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  • WordPress Workshop for Journalists: Setup & Run your Own Website like a Pro

    10000Hacks
    jayadevanpk
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    As readers increasingly consume news and journalism online, it has become important for journalists to be able to publish and be discovered on the Internet. It isn’t hard to setup and run a website and publish your stories or blogs. One of the best and easy to use tools out there to setup and run a website of your own is WordPress. It started as a blogging platform but now it’s much bigger than that. Its versatile enough to be a blog or a content management system. It has become one of the most preferred platform for independent, community and even commercial journalism…
  • Felix Salmon’s report on the death of journalism as a career is greatly exaggerated

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

    Columbia Journalism Review
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    It was the longest David Guttenfelder had been away from North Korea in four years. Last June, the Iowa native and former chief Asia photographer for The Associated Press joined National Geographic and returned to the US to start the second act of his career. Across two decades at the AP, Guttenfelder lived in Tokyo, New Delhi, Nairobi, and the...
  • 1 of 4 news start-ups flamed out

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

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

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Wisconsin lawmakers tried to sneak one by the state’s journalists over the holiday weekend—and found that the watchdog wasn’t asleep. On Thursday, July 2, the Republican-led legislature’s joint finance committee voted along party lines, 12-4, to add a broad provision to the budget bill that would sharply curtail the state’s open-records law. No longer would reporters or members of the...
  • Are journalists lowballing the number of Iraqi war dead?

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    More than a decade after the US invasion of Iraq, the country’s violent death rates are still frighteningly high; more than 300 Iraqis were killed last week, according to London-based NGO Iraq Body Count. The causes range from ubiquitous IED explosions in Baghdad to mass executions in Mosul, ISIS’s de facto Iraqi capital. But this number likely doesn’t tell the...
  • Letters

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Polls, or paradigms? CJR makes an important point in your look at the coverage of senator Bernie Sanders (“Bernie Sanders can’t win: Why the press loves to hate underdogs,” May 2015). Political journalists should not try to pick winners and losers. That’s the job of voters. Predicting the outcome of elections isn’t really very interesting and we aren’t any good...
  • Khadija Ismayilova gets the last laugh

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Even after Khadija Ismayilova had spent several months in prison—an event human rights organizations call “retribution” for her investigative reporting on the regime in Azerbaijan—Ismayilova had not lost her sense of humor. In a letter from prison, published by The Washington Post in February, Ismayilova recounted how her cell had been searched and all of her notes confiscated. “I guess...
  • A photojournalist finds new purpose

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    It was the longest David Guttenfelder had been away from North Korea in four years. Last June, the Iowa native and former chief Asia photographer for The Associated Press joined National Geographic and returned to the US to start the second act of his career. Across two decades at the AP, Guttenfelder lived in Tokyo, New Delhi, Nairobi, and the...
 
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    Talking New Media

  • Kevin Iredell joins Greentarget Global Group as Director of Research

    TNM Staff
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Iredell has been leading the research business at American Lawyer Media for the past 7 years New York, NY – July 7, 2015 — Greentarget Global Group LLC, a strategic, B2B-focused public relations firm with offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London and San Francisco, today announced that Kevin Iredell has joined the firm as Director of Research. Iredell, an accomplished research and marketing professional with 20 years of experience in the legal and professional services markets, has led the research business at American Lawyer Media for the past seven years, growing it from a…
  • Time Inc. announces series of acquisitions: three youth sports firms to form the foundation of Sports Illustrated Play

    D.B. Hebbard
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Publisher also acquires inVNT, NYC company that specializes in live media, digital and traditional advertising, creative services Time Inc. today unveiled a series of acquisitions including three youth sports companies that Time says will “will form the foundation of Sports Illustrated Play.” Two of the acquired companies operate digital management tools: League Athletics and SportsSignup Time said the companies reach more than 8 million players, parents, coaches, administrators, and includes 8,500 leagues and 304,000 teams. The third, Southern California-based iScore already has…
  • Mag+ updates Reviewer app, adds new slideshow transition type

    D.B. Hebbard
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    The trend these days for some major media apps such as Facebook or Twitter is to release an update once a month, on a pretty regularly occurring schedule. It’s a pretty wise move, though often the app descriptions for these updates are needlessly vague, making one wonder why the update is even necessary. The digital publishing platform Mag+ is also pretty much on a monthly update schedule. Today’s update for Mag+ Reviewer brings the preview app up to version 5.6.0 and is the sixth time Mag+ has updated the app during the first week of the month (for some reason there was no update…
  • TV finally loses ground to online as a branding Mecca

    D.B. Hebbard
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Guest columnist Roger Williams of Maxifier says that shifting to digital for brand advertising requires a closer marriage between technology and creative John Lewis’ decision to air its last Christmas ad online 36 hours before it was shown on television is evidence that digital is proving itself a medium that can deliver audiences at scale for brands, something that was once purely the domain of television. Fragmented TV audiences, the growth of mobile as the screen of choice for media consumption, the ability for online sharing, and the immediacy of digital metrics to determine the…
  • The Verge turns off reader comments

    TNM Staff
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    The post The Verge turns off reader comments appeared first on Talking New Media.
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  • Fox Guest's "Tough Question" For Hillary Clinton's CNN Interview: "Where Were You When Benghazi Was Happening?"

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    From the July 7 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:Previously: Fox News Sets Standards For CNN's Clinton Interview Nearly 40 Percent Of Fox's Hillary Clinton Interview Was About Benghazi REPORT: Fox's Nonstop Benghazi Coverage Is A $124 Million Boon For The GOP
  • From Scandal To Farce: What The Clinton Email Coverage Tells Us About The Press

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    When the story of Hillary Clinton's private email account first broke in March, the Beltway media's response resembled barely controlled hysteria as pundits searched for adjectives to describe the impending political doom in store for Clinton. Ron Fournier at National Journal immediately announced that perhaps Clinton shouldn't even bother running for president, the damage she faced was so grave. And New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wondered if the revelation meant Clinton had a secret political "death wish." According to the nattering nabobs of negativism (to borrow a phrase), the…
  • How The Rolling Stone Rape Story Failure Has -- And Hasn't -- Changed Media Coverage

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Three months after a Columbia University investigation found major journalistic errors in a Rolling Stone report on campus sexual assault at the University of Virginia, major news outlets say they have not adjusted their approach to covering similar stories. But rape survivor advocates say they have seen less coverage of the issue since the failures of the Rolling Stone report came to light, and, in some cases, an increased hesitancy in trusting survivors' accounts.
  • Fox's Brit Hume Blames "The Deregulation Of Sex" For Campus Sexual Assaults

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:08 am
    From the July 7 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:Previously: Despite Right Wing Media Claims, Feminism Didn't Invent Rape Culture Fox's Brit Hume: "I, Myself, Totally Dispute" Campus Sexual Assault Statistics Fox's Misguided Attempt To Downplay Prevalence Of Campus Sexual Assaults  
  • Breitbart Attributes Fake Quote To Obama Advisor To Attack Iran Talks

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Breitbart.com inaccurately attributed a fake quote from a facetious tweet to Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes in an attempt to smear the Obama administration for negotiating with Iran. Rhodes sat down with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg on June 29 at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss the U.S.' nuclear talks with Iran. When asked whether President Obama believes negotiations will lead to a change in Iran's behavior, Rhodes responded affirmatively and added, "We believe that an agreement is necessary and has to be good enough to be worth doing even if Iran…
 
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    MediaShift

  • E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup, July 7, 2015

    Julie Keck
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    1. E-books and the environment: A greener reading experience (Markus Reily / Good E-Reader) 2. Court rejects Apple’s appeal of e-book price-fixing ruling (via Digital Book World) 3. Can authors earn worthwhile royalties from apps? (Andrew Brodie / The Bookseller) 4. Court denies class action in Author Solutions case (Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly) 5. DRM’s silver lining, or why we should appreciate Kobo more (Nate Hoffelder / Ink, Bits & Pixels)
  • Daily Must Reads, July 7, 2015

    Julie Keck
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    1. In Cuba, an underground network armed with USB drives does the work of Google and YouTube (Sarah Kessler / Fast Company) 2. People want screens on their car dashboards, but is it safe? (Sarah McBride & Paul Lienert / Huffington Post) 3. A globalized world demands globalized investigative reporting; study outlines how to do it (Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab) 4. WITNESS Media Lab to address challenges of finding, verifying, contextualizing eyewitness videos (via WITNESS Media Lab) 5. The new importance of ‘social listening’ tools (Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review) 6. What…
  • Upcoming Training and Courses: July 7 Edition

    Sonia Paul
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    Each week, MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people — with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our new DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, KDMC, and others. If we’re missing anything, please let us know at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. FEATURED TRAINING DigitalEd: Reinventing Student Media for the Digital Age Instructor: Dan Reimold Date: July 15, 2015 How do student publications move from print to digital? A growing number of student media advisers, journalism educators and student journalists…
  • Should a Student Newspaper Use a Rainbow Icon After Gay Marriage Ruling?

