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  • Journalism's hiring transparency problem

    Columbia Journalism Review
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Last week, a journalist friend emailed me to say that several of her colleagues had just been laid off, and she would appreciate any job leads she could pass along to them. I get emails from hiring editors all the time, so I did a quick comb through my inbox. And I quickly realized that the vast majority of those...
  • The plight of newspapers in a single chart

    Reflections of a Newsosaur
    Newsosaur
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following chart is all you need to know about the breathtaking contraction of the newspaper industry that coincided with the explosive growth of digital advertising in recent years. Take a look and I will tell you what it means.  The reason the above chart starts in 2005 is because that is the year that advertising at the nation’s newspapers hit an all-time high of $49.4 billion,
  • Jorge Luis Borges on “the task of art”

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    Greg Linch
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    “The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something that can last in man’s memory. That is our duty. If we don’t fulfill it, we feel unhappy. A writer or any artist has the joyful duty to transform all that into symbols. These symbols could be colors, forms or sounds. For a poet, the symbols are sounds and also words, fables, stories, poetry. The work of a poet never ends. It has nothing to do with working hours. You are continuously receiving things from the external world. These must…
  • Greedy touts spoil another Record Store Day. How do we stop them?

    Technology
    Chris Owen
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Following another tout-ridden Record Store Day, Paul Weller has become the most high-profile artist to argue that online greed is undermining an important – and passionately supported – music and retail initiative. In a statement on his website, he explained that despite being “a big supporter of independent record stores … the greedy touts making [...]
  • 5 ideas for a modern internet policy

    Columbia Journalism Review
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    It's been a bad few months for the principle that the internet should remain a neutral platform on which all content can flow on equal terms. A federal appeals court in January nullified the Federal Communications Commission's rules. Soon thereafter Comcast announced it would buy TimeWarner, which would give it control of 37 percent of broadband access. And Netflix hinted...
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  • 5 ideas for a modern internet policy

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    It's been a bad few months for the principle that the internet should remain a neutral platform on which all content can flow on equal terms. A federal appeals court in January nullified the Federal Communications Commission's rules. Soon thereafter Comcast announced it would buy TimeWarner, which would give it control of 37 percent of broadband access. And Netflix hinted...
  • The $1,000 pill is popular! So, who pays?

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Remember the $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi, that wowed the press upon FDA approval in December? In the months since, reporters--and insurers and state Medicaid directors, among others--have begun asking much-needed questions about the price and potential of the drug. This week, Gilead, the company behind Sovaldi, announced that sales of the drug hit $2.3 billion, which "shattered the previous...
  • Print ads go up at The New York Times

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The New York Times just had a quarter reminiscent of the days before the Great Newspaper Crash. The Times paywall hit 799,000 subscribers, for one. More importantly, the paper grew ad revenue by 3.4 percent in the first quarter, an increase led, shockingly enough, by print, which was up 3.7 percent from a year ago. But, as Reuters's Jennifer Saba...
  • Journalism's hiring transparency problem

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Last week, a journalist friend emailed me to say that several of her colleagues had just been laid off, and she would appreciate any job leads she could pass along to them. I get emails from hiring editors all the time, so I did a quick comb through my inbox. And I quickly realized that the vast majority of those...
  • Climate scientist's privacy victory may prove a lose for journalists

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    After deliberating for months, late last week the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in favor of climate scientist Michael Mann in his quest to maintain the privacy of his emails against a Virginia legislator and conservative think tank that sought to access his records using Virginia's freedom of information laws. As I wrote last month, the trial and the court's verdict,...
 
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  • A German business model

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    You will never find a finer example of a certain German business model popular in the internet age than in an open letter to Google’s Eric Schmidt written by Mathias Döpfner, head of the conservative German publishing giant Axel Springer. (English translation courtesy of the all-seeing, all-powerful Google here.) The essence of that business model, as practiced especially by German and sometimes French legacy publishers, is to stomp their feet like pouty kindergartners missing a turn at kickball, whining “that’s not fair” and yelling that everything wrong on this…
  • What now for news? Relationships

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Here are links to the next parts of an essay I’ve been working on about new relationships, new forms, and new business models for news. These links are the last two bits of the section on relationships: Part IV: Engagement, collaboration, and membership Part V: Organizer, advocate, educator The earlier sections: Part I: No mas mass media Part II: Content vs. service Part III: Ecosystems and networks The entire essay will try to answer the question I often hear in one form or another: “Now that your damned internet has ruined news, what now?” I don’t pretend to make…
  • Good metrics, bad metrics

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile writes an important piece about bad media metrics online. He pokes holes in the value of the click as the be-all-and-end-all of media measurement. He reveals that sharing turns out to be a bad measurement of engagement and value because we often don’t read what we “like” or share (we just bother other people with it). He deflates the value of native advertising, demonstrating with hard data that readers understand the difference between real content and — let’s call it what it is — advertising and they quickly abandon it. The bottom…
  • Listen: They do exist

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    My two recent posts about philanthropy and the news touched a nerve among not-for-profit news gatherers, leading to a podcast conversation with Scott Lewis, head of Voice of San Diego (starting at about :22), and a response by Steve Waldman. Laura Walker, the CEO of New York Public Radio, also asked to respond here. Laura is a brilliant businesswoman who could run rings around any for-profit media executive. She also made a big announcement today about a $10 million grant to fund digital innovation. I don’t usually hand this space over to anyone else, but I happily give it to Laura…
  • The price of eggs

    Jeff Jarvis
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Glenn Greenwald has responded to Pando Daily’s story about the Omidyar Network and Ukraine with the force and speed we have come to expect. Good. Now I also wish he and his colleagues would turn around, ignore Pando, and create a statement of principles, a compact with the public. Greenwald begins that in his last paragraph of the Pando post: But what I do know is that I would never temper, limit, suppress or change my views for anyone’s benefits – as anyone I’ve worked with will be happy to tell you – and my views on such interference in other countries isn’t going to…
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  • Fox News' Anti-Gay Selective Outrage In One Chart

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Fox News completely ignored the growing controversy surrounding an anti-gay South Carolina mayor's firing of his town's lesbian police chief, despite devoting nearly two hours of coverage to the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who departed in the wake of an outcry over his support for California's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage. On April 15, newly elected Latta, SC Mayor Earl Bullard fired Police Chief Crystal Moore, a 20-year veteran of the department. Bullard alleged that Moore had failed to maintain order and questioned authority - the first such complaints lodged against…
  • VIDEO: Cliven Bundy's Racist Comments

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Here is the video of Cliven Bundy's racist tirade, in which he questioned whether black Americans were "better off as slaves" or "better off under government subsidy." His remarks initially appeared in a New York Times article on April 23. Bundy was heavily praised by conservatives in the media, who lauded his standoff with the federal government. UPDATE: The video was initially uploaded by user Jasonpatrick11 to the website bambuser.com. The Bundy Ranch responded to criticism of the tirade on their Facebook page on April 24, claiming that "words are taken out of context" and that Cliven…
  • Fox Goes Silent On Bundy After Racist Tirade

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Fox News' incessant promotion of Cliven Bundy abruptly ended after the Nevada rancher's racist rant was published in The New York Times. Bundy's public feud with the Bureau of Land Management over his refusal to pay grazing fees received extensive support from Fox News, which devoted nearly five hours of primetime coverage to the story, including numerous interviews with Bundy and his family. Sean Hannity provided him so much positive coverage, Bundy praised the Fox News host as a "hero."  That praise fell silent after Bundy used one of his daily press conferences to engage in…
  • Allies Repeatedly Compared Racist Rancher To Civil Rights Figures

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Several conservative media figures are in an awkward position this morning after Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher they've spent weeks lionizing and comparing to civil rights heroes, was quoted by The New York Times saying appalling things about "the Negro."   In a story published late Wednesday, the Times reported on a news conference Bundy held on Saturday, in which he "wondered," among other things, whether blacks were "better off as slaves": "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past…
  • Lawless Rancher's Slavery Comments Echo Conservative Media Rhetoric

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Cliven Bundy's abhorrent, racist comparison of slavery to federal poverty assistance bears a striking resemblance to common claims from conservative media, who have frequently invoked slavery to describe the supposed damage "the welfare state" has done to black Americans. Nevada rancher Bundy, who was praised by conservative media for engaging in an armed standoff with federal agents after refusing to pay decades worth of federal grazing fees on public land, on April 19 questioned whether black Americans were "better off as slaves" or "better off under government subsidy," telling a…
 
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  • Jorge Luis Borges on “the task of art”

    Greg Linch
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    “The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something that can last in man’s memory. That is our duty. If we don’t fulfill it, we feel unhappy. A writer or any artist has the joyful duty to transform all that into symbols. These symbols could be colors, forms or sounds. For a poet, the symbols are sounds and also words, fables, stories, poetry. The work of a poet never ends. It has nothing to do with working hours. You are continuously receiving things from the external world. These must…
  • Of aquariums and arcades: John Cage and Walter Benjamin

    Greg Linch
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:26 pm
    An interesting remark in the preface to avant-garde composer John Cage’s 1969 book, Notations: A precedent for the absence of information which characterizes this book is the contemporary aquarium (no longer a dark hallway with each species in its own illuminated tank separated from the others and named in Latin): a large glass house with all the fish in it swimming as in an ocean. This aquarium metaphor immediately reminded me of another work: Walter Benjamin‘s Arcades Project. Both represent examples of literary montage — collections where the author’s primary…
  • Seinfeld’s “nothing” and John Cage’s “silence”

    Greg Linch
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Seinfeld called itself a “show about nothing.” The following video (via Lauren Rabaino) captures this cleverly by compiling moments of “nothing.” As I watched, the stark “nothingess” compressed together in such a literal way reminded me of John Cage‘s concept of “silence.” The experimental composer’s piece 4’33″ is generally referred to as his “silent” piece. But, like Seinfeld, it is — despite its label — not silent at all. For Cage, it’s about the shifting the focus from the performer to…
  • #ONA13 workshop materials: Using WordPress to Structure your Beat

    Greg Linch
    17 Oct 2013 | 11:45 am
    Materials from the structure your beat session that Stephanie Yiu, Connor Jennings and I presented. Examples Politifact http://www.politifact.com/ (using Django for structure) - statements - people (politicians and now pudits) - legislative bills - commercials - states - true/false spectrum of fact checks Technically Philly http://technical.ly/philly/ http://technical.ly/philly/directory/ (uses WordPress) - people - organizations - projects - expertise Homicide Watch http://homicidewatch.org/ (uses Django for structure, WordPress for posts) Kaiser Family Foundation has 30+ Custom Post…
  • Come say hello at #ONA13 workshops, karaoke and maybe a lightning talk!

    Greg Linch
    16 Oct 2013 | 2:25 pm
    Greetings! I’m here in Atlanta for the Online News Association’s #ONA13 conference – my sixth consecutive ONA. Check out the stuff below, if it strikes your fancy. Follow me on Twitter as @greglinch and be sure to say hello there and in-person! I’m always happy to talk about ONA, the board, the ONA student committee and a smattering of other things: journalism data and coding science! abstraction in art, poetry and music milkshakes and French toast Also, say hello to all the wonderful Washington Post folks! Lightning talk pitch Vote here for my lightning talk, which…
 
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  • So Far

    Bill
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Since last August, I've been doing a monthly chat on Washingtonpost.com. ICYMI, here's an archive: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 rant about "Black Friday."Nov. 5, 2013A modest proposal for the National Natural Resources Defense Council.Oct. 1, 2013If I'm going to be miked, it sure as heck won't be with a "mic."Aug. 29, 2013The first in a series, literally.
  • Madness!

