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  • Engaging News Project works to identify audience behavior

    Columbia Journalism Review
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Industry conversation over the best ways to quantify reader engagement on news sites may be reaching fever pitch, with a possible shift afoot from clicks and pageviews to more complex measures of time and attention spent online. News organizations are interested, presumably, in gathering metrics to see whether their stories are reaching intended audiences, as well as who is reading...
  • Innovation day at CUNY with Shane Smith and Bill Gross

    BuzzMachine
    Jeff Jarvis
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    We have a few seats available for a great event on innovation and news at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Monday Dec. 1, starting at 230p and running through a reception ending at 730p: * We will give Vice founder Shane Smith the Knight Innovation Award. * Bill Gross, founder of Idealab and more than 125 companies, will deliver a keynote about how he innovates and invents, with lessons for us in media. * A panel including former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout; Betaworks data genius Gilad Lotan; Milena Berry of PowerToFly; and angel investor Alicia Syrett– all from…
  • Fox Host Claims Obama Is "Double-Daring" Republicans To Impeach Him With Immigration Action

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    From the November 20 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:Previously: O'Reilly Asks If Obama's Immigration Executive Action Is "A Trap" To "Bait" GOP Into Impeachment Fox Hypes Punishment For Obama's Immigration Overhaul: Impeach, Sue, Defund, & Obstruct Fox's Krauthammer On Obama's Immigration Plan: "I Believe It Is An Impeachable Offense" Right-Wing Media Wrong About The Legality Of The Upcoming Executive Orders On Immigration
  • OMG, College Students Read My Blog

    Journalistics
    Jeremy Porter
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    I recently heard from an old friend (a former CMO) who is now a lecturer at a university up in British Columbia. She dropped me a line to let me know she was happy to see I was blogging again, because she thinks my posts are relevant for her students. I believe they had to take a quiz about one of my recent posts. Nothing makes me want to write more than hearing somebody learned something from one of my posts. For that, I thank all of you. Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve heard from a dozen or so other professors who have done the same thing – encouraged their…
  • Embracing HTTPS

    Open
    By Eitan Konigsburg, Rajiv Pant and Elena Kvochko
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    In light of a growing number of cyber security and data privacy concerns, replacing HTTP with its secure alternative, HTTPS, is becoming increasingly important. Although HTTPS has been around for 20 years, many websites have traditionally served traffic over an insecure HTTP channel. In the early days of the web, server and network performance were often limiting factors as to whether a site used HTTPS. The server had to have enough horsepower to handle the encryption and decryption of the data, and the network had to be able to handle the extra activity. Many of these performance concerns…
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    Columbia Journalism Review

  • Engaging News Project works to identify audience behavior

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Industry conversation over the best ways to quantify reader engagement on news sites may be reaching fever pitch, with a possible shift afoot from clicks and pageviews to more complex measures of time and attention spent online. News organizations are interested, presumably, in gathering metrics to see whether their stories are reaching intended audiences, as well as who is reading...
  • A timeline of the #pointergate TV station's defense

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    You’ve heard all about #pointergate. And you’ve probably read or watched a few of the many, many, many pieces exploring what was wrong with a Nov. 6 local TV news segment that reported the mayor of Minneapolis had been photographed “flashing a known gang sign” with a convicted felon, and supposedly endangering her community in the process. So at this...
  • The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Photo credit: Associated Press It is a remarkable thing to see: The collapsing reputation of a star who has been part of American life for more than half a century. A month ago, Bill Cosby was a comedic and sociological icon; now his career is in shambles. A Netflix special on him will not be shown; NBC won't move...
  • Texas reporters fight for access to fracking facts

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    AUSTIN -- Earlier this month, the residents of Denton, Texas--located on one of the country's largest natural gas reserves and home to some 275 gas wells--voted to ban fracking. The ban was a first for a city in Texas, where fracking has enabled an oil and gas boom; the state now accounts for one-third of the United States' natural gas...
  • Approach ISIS tweets with caution

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    CAIRO--When it seized huge parts of Syria and Iraq this year, the self-proclaimed Islamic State--and the geopolitical chaos surrounding it--became one of the biggest news stories on the planet. But journalists have little means of directly reporting on the group, its activities on the ground, or the havoc it has sown in the region. A physical meeting with the group's...
 
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    BuzzMachine

  • Innovation day at CUNY with Shane Smith and Bill Gross

    Jeff Jarvis
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    We have a few seats available for a great event on innovation and news at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Monday Dec. 1, starting at 230p and running through a reception ending at 730p: * We will give Vice founder Shane Smith the Knight Innovation Award. * Bill Gross, founder of Idealab and more than 125 companies, will deliver a keynote about how he innovates and invents, with lessons for us in media. * A panel including former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout; Betaworks data genius Gilad Lotan; Milena Berry of PowerToFly; and angel investor Alicia Syrett– all from…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News

    Jeff Jarvis
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I have a new book about the future of news — or rather, about imagining many possible futures for news. It is my answer to the question I often hear: “So now that your damned, beloved internet has ruined news, what now?” I can’t and won’t predict. But I will explore opportunities the digital age presents for new relationships, new forms, and new business models for news. I meant to write a white paper — my response to the fine papers out of Columbia. It metastasized into a book. In it, I explore many ideas I’ve discussed on my blog and with news…
  • Building trust in news

    Jeff Jarvis
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    In their Trust Project, Richard Gingras, head of Google News, and Sally Lehrman, a fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, argue the need to rebuild trust in news and they propose a set of practical tactics. I want to suggest further steps to support their campaign. The reforms Gingras and Lehrman propose: * News organizations and journalists should craft and publish statements of mission and ethics. * Journalists should disclose their background to reveal both levels of expertise and areas of personal interest and conflict. * For disclosure and accountability (and credit, I’d…
  • Oh, those Germans

    Jeff Jarvis
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    German publishers warring with Google — and the link and the internet — have now completed their humiliation at their own hands, capitulating to Google and allowing it to continue quoting and linking to them. How big of them. The pathetic sequence of their fight: 1. German publishers under the banner of a so-called trade group called VG Media and led by conservative publisher Axel Springer called in who knows what political chits to get legislators to create a new, ancillary copyright law — the Leistungsschutzrecht — to forbid Google et al from quoting even snippets to…
  • Inside an entrepreneur’s sausage factory

    Jeff Jarvis
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    I will be assigning all my entrepreneurial journalism students to listen to every episode of Alex Blumberg’s podcast about starting a podcast company. It is an open, honest, true portrayal of the making of an entrepreneur. Blumberg, you’ll recall, was a producer and voice on This American Life and one of the geniuses — along with NPR economic correspondent Adam Davidson — behind its Giant Pool of Money and then their podcast and blog Planet Money. He decided to pick up and start a new company to produce quality, journalistic podcasts because he wisely saw the…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox Host Claims Obama Is "Double-Daring" Republicans To Impeach Him With Immigration Action

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    From the November 20 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:Previously: O'Reilly Asks If Obama's Immigration Executive Action Is "A Trap" To "Bait" GOP Into Impeachment Fox Hypes Punishment For Obama's Immigration Overhaul: Impeach, Sue, Defund, & Obstruct Fox's Krauthammer On Obama's Immigration Plan: "I Believe It Is An Impeachable Offense" Right-Wing Media Wrong About The Legality Of The Upcoming Executive Orders On Immigration
  • Right-Wing Media Falsely Claim That Museums Need To Give Up Their Guns

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    Conservative media outlets are misleadingly promoting the report that a Washington state museum will return some firearms on display to their owners following the passage of a new background check initiative, while ignoring statements from law enforcement that there is no legal reason to remove the guns. On November 4, a majority of Washington voters passed Initiative 594, a proposal to require a background check on nearly all gun sales in the state, with some exceptions for temporary transfers and transfers between family members. In response to the new law, which takes effect December 4,…
  • Network News' Shameful Decision To Snub Obama's Immigration Address

