. To help offset advertising trends, we are undertaking a number of initiatives that involve incremental expense at the start of the projects, but which should be more than…
  • First look: Verso Magazine, Casa BRUTUS

    TNM Staff
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    The post First look: Verso Magazine, Casa BRUTUS appeared first on Talking New Media.
  • Apple Watch App Store opens, discoverability issue will continue to dog media companies

    D.B. Hebbard
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Apple promotes only ten news apps, despite the best efforts of media companies to make sure their apps were ready for the launch of the Apple Watch App Store The Guardian and other newspapers who worked hard to make sure their apps all were updated to add Apple Watch support can’t be happy with the new App Store opened for the smartwatch. Discoverability, always a problem in the iPad and iPhone stores, especially in the Newsstand, is even worse in the new Apple Watch App Store. In the past, when Apple opened up its devices to third party apps, the number of apps launched were small.
  • TV Guide promotes its update that adds Apple Watch support

    TNM Staff
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    NEW YORK, NY – April 24, 2015 – TV Guide Digital today announced the launch of a TV Guide App for the Apple Watch. Providing an around-the-clock television companion, the new app brings users’ favorite TV Guide features to the Apple Watch, including access to their personalized Watchlist, an up-to-the-minute view of what’s trending, a look at what’s new on TV tonight, episode summaries, show alerts and more. TV Guide’s Apple Watch app focuses on the great time-based features already present in the existing mobile app, which has been downloaded more than 13 million times. “TV…
  • Meredith updates Apple Newsstand app for Fitness, converting into one for Shape

    D.B. Hebbard
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Older Newsstand app for Shape magazine is no longer in the App Store, while app for Fitness changes name and begins offering Shape with the May issue The Apple Watch officially launches today, not that you will find long lines at Apple Stores this time around. But more watch related app updates are sure to appear today because of the April 24 deadline. But one app update is certainly not Apple Watch related. Meredith last night issued an update for their Newsstand app for Fitness magazine, converting the app into one for Shape, the fitness title it acquired from American Media in January. The…
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  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: The Pricing Paradox of Information

    Jeff Jarvis
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:03 am
    This chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts deals with a fundamental strategic question for the future of news: Why does the information business suck? Does it need to? Yes, it does. Here’s the start of the chapter. You can read the rest here. In Adam Smith’s paradox of value, he wondered why, if water is vital to life and diamonds are not, diamonds are worth so much more than water. The pricing paradox of information presents a similar quandary: If information is so much more valuable to society than entertainment, why is it so hard to build a business — namely,…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Patronage

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    Another new, free chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts, this one on patronage as a means of support for news organizations. Snippet: These ideas bring us to the edge of patronage, philanthropy, and crowdfunding — from the pledge to an NPR station to the pledge for a journalist’s project on Kickstarter: Some people will support the journalism they want to exist. Their reward is not necessarily access. Our motivations could be many: generosity, altruism, activism, justice, credit, social capital, or just warm fuzzies. Journalists — including many of my students before I’ve had the…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Paywalls

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    Sorry. Haven’t uploaded a new chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts in two weeks. Busy, you know. So here’s the latest, on paywalls. Uh-oh. The start of it: There is no more emotion-laden topic, no fiercer battleground in the hunt for new business models for news than the discussion of paywalls. I have personally been taken to task in the once-august Columbia Journalism Review and by no less than The New York Times’ media critic, David Carr, to name only a few, for challenging the wisdom of the wall. The arguments in favor of paywalls are apparent: Readers used to pay for content…
  • Want to turn a beat into a business? We will train and support you. For free. Apply now!

    Jeff Jarvis
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    This is a big opportunity for anyone who wants to take a beat — covering a town or part of a city or covering a topic or serving a community — and make that into a sustainable business (that is, one that will feed the journalist). At CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center, we will be running tuition-free training and mentorship starting this summer for the 15 best applicants who come to us. There are now lots of examples of beat businesses that are sustainable: hyperlocal services like Baristanet, West Seattle Blog, Red Bank Green, plus business-to-business sites like Skift, and no end of…
  • It’s the relationship, stupid

    Jeff Jarvis
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    On Friday, I wrote a wishlist for what I’d like to see Facebook do for news, hoping it would allow publishers to embed content — with business model attached — on the service. Today, The New York Times reports that Facebook is talking with some publishers about serving their content directly. I have one bit of advice: Don’t do it without the data, people. It’s a damned fine idea to go to the readers rather than make them come to you — BuzzFeed does it; so does Vox; so does It’s wonderful to get more audience and branding on Facebook.
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • ABC's Stephanopoulos Confronts Clinton Cash Author About Missing Facts And Overstatements

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    From the April 26 edition of ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos:Previously: ABC News Finds More Errors In Schweizer's Clinton Cash Media Admit Schweizer Reporting Contains "No Smoking Gun" Clinton Cash Author Peter Schweizer's Long History Of Errors, Retractions, And Questionable Sourcing
  • Fox Clinton Cash Special Promotes Schweizer's Evidence-Free Conspiracies

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    Fox News' special based on discredited conservative journalist Peter Schweizer's book Clinton Cash dishonestly promoted several of the author's speculative attacks on Hillary Clinton. In the April 24 special, The Tangled Clinton Web, host Bret Baier gave Schweizer a platform to discuss a series of stories that fail to connect the dots between donations to the Clinton Foundation, speaking fees earned by former President Bill Clinton, and policies supported by the State Department…
  • Fox News Baselessly Blames Hillary Clinton For Uranium Deal

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Fox News baselessly suggested that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally approved a deal that eventually gave the Russian government ownership of U.S. uranium mines to benefit a Clinton Foundation donor. But Clinton reportedly had no personal involvement in the deal, which was approved by representatives of nine U.S. agencies after a rigorous review process. On the April 4 edition of Special Report, host Bret Baier previewed his upcoming hour-long special on discredited conservative author Peter Schweizer's forthcoming book Clinton Cash, in which he accuses Bill and Hillary…
  • White Men Will Now Host CNN And All Broadcast Sunday Morning Political Talk Shows

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    The appointment of CNN's Jake Tapper as the new host of State of the Union means that the program will join Sunday political talk shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox as being anchored by white men, highlighting the long-standing lack of diversity in Sunday morning political talk shows. CNN announced on April 24 that network host Jake Tapper would begin anchoring the network's Sunday political talk show State of the Union in June, taking over the temporary duties of Dana Bash after Candy Crowley left the program in December. Tapper's appointment to the position highlights the continued lack of…
  • NY Times Invents Former Clinton Foundation Ban On Foreign Donations

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    The New York Times is urging the Clinton Foundation to reinstitute a ban that never existed on accepting donations from foreign governments. The Times editorial board wrote on April 23 that now that Hillary Clinton is running for president, the international nonprofit "needs to reinstate the ban on donations from foreign governments for the rest of her campaign -- the same prohibition that was in place when she was in the Obama administration." Likewise, an April 23 Times news article stated that the Foundation recently "limited donations from foreign…
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  • The List

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    Reach out.Walk back.Slow-walk.Pushback.Call out.Hot mic.Hot take.
  • How to Be a Good Recruit/Tryout/Intern/Newbie

    30 May 2014 | 10:02 am
    Believe it or not, there is new content on The Slot! In How to Be a Good Newbie, I present 20 questions for anyone trying to get hired as a copy editor — or already hired and trying to make a good impression.A lot of these are questions you'll have to ask, but some of them you had better be able to figure out yourself.
  • A Couple of Interviews

    26 May 2014 | 7:51 am
    Nothing better to do? You could always see what I had to say to Grammarist and 2paragraphs. 
  • So Far

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Since August 2013, I've been doing a monthly chat on ICYMI, here's an archive:Oct. 7, 2014Have "vanished" and "disappeared" gone missing?Sept. 2, 2014[T]his [w]ill [n]ot [s]tand.July 1, 2014Is it "get off my lawn"? Get-off-my-lawn? Getoffmylawn?June 3, 2014About the the, if not The The.May 1, 2014The data is (are?) in on mistresses..April 1, 2014"Over" vs. "more than," and a little mojibake.March 4, 2014It's Grammar Day! We lay, and we lie.Feb. 4, 2014After Superb Owl Sunday, we tackle the singular "they."Jan. 7, 2014A capital idea about logo-philia.Dec. 3, 2013In which I…
  • Madness!

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:36 am
    Ben Zimmer's informative Visual Thesaurus post on the NCAA men's basketball tournament and its "brackets" and other lingo reminded me of the much less useful post of peeves I've had in mind for some time. If you're inferring that the subject makes me a bit crotchety because I simply don't like basketball, well, you may have a point. But I do pay attention to my alma mater's exploits in the tournament. The photo above is from the Arizona Daily Star -- that would be the riot that followed my Wildcats' one-point overtime defeat the other day. (And I'm not at all bitter that,…
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  • Felix Salmon’s report on the death of journalism as a career is greatly exaggerated

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

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    It’s that time of year again. I continue to be on the advisory board of the SXSW Pitch challenge and now its sister-challenge: The SXSW V2Venture pitch event. This is an opportunity to “showcase your emerging technology product or service in front of industry leaders… This event takes place on July 21 & 22 as a part of the SXSW V2V Event, during which you can improve your product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish your elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW V2V has to offer. The deadline to…
  • The vocabulary of TV news doesn’t translate to the web

    9 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Five months ago, I left Circa and joined AJ+. As I mentioned at the time, one of my interests was in TV news; more precisely, what TV news is when released from the constraints of television. I’m not the first to point out that TV news sucks. Like Jeff Jarvis, I don’t want to dwell on it. Instead, I want to write a series of posts to explore what can change — and how — about our understanding of TV news. But to figure out how we move forward, I will need to analyze (but hopefully not dwell on) what elements of TV news don’t translate to the Web. The sitcom moment that doesn’t…
  • I’ll say whatever I goddamned please.