    Bill
    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,…
  • At Least My Shoes Are Oxfords

    Bill
    20 Sep 2013 | 8:00 am
    In what I can only assume was an exaggerated-for-comic-effect piece on Slate, David Haglund bemoans the lack of an Oxford comma, a.k.a. serial comma, in Earth, Wind & Fire and Crosby, Stills and Nash and the like.With a straighter face, he asserts that "right-thinking usage nerds everywhere" dutifully use that comma. Red, white, and blue, not red, white and blue. Well, I'm as right-thinking a usage nerd as you'll meet, if I do say so myself, and although I'll concede I'm in the minority, I just don't care much about serial commas one way or the other. Neither do my…
  • Uniquely, Qualified

    Bill
    26 Aug 2013 | 6:38 am
    One of the kind readers who e-mailed me after my article about the figurative literally appeared in the Washington Post’s Outlook section was complimentary but added that I had misused the word uniquelyNow, I know the drill on unique. It means one-of-a-kind, and so it’s absolute: More unique and less unique and very unique bring to mind a little bit pregnant. That reality tends to be translated into a copy-editing “rule” along the lines of “Never precede unique with a modifier.”As with many of the so-called rules that we copy editors love, it’s a good idea to learn the rest of…
  • See Me, Hear Me

    Bill
    1 Jul 2013 | 8:28 am
    Radio interviews are now, for all intents and purposes, TV interviews as well. So you can watch as well as listen to my recent appearance on WOSU's "All Sides With Ann Fisher." I had a lot of fun; the hour went too fast.
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  • Journalism & Digital Education Newsletter, April 24, 2014

    Julie Keck
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    1. Columbia student paper plans to drop daily print edition (Peter Sterne / Capital New York) 2. What MIT learned from Mongolian teenager who aced a MOOC (Jeffrey R. Young / Slate) 3. Mark Cuban’s foray into the #edtech industry (Katrina Stevens / EdSurge) 4. Chrome smashing: Creating the inconceivable (Beth Holland / Edutopia) 5. Panel is split on distance-education rule (Kelly Field / Chronicle of Higher Education)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Daily Must Reads, April 24, 2014

    Julie Keck
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    1. FCC to propose new ‘net neutrality’ rules (Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal) 2. FremantleMedia claims rights to YouTube user-uploaded clips (Todd Spangler / Variety) 3. NYT up to nearly 800K paid digital subscribers (Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch) 4. Americans spent 43.4 percent of media time online (Bill Cromwell / Media Life Magazine) 5. Tribeca Film Festival is showing online-only productions for first time (Steve Dollar / Wall Street Journal)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Risk and Reporting: The Dangers of Freelance Journalism in Syria

    Jose Gonzalez
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet. Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months has been done by freelance journalists and citizen journalists. The only major news networks operating within the country are outlets like Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that have long been arms of the Syrian…
  • Digital Book World’s Top 10 E-Book Bestsellers; Week Ending 4-19-14

    Jeremy Greenfield
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Amazon Publishing joins an extremely exclusive club this week on the e-book bestseller list: publishers with more than one No. 1 bestseller this year. Until this week, HarperCollins was the exclusive member of that club, with its “Divergent” hit taking the No. 1 spot this year all but three times, losing it once to Hachette, once to a self-published title and once to Amazon Publishing. After this week, make that twice to Amazon. “I Am Livia” by Phyllis T. Smith jumped 14 spots to take the No. 1 rank. Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch”, a Hachette title,…
  • Daily Must Reads, April 23, 2014

    Julie Keck
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    1. Study: How is user-generated content used in TV news? (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. The right (and wrong) way to think about how Aereo works (Jeff Bercovici / Forbes) 3. American journalist with Vice News captured in Eastern Ukraine (Brian Ries / Mashable) 4. Comcast close to subscriber deal with Charter Communications (Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal) 5. The Upshot, Vox and FiveThirtyEight: Data journalism’s golden age, or TMI? (James Ball / Guardian) 6. Why Apple is like a movie studio (Walt Mossberg / Re/code)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your…
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  • Growth in Circ Revenues Can’t Offset Ongoing Print Ad Decline

    Paul Gillin
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Circulation revenue for U.S. newspapers grew for the second consecutive year, rising 3.7% to $10.87 billion in 2013, according to preliminary data from the Newspaper Association of America. Source: Newspaper Association of America However, that wasn’t enough to offset continuing deterioration in the advertising business. Total revenues for the industry were $37.59 billion, off 2.6% from 2012. The good news is that the rate of decline appears to be slowing. The bad news is that digital advertising is growing more slowly for newspapers than it is for the industry as a whole. The U.S. online…
  • Are New Media Companies in a Race to the Bottom?

    Paul Gillin
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:01 am
    With BuzzFeed and Upworthy reporting eye-popping traffic growth and planning to hire teams of reporters, many people are wondering whether sharing is the new currency of media success. The idea is that if you give readers enough top-ten lists and animated GIFs they’ll do all your marketing for you. You don’t even have to worry about search engine optimization because nothing ever went viral on search. This philosophy has even given birth to a new style of headline writing that’s intended to stimulate sharing (“Why’s This Kid Throwing Coins? The Reason May Or…
  • Rosy Forecasts about the Future of News

    Paul Gillin
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:18 am
    Marc Andreessen, internet pioneer and founder of Netscape at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, CA (Photo credit: TechShowNetwork) Pretty much anything Marc Andreessen writes is worth reading, and his latest treatise on the future of the news business should be required reading for any publishing executive. The man who arguably started all the trouble with the invention of the Mosaic browser in 1993 isn’t just an optimist on the future of the news business; he’s positively bullish about it. But the future he sees is much more like the newspaper market of the turn of the 20th century…
  • A Former Publisher’s Take on the Closure of the North Adams Transcript

    Paul Gillin
    6 Jan 2014 | 9:44 am
    Martin Langeveld is a 30-year newspaper publishing veteran who was for 13 years the publisher of several newspapers in Northwestern Massachusetts and southern Vermont. He also was executive vice president and director of interactive media for New England Newspapers, Inc., a four-daily cluster which is part of Denver-based MediaNews Group, Inc. He tipped us off last week to the impending closure of the 170-year-old North Adams Transcript, which he piloted for six years. We asked him for his thoughts, which he shared by e-mail. I started my newspaper career at The Berkshire Eagle in 1978,…
  • R.I.P. North Adams Transcript

    Paul Gillin
    3 Jan 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The North Adams Transcript, a daily fixture in northwestern Massachusetts since 1843, will be merged into the larger Berkshire Eagle later this month. The Transcript name will be discontinued and its five-person full-time editorial staff will join the Eagle. A sister weekly newspaper, the Advocate, will also be folded. While putting the usual happy face on the announcement, management did provide a rationale for the move: “Publishing two daily newspapers that cover the same market – literally, they overlap – no longer makes sound business sense when one accounts for the…
 
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  • The Need for Openness in Data Journalism

    Tom Johnson
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    An excellent, thoughtful essay by Brian Keegan on the need for openness — and better application of [social] scientific methods — by journalists. The Need for Openness in Data Journalism Do films that pass the Bechdel Test make more money for their producers? I’ve replicated Walt Hickey’s recent article in FiveThirtyEight to find out. My results confirm his own in part, but also find notable differences that point the need for clarification at a minimum. While I am far from the first to make this argument, this case is illustrative of a larger need for journalism and other…
  • MOOC from Penn State: Maps and the Geospatical Revolution

    Tom Johnson
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A free MOOC on GIS and spacial analysis will be offered by Pennsylvania State University starting 30 April 2014.  The course link and description: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools. About the Course The past decade has seen an explosion of new mechanisms for understanding and using location information in widely-accessible technologies. This Geospatial Revolution has resulted in the development of consumer…
  • NPR: “So You Think You’re Smarter Than A CIA Agent “

    Tom Johnson
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Good NPR piece on the wisdom of crowd-based analysis at the Good Judgment Project “The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria. It wasn’t the only question she was considering; there were others: Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014? Will Russian armed forces enter Kharkiv, Ukraine, by May 10? Rich’s answers to these questions would eventually be evaluated by the intelligence community, but she didn’t feel much pressure because this wasn’t…
  • Esri Lauches ArcGIS Open Data Site

    Tom Johnson
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:02 pm
    From Directions Magazine, whose reviewer writes: http://apb.directionsmag.com/entry/esri-lauches-arcgis-open-data-site/388413 Sunday, March 09, 2014 Esri Lauches ArcGIS Open Data Site “Esri has launched ArcGIS Open Data, a website with the tag line “Explore open data from all over the world.” Those who visit are invited to: Collaborate, Discover New Data and Visualize and Analyze. Sunday afternoon (March 9, 2014) the website had 81,301 datasets. “I did a search on EPA since I know the EPA was a participant in the first discussions of ArcGIS Online Open Data Program…
  • IAJ lectures in South America

    Tom Johnson
    10 Mar 2013 | 2:56 pm
    I’ve posted my 2012 lectures and workshop Powerpoints from Chile, Argentina and Colombia. Some are in Spanish, some in English. See http://www.slideshare.net/jtjohnson/edit_my_uploads
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  • Newscast bunnies get into some sexy business

    Jack Lail
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Local TV station WBIR has been in the news as an Easter segment last week went viral.  What made everything from Gawker to the Today Show were some bunnies that in an on-air segment in front of the anchors did what ... ah ... rabbits often do. The Gawker headline: "Bunnies Have Sex Like Bunnies on Local News Channel's Easter Broadcast" And CNN: Things got a little awkward when these fuzzy guests decided to get frisky during @wbir's live newscast. Video: http://t.co/0QKj6FxwSH -- CNN Video (@CNNVideo) April 21, 2014 Even another Gannett TV stations have had fun with it. Today's award for most…
  • About that comment

    Jack Lail
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    What's new in comments about comments. The debate on anonymous comments on websites continues while publisher retool or junk their comment systems. Meanwhile, a few interesting new experiments are happening. Yelp Reviews Brew Fight Over Free Speech, Fairness - WSJ.com Times-Picayune gives judge data on two online commenters | Home | The New Orleans Advocate Sun-Times kills comments until it can fix 'morass of negativity, racism, and hate speech' | Poynter. Livefyre Takes A New Approach To Commenting With Web Annotation Product Sidenotes | TechCrunch Anonymous Pa. Web speech may not be so…
  • Toledo Blade files suit after Army security detains journalists

    Jack Lail
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Here's another incredible example of the government's trampling of the rights of photojournalists.The Toledo Blade filed suit Friday after the Army security personnel detained two journalists outside a tank plan in Lima, Ohio. Cameras were confiscated and some photos deleted.The incident occurred March 28 at a General Dynamics plant.The lawsuit claims the newspaper employees were unlawfully detained, that one  was unlawfully restrained and received threats of bodily harm, that cameras were unlawfully confiscated and images unlawfully destroyed, and that their Constitutional rights were…
  • Skillz for journalists

    Jack Lail
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Good news for training in the newsroom. The Poynter Institute and the E.W. Scripps Co. today announced a long-term agreement that will provide customized training for staff members in the Scripps newspaper division. See the release. And this is but one component of a larger training agenda for Scripps newsrooms.
  • Digital paywalls are the newspaper model now

    Jack Lail
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    2013 was the year when paywalls became the norm for newspapers. 70 percent of newspapers now have some sort of paywall (see pie chart on right), according to a survey by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. That's up from 41 percent in 2011 and 47 percent in 2012. Consumers are still adjusting. Newspapers are not using just one model and are changing the business rules in search of the sweet spot of subscriptions and audience. But don't expect the walls to falls. In the Reynolds survey, publishers generally said: "We should have done it sooner." While there are few experiments, don't expect a…
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  • Shekhar Gupta dedicates book to Viveck Goenka

    churumuri
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:53 am
    Indian Express editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta‘s much-awaited book, Anticipating India, a compilation of his Saturday columns, has seen a change of cover. At left is the original cover, with the tagline “If Modi wins on Sunday”. At right, is the actual book jacket, with the tagline now reading “The best of National Interest”. The 516-page book, published by Harper Collins, is dedicated to Viveck Goenka, the chairman of the Indian Express and the grandson of Ramnath Goenka. “For Viveck Goenka, ninetten years, 900 columns and not one call to ask…
  • Why Shobhana Bhartia was late for PM’s breakfast

    churumuri
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    As is only to be expected, a number of journalists figure in former Economic Times, Times of India and Financial Express journalist Sanjaya Baru‘s book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister‘ (Penguin), on his days as the PM’s media advisor. But a few publishers and head honchos do too, including Prannoy Roy of NDTV, Samir Jain of The Times of India and his mother Indu Jain, and Shobhana Bhartia of Hindustan Times. In May 2005, as the UPA approached its first anniversary, reports began to appear that the PM was reviewing the performance of his ministers. On 9 May, when he was…
  • When NaMo joins hands with a journo, it’s news

    churumuri
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    The BJP’s “prime ministerial candidate” Narendra Modi has, at best, enjoyed a tenuous relationship with the media and media professionals. Although media houses which he spurned are now eating out of his hands, the Gujarat chief minister continues to be generally more comfortable with owners, whom he gives helicopter rides or calls on personally while visiting their cities. But in Mysore, on Tuesday,  Modi made space for journalist Pratap Simha, the 36-year-old columnist of Kannada Prabha, who is the official BJP candidate from Mysore. Simha, who created a stir with his…
  • An Editor reveals his friendship with a politician

    churumuri
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Star of Mysore editor-in-chief K.B. Ganapathy (right) with the politician H.S. Shankaralinge Gowda, who passed away yesterday The relationship between politicians and journalists is usually an after-dark activity in India, with neither participant ready or willing to put the other’s involvement on the record. Wise heads in politics will counsel newcomers against getting too close to journalists, because, well, you never know when the snake could discover its fangs. Grey beards in journalism will lament such proximity, because, well, it could harm the holy grail of our profession that…
  • Can the Indian media ask Modi tough questions?

    churumuri
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Interviews of Narendra Modi are like city buses. There is not one for ages, and then two come along at the same time. The first with the journalist-academic and undisguised Modi shill, Madhu Kishwar, for India News and NewsX; and the other for the Mukesh Ambani-owned ETV Rajasthan. In the Indian Express, Shailaja Bajpai compares the Modi powwows with Rahul Gandhi‘s faceoff with Arnab Goswami for Times Now: “The media is either unwilling or unable to ask Modi penetrative questions. In these two interviews, he swatted away softball questions with a hard bat. Perhaps he only agreed…
 
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  • Newscast bunnies get into some sexy business

    Jack Lail
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Local TV station WBIR has been in the news as an Easter segment last week went viral.  What made everything from Gawker to the Today Show were some bunnies that in an on-air segment in front of the anchors did what ... ah ... rabbits often do. The Gawker headline: "Bunnies Have Sex Like Bunnies on Local News Channel's Easter Broadcast" And CNN: Things got a little awkward when these fuzzy guests decided to get frisky during @wbir's live newscast. Video: http://t.co/0QKj6FxwSH -- CNN Video (@CNNVideo) April 21, 2014 Even another Gannett TV stations have had fun with it. Today's award for most…
  • About that comment