    Dan Reimold
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:11 am
    In the immediate aftermath of last month’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide, The Daily Evergreen editors at Washington State University placed a rainbow filter version of the paper’s logo as its Twitter profile pic. At least one conservative news outlet was dismayed by this decision. As The College Fix tweeted in response to the rainbow-ized Evergreen image, “A college paper forfeits any semblance of objectivity with a rainbow icon. … You do realize that members of your community who disagree with today’s ruling may no longer trust your reporting?”…
  • DigitalEd: Periscope 101: Break News Faster with Mobile Live-Streaming

    Neal Augenstein
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Title: Periscope 101: Break News Faster with Mobile Live-Streaming Learn how, why, and when to live-stream with this practical training Instructor: Neal Augenstein, founder, iphonereporting.com and digital reporter, WTOP The power of Periscope means any person can live-stream eyewitness video from anywhere, instantly. Just by pressing a few buttons, the free Periscope app can immediately transport viewers to a breaking news scene. In the hands of a journalist or communications professional, the possibilities are tremendous. Award-winning reporter and mobile journalism trainer Neal Augenstein…
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    Digidave

  • Quick thoughts as Circa shuts down

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7/7 Webinar: Excel Basics for Analyzing Health Data

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

    Tom Johnson
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Kudos to the City of Albuquerque for its ABQ Data site at http://ow.ly/OI17X   Especially helpful is that it includes links to the data set’s Metadata —  http://ow.ly/OI0EW  Something not see enough.  Bravo, señores, bravo.
  • Fiscal Data Visualisations

    Tom Johnson
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Some fascinating of data visualizations from around the world compiled by Jonathan Gray.  This demonstrates that the concept “Open Data” wasn’t just discovered this year.  Check out https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xZraa0vR_90DXZIj7luvK_x19BH0adewZ3xLgb3ygpk/edit#gid=0
  • PDF Tables: Outstanding tool extracts tables to Excel

    Tom Johnson
    13 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    I just gave this a spin using the City of Santa Fe 2015 budget, a 150-pager.  Seemed to be very fast in the conversion and quite accurate.  Unless you need the text, it is even faster if you edit out text pages and just run those pages containing the desired tables.  The result is that each page becomes a separate Excel page, then they can be sliced-and-diced as necessary. Kudos to the ScraperWiki folks. Accurately extract tables from PDFs No more time consuming and error prone copying and pasting https://pdftables.com/ -tj
  • When data journalism meets science

    Tom Johnson
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:34 pm
    We missed this when originally published last fall, but still quite timely.  And we didn’t know of the existence of the International School of Science Journalism. When data journalism meets science  Introductory lesson about data journalism within science journalism and science communication during the International School of Science Journalism 2014 in Erice (June 10th, 2014)  
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  • State of the First Amendment 2015

    Jack Lail
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The First Amendment Center put out its annual State of the First Amendment report on Thursday. Some highlights: * Only 19 percent of Americans think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees -- the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, a big shift from last year when 38 percent said…
  • 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.
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  • State of the First Amendment 2015

    Jack Lail
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The First Amendment Center put out its annual State of the First Amendment report on Thursday. Some highlights: * Only 19 percent of Americans think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees -- the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, a big shift from last year when 38 percent said…
  • 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.
 
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    Digital Deliverance

  • New Media Chromodynamics – Human Nature Augmented by Technology

    Vin Crosbie
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Previous webpage: The Prism and New Media Chromodynamics The ‘Greens’ — A New Gravity When people’s choices and access to news, to entertainment, and to other information switches from relative scarcity to surplus, each person naturally gravitates to whatever mix of news, entertainment, and other informational items, from whatever mix of providers and methods of access, that best fits that individual’s unique mix of needs, interests, and tastes. During the past seven years, the Syracuse University postgraduate New Media Business course I teach has been scheduled immediately before…
  • The Prism & New Media Chromodynamics

    Vin Crosbie
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Previous webpage: The Spectrum of Change The ideal prism with which to refract the entire spectrum of change underway in the media environment, now that people’s access and choices of news, entertainment, and other information has changed from relative scarcity to surplus, is inescapably the Principle of Supply & Demand Nearly 40 years’ experience has taught me that too many people who work in the media industries roll their eyes whenever the dismal science of economics is invoked about their labors or products (this is particularly true of journalists). They might wish that they…
  • The Spectrum of Change

    Vin Crosbie
    29 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Previous webpage: Maelstrom as the Flow Changes  “I was almost a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor.” — Nikolai Tesla about Thomas Edison’s exhaustive experimentations. Access and choices of news, entertainment, and information for the majority of the world’s population has shifted from relative scarcity to surplus, even overload. More than two billion people can now—via desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone—access more news, entertainment, and other information, than had ever…
  • Maelstrom as the Media Flow Changes

    Vin Crosbie
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Previous webpage: Social Media and other Inchoate Individuation Platforms A spectacularly obvious but remarkably little noticed aspect of the epochal change underway in the media environment is a reversal of the locus where contents are consumed. By locus or loci, I don’t mean what prosaic place, such as an in an armchair or on a computer screen or at work or home. What I mean is whether the consumer must go to an edition or channel or other package of contents that a producer of contents has assembled or whether instead all the producers must offer their elements of contents to a…
  • Personalization, Customization, Individuation, and New Media

    Vin Crosbie
    27 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Previous webpage: Social Media and Other Inchoate Individuation Platforms. Many media executives and media academicians inadvertently conflate the differences between the terms personalization, customization, and individuation. The terms differ in meaning. Here is a primer about correct usage: Personalization is a form of address or motif. Let’s imagine that your first name is John. You receive an unsolicited commercial postal letter (i.e., ‘junk mail’) that begins with ‘Dear John’ and that tries to entice you to purchase a product or service. Meanwhile, untold thousands of other…
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    Idea Lab

  • How to Conquer Dysfunction with Team Projects

    John Clark
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    People matter. I have witnessed the power of that simple truth all my life. People make things happen. In the Lab, the students’ success is my success. That’s exactly how it should be. When I became General Manager of WRAL.com, Jim Goodmon, Capitol Broadcasting Company’s President and CEO, gave me two pieces of advice for working with my team of nearly 40 people: Offer support, resources and guidance Create a culture of recognition It’s advice I still follow today. I’m supposed to lead groups of people through a somewhat ambiguous learning experience in order to develop an idea for…
  • Beyond Clicks: Real Ways to Measure Success as a Non-Profit Publication

    Alex Stonehill
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    When we started the Seattle Globalist three years ago, it was easy to see success as the simple act of creating a new publication from scratch. Every new post that we published and every new contributor we brought in felt like a small step toward our mission of elevating diverse voices and highlighting international connections in the Pacific Northwest. But before long, we got hungry for more information: Was our audience growing over time? How were we doing compared to similar sites? Were our stories really serving readers and encouraging a global view? Unfortunately, the traditional metrics…
  • What Do Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns Have in Common?

    Khari Johnson
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    De Correspondent, Krautreporter and El Español. In the past, we’ve called them The Big 3. They hold the distinction of being, as far as we can discern, the only crowdfunding campaigns to raise more than a million euros in seed money for news startups in the history of journalism. Editors of the Dutch, German and Spanish news startups spoke within a couple days of each other this spring to talk about what worked and led their campaigns to such a potent reaction. For obvious reasons, we wrote about each of them. Krautreporter: Crowdfunding journalism is a movement and it’s happening now…
  • Hey Newsrooms: Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

    Christopher Guess
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Journalism has always been obsessed with perfection. The story will be dead to rights, if the copy desk uses a semi-colon instead of an em-dash. If a headline’s wrong, there will be hell to pay come the news meeting tomorrow morning. There is nothing wrong with this. In fact, it’s fantastic. Papers of record should, and must, be held to the most stringent and reliable quality. My issue is when this mentality of perfection crawls from the editor’s desk to the business desk and the production line. Afraid to Fail Newspapers have always had one product: the paper itself. At most there may…
  • Digital Public Library of America to Connect Online Collections Across U.S.

