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  • Are podcasts the new path to diversifying public radio?

    Columbia Journalism Review
    22 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Late last month at the first-ever podcast upfront in New York City, NPR unveiled a study showing that nearly 33 percent of its podcast audience is comprised of people of color. This is significant in light of public radio’s long struggle with trying to reach more diverse audiences, particularly African American, Latino, and Asian American listeners. While NPR is touting...
  • Dennis Publishing names Joe Barnes editor of Men’s Fitness

    Talking New Media
    TNM Staff
    22 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    Barnes was previously editor at Bauer Media’s FHM for four years, and before that editor at Front magazine London, UK – May 22, 2015 — Dennis Publishing has appointed Joe Barnes as Editor of the Men’s Fitness brand. He will take up the post on 13th July 2015, moving from Bauer Media’s FHM. Barnes joined FHM as Editor in June 2011 where he led the strategic overhaul of the international lifestyle brand, repositioning it editorially and transforming the title from a print-focused business to a multi-channel content provider. James Burnay, Group Publishing Director of Men’s…
  • Playing leapfrog and werewolf with Google and Facebook

    BuzzMachine
    Jeff Jarvis
    17 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    First Google made its friendship pact with eight old, European publishers, vowing to innovate together. Then Facebook leapfrogged Google — by a considerable distance — launching its Instant Articles with nine publishers, old world and new, inviting them into its mobile News Feed and helping them make money to boot. Now it’s Google’s turn to leapfrog Facebook. We like this game. That opportunity for publishers — to build upon these positive steps — is what I, for one, emphasized this weekend in more than one session at Google’s excellent gathering in Helsinki, Newsgeist Europe,…
  • AP's Own Report Undermines Claims Of "Ethics Concerns" Around Nonprofit Exemptions

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    22 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    The Associated Press suggested it was unethical for then-first lady Hillary Clinton to push for tax breaks for those who donated to nonprofit organizations while the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for the Clinton administration's presidential library -- but its own article later undermined those claims, outlining how the proposed measure had been building momentum since 1997, three years prior to the alleged conflict of interest. In fact, as the AP admitted, the proposal in question would provide no "direct" benefit to the foundation.  Hillary Clinton endorsed a…
  • Washington Post Build App for Breaking News Freelancers

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    Tom Johnson
    19 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    So cool: The @washingtonpost Talent Network. Like Uber or Task Rabbit, but to hire freelance reporters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=A4ORGOYRMjE Retweet from Mariam Rom
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  • Are podcasts the new path to diversifying public radio?

    22 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Late last month at the first-ever podcast upfront in New York City, NPR unveiled a study showing that nearly 33 percent of its podcast audience is comprised of people of color. This is significant in light of public radio’s long struggle with trying to reach more diverse audiences, particularly African American, Latino, and Asian American listeners. While NPR is touting...
  • As budget cuts spark mental health concerns, Chicago's WBEZ is on the story

    21 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    After the closure in 2012 of half of Chicago's mental health clinics and years of state and city budget cuts (with more on the table), Chicago is experiencing a "mental health emergency," as the title of an audio segment by WBEZ reporter Shannon Heffernan's recent put it. The public radio station--including Heffernan and her colleagues Cate Cahan and Jason Marck--has...
  • Bernie Sanders can't win: Why the press loves to hate underdogs

    21 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    On the eve of the 1948 presidential election, Newsweek asked the 50 reporters on President Truman’s campaign train to forecast the winner. To a man they went the way the Chicago Tribune infamously would on election night: "Dewey defeats Truman." Lay historians will recall that not only did Truman defeat Dewey; he clobbered him. Sorting out how the media got...
  • A new website wants to disrupt how freelancers do business

    20 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    It was over a dinner of Chinese food that the seed for Scott Carney’s new business was formed. Carney, a book author and journalist, was catching up last year with a friend who writes for The New Yorker. The conversation drifted to the value of the written word, and soon the two friends started calculating how much top magazines pay...
  • How The New York Times is trying to combat the backfire effect

    20 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    The press has forever operated on a relatively simple model: Journalists provide information, and readers in turn become more informed. A blissfully naive reader comes across an article on her favorite restaurant’s health code violations, and, armed with her newly acquired knowledge, decides to make dinner at home tonight. It’s known as the information deficit model, and it’s the basis...
 
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    Talking New Media

  • Dennis Publishing names Joe Barnes editor of Men’s Fitness

    TNM Staff
    22 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    Barnes was previously editor at Bauer Media’s FHM for four years, and before that editor at Front magazine London, UK – May 22, 2015 — Dennis Publishing has appointed Joe Barnes as Editor of the Men’s Fitness brand. He will take up the post on 13th July 2015, moving from Bauer Media’s FHM. Barnes joined FHM as Editor in June 2011 where he led the strategic overhaul of the international lifestyle brand, repositioning it editorially and transforming the title from a print-focused business to a multi-channel content provider. James Burnay, Group Publishing Director of Men’s…
  • The holiday weekend schedule; Google and traffic performance

    D.B. Hebbard
    22 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    The Memorial Day holiday is Monday in the U.S., and in the U.K. Monday is a bank holiday. This will give TNM an opportunity to take a bit of a break, hopefully returning Tuesday with renewed energy. Meanwhile, this year so far has been a tough year for many web publishers thanks to changes at Google that many bloggers and small news sites say have lowered their traffic numbers. Google, for its part, warned publishers that it would punish some publishers that did not have mobile friendly websites, even sending out emails with links to a test a publisher could run that would evaluate their…
  • Those annoying bugs: media companies learn to deal with app issues and constant change

    D.B. Hebbard
    22 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Tribune Publishing reacts quickly by issuing an update for one of its apps after readers began reporting crash issues following the release of a previous update The app team at Tribune Publishing today issued an update for LA Times, the paper’s universal news app. As TNM reported on Monday, a previous app update which was supposed to fix some bugs was causing some users to experience crashes. The latest version, the one designed to fix the crash issues is version 3.3.6. Until now, all the Trib apps have been at the same version number, so it is odd that users were only complaining about…
  • Graham Holdings sells TheRoot.com to La Fabrica, a division of Univision Interactive Media

    D.B. Hebbard
    21 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Here is a story we have been following for a while, the sell-off of most of the properties once tied to The Washington Post Company. One can go back as far as you would like to determine when it started. Was it the sale of Newsweek? or of The Post itself. In any case, the sell-off continues. I’m sure Donald Graham would eventually like to find a buyer for Kaplan, the for-profit, tax payer funded education unit. But he may well hand on to that until the very end. ARLINGTON, Va. – May 21, 2015 — Graham Holdings Company announced today that it sold The Root.com, an on-line…
  • Two Newsstand apps use the Adobe DPS to create very different, but equally effective new digital publications

    D.B. Hebbard
    21 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    First look: Berlin Policy Journal from the the German Council on Foreign Relations, and the first Newsstand app from the Inter-American Development Bank The Apple Newsstand continues to attract interesting new digital publications even as finding them becomes harder and harder for readers. Because Apple is not maintaining the categories, the only way for a reader to browse the Newsstand in the same way a reader would browse a newsstand at, say, Barnes & Noble, is to wade through the hundreds of new foreign language apps being released in hopes of finding something new they can read. One…
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    BuzzMachine

  • Playing leapfrog and werewolf with Google and Facebook

    Jeff Jarvis
    17 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    First Google made its friendship pact with eight old, European publishers, vowing to innovate together. Then Facebook leapfrogged Google — by a considerable distance — launching its Instant Articles with nine publishers, old world and new, inviting them into its mobile News Feed and helping them make money to boot. Now it’s Google’s turn to leapfrog Facebook. We like this game. That opportunity for publishers — to build upon these positive steps — is what I, for one, emphasized this weekend in more than one session at Google’s excellent gathering in Helsinki, Newsgeist Europe,…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: The final chapters

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    I’ve just posted the final chapter — and an afterword on journalism education — from Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. So it’s not all online for free. But you can buy the book here. This last chapter is about the impatient innovation but patient capital we will need to reinvent news and find new, sustainable business models. Here’s a sample: In the development of the internet and of news in its age, we are — as I write this — only two decades past the introduction of the commercial browser and web in 1994. In Gutenberg years, this…
  • I, for one, welcome our new newsstand

    Jeff Jarvis
    12 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Facebook just gave publishers almost what I was wishing for. It is enabling news companies to go to readers where they are (we used to call that home delivery), embedding their articles, photos, videos — and ads — in users’ streams of attention and keeping all the revenue they sell or a share of the ad revenue Facebook sells. They call it Instant Articles because it saves users the time of clicking on links and waiting for web pages to load. It’s a start, a good start. I wish that Facebook would also work to share data about users at their option so news companies…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Metrics