    Jack Lail
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    What's new in comments about comments. The debate on anonymous comments on websites continues while publisher retool or junk their comment systems. Meanwhile, a few interesting new experiments are happening. Yelp Reviews Brew Fight Over Free Speech, Fairness - WSJ.com Times-Picayune gives judge data on two online commenters | Home | The New Orleans Advocate Sun-Times kills comments until it can fix 'morass of negativity, racism, and hate speech' | Poynter. Livefyre Takes A New Approach To Commenting With Web Annotation Product Sidenotes | TechCrunch Anonymous Pa. Web speech may not be so…
  • Toledo Blade files suit after Army security detains journalists

    Jack Lail
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Here's another incredible example of the government's trampling of the rights of photojournalists.The Toledo Blade filed suit Friday after the Army security personnel detained two journalists outside a tank plan in Lima, Ohio. Cameras were confiscated and some photos deleted.The incident occurred March 28 at a General Dynamics plant.The lawsuit claims the newspaper employees were unlawfully detained, that one  was unlawfully restrained and received threats of bodily harm, that cameras were unlawfully confiscated and images unlawfully destroyed, and that their Constitutional rights were…
  • Skillz for journalists

    Jack Lail
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Good news for training in the newsroom. The Poynter Institute and the E.W. Scripps Co. today announced a long-term agreement that will provide customized training for staff members in the Scripps newspaper division. See the release. And this is but one component of a larger training agenda for Scripps newsrooms.
  • Digital paywalls are the newspaper model now

    Jack Lail
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    2013 was the year when paywalls became the norm for newspapers. 70 percent of newspapers now have some sort of paywall (see pie chart on right), according to a survey by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. That's up from 41 percent in 2011 and 47 percent in 2012. Consumers are still adjusting. Newspapers are not using just one model and are changing the business rules in search of the sweet spot of subscriptions and audience. But don't expect the walls to falls. In the Reynolds survey, publishers generally said: "We should have done it sooner." While there are few experiments, don't expect a…
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  • Twitter is gobbling up companies to make tweet-powered TV. We're on the verge of a revolution here

    Jon Silk
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Do you fiddle with your smartphone while watching TV? You might not realise it, but you're doing something the industry calls "second screening", and Twitter is planning to make a lot of money from it. Twitter has 700 million users and is already the place people go to chat about TV. Around 83,000 people tweeted [...]
  • Facebook is turning into Facebank – and could be the biggest financial institution in the world

    Willard Foxton
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    The big question asked by smug business journos about Facebook has always been "How is it going to make enough money to justify that share price?" Facebook is on the cusp of answering that question. According to the Financial Times, they are in the final stages of getting approval from the Irish authorities to register as [...]
  • Greedy touts spoil another Record Store Day. How do we stop them?

    Chris Owen
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Following another tout-ridden Record Store Day, Paul Weller has become the most high-profile artist to argue that online greed is undermining an important – and passionately supported – music and retail initiative. In a statement on his website, he explained that despite being “a big supporter of independent record stores … the greedy touts making [...]
  • Could the Republicans capture Silicon Valley?

    Willard Foxton
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Sean Parker, the counter-culture pioneer who founded Napster and made a fortune from Facebook, has been quietly meeting politicians and strategists in Washington DC with a view to donating cash to… the Republican party. This is not normal practice in Silicon Valley. Parker himself was a big donor to Obama in 2012, gave a seven-figure sum [...]
  • Pretty soon, we could all be using the Dark Net

    Jamie Bartlett
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The term "Dark Net" is shorthand to describe the hidden and encrypted part of the internet beyond the reach of normal browsers, accessible only using the anonymous browser Tor. Its protected by a clever traffic encryption system which makes it very difficult to locate the servers which host sites – called Tor Hidden Services – [...]
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  • Want to Win a Hackathon? Here’s How

    Hrisanthi Kroi
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    We realized early on that if we were going to even have a shot at winning the first Pearl Hacks hackathon, we had to do what we knew how to do best: tell a story. Casey Miller, Annie Daniels, Josie Hollingsworth, Caroline Pete and I had no plan when we came together for Pearl Hacks, a weekend gathering for high school and college women interested in technology. We were a team of five multimedia journalism students participating in our first hackathon. Only Casey had completed the advanced class on Django, a framework that makes it easier to build Web apps, while the rest of us had just…
  • The Impact of Google Glass on Digital Marketing

    Josh Elizetxe
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The way individuals interact online is consistently changing — especially with the release of the Google Glass. On April 15, Google announced a one-day event where anyone who was willing to pay $1,500 could purchase the newest Google Glass. If you haven’t heard yet, Glass is a wearable computer that’s worn like glasses, but has advanced digital features, including an optical head display, voice command interaction, as well as a bone conduction audio transducer that allows users to hear audio. Through my company, foresold, I had the opportunity to experiment with how Google…
  • Knight Prototype Fund’s Winners Include Transparency Tools, Open Gov

    Desiree Everts
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Seventeen media innovators will have a chance to push their projects from idea to actual demos, thanks to grants of $35,000 each from the Knight Prototype Fund. The Knight Foundation on Tuesday announced the most recent winners of the fund, which accepts applications on a quarterly basis and is one of several moves by Knight to accelerate innovation in journalism and beyond. Several of the winners among this round include technologies to improve transparency and help journalists extract information, such as Tabula, an open-source tool that allows users pull data from PDF documents, and…
  • Watch and Learn: What’s So Good About U.S. Media Startups?

    Christian Fahrenbach
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’re halfway through our Tow-Knight program in Entrepreneurial Journalism in New York. Within the last two months, we argued with people from Kickstarter and Contently about who exactly is going to finance journalism in the future. Brandon Diamond showed us innovations in the huge Huffington Post Lab, and Julia Reischel explained to us her ideas for her local blog Watershed Post. The giants from Facebook tried to sell us as hard on their marketing qualities for journalism as did the paywall-for-everybody-pioneers from TinyPass. In addition to the work on our own project and the…
  • Top 5 Data-Scraping Tools for Would-Be Data Journalists

    Shelly Tan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past fall, I spent time with the NPR News Apps team (now known as NPR Visuals) coding up some projects, working mainly as a visual/interaction designer. But in the last few months, I’ve been working on a project that involves scraping newspaper articles and Twitter APIs for data. I was a relative beginner with Python — I’d pair coded a bit with others and made some basic programs, but nothing too complicated. I knew I needed to develop a more in-depth knowledge of web scraping and data parsing skills and of course took to the web to help. Along the way, I found a few tools that…
 
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    NewAssignment Online Magazine | Health Topics

  • What Exactly is an Electronic Cigarette?

    Admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Electronic cigarettes also known as E-Health cigarettes or E-Cigarettes are battery powered devices that are considered to be a healthier alternative of regular cigarettes. These electronic devices provide nicotine to users by heating nicotine based substance called the E-liquid or E-juice. Over the years, electronic cigarettes have gained immense popularity due to the benefits they offer to customers.  Please read our e cigarette brand review page for more information on each respective brand we’ve decided to highlight. Function Electronic cigarettes operate in a similar way as fog…
  • How Important is Argireline in Anti Aging Creams?

    Admin
    6 Jan 2014 | 7:08 am
    Aging is a process that no human being can avoid no matter what magic treatment they use. The only way to look young even in your 40s and 50s is to use anti-aging treatments that can help you delay the aging process. These products are designed to keep the symptoms of aging away from your skin for an extended period of time. People who start using these creams or other anti aging products tend to look younger in their 50s because their skins are healthy due to proper nourishment. But not all anti aging products work so well, there are a couple of things that you should know before you buy…
  • Why You Should Use a Neck Cream in Your Skin Care Routine

    Admin
    26 Dec 2013 | 6:57 am
    Using the right neck cream is extremely important if one has to maintain his or her overall beauty of the body. Some women tend to miss out the neck when applying makeup and other skin care products. However, what women don’t know is that just as the face, the neck is equally exposed to strong UV rays and other dust, wind and dirt particles among other pollutants. One should always apply a neck cream as the neck is one of those body parts that immediately depict signs of aging.  A lot of people face the issue of sagging skin on their neck amongst others such as uneven and unequal skin tone…
  • Top New Years Resolutions

    Admin
    25 Nov 2013 | 1:47 pm
    Each year, the majority of us make New Years Resolutions.   While there’s never really a check or balance behind the resolutions, we still make them, but often times never live up to succeeding in “resolving” the goals we laid out. Regardless of if we succeed in living them out or not, it’s always fun to exchange resolutions and see what one another thinks is an area they could improve on. Here is a list of the top new years resolutions, according to About.com.  I found a similar one on USA.gov.  Below you can find my commentary on how you can best stick with your…
  • Online Health Journal

    Admin
    19 Nov 2013 | 5:01 am
    Welcome to our online health journal – covering the latest health and wellness topics. We keep up with the latest in anti aging medicine, fad diets, skin care products, and overall health. 2014 goals include opening an online store featuring the best products and also partnering with major brands to help our readers obtain discounts on the best health supplements. We routinely review products and share our experiences.  Please read our disclaimer regarding trial products sent to us by various brands. Our most viewed page of 2014 has been the Elite Eye Serum review.  This product has…
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • The plight of newspapers in a single chart

    Newsosaur
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following chart is all you need to know about the breathtaking contraction of the newspaper industry that coincided with the explosive growth of digital advertising in recent years. Take a look and I will tell you what it means.  The reason the above chart starts in 2005 is because that is the year that advertising at the nation’s newspapers hit an all-time high of $49.4 billion,
  • Print ads fell 8.6% at papers in 2013: NAA

    Newsosaur
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    In the eighth consecutive year of decline, print advertising at the nation’s newspapers fell 8.6% to $17.3 billion in 2013, according to statistics released today by the Newspaper Association of America.  This means the primary revenue stream for the nation’s publishers now is barely a third of the record $47.4 billion achieved as recently as 2005.  The 2013 print revenues are the lowest level
  • A thoroughly modern digital publisher

    Newsosaur
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When Rafat Ali launched Paid Content in 2002, he created one of the earliest successful digital publishing businesses by, quite cleverly, covering the emerging digital publishing business.   Today, Ali is helping to revolutionize digital publishing again with a new venture that pioneers the use of data to not only develop high-profile, brand-burnishing stories but also to generate fresh,
  • Lessons from the Digital First implosion

    Newsosaur
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Schadenfreude broke out among some publishers today when Digital First Media killed an ambitious interactive publishing initiative and commenced layoffs to bolster the bottom lines of its newspapers in a reported plan to groom them for sale.   But no one should be happy that Digital First hit the wall. All this episode proves is that digital publishing – which remains the only imaginable way
  • State of the news: Shakier than you think

    Newsosaur
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Excuse me for not cheering the renaissance of journalism in the digital era, which I would be pleased to toast if there were one. But the reality is that the businesses that historically have funded local journalism are cutting coverage at the same time that most of the hundreds of new digital entrants are struggling to achieve financial sustainability. We know this – and much more – from the
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    20 headlines from the reading list

  • Knight Foundation Helps Fund 17 Innovative Media Projects

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    More media innovation is coming, in part thanks to the Knight Foundation (and of course, the great minds they help fund). The foundation recognizes that money and time are often obstacles to people who have big ideas about making media and journalism processes better, so they have chosen 17 inventive projects to fund through their Prototype Fund program. The $35,000 grant allows media creatives to fully develop their ideas over a six-month period and then demo the final product before their peers and Knight folks at the end of the ride. After glancing at the list, these projects stood out as…
  • AP To Spell Out State Names, Reporters Complain on Twitter

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The AP announced that it will start to spell out state’s names in stories. That’s annoying, if only because I’ve finally got my abbreviations down. Two things: 1) I get that it’s about clarity, but what about character limits? Does anyone prefer spelling state names out? If you read the full memo, it seems more confusing than not. 2) Since my gut reaction is “why bother? I’m thinking the AP is out of date. Buzzfeed says to lowercase ‘internet,’ and the AP says to capitalize it. In an increasingly mobile and digital first world, why don’t…
  • CYCLO urban bicycle

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    It doesn't happen often that a new bike design grabs my attention. This one however done by Nike's former design director Eric Duvauchelle has managed to do that. It took 18 months of design, engineering and passion to bring it to life. The bicycle's name is CYCLO and the frame was designed in partnership with ARRO.STUDIO from Paris, France. Performance, functionality and style The frame is exactly what grabbed my attention with its modern silhouette and seamlessly integrated features like the bike lights and fenders. It sure is to turn some heads when you ride it. It's a bike for what is…
  • 5 Ways For Freelancers to Increase Productivity

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    There’s no doubt about it; the freelance life is hard. And if the freelance writers in your life tell you otherwise, shoot me their emails because they are in the one percent, and I need to pick their brains. Of course, waiting on checks when your bills pile up is difficult, but if you’re like me and have transitioned from a highly structured full-time gig in an office environment to freelancing from the couch, operating at your maximum productivity level can be a tough nut to crack. Here are a few simple ways I’ve been able to increase output and hone in on my various…
  • Behind the Scenes at The Guardian During the Edward Snowden Era

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    The Guardian has gotten more press in the past year than ever before. This is of course thanks to one Edward Snowden (Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras helped too). News outlets dutifully reported on the NSA leaks with fervor, but for media junkies, the real story went on behind the scenes. continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
 
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • The Daily Mail changes Georgia courtroom story

    Kristen Hare
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The Daily Mail The Daily Mail has tweaked the first and third paragraphs of a story that ran Tuesday detailing a courtroom scene in Georgia. On Wednesday, Poynter wrote about Joe Kovac Jr., The (Macon, Ga.) Telegraph reporter who was … Read more
  • High school won’t allow student to write about medical marijuana