    Meg Dalton
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    From Maine to Montana, the Digital Public Library of America will serve every state and connect online collections from coast to coast by 2017, thanks in large part to a $3.4 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Along with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, these two new awards will help the DPLA open new service hubs connecting cultural heritage organizations nationwide through a single national collection. “With this gracious, continued support from Sloan…
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • Mobile moves to digital ad domination

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

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

    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
 
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  • Michael Sebastian Joins Hearst

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Advertising Age’s talented media reporter Michael Sebastian is leaving to join Hearst as senior news editor of Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM). Sebastian had been with Ad Age since 2013. At HMDM, Sebastian will be will oversee a shared 24-hour news desk, all breaking and viral news, and contribute to every Hearst site. “Michael is a sharp reporter with deep experience and an understanding of our brands and the kind of news that resonates with our audience,\" said Kate Lewis, vp and editorial director of HMDM, in an announcement. “He is as comfortable writing as he…
  • Danielle Sacks Joins Some Elite Mansueto Company

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Short of a promotion, it’s about as sweet and convenient a career move as possible. In May, Danielle Sacks (pictured) moved from one side of the 29th floor at 7 WTC, where she was a senior writer for Fast Company, to the other side, where she is now a senior editor with sister publication Inc. “There have been about five trades between the Yankees and the Mets,” spokesperson Drew Kerr tells FishbowlNY. “That’s about how many times an employee has moved between the two magazines owned by Mansueto Ventures, Inc.” Sacks was with Fast Company for 12 years. When…
  • RD Recap: Layoffs Hit the BBC; New Hires at LA Times

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The BBC plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs with a focus on streamlining management as well as slimming down the marketing and communications teams. In total, that figure represents roughly five percent of the 18,000-person workforce. “A simpler, leaner BBC is the right thing to do and it can also help us meet the financial challenges we face,” Tony Hall, the director general, wrote in a memo announcing the news. “We’ve already significantly cut the costs of running the BBC, but in times of very tough choices we need to focus on what really matters—delivering…
  • Columnist Connects Vice to the Early Days of CBS

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Shane Smith is nowhere to be directly found in the Columbia Journalism Review’s big summer piece about Vice. Why? Well, Bloomberg View’s Justin Fox has a pretty good potential explanation: Author Chris Ip couldn’t focus on the ineffable appeal of Smith, because Smith wouldn’t talk to him. Advertisers read the Wall Street Journal, the people at Vice probably figured, but they don’t read CJR. Also, a CJR article was likely to focus on the potential conflicts between Vice’s role as advertisers’ and TV networks’ conduit to the millennials and its…
  • A Titan of Late Twentieth Century Fashion

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The author of Diane von Furstenberg: A Life Unwrapped, new in bookstores today, is Chicago-based writer Gioia Diliberto. So naturally, it makes sense to highlight some local coverage. In his review, Chicago Business Journal reporter Lewis Lazare says that Diliberto benefits greatly from the fact that von Furstenberg’s life has never been dull. He also brackets the chronology with a media high and a media low: Somehow von Furstenberg didn’t even manage to wear one of her hugely popular wrap dresses when she posed for the cover of Newsweek (bumping Gerald Ford no less) at the height…
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • How social media selfie teasers can improve your live shot

    Simon Perez
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    We’re well past the stage where social media is just one extra thing reporters are being asked to squeeze into the finite amount of time they have before the top of the newscast. For multi-media journalists (MMJs) working without a videographer, shooting a selfie video to post on Twitter and Facebook is de rigueur, and, to be honest, should be required. Why would a TV station only post words when video is its currency? This spring, during my annual trip to San Francisco to work for a couple of weeks as an MMJ at KPIX TV, I recorded my share of social media videos, promoting my stories…
  • Margaret Sullivan and Ben Smith will be speakers in a free online media literacy course

    Kristen Hare
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    Arizona State University’s online course on media literacy started on Monday, but you can still sign up to hear New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan and BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, among others. According to the course: You’ll learn to: Describe the changes that have transformed the way we create and consume media List essential principles for being an active media consumer Evaluate the tools and techniques of media creation Employ a “slow news” approach, especially as a consumer of news The free seven-week course is called “Media Lit: Overcoming…
  • Tech press runs like a predictable clock, says Silicon Valley flak

    Benjamin Mullin
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    Backchannel Aaron Zamost, the head of communications at Square, has articulated an interesting theory about the forces that govern the tech press. Basically, it boils down to this: Coverage of all tech companies follows a pre-existing narrative arc that waxes and wanes with the fortunes of the businesses. Here’s how he puts it: A company’s narrative moves like a clock: it starts at midnight, ticking off the hours. The tone and sentiment about how a business is doing move from positive (sunrise, midday) to negative (dusk, darkness). And often the story returns to midnight, rebirth and…
  • Iowa student journalists wanted to raise $500 for an independent publication. Now, they’re up to $5,000.

    Kristen Hare
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Student Press Law Center After filing a lawsuit against their school, student journalists at Muscatine Community College in Muscatine, Iowa, have raised $5,171 as of Tuesday in a GoFundMe campaign to create an independent publication. Trisha LeBoeuf wrote about the new publication for Student Press Law Center. LeBoeuf reports that several of the stories from the school’s newspaper, The Calumet, caused a big pushback from school faculty and administrators. That led to the lawsuit and the new publication, The Spotlight. In the lawsuit, filed in federal district court on May 5, 12 current…
  • Buyouts hit the Dallas Morning News

    Benjamin Mullin
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    D Magazine The Dallas Morning News will grant buyouts to about 30 newsroom employees as part of an effort to create a more digital newsroom, according to a staff memo from editor Mike Wilson obtained by D Magazine: In the weeks and months after this buyout, we will add positions back to the newsroom, with a focus on hiring outstanding digital journalists. Adding new digital skills will make us more competitive in a fast-changing journalism marketplace now and in the future. Wilson joined the Dallas Morning News early this year from ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight. In an interview with Keranews,…
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  • Benzing’s MyNeighbor Provides Household Items for On Demand Rentals

    Peter
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    The last player standing in the hyperlocal neighbor wars might be considered NextDoor, which has raised over $210 million from several major VCs on the basis of converting a mountain of neighborhoods and neighbors to targeted advertising dollars. We’d like to see an update on Next Door’s volume and frequency of usage — it is a little befuddling to us –but assume the VCs think they are on to something. There is also the sense that it could be developing an entirely new ecosystem. Now hoping to tap into a NextDoor-like ecosystem is a Local On Demand Economy (LODE) service named…
  • On Demand is New Focus for Some Home Service Providers

    Peter
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Competition in the home services leads space has been heating up – and so are the tensions. Just this week, Angie’s List has filed suit against Amazon, contending that Amazon Home Services has been egregiously signing up for the member’s- only service around the U.S., and grabbing proprietary service recommendations. On Demand home services is something that several of the companies are hoping to differentiate themselves with. We saw it with HomeJoy at our LODE event a couple of weeks ago in San Francisco. Home Advisor has also been rolling out its Instant Booking on demand service.
  • eBay Sells Off Craigslist Stake

    Peter
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
    eBay’s one-time dream of anchoring its large classifieds/marketplace business with Craigslist as now officially ended. Last week, eBay accepted a cash buyout from Craigslist for its 28.4 percent stake, allowing eBay to focus on splitting off its multi-billion dollar PayPal division as a separate company. eBay isn’t disclosing what it received for its stake, but it is likely to be at least 10x what it sunk to buy into Craigslist, or $320 million. Aim Group analyst Peter Zollman notes that Craigslist has plenty of cash in the bank to pay for those shares, with estimated profits of $304…
  • Wanderful Bets on Mobile ‘Cash Dash’

    Peter
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Wanderful Media, the newspaper-owned promotions company, has expanded on its original Find&Save coupon portal, which now includes 500 national and regional merchants, and 18,000 brands. The new expansion efforts are focused on Cash Dash, a geolocation promotions feature found within the Find&Save Apps, and Coffee Table, an iPad-oriented retailer catalog that it acquired at the end of 2014. The big bet is on expanding Cash Dash, which puts Wanderful’s network – which not only includes Wanderful’s newspaper owners, but also key Yellow Pages and others — into the world of…
  • HomeAdvisor Is Rolling Out ‘Instant Booking’ Nationally

    Peter
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:09 pm
    HomeAdvisor, formerly known as ServiceMagic, is set to roll out its Instant Booking service in July on a national basis. The Instant Booking service, which is now live in 20 cities, represents a different business model for the company, which previously only provided leads from its network of paid professionals. The rollout of Instant Booking is one clear example of how traditional service leads and directory providers such as Home Advisor, Angie’s List and Thumbtack hope to respond to increasingly intense competition from the likes of Amazon, Google (evidently), Pro.com, Serviz and others.
 