    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

    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…
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    Journerdism | Will Sullivan's Stompin' ground for journalists and nerds.

  • New Pew Research shows growing need for smartphone-focused mobile-first strategies in government

    Will Sullivan
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    The following is another column I wrote for’s Mobile Trends on Tuesday helping agencies from federal to local municipal navigate technology: The Pew Research Center released a deep research dive into  “U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015” that provided three big ideas and data points for government agencies to consider when planning their digital strategies. More than 64 percent of American’s have smartphones; many of those are mobile-first or mobile-only Internet users. The report detailed that 6 in 10 American’s own a smartphone (64%), 2 in 10 American’s now access…
  • Big ideas and trends from Mobile World Congress

    Will Sullivan
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    The following is another column I wrote for’s Mobile Trends on Tuesday helping government agencies from federal to local municipal navigate technology: Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile infrastructure, software, hardware, product and app show, took place in Barcelona, Spain, and I attended for the fifth time. This year’s show shattered previous records with more than 93,000 attendees across all the areas that mobile touches. Here are a few notable trends and topics that I came away with and what government agencies should learn from them: Phone Sizes…
  • Audiences are moving to complete more time-consuming, complex tasks mobile devices

    Will Sullivan
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    As an expert in global and mobile trends working in the government and media space, I’ve been tapped to start writing for Mobile Trends on Tuesday for, a GSA website, webinar series, email list and more sharing best practices, training and resources for technologists across the government space (from federal agencies down to local municipalities). I’m really looking forward to getting back into writing and examining new areas of mobile. Sometimes I can get so focused on the really unique and difficult challenges our BBG audiences face that it is great to take a…
  • Building the Radio Sawa mobile app to reach youth in closed, censored Middle East markets

    Will Sullivan
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Today we’re starting the promotional campaign for a new Android and IOS apps for Radio Sawa, one of our broadcast networks focused on music and pop-culture in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It’s quite a unique experience and while building the product our technology, design and editorial teams were very focused on making a rich, mobile-first experience by doing less things better (rather than trying to throw everything and the kitchen sink in). The core product development and user experience values we focused on to achieve this were: Streaming radio on…
  • Thanks to my team for creating excellence, despite facing of absurd impossibilities.

    Will Sullivan
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:56 am
    Throughout my career working as a catalyst and digital change agent at legacy organizations, I’ve faced a lot of adversity, sometimes pure absurdity…  At one gig, I had to battle with the IT department for more than three months to get them to unblock search engines from crawling our sites. (I eventually won them over and we saw a 37 percent increase in traffic soon after the change.) At another job, when data journalism was exploding and becoming a fantastic new opportunity for more interactive, digital journalism and I ended up having many challenging discussions with the top…
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • ‘No-hands’ ad sales challenge legacy media

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ever since legacy publishers and broadcasters got serious about selling interactive advertising, they have struggled with how to do it.  Should veteran ad representatives be cross-trained to sell portfolios of traditional and digital advertising? This came to be known as the two-leg sales call. Should specially trained digital ad specialists accompany legacy reps on four-leg sales calls?  
  • How to capture fly-by digital visitors

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Now that most newspapers have been in the digital publishing business for the better part of two decades, it’s time for editors and publishers to pay attention to where their wired readers actually come from. And it’s not the front pages that editors lovingly tend on their websites and mobile apps.   While research over the years consistently shows that about a third of the visitors at the
  • So long again, Chicago Daily News

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    On March 4, 1978, the presses fell silent for the last time at the Chicago Daily News, an iconic and crusading newspaper that was unable to adapt to changing times. The following article, which originally appeared here in 2005, is reprinted as a reminder of what happens when a paper runs out of readers, revenues and ideas. "It's fun being the publisher when things are going well," squeaked
  • We’ll miss David Carr more than we know

    12 Feb 2015 | 11:10 pm
    With the rules of journalism and the media business evolving at Internet speed, David Carr was a savvy, centered and sensitive commentator who teased the facts from the frenzy with warmth, wit and faultless prose.  He departed the madcap media beat prematurely when he died tonight at the tender age of 58, collapsing in the newsroom of New York Times. I am sure he was in no hurry to leave his
  • Welcome to ‘Everyware’ computing

    12 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Our imaginative friends in the technology industry intend to make computing simpler and arguably more satisfying by making it more intuitive than ever. Here’s how:  They will saturate our environment with vast arrays of computers and Internet-enabled sensors that will put all but the most technologically isolated individuals in a crossfire of constant monitoring, constant profiling, constant
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    20 headlines from the reading list

  • A crowdsourced list of the top 50 cult movies

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:15 pm
    I’ve been thinking for some time now about movies I want to introduce my teenage and twenty-something daughters to — and we’ve already been through a bunch of great ones like Terminator, Blade Runner, Breakfast Club and Groundhog Day. But then I thought about some of the great lesser-known cult movies, the weird or bizarre or campy ones that I remember from my youth. So I asked my Twitter followers about their favorite cult films, and got some great responses (I also triggered a kind of Twitter war over whether quoting people’s tweets using the new embed feature is…
  • Obvious Always Wins

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It’s tempting to rely on menu controls in order to simplify mobile interface designs —especially on small screens. But hiding critical parts of an application behind these kinds of menus could negatively impact usage. Out of Sight, Out of Mind In an effort to simplify the visual design of the Polar app, we moved from a segmented control menu to a toggle menu. While the toggle menu looked “cleaner”, engagement plummeted following the change. The root cause? People were no longer moving between the major sections of the app as they were now hidden behind the toggle menu. A similar fate…
  • Marilyn Monroe Emerges from the Archives of Bert Stern

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Simply spectacular. The centerpiece of \"From the Archive of Bert Stern,\" a new exhibit at the Staley-Wise Gallery at 560 Broadway, are three dozen photographs of Marilyn Monroe. Many of the pictures have never before been publicly displayed. A trio of snaps from the famous 1962 Vogue magazine shoot known as “The Last Sitting” have orange marks drawn across them, an indication that Monroe did not want them used. In all cases, Monroe was obviously completely at ease with the late Stern, who passed away in 2013. The Staley-Wise Gallery first began working with Stern in 1982 and…
  • Cecily Strong Asks Media to do The Impossible

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    Cecily Strong’s performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was impressive. Not just because she opened by saying “It just feels right to have a woman follow President Obama, doesn’t it?” Her monologue was great because she asked the gathered media to do the impossible: Not discuss Hillary Clinton’s appearance during the election season. “Alright guys, this next part is a repeat-after-me, so I’m going to need your help here,” said Strong (14:55 mark). “I want all the media to put their hands up and swear something this…
  • Nick Broomfield Recalls the Power of Pat Kingsley

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Among the feature documentaries to premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was Brett Morgen‘s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Not so fortunate at the same event in 1998 was Nick Broomfield’s similar film Kurt and Courtney. As Broomfield explained during a Friday interview Friday with HuffPost Live’s Rick Camilleri, his presence on the festival jury that year was no match for another duo – Pat and Courtney: “It was great meeting Kurt’s friends and stuff [while making the documentary] but I remember MTV [was] involved and they stopped being involved because…
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • Career Beat: Jake Tapper to anchor ‘State of the Union’

    Benjamin Mullin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:45 am
    Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Jake Tapper will anchor CNN’s “State of the Union.” He is chief Washington correspondent there. (CNN) Elbert Tucker will be news director at WISH in Indianapolis. He has been news director at WBNS in Columbus, Ohio. (Rick Gevers) Ed Henry will cover Hillary Clinton for Fox News. He is chief White House correspondent there. (Politico) Craig Silverman is editor of BuzzFeed Canada. He is the founder of Emergent. (Poynter) Jamie Horowitz has been named president of Fox Sports National Networks. Previously,…
  • Resources for journalists reporting on the earthquake in Nepal

    Al Tompkins
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    A man walks past damage caused by an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha) Journalists who are looking for information, images and video of the Nepal earthquake can mine these: -Gramfeed: Gramfeed mines Instagram for GPS located photos in Nepal. This will become a rich source of images over the next few days. -Google India: Google…
  • Rumor tracker Emergent has ceased updating

    Benjamin Mullin
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Emergent, the real-time rumor tracker founded by Poynter adjunct faculty member Craig Silverman, has gone dormant since its creator joined at BuzzFeed. In an interview with Poynter, Silverman said he ceased updating Emergent after he began his new job as editor of BuzzFeed Canada. The site, which sprung from Silverman’s fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, has been at a standstill for about two weeks, Silverman said. In his new role, Silverman will oversee the six-person team at BuzzFeed Canada, which will include a political editor and a social news editor, among…
  • McClatchy’s stock continues to take a pummeling

    Rick Edmonds
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    McClatchy reported a first quarter net operating loss of $11.3 million and more deep declines in print advertising today as its stock continues to takes a pummeling. McClatchy shares have been trading between $1.50 and $1.60 the last several days. That is about half where they were at the start of 2015, and they have lost roughly three-quarters since this time a year ago. Wall Street values the company at a market capitalization of $135 million,  That’s less than $5 million per paper in a collection of 29 titles in 28 cities including the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star and Charlotte…
  • Alexis Madrigal named EIC at Fusion