    Andrew Beaujon
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The Ledger Lakeland, Fla., high school senior Abbey Laine wanted to write an article about medical marijuana for student magazine the Bagpipe. Her journalism teacher, Janell Marmon, told her she couldn’t do it, Greg Parlier writes in Lakeland newspaper … Read more
  • Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been freed

    Kristen Hare
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been freed from captivity in Ukraine, Vice confirms in a statement to Poynter: “VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health. … Read more
  • MediaWireWorld: Detained Vice journalist working on ‘an exclusive story’ according to captors

    Kristen Hare
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Ukraine On Wednesday, Committee To Protect Journalists reported that journalists are missing or being held as hostages in eastern Ukraine and a newsroom was destroyed. CPJ reports that Ukrainian photojournalist Yevgeny Gapich hasn’t been heard from since Tuesday. American journalist … Read more
  • McClatchy explains change in circulation revenue

    Andrew Beaujon
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    The McClatchy Company Circulation revenue was up nearly 6 percent in McClatchy’s first quarter, the company said in a report Wednesday. But, the report said, that revenue was up less than 1 percent “excluding the $4.3 million in revenue … Read more
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    Teaching Online Journalism

  • (Re)defining multimedia journalism

    Mindy McAdams
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    I published a post on Medium.com 11 days ago. The title is (Re)defining multimedia journalism. I thought it would be interesting to publish it there, instead of here, on my own blog, and see what would happen. Medium has this nice graph with options to see how many people viewed my post, or how many people READ my post. (I don’t have that option in WordPress.) I also get to see how many people recommended my post (and who they are), and the percentage of readers out of viewers. I feel good that 992 people read my post, but not so good that only 37 percent who viewed it actually read it.
  • Introducing the HTML5 canvas element

    Mindy McAdams
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    In a Web coding class, in which students work with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, they should also have some exposure to the canvas. Here are the materials I’ve developed for a basic introduction: PowerPoint (on Slideshare): Introduction to HTML5 canvas GitHub repo (all examples and code) Live examples (Web pages to view) Exercises: Example files for students to use during the PowerPoint Feel free to use, copy, share or modify any of these for any class or course.
  • What journalism students need to learn now

    Mindy McAdams
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Is blogging still relevant to journalism? This is one of the questions Mark Briggs is considering as he begins work on the third edition of his popular textbook Journalism Next. In his blog post, he listed the following chapters: How the web works Blogging for better journalism Crowd-powered collaboration Microblogging and social media Going mobile Visual storytelling with photographs Making audio journalism visible Telling stories with video Data-driven journalism and digitizing your life Managing news as a conversation Building a digital audience for news This is a good outline for…
  • What I read this week

    Mindy McAdams
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    I spent Saturday morning closing tabs in my browser. Here’s what was interesting and good. Local news Charting the years-long decline of local news reporting Paul Farhi March 26, 2014 “[L]ocal news has become a tough sell, especially online. It’s not that people aren’t interested in their communities — local news usually ranks as the top priority in surveys — it’s that the economics of the digital age work strongly against reporting about schools, cops and the folks down the street.” News design Against beautiful journalism Felix Salmon March 27, 2014 “The…
  • Computer code that writes stories

    Mindy McAdams
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    It’s about the power of code, and it’s also about a UF J-school alum, Ken Schwencke (JM – 2009), who works on the Data Desk at the Los Angeles Times. Whenever there’s an earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sends out email alerts. Schwencke set up an email account to receive those emails. This past Monday, an email landed in that inbox. Automatically, because the email had arrived, a program (written by Schwencke) parsed the text of the email to find answers to these three questions: Is the quake in LA, with greater than 2.5-magnitude? Is the quake in California, with…
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    LOCAL ONLINER

  • Microsoft’s Jorgensen: ‘We Are Building Our Muscles’ in Card Linked Space

    Peter
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Card Linked Offers (CLOs) represent a potentially rich opportunity for online and mobile promotions and loyalty. But a lot of work needs to be done before the segment gets seriously underway. Speaking at the inaugural conference of the CardlinX Association April 7 in Las Vegas, Microsoft GM of Local Advertising Erik Jorgensen noted there are significant opportunities to connect the online world with the offline world, closing the loop for online advertising and loyalty. There is “broad experimentation with integrated consumer and merchant experiences,” said Jorgensen. “The CPA based ad…
  • ‘The Impact of Big Data on SMB Marketing’: Briefing Excerpt

    Peter
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    The “Big Data” revolution has hit every strata of the economy, providing insights into users and customers for everything from B2B materials to entertainment and travel. But what’s the impact of Big Data on marketing to small businesses? The use of Big Data is very important, and highly applicable to SMBs, suggests Radius VP of Marketing Darren Waddell. If properly applied, it lends itself to market segmentation and more focused leads – something that is critical for sales and marketing organizations as they contend with an unwieldy list of leads. It is part of a move towards…
  • eBay Gets Into Wanted Ads Via Rewarder

    Peter
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    image: Crowdsourcing.org eBay generally focuses on helping things get sold. But it has never had a “wanted” section. Now it has tipped its toes into ‘wanted” via a new partnership between eBay Classifieds and Rewarder. Rewarder, a San Francisco-based expert network was founded two years ago by former Intuit/StepUp executive Kendall Fargo and backed by Granite Ventures. The network now has 750,000 experts, who “have a passion for helping people , but don’t want to do it for free,” says Fargo. “It’s an extension of the ‘sharing economy’” pioneered by AirBnB, Uber…
  • Streetwise Media: Native Ads Go Hand in Hand with Local B2B Content

    Peter
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Local B2B news sites always make sense to us. But they have largely been an exercise in frustration, with a lot of money being thrown at them to build local journalism and sales teams. Back in the late 1990s, sites such as Localbusiness.com ran through millions of dollars in an effort to quickly launch and dominate the space. New players have come out in recent years with business models incorporating native advertising –content-oriented advertising that contextually fits with other content. One of them is Advance Publications’ Streetwise Media. Initially launched as an…
  • A Look at the GOLOCAL Finalists: The Best in National Local

    Peter
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    The Finalists for BIA/Kelsey’s GOLOCAL Awards have been announced. The winner of the final stage will be announced at LEADING IN LOCAL: The National Impact during a special session on May 8 highlighting finalists.(The conference runs May 7-9 and takes place in Atlanta). The Awards were the result of a brainstorm with our friends at Balihoo, who agreed to sponsor them. We wanted to showcase the Best in Local online and mobile campaigns by national and regional players in the U.S. and Canada . The results are totally objective – we recruited an ace group of independent “national local”…
 
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  • It’s called death watch…

    Cyndy Green
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    …the stories you go on “just in case”… Routine almost to the point of boring.   Hop on over to Amanda Emily’s The Dope Sheet and check it out. Addendum April 13, 2014. Just noticed how many folks are clicking through on the link above and think I’d better explain a bit. A lot of times news crews are given routine assignments that may or may not end with something on air/published. The intent is more to be present just in case something happens. There are crews routinely assigned to follow and travel with the President and other world dignitaries. Some…
  • How do I choose a camera?

    Cyndy Green
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    Panasonic AG-HMC150 and Samsung NX-1000 Dangerous ground…especially if you don’t know enough to know what you should be looking for. This blog posting is for those who want to stretch their knowledge and move beyond simple P&S (point and shoot) folks who just use their cameras to take family photos or video or LAMIGABEC! (Look at me – I’ve got a big expensive camera!) types who are all about impressing folks. This blog posting is for those of you who just know somehow you’re missing out on the real secrets of shooting and editing video…what makes the…
  • Victim or perpetrator?

    Cyndy Green
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I follow Carlos Miller’s Photography Is Not a Crime blog for a reason. Ninety-nine percent of the time photographers are harassed due to either ignorance about First Amendment rights by law enforcement and other agencies or at times those agencies or employees deliberately ignoring the rights of media and citizens. First – the media has no more nor less rights than any citizen of this great country. So if a videojournalist is pushed back and locals are allowed to stay near a homicide scene that is wrong – illegal. Journalists can, however, be allowed closer and are even…
  • The true cost$ of production

    Cyndy Green
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Take a look. Most is pre-production. http://rebelunit.com/blog/2014/2/25/why-is-the-cost-of-producing-video-so-s-expensive
  • Thought for the day…

    Cyndy Green
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:55 am
    …picked this up from Dieter Melhorn over on b-roll. …it’s not the wand, it’s the magician waving it… that makes the magic. So for you myriad producers, wanna-be’s, and everyone else. No matter which camera you use, the person behind the camera is who makes the difference between crap and creativity. They have the technical chops to know how to use whatever camera they’re given and the aesthetic and practical workflow knowledge to squeeze the most out of said camera. Once again…a pricy camera in the hands of an idiot produces high quality crap.
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    yelvington.com

  • The episode in which I cause the sky to fall on journalism as we know it

    yelvington
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I was part of a panel discussion of metrics and analytics in the newsroom a couple of weeks ago at the Journalism Interactive conference at the University of Maryland. I approached the subject with some trepidation. Some journalists are resistant to the very idea of measurement, often downright innumerate, and sometimes hostile to any idea that doesn't lead us all back into the honey and clover of the 1980s, before the Internet came along and turned it all into snakes and bees. But I was heartened to find that the room was full of people who were clearly very interested in the subject and…
  • Milepost 20

    yelvington
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    I passed another milepost yesterday. April 1 was my 20th anniversary in digital media. I moved from the print newsroom of the Star Tribune on April 1, 1994, found a desk in the tech office, and started noodling on a website prototype on a Mac Quadra. The Web in those days was primitive and the Internet in general was barely out from under "acceptable use policies" that forbade commercial activity. There were no authoring tools. Web browsers couldn't even do tables, so layout was out of the question. Within a month or so we made a decision to skip the Web and build on a commercial online…
  • Spotted gets a new framework

    yelvington
    5 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Back in the last decade we created a community photo-sharing platform called Spotted. The original idea was borrowed from a simple, successful content/marketing program at Cox Interactive Media, where I was executive editor at the turn of the century. We sent someone with a digital camera to an event with instructions to turn around and shoot the spectators, and hand out business cards. The resulting slideshows were huge traffic generators. At Morris, this was merged with the "anyone can post" philosophy of Flickr and eventually implemented as a Morris DigitalWorks tool that became a…
  • Didn't mean to quit blogging

    yelvington
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    I didn't mean to quit blogging, but I've been busy at work and living in two cities. And honestly, I've grown tired of the old pointless debates: free or paid? is the Internet the end of journalism or a new beginning? and so forth. Twitter has displaced blogging of the "blurb and link" variety, and Facebook has displaced blogging of the "I just want to express myself" flavor. I think that narrows the purpose of a blog, but it does not eliminate it. Maybe I'll do some more, now that I hacked my way past a forgotten password problem.
  • It's an 'and' universe: responsive design with a companion mobile app

    yelvington
    20 Jun 2013 | 1:42 pm
    We pulled the veil off DoSavannah.com today. It's our first foray into fully responsive Web design, adjusting automatically to viewport size with optimizations for smartphone, tablet and desktop viewers. At the same time, we launched a mobile app for iOS and Android. These might seem redundant. But it's an "and" universe, not an "or" universe. The website and the app play somewhat different roles, just as Do Savannah itself plays a role distinct from savannahnow.com and the Savannah Morning News. The app and the website work as companions, not as competitors. The responsive website is best…
 
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  • My next ebook: Finding Stories in Spreadsheets

    Paul Bradshaw
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a few weeks I will begin publishing my new ebook: Finding Stories In Spreadsheets. The book has been written in response to requests from journalists who need a book on Excel aimed at storytellers, not accountants. Finding Stories In Spreadsheets will outline a range of techniques, including ways to find the ‘needle in the haystack’ in text data, number calculations to make stories clearer, and methods of cleaning and combining data to tell new stories, including getting data ready for maps and charts. The book will be available for a discounted rate for the first…
  • Charging for journalism – crowdfunder SA Mathieson’s experience

    samathieson
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:36 am
    If you assumed that the future of journalism would only be free (or at least advertiser-funded), says SA Mathieson, you’re wrong. In a guest post for OJB Mathieson – who recently successfully crowdfunded his own project to report on the Scottish referendum - explains why the web turns out to be capable of charging for access too. The Columbia Review of Journalism recently reported that the Financial Times now has nearly twice as many digital subscribers as print ones, having added 99,000 online customers in 2013. They pay significant amounts for access: the cheapest online…
  • Fund an investigative project – and get analytics for free?