    Jeff Jarvis
    11 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    The New York Times’ investigation into the dangers and abuses nail parlor workers are subjected to just led to Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordering inspections and, where necessary, closure of offending salons. That is media impact: improving people’s lives. Media impact is not what we measure now: pageviews, unique users, likes, shares, and all that. In the latest (and next-to-last) free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts, I offer my view of the metrics we should be using. Here’s a snippet; read the rest here. (And here’s a related post I wrote after the book about internally vs.
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: The Link Economy and Creditright

    Jeff Jarvis
    5 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    Here (after a delay … sorry) is another free chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts. This one explores the idea that we need a marketplace that values not just content but also the creation of an audience for it, and how that might occur. This is a critical topic as we look at distributing news off media’s own sites and through Facebook and other platforms and streams. You can read the entire chapter here; a snippet: There have long been two creations of value in media: the creation of content, yes, but also the creation of a public — an audience — for it. In legacy news…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • AP's Own Report Undermines Claims Of "Ethics Concerns" Around Nonprofit Exemptions

    22 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    The Associated Press suggested it was unethical for then-first lady Hillary Clinton to push for tax breaks for those who donated to nonprofit organizations while the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for the Clinton administration's presidential library -- but its own article later undermined those claims, outlining how the proposed measure had been building momentum since 1997, three years prior to the alleged conflict of interest. In fact, as the AP admitted, the proposal in question would provide no "direct" benefit to the foundation.  Hillary Clinton endorsed a…
  • Watch This Atlanta TV Station Expose ALEC's Influence On Local Legislators

    22 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    From the May 21 edition of WXIA-TV's 11 Alive News Tonight:Previously On the Ropes: Inside ALEC's Annual Meeting The ALEC Problem Is Even Worse Than John Oliver Thinks
  • "War On Cops": Fox News Abandons Its Catchphrase When Bike Gangs Threaten Police

    22 May 2015 | 12:27 am
    After African-American communities in Baltimore and Ferguson, MO came together to demonstrate against the deadly and racially disparate policies of law enforcement, Fox News branded the protests a "war on cops." But when the story became a mostly white Texas biker gang plotting to kill police with grenades and car bombs, the network took a decidedly less sensationalist approach in its reporting. Fox host Sean Hannity declared on May 12 that there is a "war on police in America" and tied recent statistics on law…
  • Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, And The College Mental Health Crisis Media Coverage Ignores

    21 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan criticizes the "Trigger-Happy Generation" in her latest column, adding to the increasingly wide range of media figures questioning the merits of "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" on college campuses. But her attacks in particular reveal a troubling element largely missing from this debate: an honest assessment of the crisis of mental health support for students.  Trigger warnings and safe spaces, in theory, attempt to warn and shield students from material that might remind them of past trauma or reinforce…
  • Fox's Geraldo Rivera: The Freddie Gray Case Will Mark "The Decline Into Irrelevancy Of The Modern Civil Rights Movement"

    21 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    From the May 21 edition of Fox News' Hannity: RIVERA: It seems that, I believe the Freddie Gray case will mark the decline into irrelevancy of the modern civil rights movement. It seems that they are only interested, black lives matter, black lives matter only when they're killed by cops, particularly white cops. Where is the outrage of the 100 Baltimore citizens who've been shot dead this year? There is none. And I think now you have the cops backing off, arrests are plummeting, Baltimore will become, you know Mark used the term a blood bath, it is a killing zone right…
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  • Washington Post Build App for Breaking News Freelancers

    Tom Johnson
    19 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    So cool: The @washingtonpost Talent Network. Like Uber or Task Rabbit, but to hire freelance reporters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=A4ORGOYRMjE Retweet from Mariam Rom
  • Sensor Journalism in San Diego

    Tom Johnson
    12 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
     An impressive and innovative class this spring at San Diego State University. Sensor Journalism 101. Check it out at http://ow.ly/MSucm
  • IRE, Esri partner to offer fellowships for mapping training

    Tom Johnson
    12 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    IRE and Esri have partnered to offer fellowships to attend mapping training at the 2015 Esri Conference from July 18-22 in San Diego or the IRE Mapping Boot Camp from August 7-9 at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mo. The Esri Conference fellowships cover airfare and four nights lodging, and the Boot Camp fellowships cover airfare and three nights lodging. The Esri Conference schedule includes attendance at the following events: Esri Business Summit (July 18-19) to learn about how international businesses are using advanced mapping technology: Conference Plenary Session (July 20); and…
  • A History of Choking off Transparency at Cal State Fullerton | Voice of OC

    Tom Johnson
    9 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Complaints from student journalists about the university’s communications department, and its chief spokesman Christopher Bugbee, are echoed by members of the professional media. Source: A History of Choking off Transparency at Cal State Fullerton | Voice of OC
  • Tracking campaign contributions with MapLight

    Tom Johnson
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
    Maplight, a 501(c)(3) foundation, recently announced its “extensive mapping project examining the geographic origin of contributions to legislators by state; contributions from companies to legislators by state; and roll call votes by state and district on key bills in Congress.” Today’s news peg points to “Who in Your State Has Contributed Money to Majority Leader Candidate Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)?” MapLight looks to be a good edition to our GIS toolbox.
 
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  • 10 keys to newsroom transformation

    Jack Lail
    11 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Steve Buttry, a longtime digital pioneer, agent provocateur for newsroom change and currently the Lamar Family Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University, has done a series of blog posts over the past week on the "Four Platform Newsroom" effort of the former Scripps newspapers.Working with the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of Southern California at Annenberg, the "Four Platform" program set out to "transform" the newsrooms of the 13 newspapers then owned by E.W. Scripps and now known as the "Baker's Dozen Newspapers" of  the Journal Media Group. The effort, underway since…
  • A decade of freedom of information challenges

    Jack Lail
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Here's a A timeline tracing events over the past 10 years that show the country's ambivalence over the free flow of information. It is being distributed by ASNE and major news organizations, including the Associated Press, The McClatchy Company and Gannett, as part of Sunshine Week, March 15-21, 2015.
  • Snapshot of presidential photographers

    Jack Lail
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Interesting project! University of Tennessee news release: KNOXVILLE--As President's Day approaches, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Journalism Professor Michael Martinez is busy studying U.S. commanders-in-chief through the lens of the White House photographers. Since John F. Kennedy started the tradition of hiring a White House photographer, these cameramen have given the public a close, sometimes intimate, look at America's first family. Martinez is working on a book looking at the public's memory of U.S. presidents as portrayed through these photographs. Martinez, who spent years as a…
  • ESPN looks to the future of sports coverage

    Jack Lail
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Neat look at ESPN and how it's trying to embrace a future full of media disruptions.
  • Is 'Serial' bad journalism?

    Jack Lail
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Is the wildy popular "Serial" podcast bad journalism or is objectivity in journalism a threadbare concept?
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  • Alhurra app redesign wins Award of Excellence from Society for News Design

    Will Sullivan
    23 May 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The Alhurra Android and IOS mobile and tablet apps were recently recognized by the Society for News Design’s Best of Digital competition with an Award of Excellence in the “Redesign” category. The Alhurra app redesign, executed by the ODDI Mobile Team in partnership with MBN Digital, featured revamped branding and an interface featuring larger, bolder images and typography, a new tablet-optimized interface, a live video streaming channel, enhanced push notifications and redesigned user-generated content offering audiences tools for submitting video, photos, audio and text directly to…
  • Alhurra and VOA Java apps prove wildly successful growing audience quickly in emerging markets

    Will Sullivan
    23 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    While the mobile and media industry loves to over-hype fleeting technologies like Google Glass and Meerkat, serving the BBG audiences in emerging markets requires that we focus on user experience and building for not just the elite — and that often means building for very old or low-tech devices like Java phones. Over the past few years, the ODDI Mobile team has launched and evolved the award-winning flagship fleet ofmobile and tablet applications available for the most high-end devices on Android and Apple IOS (as well as supporting old versions of the operating systems back to…
  • How Alhurra drives more mobile, desktop, social shares and app installs, with just a small, strategic ‘Push’

    Will Sullivan
    23 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    The pioneering mobile-first MBN Digital Team The digital team at Alhurra has found an effective way to easily, free and smartly grow their audience from content they are already producing: Push Notifications. They sent their first push when Nelson Mandela passed away in December of 2013, and continue to do it at the present time and over time have found that besides driving people to read stories more in the award-winning Alhurra apps, but sending pushes they can generate surges in mobile web, desktop web and social media traffic to stories they chose to push, as well as drive new app…
  • More Google searches now take place on mobile devices than desktops in U.S.