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    yelvington.com - Steve Yelvington's media weblog

  • Once a pioneer, now a piece of history

    yelvington
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Well, this makes me feel old: I'm now a source of oral history. I was interviewed recently for the Internet History Podcast by by Brian McCullough, whose attention was caught by my complaint about revisionist history and the "original sin" myth.
  • Killing the golden goose

    yelvington
    14 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    One of the site engagement metrics that I monitor is pages per visitor. It's a number that's under a lot of downward pressure as social media, especially Facebook, becomes more dominant in the user experience.
  • Revisionist online journalism history and the 'original sin' myth

    yelvington
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:17 pm
    A column by Aurora Sentinel editor Dave Perry is making the rounds on Facebook, I think primarily because the weekly paper is arguing that Denver is better off with a strong daily newspaper than without one, and that's something journalists like to hear. I happen to agree, but I gagged when I got to the part of the article that describes the impact of the Internet: Most of you really don’t have a clue what’s happened.
  • Bluffton Today, ten years later

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

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

    administrador
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    La comida; parte elemental dentro de nuestra vida, básica para poder sobrevivir, sin embargo, el que necesitamos alimentarnos no quiere decir que sólo preparemos la comida por pura necesidad, tenemos la fortuna y la habilidad de hacer un placer del arte de comer. A este arte se le conoce popularmente como Gastronomía, la cual se define como el estudio de la relación del hombre, entre su alimentación y su medio ambiente. El gastrónomo o chef como es mejor conocido es aquel profesional que se ocupa de este arte, pero tienen la mala fama de que sólo se dedican a la preparación de los…
  • ¿Se ha reinventado la informática móvil?

    administrador
    28 May 2015 | 5:58 pm
    El segmento mundial de portátiles y ordenadores de sobremesa, marcado por la contención de la demanda, se encuentra en plena recesión. Según previsiones de Gartner, el gasto mundial en TI alcanzará los 2.700 millones de dólares en 2012, lo que supone un 3,9% más con respecto a lo que se ha invertido en 2011. Dato que refleja una ralentización con relación al crecimiento que se obtuvo entre 2010 y 2011, del 5,9%. Si bien, lo más significativo para la consultora es que las empresas y usuarios de todo el mundo tienen intención de seguir invirtiendo en TI. Ante esta tesitura, y la que…
  • Universidad a tu medida: Tips para decidir en qué Universidad estudiar.

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

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

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

  • Methodology: As Greeks head to the polls, the Twitter conversation differs by language

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    This analysis of the Twitter discussions surrounding the 2015 Greek referendum 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 2.5 million Twitter statements that were identified as being about the Greek developments in light of the July […]
  • Millennials No Less Trusting (or Distrusting) of News Sources

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    At least as important as where people turn for political news is whose news they trust. Respondents were asked whether they had heard of each of 36 outlets.2 Of the sources they heard of, they were then asked if they trusted or distrusted those sources. Among the sources with which people are familiar, Millennials, Gen Xers […]
  • Appendix C: The News Sources

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    In Wave 1 of the American Trends Panel questionnaire, Web respondents were asked a series of questions about news sources for information about government and politics. Respondents were first asked whether they have heard of 36 sources. Icons for the sources were arrayed on two screens of 18 sources each, randomized within each screen, as […]
  • Methodology

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    This report is part of a series by the Pew Research Center aimed at understanding of political news and information habits in the American public. An initial report on these data explored these habits across the ideological spectrum. Data in this report are drawn from the first wave of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends […]
  • Appendix B: Trust and Distrust of News Sources by Age Group

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
 
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  • Viki Launches on Roku

    Karen Fratti
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Viki, a streaming platform for international television, is launching on Roku. It’s an interesting addition to Roku channels and if you have one, you’ll probably hear about it. To mark the launch, they’re running a “New. Free. Binge-Worthy” campaign and giving away free Rokus to U.S. consumers. Alex Chan, vice president of Product at Viki says that: Roku is an important part of Viki’s mission to introduce global primetime entertainment to new audiences around the world. The Roku platform is among the most requested streaming platforms, so we’re thrilled to offer…
  • Social Scoreboard: Monday, July 6

    Karen Fratti
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    So much for a more “scientific” Shark Week, Alien Sharks: Close Encounters made it onto the Nielsen Social ratings last night with 9,000 tweets seen by 459,000 people. The Bachelorette was in the top spot, followed by WWE Monday Night RAW. MTV’s Teen Wolf and Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta rounded out the evening.
  • Showtime’s OTT Has Launched

    Karen Fratti
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Showtime’s VOD service launched this morning.The OTT is available across four different platforms. Through the Showtime App, Roku, Sony Playstation Vue, or Hulu. At $10.99 a month, it’s a little cheaper than adding it to your cable bundle and arrives just in time for the premiere of Masters of Sex this weekend. For Hulu subscribers, the service is just an additional $8.99.
  • You Can Shop Shark Week on Twitter, Samsung TVs

    Karen Fratti
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    Delivery Agent is shop-enabling Shark Week this year by activating the Twitter ‘Buy Now’ button. By heading to the Shark Week Twitter feed, viewers will be able to shop a daily deal. #SharkWeek Daily Deal: pick up the new Fin Socks and today only, get an exclusive Twitter price (22% off)! http://t.co/FQo72Xu4Rj — Shark Week (@SharkWeek) July 7, 2015 Every day there’ll be different Shark Week swag on sale in the official feed at an “exclusive Twitter price,” and who doesn’t need a pair of Fin Socks? Shark Week fans with Samsung TVs will be able to shop…
  • Social Scoreboard: Week of June 29

    Karen Fratti
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Shark Week is already killing it with the Discovery Channel in the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots in the Nielsen Weekly Social ratings. MTV’s Teen Wolf is in the first spot, driving 511,000 tweets seen by 2,754,000 people. The Bachelorette, Pretty Liars, and MTV’s Scream also make appearances.
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  • In The Public Eye: Police, Cameras And The Constitution

    2094
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    The general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, Mickey H. Osterreicher, recently participated in a panel discussion at the Newseum on the topics of police, cameras, and the Constitution.
  • Doug Burgess Wins Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer Of The Year

    2094
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Doug Burgess of KING5-TV in Seattle has been named the 2015 Best Of Photojournalism Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year, and Steve Rhodes of WTHR-TV in Indianapolis was named Video Editor of the Year tonight during an awards ceremony tonight at the National Press Photographers Association's Northwest Storytelling Workshop.
  • NPPA Board To Meet July 11, 2015

    2094
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    The board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association will hold its summer board meeting by videoconference on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
  • Steve McCurry's Assistant Charged In $654,258 Print, Book Theft

    2094
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Photographer Steve McCurry's assistant Bree DeStephano, 32, has been arrested and charged for theft and related offenses, according to Chester (PA) County district attorney Tom Hogan. DeStephano is charged with stealing prints, books, and other items from McCurry and selling them for her own profit. The total value of the stolen items is $654,258.02, according to the district attorney.
  • Photographer Cotton Coulson Dies In Norway After Diving Accident

    2094
    28 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    American photographer and filmmaker Cotton Coulson, 63, formerly of National Geographic and U.S. News & World Report magazines, died last night in Tromsø, Norway, after a scuba diving incident on Sunday that left him unconscious and in a coma.
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    Online Journalism Blog