    Paul Bradshaw
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lyra McKee is a brave young woman. Not (just) because of her investigation into the murder of a Northern Ireland politician - but because of her decision this week to offer supporters access to the metrics behind it. Many journalists would find such an idea terrifying: telling everyone how many people are reading my work? Sharing it? Finishing it? There’s simply too much to lose. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” But crowdfunding creates a different dynamic. When I backed SA Mathieson‘s project on Beacon, I wasn’t buying content: I was…
  • Interview: president of IRPI Cecilia Anesi talks about secure leaks platform IRPILeaks

    Cristian Giulietti
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:24 am
    Last year the Investigative Reporting Italian Project (IRPI) introduced a platform for Italian and international whistleblowers, the first of its kind in the country. The project has been called IRPILeaks and, like the Dutch PubLeaks and WikiLeaks, is a tool for those want to leak staying anonymous and safe. IRPI aims to use this anonymity to encourage leaks from people who want to expose misconducts of companies and public authorities. A list of risks they could face in the process is published on IRPI‘s site. It has been made possible by the employment of a software for secure…
  • “I don’t do maths”: how j-schools teach statistics to journalists

    Paul Bradshaw
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    Image by Simon Cunningham Teresa Jolley reports from a conference for teaching statistics to journalism students I am not a great ‘numbers’ person, but even I was surprised by the attitudes that journalism lecturers at the Statistics in Journalism conference reported in their students. ‘I don’t do numbers’ and ‘I hate maths’ were depressingly common expressions, perhaps unsurprisingly. People wanting to study journalism enjoy the use of language and rarely expect that numbers will be vital to the stories they are telling. So those responsible for…
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  • AP Style - spell out those state names

    Doug Fisher
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    I'm not sure why there's all this kerfuffle over AP's directive today that as of May 1 the style is to spell out all state names in text.It is after all the World Wide Web. We've known it was coming. AP's style keepers first broached this, what, four years ago at the American Copy Editors Society meeting in Philadelphia (to gasps, of course that made them quickly rethink)?Yeah, it's going to mean reprogramming all those autopilot things we do. But that shouldn't be hard. I mean, really, you think it's easier to remember all those abbreviations -- and then remember not to use the postal codes…
  • Yahoo change can break mail lists

    Doug Fisher
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Oops.If you have a mail list set up so that any replies go only to the person sending and not to the list -- and if you have any Yahoo addresses -- a Yahoo policy change could cause you some problems.See http://yahoomail.tumblr.com/post/82426900353/yahoo-dmarc-policy-change-what-should-senders-doFor a more technical explainer: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber=1
  • Poynter study: Gap still exists between educators, professonals on j-skills

    Doug Fisher
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    I've just started a Poynter webinar on the latest round of its study that journalists will need in the future.The study (PDF) reveals the same kind of gap between educators and professionals that we've seen elsewhere (See Journalism and Mass Communication Educator for several similar academic studies.) But what's interesting is that educators seem to value multimedia skills like photo, audio and video than professionals.The report quotes Tom Huang, Sunday and enterprise editor of the Dallas Morning News: "[I]f I had to choose, I'd first choose journalists with 'traditional' skills and then…
  • Recommended reading: Steve Outing - is 'journalism' losing higher ed clout

    Doug Fisher
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Steve Outing has written an interesting column at his Media Disruptus site looking at the waning of "journalism" in the name of higher ed programs professing to do at least a little of it. (He also reflects on the efficacy of keeping "mass communications" in the mix in an age when "mass" increasingly is becoming "targeted."I think he's right about the direction this is going. And I think it is for two reasons:- The waning influence of journalism in society.- The "penury" of the industry when it was in good shape when it came to actually funding the schools and paying some attention to the…
  • AP: Over? More than? No distinction anymore ...

    Doug Fisher
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Finally!AP Style tip: New to the Stylebook: over, as well as more than, is acceptable to indicate greater numerical value. #ACES2014— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) March 20, 2014 And for all those having heart attacks on Twitter about it, get over it. It hasn't been an issue on most news desks or for most publications for several years. Feel free to make the distinction if you want -- I do -- just don't mindlessly impose it on others.
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  • Bomb Detonates Outside Journalist's Home in Peru

    Janelle
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    StaffApril 24, 2014Committee to Protect JournalistsThe Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack this week on the home of Peruvian journalist Yofré López Sifuentes and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and hold the perpetrators to account. Lopez was unhurt after a bomb exploded, but his parents were injured, according to news reports. "Journalists covering corruption are all too frequently attacked in Peru," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas. "Authorities must thoroughly investigate all motives in this attack, including…
  • A Busy Year: 'State of the United Media Guild 2014'

    Janelle
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Jeff GordonApril 24, 2014United Media GuildGet a feel for the packed agenda on the United Media Guild's calendar this year with the local's "State of the Guild" report for 2014. "The former St. Louis Newspaper Guild has become a regional operation. Our units range from Memphis to the south, Rockford, Ill., to the north. Through our Truthout unit, we have members spread across the country working in virtual newsroom," UMG President Jeff Gordon writes as he introduces a long list of units and work to be done. "The UMG’s executive committee is evaluating how we do things today and how we…
  • 'Unity' More than a Fashion Statement in Monterey

    Janelle
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    StaffApril 24, 2014Pacific Media Workers GuildIn their ongoing campaign to win a new contract, Guild members at the Monterey County Herald have created a new version of the classic Media Workers “UNITE” T-shirts. The yellow and black design was worn throughout the 1994 San Francisco newspaper strike, and the raised-fist logo appeared on the Local 39521 newsletter, website and letterhead for years until the Pacific Media Workers merged with the Hawaii Guild and adopted the Pacific sun and wave. Black and orange are the theme colors of the Monterery unit, which has had a Halloween flavor…
  • Arbitration Win Brings WPIX Web Producers Back to NY Guild

    Janelle
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    StaffApril 24, 2014The Newspaper Guild of New YorkWPIX violated the collective bargaining agreement between the New York Guild and WPIX when it removed the web producers at Tribune’s flagship New York television station from Guild jurisdiction, Arbitrator Rosemary A. Townley has ruled. The award requires WPIX to restore the web producers to Guild membership with no reduction in base salary and remit back union dues along with the statutory 9 percent interest, at company expense, for wages paid to the web producers after their removal from the Guild.
  • Lee-Owned Newspaper Seeking Columnists -- for No Pay

    Janelle
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    StaffApril 24, 2014Montana StandardA Montana newspaper owned by Lee, the company that just gave its CEO a $700,000 bonus, is seeking columnists -- for free. "Anyone has access to the nation’s syndicated columnists we run each week. But the best newspapers carry the voices of its community. We’re looking for writers uniquely Butte," the paper's pitch states."This isn’t a paying gig, though we might be able to round up some Standard swag if a coffee cup or pen would make it worth your while."
 
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  • BBC suspends CBI membership over its no campaign in Scottish referendum

    Severin Carrell
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Corporation temporarily suspends membership to protect its neutrality after CBI registers as an official no campaignThe BBC has joined the exodus from the CBI after the employers' organisation registered as an official no campaign in the Scottish independence referendum.In a further blow to the CBI after more than a dozen high-profile resignations, the corporation said it was temporarily suspending its membership of the CBI to protect its neutrality, as complaints about its continued membership from independence campaigners mushroomed on Twitter. Continue reading...
  • Russell Brand's The Trews: Why do we love animals so much? - video

    Guardian Staff
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Russell Brand's takes us through the day's papers and notices an abundance of animal stories See more of Russell Brand's The Trews on his YouTube channel Continue reading...
  • Ladies' Home Journal ending regular publication after 130 years

    Ed Pilkington in New York
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Magazine switching title to 'special interest publication' Publisher plans to cut workforce after ad revenue strugglesLadies' Home Journal, the magazine that has been helping to shape the style and taste of American women since the 19th century, is ending its 130-year run of regular publication.In its heyday, LHJ, as it is known in short, reached almost 7 million readers, and together with rivals such as Better Homes and Gardens, and Good Housekeeping, it helped define suburban America to itself in the postwar years. But the turmoil in magazine publishing in the digital revolution, and the…
  • American journalist freed in Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists

    Roy Greenslade
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    Simon Ostrovsky, the US reporter for Vice News who was abducted two days ago by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, has been freed.He was kidnapped in Slavyansk because, according to the city's self-proclaimed mayor, Viacheslav Ponomariov, earlier today, he had been guilty of "one-sided" reporting (see interview here).Vice News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health. We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Out of respect for Simon and his family's privacy, we have no…
  • Beyoncé, Clinton and Snowden: Time lists its 100 most influential people

    Amanda Holpuch
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Eleventh annual list of the world's most influential people leans heavily towards the arts, with commerce and politics playing catch-upTime Magazine unveiled its 11th annual collection of the 100 most influential people in the world on Thursday, with a list comprised primarily of artists, politicians and business people.Each person selected had a few paragraphs about their influence written by recognizable names, including US president Barack Obama, who wrote about Pope Francis, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, who who wrote about Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, and actor Lupita…
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  • New perspectives on the history of publishing

    Alice
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    There is a subtle shift occurring in the examination of the history of the book and publishing. Historians are moving away from a history of individuals towards a new perspective grounded in social and corporate history. From A History of Cambridge University Press to The Stationers’ Company: A History to the new History of Oxford University Press, the development of material texts is set in a new context of institutions. The University processes in fron of the Sheldonian Theatre and Clarendon Printing House, 1733 (William Williams, Oxonia depicta, plate 6). Recently, Dr Adam Smyth,…
  • An interview with Brian Hughes, digital strategist

    Julia Callaway
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    This week is National Library Week in the United States. Oxford University Press is celebrating the contributions of these institutions to communities around the world in a variety of ways, including granting free access to online products in the United States and Canada. To better understand the work that goes into these reference works, we sat down with Senior Marketing Manager Brian Hughes to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the digital space; how Oxford strives to provide knowledge to students, scholars, and researchers; and the hidden considerations that must be made. What do…
  • What is academic history for?

    JonathanK
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Paula A. Michaels Writing on Saturday in The Age, popular historian Paul Ham launched a frontal assault on “academic history” produced by university-based historians primarily for consumption by their professional peers. In his article, Ham muses on whether these writings ever “enlightened or defied anyone or just pinged the void of indifference” Lamenting its alleged inaccessibility and narrow audience, Ham asks with incredulity: What is academic history for? Ham’s is only the latest in a steady stream of attacks castigating historians and other scholars for their inability…
  • How much could 19th century nonfiction authors earn?

    Maria Donnini
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Simon Eliot and John Feather In the 1860s, the introduction of its first named series of education books, the ‘Clarendon Press Series’ (CPS), encouraged Oxford University Press to standardize its payments to authors. Most of them were offered a very generous deal: 50 or 60% of net profits. These payments were made annually and were recorded in the minutes of the Press’ newly-established Finance Committee. The list of payments lengthened every year, as new titles were published and very few were ever allowed to go out of print. Some authors did very well from their association with…
  • The Press stands firm against the French Revolution and Napoleon

    Maria Donnini
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Simon Eliot With the French Revolution creating a wave of exiles, the Press responded with a very uncharacteristic publication. This was a ‘Latin Testament of the Vulgate Translation’ for emigrant French clergy living in England after the Revolution. In 1796, the Learned (not the Bible) side of the Press issued Novum Testamentum Vulgatae Editionis: Juxta Exemplum Parisiis Editum apud Fratres Barbou. The title page went on to declare that it had been printed at the University of Oxford for the use of French clerics who were exiled in England. This edition was based, as the title makes…
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  • Anzac Day: thousands turn out for remembrance marches

    Oliver Milman
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Follow our live updates as Australians gather at memorials around the country to remember past sacrifices. 2.33pm AEST 1.54pm AEST The Guardian's intrepid photographer Mike Bowers has spent the day capturing the best images from Anzac day in Canberra. Take a look at the gallery here. Please do so, it's rather good.As the dawn service at Gallipoli draws to a close, we thought it would be appropriate to show some pictures of Australians in the first world war, released by the Australian War Memorial. 1.24pm AEST Proceedings are well underway at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. General David Hurley, the…
  • Apocalyptic error puts the F in AFR

    Susan McDonald
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Newspaper editor apologises for World is Fukt headline and other errors on the front page of its long-weekend edition The Australian Financial Review editor-in-chief, Michael Stutchbury, has apologised to Western Australian readers of the national paper for a set of front-page headlines which read in part: World is Fukt.The headline ran in error in the WA edition of the special Anzac Day weekend edition of the AFR. The edition is a four-day special on sale for the Anzac Day long weekend. Continue reading...
  • ANZ Championship: four talking points

    Sue Gaudion
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Asking what most valuable really means; Waikato BOP Magic set to bring it home for New Zealand; and 10 netball fairytales.The most valuable player award, given out at the end of every ANZ Championship game, continues to baffle some. Let me explain how by beginning with the Wikipedia definition of MVP: In sports, a Most Valuable Player award is an honour typically bestowed upon the best-performing player or players on a specific team. Already I find contradiction in this statement, as not always is the best-performing player the most valuable one. Continue reading...
  • Rewatching classic Australian films: Malcolm

    Luke Buckmaster
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    A crime caper replete with kooky contraptions, this endearing film's hero is a man who moves to his own mechanically engineered beatIts clear from the beginning of director Nadia Tasss 1986 oddball comedy Malcolm that its protagonist, a reclusive simpleton played by Colin Friels, is a bit out of the ordinary. A tram-obsessed employee of the Metropolitan Transport Authority, which operated Victorias trains, trams and buses in the 1980s, the film opens when the sun goes down and Malcolm knocks off work.With a big grin stamped across his face, Malcolm sneaks out and rides his most prized…
  • A-League semi-finals: what to look out for

    Paul Connolly
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    The pressure of sudden-death football and perils of somersaulting without a safety net - it's A-League semi-finals timeIn round 22, on March 9, the Brisbane Roar beat Adelaide 2-1 at home and moved 10 points clear of second-placed Western Sydney Wanderers. Since then, if not earlier (for the Roar moved seven points clear back in round 13), Mike Mulveys men have had the luxury of playing with a safety net they built themselves; that generous points gap that allowed them to climb up to the trapeze and captivate the arena with their death-defying somersaults, leaps and assorted tricks, knowing…
 