    Benjamin Mullin
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    Capital New York Alexis Madrigal, who decamped from to join Fusion months ago, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the millennial-focused news organization. Jane Spencer, formerly editor-in-chief of digital there, will be senior vice president of emerging platforms, according to a memo from Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. News of the leadership change was reported first by Capital New York. Before coming to Fusion, Madrigal was deputy editor at In the last year, the news outlet has lured several prominent journalists, including Madrigal, New York’s Kevin Roose,…
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    Media Disruptus

  • The futures of journalism (science-fiction edition)

    Steve Outing
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    What does the future hold for journalism and the news business? Will there be journalists in space? Will journalist-hackers roam the wilds of future internets? Will the world even need news professionals in a future of ubiquitous shared data and artificial intelligence? Reading or viewing science fiction offers some (conjectural) answers to those questions and...
  • Science fiction suggests some futures for news and media-tech

    Steve Outing
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The best creators of science-fiction are great at conjuring up entertaining and sometimes plausible futures. Indeed, the best of them have envisioned future technologies that eventually became reality. (The classic example: Star Trek’s Communicator. Many years later, Communicator-like mobile flip phones became mainstream.) Occasionally, science-fiction writers, authors, script writers, TV producers, and film directors have...
  • Storytelling at the scene of the (insert news event here)

    Steve Outing
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    I’m always on the lookout for innovative digital tools for news storytelling, so the recently released smartphone app Detours caught my eye. It’s not designed for news, but rather for location-specific guided walking tours; users pay for and play an audio- and GPS-based guided tour of an offbeat or tourist area, listening on earbuds or...
  • Live events: Best of current ideas for better funding journalism

    Steve Outing
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:23 pm
    As an industry, news has yet to find any ideal revenue streams sufficient for the digital age. As I wrote last fall when I opened an online brainstorming session for innovative new news business models: Are there solutions to this dilemma of how news coverage will be funded in the future? Let’s hope so, since...
  • 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...
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  • Bookmarks for April 19, 2015

    Julie Starr
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Some of the more interesting things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the past few days. gets a makeover  Well now, the new-look is looking pretty this morning. Students recreate Gallipoli in Minecraft for Anzac Day | Te Waha Nui Auckland students are bridging the generation gap for this year’s Anzac Centenary by recreating Gallipoli in popular video game Minecraft. Shifting surveys: OMG’s Scott Keddie on what the new radio survey might look like :: StopPress Shifting surveys: OMG’s Scott Keddie on what New Zealand’s new radio…
  • A few days left to apply for NZ Open Government advisory role

    Julie Starr
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    If you care about open government, work at a fairly high level and are tapped into a strong New Zealand community, you might want to put your hand up for a new advisory role over at the State Services Commission (SSC). The new stakeholder advisory group will oversee New Zealand’s commitments as a member of the Open Government Partnership – 65 member countries “committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens”. New Zealand joined the partnership in 2014 and has submitted an Action Plan for 2014-16. The advisory group will  monitor…
  • Official New Zealand statistics due for release in April 2015

    Julie Starr
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    You can expect to see the following official statistics released by Statistics New Zealand in the month of April 2015. You’ll find these details on the Stats NZ Release Calendar – which is updated with links to the reports as they’re released. You can also subscribe to statistics releases by email. Already released   1 Apr 15 Recorded crime statistics: 2014 calendar year – tables 1 Apr 15 2013 Census Commuter View – interactive visualisation 2 Apr 15 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Supply Survey: 2014 8 Apr 15 Screen Industry: 2013/14 9 Apr 15 Dwelling…
  • ‘Users convert to digital subscribers at a rate of ~1 per cent’

    Julie Starr
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Some useful details about the workings of paywalls in excerpts from Jeff Jarvis’s book Geeks Bearing Gifts published on Medium. 1. If you can expect to convert people from user to digital subscriber at a rate of around 1 per cent, then you need a lot of users to begin with. Martin Nisenholtz, the business executive who started, has told my classes that giving away Times content online was not an original sin but a foundational necessity, for The Times needed to compete with other new players and to build market share. In fact, being free allowed The Times to become a truly…
  • Nice clarity of thought on value of Economist to readers

    Julie Starr
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:03 pm
    The Economist’s Tom Standage spoke to Joseph Lichterman at Nieman Lab recently about: The Economist’s Tom Standage on digital strategy and the limits of a model based on advertising I was struck by the clarity of purpose expressed in these paragraphs: We sell the antidote to information overload — we sell a finite, finishable, very tightly curated bundle of content. And we did that initially as a weekly print product. Then it turns out you can take that same content and deliver it through an app. The “you’ve got to the end and now you’ve got permission to go do something…
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  • FiveStars Links Growth to Big Data Analytics; Projects 8,000 + SMB Customers by Year-End

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    FiveStars, the well-funded SMB loyalty company that competes against Belly, SpotOn and others, is projecting it will grow its merchant base to 8,000-9,000 businesses by year-end, up from its current base of 6,000 customers. Customers who subscribe to FiveStars premium service pay as much as $200 a month. The San Francisco-based company has received over $45 million in funding. Growth Manager Brian Lee, in a Webinar discussion with Radius Product Manager John Hurley, said the company is now positioned for rapid growth. Radius’ big data analytics helps it better understand its sales prospects…
  • MyTime to Compete for Scheduling, SMB Services

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    We’ve long seen scheduling as a possible anchor for SMB marketing services (coupons, leads, promotions, analytics, upsells et al). Obviously, we are not alone. More than 75 players are positioning themselves to lead the way in scheduling, including MindBody, Booker, Intuit, ReachLocal, Yodle, Square, GenBook, Agendize, Schedulicity, Moon Valley Software, MaxiPage, Hakema and others. An alternative approach to the space has been taken by PingUp, a new player that just launched this week, and three- year- old MyTime. Both players have focused primarily on searching, aggregating and confirming…
  • Pingup’s Mark Slater: Why ‘Task Completion’ Scheduling is Key for LODE

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    More than 75 companies are now providing scheduling solutions, resulting in a super fragmented marketplace where no single company has even five percent of the existing market. One by-product of the glut: the need for a one stop, API-driven product that can confirm bookings across the different platforms. MyTime, which has been developed by Red Beacon founder Ethan Anderson, is one aggregator. Another is Avalon Ventures-funded Pingup, which has been in development for two years and just announced a deal with CityGrid Networks’ Citysearch and InsiderPages to embed task completion on…
  • The Chairman’s Session at BIA/Kelsey: The Top 4 Things to Know

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Video is now available for purchase from the third and most evolved edition of BIA/Kelsey NATIONAL, which took place March 25-27 in Dallas. At the show, we saw that industry leaders were in general agreement that major progress has been made among all the stakeholders in “national marketing, local targeting.” Many speed bumps, however, are still being felt along the way. Key stakeholders, including agencies, media companies, franchises and local franchisees are, by necessity, transforming their identifies as they adjust to the new digital (and mobile) marketplace. During our Chairman’s…
  • Groupon Re-thinks its Ambitious SMB Platform

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Groupon is apparently thinking hard about dismantling its ambitious SMB platform, and refocusing on its core strengths in daily deals, goods and travel. Reports have come out saying that Groupon is offering to sell its Breadcrumb POS platform, which had been rebranded as Gnome; and also sell its interest in Serviz, a Local On Demand Economy home services company that has been developed as ClubLocal by former ReachLocal CEO Zorik Gordon. Groupon has also been in talks to cash in on T-Mon, the South Korean ecommerce service that it bought last year from Living Social for $260 Million, but could…
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  • Bluffton Today, ten years later

    3 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    This week marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of Bluffton Today, a hyperlocal newspaper whose evolution reflects many of the major forces operating on journalism in this country.
  • Two decades into the "big digital hugeness"

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    The Star Tribune in Minneapolis is moving to an office tower down the street. In the process, staff archaeologists unearthed a video of the 1995 unveiling of Star Tribune Online to the staff. Jamie Hutt posted it on YouTube. It's an hour long, which is more of watching myself than I can stand, but Adrian Holovaty made it through and pointed me to this:
  • Responding to mobile trends

    2 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A couple of recent (re)launches that address the continuing growth of mobile Internet usage: Business in Savannah got a shiny new responsive design last month. Chris White wrote about it. The BiS brand is used for the daily business coverage of the Savannah Morning News as well as a separate monthly business magazine.
  • Something to think about on Labor Day

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    What happens when your job is automated out of existence? "Knowledge workers" have imagined themselves immune, but machine learning changes everything. It is great that technology lifts the yoke of labor from humanity. It's not so great when humanity is left with nothing. In our economic system, the benefits of such change do not accrue to the freed labor. We may need to rethink that.
  • Traditional American values

    4 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    It is the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the United States, a day when we dress up in red/white/blue outfits, eat hot dogs and barbecue, and set off small explosives. It also is a day for pontificating about what it is to be an American. We don't really need a special day for that, as we now are in a state of continuous political campaigning and under a barrage of propaganda from our "deregulated" broadcasting industry.
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  • Universidad a tu medida: Tips para decidir en qué Universidad estudiar.