  • Dashboards and journalism: why we need to do better

    Paul Bradshaw
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Confused? Knobs and dials image by anataman Last month I watched the founder of OpenOil, Johnny West, talk via video link about a dashboard he had designed to help people more effectively report on government announcements related to Chad’s hugely important oil industry. The dashboard struck me in all sorts of ways: firstly in automating certain processes it lowered the barrier to more effective reporting; secondly it reduced the time needed to do so; and thirdly it turned a numerical topic into something more visual, and in the process made stories easier to spot. More from Johnny…
  • Keeping up to date with FOI and open data: new mailing list launched

    Paul Bradshaw
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Matt Burgess, the man behind FOI Directory (and the former editor of Help Me Investigate Education) has launched a new weekly email newsletter providing regular updates on developments in Freedom of Information and transparency. Burgess says that Transparency Bulletin is intended to be: “One email containing the week’s most important issues relating to openness and transparency of UK government bodies, councils, police, officials, private businesses and everything in-between. As well as rounding-up the most important news reports from the week (with a touch of analysis and…
  • Guest post: hyperlocal Groundhog Day – why policy makers need to support UK hyperlocal media (and how)

    Damian Radcliffe
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:14 am
    Groundhog image by Alessandro M In a guest post for OJB, Damian Radcliffe argues that the need for policy makers to support hyperlocal publishers is stronger than ever – and explains just how that support can happen. When I first started reporting on hyperlocal media in 2009 it was against a daily backdrop predicting the death of newspapers and clarion calls for public intervention to save this vital resource. Since then, this hysteria has died down, although it’s clear that many of the structural challenges being faced by the local media sector have not gone away. In January Press…
  • How to: calculate or find rankings in spreadsheets using RANK, LARGE and SMALL

    Paul Bradshaw
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    This is an extract from Finding Stories in Spreadsheets. Get the book here. The ebook version of this tutorial includes a dataset and exercise to employ these techniques. Right at the start of my book on Excel for journalists I talk about sorting data to find out which values come top or bottom. However, there is a family of functions which will give you a lot more control in finding out not just who is top or bottom, but the rank of any value in any series of values. This is particularly useful if you want to compare ranks. Many stories are based on finding out where your own country or…
  • Data journalism isn’t just a technical skill – it’s a cultural one too

    Paul Bradshaw
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    Data journalists will always need help. Image by Widhi Rachmanto When people talk about data journalism the emphasis is almost always on the technicalities of the role: visualisation tools and spreadsheet formulae; scraping and cleaning; coding and mashing. But data journalism isn’t just a technical skill – it is a cultural skill too. Let me explain what I mean. If you were to list the technologies involved in data journalism you might start with Excel or a similar spreadsheet tool. Then add Open Refine for cleaning. Some scraping tools. Mapping tools. Some tools for charts, and…
 
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    The Newspaper Guild

  • Guild Members at Consumer Reports Protest Layoff Violations

    Janelle
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    StaffJuly 1, 2015The NewsGuild of New YorkFed up with a new management team that rode roughshod over the contract during a round of layoffs, dozens of Consumer Reports Guild members took the the street during their lunch breaks on Friday to spotlight their company's bad behavior and to show solidarity with their 11 targeted Guild colleagues. Among those improperly targeted in the layoffs, which were announced about a week earlier, were employees who had contractual protection against job cuts and others whose job titles were identical to those management was advertising in other parts of the…
  • CWA on SCOTUS Hearing Public Workers' Dues Case

    Janelle
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    StaffJune 30, 2015Communications Workers of AmericaIn a statement issued Tuesday, CWA says, "Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association shows how extreme the assault on workers’ bargaining rights has become. The Friedrichs case is an assault on public sector workers, financed by anti-worker and corporate education supporters. These groups have been working for years to stifle the voices of teachers and other public servants in the workplace and strip them of collective bargaining rights." 
  • White House Moves to Double Salary Limit on Overtime Pay

    Janelle
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    Associated PressJune 30, 2015The GuardianBarack Obama has launched a push for salaried workers earning nearly US$1,000 a week to receive overtime pay, with the president declaring that too many Americans are working long hours for less than they deserve. The long-awaited overtime rule from the US labor department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime, from $455 a week to $970 a week by 2016. That would mean salaried employees earning less than $50,440 a year would be assured overtime if they worked more than 40 hours per week, up from the current…
  • SCOTUS to Hear Case Involving Public Workers' Union Dues

    Janelle
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Robert BarnesJune 30, 2015The Washington PostThe Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will consider next term whether the rights of government workers are violated when they are compelled to pay fees to unions they do not want to join. The justices will consider a case from a group of California teachers who say paying fees violates their free speech rights when they disagree with the positions the unions take. The Supreme Court nearly 40 years ago said that states may allow unions to collect fees from non-members to pay for collective bargaining costs, but not for the political spending the…
  • All Smiles in Philly as Strong Tentative Deal Averts Strike

    Janelle
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    Janelle HartmanJune 29, 2015NewsGuild-CWA      Philly members, joined by fellow union and community activists, rally June 25, one day before the company agreed to a strong tentative deal.     Solidarity in Philadelphia won the day.   After eight grueling months, Guild members at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com have a tentative two-year agreement that is virtually 180 degrees from what the company had demanded.   For years, under a series of owners, Guild members had agreed to cuts and givebacks – paying more out of pocket for health care, taking two-week…
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  • Donald Trump defiant on business fallout amid fresh salvos on immigration

    Ben Jacobs
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Republican candidate shrugs off loss of ESPN and Nascar events and accuses Mexico of sending criminals back to the US in Fox News interviewDonald Trump says “making America great is more important to me than my company”.In a phone interview with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News, the controversial billionaire took shots at critics, suggested Jeb Bush’s policy ideas were “baby stuff” and accidentally pressed at least one button on his telephone while talking. Continue reading...
  • Conservatives' collective tantrum over the pope has been a wonder to behold | Dominic Kelly

    Dominic Kelly
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    The week-long freakout in the Australian over Laudato Si’ is the overdue realisation by conservatives that the Catholic church doesn’t belong to them There are few events in the Australian media as simultaneously sad and hilarious as an extended tantrum from the Australian. While our national broadsheet’s recent focus has been on confecting outrage about Q&A, its hysterical response to Pope Francis’s second encyclical has flown under the radar. With Laudato Si’ Pope Francis has called on the world to act to prevent catastrophic environmental destruction, and in the process…
  • L’Oréal's Helen Mirren ads cleared over airbrushing claim

    Dugald Baird
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Viewer claimed ‘post-production techniques’ had been used to alter the star’s appearance and the effects of the moisturising cream were exaggeratedAds for L’Oréal moisturising cream featuring Helen Mirren have been cleared over claims her appearance was digitally retouched.The TV ad for L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect showed the 69-year-old star being offered a seat at a bus stop and looking unhappy, while her voiceover said “Ever feel like you go unnoticed? And when you aren’t, well, enough.” Continue reading...
  • Hillary Clinton defends her trustworthiness in CNN interview

    Lauren Gambino in New York
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    The presidential contender downplayed recent email and foreign donations controversies, as CNN poll shows most Americans find her dishonestDemocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended her trustworthiness in her first national interview since declaring her candidacy for president nearly three months ago while on a campaign swing through Iowa on Tuesday. Clinton dismissed attacks over her use of a private email address during her tenure as US secretary of state and foreign donations to her family’s philanthropy, saying the controversies were “largely fomented by and coming…
  • Six Nations: BBC and ITV battle to keep tournament out of Sky’s hands

    Paul Rees
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    • Satellite broadcaster had been favourite for rights• Celtic unions were hoping for more than £50m a yearThe BBC and ITV have formed an unlikely alliance in a bid to gazump Sky and keep the Six Nations on terrestrial television with an offer worth £50m a year. The tournament organiser says an announcement on the new broadcasting contract is imminent and the most financially lucrative competition in the sport outside the World Cup is expected to remain available to all viewers.The contract with the BBC, which is worth £40m a year, runs out in 2017. Sky had been regarded as…
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  • What marriage (equality) means

    Mohamed Sesay
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Like many, I’m still digesting the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision—not just its text, but its personal and social significance. When I wrote Debating Same-Sex Marriage with Maggie Gallagher, only a handful of states in America permitted same-sex couples to marry. In the three years since, that handful grew to dozens; last Friday’s decision grows it to all 50 states. One striking thing about the decision itself is the importance of the definitional question: What is marriage? If the state prohibits same-sex couples from marrying, does it thereby interfere with their liberty, as the…
  • “Deflategate,” Fox News, and frats: this year in public apologies

    Carolyn Napolitano
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Since publishing Sorry About That a year ago, I’ve been trying to keep track of apologies in the news. Google sends me a handful of news items every day. Some are curious (“J.K. Rowling issues apology over slain ‘Harry Potter’ character”), some are cute (“Blizzard 2015: Meteorologist apologizes for ‘big forecast miss’”), and some are sad (“An open apology to my kids on the subject of my divorce”). A good apology meshes moral awareness and social repair work. As your mother probably told you when you were a child, you must say what you did wrong and sincerely…
  • The real world of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

    KatherineS
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Susanna Clarke’s bestselling novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a very clever evocation of a particular period in English history when the country was at war with Napoleon’s France and the metropolis thrummed with prophets and dissenting voices. But Clarke’s version of history also has a magical twist. Some reviewers of the first episodes of the current BBC1 adaptation have dismissed it is over-blown fantasy, even childish, yet Clarke’s characters are only once removed from the very real magical world of early nineteenth-century England. What few readers or viewers realise is…
  • 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…
 
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  • Gold Cup 2015: USA v Honduras – live!