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  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    First, let me say what you read here is going to be wrong in several ways.  HFT covers such a wide path of trading that different parties participate or are impacted in different ways. I wanted to put this out there as a starting point . Hopefully the comments will help further educate us all 1.  Electronic trading is part of HFT, but not all electronic trading is high frequency trading. Trading equities and other financial instruments has been around for a long time.  it is Electronic Trading that has lead to far smaller spreads and lower actual trading costs from your broker.  Very…
  • High Frequency Trading, and Proof that the SEC Approach to Insider Trading is Completely Wrong

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Got to love Mary Jo White, the Chairwoman of the SEC.  While Michael Lewis’s book Flash Boys was getting all the headlines and was the topic of some of the best television  on CNBC, ever, Ms White used the firestorm to ask for more money for the SEC. Shocking ? The only shock would be if she didn’t use any occasion the SEC was in the public eye to ask for more money. It is unfortunate because there is no greater waste of money than what the SEC spends trying to enforce  insider trading laws. Let me give you some examples of just how poorly the SEC manages our tax dollars when…
  • The Back to the Future Arbitrage of Silicon Valley and what it will take to beat it

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m not a huge fan of Silicon Valley. It reminds me so much of Hollywood and the movie and TV industry. In Hollywood every one will talk and listen to you about your project.  But while they are standing there, right in front of you, they are not looking at you. They are looking past you to the next project where they can raise/sell more.  Where they can be a bigger star. There is always a bigger fish. Who ever is standing in front of them is hopefully just the bait. Silicon Valley has become the exact same thing these days. No one wants to literally start from scratch in a garage and…
  • My 2 cents on Sports Marketing and what I learned from SMU Basketball this week

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had the pleasure of going to an SMU Basketball game this past week. It wasn’t a huge game from a standings perspective. It wasn’t a big rivalry game.  It wasn’t a game between 2 powerhouse teams. It was an important game as every game is for an up and coming team like SMU.  But there was no one outside the two teams that were really paying attention to the outcome. Bottom line, it was a game on the schedule. It was a game on the schedule for every one but SMU basketball fans.  For SMU basketball fans it was their chance to show off to any and all newcomers who walked…
  • So I Got Sued By A Patent Troll Who Thinks They Own Downloading Movies (only before they are released in theaters) over Cellular

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    28 Jan 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of Patent Trolls.  Actually, there are only a few areas in which Im a fan of patents at all.  The lawsuits filed against Magnolia (and Apple, Amazon and Weinstein Companies) are perfect examples of why. In this case a company was able to get a patent on the downloading of movies over cellular networks , but only for movies that have not been released in theaters yet. Could there be a more ridiculous patent ever issued  ? Follow the logic here.  If Magnolia, which distributes movies and pioneered the release of movies before they are in…
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  • Facebook Newswire offers journalists content verified by Storyful

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Facebook Newswire has been sharing information verified by social newswire Storyful since late March, including images, relevant hashtags and breaking news updates
  • #Tip: 10 words to cull from your copy

    Alastair Reid
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    By Keith Williamson on Flickr. Some rights reserved. Tight writing is one of the cornerstones of good journalism, especially in news – an article should relay the necessary information in the clearest, most concise manner. It helps if you can be entertaining where appropriate but the same tenets should hold true. Canada’s The Globe and Mail recently published a post on words that professional writers should look to avoid, words that act as filler rather than contributing to the meaning of a sentence or weaken the copy were a stronger word would lift it. For more writing tips check out…
  • Culture, collaboration and communication: Digital development at The Times and Sunday Times

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A look at how the news development team at The Times and The Sunday Times is working to encourage digital thinking and empower journalists with accessible digital tools
  • Email newsletters: still a ‘powerful medium’ for engagement

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Although email may be the 'unsexy older cousin' of social media networks, newsletters can still be an effective tool for engaging readers
  • #Tip: Advice on how to manage interactive journalism projects

    Alastair Reid
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
    By Melissa Marques on Flickr. Some rights reserved. Describing hieroglyphics or cave paintings as the first infographics may be stretching the terminology to abstraction, but a visual representation of ideas and stories is endemic to human culture. A more accurate starting point for the modern, journalistic form is the so-called “graphics guru” Edward Tufte, professor emeritus of political science, statistics and computer science at Yale, but even then the internet has given rise to new, interactive forms of visual storytelling that continually stretch technological bounds. This…
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    One Man and His Blog

  • Why did the Evening Standard focus on an engineer's sex appeal?

    Adam Tinworth
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    An e-mail from the Ada Lovelace Day folks dropped into my in-box the other day, mentioning that Roma Agrawal would be speaking at Ada Lovelace Day Live. That set a little alarm ringing in my head that I'd seen her name before recently, and meant to write about it. You see, I was reading a profile of her in the Evening Standard, after picking up a copy left on a train, and after getting slightly annoyed at the "Gosh! An attractive female engineer!" tone of the piece, nearly choked on my coffee when I got to this line: This softly spoken 30-year-old in a yellow dress is the woman who made sure…
  • iPad Magazines: a whole new generation of shovelware

    Adam Tinworth
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:28 am
    While we're on the topic of iPad magazine apps: We in the publishing game have a name for this phenomenon - we call it “shovelware”. We used to use the term to describe the way we just took our print copy and shoveled it onto the web - a phase that, thankfully, most publishing businesses have moved beyond. However, the arrival of the iPad has given us the opportunity to get that ol’ shovel back out of the box, and shovel our magazines straight into a new form. Oh, make no mistake, this has been made very easy for us. Adobe - amongst others - has given us tools to take our…
  • iPad Magazines: a predictable publisher road-crash

    Adam Tinworth
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    David Jacobs of 29th Street Publishing talking about magazine apps: What we have learned is that the replica will never be successful. Consumers have soundly rejected them: digital subscriptions make up only 3% of total subscriptions. But I am of course optimistic about the future of magazine apps, since the industry has an opportunity for a reboot. There is a challenge (and an opportunity) since the mainstream conception of a magazine app is what amounts to a photo gallery of pages of a magazine, with the occasional widget or animation. But that’s not a transformation that is going to…
  • A brand new, responsive OM&HB

    Adam Tinworth
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    The days when I switched my blog design every few months are very long gone, but here we are again with a new look OM&HB, only 20 months after the last one. Here's what it looks like right now: And this is why it is significant: Yes, I've finally gone mobile-friendly and responsive. I pretty much had no choice: tablet and phone traffic is nudging towards 50% of my site traffic - and it gets even higher than that on "big hit" posts. If I care about my readers - and I do - I should be catering to their device choice. Also, frankly, when I'm talking to publishers and journalists about mobile…
  • Scenes from a working week

    Adam Tinworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Another week at the digital journalism coalface...         
 
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  • Daily Meme: The Fall of Cliven Bundy

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    It's media discovery day here at the Daily Meme. What's being discovered? The story of the day is of course Nevada rancher and public property thief Cliven Bundy, who, to the surprise of pretty much nobody, turns out to be a stone-cold racist. When a guy holding a press conference starts a sentence with, "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," the clever reporter starts writing. And so does a right-wing hero fall from his perch. Bundy will now disappear from Fox News, where he was getting round-the-clock coverage. Bundy's greatest media advocate has been Sean Hannity,…
  • With Cliven Bundy, the Right Is Reaping What It Sows

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Some great causes achieve their goals and transform the world, while others fizzle out when it's discovered that their leaders are unadorned racists who think black people were in much better shape when they were slaves. Isn't that how it goes? At least that's what some conservatives must have thought today as they learned of the New York Times report on Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has been grazing his cows on federal land and refusing to pay grazing fees, what you or I might consider "stealing," but what the folks at Fox News, who have given Bundy hour after hour of glowing…
  • Let's Get Together

    Matthew Duss
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Rex Features via AP Images Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed, left, shakes hands with head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh after announcing a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, in Gaza City. It’s probably smart to view yesterday’s deal between the leading Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas—in which the two groups agreed to create a consensus government and hold elections later this year—with some skepticism. Announced with similar fanfare, accords in Cairo in 2011 and in Doha in 2012 went nowhere, with neither side believing it had more to gain than lose…
  • We Hate Obamacare (But Like What It Does)

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    The word on Americans—one bit of conventional wisdom that is nonetheless true—is that they are ideologically conservative and operationally liberal. They are opposed to big government but support actual universal government programs like Social Security and Medicare.  Confronted with Obamacare, conservative Americans have taken this paradox to new heights. They intensely dislike the program, but they like what it actually does. The New York Times has a poll of four Southern states (Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina) out today, undertaken in conjunction with the Kaiser Family…
  • Daily Meme: The Court's Faux Colorblindness

    Gabriel Arana
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    "A blinkered view of race in America won out in the Supreme Court on Tuesday when six justices agreed, for various reasons, to allow Michigan voters to ban race-conscious admissions policies in higher education ... " So starts the New York Times's righteous take-down of today's Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. BAMN, in which the Justices upheld a Michigan law banning the consideration of race in admissions. The plurality's justification—six Justices in total agreed with the ruling, but differed in their reasons for doing so—for reversing the lower-court decision? As long as the…
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  • Anatomy of the Stephen Colbert Twitter storm

    Alfred Hermida
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:04 pm
    All it took was a single tweet out of context to ignite a Twitter tornado. On Thursday, a tweet from the Colbert Show account, since deleted, read: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” The joke was taken from a segment on Wednesday night’s show about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his charitable foundation for Native Americans. Out of context, it read more like a racist joke than a joke about racism. And so #CancelColbert was born when social media activist Suey Park…
  • What was your first tweet?

    Alfred Hermida
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    Looking back into the archive of Twitter can be an embarrassing affair. That very first tweet may be glib, profound or simply express confusion about what this tweeting lark is all about. Twitter has made it easy to unearth your first tweet with a new tool, First Tweet. It was launched to commemorate eights years of tweets, from the everyday to the earth-shattering. It was with some trepidation that I looked up my first tweet. Fortunately, it was not about my cat, but about journalism: Adding a BBC button at http://tinyurl.com/ypvvkw in support of reporter Alan Johnston. — Alfred Hermida…
  • Lessons for journalists on how to get retweeted

    Alfred Hermida
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:34 pm
    If you work in the news business, tweets with photos or a quote lead to greater engagement. That’s one of the findings from research by Twitter on what messages get the most retweets. Twitter data scientist Douglas Mason analyzed more than two million of tweets sent by verified users in the U.S. in the areas of government, music, news, sport and TV. The results confirm that tweets with photos, links and video do well in terms of engagement. But exactly which type of message gets the most retweets depends on the industry. If the you are in the TV business, tweets with quotes get a…
  • Why the Ellen Oscar selfie went viral

    Alfred Hermida
    3 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    In less than an hour, a snapshot sent by Ellen DeGeneres during the Oscars became the most retweeted message in the history of Twitter. The selfie was packed with Hollywood stars, from Jennifer Lawrence to Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt to Kevin Spacey. Within an hour, the tweet had surpassed a million retweets. One of those was my own retweet of the photo. The tweet far outstripped the previous record holder. That was the “Four more years” tweet from Barack Obama’s account in November 2012. It soon went past two million retweets. There are three main reasons why Ellen’s…
  • Guide to verifying information on social media

    Alfred Hermida
    6 Dec 2013 | 9:13 am
    The slides and audio from my keynote at the Journalism Education Association of Australia annual conference on December 3, 2013, in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. When facts are fluid: Emerging best practices to verify information on social media Abstract: Journalists have always had to balance the need to be fast with the need to be right. The explosion in material from the audience, coupled with the speed and reach of social media, has placed strains on the traditional verification practices. Politicians and celebrities are prematurely declared dead. Terror suspects are misidentified.
 
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    Round Valley Fishing

  • NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to Euthanize 90,000 More Brook Trout

    robert
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing Despite the efforts by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife to control Furunculosis at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, the last remaining raceway of brook trout reared for stocking this spring tested positive for the bacterium which causes the disease. These 90,000 brook trout were scheduled to be distributed throughout the state over the two remaining weeks of the modified 2014 Spring Trout Season. Despite their recent treatment with antibiotics, the fish must now be euthanized as per the state’s fish health policy. Of the three species of…
  • April RVTA Tournament Results

    robert
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing 56 participants 108 fish were weighed in Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout Division 1st Ron Degraff 26″ 7.2lb Rainbow 2nd Roger Drew 25″ 6.48lb Rainbow 3rd John Yenshaw 23.5″ 5.26lb. Rainbow Lake Trout Division 1st Rocco Catania 21.75″ 3.82lb 2nd Mike Kalinchock 21.75″ 3.66lb 3rd Ron Degraff 21.5″ 3.24lb Junior Division 1st Joe zjawiony jr. with a 20 7/8in. 2.74lb laker. Winners will be awarded at the RVTA meeting on Thursday 17 April 2014. Visit the RVTA website for more info. The post April RVTA Tournament Results…
  • RVTA Trout Fishing Tournament This Sunday

    robert
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing Round Valley Reservoir Hunterdon County, NJ Sunday 13 April 2014 6:00am – 3:00pm You may register the morning of this and all RVTA fishing contests at the top of the concrete boat ramp. A table will be set up and manned by RVTA members. This is also where you go to weigh and measure your entries. Give yourself enough time to get your fish weighed and measured, don’t be that guy running like a maniac at 2:59pm. Entry fee for adult members is $20.00 per tournament for members and $25.00 for non-members. You can sign up to become a member at…
  • Pink Fishing-Boat Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

    robert
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing BlackFly Lodge introduces a new pink skiff to raise awareness for CfR’s national fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer Casting For Recovery provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by Breast Cancer to gather in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing. Manchester, VT – 31 March 2014, Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational retreats for women with breast cancer is excited to be honored by BlackFly Lodge, a Bahamas based fly fishing operation…
  • Round Valley Fishing Report – April 1, 2014