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Una de las decisiones más importantes en tu vida es elegir tu carrera universitaria, pero generalmente llegamos a un punto en donde se nos a pasado la decisión de ¿en qué Universidad estudiar? Elegir Universidad no significa escoger la más cara o la más barata, ninguno de estos factores determina lo “buena que es”. Depende totalmente de lo que estás buscando con el hecho de “terminar una carrera universitaria” después de haber terminado tu preparatoria en linea del IPN. Para empezar, la Universidad es ese lugar en donde estarás los siguientes 4 u 7 años de tu vida…
  • ¿Cómo limpiar nuestra agua?

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Diez Simples maneras en que  puedes ayudar a reducir la contaminación y el escurrimiento. Las actividades cotidianas del hogar contribuyen a la contaminación del agua. Cuando llueve, hechas fertilizante al césped, el aceite que tira el auto, pintura y solventes de residuos de las paredes y las cubiertas, desechos de las mascotas, desechos en vertederos o cerca de lagos, ríos y arroyos. Ríos y arroyos que dependemos para suministrarnos de agua potable, canotaje, natación y pesca. También, el manejo incorrecto de materiales alrededor de la casa puede conducir a la contaminación.
  • ¿Cómo tener un mejor cerebro? Aprender otro idioma

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Hay una cierta sensación de hundimiento que se obtiene cuando se piensa en la cosa perfecta para decir un momento demasiado tarde. Tal vez una palabra de despedida ingenioso podría haber hecho toda la diferencia. No hay una palabra en Inglés para expresar este sentimiento, pero los franceses tienen el término l’esprit de l’escalier-traducido, “ingenio escalera” -para este mismo fenómeno. Tampoco hay una palabra en inglés para describir los atracones que sigue a un golpe emocional, pero los alemanes tienen kummerspeck — “dolor-tocino” — para hacer…
  • ¿Qué es el servicio social?

    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    El servicio social uno de los requisitos para poder titularnos, esta es una actividad extra escolar, en la cual debemos prestar nuestros servicios a una empresa en alguna de sus áreas que tenga relación con los temas vistos durante nuestra carrera. Este nos ayuda a darnos una mas clara idea de a lo que nos enfrentaremos cuando terminemos la universidad. Para poder realizarlo se pide un mínimo de créditos de la carrera, es decir que debemos de haber cursado en la mayoría de la veces más de la mitad de la carrera, en promedio son 6 meses o mas dependiendo del numero de horas que…
  • La prevención de la obesidad infantil: Consejos para padres y cuidadores

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Obesidad infantil El equilibrio es clave para ayudar a su hijo a mantener un peso saludable. Equilibrar las calorías que su hijo come y bebe con las calorías utilizadas a través de la actividad física y el crecimiento normal. Niños y adolescentes con sobrepeso y obesos deben reducir la tasa de aumento de peso al tiempo que permite un crecimiento y desarrollo normales. No ponga a su hijo en una dieta de reducción de peso sin consultar a su proveedor de atención médica. Equilibrar calorías: Ayude a los niños a desarrollar hábitos alimenticios saludables Ofrezca a sus hijos comidas y…
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    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project

  • Methodology: From Twitter to Instagram, a different #Ferguson conversation

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Click here to see the report. This analysis of the social media discussions surrounding the events in Ferguson, Mo., was done using two different research methods. The analysis of Twitter combined Pew Research’s content analysis rules with computer coding software developed by Crimson Hexagon (CH). The analysis of Instagram used human coding. The time period examined for […]
  • Methodology: How Crimson Hexagon Works

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    To arrive at the results regarding the tone or frame of discussion on social media, and specifically Twitter, Pew Research often uses computer coding software provided by Crimson Hexagon. That software is able to analyze the textual content from all publicly available posts on Twitter. Crimson Hexagon (CH) classifies online content by identifying statistical patterns […]
  • Facebook and Twitter—New but Limited Parts of the Local News System

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    As the three city surveys reveal, small segments of residents in each have added social media to the variety of ways they keep up with local news. In this section of the study, we turned from asking city residents where they get the news to closely examining social media itself. Specifically, we focused on Facebook […]
  • Digital Differences Across Local Communities

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Digital technology plays a role in the news environments of all three metropolitan areas studied, though not an equal one. A number of factors, including internet access, demographics and the news offerings that are available play a part in the development of digital news habits. Denver: A Digitally Enabled City Two of the most fundamental […]
  • Appendix: Descriptions of the Week’s Major Storylines for Each City

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    While conducting detailed analysis of the local news for each of the three cities, Pew Research also tracked the major issues that were covered during the weeks examined. In both Denver (June 16-20, 2014) and Macon (June 9-13, 2014), no specific themes dominated the news agenda. In particular, no single storyline accounted for more than […]
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  • Social Scoreboard: Thursday, April 23

    Karen Fratti
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Last night, McDreamy’s death drove 620,000 tweets around Grey’s Anatomy, putting it in the top slot, according to Nielsen Social ratings. They stuck around for Scandal, too, which had 209,000 tweets seen by 3,263,000 people. The Vampire Diaries, Lip Sync Battle, and WWE Smackdown! rounded out the TGIT evening.
  • Millions of TGIT Fans Mourn McDreamy on Twitter

    Karen Fratti
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Patrick Dempsey had time left on his contract, so fans were not expecting Shonda Rhimes to pull the plug on him last night. For those of you that don’t know, he plays Derek Shepard on Grey’s Anatomy, and has been the main love interest for all eleven season. For the past two weeks, he’s been missing in one of the most excruciating narrative arcs ever. And there have been some tough ones on a show known for its implausible amount of tragedy. Last night, he gets hit by a semi in one of the first episodes written by Shonda herself in a long time. According to Nielsen Social,…
  • Tracking TV Ads For Mobile Apps

    Karen Fratti
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Today, AppsFlyer announced a new tool to measure and attribute television advertisements for mobile app campaigns. The new tool tracks installs in a geographic area after an ad runs, and then generates post-install analytics so app creators and marketers can track their returns. But does this mean we are going to start seeing more more ads for apps? Do apps need advertisements? Apparently, yes. Beta-tester Shenaly Amin, UK country manager of Leo Vegas, which is an award-winning developer of real-money mobile casino games, says that: Traditionally, we had struggled with the challenge of…
  • Kimmel and HBO Lead This Week’s Top 5 Viral TV Clips

    Adam Flomenbaum
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this week’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery and messaging platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category. For background on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content: Both Kimmel and HBO had two appearances each in this week’s top 5. Kimmel had John Stamos on the show for a viral announcement. The Internet was buzzing after he announced the Full House resurrection that had been in high demand for so long. Of course, the 13 episodes will air on…
  • fuboTV Has Become the TV Everywhere Solution for Soccer Fans Living Abroad

    Adam Flomenbaum
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    There is no fan base that continues to follow its favorite teams abroad like soccer fans do. Until recently, though, it has been difficult to find networks that air games across a number of top leagues and tournaments, which has forced fans to search for low quality internet streams. Enter fuboTV, which, for $6.99 per month, gives soccer fans access to matches from La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Primeira Liga across desktop, mobile phone, Roku, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV. fuboTV has impressively secured deals with seven networks and clubs: beIN Sports, GolTV, BenficaTV, SportTV,…
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  • Decorated And Admired Picture Editor Mark J. Edelson, 64

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Mark J. Edelson, the multimedia director for The Palm Beach Post who was one of the most decorated and respected picture editors in the profession's history, died Thursday evening after a hard-fought, two-year battle with three different types of cancer. He was 64.
  • SPJ Honors Osterreicher, Dalglish For Exceptional Service To Journalism

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to honor Mickey H. Osterreicher and Lucy Dalglish as Fellows of the Society. It is the highest honor given by the Society and is awarded for extraordinary contribution to the profession.
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Daniel Berehulak, Win Pulitzer Prizes For Photography

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    Two enormous stories that last year captured the world's attention and firmly held it for months – the racial violence in Ferguson, MO, that followed the killing of teenager Michael Brown, and the deadly Ebola pandemic that ravaged Liberia and parts of Africa – today also captured photojournalism's top honors in the 99th annual Pulitzer Prizes.
  • Legendary TV Photojournalist Darrell Barton, 73

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    Renowned television news photographer Darrell Barton, 73, died this morning in hospice in Oklahoma City following a brief illness.
  • Best Of Photojournalism Television Contest Announces POY Finalists, Winners

    7 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Judges have finished picking the Finalists for NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Television Photography and Editing contests' top annual honors, as well as winners in the individual Television Photography and Television Editing categories.
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  • Audio copyright: Audioboom vs Soundcloud (Audioboom wins)

    Paul Bradshaw
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    Earlier this week Nieman Labs reported on audio hosting service SoundCloud‘s ‘guilty until proven innocent’ approach to content containing copyrighted material: “If your content contains any copyrighted material to which you haven’t secured the rights — even if you have a valid fair use claim — SoundCloud may take it down at any time.” The story came from a podcast hosted – you guessed it – on SoundCloud (also embedded below). It suggested that even if you are adhering to local laws, laws in other countries may trump those. An appeal under…
  • Is this the new swingometer? Network analysis given the broadcast journalism treatment (VIDEO)

    Paul Bradshaw
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    The BBC current affairs programme Newsnight delved into network analysis this week. Network analysis generally involves generating diagrams which show clusters of relationships between people: a particularly powerful way of showing everything from power relationships to echo chambers and which people dominate or bridge particular groups of people. The results tend to look like this: This network diagram shows how pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian networks cluster online [source]It’s not a new thing in journalism: Channel 4 did it with Who Knows Who… Channel 4’s Who Knows Who…
  • VIDEO: Surveillance and the ‘1984 Generation’