    Will Sullivan
    23 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    The drum beat of the continuing and quick cultural shift to mobile device dominance continues to grow—Google announced that more searches take place on mobile devices than desktops in 10 countries, including the U.S. and Japan. These searches are often driven by ‘need-to-know’ information or utility-based actions (rather than entertainment or more passive consumption), which aligns with a lot of the information and resources government agencies provide on their digital properties. Jerry Dischler from Google cited in the announcement, “consumers, particularly on mobile devices, now…
  • Three recent research reports show: consumer purchases and usage of tablets shrink, as phablets grow

    Will Sullivan
    23 May 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Consumers are buying less tablets and more phablets, especially in the U.S. according to several new reports published in the past week. Three recent research reports released in the past week from IDC, Flurry and Kantar each point to a shift in consumer purchasing habits over the past quarter, showing that consumers are reducing the number of tablet devices purchased with an increase in “phablet” or large 5-inch sized phones increasing. “Phablets claimed 21% of all U.S. smartphone sales in Q1 2015 – nearly quadrupling their 6% share from the first quarter of 2014,” Katar…
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  • 10 keys to newsroom transformation

    Jack Lail
    11 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Steve Buttry, a longtime digital pioneer, agent provocateur for newsroom change and currently the Lamar Family Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University, has done a series of blog posts over the past week on the "Four Platform Newsroom" effort of the former Scripps newspapers.Working with the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of Southern California at Annenberg, the "Four Platform" program set out to "transform" the newsrooms of the 13 newspapers then owned by E.W. Scripps and now known as the "Baker's Dozen Newspapers" of  the Journal Media Group. The effort, underway since…
  • A decade of freedom of information challenges

    Jack Lail
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Here's a A timeline tracing events over the past 10 years that show the country's ambivalence over the free flow of information. It is being distributed by ASNE and major news organizations, including the Associated Press, The McClatchy Company and Gannett, as part of Sunshine Week, March 15-21, 2015.
  • Snapshot of presidential photographers

    Jack Lail
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Interesting project! University of Tennessee news release: KNOXVILLE--As President's Day approaches, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Journalism Professor Michael Martinez is busy studying U.S. commanders-in-chief through the lens of the White House photographers. Since John F. Kennedy started the tradition of hiring a White House photographer, these cameramen have given the public a close, sometimes intimate, look at America's first family. Martinez is working on a book looking at the public's memory of U.S. presidents as portrayed through these photographs. Martinez, who spent years as a…
  • ESPN looks to the future of sports coverage

    Jack Lail
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Neat look at ESPN and how it's trying to embrace a future full of media disruptions.
  • Is 'Serial' bad journalism?

    Jack Lail
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Is the wildy popular "Serial" podcast bad journalism or is objectivity in journalism a threadbare concept?
 
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • Why publishers had to partner with Facebook

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

    Newsosaur
    13 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The pending purchase of the San Diego U-T by the Los Angeles Times represents a synergy not of strength but of tsoris.   Tsoris, for the uninitiated, is the Yiddish word for trouble. And woe – unlike readership and revenues – has been plentiful at both of these newspapers in the last decade.   As illustrated in the graphic below, the upcoming merger combines a faltering pair of former
  • 4 new media platforms demanding attention

    Newsosaur
    12 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    As if the web, mobile and social media were not enough to worry about, four new digital platforms are emerging to challenge the legacy publishers and broadcasters struggling to preserve the audiences and ad dollars that made them mighty.  To dispense with any further suspense, the emerging technologies are Next-Gen Messaging Platforms, Wearable Technology, the Internet of Things and Automated
  • Made in NYC: New business models for new media

    Newsosaur
    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tattoos, tight jeans and three-day beards are “in,” while meaningless page clicks, paywalls and backfill banner ads are “out.”  That's the state of the art among the hustling, bustling start-up companies who are innovating the new business models for digital publishing in New York.  In a two-day tour that I organized last week for 50 senior global media executives on behalf of the
  • ‘No-hands’ ad sales challenge legacy media

    Newsosaur
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ever since legacy publishers and broadcasters got serious about selling interactive advertising, they have struggled with how to do it.  Should veteran ad representatives be cross-trained to sell portfolios of traditional and digital advertising? This came to be known as the two-leg sales call. Should specially trained digital ad specialists accompany legacy reps on four-leg sales calls?  
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  • This rant reads like a parody of a print-media dinosaur, but it’s not

    23 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Jim Romenesko got an email from an ex-USA Today newspaper executive who was up in arms about comments made by the current editor-in-chief of the paper, David Callaway, who said that he could see the paper stop publishing daily in “five or six years.” This former ad-sales manager, Jim Gath, wrote a long rant on Facebook — which Romenesko also published on his blog. I’ve read a lot of pro-print and anti-digital invective from newspaper executives over the years, but this one takes the cake. In a nutshell, Gath says the biggest problem with print newspapers isn’t a…
  • Tisch Graduates, De Niro is Talking to You

    23 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Robert De Niro grew up near the Tisch School of the Arts. He has made eight feature films with Martin Scorsese, Class of 1964, who met editor Thelma Schoonmaker at Tisch. On Friday, De Niro followed 2014 Tisch Commencement speaker Scorsese with a wonderful pep talk of his own. It’s De Niro’s best performance since Silver Linings Playbook, full of memorable passages like this one: “On this day of triumphant graduation, a new day is opening to you. A door of lifetime rejection. It’s inevitable. It’s what graduates call the real world…” “How do you…
  • A Tale of Two Musicals

    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Great Recession did a number on Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities, which closed in the fall of 2008 after a total of 101 preview and regular performances. But the musical has found new life away from The Great White Way. The Dickens adaptation has been staged three times in Seoul, South Korea and performed in Germany, England, Ireland and Japan. Another full-scale version has just begun this weekend in Wichita, Texas, with play author Jill Santoriello (pictured), an Ohio University journalism alum, telling the Wichita Falls Times-Record that she will be in the audience for this…
  • Student Editor’s Plagiarism Accusations Lead to Reporter Suspension

    22 May 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Things can escalate very quickly when the \"P\" word is thrown down. What’s interesting in this case is that it was only after Florida Atlantic University student newspaper EIC Emily Bloch published her accusations that the Boca Raton Tribune took action. The community newspaper, published bi-weekly during the summer and weekly the rest of the year, had failed to properly respond to contact Monday from a representative for Bloch’s newspaper, the University Press, and a call from Bloch herself Thursday. In her article, the FAU student editor accused Tribune contributor Fred…
  • How early newspapers were like the Internet

    22 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    It was a common practice for 19th-century newspapers to republish poems, fiction excerpts, and even lists of facts that were originally published elsewhere. Editors would subscribe to many newspapers and would cut out things they thought were interesting, relevant, or fit a space on the page that they needed to fill and then republish them in their own papers, Cordell explained. “Many 19th-century newspapers are comprised primarily of content from other newspapers,” he said. “They were more aggregators than producers of original content. And often they were created by very small staffs,…
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  • ‘This American Life’ to address retracted segments on air

    Benjamin Mullin
    22 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    This week’s broadcast of “This American Life” will include a note from host Ira Glass addressing an academic article, used in a previous episode of the show, that has come under heavy fire this week. The study, which purported to show how individuals could be swayed on the issue of same-sex marriage by talking to gay people, was featured in episode 555 of “This American Life,” “The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind.” The article was also covered by several major news organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The…
  • Judy Woodruff to PBS ombud: ‘What you wrote was unfair’

    Benjamin Mullin
    22 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    PBS “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor Judy Woodruff on Friday responded to a post from PBS ombudsman Michael Getler calling her donations to an initiative by the Clinton Foundation “a mistake.” I’m a longtime admirer of your work, as a journalist and as ombudsman, but what you wrote was unfair. To lump what I did in 2010 under the simple heading of “Clinton” ignores the facts and the context. I gave $250 two days after the Haiti earthquake struck in 2010, to an emergency relief fund, and in response to one of the first appeals to cross my desk when we were witnessing…
  • This week on Medium: 6 media stories you may have missed

    Kristen Hare
    22 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Links shared in Poynter’s internal Slack channel are quite frequently from Medium and almost always about journalism and media (although sometimes not.) So this week, we’re trying something new and gathering them up here. Throughout the week, let me know what you’re reading on Medium and we’ll try to include it next Friday, if we try this again. Here are six things about journalism from Medium this week (with thanks to Ren LaForme and Vidisha Priyanka for helping curate.) Lessons on using WhatsApp for publishing — an election experience On May 18, Paul Bradshaw…
  • Former Hillary Clinton deputy: NYT reporter is ‘pain in the ass’

    Benjamin Mullin
    22 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    The U.S. Department of State on Friday released a trove of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. There’s pages and pages of messages to parse, and many of the subject lines contain references to major media organizations, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Politico. In a message dated Sept. 26, 2012, former Clinton deputy Jake Sullivan complains that New York Times senior writer Eric Schmitt is being “a pain in the ass.” Sullivan was responding to an email from Clinton’s account saying that a New York Times story was “a…
  • The Arizona Republic is 125 years old. Here are 3 ways it’s now connecting with the community