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    Early in his first term, President George W. Bush addressed the nation in primetime about allowing for limited stem cell research in America and his approval for limited medical research. During the weeks leading up to the announcement, there had a been regular news coverage of the topic, as the White House let reporters know the president was deeply engaged on the issue and was meeting with an array of experts to guide him. As Bush appeared from his ranch in Texas to make the announcement, all of the major broadcast networks joined the cable news channels in carrying his message live. The…
  • Megyn Kelly's Startling Immigration Admission Subverts Months Of Fox Fearmongering, Including Her Own

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Fox News host Megyn Kelly undermined months of claims from her network peers when she admitted to guest Jennice Fuentes that President Obama's upcoming executive action does not constitute "amnesty." Kelly, who has herself used the "amnesty" label to discuss the president's coming order, acknowledged that the term is a dog whistle conservative media have exploited to stoke opposition to immigration reform. Obama is set to announce a new set of executive actions that will allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to apply for protection from deportation based on the time they…
  • With Jonathan Gruber Comments, Fox Searches For Its Next Benghazi

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    One hundred and two weeks away from the 2016 presidential elections, Fox News anchor Jon Scott this week wondered out loud if the current controversy surrounding MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and his inapt comments that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) "was written in a tortured way" to appease "the stupidity of the American voter" would still be relevant in 2016. In fact,  Scott wondered if Gruber and his comments would be a "fixture" in the next presidential campaign. Correct. Scott wanted to know whether comments Gruber made in 2013 about a law signed in 2010 for which he provided…
 
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    Journalistics

  • OMG, College Students Read My Blog

    Jeremy Porter
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    I recently heard from an old friend (a former CMO) who is now a lecturer at a university up in British Columbia. She dropped me a line to let me know she was happy to see I was blogging again, because she thinks my posts are relevant for her students. I believe they had to take a quiz about one of my recent posts. Nothing makes me want to write more than hearing somebody learned something from one of my posts. For that, I thank all of you. Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve heard from a dozen or so other professors who have done the same thing – encouraged their…
  • How to Get More PR Results

    Jeremy Porter
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Do you want to generate more publicity results for your media relations investment? You’re not alone – every public relations professional working in media relations wants to generate more publicity. We’ve all had to deal with the client or boss that complains about the lack of coverage, or worse, marches into your office with a recent article and asks why we weren’t in it. Ever notice they rarely march into your office with the story you were included in? It’s not easy to score publicity. Media relations is difficult, thankless job. Unless you’re fortunate…
  • How To Write a Great Headline

    Jeremy Porter
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Your headline is the most important element of any article you write. If you don’t believe me, ask yourself what happened right before you clicked through to read this post. If you’re still reading this post, you’re either bored, very polite or you want to learn how to write a great headline and you believe I’m going to deliver on that promise for you. For me, the purpose of a great headline is to get the reader to read what you’ve written. For others, it’s all about the click. I’m going to assume that most Journalistics readers care more about the…
  • How to Create a Communications Strategy

    Jeremy Porter
    16 Dec 2013 | 8:29 am
    A lot of organizations have separate documented communication strategies for each communications discipline. Your organization may have a public relations strategy, marketing communications strategy, social media strategy and sales strategy, all operating in parallel to accomplish often similar (or exact) goals. I suggest having one, clear and cohesive communications strategy that covers all communications activities within your organization. If there are different people responsible for each strategy, get them all in the same room to create a single one (this goes for any organizational-wide…
  • It’s Time to Get Real About Real-Time Marketing & PR

    Jeremy Porter
    6 Jul 2013 | 9:11 pm
    When David Meerman Scott was kind enough to let me review his first pass at Real-Time Marketing & PR a few years ago, I remember thinking how amazing some of the stories were in the book. There were case study after case study about how powerful the consumer has become in the age of social media – and how ill-equipped most brands were to deal with issues in real-time. David has since added to the real-time discussion with his Newsjacking book, which further reinforces the need for brands to respond quickly to breaking stories or trending topics, to insert themselves into the news…
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    Open

  • Embracing HTTPS

    By Eitan Konigsburg, Rajiv Pant and Elena Kvochko
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:50 pm
    In light of a growing number of cyber security and data privacy concerns, replacing HTTP with its secure alternative, HTTPS, is becoming increasingly important. Although HTTPS has been around for 20 years, many websites have traditionally served traffic over an insecure HTTP channel. In the early days of the web, server and network performance were often limiting factors as to whether a site used HTTPS. The server had to have enough horsepower to handle the encryption and decryption of the data, and the network had to be able to handle the extra activity. Many of these performance concerns…
  • Programming Language or Shakespeare Character?

    By Nina Feinberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Think you can tell the difference between a programming language and a Shakespeare character? Give it a try below — then register for our first ever TimesOpen Team Trivia Night on Nov. 5! Bolingbroke Charm Hortensio Oberon Befunge Promela Luce Osric Algol Trinculo Velator Wolfram Wyvern Programming language: 2, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13 Shakespeare character: 1, 3, 7, 8, 10 Both: 4
  • Girls Who Code

    By Priya Ollapally
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Miranda Chaiken, Aida Piccato and Sunnam Quispe are seniors at Stuyvesant High School and the creators of NYC Happenings. Their site, which guides users to events, is powered by The New York Times Event Listings API and searchable by genre and borough. They explained that they found themselves doing the same activities every day and decided to build a functional website as a cure for their boredom. While all three have taken computer science classes at Stuyvesant’s prestigious computer science program, they attended the Girls Who Code Club at Twitter’s headquarters to hone their…
  • Real-World Development

    By Danielle Rothermel
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    The New York Times continued our technology internship program this summer, and Danielle Rothermel, one of the interns in this year’s class, discusses what she learned. I’ve spent my summer learning new languages, platforms and frameworks, but before I get into that, let me share some background about myself. After a frustrating and failed attempt to learn how to use the command prompt in middle school, I went into my freshman year of college adamant that I would take my required Introduction to Programming class and be done with computer science forever. However, I soon found out…
  • Getting Groovy With Reactive Android

    By Mohit Pandey
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    “Slow,” a word no one ever wants to see associated with their app. Delay and lag of as little as 100–200 milliseconds will be perceived by users as poor, slow performance. Keeping long running tasks on the main thread will result in that perception, the dreaded “Application Not Responding” (ANR) and a bad user experience. This leaves us developers one choice: concurrent execution of code. The recent growth in popularity of functional programming is well deserved. As things become more asynchronous, the functional model really fits well. Being able to sequence, chain and transform…
 
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    The Linchpen

  • Highlights from #cj2014 opening keynote: Jon Kleinberg

    Greg Linch
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    I’m following the Computation + Journalism 2014 symposium via the hashtag and livestream. Below are some highlights I collected from the opening keynote. Storify by Greg Linch Fri, Oct 24 2014 17:15:36 Edit #cj2014: Tracing the Flow of On-Line Information through Networks and Text Keynote by Jon Kleinberg at 2014 Computation + Journalism symposium at Columbia University Event page: 2014 C+J Symposium We live in a society that is increasingly dependent on data and computation, a dependence that often evolves invisibly, without substantial critical assessment or accountability. Far from…
  • Images of inspiration: The visual genealogy of Kon, Jodorowsky and Friedrich

    Greg Linch
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Watch this video essay by Tony Zhou about filmmaker and animator Satoshi Kon (h/t Robin Sloan on Snarkmarket). First off, Zhou’s piece is absolutely wonderful. One thing I find particularly fascinating is when you’re shown the original scene and a scene inspired by it — e.g. Inception and Black Swan. The documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” which I watched last weekend thanks to Sandro Mairata, offers similar examples in the context of science fiction, which are mentioned near the end of the trailer (1:42) — e.g. Alien, Blade Runner and The Matrix. It…
  • Running for ONA board re-election