    Paul Bradshaw
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    Online video project newsPeeks have put together a documentary on surveillance. I really enjoyed it, so I’m sharing it here. Not only is the content great (newsPeeks were live at the Logan Symposium on the topic late last year so got some great contacts), but the production is a great example of online-native video (disclosure: I’m an unpaid advisor). In addition to the video above you can watch a couple more that the team produced earlier this year on whistleblowing, hacking, and NSA surveillance specifically embedded below. Filed under: online journalism, online video, video…
  • Join an election hackday at the BBC in Birmingham, Monday April 27

    Paul Bradshaw
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:29 am
    I’m organising an election hackday at the BBC in Birmingham on Monday April 27. The event will involve journalists from the BBC and other news websites in the Midlands – but more importantly it’s open to anyone who wants to get stuck into data related to the key issues this election. If you want to sign up to take part you can do so here. That page also includes details on times and location. Some more details: We’ll be particularly looking at issues affecting young people, and those affecting female voters. But immigration, welfare and employment, the NHS, the…
  • MPs’ CVs now available in the Democracy Club App

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The developers group Democracy Club have created an app which collects the CVs of candidates standing in the general election. Democracy Club CVs is intended to help constituents get access to information on their candidates’ experience and background. Users can also use the site to ask candidates for their CVs by sending an email or tweeting them. The project was originally the idea of computer programmer and Freedom of Information activist Julian Todd. The app was developed last February by Francis Irving, one of the team at Democracy Club and a founder of web scraping site…
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  • Student Paper Blasts Cal State Fullerton Over Transparency

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Editorial BoardApril 24, 2015Daily TitanIn a front-page editorial Thursday, the Daily Titan of Cal State Fullerton blasts the administration for "a shameful track record of delaying and denying inquiries from Daily Titan reporters" Strategic Communications, the department that oversees media relations, has kept the university so tight-lipped that a great deal of information important to the interests of the CSUF’s students, faculty, staff and parents has gone unpublished. CSUF media relations officials block the Daily Titan’s access to administrators and require reporters to submit all…
  • Why the PR Industry is Sucking Up Pulitzer Winners

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Jim TankersleyApril 24, 2015The Washington PostThe number of news reporters in the Washington, D.C., area nearly doubled over the last decade, from 1,450 to 2,760. In Los Angeles it grew by 20 percent. In New York City, it basically stayed flat. Outside of those cities, in that same timeframe, one out of every four reporting jobs vanished – 12,000 jobs in total, according to the Labor Department. Meanwhile, in the parts of the country that aren’t Washington or New York or L.A., nearly 20,000 new jobs sprung up in public relations, a 13 percent increase. These are signs of the collapse of…
  • Washington Post Guild to Publisher: Give Us a Fair Contract!

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Janelle HartmanApril 23, 2015NewsGuild-CWA With rallies, news releases, three “Colleagues Speak Out” videos and a petition signed by nearly 500 Guild members and other Washington Post employees, the Post unit of the Washington-Baltimore Guild is turning up the heat on owner Jeff Bezos and his management team as workers fight for a fair contract with wage increases and a secure pension. At lunchtime Thursday, after gathering outside the Post building to read some of the names on the petitions, a group of about 25 staffers marched inside the Post's Washington, D.C., headquarters and…
  • Buffalo Guild's Adam Zyglis on Pulitzer, Work and Fairness

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    StaffApril 23, 2015Buffalo Newspaper GuildHats off to the Buffalo Newspaper Guild and member Adam Zyglis, the Buffalo News editorial cartoonist who, so deservedly, just won the Pulitzer Prize. The local has produced a 4-minute video featuring Adam as he talks about his work and the fight for a fair contract with raises -- which he and his colleagues haven't seen for more than five years. "It definitely sends an indirect message to the newsroom that we don't value you as much as you should," Zyglis said of The News' five-year wage freeze. "For The Buffalo News brand and for the morale of the…
  • Ear at Door, AP Reporter Reveals Secret Florida House Meeting

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    James L RosicaApril 22, 2015The Tampa TribuneAP reporter and Guild member Gary Fineout wasn't taking "no" for an answer Tuesday, when members of the Florida House Republican caucus held a private meeting Tuesday without public or press access, and some wouldn’t even confirm the nature of what would be discussed. Fineout planted his ear against the closed door of the meeting room and occasionally called out snippets of conversation he could overhear to a band of other reporters hovering in the hallway. The conversation inside confirmed the meeting was about the current health care funding…
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  • Disposable tampons aren't sustainable, but do women want to talk about it?

    Rosie Spinks
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:49 am
    Messaging and lack of disclosure of information from major feminine hygiene product brands might be holding women back from purchasing reusable optionsHalf the population deals with it on a monthly basis, but frank discussions about what menstruation does to women’s bodies, moods and abilities is not encouraged by society - just ask tennis player Heather Watson or artist Rupi Kaur. Many critics say that this cultural taboo has, at least in part, helped the disposable feminine hygiene industry thrive. Single use tampons and pads became available in much of the developed world in the first…
  • Britain’s Got Talent hits series high with nearly 10.5m viewers

    Mark Sweney
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:34 am
    Third episode of Simon Cowell’s ITV series is highest-rating entertainment show of the year so far, with a peak of 11.9 millionBritain’s Got Talent drew more than 10 million viewers for the third week in a row, making it the highest-rating entertainment show of the year and ITV’s best rated programme.Saturday night’s show, which included a dog that can hypnotise people and a hula-hoop specialist, attracted an average audience of 10.46 million viewers. Continue reading...
  • Dangerous, isolated and primed for war? North Korean clichés debunked

    Hazel Smith
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    The cartoon caricature of the country glosses over recent developments in society. Yes it’s repressive and idiosyncratic, but not uniquely so argues Hazel SmithGlobal media remain fascinated with North Korea’s supposed weirdness. Yet on the face of it, the North Korean government is neither uniquely authoritarian nor the population uniquely economically badly off. From Laos to Turkmenistan in Asia; Equatorial Guinea to Zimbabwe in Africa; and Syria to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, political dissent is brutally suppressed and freedom still to be won elsewhere, too. Related: Do North…
  • BBC's Poldark finale attracts 5.9 million viewers

    Mark Sweney
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:02 am
    Conclusion of eight-part period drama starring Aidan Turner easily beats competition on ITVBBC1’s Poldark finished on a high on Sunday night as 5.9 million viewers tuned in to the watch the first season finale of the hit period drama.The final episode of the eight-part Poldark, which stars a smouldering Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark, attracted almost 500,000 more viewers than tuned into the penultimate episode. Continue reading...
  • YouTube star Stampy mixes Minecraft and education in Wonder Quest show

    Stuart Dredge
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
    Joseph Garrett’s feline alter-ego is a superstar for kids, but he’s happily under the radar for adults: ‘Mainstream approval is something I’m not interested in’Joseph Garrett isn’t famous. He’s a gamer and video producer in his mid twenties, who leads a quiet life well away from the tabloid spotlight.His alter-ego, though, is a superstar. Albeit one more likely to be spotted falling off a physically-impossible tower of beds in Minecraft than papped falling out of a nightclub. Related: Minecraft YouTube videos were watched 3.9bn times in March Related: Little Baby Bum: how UK…
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  • Who was the first great Shakespearean actress?

    Hannah Paget
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    When women first appeared on the English stage, in 1660, Shakespeare’s reputation was at a relatively low ebb. Many of the plays which provide his best female roles, especially the romantic comedies but also including for instance Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Coriolanus, and The Winter’s Tale, had fallen into disfavour. In the years that followed, other plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, and Macbeth, were acted only in radically adapted texts which distorted the female roles. Moreover, evidence is scarce; theatre criticism was slow…
  • Dogs in digital cinema

    Alex Beaumont
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Performances by dogs are a persistent feature of contemporary cinema. In recent years, audiences have been offered a wide range of canine performances by a variety of breeds, including Mason the collie in the remake of Lassie, Jonah the labrador retriever in Marley & Me, the akita in Hachi: A Dog’s Story, the dogo argentino in Bombón: El Perro, Uggie the Jack Russell terrier in The Artist, and numerous others. However, a number of recent films aimed at children present performances by dogs in which a new phenomenon is visible. Films such as Cats & Dogs (and its sequel), Underdog,…
  • From news journalism to academic publishing

    21 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    “I think I’ve just got an exclusive interview with the new Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester.” These were the words I told my editor after a couple of years in the newspaper game. He was obviously pleased. This is the kind of thing editors constantly want from reporters: an ability to dig out a story or to see something not everyone else will spot. It’s a cliché and can be applied to a whole range of careers, but in a way, a newspaper is only as good as its journalists. So I guess now you might be thinking where this fits in with Oxford University Press. It…
  • Is privacy dead?