    Kristen Hare
    22 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    When Michael Meister started at the Arizona Republic in 1984, the only place his photos showed up were in the newspaper. Now and then, Meister would see someone pick up the paper “and I would think, ‘oh my, they’re looking at my picture.’… That was the only feedback that I got back from the reader.” Tuesday, May 19, marked the Arizona Republic’s 125th anniversary. In that time a lot has obviously changed. Even in Meister’s 31 years, a lot has changed. The Republic, like all Gannett papers, went through a reorganization last year. And some of the changes they made…
 
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    Media Disruptus

  • Send in the drones (to disaster areas), please

    Steve Outing
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    There’s this pet peeve of mine about disaster coverage by news media, and it’s been the case again in early coverage of the earthquakes in Nepal and devastation in the city of Kathmandu. Of course, photojournalists and news videographers shoot images of the worst damage. Editors select the best (worst) photos and video. That’s what...
  • The futures of journalism (science-fiction edition)

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

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

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

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

  • Bookmarks for May 23, 2015

    Julie Starr
    22 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Some of the more interesting things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the past few days. An Extraordinary Glimpse into the First 21 Days of a Bee’s Life in 60 Seconds | Colossal In an attempt to better understand exactly what happens as a bee grows from an egg into an adult insect, photographer Anand Varma teamed up with the bee lab at UC Davis to film the first three weeks of a bee’s life in unprecedented detail, all condensed into a 60-second clip. The video here d donottrack – a personalisesd interactive web series about privacy Do Not Track, a personalized web…
  • Bookmarks for May 22, 2015

    Julie Starr
    21 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Some of the more interesting things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the last little while. Haka video of 3-year-old Levi goes viral | Māori Television Levi Tairi, a 3-year-old boy of Māori and Samoan descent, is set for stardom after a video of him performing the haka for his great grandmothers 81st… Twitter loses quarter of market value after poor results ‘leaked’ – Telegraph Twitter loses quarter of market value after poor results ‘leaked’ – Telegraph http://evlvgn.ws/1zc9UU1 Google aims to transform European newsrooms –…
  • Bookmarks for May 15, 2015

    Julie Starr
    20 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Panoramic Coffee Cup Sketches by Adrian Hogan | Colossal Tokyo-based illustrator Adrian Hogan created a fun series of sketches last April where he drew panoramic views of streets and sidewalks around the outside of his coffee cups. In these brief videos he then slowly reveals each drawing against the back… The Nomadic Libraries Bringing Books to the Four Corners of the Globe Arriving by camel in remote areas of Mongolia or on boat along the coast of Norway, contemporary libraries are often mobile, creative, and community-driven, and are adapting rather than fading with… YOURS TV…
  • Bookmarks for April 19, 2015

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

    Julie Starr
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    If you care about open government, work at a fairly high level and are tapped into a strong New Zealand community, you might want to put your hand up for a new advisory role over at the State Services Commission (SSC). The new stakeholder advisory group will oversee New Zealand’s commitments as a member of the Open Government Partnership – 65 member countries “committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens”. New Zealand joined the partnership in 2014 and has submitted an Action Plan for 2014-16. The advisory group will  monitor…
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  • BIA/Kelsey Now: The Local On Demand Economy Event , June 12

    Peter
    14 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    We all see that economic models for local services and commerce are changing quickly. Uber, AirBnB and others are providing inventory, feedback/validation and payment as a one stop service. Does it spell the end of search and discovery, or simply a radical realignment? What segments are most impacted? And how should the local infrastructure adjust to this reality? How much time do we all have before we see permanent disruption? These are the rich subjects of BIA/Kelsey Now, a new, one-day Local On Demand Economy event that my colleagues Mitch Ratcliffe and Mike Boland are putting on at the…
  • AOL’s Sale to Verizon: All Eyes on Mobile and Video

    Peter
    12 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Verizon’s announcement today that it will buy AOL for $4.4 billion is a bid to get beyond dumb pipes and airwaves to get deeply into mobile and video. By doing so, Verizon, a $200 Billion company,  hopes to play on more of a level playing field with other major telecom players combining access to content and personalization services, especially Comcast (with NBC U) and  AT&T (with Direct TV.) The all-cash deal provides a 150 percent return for shareholders in AOL from when CEO Tim Armstrong came on board in 2009. The price is 17 percent above the current stock price. And at the…
  • Uber’s $3 Billion Bid for Nokia’s HERE: Too Much, Too Soon

    Peter
    11 May 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As my colleague Mitch Ratcliffe points out, Uber is apparently bidding $3 billion to buy Nokia’s HERE mapping service (which was formerly NAVTEQ.) It is a huge bid that comes out of left field. But does it make sense? A case could be made for it. Uber seems especially eager to juice its valuation before the IPO. It wants to reposition itself as an ecommerce leaders and move away from its current reality as a collection of freelance drivers. Moreover, the number of mapping competitors that it could partner with is definitely shrinking. It comes down to Google, Microsoft and perhaps,…
  • UT San Diego Sale: Online Isn’t Adding Value to Traditional Media Sale Prices

    Peter
    8 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Today’s announcement that UT San Diego and its eight regional publications will be acquired by Tribune Publishing’s Los Angeles Times for a slightly better-than-fire sale price of $85 million (plus $100 million in pension liabilities) points to several things. 1. The price is probably a flat fee for the brand and expectations of selling regional advertising throughout southern California. 2. Individual components such as subscriber counts include a certain number of online subscribers. But there aren’t many online-only subs in this case. 3. UT San Diego’s various online and mobile…
  • Bookshelf: ‘The Internet of Things’

    Peter
    7 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Last year, like millions of others, I bought a Nest thermostat. It is connected to my WiFi, and I can use its iPhone app to turn off the heat from the Airport. It also knows if we aren’t home, and shuts down to 58 degrees when we don’t walk by it every two hours. A few weeks ago, I went a little further, and bought a Rachio, a lawn sprinkling system that integrates with the Nest. It tracks the weather via the Web, and adjusts my backyard watering stations based on precipitation and heat. And then I jiggered it, so that I can use its iPhone app to turn on the lights on my stairway when…
 
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    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project

  • Methodology: On UK elections, the talk on Twitter is largely negative

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    7 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    This analysis of the Twitter discussions surrounding the 2015 United Kingdom (UK) elections employed media research methods that combined Pew Research’s content analysis rules with computer coding software developed by Crimson Hexagon (CH). This report is based on examination of about 13.5 million Twitter statements that were identified as being about the parties competing for the elections […]
  • State of the News Media 2015

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    As the U.S. news industry faces a new mobile reality, how is it faring? From broadcast to print to ethnic and more, this year’s annual report on the state of the news media takes stock.
  • News Magazines: Fact Sheet

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The data on News Magazines, from the 2015 State of the News Media report
  • Public Broadcasting: Fact Sheet

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The data on on Public Broadcasting, from the 2015 State of the Media report
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    Online Journalism Blog

  • A data story flow chart: “talk to an expert”

    Paul Bradshaw
    21 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
    James Gaines has put together an impressively elegant flowchart for data stories which I wanted to share here. What I particularly like is the focus on speaking to experts early on. James is coming at this from a science journalism perspective, where expertise is particularly vital, but this applies to other disciplines too. So many times you can find out about, or get to, data through simply talking to someone who deals with it, rather than going through FOI or spending hours on searches. It also connects nicely with my own flowchart on finding data to which you can now add Import.io as…
  • Lessons on using WhatsApp for publishing – an election experience

    Paul Bradshaw
    18 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
    A screenshot of the BirminghamEastside WhatsApp channel During this year’s general and local elections a collection of my Birmingham City University students used WhatsApp to publish regular updates throughout the two days of voting. Frankly… they nailed it. In the process they learned a lot, so I thought I’d share some of the things that came up throughout the process – as well as the experiences of the person responsible for the Mirror‘s political WhatsApp account in the week leading up to the election. 1. You’ll need a dedicated mobile phone or SIM This…
  • UPDATED: Ampp3d and UsVsTh3m: 9 of their best moments

    Paul Bradshaw
    13 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Trinity Mirror are closing Ampp3d and UsVsTh3m. Here are just 7 9 of their best moments, in reverse order. Are there any you think should be here too? 9. More people may have died building venues for Qatar 2022 than will play in the 2014 World Cup Mary Hamilton describes this as “the single best interactive I have ever seen for mobile.” At the time I wrote a whole post about it: This simple piece of visualisation will have you rethinking what you know about impact and mobile: “The result [of the graphic on mobile] is percussive: 23 players, 23 dead workers; 23…
  • The legacy of Ampp3d, UsVsTh3m and Row Zed