    Greg Linch
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    [Update: I won a second term, yay! Congrats to everyone who was elected/re-elected!] It’s almost time for the ONA14 conference (yeah!) and that means another board election approaches. My first term on the board is almost complete and I’m running for re-election. It’s been an honor to serve on the board with such a wonderful and talented group of journalists. ONA continues to make great progress and I’d love to continue serving the members and the organization. If you’re a member (or not yet a member, you should join) — I’d greatly…
  • Block Chains for News

    Greg Linch
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Anil Dash’s piece on applying an underlying concept of Bitcoin to track digital art has me thinking about the potential applications of  block chains for news. As he writes: What the technology behind Bitcoin enables, in short, is the ability to track online trading of a digital object, without relying on any one central authority, by using the block chain as the ledger of transactions. What if we built a block chain system for news? Recording and verifying facts, data, updates, quotes, people, etc like the Bitcoin protocol tracks transactions in a database that no one owns, but of…
  • Jorge Luis Borges on “the task of art”

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

  • Mediatwits #138: Streaming Music Rising: Spotify, YouTube, Beats, Pandora

    Jefferson Yen
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    When Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify this month many people were surprised. After all, the streaming music service is one of the largest with 37.5 million free users a month and more than 12 million paid users. In an interview with Yahoo!, Swift said she wasn’t willing to contribute to streaming services like Spotify that don’t “fairly compensate the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music.” But streaming is becoming increasingly important as tech giants such as Apple/Beats and Google/YouTube roll out their own services. Last week, YouTube…
  • Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Nov. 21 Edition

    Sonia Paul
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, please use our Contact Form to let us know, and we’ll add them to the list. If you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, use the Contact Form to let us know. Also, be sure to sign up for our Events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events. UPCOMING EVENTS: DECEMBER Journalism Under Fire in Russia…
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, November 20, 2014

    Julie Keck
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    1. Open education’s publicity problem (Steve Kolowich / Chronicle of Higher Education) 2. On transfer students, data, and adjusted priorities (Alexandra W. Logue / Inside Higher Education) 3. U Oklahoma’s Janux flips the MOOC (Dian Schaffhauser / Campus Technology) 4. Virginia newsman pledges $1M to University of Missouri j-school (Jeff Clabaugh / Washington Business Journal online) 5. A MOOC sees its greatest impact in the classroom at MIT (via MIT)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Daily Must Reads, November 20, 2014

    Julie Keck
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    1. Jennifer Preston on leaving the New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. Jack Shafer on losing his job, and the state of things (Peter Sterne / Capital New York) 3. Sorry, Netflix: Serial proves that the best shows shouldn’t be binged on (Jason Lynch / Quartz) 4. Netflix still dominates streaming, but Amazon is picking up steam (Peter Kafka / Re/code) 5. Billboard, changing the charts, will count streaming services (Ben Sisario / New York Times)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
  • For Freelancers Alone in Danger Zones, A Communications Plan is Crucial

    Andrew Ford Lyons
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    Any journalist working on assignment should put in place a solid communications plan. But for freelancers “going it alone,” it’s a potential life-saver. Most news organizations will have a communications plan in place for staff going on high risk assignments, and for good reason: It will quickly alert them if something goes wrong, and provide details on what to do about it. But for many freelancers it’s the missing piece in their preparation, especially for those working on self-funded projects. That’s why we included a detailed Communications Plan template in the Rory Peck…
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    Digidave

  • Letter to a young journalist

    Digidave
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Occasionally I get contacted by young journalists. Sometimes it feels parasitic (they just want to interview me for a school project) and sometimes, like the email below, it feels very genuine.  In either case I respond. For those that just want Q/A type answers for their report, I’ll often respond via video. But for those that reach out and are just looking to chat. I’ll hop on the phone, respond with a thoughtful email, whatever seems most appropriate. And in this case – I thought a blog post respond would be best because the issues this young journalist brought up felt…
  • My next adventure: AJ+

    Digidave
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Before I go into the why, let’s not bury the lede. I am joining AJ+ as an Executive Producer. Specifically, I’ll be focusing on the app, engagement and social. It was not easy leaving Circa where I was the Chief Content Officer. As the first non-technical hire I helped set the editorial tone for where Circa is today. I couldn’t be more proud or excited for its future. I am also thankful to Matt, Ben, Arsenio and the entire Circa editorial team. I learned an enormous amount during my time there. Where does one go after working on a project like Circa? As I’ve said before,…
  • Enough with the manifestos about the future of news, let your product do the talking

    Digidave
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Nikki Usher had a great Columbia Journalism Review article “Startup site manifestos are press criticism” where she notes that startup news orgs like PandoDaily, Vox, FiveThirtyEight and more have gotten into the habit of writing manifestos (much like the New York Times did when it launched in 1851). These manifestos are essentially their critique of the press in action. The implication is that traditional journalism simply doesn’t offer readers this kind of news in the existing environment—that it’s not doing enough to give us what we need to know, and these sites are going to offer…
  • 2015 SXSW Accelerator: Entry Deadline Nov. 7

    Digidave
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Once again I am humbled to be a SXSW Accelerator advisor. What is that? It’s the chance to showcase your startup  in front of industry leaders. From the organizers: “SXSW Accelerator returns for its seventh edition to showcase some of the web’s most exciting innovations – could your company be one?  This event provides an outlet for companies to present their new online entertainment or gaming products, social media / networking technologies, or mobile, news, music, or health technology to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the angel /…
  • Nothing is in a name when we attack industry tribes

    Digidave
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    There’s no need to defend “entrepreneurial journalism” because it doesn’t exist Is anyone else tired of pointless journalist on journalist attacks? They persist because of the labels/divisions we create amongst ourselves. Most of these labels are meaningless outside of our industry. It’s tribalism at its worst. In the end — we are on the same team. How different types of journalists see each other (From my most popular blog post ever) I did an eye-roll when I came across Corey Pein’s piece in the Baffler: “Amway Journalism.” The tl;dr version: He doesn’t like…
 
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    Digital Deliverance

  • Proximate Remarks & Ultimate Causations

    Vin Crosbie
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Business illustration courtesy of OpenVectorStock@Flickr.com Previous webpage: The Greatest Change in the History of Media Let’s be frank about the media industries. Most of its executives don’t care a hoot about exactly what is causing the tumultuous changes in their business environment. What they want, almost regardless of the problems, are solutions that can propel their careers and businesses into profits. They’re like recreational surfers: they just want someone to tell them where the good waves are rather than them spending time learning ocean hydrodynamics. Indeed, if the…
  • The First Innovative Thing I’ve Posted in Seven Years

    Vin Crosbie
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:14 pm
    My reputation as a New Media consultant to the news industry, including my appointment since 2007 to teach postgraduate New Media Business at Syracuse’s Newhouse School, largely result from work I did long ago. For ten years beginning in 1993, I helped guide the strategies of major news organizations’ websites and their other online services. But by the turn of the century I realized that those strategies (known as ‘convergence’, ‘analog-to-digital’, and ‘digital first’, etc.) would ultimately fail and those news organizations’ websites, as well as their traditional…
  • Digital Deliverance on 27 October 2014

    Vin Crosbie
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Today is Digital Deliverance Managing Partner Vin Crosbie‘s 59th birthday, which means the start of his 60th year (which he will complete a year from today). What happens when applied Social Media conflicts with existing laws? This month, the New York State attorney general claimed that most Airbnb listings in the city violate zoning and other laws. Earlier this year, officials in California and Pennsylvania claimed that car services like Uber and Lyft might be unlawful. The New York Times took a look. We will be looking at those three examples when next month we teach a class about…
  • Purchase a Brick for Malaysiakini