    Zach Merchant
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing This past Tuesday, April 1, I was finally able to get out and fish from a boat on Round Valley for the first time in a few months, thanks to Mike Kalinchock from the Round Valley Trout Association (Thanks again Mike!).  We were mainly targeting Lake Trout by wire lining with Chartreuse and Perch pattern spoons.  Though we were also trolling two rods with small jointed Rapalas behind one color of lead-core off of planer boards, hoping to get into some of the big trophy Trout the RVTA stocked this past weekend. Me with one of the Rainbow Trout I…
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       themediamanager.com: 
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    standards, ethics, and the public - Notes

  • April 24, 2014 media notes: Russia's social media crackdown; Americans and media time online; FCC and net neutrality

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    For Thursday, April 24, 2014, here are some media stories of note:Russia has ordered bloggers with more than 3,000 daily unique viewers to register, outlawed anonymous blogging, and stepped up its efforts to thwart certain social media by, among other things, asserting control over the country's largest social network. Glyn Moody, writing for TechDirt, notes it is difficult for the West to criticize given recent revelations of its own surveillance efforts.***Americans now spend more media time online than offline. A new report from eMarketer indicates 43.4 per cent of media time is spent…
  • April 23, 2014 media notes: Aereo and the Supreme Court; click-bait's imminent demise; data-driven journalism arrives

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    For Wednesday, April 23, 2014, here are some media stories of note:When the very future of television is deemed at stake, it pays to pay attention to a court case. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard the arguments involving Aereo, the service that uses tiny antennas to capture over-the-air programming, record it and stream it on the Internet. Aereo argues its service is little different than a consumer's right to use rabbit ear-style receivers to watch TV. Broadcasters, who aren't compensated by Aereo, believe their business model would be ruined unless they can ruin Aereo's. The justices…
  • April 22, 2014 media notes: the new U.S. gag order; prominent Pakistan journalist shot; online video as a major news source

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    For Tuesday, April 22, 2014, here are some media stories of note:Jack Shafer, the media columnist for Reuters, examines the impact of Intelligence Community Directive 119, which effectively bars those in the U.S. intelligence community from sharing information with the press, even related but unclassified content. The directive has profound implications on the public understanding of information. Until the directive, intelligence community employees could provide context or background to journalists; now that activity will be criminal.***Hamid Mir, arguably Pakistan's most prominent…
  • April 21, 2014 media notes: Turkey-Twitter deal; U.S. papers slow decline; Facebook's future may not be Facebook

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    For Monday, April 21, 2014, here are some media stories of note:The Turkish telecommunications regulator at last reached a deal with Twitter following weeks of skirmishing that saw the social media platform banned, then ordered freed by the courts, then resisted by the regulator. The solution: When in doubt, blur. Certain "malicious" content will be pixelated with Twitter's assent.***The U.S. newspaper industry data for 2013 was hardly glowing but not entirely gloomy. Advertising revenue declined more than eight per cent, but the arrival of digital paywalls and spurred some new revenue and,…
  • April 17, 2014 media notes: U.S. court on blogs and journalism; Om Malik on media; ABC wants Pulitzer credit

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    For Thursday, April 17, 2014, here are some media stories of note:The who-is-a-journalist and what-is-journalism discussion has a little more clarity in the United States following a recent appeals court ruling in Florida that says bloggers are members of the media for defamation law purposes. Mathew Ingram, writing for GigaOm, says the decision focuses on the act, not the specific title of the creator, in helping to define what journalism is.***Om Malik, the founder of GigaOm, has pulled back from operating the online entity in recent months to focus on projects, including insightful media…
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    State of the Fourth Estate

  • Four Reasons Why PR People Need to Know WordPress

    Dave Levy
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    My biggest advice to someone in PR right now is to learn WordPress. Seriously.— Dave Levy (@levydr) April 17, 2014 I got decent feedback to a tweet this morning on my point that PR people should all know WordPress, and was pushed for a little more background. So, here you go, four reasons why PR People Need to Know WordPress (excuse the list and superlative style headline, if you would). 1. Someone You Need to Convince of Your Value Uses WordPress WordPress is almost certainly in the bag of tricks of journalists at publications of all types and sizes. Even the traditional mainstays…
  • How We’ll Report the Apocalypse

    Dave Levy
    17 Dec 2013 | 9:20 am
    More here, and so, so good.
  • All You Need to Know about Facebook and Instagram In Three Charts

    Dave Levy
    8 Jul 2013 | 1:50 pm
    This is the story:       [Sources unknown, HubSpot and XKCD]
  • Meanwhile In New Zealand Local News Infographics

    Dave Levy
    1 Jul 2013 | 12:44 pm
  • 2012 in review

    Dave Levy
    30 Dec 2012 | 1:17 pm
    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views. Click here to see the complete report.
 
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    Nieman Journalism Lab

  • New numbers from The New York Times: A gold star for managing the digital transition

    Ken Doctor
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Look at The New York Times Co.’s Q1 earnings report, released and webcast today, this way: The Times — for now — is doing an above-average job of managing the print-to-digital transition. Several pieces of data confirm that belief. A couple of numbers tell us a lot: In the first quarter, the Times took in $40 million in digital-only subscription revenue. That number has been growing; it ended up at about $150 million for 2013. But in that same quarter, the Times’ overall circulation revenue increased by only $4 million, year over year. On the face of it, the numbers…
  • The newsonomics of newspapers’ slipping digital performance

    Ken Doctor
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    As we approach the middle of the 2010s, where do newspapers fit in the battle for America’s largest ad sector — digital? And how well are all those paywalls doing? Two reports tumbled into the public sphere within a week of each other recently, and together, they help us answer both questions. The numbers here show that the newspaper industry overall — a relative minority of leading-edge players aside — is trending the wrong way. Both digital ad revenue and reader revenue continue to grow, but both are less positive than they were a year ago. Let’s start with the overall…
  • Facebook teams with Storyful to highlight news content published on the social network

    Joseph Lichterman
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Facebook and Storyful are partnering to create a newsfeed of newsworthy content, originally published on Facebook by its users, to encourage journalists to use the social media site as a source of user generated content. Called FB Newswire, the new Facebook page will be available publicly and updated in real time with photos, videos, and status updates across a spectrum of topics, including breaking news, entertainment, and sports. Posts will also be shared on, ironically enough, a dedicated Twitter account. The newsfeed is part of Facebook’s effort to continue to market itself to…
  • “Can Philanthropy Save Journalism?”

    Justin Ellis
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Philanthropy Magazine, the magazine of the Philanthropy Roundtable, dedicated its newest issue to a question very familiar to Lab readers, albeit usually expressed in a less absolutist form: “Can Philanthropy Save Journalism?” RELATED ARTICLEWhat does sustainability look like in nonprofit journalism?The upheaval in the traditional business model for journalism has meant a rapid rise of nonprofit news outlets. That, in turn, has led to questions about how those outlets can find sustainability for the long term — or just gain 501(c)(3) status. The magazine wanted to pull back and…
  • Q&A: David Leonhardt says The Upshot won’t replace Nate Silver at The New York Times

    Caroline O'Donovan
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Yesterday, The New York Times launched The Upshot, a new politics and policy vertical that was conceived when Nate Silver left the paper for ESPN. The project is led by David Leonhardt — previously a Pulitzer-winning economics columnist and Washington bureau chief at the Times — who says he’s excited to experiment with story formats and tools for storytelling. The first day of publishing at The Upshot revealed a content scope that goes beyond the numbers-driven journalism Silver has become famous for. The launch included a reported piece on the American middle class, a Senate…
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    Failure Magazine's Feature Articles

  • The Walking Dead

    jzasky@aol.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Before Wimbledon, the Masters, the World Series, and the Super Bowl, there was the Astley Belt Race, a six-day walking match that determined the world’s champion pedestrian.
  • Trapped Under the Sea

    jzasky@aol.com
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Lessons learned from a little-known construction accident, which threatened the completion of the world’s longest single-entrance tunnel, as well as a decade-long effort to clean up Boston Harbor.
  • Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later

    jzasky@aol.com
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:53 pm
    In “Kitty Genovese,” author Kevin Cook debunks the myth that “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens.”
  • Return to Dead Mountain

    jzasky@aol.com
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Donnie Eichar explains how Kármán vortex street might have created the conditions that led to tragedy on Russia’s Holatchahl mountain.
  • Plutopia

    jzasky@aol.com
    19 Jan 2014 | 8:11 am
    Fukushima and Chernobyl are household words. Yet the deliberate and decades-long environmental contamination at Richland and Ozersk is no less disastrous.
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • AP Style - spell out those state names

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    I'm not sure why there's all this kerfuffle over AP's directive today that as of May 1 the style is to spell out all state names in text.It is after all the World Wide Web. We've known it was coming. AP's style keepers first broached this, what, four years ago at the American Copy Editors Society meeting in Philadelphia (to gasps, of course that made them quickly rethink)?Yeah, it's going to mean reprogramming all those autopilot things we do. But that shouldn't be hard. I mean, really, you think it's easier to remember all those abbreviations -- and then remember not to use the postal codes…
  • Yahoo change can break mail lists

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Oops.If you have a mail list set up so that any replies go only to the person sending and not to the list -- and if you have any Yahoo addresses -- a Yahoo policy change could cause you some problems.See http://yahoomail.tumblr.com/post/82426900353/yahoo-dmarc-policy-change-what-should-senders-doFor a more technical explainer: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber=1
  • Poynter study: Gap still exists between educators, professonals on j-skills

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    I've just started a Poynter webinar on the latest round of its study that journalists will need in the future.The study (PDF) reveals the same kind of gap between educators and professionals that we've seen elsewhere (See Journalism and Mass Communication Educator for several similar academic studies.) But what's interesting is that educators seem to value multimedia skills like photo, audio and video than professionals.The report quotes Tom Huang, Sunday and enterprise editor of the Dallas Morning News: "[I]f I had to choose, I'd first choose journalists with 'traditional' skills and then…
  • Recommended reading: Steve Outing - is 'journalism' losing higher ed clout

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Steve Outing has written an interesting column at his Media Disruptus site looking at the waning of "journalism" in the name of higher ed programs professing to do at least a little of it. (He also reflects on the efficacy of keeping "mass communications" in the mix in an age when "mass" increasingly is becoming "targeted."I think he's right about the direction this is going. And I think it is for two reasons:- The waning influence of journalism in society.- The "penury" of the industry when it was in good shape when it came to actually funding the schools and paying some attention to the…
  • AP: Over? More than? No distinction anymore ...

    20 Mar 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Finally!AP Style tip: New to the Stylebook: over, as well as more than, is acceptable to indicate greater numerical value. #ACES2014— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) March 20, 2014 And for all those having heart attacks on Twitter about it, get over it. It hasn't been an issue on most news desks or for most publications for several years. Feel free to make the distinction if you want -- I do -- just don't mindlessly impose it on others.
 
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    Pacific Standard

  • How Can Sanitary Pads Be Made More Widely Available in Low-Income Countries?

    Rose George
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Like many inventors, Arunachalam Muruganantham first tested his creation on himself. In his case, this involved wearing a sanitary pad for a week and simulating a period by means of a bottle of goat blood. The workshop employee from Tamil Nadu, India, had noticed that his wife was having to choose between buying food and buying sanitary pads (also known as napkins or towels), so he developed a low-cost machine for making the pads—then refused to patent it. There are now over 600 of his machines operating across India and beyond, producing low-cost cellulose pads. Muruganantham’s wife is…
  • Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying

    Charles Ornstein
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In August 2011, federal agents swept across the Detroit area, arresting doctors, pharmacists, and other health professionals accused of running a massive scheme to defraud Medicare. The following month, several of those arrested—including psychiatrist Mark Greenbain and podiatrist Anmy Tran—were suspended from billing the state’s Medicaid program for the poor. “Health care fraud steals funds from programs designed to benefit patients, and we all pay for it,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a press release at the time of the arrests. “We hope that the strength…
  • What Makes You Neurotic?

    Paul Bisceglio
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    A couple of years ago, New York Times reporter Benedict Carey suggested Americans might be more neurotic than ever. The nebbish, anxious persona Woody Allen perfected has lost its prominence in our culture, but it hasn’t disappeared, he argued. It has just become the new normal. “People of all ages today, and most especially young people, are awash in self-confession, not only in the reality-show of pop culture but in the increasingly public availability of almost every waking thought, through Facebook, Twitter and other social media,” Carey wrote. “If chronic Facebook or…
  • How Do You Make a Living, Niche Sport Photographer?