    Paul Bradshaw
    13 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Really sad that Mirror is shutting @UsVsTh3m @ampp3d & @MirrorRowZed. They were the only things on their site I read: http://t.co/JTgBafmMVh — Matt Locke (@matlock) May 13, 2015 It is perhaps a sign of the success of Trinity Mirror’s web-savvy projects Ampp3d, UsVsTh3m and Row Zed that reports of their closure have generated such strong reactions from journalists across a range of titles. UsVsTh3m launched in early 2013; Ampp3d towards the end of the same year. The launches themselves represented a fresh approach to mainstream publishing online: standalone teams free to…
  • Leveraging music to help people understand data

    johnnymates
    10 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    In a guest post for OJB, Ion Mates interviews Tom Levine and Roman Heindorff about the role of audio in data journalism. Audiolisation (sometimes called ‘auralization‘ or ‘sonification’) is the process of turning complex data to sound. Instead of using graphics and bar charts, one can represent the contents of a spreadsheet by assigning sounds to different kinds of data. In the above example, the activity of newsrooms is represented by verses, phrases and different rhythms. The author is Thomas Levine. Beginning to represent data as audio Tom started playing with…
 
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • Yahoo Finance: Playing a little loose with quotes

    Doug Fisher
    5 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    So when does butting two quotes together -- even with the attribution in the middle -- become misleading?I generally tell students to avoid it unless there is all but the shortest of breaks between them.Yahoo Finance took some serious liberties with this one, however, in this story about T-Mobile taking on Verizon.Here is the quote in the story:"There is huge price competition going on among the carriers and it's very good for consumers," he says. "If T-Mobile is willing to eat my contract I'm definitely going to give them consideration, whereas in the past I might not have."Now take a look…
  • John Means, "The Village Wordsmith" author, dies at 87

    Doug Fisher
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Got a sad note this morning from the nephew of John Means, who produced the widely read "The Village Wordsmith" newsletter for the staff of the San Antonio Express-News, that his uncle had died at 87.The Wordsmith was also emailed around to those of us who were part of the editing fraternity. It was always a good read, with great information and examples. I still refer to some of them in my editing class. John was especially good with the dos and don'ts of military usage (which, given the concentration of bases around San Antonio, you'd need to be).From his nephew, Sean P. Means, movie…
  • Journalism ethics question -- when a picture is only an illusion

    Doug Fisher
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    So here's today's journalism ethics question.The latest edition of USC's Garnet and Black Magazine​ has a big story on a woman who was a teenage mom, but has worked hard to be a college student while caring for her 3-year-old daughter. Very nice story and very inspirational stuff.And very nice "awwwwww" photos of mom and daughter. Except ... At the very end of the story there is this: "*Models portrayed in this spread are not Bourne and her daughter, or an actual mother-daughter pair." (The online version I'm linking to has only one photo -- the print version has several, including a…
  • What does "Big Silicon" mean for journalism and j-schools?

    Doug Fisher
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    There's been a lot written lately about "robots" (i.e., computers) writing news stories, be it routine earnings report at the AP or routine sports stories. The latest reflection on this, in the N.Y. Times, prompted a colleague to pose the question on a Facebook group: "What does robojournalism mean for j-schools and the people that love them?"If we cut through the somewhat visceral reactions these stories tend to invoke, what is happening can actually provide the sort of clarity we need to examine the state of affairs by making us truly assess what journalism is versus "news" and what has…
  • More evidence that social media has infiltrated our lives

    Doug Fisher
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Yes, Charlotte now has a Twitter Lane. Maybe it's referencing the bird calls .... and maybe not ...
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    CyberJournalist.net

  • Verizon, AOL Deal Has Data at Its Core

    15 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Verizon, AOL Deal Has Data at Its Core: Verizon gets an ad-tech platform from AOL, but the wireless firm will help AOL connect the dots to enable the robust cross-platform ad campaigns advertisers desire. Most companies tracking and targeting users across devices can, at best, “stitch together profiles that may or may not be at the user level,” said Steve Latham, CEO of Encore Media Metrics, a campaign measurement firm. “The promise is that because of the position Verizon plays, it has … the ability to get access to a lot of data and persistent tracking on users.” Others can only…
  • Millennials are watching 40 minutes less traditional TV every...

    10 May 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Millennials are watching 40 minutes less traditional TV every day than they were two years ago.(via Maker Studios Rene Rechtman predicts death of linear TV)
  • "Maker Studios exec: ‘TV will be dead in 10 years’"

    10 May 2015 | 7:07 pm
    “Maker Studios exec: ‘TV will be dead in 10 years’” - Maker Studios Rene Rechtman predicts death of linear TV
  • Why a pro photographer shoots on an iPhone Andrew Hoyle,...

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    Why a pro photographer shoots on an iPhone Andrew Hoyle, cnet.com We talk to professional photographer Julian Calverley about making art with a phone – and the importance of Instagram.Taking photos has long been one of the main selling points of the iPhone, but mobile photography has largely remained the rea…
  • The Random Events That Sparked 8 Of The World's Biggest Startups

    4 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The Random Events That Sparked 8 Of The World's Biggest Startups: “Light-bulb moments don’t happen on command, and brainstorming sessions rarely produce extraordinary results. More often it’s a random remark, event, or memory that sends an entrepreneur down the rabbit hole of innovation. From Airbnb to Yelp, here are the surprising origin stories to eight of today’s hottest companies…”
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    The Newspaper Guild

  • Friend: Rezaian Wanted to Write About Everyday Life in Iran

    Janelle
    21 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Zahir JanmohamedMay 21, 2015PRIJason (Rezaian) has been in jail for over 300 days and his trial begins in Iran’s Revolution Court next week. When we met, Jason had just been offered the position at the Post. I spent four years covering the Middle East for Amnesty International in Washington and I suggested possible human rights related stories for Jason to cover. He had other ideas. “I know about those stories and they are important but I also want to show everyday Iranian life,” he said. He became animated when he described wanting to write a piece about Tehran residents who love the…
  • First of Five Parts: A Mental Health Epidemic in the Newsroom

    Janelle
    19 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    Gabriel AranaMay 19, 2015The Huffington PostAs much as journalists may fancy themselves superhuman observers of history, the truth is that we are as susceptible to trauma as the victims whose stories we tell. Those covering natural disasters or war are not the only ones who suffer. “It turns out that almost all journalists are exposed to traumatic-stress experiences,” said Elana Newman, a professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa who studies journalism and trauma. That includes reporters who show up along with the first responders when a car crashes, a train derails or someone is…
  • Shaken by Attack, Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist Leaving Magazine

    Janelle
    19 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Dan BilefskyMay 19, 2015The New York TimesThe cartoonist known as Luz, who drew the polarizing cover of a weeping Prophet Muhammad for the first issue of Charlie Hebdo after the January attack on its office in Paris, is leaving the satirical French newspaper, saying the pressure had become “too much to bear.” In an interview with the newspaper Libération published on Monday, the cartoonist, Renald Luzier, said he could no longer face the trauma of working without the colleagues who were killed in the attack. “Each issue is torture, because the others are gone,” Mr. Luzier said.
  • How Journalists Can Avoid the Online Danger of Getting Doxxed

    Janelle
    19 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    Reporters Committee for Freedom of the PressMay 19, 2015PoynterThreatening journalists over their reporting is not a new concept, but the age of electronic media has brought a new method of intimidation and harassment known as doxxing. Doxxing – named for docs or documents and also called doxing or d0xing – starts with publishing someone’s personal information in an environment that implies or encourages intimidation. Typically done online, the information then is used by others in a campaign of harassment, threats and pranks. Journalists targeted by doxxing attacks, which are usually…
  • Should Paper Have Told Authorities About Gyrocopter Stunt?

    Janelle
    18 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Lena WilliamsMay 18, 2015Right to ReportThe Guild's Right to Report columnist, retired NY Times reporter Lena Williams, says the Tampa Bay Times should have told authorities in advance about the gyrocopter stunt that took place April 15. Williams says she's hesitant, like many journalists are, to second-guess other journalists' decisions and believes the reporter and editors "would not have condoned Hughes’ actions if they felt it would have endangered public lives or, for that matter, Hughes’ life. But the paper could not have known the outcome in advance. Hughes’ could have been shot…
 
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    Media | The Guardian

  • Phone hacking needed a good kicking, but huge payouts make the law an ass

    Peter Preston
    24 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    The awarding of a total of £1.2m to celebrity phone hacking victims of the Mirror is ludicrously out of proportion with compensation paid to other victims – and will affect investigative reporting in newsrooms of all kindsAmong other things, it is a question of proportion. Loss of both arms: £110,000 (on the criminal injuries tariff). False arrest in botched rape case: £20,000 (police payout to the 17-year-old girl they traduced). Money to the grieving parents of two children killed in a Greek boiler tragedy: £350,000 after a seven-year legal fight. Total awards to eight…
  • The week in radio: Frankly Speaking; International Waters; 99% Invisible

    Miranda Sawyer
    23 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Radio 4 Extra’s reruns can still thrill, while billiard balls make history elsewhereFrankly Speaking (BBC Radio 4 Extra) | iPlayerInternational Waters (Maximum Fun) | Podcast Continue reading...
  • Sweden defeats Russia to grasp Eurovision song contest victory