    Vin Crosbie
    17 Nov 2013 | 1:58 pm
    In 2004, the offices the Malaysian investigative news website Malaysiakini rented in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Bangsar Utama were raided by police. That spooked the building’s landlord, who evicted the 14 year-old Malaysiakini. The site’s journalists briefly worked from a nearby fast-food restaurant that had a WiFi connection. Malaysiakini has finally found a permanent home, purchasing an industrial building that will serve as its new office beginning next year. Malaysiakini aims to make a sizable portion of @Kini open to the public. “To grow, Malaysiakini needs a…
  • The World’s Longest-Published Newspaper Successfully Transitions off Print

    Vin Crosbie
    18 Oct 2013 | 1:00 pm
    A Lloyd’s List edition from 1826. The world’s longest-published newspaper will become a non-printed, totally online service nine weeks from now. On 20 December, Lloyd’s List, which has been continuously published since 1734, will no longer be available in print. It’s online edition for the Web have has been published for more than ten years and its edition for mobile phones has been published for several years. Lloyd’s List, published by the  is considered by many experts to be one of the earliest English-language newspaper. Although it is primarily a shipping…
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    MultimediaShooter

  • Introducing Klynt 3 | Klynt.net

    koci hernandez
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Introducing Klynt 3 | Klynt.net Amazing Interactive Platform tags: klynt 3 The rest of my favorite links are here.
  • ICP 2013 Infinity Awards: International Center of Photography and MediaStorm a Match Made in Multimedia Heaven

    koci hernandez
    4 May 2013 | 5:29 am
    Jeff Bridges is an Academy Award-winning actor. He is also an accomplished photographer. He’s been taking pictures on the set of his movies for more than 30 years, capturing intimate and surprising behind-the-scenes moments. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/clients/2013-icp-infinity-awards-special-presentation-jeff-bridges  
  • The ‘Snow Fall’ effect and dissecting the multimedia longform narrative

    koci hernandez
    21 Apr 2013 | 2:39 pm
    By Jeremy Rue “It’s become a verb in our newsroom,” a New York Times graphics producer tells me. “People are now saying, ‘can we snowfall this story?’” Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek has become a watershed in multimedia journalism. The story by John Branch recently won a Pulitzer prize in feature writing, and as noted by the Pulitzer website it was “a project enhanced by its deft integration of multimedia elements.” As a journalism educator, I’m constantly collecting links to examples of stories that attempt innovate and redefine the narrative form online. For…
  • “Silent Storytelling: Motion Speaks Louder Than Words” GUEST post by Danny Groner

    koci hernandez
    25 Mar 2013 | 9:23 am
    by Danny Groner/ Shutterstock   “The sounds of silence.” It’s a vivid refrain we’re all familiar with, thanks to Simon and Garfunkel. Behind this apparent oxymoron lies something more, a certain sensibility that all digital producers work into their final projects. Skilled professionals use silence to help establish, build, and propel their stories forward. That goes beyond reaction shots from main characters, though; acting can only take a film so far. Adding carefully-selected and re-purposed B-roll shots can carry the emotional weight to pack a real emotional…
  • Limited Edition iPhoneography from CanvasPop

    koci hernandez
    27 Aug 2012 | 7:08 pm
      This is a FIRST for me. I’ve never made my iphoneography available for purchase. So for a LIMITED time, 7 days, you can buy this image. It’s an honor to be working with the great folks @canvaspop to offer this limited edition print of one of my favorite images. For me this image is about change and acceptance. I needed a reminder to embrace the now, instead of fighting against my current state of mind, wishing for some other circumstance. So, I captured this as a reminder to allow events, people and the circumstance of the moment to influence and change me, even the…
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • Digital nabs 77% of classified sales, says study

    Newsosaur
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    More than three-quarters of the global classified marketplace formerly dominated by print has moved to the digital media, according to an ambitious new study from a consulting firm.  In the first known effort to produce a bottoms-up estimate of the scope of the global classified business, the Advanced Interactive Media Group said the digital media are capturing $56.8 billion of the $92.1
  • New rules for mobile journalism

    Newsosaur
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Although mobile publishing is quickly changing the rules of journalism, newspapers have been dangerously slow to adapt.  This has got to be fixed, because digital natives like BuzzFeed, Circa, Mic, Upworthy, Vice, Vocative and Vox are competing for – and in many cases winning over – the youthful readers coveted by publishers and advertisers.    As discussed previously here, nearly half of the
  • Digital clinches control of local auto ads

    Newsosaur
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The digital domination of local automotive advertising will be complete in 2015, usurping one of the most valuable revenue streams ever enjoyed by newspapers and broadcasters.  In a stunning, technology-driven shift of market power in just half a dozen years, the digital media will claim two-thirds of the $22.7 billion spent on local advertising by auto dealers in 2015, according to Borrell
  • Mobile news consumption hits the tipping point

    Newsosaur
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The proportion of mobile visits at digital newspaper sites has doubled in the last two years to the point that half the visitors at some publications today are arriving via smartphone or tablet.  The rapid uptake in mobile news consumption represents a tipping point that could be as disruptive a paradigm shift for newspapers as the move from print to pixels. Here’s why the shift has historical
  • Why do Sunday newspapers cost so much?

    Newsosaur
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I picked up the Sunday New York Times at a Starbucks in a leafy neighborhood in Chicago, the twenty-something woman behind the counter started to ring up $2.99, the going rate for the Sunday Chicago Tribune.“Actually,” I said, “it’s $6.”“It is?” she said incredulously.“Yeah,” said the youthful male colleague beside her. “Why would anyone spend that kind of money for a newspaper?” “Well, the
 
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    20 headlines from the reading list

  • Call the professionals

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Call the professionals. Sound advice!via ICON
  • Google Calendar - September

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    Monthly header illustration for Google’s redesigned Calendar app.via Lotta Nieminen
  • Tour de France 1964

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Competitors in the 1964 Tour de France stock up on supplies in the stage from Toulon-Montpellier. The Roger Viollet photo was part of ESPN’s look back at the history of the Tour.via cadenced
  • Voyager

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    One item from the Historic Robotic Spacecraft Poster Series on Kickstarter.via John Nack
  • Umphreys

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Love work that you need to stare at before you fully see what is al in there.via grain edit
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • New York magazine creates ‘pop-up blogs’

    Benjamin Mullin
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Since May, New York magazine has launched an irregular series of “pop-up blogs” to expand its coverage on a variety of topics including relationships, the arts and travel. The blogs focus on a specific theme — exploring Paris, untangling love lives or navigating New York’s art scene, said Ben Williams, digital editor of New York Media (which owns New York and its associated properties). They run for a month, and they have bolstered the magazine’s traffic and its bottom line, he said. Each “pop-up” is basically a Web version of a traditional magazine…
  • ‘Desperation can be your best ally’ and other lessons from Mario Garcia’s master class

    Lauren Klinger
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Visual staffs are usually the first to get cut from the budget, Mario Garcia said Thursday at Poynter, but in journalism, sometimes it’s good to feel desperate. “Desperation can be your best ally,” he said. In the 1980s, no one was desperate because ads brought in so much money. So change came slow. Now, change is rapid and the opportunity for experimentation is everywhere. “I’m not going to say that it’s as bad as the Titanic, but you see the violin playing up there and you say ‘Is he going to be the last to go?’” On Thursday during Poynter’s Master Class…
  • Want to cover Will and Kate? Fill out an application, and don’t wear jeans