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    In the 1960s British comedy radio show, Beyond Our Ken, an old codger would, in answer to various questions, wheel out his catchphrase—in a weary, tremulous groan—‘Thirty Five Years!’ I was reminded of this today when I realized that it is exactly 35 years ago that my first book on privacy was published. And how the world has changed since then! In 1980, personal computers were still in their infancy, and the Internet did not exist. There were, of course, genuine concerns about threats to our privacy, but, looking back at my book of that year, they mostly revolved around telephone…
  • Country music and the press

    Raquel Fernandes
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    At least a decade prior to the recording of the first “hillbilly” records in the 1920s, journalists were writing about rural music-making in the United States, often treating the music heard at barn dances, quilting bees, and other rural social events as curious markers of local color. Since the emergence of country music as a recorded popular music in the 1920s, though, the press’s fascination with the genre has not waned. Writers for mainstream national publications, music trade publications, and fan magazines alike have not only documented the genre’s rich history in the United…
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Greek government reshuffles negotiating team after eurogroup clashes - live updates

    Graeme Wearden
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    All the latest economic and financial news, including developments around Greece’s increasingly fraught bailout talksLatest: Greece reshuffles negotiating teamGreek opposition call for Yanis Varoufakis to quit......but insiders say he still has Tsipras’s supportIntroduction: Another week of Greek drama aheadFT: Varoufakis being sidelinedGreek bonds weaken after Eurogroup deadlock 12.04pm BST With or without Yanis at the wheel, it will be hard for Greece’s government to agree a reform programme that is acceptable to both its lenders and its own left-wing MPs.#Greece Τsakalotos taking…
  • Election 2015: Miliband pledges 200,000 new homes a year – live

    Andrew Sparrow and Claire Phipps
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    Latest updates as the parties head into the last 10 days of the campaign, as Labour unveils plans to scrap stamp duty for first-time buyers and 5,000 small business owners come out for CameronCameron speech: passion for business pumps him upInteractive: what are the parties offering you?Nicola Sturgeon’s Today interview - Summary and analysisCameron’s speech - Summary and analysisNorthern Ireland’s DUP health minister resigns after anti-gay commentsCatch up with our essential morning briefing 9.03pm AEST In his Q&A Ed Miliband is now talking about the DUP warning about the…
  • The business leadership lessons that come with cancer

    Lain Hensley
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Cancer taught Lain Hensley an important lesson: sometimes a business leader must let go and let others to carry the burdenI was on my way to catch a 7am flight to Milwaukee, where I was scheduled to make a speech about leadership and life, when I felt a strange lump on the right side of my throat. I immediately knew that something was wrong.An examination and two biopsies later, my wife and I learned that the lump was cancerous. During the long days of waiting for the results, I kept my cell phone and pen and paper close, in case the results of the test were complicated. I remember hearing…
  • The brains behind the ‘Aha!’ moment

    Richard P Grant Sharon Darwish
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    Researchers at UCL have discovered what happens in our brains when we start connecting the dotsWhen you first move to London it’s very common to quickly gain very detailed, even intimate knowledge of two or three locales, but not know how they are connected geographically. It’s not until there’s a Tube strike and you have to cycle or take the bus, or for some other reason find yourself driving or walking with central London, that you suddenly realise that places you thought were separated by several sets of escalators and two Tube lines are only 15 minutes walk apart. It was only last…
  • Nepal earthquake death toll expected to rise sharply – live updates

    Bridie Jabour , Monica Tan, Melissa Davey and Matthew Weaver
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    Aftershocks hinder rescue efforts in the Himalayan nation as death toll passes 3,700 after a devastating 7.8 magnitude quake near KathmanduThousands need shelter in country little able to copeAftershocks hinder rescue effortsHelicopters reach stranded climbers on EverestVictims include: three Americans, one Japanese and a Australian 8.50pm AEST The UN food agency said is is preparing a large-scale aid operation starting on Tuesday. “This will be a large, massive operation,” Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN’s World Food Programme, told AFP.WFP experts arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday…
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    blog maverick

  • The Best Interview I have done in a long, long time

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    one of the challenges of doing a lot of interviews is that inevitably I am asked different versions of the same questions over and over again.  For the first time in a long time I can say I actually got asked unique questions that put a smile on my face. They were short. Simple. To the point.  They were perfect for the reporters audience. Shockingly I had never been asked any of them before. Here it is ​Dear Mr. Cuban, My name is Mauricio Vazquez. Today you visited Medrano Middle School to talk to over 100 business students (thank you by the way). I’m a reporter for the school…
  • Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000 – Part 2

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Since a few people seem to be freaking out that I limited my example of those being subject to the bubble in private investments to Angels and Crowdfunding, I decided to do a part 2. They were right. I should have been clearer on just how extensive the abuse and impact of this bubble is. Lets change it to a question. How many people have been pitched an app that is going to be the next …….. How many people have been pitched to invest in that app ? Has anyone not been pitched investing in an app ? There are more than 1.3mm app in each of the 2 main stores. That excludes the dead…
  • Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Ah the good old days.  Stocks up $25, $50, $100 more in a single day.  Day trading was all the rage.  Anyone and everyone you talked to had a story about how they had made a ton of money on such and such a stock. In an hour.  Stock trading millionaires were being minted by the week, if not sooner. You couldn’t go anywhere without people talking about the stock market.  Everyone was in or new someone who was in. There were hundreds of companies that were coming public and could easily be bought and sold.  You just pick a stock and buy it. Then you pray it goes up. Which most days…
  • 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…
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    One Man & His Blog

  • Going native with social media content

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    MG Siegler: True power is when media creates content explicitly for a network, rather than simply repackaging it. A useful insight. A lot of work has been done over the last decade on workflows and tech for pushing the same content through multiple channels. And new, we’re slowly waking up to the fact that you need to create for the space, not merely repackage. That brings a whole set of hard choices with it.
  • The digital cluster bomb for journalism

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    Editor-in-Chief-elect of The Guardian, Katharine Viner is a speech 18 months ago: In fact, digital is a huge conceptual change, a sociological change, a cluster bomb blowing apart who we are and how our world is ordered, how we see ourselves, how we live. It’s a change we’re in the middle of, so close up that sometimes it’s hard to see. But it is deeply profound and it is happening at an almost unbelievable speed. Further on in the talk: A newspaper is complete. It is finished, sure of itself, certain. By contrast, digital news is constantly updated, improved upon,…
  • The (social media) crop shop

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    A handy guide to getting image cropping right for social media – with links to tools: The thing is, even when it looks normal in the tweet, the preview (these examples are from Twitter and Tweetdeck) often doesn’t. I learned bitter lessons last week, as I selected, cropped, uploaded, posted, checked… and then deleted photos on both Twitter and Facebook posts because I’d sized them wrongly.
  • Apple Watch: unboxing and the first 24 hours

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    I’ve had my Apple Watch for about 24 hours now. Here are my initial thoughts as I’ve started to explore it: I’m surprised how much I’ve missed being able to look at my wrist and see the time, rather than having to get my phone out. The health-tracking circles interface is really good: it’s a very powerful visual motivator to exercise a bit more, just from glancing at your watch. Liking that a lot. The only 3rd party app I’ve used extensively over the past 24 hours is Dark Sky. That app was conceptually built for the watch, truly. The Watch is NOT an iPhone…
  • What She Left – an old friend makes a thriller from a tweet

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Very long term readers of this blog will be familiar with the name Tim Relf. Mr Relf is a journalist on that fine organ Farmers Weekly, and the point blogger on Field Day, a rural life blog referred to on here more than once as “Cat Chat”, a nickname stolen from Matthew Naylor, back when he was blogging. I suspect Mr Relf is about to be known for a lot more than just Cat Chat and recipes from a farmhouse kitchen. But not as “Tim Relf“. He’ll be known as TR Richmond, instead. A social media post…card Some months ago, I received a postcard from Tim, promoting…
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    The American Prospect

  • The Wealth Problem

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue The postwar boom was a time of broadly shared prosperity, when working- and middle-class people not only enjoyed steadily increasing incomes but were also able to accumulate lifetime wealth. The measures that made possible this wealth-broadening included expansion of homeownership under a reliable, well-governed system of mortgage finance; the development of a retirement system, with Social Security…
  • How Gilded Ages End

    Paul Starr
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue Rising inequality seems to pose an insurmountable political problem. If the underlying causes are technological change and globalization, the forces appear to be unstoppable. Alternatively, if the causes are primarily political and involve the power of corporate and financial interests, the forces driving inequality may also appear to be overwhelming. Some people may conclude in despair that, for all practical…
  • The Political Roots of Widening Inequality

    Robert Reich
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue For the past quarter-century—at least since Bob Kuttner, Paul Starr, and I founded The American Prospect—I’ve offered in articles, books, and lectures an explanation for why average working people in advanced nations like the United States have failed to gain ground and are under increasing economic stress: Put simply, globalization and technological change have made most of us less competitive. The tasks…
  • Pity the Purist in the GOP Primaries (A Tear for Bobby Jindal)

    Paul Waldman
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    It's the season for pandering to the base, which is as good a time as any to ask whether the glorious, fascinating mess that is today's Republican Party can ever unify enough to win back the White House—or whether unity is something they should even be after. Because it may well be that a fractured, contentious GOP is the only kind that can prevail next November. You probably missed it, but over the weekend nearly all the Republican presidential candidates (with the notable exception of Jeb Bush) hotfooted it back to Iowa to participate in the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Forum,…
  • What We Know Now

    Paul Starr
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Victor Juhasz This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue In 1990, when the two of us started this magazine with Robert Reich, we saw a need and an opportunity. The Democrats had lost three presidential elections in a row, national policy had moved sharply to the right, and liberalism was in dire need of new ideas about the direction of the country. Some of the publications that we once looked to (and wrote for) had grown ambivalent about liberal…
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    Nieman Lab

  • The Atlantic redesigns, trading clutter and density for refinement

    Joshua Benton
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    The Atlantic — has any general-interest magazine navigated the print-to-digital transition better? — redesigned its website last night, doing so entirely in-house and without months of public buildup. Here’s editor J.J. Gould: What if we described as a direct, dynamic, digital extension of our core identity in journalism — as a real-time magazine? […] We created a site that makes a new priority of visual presentation, that offers a cleaner reading experience across digital devices, and that gives us the flexibility we need, both in our…
  • Getting beyond “public radio voice”: Finding and decoding identity on the air

    Alison MacAdam
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you listen to public radio, you probably have your own theory about the voice. It’s deep and sonorous. It’s engaged, curious. Some of you might say it’s smart. Or boring. Or whispery. Or white. The past few months have featured lots of opining about the public radio voice. In January, Chenjerai Kumanyika kicked off a fascinating conversation about the “whiteness” of the voice. Stories on NPR and This American Life have tackled the phenomenon of “vocal fry,” that creaky sound you hear when the voice drops to its lowest register. And listeners have…
  • Is there a “European public sphere” waiting for Politico Europe — or can it help create one?