    Noah Davis
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    John Todd always wanted to be a photojournalist. He just didn’t think it would be in soccer—or that he would one day own a small business with designs on building a database of soccer images useful for the next 100 years. Today, Todd and his wife run ISI Photos, which is contracted by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to shoot images of the men’s, women’s, and youth national teams, and more. Todd, who has seen his work published in outlets including Time, USA Today, and The New York Times, talked to Pacific Standard about building the ISI brand, the value of half…
  • Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

    John Upton
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Medical researchers are striking back against the fast-growing and oft-fatal global scourge of Clostridium difficile.  The number of Americans struck down with infections of the bacteria in their intestines nearly tripled from 1996 to 2005. The obstinate species can rise up from negligible levels in the gut after the beneficial gut flora around it dieoften felled inadvertently by antibiotic treatments. Once this bad bacteria has taken over a victim’s insides it can be relentless, with 30 percent of patients relapsing following antibiotic treatment. Once a patient has been…
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • Judge Tosses Retaliation Lawsuit by Fired N.Y. Fed Examiner

    ProPublica
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    by Jake Bernstein A federal judge dismissed the claims of a former bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York who says she was fired for refusing to change her finding that Goldman Sachs lacked a firm-wide conflict-of-interest policy. U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams in New York ruled late Wednesday that the assertion by Carmen Segarra that supervisors retaliated against her failed to fall within the whistleblower statute under which she filed her case. The law, enacted in 1989 after the savings and loan crisis to protect bank examiners from outside interference, covers an…
  • Three Things Obama’s New Clemency Initiative Doesn’t Do

    ProPublica
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:15 pm
    by Kara Brandeisky Today, the Department of Justice outlined expanded criteria that could allow prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes to win early release from prison. Under the new initiative, the Office of the Pardon Attorney will fast-track commutation applications from inmates who have served more than 10 years for non-violent offenses and who were well-behaved while imprisoned. As part of the shift, the department is replacing Pardon Attorney Ronald Rodgers. Two years ago, we reported that Rodgers had failed to provide critical information to the White House in urging denial of a…
  • MIA In The War On Cancer: Where Are The Low-Cost Treatments?

    ProPublica
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    by Jake Bernstein This story was co-published with The Daily Beast Michael Retsky awoke from surgery to bad news. The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall. When Retsky showed the pathology report to William Hrushesky, his treating oncologist, the doctor exclaimed, "Mamma mia." "Michael had a mean looking cancer," Hrushesky remembers. Retsky didn't need anyone to tell him his prognosis. Although trained as a physicist, he had switched careers to cancer research in the early 1980s and spent more than a decade modeling the growth of breast cancer…
  • Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going

    ProPublica
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    by Lois Beckett Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades. President Obama urged Congress to allocate $10 million for new research after the Newtown school shooting. But House Republicans say they won't approve it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's budget still lists zero dollars for research on gun violence prevention. One of the researchers who lost funding in the political battle over studying firearms was Dr. Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency medicine who runs the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of…
  • Republicans Say No to CDC Gun Violence Research

    ProPublica
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    by Lois Beckett After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider the need for gun control laws. "Put guns on the table, also put video games on the table, put mental health on the table," he said less than a week after the Newtown shootings. He told a local TV station that he wanted to see more research done to understand mass shootings. "Let's let the data lead rather than our political opinions." For nearly 20 years, Congress has pushed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to…
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    ProPublica: Podcast

  • Podcast: How Good Is Your Password?

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Heartbleed bug highlights the importance of investing in cybersecurity encryption, and taking password security seriously.
  • Podcast: The (Tax) Industry Behind the Outrage

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    People "opposed" to return-free tax filing are speaking out with letters and op-eds from industry players, and some of them don't even know it.
  • MuckReads Podcast: Jim Dwyer on False Convictions

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Beat reporting meets high-tech publishing in a new book exploring the science of everyday mistakes that become grave errors in the criminal justice system. Joaquin Sapien hosts.
  • Podcast: The Hidden Power of Dark Money

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    Kim Barker and Theo Meyer discuss the increasingly shadowy world of political spending, the power of the Koch brothers’ network, and what to expect in midterm races.
  • Podcast: Reporting on Plane Crashes

    13 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    With Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the news, Steve Engelberg and Joe Sexton discuss the difficulties of reporting on the ever-shifting landscape of plane crashes.
 
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    SixEstate

  • Top 10 Takeaways from Economist CMO Conference

    Steve O'Keefe
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Economist recently held its annual conference for chief marketing officers — dubbed “The Big Rethink” — at New York’s TimeWarner Center. SixEstate’s co-founder and chief operating officer, Steve O’Keefe, provides his top 10 tweetable moments from the summit: 1. “40% of our marketing spend in China is digital.” – Tim Mahoney, General Motors When one of the biggest consumer advertisers in the world says his company is going to spend almost half its total marketing budget on digital — in the largest market in the world…
  • Is Content Marketing Universal?

    Tina Courtney-Brown
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have left the age of force-fed advertising and have boldly leapt into the content marketing arena. On the surface, that sounds like a very good thing: abandoning hard sells and in-your-face tactics in favor of informative outreach brimming with valuable and educational data. But is content marketing really the holy grail for companies across the board? Is this new marketing darling a universal windfall for any business? The answer: a dichotomous yes and no. There are some fundamental rules to executing content marketing successfully; if your company isn’t set up to deal with the…
  • Google’s Matt Cutts Weighs in on Spammers, SEO Myths

    George Williams
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Everyone in the industry sits up and pays attention when Matt Cutts makes any sort of statement about SEO. You see, Cutts is the head of Google’s Webspam team, the same guy who wrote the code for Google’s Safe Search parental filtering system. Frustrating Spammers Recently Cutts appeared on This Week in Google (Episode 227), where he did a Q&A with Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis. When asked by Professor Jarvis about spam, Cutts stated that Google’s aim was to frustrate them and break their spirits so they quit. Here is his full answer, transcribed from the video: If you…
  • Banking on Brand Journalism

    Katie McCaskey
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Australian bank ANZ launched a new multimedia site called BlueNotes this week. Lara Sinclair writes in The Australian that the new venture will function “as the bank’s own newsroom.” Journalist Andrew Cornell is its first managing editor. Cornell, former Australian Financial Review columnist for 15 years, is a winner of the Walkley Award, a highly regarded journalism prize in Australia. BlueNotes — its name is partly a nod to the bank’s logo color — will provide coverage on “a multitude of areas including economy, business and finance and…
  • A Google Page for Your Brand: Part 2, Strategy

    George Williams
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    OK, you’ve built a Google Plus Page for your brand. Now what? There are a number of ways your Page can boost your visibility online, if you take care to engage with your readers. In that respect it is just like any other form of social media, but Plus does provide a few additional advantages. Why don’t we take a look at a few of them? Using Circles Circles allow you to target your posts to particular groups or audiences. This can rapidly become a very useful tool due to the ease with which you can segment your content. Special offers can be shared with VIP customers, and…
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    Joe Gullo

  • VT Legislature Passes GMO Labeling Bill

    Joe Gullo
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    The Vermont Legislature has passed a GMO labeling bill. The bill now awaits Governor Peter Shumlin’s signature. He’s expected to sign the legislation. When he does, Vermont will be the first state to have a GMO labeling law.   The post VT Legislature Passes GMO Labeling Bill appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • CVS is Coming to Colchester, VT

    Joe Gullo
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:50 pm
    According to Colchester Clerk’s Office, the former Friendly’s building is going to be the home of a CVS Pharmacy. The pharmacy, located across from Shaw’s in Colchester, will have a drive-thru window. The pharmacy is expected to open sometime in November. The plan was approved in December. The post CVS is Coming to Colchester, VT appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • Easter Candy

    Joe Gullo
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Happy Easter! Check out some of this Easter Candy! The post Easter Candy appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • Three Clear Victories

    Joe Gullo
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The post Three Clear Victories appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • AWE Inspiring Easter Egg Art

    Joe Gullo
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Artist Barak Hardley creates some amazing Easter egg art of characters and celebrities! Post some of your easter egg designs. The post AWE Inspiring Easter Egg Art appeared first on Joe Gullo.
 
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    Serena Carpenter

  • Addressing the Call for a Better Journalism Education

    Serena Carpenter
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    My tech and entrepreneurial friends motivated me to respond to public criticism about journalism education and whether we are meeting the obligation to not only serve the journalism student population and profession, but to also assist students in securing a job in a competitive market. I admire these thought leaders for initiating the dialogue and providing their perspectives during this period of transition. I am also passionate about journalism education and empowering our teachers. In conversations with educators, educators will often withdraw, rather than engage when tech enthusiasts…
  • Journalism Degree Motivations: A Scale

    Serena Carpenter
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    I spent last summer teaching myself scale development and statistical techniques used to create and validate scales (exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis). As a result of my efforts, I have become fascinated with dissecting existing survey measures in our field. No validated scale exists measuring students’ motivations for a journalism degree, and researchers vary in their items used to measure it across studies. I felt that it might be interesting to explore these scale development interests by creating a Journalism Degree Motivations (JDM) scale. And such a survey measure may be…
  • Transmedia Aproach: Entertainment Storytelling Techiniques

    Serena Carpenter
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    In my multimedia storytelling class this semester, I decided to apply the transmedia philosophy to journalism. I shared what I learned at the Journalism Interactive conference. Henry Jenkins, collaborative genius and educator, developed the term as a way to describe how stories tentacle across platforms. The transmedia approach is practiced primarily in the entertainment industry. Franchises such as Harry Potter, True Blood, and How I Met Your Mother reflect best practices. I seek inspiration from creators outside the field of journalism (entertainment, public relations, ed tech to guide me…
  • Social Media News & Info syllabus

    Serena Carpenter
    1 Dec 2013 | 9:05 am
    I spent the past few weeks sifting through online literature to include in my syllabus for Social Media News & Information for our new master’s curriculum in the School of Journalism. I teach the class in Spring 2014. I found some great popular press readings from the Nieman Journalism Lab, Poynter, First Monday, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Mediashift. I also decided to test Google Sites to create the website for the syllabus. The tool was similar to using Gmail compose box. So very simple.
  • The Hero Project: A media engagement experiment

    Serena Carpenter
    8 Aug 2012 | 12:17 pm
    Many student journalists choose the field of journalism and public relations because they want their life to have an impact. And teaching about engagement can help them in their desire to create change. Research examining engagement tends to fall in three areas: 1) civic engagement, 2) student engagement and 3) employee engagement. Research definitions of engagement tend to reflect the aim of helping people to develop identity, learn how to participate and flourish as a community. “…having both a behavioral component, termed participation, and an emotional component, termed…
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • ☆ On 'Secret' In Journalism

    Kevin Wild
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    A few recent events have me thinking: could Secret be the next big thing? It's easy to toss out the moniker 'the next big thing' without backing it up, but I'm going to reach for justification. Before I do, let me look at how something becomes the next big thing. In this space, comparable examples could be Instagram and Snapchat. Looking at the big picture, both those services escalated in popularity because they did one thing well, they did it cool and they did it different. With Secret - they have a solid application, a solid premise and the trust of their users. What they do, they do it…
  • Algorithm Predicts How Popular An Instagram Photo Will Be

    Kevin Wild
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    We investigate two key components of an image that guess its popularity, namely the image content and social context. Using a dataset of about 2.3 million images from Flickr, we demonstrate that we can reliably predict the normalized view count of images with a rank correlation of 0.81 using both image content and social cues. In this paper, we show the importance of image cues such as color, gradients, deep learning features and the set of objects present, as well as the importance of various social cues such as number of friends or number of photos uploaded that lead to high or low…
  • Amazon Laying Groundwork for Delivery Service

    Kevin Wild
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    The Journal notes that Amazon is "several years away" from becoming a full-fledged US delivery company  — assuming the company decides to pursue such a significant and challenging venture. But job listings suggest that Jeff Bezos is giving it serious thought. "Amazon is growing at a faster speed than UPS and FedEx, who are responsible for shipping the majority of our packages," reads one recent posting cited by the Journal. "At this rate Amazon cannot continue to rely solely on the solutions provided through traditional logistics providers. To do so will limit our…
  • Facebook Q1 Revenue Grows 72 Percent

    Kevin Wild
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Who is the product?Facebook said that mobile ads represented 59 percent of its ad revenue in the first quarter, up from 30 percent in the year-ago period. Facebook's overall revenue grew 72 percent year-on-year to $2.5 billion in the first quarter, above the $2.36 billion expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S."They've got the right products for what advertisers are looking for and that's manifesting itself in the results you're seeing," said JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey.Facebook's newsfeed ads, which inject paid marketing messages straight into a user's stream of news…
  • Tim Cook Auctions Lunch Meeting for Charity

    Kevin Wild
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I was thinking about this earlier today: if I had the chance to have lunch with Tim Cook, what would I talk to him about?[1]1. Probably the weather -- or sports. ↩Permalink
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    Bryan Smith

  • This Week In Quotes: April 3 – 17

    Bryan Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    (This) “essentially puts the nation on the brink of civil war.” – Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the escalating conflict in Ukraine “You know the same happened to Reeva’s head? It exploded.” – State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, on the fatal injuries sustained by Reeva Steenkamp, late girlfriend of murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius “They did this […]
  • Week In Quotes: March 13-27

    Bryan Smith
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:03 am
    “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.” – […]
  • Column: Howzit, Julius – Part II

    Bryan Smith
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Honourable Comrade Bryan Smith writes to EFF Commander in Chief Julius Malema this week for a chat about parliamentary furniture, Thabo Mbeki, Rolex watches, and a plan to put the first revolutionary on the moon… _______________ Howzit Chief, I have good and bad news. On the up side, there’s less than two months to go until we can […]
  • An Evening of Fire and Light

    Bryan Smith
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:24 am
    I had the pleasure of attending an evening of fire dancing and light painting with the University of Cape Town’s Photographic Society. Here’s a small selection of snaps from an incredible experience! I roughly had my settings on my Nikon D5100 at ISO 100, f 5,6, with exposures ranging from 1s to 3s. I vacillated […]
  • This Week In Quotes: 28 February – March 13

    Bryan Smith
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Not guilty, my lady.” – Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, declaring innocence to charges of manslaughter over the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp “I want to ask the patrons of these dark forces in the West: Have you gone blind? Have you forgotten what fascism is?” – Outsted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, denouncing new […]
 
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