    Andrew Beaujon
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit the U.S. Dec. 7-9. U.S. journalists who wish to cover the event have till 11:59 Friday to submit an application for credentials. The royal visit will mostly be confined to New York, though the Duke of Cambridge will spend a little time in D.C. at the World Bank. Look how nicely these people are dressed. Now look at yourself. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Hadas Gold reported Thursday that Buckingham Palace requires aspiring royal-watcher journalists to dress up: “Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a…
  • Scotland gets a pro-independence newspaper

    Andrew Beaujon
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    The Guardian The National, Scotland’s first explicitly pro-indepence newspaper, will launch Monday, Mark Sweney reports in The Guardian. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest will publish the paper, which Glasgow Sunday Herald Editor Richard Walker will also edit. The Sunday Herald was the only Scottish paper to support independence, and it saw sales go up dramatically in the runup to the country’s ultimately doomed referendum. Sweney says a “source with knowledge of the launch said the title sounded ‘very i-like’, a reference to the Independent’s cut-price spinoff,…
  • Career Beat: Dan Lyons named editor-in-chief at Valleywag

    Benjamin Mullin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Dan Lyons is now editor-in-chief at Valleywag. Previously, he was a marketing fellow at HubSpot. (Re/code) Rachel Racusen will be vice president of communications at MSNBC. Previously, she was associate communications director for the White House. (Playbook) Jeff Fager will be an executive producer at “60 Minutes”. Previously, he was chairman of CBS News. (Politico) Nitasha Tiku is now a west coast senior writer at The Verge. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Valleywag. (Business Insider) Jason Kravarik…
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    Megan Taylor: Web Journalist

  • A Farmers Market of Open Data

    Megan Taylor
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Slides from my talk at QueensJS on November 5.
  • Todoist tasks to Dashclock widget Tasker task

    Megan Taylor
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Wow that title is hella awkward. This is a writeup of how I got my tasks in Todoist to show up in a Dashclock widget using Tasker.Pre-reqs:Be using Todoist :)Have an Android phoneInstall and have some basic knowledge of TaskerInstall and have some basic knowledge of DashclockSo, there is pretty good documentation for most of this around the Internets, I’m going to try to be as detailed as possible, but this is not going to be a fool-proof step-through. More of a guideline. Kinda like the painted lines on the floor in hospitals? Anyway…ACTIONS 1, 2 and 3After all my poking and…
  • Goodbye, Hello

    Megan Taylor
    31 Jan 2014 | 10:26 am
    Today is my last day at Jewish National Fund. On Monday, I will start at Spies & Assassins/kbs+ as a UI Developer. I am sorry to leave the friends I have made at JNF over the past three years, but super excited to start a new job and take my career to the next level.
  • My First ScriptEd Award

    Megan Taylor
    31 Jan 2014 | 10:23 am
  • This month, CSS turned 17 and JavaScript turned 18

    Megan Taylor
    20 Dec 2013 | 7:00 am
    Much has happened, both to CSS and the Web, since those days. But on its 17th birthday, I’d like to acknowledge the creators, custodians and champions of CSS in those early days. These were the days before blogging (in any mainstream sense), twitter, and other social media. Indeed, these were the days of newsgroups, the water cooler of the web for its first decade at least. And many of the most important figures in the development, and success, of CSS (and as a consequence the modern web) are little known, though they are the giants whose shoulders we all stand on. by John Allsopp via Web…
 
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    Evolving Newsroom

  • Award for OIA site, Reprioritized news, journos basically like the job, NZME delays float

    Julie Starr
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Site that helps with OIA requests among 2014 NZ Open Source Awards winners National Business Review The Open Source Software Project award was won by fyi.org.nz, an open source tool for submitting and sharing requests under the Official Information Act. The site has already processed 1500 requests, and now serves over 5000 unique visitors a month, contributing to transparency and accountability of our government. Other finalists in this category were Koha and Loomio. Reprioritized news service prepares to launch with focus on global big-issue stories with suggestions for how readers can…
  • Matt’s guides to Google Analytics and the value of informative file names

    Julie Starr
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Matt Lane has done a nice job explaining how Google analytics works in two nicely illustrated posts over on Medium. I particularly like the way he explains (and shows) what the snippets of code look like and how and where to add functionality. The first piece, An Idiot’s Guide to Google Analytics, looks at the basics, starting with images of the source code for a webpage without tracking code and with tracking code. The second, Supercharge your Google Analytics, walks you through how to get more information out of analytics, including demographics, filtered views, time-spent-on-site…
  • I voted for Fairy Tern as New Zealand seabird of the year

    Julie Starr
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    I voted for the Fairy Tern as New Zealand seabird of the year. You? The fairy tern is New Zealand’s most endangered bird – only around 10 breeding pairs survive. Not surprising, given they nest in small depressions on sandy beaches. Forest & Bird is working to save the fairy tern in several ways, including by using decoys to lure adult fairy terns to new, safer nesting sites. You can do your bit by not driving on the beach. – See more at: http://www.birdoftheyear.org.nz/#sthash.HJuxKIgx.dpuf    
  • What’s happening in New Zealand’s Parliament this week: 4 Nov 2014

    Julie Starr
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    New Zealand’s Parliament is sitting again this week (Tuesday – Thursday) and will try to make progress on: a number of First Readings on the Order Paper, including the Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill and the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill. Wednesday is a Members Day. You’ll likely see some of what happens in the House on news sites and TV. But there’s a lot more you can see for yourself: Watch Parliament live on parliament.nz or on TV at  Freeview 22, Igloo 25, Sky 90, Vodafone 90 (2pm-6pm and 7.30pm-10pm) See what happened on…
  • A poster of what Product Owners and Scrum Masters do

    Julie Starr
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Sandy Mamoli over at Nomad8 has a free download of two wall posters that TradeMe has used to remind people what a Product Owner does and what a Scrum Master does. Help yourself.  
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    LOCAL ONLINER

  • Angie’s List Goes ‘Mobile First’

    Peter
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Angie’s List, which has recently seen a deterioration in its stock as investors have lost confidence in its ability to grow its premium subscription and ad model, has announced that it has gone Mobile First. The changeover is significant because the company, which has nearly three million users, has continued to support a wide variety of media. Many years after other companies went all digital, for instance, Angie’s has continued to provide personalized phone referrals to its well heeled (and older) home owner customer base. The move to mobile first is accompanied by the launch of a new…
  • Leading in Local Update: 50 Speakers Are Set (Dec. 3-5, SFO)

    Peter
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The end of the year usually means a few things to us: the holidays; our annual predictions; and Leading in Local: Interactive Local Media, the industry’s flagship event. This year’s event is especially hot — a 2 1/2 day extravaganza taking place Dec. 3-5 in San Francisco. More than 50 speakers have been recruited by the analyst team, and we’ve added some great extra-curricular activities, including a Tech Expo with top companies showing off their wares “Before The Bell” on Day 1; a Women’s Leading in Local networking event on day 2; and an…
  • LevelUp Teams with Sprint for Billing: Will Carriers be the New Local Billers?