    Joshua Benton
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    The Guardian’s Wolfgang Blau has an interesting piece up at the European Journalism Observatory asking a question about the new Politico Europe, the D.C.-based site’s expansion into Brussels and the broader continent: Politico Europe — the new Brussels-based site covering European politics — is doing important pioneer work in establishing the notion of there even being such a thing as a ‘European public sphere’. For European publishers, this is not necessarily a space where you have to or want to be the first mover. It seems advantageous to first let Politico — backed by…
  • Newsonomics: The Wall Street Journal is playing a game of digital catchup

    Ken Doctor
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    RELATED ARTICLEAfter the launch of its long-awaited web redesign, The Wall Street Journal hopes to spur innovationApril 21, 2015Don’t just call it a redesign. The Wall Street Journal, like Bloomberg before it a couple of months ago, wants you think about more than appearance, which “redesign” implies for many. You might call the new Journal a multi-platform rejiggering. Importantly, it represents the first major, uh, redesign of the Journal’s digital products since way back in September 2008. As the Journal’s chief innovation officer Edward Roussel points out, in…
  • After the launch of its long-awaited web redesign, The Wall Street Journal hopes to spur innovation

    Joseph Lichterman
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Edward Roussel said it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call this past year “the busiest 12-month period in The Wall Street Journal’s history” as the Journal has built out WSJD, redesigned fresh responsive article and video pages, and released new iPad and Android apps. That continues this week with the long awaited redesign of The Wall Street Journal’s website, its first since 2008, which launched today, and the release on Friday of the Journal’s app on the Apple Watch. But beyond new apps and redesigned websites, the Journal is integrating its product team into…
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    Failure Magazine's Feature Articles

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Statue of Liberty
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The Statue of Liberty is arguably the most famous sculpture in the world, yet few can recall the backstory of the 151-foot-tall colossus.
  • Countdown to Zero Day
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:33 am
    Prior to the negotiations that produced the framework of a nuclear pact, the United States attempted to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program using a sophisticated digital weapon—Stuxnet.
  • Robert Kingston Scott
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    “As unique a mixture of hero and rogue as ever wore a United States uniform.”
  • Mona Lisa
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:42 pm
    In “Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered,” journalist Dianne Hales introduces the reader to the most recognized artistic subject in history.
  • The Boston Raphael
    8 Feb 2015 | 4:54 pm
    “Failure is not a part of the story, it is the story.” —Belinda Rathbone
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • Texas Jailing Truant Teens and More in MuckReads Weekly

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    by Terry Parris Jr. Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend. A veil of secrecy shields hospitals where outbreaks occur (Los Angeles Times) Hospitals don't publicly report deadly infections. Legislators don't make them #muckreads @melodypetersen— Margot Roosevelt (@margotroosevelt) April 19, 2015 "Proponents of more openness argue the secrecy can prevent hospitals from learning from one another's mistakes. They say it also deprives…
  • Another Startling Verdict for Forensic Science

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    by Ryan Gabrielson With the introduction of DNA analysis three decades ago, criminal investigations and prosecutions gained a powerful tool to link suspects to crimes through biological evidence. This field has also exposed scores of wrongful convictions, and raised serious questions about the forensic science used in building cases. This week, The Washington Post reported the first results from a sweeping study of the FBI forensic hair comparison unit, finding that 26 of 28 examiners in the unit gave flawed testimony in more than 200 cases during the 1980s and 1990s. Examiners overstated the…
  • Why Comcast Walked Away

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    by Leticia Miranda Update, April 24, 2015: This story has been updated to reflect Comcast's official announcement that the merger has been terminated. Today, Comcast announced that the company is walking away from its proposed $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast had recently met with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. The deal had been troubled for weeks. The Justice Department and FCC had reason to carefully evaluate the merger, which was first announced in Feb. 2014 and had been expected at the time to be completed by the end of 2014…
  • Parsing Chris Christie’s Pension Math

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    by Cezary Podkul As we reported last week, Gov. Chris Christie’s rhetoric about his fiscal record in New Jersey doesn’t always match what’s in his budget. Since then, we’ve found another example of Christie’s malleable math. On multiple occasions, the GOP governor has claimed that he put more money into public employee pensions than any prior governor – Democrat or Republican. When we noticed that the numbers didn’t support the claim, the governor’s aides had a ready explanation. It turned out they weren’t counting a $2.75 billion pension…
  • The Time a Newspaper Stared Down the Country’s Largest Advertiser 

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:33 am
    by Richard Tofel Editor's Note: The news last week that Buzzfeed had deleted posts critical of advertisers got some of us at ProPublica wondering about any instances when news organizations stood up to advertiser pressure. As it turns out, ProPublica president Richard Tofel wrote a whole chapter of a book about one of those cases: In 1954, the Wall Street Journal and its publisher, Barney Kilgore, confronted General Motors. The little-remembered incident helped establish the notion that news organizations could and should preserve their independence from advertisers. Here is an adaptation…
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    Reporting on Health

  • Top reporters ask, ‘Will the ACA survive?’

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Even as the ACA transforms the nation’s health care system, its future remains uncertain. But no matter what happens, the law and its impact will remain a central subject for health care journalists for years to come, as AHCJ 2015 panelists Sarah Kliff and Julie Appleby explained.
  • Q&A: NPR’s Laura Starecheski reports on childhood adversity

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Laura Starecheski's recent NPR series on childhood adversity and trauma is an essential listen for those interested in how childhood events can shape long-term health. Starecheski recently spoke to Reporting on Health about how she reported the stories and what she learned along the way.
  • In reporting on mobile health, reality doesn’t always match the hype

    Eryn Brown
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The strategy of using cell phones and texts to nudge people toward healthier decisions makes a lot of sense. But as L.A. Times' Eryn Brown discovered in reporting her series on "m-health," the promise of these programs is still far ahead of the reality.
  • High-deductible plans look terrible, until you look at what they replaced

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The high-deductible health plans sold under the "bronze" banner may look lousy at first glance. But while they may not be ideal coverage, they're far better than the high deductible plans sold before Obamacare. And they can supply a critical lifeline when misfortune strikes.
  • NEW BLOG: ‘Slow Medicine’ helps us pause and return to basics

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    You've no doubt heard of the "Slow Food" movement before, but what about "Slow Medicine"? Two leading practitioners explain the history and reasoning behind their careful, thoughtful philosophy of care. Their smart dispatches will be regularly featured here on the "Slow Medicine" blog.
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    Joe Gullo

  • Study: Instagram Interaction Trumps Facebook, Twitter

    Joe Gullo
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    A new study found that interaction on Instagram trumps Facebook and Twitter.According to the study by Quintly, the interaction rate on Twitter is ~ 0.25, on Facebook is ~0.72, and on Instagram is ~ 4.80.“In this study we analyzed how likely it is that users interact with the average account on this social network. On top of that, we wanted to identify if videos play a crucial factor in Instagram strategies, and which amount of posts might be considered as an optimum, plus an analysis on other relevant metrics,” Quintly said.Average Likes Per PostWhile majority of the posts on…
  • 5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams

    Joe Gullo
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Each one of us has dreams, goals, and plans for our futures. There are many avenues, roads, and paths that transport us to our final destination.“When we think about the dreams we have, and the dent we want to leave in the universe, it is striking to see how big of an overlap there is between the dreams that we have and projects that never happen.” – Ted Fellow and Brazilian Entrepreneur Bel Pesce said. Pesce offers these 5 ways will that will definitely kill your dreams:   The post 5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • Comcast Ends Pursuit to Merge With Time Warner Cable

    Joe Gullo
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Comcast announced Friday it’s ending a pusuit to merge with Time Warner Cable.Comcast says they structured the deal in a way that if the government didn’t agree with it, they could walk away.If the deal was approved, Comcast would have owned 57% of the broadband Internet market and 30% of the cable market.The post Comcast Ends Pursuit to Merge With Time Warner Cable appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • WordPress 4.2 is Now Available

    Joe Gullo
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    WordPress 4.2 is now available. This update is named “Powell” in honor of jazz pianist Bud Powell.According to WordPress, the update focuses on communication and sharing. This means there is support for native Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters, musical and mathematical symbols, and hieroglyphs.You can also add emojis directly into your posts. There is no need for added plugins. There is added support for third-party embeds. With WordPress 4.2 you can paste links from Tumblr and Kickstarter and have those posts appear in your article.WordPress also made some minor design and…
  • Facebook Sees 5% Increase in Daily Active Users Since the End of Last Year