    Tom Lutz
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Live updates as USA take on Honduras in their Gold Cup openerEmail tom.lutz@theguardian or tweet @tom_lutz 11.08pm ET 74 min: Discua helped Honduras discover that it’s way more dangerous to your opponents if you shoot from five yards out rather than 25. USA are lucky the Hondurans waited so long to find out. 11.06pm ET 72 min: This game just got lively. Johnson is brought down on the edge-ish of the area and gets a hug by way of apology. Time for Bradley: but his free-kick has too much on it. 11.04pm ET All night Honduras have shot as soon as they get within two miles of goal. Discua has…
  • Bill Shorten questioned about workplace deals at royal commission – politics live

    Katharine Murphy
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:06 pm
    The leader of the opposition becomes the third Labor leader to appear before a royal commission. Bill Shorten answers questions about his time leading the Australian Workers’ Union. All the developments from the trade union royal commission, live 1.06pm AEST The commission has now adjourned for a short lunch break. I’ll have a whip around and share anything I find interesting in the coverage to date, and give you some thoughts about how I think the process is proceeding thus far. 12.57pm AEST Counsel assisting says the Cleanevent agreement didn’t exactly deliver for workers. He’s…
  • Johnathan Thurston — the greatest State of Origin player of all time? | Paul Connolly

    Paul Connolly
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:01 pm
    As Queensland attempts to regain State of Origin supremacy, the Maroons playmaker’s legendary status in the series is already set in stoneIt’s not the kind of thing one says lightly, nor without looking over one’s shoulder lest a burly old-timer with a XXXX singlet and a short fuse is in the vicinity. But could Johnathan Thurston be the greatest Origin player of all time? Yes, better even than the King, Wally Lewis, a man whose statue stands watch outside the former Lang Park in much the same way as Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio de Janeiro?Of course, in the entertaining (but…
  • Greek debt crisis: Tsipras gets ultimatum to reach deal or face Grexit - as it happened

    Graeme Wearden (now) and Nick Fletcher (earlier)
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    On Sunday, European leaders will meet for a summit that will decide whether Greece gets another bailout or leaves the eurozoneSummary: Most critical five days in Europe’s historyTusk: We face ‘worst case scenario’ without a dealJuncker: We have a detailed Grexit planMerkel: Greece must produce detailed proposals this weekVIDEO: Greek economy is bleeding 12.37am BST OK, that really is all for today. Do check out my most recent summary, after a dramatic evening in which Greece was given just five days to reach a deal or face exit from the Euro. Related: Greece given deadline to avoid…
  • Rejoice! Bro-country is dying out as new ideas push genre into bolder territory

    Grady Smith
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    After half a decade of the bros sucking all the air out of the industry, they’re being forced to broaden their scope in order to maintain the public’s imaginationAt this point in 2015, any country music fan that even casually reads about the genre is undoubtedly tired of hearing about bro–country, the modern brand of derivative party anthems sung by men in trucks that has dominated country’s radio airplay and digital sales in recent years. Bro-country was coined by critic Jody Rosen in a 2013 New York magazine piece about the duo Florida Georgia Line that defined their musical…
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    One Man & His Blog

  • Can Apple Music save a middle-aged man from the music of his youth?

    Adam Tinworth
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Apple Music arrived last night, and with it Beats 1 – a new, global music channel. And I’m not just quite hopeful that it’ll be god; I’ve been actively listening to it and enjoying it. Like many people in their early 40s, I’ve begun to drift away from music. I still listen to it – all the time, in fact – but my range of music is barely expanding. The few albums I’ve bought over the last few years have either been classics I didn’t already own, or new albums from old, familiar voices. My music development has stalled. It’s easy to see…
  • Escaping the tyranny of the team

    Adam Tinworth
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:19 am
    There’s no doubt that the thing I miss most about corporate life is the team camaraderie. I haven’t really had a team for three and a half years now. I work largely by myself, and that can be rewarding – but sometimes lonely. (The fact that I spend a lot of time training or lecturing goes a long way to balance that, though.) However, Stowe Boyd makes a very interesting point: sometimes solo working can be more productive for some endeavours – like writing and analysing: The case I am making is not that of the solitary genius laboring in a garret, per se. But actually…
  • The lesson of a decade in digital media: trust your instincts

    Adam Tinworth
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:34 am
    Sometime around a decade ago, I was starting my journey from full time journalist (features editor on Estates Gazette) to the specialist in digital media transformation and development I’ve become over the last decade. If there’s one lesson I’ve learned over that decade it’s this: Trust your instincts. Act on them. But test and refine them. A decade ago, I didn’t have that confidence. I let myself get talked into doing things I knew were a mistake by more senior voices that knew less about emergent media than I did – but were “experts” (whatever…
  • Apple News: I’m in…

    Adam Tinworth
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Well, looks like you’ll be able to read my fine words in Apple’s News app come the launch of iOS9 later this year. And if you’re in the Beta, you can add me straight away. I even made a logo: I wonder how many publisher who have abandoned RSS feeds are now scrambling to get them back into place for Apple News?
  • Pando erects paywall of irrelevance

    Adam Tinworth
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Pando, occasional unapologetic copyright thieves, have decided to erect a paywall: From today, the newest articles on Pando will be available to members first. Membership costs just $10 a month (or $100 a year, if you pay upfront) and members also get unlimited access to our entire video archive and to our real world events, in person and via livestream. I guess we’ll find out how many people are willing to pay for undifferentiated opinion in a heavily over-provided news space (startup-centric tech), huh? Having spent over a decade working with paywalled business, both successful and…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Columbia University Was Invested in Incarceration—Until Students Stopped It

    Justin Miller
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:40 pm
    AP Photo/Ted S. Warren In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 detainees are shown inside a holding cell at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washashington, a facility operated by The GEO Group Inc. under contract from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  The private prison industry is a growth industry—exploding by 350 percent in just 15 years. As the federal and state governments are facing slimming budgets, contracting out prison operations to private companies is seen as a convenient way to deal with ever-increasing rates of incarceration and detention. At the same…
  • The Joy of No

    Robert Kuttner
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images Thousasnds of jubilant government supporters celebrate after the result of the referendum showed the "No,'' majority in Athens, Greece on July 5, 2015.  An earlier version of this article appeared at The Huffington Post.  The ‘No’ vote to austerity is a stunning vindication of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s tactical gamble and political savvy. However, the Greeks and the austerity-mongers, most notably in Germany, remain as far apart as ever. The financial press and the European elite played Tsipras’s surprise referendum as reckless and…
  • World Cup Corruption: The Bigger Scandal

    Seema Rajouria
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    (Photo: AP/DPA/Amnesty International) What migrants encounter in Qatar: Worker accommodations are shared with old paint cans and other toxic waste. Amnesty International found "an alarming level of exploitation." Ganesh Bishwakarma left for Qatar in 2013 to join the thousands of migrant workers hired to work on construction projects for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He had a dream of earning enough to build a comfortable life for himself and his impoverished family in the Dang District of Nepal. Six weeks later, he was back home, in a coffin. The 16-year-old had died of cardiac arrest, leaving his…
  • How Donald Trump Changed the GOP Debate on Immigration