    Peter
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    More than 15 years ago, telecom carriers seemed like the logical candidate to handle ecommerce and other third party billing. But high commissions as high as 30 percent ruled them out for handling most billing accounts, after a fast start with porn and other services. Now, Sprint is re-entering the third party billing arena and will compete with credit and debit cards via its Pinsight Media mobile ad network. The #3 U.S. wireless carrier with 50 million subscribers, has signed a deal with LevelUp to be one of several processors of its bills. Customers who choose to pay with Sprint at any of…
  • Groupon Seeks Industry Partners; Wants to Close the Loop for Merchants

    Peter
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Forty percent of merchants run some kind of “special” sales or promotions according to a Groupon survey of 25,000+ merchants. Half of the specials are offline, “trapped” on chalkboards and menus, noted Groupon VP of Marketplacest Dan Roarty, who was speaking at Money2020. “There is no aggregate source for them.” Roarty said that the company, as part of its Local Operating System, has been working “to close the loop” via its G.Nome payments and loyalty system. Among other things, G. Nome provides a seamless redemption of deals, specials, coupons; automatic requests to leave…
  • Money2020: ApplePay Drives Mega Event

    Peter
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The emergence of geo-targeting and mobile payment and wallet technologies has meant that we talk a lot less about the future of “advertising” than “marketing.” All this was crystal clear this week at the third annual edition of Money2020 in Las Vegas, a showcase for payment innovations, and a major boomtown, too. Attendance climbed from 4,000 attendees in 2013 to 7,500 attendees this year. Next year, the show will move to much larger quarters at The Venetian, and add a European edition. BIA/Kelsey participated in this year’s festivities by presenting new research into card…
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    thescoop.org

  • We're All Publishers Now

    Derek Willis
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Last weekend I had myself a proper Twitter rant. It began with this: “We need to talk about newsroom efficiency, a phrase right up there with ‘cruel kindness’ or ‘deafening silence’ in its oxymoronic quality.” Newsroom efficiency is a little bit of a white whale for me. I know most newsrooms can never be made completely efficient, nor should they, for the kinds of inspiration needed for doing journalism isn’t available in predictable forms. I have no illusions about the messiness of what we do. There was a time when efficiency didn’t matter as much, or even much at all. Our…
  • Lightning Strikes

    Derek Willis
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    On November 19, 2009, Jaimi Dowdell of Investigative Reporters & Editors sent an email to more than a dozen of us asking about some ideas for advanced sessions for the 2010 CAR conference in Phoenix. Here’s part of my response: I think the ideas are great. A couple of possible suggestions: A session of “lightning talks”, in which people present a single idea or technique in a short time. I think it would lessen the pressure on presenters and expand the universe of them, too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_Talk Every once in awhile, I have an idea that pans out. Lightning…
  • How It Starts

    Derek Willis
    21 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Tomorrow is Aron Pilhofer’s last day at The New York Times. Aron joined The Times in 2005, first working with the computer-assisted reporting desk then headed by Tom Torok. In the summer of 2007, I was working at washingtonpost.com doing things that other newsrooms weren’t doing. And then Aron started talking about this team he would be building at The Times. It was a compelling pitch, even though washingtonpost.com was ahead of the pack. “You should have a blast,” he wrote in one email. Thanks to Aron, it has been one hell of a ride. It’s instructive to look back at the beginnings…
  • Data Journalism, Student Media Edition

    Derek Willis
    8 Oct 2013 | 5:00 pm
    I had the privilege of speaking to students (and some faculty) at Duke University on Monday, and it was inspiring to see so many people come out to listen to a very geeky talk, to say nothing of the speaker. Afterwards, several students came up to ask how they could start doing data journalism at a student newspaper, particularly at a private university not subject to most public records requests. If I’m going to encourage student journalists to embrace data journalism, it’s only right that I try to provide some suggestions on how to do this in a university environment. First suggestion:…
  • The Natives Aren't Restless Enough

    Derek Willis
    30 Sep 2013 | 5:00 pm
    A couple of points to start with, in the hopes of not wasting readers’ time and preparing for some reactions: This post could be named “Get Off My Lawn” or “In My Day, We Earned It!” or some other title that would demonstrate that I am, more than ever, a cranky old guy now. What follows obviously does not apply to everyone younger than I am (42, for the record). But it does apply to a distressingly large percentage of those who I have taught at the university level (undergraduate and graduate) over the past eight years. This post stems from one sentence in a Poynter summary of a…
 
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    News

  • Photo Staff Cuts Continue At Thomson Reuters

    2094
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:55 pm
    More members of the photography staff at Thomson Reuters have been shown the door this week as the picture service continues a downsizing that first gained public attention last summer.
  • Larry Hatteberg Leaving KAKE-TV After 51 Years

    2094
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Legendary television storyteller, photojournalist, and NPPA Life Member Larry Hatteberg has announced that he's leaving KAKE-TV after 51 years there as a visual storyteller and news anchor.
  • NPPA Member Justin Cook Reaches Agreement With UNC

    2094
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Photographer Justin Cook released a statement today saying that he has reached an agreement with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill regarding their unauthorized use of one of his images on a UNC Facebook page.
  • NPPA Elections: Vote Now For Two Board Seats, Five Regional Chairs

    2094
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    The election for two seats on the National Press Photographers Association's Board of Directors, as well as Chair seats in even-numbered Regions, is now open and voting runs through November 30, 2014.
  • Tom Kennedy Named ASMP Executive Director

    2094
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Thomas Russell Kennedy has been named as the new executive director of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).
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    Online Journalism Blog

  • Is This The Beginning Of The End For The UK Headline?

    Paul Bradshaw
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Until recently a journalism trainer in the UK could safely berate a trainee for Writing Headlines Where Every Word Began With A Capital. It is a style of headline writing common in US publications, but non-existent in the UK, where newspapers have traditionally fit into one of two camps: the SHOUTY SHOUTY REDTOPS and the broadsheets who Only make the first letter uppercase unless there’s a proper noun. (The mid-markets, as might be expected, took the best of both worlds, reserving shouting for the front pages and lower case for the inside pages). So a journalism trainee who…
  • Why I have a problem with Google’s crowdfunding tool Contributor – a tweet story

    Paul Bradshaw
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    I have 2 problems with Google's crowdfunding tool Contributor: 1) it allows Google to collect data on what we read https://t.co/OawNbMnH8Q — Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) November 21, 2014 Problem 2: it's only open to publishers (not journalists) in Google's 'club' — Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) November 21, 2014 Also (they may correct this): users have no control over the metric: a shallow article is rewarded equally to a deep one — Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) November 21, 2014 @krelnik @dangillmor 1) but to pay we need to connect behaviour with…
  • HOW TO: Find out the ages of people using Excel

    Paul Bradshaw
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    This post is taken from the ebook Finding Stories With Spreadsheets “How do I calculate an age in Excel?” Marion Urban, a French journalist and student on the MA in Online Journalism in Birmingham, was preparing data for the forthcoming UK General Election. In order to do this Marion had downloaded details on the candidates who had stood successfully in the previous election. “It was a very young intake. But it wasn’t easy to calculate their ages.” Indeed. You would think that calculating ages in Excel would be easy. But there is no off-the-shelf function to…
  • “Pinboard is down!”: 3 ways to make sure your bookmarks are still accessible when the site isn’t

    Paul Bradshaw
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    On Saturday the social bookmarking service Pinboard experienced some lengthy downtime. Site is down; taking a look to see what’s happened right now — Pinboard (@Pinboard) November 15, 2014 For those who rely on the service – like me – as professional archive, this was a problem. But it was a good example of why archives should always be backed up. Here, then, are 3 ways you can – and probably should – back up your bookmark archives, whether you’re using Pinboard or another service. 1. IFTTT: Pinboard to Delicious (or Diigo, or Dropbox, or…
  • Birmingham Mail uses social media ‘Thunderclap’ to mark pub bombing anniversary campaign

    Paul Bradshaw
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:45 pm
    The Birmingham Mail is to invite its readers and followers to sign up today to a week-long experiment with the ‘crowdspeaking’ platform Thunderclap. Thunderclap, launched in 2012, allows users to sign up to send coordinated social media messages around a particular issue or campaign. Staff at the paper have already started ‘seeding’ the campaign by emailing their own networks. An email from publishing director Marc Reeves explains: “From the morning of Friday November 21, the Mail will be live blogging and live tweeting in ‘real time’ the events…
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • AP style: 'Justify'