    Joe Gullo
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Facebook now has 936 million average daily active users (DAUs). That’s according to data released in Facebook’s First Quarter 2015 Financial Summary. Compare that to the end of last last year where Facebook had 890 million DAUs.“This was a strong start to the year,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “We continue to focus on serving our community and connecting the world.”Facebook also saw growth in mobile daily active users. Mobile DAUs were 798 million on average for March 2015. At the end of last year, there 745 million on average daily…
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • Apple Watch User Guide

    Kevin Wild
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    For those of you who received their Apple Watch, this is a great place to get started.Permalink
  • How To Turn Your Apple Watch Gold

    Kevin Wild
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    Can't afford an Apple Watch Edition? Try this.Permalink
  • The Chopping Block - Week of April 25th

    Kevin Wild
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Jony Ive & Marc Newson Discuss Apple Watch - Vogue28 Apple Watch Tips and Tricks - iMoreSome Things I've Done With  Apple Watch In 11 Hours - Eric AlbaThe Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles - SB NationWhy One-Way Street Are Bad For Everyone - Washington PostHow Google Saved YouTube - Ars TechnicaAn Oral History of Mad Men - ClickholeThe Women of Don Draper - TumblrCost Obsessions Around The World - Fixr
  • Apple Reveals Three New Apple Watch Commercials

    Kevin Wild
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    Three new commercials and I think they're all fantastic.Permalink
  • Apple Watch App Store Is Live

    Kevin Wild
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Exciting for those receiving an Apple Watch tomorrow and disheartening for those who aren't.Permalink
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    Vox - All

  • At least 3,200 dead after devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal

    Lauren Williams
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    A 7.8-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks hit Nepal over the weekend, killing at least 3,200 people, according to the Associated Press's Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle. The earthquake triggered avalanches that killed at least 18 people and injured 61 more at climbing camps in Mount Everest, the AP reported. Most of the fatalities occurred in Nepal, but there are also reports of victims in India, Bangladesh, Tibet, and along the Nepal-China border. Dharahara Tower, a popular historical landmark in Kathmandu, built in 1832 and recognized by UNESCO, collapsed in the quake. The AP…
  • What Game of Thrones changed from the books: Season 5, Episode 3

    Andrew Prokop
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Spoilers for the newest episode of Game of Thrones are below. Many scenes from "High Sparrowthe third episode of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, will be familiar to readers of George R. R. Martin's books. Arya Stark, now serving at the House of Black and White, is ordered to dispose of all her possessions so she can become "no one" — but she can't part with her sword, and instead hides it. Jon Snow, facing his first major test as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, executes one of his subordinates for disobedience. Tyrion Lannister decides to visit a brothel — and ends up…
  • Experts warned of a tragic earthquake in Nepal a week before it happened

    German Lopez
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    One week ago, experts warned Nepalese officials of the type of earthquake and aftershocks that hit the Asian country over the weekend and killed at least 2,500 people. The Associated Press's Seth Borenstein reported: Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for the big one, a repeat of the 1934 temblor that leveled this city. They knew they were racing the clock, but they didn't know when what they feared would strike.
  • When will the race debate in America end? Toni Morrison says it’s far from over.

    Rachel Huggins
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    That uncomfortable, cringeworthy conversation on race that everyone always talks about? Toni Morrison wants to have it — and isn't pulling any punches. In an interview with The Telegraph's Gaby Wood on Morrison's new novel, God Help The Child, the Nobel prize-winning author explained when we'll know the conversation on race can come to an end. "People keep saying, 'We need to have a conversation about race,’" she said. "This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back. And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you…
  • More Americans think Obamacare is a success than did two years ago

    Sarah Kliff
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Most polling shows that Americans' opinions on Obamacare aren't changing — that people generally love or hate the law as much as they did when it passed in 2010. You see that in regular, monthly polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation as well as a poll we did here at Vox last month with communications research firm PerryUndem. That's what makes these results from YouGov a bit surprising: they do seem to indicate Americans warming up to Obamacare when you ask the question a slightly different way. Instead of asking whether Americans approve or disapprove of the health law, the YouGov poll…
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  • News Shows That Will Work for the New Generation Indian Viewer

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    Although I occasionally watch news on television and have a few friends who work for major news channels, I know very little of how TV news works. But nothing I’ve seen on television news has been exciting at least for the last 10 years. Since we have a lot of television veterans like Shekhar Gupta, Raghav Bahl and Barkha Dutt starting new companies here’s an idea: how about making edgy and investigative television news? It would be different from the boring documentaries and shouting matches that we are tired of watching. I’d like to see extremely well produced newscasts…
  • Data Journalists, Education Reporters Do Attend Bangalore Open Data Camp

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:57 am
    Bangalore Open Data Camp (ODCBLR) is an annual un-conference that provides a space to discuss the challenges and experiences of using data in India with the aim of promoting an open-data culture in government, private and the not-for-profit sector. The 2015 edition of  ODCBLR will be an Education Special. With the growth of data and analytics in education, and the organizations working to demystify government data, the time is right to create a space for data enthusiasts to come together to work through issues unique to this sector. This year’s event will have representatives from NCERT,…
  • New Media Jobs Be Like

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:49 pm
    I’ve been preaching about the skills required for new newsrooms for a while now. They are easy to acquire if you put some effort into it but even the best journalism schools in India can’t teach you most of these skills. Traditional newsroom jobs are dying. Or they are getting a heavy makeover. New kinds of journalism (or rather content) jobs are being created by new companies like Upworthy and Buzzfeed or even old media houses that are trying to come to terms with the Internet. I’ve been meaning to write a more detailed post about what would a typical new newsroom job…
  • FoundingFuel, a New Media Venture to Watch Out For

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    The same day Raghav Bahl’s Quintillion media launched its website The Quint, former Forbes India editors Indrajit Gupta & Charles Assisi launched their own website FoundingFuel. Ah..another site! Not really. The site has some of the best writers on business and technology. Rohin (ex-forbes) & Ramnath (ex-forbes) and a few others have started writing for the site. There are a whole bunch of contributors as well. Assisi has had a long stint in journalism  and that probably makes it easy for him to fire up great pieces like this: Ankit Fadia Revealed. I’m so looking…
  • Gigaom Shutdown

    9 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    I’m not planning to do a lot of news on this site. But this is big and sad at the same time. Gigaom is shutting down. And I’m sure tech bloggers around the world are trying to make sense of this. Apparently, the company isn’t able to pay its debts anymore. Readers of the tech blog were greeted with the following message this morning Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at…
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  • Coming full circle

    Anastasia Bowden
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    It’s a sad day, y’all. Today is the last- last day of school (or LDOC as we affectionately call it here at Carolina).  This isn’t a normal last day of class– it’s my last day of college.  Or maybe last day of class, ever. Below is a picture of me and my little sister Alexis on my very first day of school and my last first day of school. Brb crying. No more homework or dozens of emails reminding you to do your course evaluations.  No more red squares instead of green circles during registration (on second thought, I’m okay with leaving those in the past).
  • This is Chi Omega dodgeball

    Anastasia Bowden
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    The wait is over. The day has finally arrived. April 22, 2015. Chi Omega’s dodgeball tournament benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I’m pumped. The tournament was supposed to be held on Monday but Mother Nature had other ideas (like raining during the scheduled time).  That didn’t stop the best day in the spring from happening, don’t you worry.  It was rescheduled for today and we’re lucky enough to have a sunny forecast with a high of 79 degrees and a low of 48.  Perfect. Somehow I got a megaphone last year and refused to give it up for the majority of…
  • The privacy we don’t have

    Anastasia Bowden
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:58 pm
    I’d like to consider myself an open book.  I’m not shy nor am I quiet and for the most part, I’m a pretty open person but there are some things I’d rather keep to myself.  I’m not breaking any laws nor am I doing anything that would warrant monitoring by the government so I don’t care if they are.  Well, at least I didn’t before taking JOMC: current issues in mass communication. I definitely didn’t place much value on privacy at the start of this semester.  Y’all may remember that I gave up my UNC email password for a miniature Twix…
  • We can cry about it or we can dance about it

    Anastasia Bowden
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    At some point during my sophomore year I ran across a character known as Kid President.  He made great videos like 20 things we should say more often and a pep talk.  I loved them all.  Kid President has a way of having a smile creep across your face until you’re grinning like a fool. Today I re-watched his pep talk. Take a few minutes to watch the video, I promise it’ll be worth it. He’s right– what if Michael Jordan had quit?  He wouldn’t have made Space Jam (and been the greatest basketball player of all time). We can let things beat us down and defeat us…
  • The evolution of my social media usage

    Anastasia Bowden
    12 Apr 2015 | 8:57 pm
    There are a lot of social media platforms that exist right now, but there are even more that aren’t around right now. I remembered about my Myspace randomly while writing my 50th blog and when I logged in, I realized that I had no idea how to use the site anymore.  It wasn’t like I remember Myspace when I used to use it every day. Yes, there was once a day that I was on Myspace every day writing notes (I think that’s what they’re called) by filling out questionnaires.  As if anyone wanted to read what my favorite movie was. It was SUCH a big deal when someone moved…
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