    Euan Ferguson
    23 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Scandinavian nation picks up coveted trophy for sixth time after popular performance by Måns ZelmerlöwWell, it wasn’t THAT bad, in the end, was it? Not quite, yet, Eurogeddon: that’s always threatening, of course, and seldom more so than last night, with hosts Austria, and their cloyingly sweet theme of “Building Bridges” – Vienna even changed its pedestrian traffic-lights to feature same-sex couples – threatening to turn every over-saccharined Eurocitizen into an instant and justifiably rabid xenophobe.But that doesn’t really have to happen, does it, not with the current…
  • The new Weetabix on the Go advert

    Mark Jones
    23 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    ‘Rising at 08:59 in full business attire, our hero saunters across city rooftops with the ease of a cloud with a PhD in parkour’Waking up late for work has four stages. Firstly, with several hours of sleep still sloshing around your brain, there’s the bleary realisation that the numbers on the clock radio are being rudely uncooperative. The second stage comes as you snap out of that fuggy stupor and hop around the bedroom throwing clothes on to various limbs. The third stage comes as clarity finally reintroduces itself to your consciousness, just in time to avoid simultaneous…
  • Screen time v play time: what tech leaders won't let their own kids do

    Amy Fleming
    22 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive designed some of the world’s most desirable tech – but imposed strict limits on their own children using it. What rules do others set?When a technology journalist suggested to Steve Jobs, in 2010, that his children must have loved the just-released iPad, he replied flatly: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” His former righthand man, Jonathan Ive, whose design for the iPad is so simple that toddlers can operate it, recently revealed that he sets strict limits for his 10-year-old twin boys.Steiner Waldorf schools,…
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    OUPblog » Media

  • How can we reconstruct history on the silver screen?

    Aaron Oppenheim
    8 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    A perpetual lament of historians is that so many people get their historical knowledge from either Hollywood or the BBC. The controversies that surrounded Lincoln and Selma will no doubt reappear in other guises with the release of Wolf Hall, based on Hilary Mantel’s popular historical novel. Historical films play an outsize role in collective historical knowledge, and historians rightly bemoan the inaccuracies and misleading emphases of popular film and television; no doubt a generation of viewers believe that the Roman Republic was restored by a dying gladiator. However, these reactions…
  • What if printed books went by ebook rules?

    SoniaT
    7 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    I love ebooks. Despite their unimaginative page design, monotonous fonts, curious approach to hyphenation, and clunky annotation utilities, they’re convenient and easy on my aging eyes. But I wish they didn’t come wrapped in legalese. Whenever I read a book on my iPad, for example, I have tacitly agreed to the 15,000-word statement of terms and conditions for the iTunes store. It’s written by lawyers in language so dense and tedious it seems designed not to be read, except by other lawyers, and that’s odd, since these Terms of Service agreements (TOS) concern the use of books that…
  • Who was the first great Shakespearean actress?

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

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

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

  • How to make PE more inclusive: top tips for teachers

    Sarah Marsh
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    From challenging bullying to introducing new games such as handball, here’s how to make sure there’s something for everyone in school sports Read the full discussion on how to make PE more inclusive Not every student has fond memories of their physical education (PE) lessons. Whether it’s kit complaints or not being able to do your favourite sport, a variety of things can deter students from games.But the benefits team sport and exercise are vast; they develop key skills such as communication, are vital for tackling obesity and inactivity, and improve mental wellbeing. Related: How to…
  • Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – as it happened

    Stuart Heritage
    23 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Would UK entry Electro Velvet fare better than our last duo Jemini, who got nul points in 2003? How did special guest Australia get on? Stuart Heritage was there for every last Eurovision second 11.57pm BST And now we are done. Sincerest congratulations to Sweden, and commiserations to all the other contestants, uniformly doomed as they are to become embedded YouTube clips in endless ‘What the hell was all that about’ Eurovision precursor articles a decade from now.Now, while we go through our own individual post-Eurovision decompression routines – I don’t know about you, but mine…
  • James DeGale beats Andre Dirrell for IBF super middleweight title – as it happened

    Bryan Armen Graham
    23 May 2015 | 3:02 pm
    James DeGale wins IBF super middleweight title with points win in BostonSouthpaw dropped Dirrell twice in second and staved off brave comebackDeGale becomes first British fighter to win Olympic gold and a world title 6.02pm ET Signing offWe thank you for tearing yourselves away from Eurovision to watch the boxing with us. Congratulations to James DeGale, remarkably the first of Britain’s 17 Olympic gold medalists in boxing to win a world championship as a professional. 5.50pm ET The secret of his success“Speed and footwork,” says DeGale when asked which skill he needed most against…
  • 1864 recap: episodes three and four – war is coming

    Julia Raeside
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Inge has news for her mother, prime minister Monrad hears reports from the battlefield and Laust meets his new captainPreviously on 1864 … actually, if we start like this, we’ll be here all week. In short, the love triangle between Laust, Peter and Inge is established. Dastardly Didrich also yearns for Inge but can’t have her. And in present-day Denmark, disenfranchised teen Claudia reads Inge’s journal to the old baron living alone in the manor house. And war is imminent. Don’t forget the war. Continue reading...
  • Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers: League Two play-off final – as it happened

    Nick Ames
    23 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Southend equalise in the final seconds of extra time to force penalties and win an equally dramatic shoot-out 7-6, winning promotion to League One 8.37pm BST Well, there we go. Southend climb up the steps to receive the trophy – which is lifted by captain John White. It was a match whose start was dramatic – Wycombe’s Sam Saunders being injured just two seconds in – and whose end was what the would kids call “peak play-offs”, Pigott’s fine equaliser coming in the second minute of added time at the end of extra time when it seemed that his team had run out of all steam. These two…
 
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    One Man & His Blog

  • Here we go again

    Adam
    21 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    Welcome, little one.
  • Follow-up on the Brighton tech company quitting the UK

    Adam
    15 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    A little follow-up on the idea that a Brighton-based tech company is quitting the UK, because of the current government’s proposals. An unusual number of people got in contact to suggest that calling ind.ie a tech company was a little premature. The organisation, led by Aral Balkan, best known currently as a compelling speaker on privacy on the tech conference circuit, raised over $100,000 late last year to launch everything from a social network to a mobile phone. It has yet to ship the promised pre-alpha to the backers, and one in particular has found the announcement of the overseas…
  • From digital pounds to mobile pennies

    Adam
    14 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    The mobile problem: Last year, mobile constituted 60% of time spent on digital, up from 53% in 2013, according to ComScore. Yes, this mobile explosion is helping goose traffic at media sites. But they’re failing to monetize it quickly enough, resulting in a widening gap between mobile readers and revenue. At The New York Times, for instance, more than half its digital audience comes from mobile, yet just 10% of its digital-ad revenue is attributed to these devices. Worth remembering as we think about Facebook’s new initiative. The mobile shift is happening so fast, publishing…
  • Tweetdeck to save idiot social media managers from themselves

    Adam
    14 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    This is such a good move: New on TweetDeck! You can now add a confirmation step before Tweeting from any account. https://t.co/8eKB5u3yMh pic.twitter.com/HYc3Gq46SA — TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) May 11, 2015 The excuses for accidental tweeting from a professional account just get fewer and fewer. If you’re not using some form of posting management tool for a branded account, you’re just putting yourself on the fast track to ridicule. (But remember, the most skilled users know that organisations don’t tweet, people do…)
  • Facebook’s Instant Stories – an instant opportunity (with a price)

    Adam
    13 May 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Perhaps the most damning failure of the journalism business over the past decade or so is how often we find ourselves back at this point: we have a gatekeeper who has built audiences, and we have to decide if we want to work with them or not. From AOL to Google to Facebook, people keep getting between us and the reader. And then we agonise over what to do next. Here we go again. Facebook fixing our failures Today Facebook has switched on its “Instant Stories” feature, which allow publisher partners to create in-Facebook versions of their stories which load – as the name implies…
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    The American Prospect

  • How Solar Is Lighting the Way for Recovery in Nepal

    Tara Lohan
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Photo: Milap Dwa) Milap Dwa and Chij Kumar​, technicians from Gham Power​, installing a 120-watt solar PV system kit on top of one of the few houses in Barpak, Gorkha, that are still standing. In the days following Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25, as massive power outages complicated relief efforts, Sandeep Giri and his coworkers were shaken but determined to help. Giri, who was born and raised in Nepal, is the CEO of Gham Power, a solar company that’s been operating in Nepal for the last five years. After the earthquake, Gham Power’s employees sprung into action to…
  • It's All About the Money

    David L. Kirp
    21 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    AP Photo/Orlin Wagner A student in line for his diploma wears a cap decorated with the cost of his education during graduation ceremonies at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, May 16, 2015. This is a pivotal moment in American higher education—a crisis, you might say, if the term hadn’t been debased by overuse. The criticisms come from every corner and the bill of particulars is lengthy. The financial cost gets most of the attention. Since 1980, tuition has more than doubled at private universities and tripled at public institutions. Students have accumulated more than $1.2…
  • Elizabeth Warren on The American Prospect and the Prospects for America