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

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

    Doug Fisher
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Australian comedian Alice Fraser takes a wonderfully sardonic look at modern journalism in her "Why journalists don't fact check anymore."This is the way news works now. Speculation regurgitated as fact, swallowed as news, excreted as statistic, rehashed as opinion and commented on as though it were a completely different article about something else entirely. Since the 100% true story from history of that emperor who wasnt wearing any clothes but everyone agreed that he was wearing clothes because the SMH had picked up a picture of some clothes from Reuters, news has been full of circle-jerk…
  • When prescriptivism scrapes the railing: plethora

    Doug Fisher
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    I love the Testy Copy Editors blog overseen by Phil Blanchard. It's one of my daily go-tos.But occasionally, as is always going to happen at places that ruminate over usage and other editorial matters, the danger is that things take on a "get off my lawn" tone. It happens in this space too, regrettably, though I try to avoid it.So from TCE today comes this:Shannon Serpette of Henry is our new copy editor. She comes to the BCR with a plethora of writing experience. Her smiling face is a great addition to our department, and she’s also going to continue doing some writing. If you get a phone…
  • From the brevity files -- how to sound like a tool (again)

    Doug Fisher
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Today's superfluous wording from The State (though the TVs thoughtlessly do this all the time):Lexington County Coroner Earl Wells said Ethan Payne, 13, of Lexington, died after sustaining a single gunshot wound.Or, in plain English: died after being shot once.Do we really want to sound like a tool of the authorities that much? Are we that insecure?
 
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    CyberJournalist.net

  • 10 Years Ago Today, Global Voices’ First Post Appeared…

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    10 Years Ago Today, Global Voices’ First Post Appeared… : At 10:03pm on the night of Tuesday October 26, 2004, somewhere in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rebecca MacKinnon, CNN journalist-turned-fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, crossed the last few t’s, dotted the final i’s, and hit the “publish” button on the back end of the WordPress blog her Berkman colleague Ethan Zuckerman had set up a few days before. And so the first Global Voices blog post was born.
  • explore-blog: Science storyteller Diane Ackerman (who was also...

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    explore-blog: Science storyteller Diane Ackerman (who was also Carl Sagan’s favorite poet) on what the future of robots reveals about the human condition – such a gorgeous read. 
  • Do you why there was a starbucks cup in tumblr’s logo?...

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Do you why there was a starbucks cup in tumblr’s logo? Here’s why.
  • This Vertical Life: The Media Models I Admire

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This Vertical Life: The Media Models I Admire: rafat: Verticals have a particular attraction for me, which may have something to do with my general obsessiveness. Picking a topic you’re willing to spend a good number of years in, going deep into it with everything you have, and build the largest and most influential voice in it, that is what I… Great sites to monitor
  • Highlights of Online News Association Conference #ONA14

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Here’s a collections of the best summaries, slides and notes from the 2014 ONA conference. Keynote: Deep Dive into The New York Times Innovation Report Video technology wows online news conference Going Mobile presentation summary Metrics that matter: A Presentation by Chartbeat’s Tony Haile All Eyes on Ferguson discussion Big Impact with Small Teams: Designing a Kick-Ass Process for the Small and Scrappy News App Team Words of advice for news startups Visual journalism for tiny news desks Check back as more links will be added. Please end link submissions to @cyberjournalist on Twitter…
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    The Newspaper Guild

  • Third Owner in 16 Months for Guild Members in Worcester

    Janelle
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    StaffNovember 21, 2014Woscester Telegram & GazetteThe Guild-represented Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Mass., is becoming part of the Gatehouse family, the third owner of the paper in 16 months. The paper is one of 36 owned by Halifax Media Group that is being sold to the parent company of Gatehouse. Boston billionaire John W. Henry bought the T&G from the New York Times Co. in August 2013 as part of a $70 million deal that included The Boston Globe.Henry retained the Globe, but sold the T&G in May to Halifax. At the time of the purchase, Halifax Media, founded in 2010 by…
  • Despite Fat Buyout Offer, Layoffs Likely at New York Times

    Janelle
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    James WestNovember 21, 2014Mother JonesThe New York Times indicated Thursday that it's getting close to a round of forced layoffs of its journalists. The newsroom-wide email sent Thursday morning, obtained by Mother Jones, details responses to employee questions about a scheduled buyout program from Janet Elder, a deputy executive editor at the company. The email states that, "the most frequently asked question is about scale and whether or not there will be enough buyouts to avoid layoffs. Given that the buyout window is still open, it's hard to have an absolute answer to that question just…
  • 2012 Broun Winner Rod Nordland Lands 'Major' Book Deal

    Janelle
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Kara Bloomgarden-SmokeNovember 20, 2014The New York TimesRod Nordland, Kabul bureau chief for The New York Times and winner of the Guild's 2012 Heywood Broun Award, has signed what is reported to be a "major dead" with HarperCollins imprint Ecco to expand on a series of stories he wrote last year. The book, tentatively titled The Lovers and slated for publication next October, grew out his coverage of a Romeo and Juliet-type tale of a young Afghan couple from different ethnic sects, struggling to stay together despite the danger and threat of death that their union poses. “She is his…
  • New Tumblr Blog Outs Public Officials Who Refuse Comment

    Janelle
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    StaffNovember 20, 2014Center for Public Integrity/TumblrA pair of Center for Public Integrity staffers posts to Tumblr that, "We’ve noticed that lately, whether it’s an investigative, nonprofit newsroom like us, an international outlet like the New York Times, or newer media like Politico or BuzzFeed — when journalists call, officials are choosing to comment less for on stories on the record." Responses include:  “The official did not return request for comment.” “The agency declined to comment for this story.” “They did not respond to several emails and phone calls…
  • Why Screwing Unions Screws the Entire Middle Class

    Janelle
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Kevin DrumNovember 20, 2014Mother JonesAs labor unions have declined in numbers, so have labor voices in the media. Pew Research found that labor leaders were only 2 percent of the sources for economic stories today. It wasn't always this way. Union leaders like John L. Lewis, George Meany, and Walter Reuther were routine sources for reporters from the '30s through the '70s. And why not? They made news. The contracts they signed were templates for entire industries. They had the power to bring commerce to a halt. They raised living standards for millions, they made and broke presidents, and…
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    Media | The Guardian

  • Journalist Jackie Ashley takes over as president of Lucy Cavendish College

    Sally Weale
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Guardian columnist to become ‘leader and champion’ of Cambridge college in October 2015Political journalist and broadcaster Jackie Ashley has been appointed president of Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge, which champions the education of women.Ashley, who has written a Guardian column for 12 years, will take on her new role in October 2015. She said: “All my working life I have been campaigning for better rights for women. I’ve been involved in campaigns for equal pay, carers, older women, and on health issues: I could not be more delighted to take up the challenge…
  • The cocoa crisis: why the world’s stash of chocolate is melting away

    Tamasin Ford, Jonathan Vit, Rupert Neate, Tania Branigan and Emine Saner
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    It’s the world’s favourite sweet treat – and this week one of the industry’s biggest players warned that supplies could soon be running low. Guardian writers around the world report on the causes of the problem, from disease and crop failure to the rise of the chocolate crisp Continue reading...
  • Claudia Winkleman to return to Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday

    Press Association
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Presenter had been absent from BBC’s hit show to be with her daughter, who was in hospital after suffering burns on Halloween Continue reading...
  • Bravo Newsquest - your Scottish independence paper is shrewd and timely

    Roy Greenslade
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    The launch of the National matches the new mood in Scotland Continue reading...
  • Matthew Freud was ‘within 24 hours’ of selling minority stake to WPP

    Mark Sweney
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    Sir Martin Sorrell had talks with owner of Freud Communications over buying stake of just under 50% in deal valued at £90m Continue reading...
 