    Paul Waldman
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm
    AP Photo/Jim Cole Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Bedford, New Hampshire.  Here's how the immigration issue was supposed to play out for Republicans in the 2016 presidential campaign. During the pre-primary period and into the initial wave of voting, the candidates would tell voters how tough they'll be on undocumented immigrants, talking about building fences and enhancing border security. Then, as a likely nominee emerged, he'd begin to use a more welcoming rhetoric in the hopes of winning back the Hispanic…
  • The Supreme Court's Challenge to Housing Segregation

    Richard Rothstein
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) In this April 8, 2013 picture, a boy shoots a basketball into a makeshift basket made from a milk crate and attached to a vacant row house in Baltimore.  In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implications. Its rejection of a challenge to Obamacare and its endorsement of the right to same-sex marriage have received the attention they were due. A third decision, confirming that the Fair Housing Act prohibits not only policies that intend to perpetuate racial discrimination and segregation, but those that have the effect of doing so, was…
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    Nieman Lab

  • As podcasts grow, the podcast freelance economy takes shape

    Joseph Lichterman
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    How much should you expect to be paid for contributing to an episode of a popular podcast? (Or an unpopular one, for that matter?) In an effort to establish benchmarks for how much freelance audio producers should be paid in the new medium, the Association of Independents in Radio has released a new guide and standard contract outlining standard rates for various types of segments and work. AIR, an advocacy group for independent radio producers, has previously worked with NPR and other public media outlets to establish freelance pay rates, but this is the first time AIR has explicitly…
  • A globalized world demands globalized investigative reporting; a new study outlines how to do it

    Joshua Benton
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    Most media has traditionally been defined by geography — local newspapers and local broadcasters building up to national networks and national magazines. Before the web, people in London and New York got nearly all their news from different news sources — not to mention people in Tokyo and Tulsa, or Buenos Aires and Beirut. But as the world grows more interconnected, doesn’t our media need to keep up? That’s the argument made by Bill Buzenberg is a new paper out of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Buzenberg is famous as former top executive at the…
  • A program in New Jersey is trying to get people to care about local news through community organizing

    Joseph Lichterman
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    In all the conversations around the changing nature of the news business, the advocacy group Free Press thinks one group has been left out of the conversation too often: consumers. As a result, the group has launched News Voices: New Jersey, an 18-month pilot program that will use community-organizing tactics as part of an effort to connect with news consumers across the Garden State and get them interested in the state of local news. RELATED ARTICLEWhen local news isn’t really local: In New Jersey, New York’s shadow can mean a less healthy news ecosystemMarch 10, 2015“We…
  • The New York Times is publishing on WhatsApp for the first time, covering Pope Francis

    Madeline Welsh
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    That unique confluence of New York Times readers, pope watchers, and WhatsApp users must have been excited on a recent June morning when The New York Times announced it would be experimenting with the messaging app to deliver updates on Pope Francis’ visits to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay. The tour began yesterday when the Pope landed in Ecuador and will last for nine days, during which time the Times will be sending updates via WhatsApp to those who signed up. In a post written to announce the experiment, the Times laid out the not-entirely-uncomplicated steps to join what is…
  • Scratch Magazine was profitable, but it’s still shutting down — here’s what its founder learned

    Laura Hazard Owen
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Scratch Magazine, an online publication about the relationship between writers and money, isn’t shutting down because it failed to do what its founder, Manjula Martin, wanted it to do. Scratch turned a small profit in 2014. About 1,000 people paid to read its stories. But that wasn’t enough, Martin wrote in her editor’s note in the final issue (which, full disclosure, I also wrote an article for), “to pay its editors, fund reported journalism, explore new platforms and services, or hire more help.” She went on: So the answer to the question of whether a small,…
 
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • A Soldier on the Mob Beat

    ProPublica
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    by Minhee Cho Legendary organized crime reporter Jerry Capeci has been covering America’s top five crime families for over 25 years – a beat he created at the New York Daily News that has continued to captivate readers, both cops and wise guys alike, long after he made his column, Gang Land, a paid subscription site. Capeci joins ProPublica’s Joe Sexton on the podcast to discuss how he made the break into this niche world of organized crime – without getting whacked. Highlights from their conversation: How Capeci’s reporting career began largely by accident at…
  • When Kids Get Sent to Adult Prisons and More in MuckReads Weekly

    ProPublica
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    by Terry Parris Jr. Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email?   Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend. A terrifying glimpse into life in prison — as a kid (The Huffington Post) WATCH: Exclusively obtained videos of how kids are treated in prison in Michigan: http://t.co/narHas5Fqh— Dana Liebelson (@dliebelson) July 1, 2015 "The officers pressed a spit guard on her face and fastened straps on her arms and legs and chest, a practice known as five-point restraint. Jamie became more and more…
  • As Hollywood Lobbied State Department, It Built Free Home Theaters for U.S. Embassies

    ProPublica
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:15 am
    by Robert Faturechi This story was co-published with The Daily Beast. Hollywood’s efforts to win political clout have always stretched across the country, from glitzy campaign fundraisers in Beverly Hills to cocktail parties with power brokers in Washington. Last year, the film industry staked out another zone of influence: U.S. embassies. Its lobbying arm paid to renovate screening rooms in at least four overseas outposts, hoping the new theaters would help ambassadors and their foreign guests “keep U.S. cultural interests top of mind,” according to an internal email. That…
  • What Chris Christie Didn’t Say at His Campaign Kickoff

    ProPublica
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    by Cezary Podkul Now that Chris Christie is officially running for president, his record as governor of New Jersey will be getting a lot more scrutiny. As we reported with The Washington Post in April, there’s plenty to look at. Our reporting focused on Republican Christie’s fiscal record, an area where he’s claimed some of his biggest achievements – and committed some of the “Budget Sins” he attacked his predecessors for. Kicking off his campaign today, Christie used familiar rhetoric to champion his record in New Jersey. “We rolled up our sleeves…
  • Justice Alito Defends Lethal Injection Expert Who Did His Research on Drugs.com

    ProPublica
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    by Annie Waldman On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold Oklahoma’s use of midazolam, a controversial sedative that is used as part of its three-drug lethal injection protocol. The case, first brought by four condemned Oklahoma inmates, came after several high-profile botched executions in 2014 involving midazolam. The petitioners argued that the use of midazolam presented a “substantial, constitutionally unacceptable risk of pain and suffering.” As ProPublica has previously detailed, the doctor Oklahoma relied on as its expert witness had never given a patient…
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    ProPublica Podcast

  • A Soldier on the Mob Beat

    ProPublica
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Podcast: Jerry Capeci, Gang Land columnist and longtime reporter for the New York Daily News, on how he began exclusively covering the mob.
  • Reporting on Risky Bond Deals

    ProPublica
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    Podcast: Jason Grotto and Heather Gillers of the Chicago Tribune talk about a painful reckoning for the city after decades of papering over budget shortfalls with big debts.
  • Headline Writing With an NYT Guru

    ProPublica
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    Podcast: Kyle Massey on what catches readers’ attention, and why the “paper of record” never would have written, “Headless Body in Topless Bar.”
  • The Times’s Eric Lipton on DC’s Ecosystem of influence

    ProPublica
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    Podcast: A two-time Pulitzer winner talks about a new world of pay-to-play, where lobbying has spread to unregulated surrogates.
  • Meet the Reporter Behind That Bogus Chocolate Study

    ProPublica
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    Podcast: John Bohannon joins Charles Ornstein to talk bad science, credulous reporters, and the ethics of his brand of journalism.
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    Reporting on Health

  • When it comes to data journalism, a few Excel basics go a long way

    RyanWhite
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In a world increasingly saturated with data, knowingly how to effectively clean, sort and analyze the bounty can be an essential skill for health journalists. Veteran data journalist Paul Overberg led newcomers on an invaluable tour of the basics in our latest Health Matters webinar this week.
  • Florida’s Medicaid meltdown deserves a deeper look

    maggieclarkHT
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    In Florida, only one in three children receive adequate preventive care, and the state ranks 50th out of 51 states and D.C. in per-child spending. Reporter Maggie Clark will look into what happens when the nation's third-largest state starts "nickel-and-diming preventive care for children."
  • Task force's recommendations on mammograms are lost in the noise

    William Heisel
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Despite new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2009 urging women to reevaluate how often they receive mammograms, there's still an incredible amount of confusion over how often women should undergo such screening tests.
  • A tale of two Kansas counties: A look at health disparities and the lives behind the data