    The American Prospect
    21 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Joe Gallant On May 13, Senator Elizabeth Warren keynoted our 25th anniversary celebration here in Washington, D.C., where she laid out her vision of American economic policy that that works for all Americans. Introducing herself as a longtime reader and one time writer for the Prospect, Warren praised the magazine for its foresight and boldness. She declared: "When the top 10 percent gets 100 percent of the income growth over the course of a generation, then the America of opportunity is vanishing." Warren reminded her audience that in the postwar era we had both growth and equity, and we…
  • How Big Money Lost in Philly’s Mayoral Race

    Justin Miller
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum) Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, celebrates after winning Tuesday's primary election in Philadelphia. Broad union and progressive support gave the former city councilman more than half the votes in the six-candidate race. On Tuesday, Philadelphia city council veteran Jim Kenney won the Democratic mayoral primary with 56 percent of the vote—a commanding victory in a crowded campaign of six candidates. Kenney’s win is not only a step in the right direction for the progressives who supported his candidacy; it’s also a refreshing reminder that heavy…
  • The Radical Inclusiveness of Black Lives Matter

    Sam Ross-Brown
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, poses for photos in front of a canvas painted by the association's youth group at its headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  For the nationwide movement against police violence, the news of charges being brought against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has been a welcome development. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and an organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, is cautiously optimistic. “It’s…
 
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    Nieman Lab

  • Open-mic journalism: How The Arizona Republic found success with storytelling events

    Justin Ellis
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the beginning, Megan Finnerty knew she’d have to tell a story in front of a group of strangers. That’s not counting however many friends and assorted colleagues at The Arizona Republic she could draft into service on the first night of Arizona Storytellers. It was an experiment: gather community members together for a night of oral storytelling in an intimate setting and see how it works. The trick, of course, is that she would need to stack the deck with storytellers — including her. Now, almost four years later, Finnerty only has to jump in to tell a story rarely —…
  • Newsonomics: Buying Yelp — and making it the next core of the local news and information business

    Ken Doctor
    21 May 2015 | 4:31 am
    Yelp’s for sale, and the news has generated the usual, now-tiresome lists of potential buyers: Google, Amazon, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook. It’s like all the money in the business world slid off one end of the table and sluiced down to Silicon Valley. Forget the old spend-a-week-without-the-Internet experiments; is it possible to spend a week without talking about one of those companies? Speculation has it that the asking price of $3.5 billion might be too rich for any of those players, or anyone else. Yelp’s audience is still growing — up 7.5 percent year-over-year to 142.5…
  • Crossing the streams: Why competing publications are deciding to team up on podcasts

    Simon Owens
    20 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Usually when two corporate entities enter into some kind of partnership, you can be certain a small army of lawyers is involved in the process, each side guaranteeing that no ambiguity exists as to who owes what deliverables and share in costs. Not so with Crossing the Streams, the new pop culture podcast launched earlier this year as a collaboration between film news site Moviepilot and the humor magazine Cracked. Alisha Grauso, Moviepilot’s editor-in-chief, first met the Cracked team when she was attending Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in the fall. “Their PR guy reached out and…
  • Listicles, aggregation, and content gone viral: How 1800s newspapers prefigured today’s Internet

    Joseph Lichterman
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    “If you think BuzzFeed invented the listicle, you haven’t spent enough time with 19th-century newspapers, because they’re everywhere.” That’s Ryan Cordell, a Northeastern University professor who researches virality in 19th-century newspapers, during a talk he gave recently at MIT. It was a common practice for 19th-century newspapers to republish poems, fiction excerpts, and even lists of facts that were originally published elsewhere. Editors would subscribe to many newspapers and would cut out things they thought were interesting, relevant, or fit a space on…
  • Survey: News orgs are prioritizing mobile development and placing less emphasis on paywalls

    Joseph Lichterman
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Anyone running a news organization — particularly one born in print, still struggling to adapt to the Internet — knows there are too many things to do: too many moves to make, too many innovations to chase, too many places to invest your limited resources of time, money, and attention. Your efforts are finite; you have to pick what to emphasize. That’s what makes this data set from last week’s International News Media Association World Congress so interesting. More than 500 people from 41 countries gathered in New York for INMA’s annual global conference, and most of the…
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    Failure Magazine's Feature Articles

  • America’s Whiskey: A History

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    11 May 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Author Reid Mitenbuler pulls back the curtain on America’s whiskey industry.
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Statue of Liberty

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    12 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The Statue of Liberty is arguably the most famous sculpture in the world, yet few can recall the backstory of the 151-foot-tall colossus.
  • Countdown to Zero Day

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:33 am
    Prior to the negotiations that produced the framework of a nuclear pact, the United States attempted to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program using a sophisticated digital weapon—Stuxnet.
  • Robert Kingston Scott

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    “As unique a mixture of hero and rogue as ever wore a United States uniform.”
  • Mona Lisa

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:42 pm
    In “Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered,” journalist Dianne Hales introduces the reader to the most recognized artistic subject in history.
 
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • Yahoo Finance: Playing a little loose with quotes

    5 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    So when does butting two quotes together -- even with the attribution in the middle -- become misleading?I generally tell students to avoid it unless there is all but the shortest of breaks between them.Yahoo Finance took some serious liberties with this one, however, in this story about T-Mobile taking on Verizon.Here is the quote in the story:"There is huge price competition going on among the carriers and it's very good for consumers," he says. "If T-Mobile is willing to eat my contract I'm definitely going to give them consideration, whereas in the past I might not have."Now take a look…
  • John Means, "The Village Wordsmith" author, dies at 87

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Got a sad note this morning from the nephew of John Means, who produced the widely read "The Village Wordsmith" newsletter for the staff of the San Antonio Express-News, that his uncle had died at 87.The Wordsmith was also emailed around to those of us who were part of the editing fraternity. It was always a good read, with great information and examples. I still refer to some of them in my editing class. John was especially good with the dos and don'ts of military usage (which, given the concentration of bases around San Antonio, you'd need to be).From his nephew, Sean P. Means, movie…
  • Journalism ethics question -- when a picture is only an illusion

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    So here's today's journalism ethics question.The latest edition of USC's Garnet and Black Magazine​ has a big story on a woman who was a teenage mom, but has worked hard to be a college student while caring for her 3-year-old daughter. Very nice story and very inspirational stuff.And very nice "awwwwww" photos of mom and daughter. Except ... At the very end of the story there is this: "*Models portrayed in this spread are not Bourne and her daughter, or an actual mother-daughter pair." (The online version I'm linking to has only one photo -- the print version has several, including a…
  • What does "Big Silicon" mean for journalism and j-schools?

    10 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    There's been a lot written lately about "robots" (i.e., computers) writing news stories, be it routine earnings report at the AP or routine sports stories. The latest reflection on this, in the N.Y. Times, prompted a colleague to pose the question on a Facebook group: "What does robojournalism mean for j-schools and the people that love them?"If we cut through the somewhat visceral reactions these stories tend to invoke, what is happening can actually provide the sort of clarity we need to examine the state of affairs by making us truly assess what journalism is versus "news" and what has…
  • More evidence that social media has infiltrated our lives

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Yes, Charlotte now has a Twitter Lane. Maybe it's referencing the bird calls .... and maybe not ...
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • ‘Kiss Everybody’: Parents’ Voicemails Preserve Their Memory in Death

    ProPublica
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Charles Ornstein Tune into All Things Considered on Monday, May 25, to hear a segment based on this story. The voicemail message was like so many others from my mom. “Hi, it’s mom,” she began, then chatted on, full Jewish mother in her distinctive gravelly timbre. “There’s a storm coming your way…Please drive very carefully….Love you. Bye.” It’s the type of message I normally didn’t pay much attention to, quickly deleting it after I listened. But three weeks after my mom, Harriet Ornstein, uttered those words, she died at a…
  • Cruise Control

    ProPublica
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    by Lena Groeger Your one-stop shop for health and safety data on cruise ships
  • Congress to Consider Scaling Down Group Homes for Troubled Children

    ProPublica
    20 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    by Joaquin Sapien When 17-year-old Lexie Grüber first entered the Allison Gill Lodge group home for girls in Manchester, Connecticut, she said it felt less like a home than a business. Instead of family photos, the walls were covered in informational posters and licensing certificates. When her emotions got the better of her, she said, the only conversations she had were with a doctor with a prescription pad at the ready. Now 22 and a recent college graduate, Grüber came before the Senate Finance Committee this week to testify about the experience. She recalled being medicated to…
  • Hacked Sony Emails Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Political Dealings in L.A.

    ProPublica
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Jack Dolan, the Los Angeles Times, A version of this story was co-published with the Los Angeles Times. Emails stolen by hackers from Sony Pictures Entertainment have been fodder for a steady stream of gossipy Hollywood scoops. But the trove also contains a hidden and more consequential story about how corporations can try to influence local politics and advance their executives' pet projects. Messages reviewed by ProPublica and The Los Angeles Times show that the top executive at the entertainment company, who also sits on the board of trustees of the Los…
  • Boondoggle HQ

    ProPublica
    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    by Megan McCloskey and Vince Dixon The $25 Million Building in Afghanistan Nobody Needed
 
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    Joe Gullo

  • Things You Should Livestream on Periscope

    Joe Gullo
    23 May 2015 | 8:54 pm
    While not new, livestreaming is gaining steam online. Mainly because there are more apps and mobile accessibility. Oh, and social media is helping too. Livestreaming can both help and hurt depending on the event. So what are the right ones to livestream?Company events. Company events can be a way to pull the curtain and be transparent. Let both loyal and new customers get a sneak peak or offer their suggestions. Make them feel part of team. Of course this doesn’t mean you should livestream sensitive business material, unless you want to.Conferences. Keynotes that speak to your niche and…
  • Could Local TV Be Coming to Apple TV?

    Joe Gullo
    22 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    According to Re/code, Apple wants to offer local television with its TV service.In February, there have been reports that Apple will be launching a 25 channel dedicated streaming television service in September.However much of the discussion surrounded around major broadcasters like ABC, CBS, FOX, not local television programming.There are some challenges to getting local news stations on board. Re/code says clearing the rights to show local programs and commercials takes some time. Another issue is infrastructure and ensuring that local stations will be able to provide the streaming…
  • Facebook Shows Some Info About Strangers Messaging You Through Messenger

    Joe Gullo
    22 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    According to TechCrunch, Facebook is looking to provide context to those messaging you through Facebook Messenger.The app will display publicly shared biographical information like current city and job title at the top of the message. Facebook will also put this information atop messages with people who you are friends with if you never chatted with them before.TechCrunch says Facebook will only show public information and will not side-step privacy settings.The feature is available in the United States, UK, France, and India.The post Facebook Shows Some Info About Strangers Messaging You…
  • This Test Will See If Your ISP is Throttling Your Internet Connection

    Joe Gullo
    21 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Battle for the Net has a new tool to see if your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is throttling your Internet connection.Back in February, the FCC voted in favor of net neutrality. This means that ISPs are not allowed to throttle or block websites. In essence, ISPs must treat all Internet activity as equal.Battle for the Net says the Internet Health Test will check your connection to see if your ISP is throttling your connection. The test will check measurements from your ISP and other points to detect any slow downs.Test your Internet connection.The post This Test Will See If Your…
  • How Photo Filters Affect Online Engagement

    Joe Gullo
    21 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Digital photography, especially smartphones with cameras, has enabled everyone to become a photographer. And with photo-sharing apps like Instagram, Flickr, and Facebook, sharing photographs has become even easier.Many of these photo-sharing apps have numerous filters that you can use to change the look and feel of your photos. However, do these photo filters really matter? Do they encourage interaction and engagement?According to a study by Yahoo! Labs, filters boost engagement on Flickr, Yahoo’s photo-sharing website. Filtered photos on Flickr are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more…
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • Expensive Wine Is For Suckers

    Kevin Wild
    22 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    When it comes to scotch, I'm pretty good at deciphering between a cheap and expensive bottle.When it comes to wine, I have absolutely no clue.Permalink
  • Artist Prints Other People's Instagram Photos And Sells Them For $100K

    Kevin Wild
    22 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Pure genius.Permalink
  • Apple Watch OS 1.0.1

    Kevin Wild
    21 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    After updating, I've noticed significantly faster apps and most notably,  faster glances.Permalink
  • Pebble On The Rocks?

    Kevin Wild
    21 May 2015 | 4:58 am
    Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital.This is what happens when a small company takes on a behemoth such as Apple.Permalink
  • Your Phone Isn't The Only Camera You Need

    Kevin Wild
    21 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    While I don't agree with their camera choice, I share the same sentiment.Permalink
 
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    Vox - All

  • Cleveland cops shot at 2 unarmed black people 137 times. No one is going to prison for it.

    German Lopez
    23 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    This? This right here? THIS is reasonable force against 2 helpless ppl? Word? #BreloVerdict pic.twitter.com/f24bqzWzgj — Dr. Cornel Fresh (@WyzeChef) May 23, 2015 A Cleveland police officer on Saturday was found not guilty of two counts of voluntary manslaughter for taking part in a 2012 shooting that killed two unarmed suspects, the Associated Press's Mark Gillespie reported. Michael Brelo, who is white, is one of 13 police officers who fired nearly 140 bullets into a car occupied by Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, both of whom were black and unarmed, following a police chase that…
  • When Mario Kart meets Mad Max, Charlize Theron makes the best Princess Peach ever

    Margarita Noriega
    23 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    A new parody video reimagines the movie Mad Max: Fury Road, currently showing in theaters, as one of my favorite video games: Mario Kart. I thought I knew everything I needed to know about the Mad Max movie series. I was so, so wrong. As you may (or may not) remember, Mario Kart is made up of a variety of characters who race endlessly around whimsical tracks in speeding cars and boats and other vehicles, crashing into each other as often as possible, and speeding dragnet-style across sand dunes, beach shores, industrial zones, mystery golf courses, lakes, lagoons, and anywhere else…
  • You look great from space today, Manhattan

    Margarita Noriega
    23 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a thrilling picture from space on Saturday morning, proving once again you can see the skyscrapers in New York from space: Good morning #Manhattan! #bigapple #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/26uF706GYg — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) May 23, 2015 Kelly has been on a year-long voyage aboard the International Space Station since March. Related 15 before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet In case the majesty of Manhattan's architectural triumphs ain't your thing, Kelly mostly uses Twitter to share photos of Mother Earth's stunning…
  • A ridiculously detailed breakdown of Obama's 2016 budget proposal, all in one chart

    Nathaniel Pearlman
    23 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    How can you visually compare what the Air Force spends researching the "space fence" and other far-flung projects with the budget of the Food and Drug Administration, which tries to keep the E. coli out of our cabbage? If the first is represented by the area of a circle the size of a quarter, the second would be the size of a pencil eraser. Those are the kinds of comparisons we facilitate with the budgetary diagram called Death and Taxes which we sell as a poster on our site, timeplots.com. We are releasing the 2016 poster today. Mouse-over to zoom or see a larger version here.
  • It’s official: California farmers volunteer to give up water

    Nathanael Johnson
    23 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    Originally published on Grist California’s drought has touched everyone in the state. First the government eliminated irrigation water deliveries through much of the public canal system. Then the governor told cities and industry to cut back water use by 25 percent. Now the state is taking a step it hasn’t resorted to since 1977: It’s claiming water from people with old riparian water rights. These are people who have been drawing water from rivers since the Gold Rush era, and who are generally immune to cuts. But in the most severe shortages, the state can order them to stop…
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    10000Hacks

  • Hindustan Times to Launch Accelerator for Media & Ad:Tech Startups

    jayadevanpk
    20 May 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Delhi headquartered HT Media Ltd which publishes The Hindustan Times will launch an accelerator for media and ad:tech companies in partnership with North Base Media, VCCircle reports. I spoke to someone earlier this week who will be involved in the process. The company is still ironing out the details. Former WaPo editor Marcus Brauchli founded North Base Media. HT is said to have sent out invites for a press conference to announce the launch this Friday. The post Hindustan Times to Launch Accelerator for Media & Ad:Tech Startups appeared first on 10000Hacks.
  • Siddharth Varadarajan to Launch The Wire, a New Media Startup

    jayadevanpk
    8 May 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Former editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan is planning to launch a new news website called The Wire. Veradarajan is the latest to join ranks with Indian media veterans like Shekhar Gupta, Raghav Bahl and Barkha Dutt  to launch new media ventures recently. Varadarajan’s startup has tied up with news agencies for content and wants to raise Rs 10-12 cr in the next six months, reports Mint. He will team up with Sidharth Bhatia, an Asian Age columnist and dramatist Girish Karnad’s son Raghu Karnad to launch the site. He told Mint: We want to build a platform for independent…
  • Call for Applications 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium [Crisis Reporting]

    jayadevanpk
    6 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    The ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium, now on its 10th edition since 1998, will gather some 25 practicing journalists and experts from Asia and Europe for a closed-door, informal meeting to discuss important issues of common concern and its related media challenges. The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium will focus on crisis reporting and what Asian and European journalists can learn from each other. Travel to and from Luxembourg, accommodations, and conference meals will be covered by the organisers. Interested journalists can apply at http://bit.ly/ASEFJC10. The post Call for Applications…
  • News Shows That Will Work for the New Generation Indian Viewer

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

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