    Alex Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    When it comes to health outcomes, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in the Kansas City metro area might as well be in different countries. Radio reporter Alex Smith sets out to explore what's behind the health disparities, and what might work best to reduce them. Community engagement will be key.
  • Rural telepsychiatry helps rural residents bypass stigma

    Lanawrites
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    Telemedicine is reshaping how rural residents think about going to the psychiatrist
 
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    American-Journal

  • “LOVE HAS WON”

    Editor
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:16 pm
    In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, ending decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights. Gay rights supporters cheered, sang, danced and cried in front of  the court following the decision being announced. They shouted “Love has won,” as the plaintiffs exited the Court. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, is also the author of all three of the Court’s previous gay rights landmark decisions. Casey Penk, 23, of Brooklyn NY, camps out early in front of the United States Supreme Court in…
  • Monuments to Pittsburgh’s Steel Heritage

    Editor
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Carrie Furnaces were built in 1881 as part of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works, a sprawling 400-acre complex that spanned both sides of the Monogahela river. They produced up to 1,250 tons of steel a day until 1978 when they were closed. While the majority of the site was razed for developments that never materialized (and a shopping center that did), the 100-foot high furnaces still stand; now they are an extremely rare example of pre-WWII ironmaking technology. The furnaces were designated as a national historic landmark in 2006 and preservation efforts are underway. For more…
  • Reflections of Sorrow

    Editor
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:07 pm
    It is Mecca for millions of people. People of different faiths and cultures. People from different social and economic backgrounds. People that share one common and tragic bond. They are friends or relatives of men and women that died in America’s most controversial and unpopular war, Vietnam. Enlarge Vietnam is a name that still invokes bitter feelings among Americans. It was a time when the country was divided. The Vietnam War ended with the military withdrawal 29 years ago, but for the millions that journey to the Vietmam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. every year, the…
  • Curious People

    Editor
    18 Feb 2012 | 1:50 pm
    Each spring, Coney Island USA, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to preserving the past and future of Coney Island, N.Y., convenes the Congress of Curious Peoples. The 10-day gathering draws unique individuals to the group’s historic building, which features Sideshows by the Seashore on the first floor and the Coney Island Museum on the second level. The event is a collaboration of Dick Zigun, the executive artistic director of Coney Island USA, and Aaron Beebe, director of the Coney Island Museum. The Congress of Curious Peoples is a mixture of lectures about sideshows and…
  • Legacy of the Black Cowboy

    Editor
    18 Jan 2012 | 6:16 pm
    Sitting outside of the equestrian arena, Billy Ray Thunder held out his right hand and attempted to stretch his fingers. The middle finger was gnarled in a permanent bend, and the one next to it was broken and swollen, cocked in an unnatural state. Thunder wrapped a piece of white medical tape around the two disfigured fingers, hoping they would function well enough to endure the impending eight-second ride. While the appearance of his fingers was enough to make most people cringe, Thunder didn’t seem to give it much thought. A professional cowboy, he has suffered more gruesome injuries…
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • ☆ On Apple Music

    Kevin Wild
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    I gave up on the idea of owning my music a while ago, and it didn't bother me much. Truthfully, I didn't see much value in building my own large music library.This isn't to say I don't love music - far from it, actually. At any given point in my day, I'm probably listening to music. I enjoy listening, even if it's only in the background while I work, clean or relax. Because of my love for music and disinterest in owning it, I was quick to adopt the subscription model. I've been a Rdio premium subscriber for well over a year, and I've dabbled with Spotify every now and again.I…
  • Sponsor: Day One for iPhone, iPad and Mac

    Kevin Wild
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    My thanks to Day One for sponsoring The H&F this month. Day One is a simple way to journal. It’s easy to quickly enter your thoughts and memories and have them synced and backed up in the cloud. Some other great features of Day One are:Capture memories as they happen with a simple camera snap.Make journaling a habit with daily reminders.Publish selected entries to a beautiful webpage. Share using Facebook, Twitter, and more.Remember the context of your day's entries with temperature and weather conditions.Keep your journal private by adding a password.For the past…
  • The App Cleanse

    Kevin Wild
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    The reality is that most people probably have a handful of apps they use on a regular basis. Even power users, like myself, probably have only a couple dozen apps that are used regularly. The slightly tricky ones are the ones you don’t technically open all that often but want to have when you absolutely do need them — like bank/credit card apps.As I near the 500 app mark on my iPhone, I'm tempted to start fresh.Permalink
  • Snapchat Changes How You Watch Snaps

    Kevin Wild
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    Now that I've had the chance to try the alternative, I don't know why it took so long to get rid of the 'tap and hold' concept.Permalink
  • New Steve Jobs Move Trailer Released

    Kevin Wild
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    I'll try and reserve judgment until I see the whole movie. I'll try.Permalink
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    Vox - All

  • China's stock market has lost 30 percent of its value in a month

    Timothy B. Lee
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:31 pm
    China's stock market is crashing. In the opening minutes of trading Wednesday, the benchmark Shanghai Composite index fell by more than 8 percent. An hour later, it was down about 4 percent for the day. More than 1,300 companies — representing about 40 percent of the value of companies on the mainland — have halted trading in an effort to stop the slide. The declines come despite desperate measures by the Chinese government to prop up stock prices. Over the last year, the market surged thanks to borrowed money Between June 2014 and June 2015, China's Shanghai Composite…
  • Vox Sentences: Hillary and Jeb agree: Let Puerto Rico go bankrupt

    Dara Lind
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Getty / Joe Raedle Puerto Rico, my heart's devotion While you were busy watching the Greek debt crisis, Puerto Rico announced that it is officially not going to be able to pay back its creditors. Vox's Matt Yglesias explains. [Vox / Matt Yglesias] But Paul Krugman doesn't think you should call Puerto Rico "America's Greece." [NYT / Paul Krugman] Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush both say Puerto Rico should be eligible to file for bankruptcy, just as US cities can. [Vox / Matt Yglesias] What about granting the island statehood, as San Juan's former mayor has suggested? [The Hill / Hernán Padilla]…
  • Donald Trump just gave the Donald Trump-iest statement possible

    Andrew Prokop
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Backlash against presidential candidate and self-promoter Donald Trump's inflammatory statements that "rapists" are coming to the US from Mexico has spilled over to his business interests. Univision, NBC, Sealy, and Macy's have all severed ties with Trump in some way already. And in the past few days, ESPN canceled a charity golf tournament scheduled for the Trump National Golf Club, and NASCAR announced it wouldn't hold banquets at the Trump National Doral Miami resort. To most observers, this seems like terrible news for Donald Trump. But the man himself insisted in a defiant…
  • The debate over prescription painkillers, explained

    German Lopez
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:11 pm
    The number of deaths linked to opioid painkillers has risen dramatically over the past two decades. But tens of millions of Americans still suffer from serious pain and stand to benefit from these drugs. How do policymakers balance those conflicting forces as they consider more restrictions on opioids? It's a question public health experts and lawmakers have been struggling with over the past few years as opioid deaths have risen. In late April at Stanford University, two experts — pain medicine expert Sean Mackey and addiction expert Anna Lembke — held a debate on the issue, giving a…
  • Colorado offered free birth control — and teen abortions fell by 42 percent

    German Lopez
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking more funding to continue a privately funded birth control program that has, by several measures, been a startling success. The program, known as the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, provides intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants at little to no cost for low-income women at family planning clinics in Colorado. It contributed to a 40 percent drop in Colorado's teen birth rate and a 42 percent drop in the state's teen abortion rate between 2009 and 2013, according to state data reported by the New…
 
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  • WordPress Workshop for Journalists: Setup & Run your Own Website like a Pro

    jayadevanpk
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    As readers increasingly consume news and journalism online, it has become important for journalists to be able to publish and be discovered on the Internet. It isn’t hard to setup and run a website and publish your stories or blogs. One of the best and easy to use tools out there to setup and run a website of your own is WordPress. It started as a blogging platform but now it’s much bigger than that. Its versatile enough to be a blog or a content management system. It has become one of the most preferred platform for independent, community and even commercial journalism…
  • 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. Update: More details from the press conference. The accelerator will be launched as a 50:50 joint venture to invite ideas from…
  • 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…
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