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    OUPblog » Media

  • Slacktivism, clicktivism, and “real” social change

    Alice
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Oxford Dictionaries included slacktivism on its Word of the Year 2014 shortlist, so we invited several experts to comment on this Internet activism phenomenon. Like its corollary clicktivism, slacktivism is a term that unites entrenched technosceptics and romantic revolutionaries from a pre-Internet or, more precisely, a pre-social media age as they admonish younger generations for their lack of commitment to “real” social change or willingness to do “what it takes” to make the world around them a better place. This perception is based on drawing a corollary between the mounting…
  • The legitimate fear that months of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri will end in rioting

    DanP
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    On 9 August 2014, Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis) Police Department, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Officer Wilson is white and Michael Brown was black, sparking allegations from wide swaths of the local and national black community that Wilson’s shooting of Brown, and the Ferguson Police Department’s reluctance to arrest the officer, are both racially motivated events that smack of an historic trend of black inequality within the US criminal justice system. The fact that the Ferguson Police Department and city government are…
  • Has open access failed?

    Alice
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    At the Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing in Paris last month, Claudio Aspesi, Senior Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, raised an uncomfortable question. Did the continuing financial health of traditional publishers like Elsevier indicate that open access had “failed”? According to Aspesi, “Expectations that OA will address the serial costs crisis are fading away.” Is Aspesi right? Has open access failed? I certainly don’t think so – but that doesn’t mean the job is done… Defining success When we launched BioMed Central in 2000, the goal was a simple and…
  • How much are nurses worth?

    Julie Fergus
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you ask many people about nurses, they will tell you how caring and kind nurses are. The word “angel” might even appear. Nursing consistently tops the annual Gallup poll comparing the ethics and honesty of different professions. But it’s worth exploring the extent to which society really values nursing. In recent decades, a global nursing shortage has often meant too few nurses to fill open positions, woefully inadequate nurse staffing levels, and not enough funds for nursing education. Many nurses have migrated across the globe, easing shortages in developed nations but exacerbating…
  • What we’ve learned and what we missed

    Barney Cox
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A ten-year anniversary seems an opportune time to take stock. Much has been said already about Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) as it moves into its second decade, and let’s cast the net a bit wider and focus not on OSO, per se, but on what the academic publishing industry has gotten right and what we’ve missed since OSO was in its infancy. The biggest change, of which OSO has been a central component at Oxford University Press, has of course been the transition from a print-centric, manufacturing-based industry to a print-and-online, service-oriented industry. Drawing on that general…
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Mark Reckless wins Rochester and Strood byelection for Ukip - live reaction

    Andrew Sparrow and Claire Phipps
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Rolling coverage of reaction to Mark Reckless winning the Rochester and Strood byelection for Ukip 3.52pm GMT Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green party, which came fourth in Rochester and Strood, garnering more than four times as many votes as the Lib Dems, has been speaking to BBC News. The boost to the Greens is down to the party’s “positive image”, she said:People were saying to us, you’re the anti-Ukip vote … You stood up to Ukip.The ideas we’re presenting … as more people hear that message, more and more of them are voting for it. That’s really growing.People are fed up…
  • Obama to give immigration speech in Las Vegas amid Republican outrage – live

    Tom McCarthy in New York
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    House speaker John Boehner accuses president of ‘damaging the presidency’ with executive actions to shield undocumented migrantsObama: we always will be a nation of immigrants 10.46am ET House Republicans are bringing a lawsuit over the president’s health care law, according to an Associated Press snap report. They’ve threatened to add an immigration component to the lawsuit, the New York Times reports:[The suit] has been filed against the secretaries of the Health and Human Services and Treasury Departments ...[It] focuses on two crucial aspects of the way the administration has put…
  • Listen to new Beyoncé tracks - 7/11 and Ring Off

    Guardian music
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Lifted from her forthcoming boxset, take a listen to two new songs and tell us what you think Such is the mega star status of Beyoncé, that even her most frivolous lyrics demand mass analysis. From her own creations (Surfbort, Bootylicious) to giving the humble watermelon a new lease of life, the phrases she uses are a powerful tool for the pop figure to prompt widespread influence and debate. So when it was announced that a song entitled Ring Off would be featured on her forthcoming Beyoncé boxset release, crisis stories regarding her marriage with Jay Z did, inevitably, begin…
  • New Beyoncé bangers and Hulk Hogan rocks out – today's pop culture

    Kate Hutchinson (morning, noon and night)
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    It’s another pop culturally enriching day of new music, film trailers, larks, snarks and ‘shenanigans’. Coming up: Beyoncé, Sleater Kinney and song teasers for all, inside Jarvis Cocker’s first aid kit and a wild guess at what the Madonna x Diplo x Nicki Minaj x SOPHIE collab might sound like.Plus! #ReviewAnything is back. Send us your creative bits and pieces for us to rate or slate. Tweet us @guideguardian 3.04pm GMT Hulk Hogan has done many ridiculous things. Opened a restaurant called Pastamania. Arm wrestled Rob Ford. Covered a Gary Glitter song. Done the Wrecking Ball parody no…
  • Ophir Energy falls after £267m offer for rival Salamander

    Nick Fletcher
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    Ophir makes all share approach after Spanish rivals withdraw from biddingOphir Energy has slumped nearly 6% after it proposed a £267m offer for Salamander Energy to boost its presence in south east Asia.Both Ophir and Spain’s CESPA had made approaches to Salamander but on Monday the Spaniards walked away, leaving the field open to Ophir.The offer has received conditional acceptance from Salamander. Ophir and Salamander describe the combination as compelling. It will enable Ophir to reinvest Salamander’s cash flow in a region where it has few assets. It has failed recently to invest…
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  • My Conversation with Business Insider about Net Neutrality

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

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

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

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at Broadcast.com The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

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

  • That's one way to sell a news app

    Adam Tinworth
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    The Bristol Post takes app marketing to the petrol pump...
  • Meaning - Lauri Feinsod: rebooting your body - and your business - with your brain

    Adam Tinworth
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Warning: Liveblogging. Prone to error, inaccuracy and terrible, terrible crimes against grammar. This post will be improved over the next 24 hours Lauri Feinsod uses the power of conscious business change to unleash people's potential 20 years ago, Lauri was diagnosed with something very serious - life-threatening, in fact. And she was one of the three worst patients the doctor had ever seen. He recommended that she be flow to Texas and put in isolation so she could be studied - and maybe - maybe - helped. But she recovered. What happened? Well, it was an opportunity to hit the reset button…
  • Meaning - Joel and Michelle Levey: you can rewrite your brain

    Adam Tinworth
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Joel and Michelle Levey build resilient lives and organisations through mindfulness The Leveys work with the military in the US - for six months at a time. They work to allow soldiers to stop fighting a war inside, through their Jedi Warrior programme. We live in the VUCA era: Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous. You need to train your brain to cope with this - and that's what the Leveys help people do. For example, they posit that people were created to be loved, and things to be used. We've got that the wrong way around, and that's the cause of so much trouble in the world. Solutions are…
  • Meaning - Bob Doak: the Gore cult of making money - and having fun

    Adam Tinworth
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    Warning: Liveblogging. Prone to error, inaccuracy and terrible, terrible crimes against grammar. This post will be improved over the next 24 hours Bob Doak works for WL Gore & Associates - a global business whose products you've probably worn. He's a case study of a big, old organisation, but one that lives values that many assume are liberal or cultish. And yet, Gore don't owe anyone money - so they're probably destroying it. And Bob Doak is terrified to think what he'll be like when he's over 35… WL Gore & Associates was founded in 1958 and is privately held - and has over $3…
  • Meaning - Stefania Druga: Saving the world, one play session at a time

    Adam Tinworth
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    Warning: Liveblogging. Prone to error, inaccuracy and terrible, terrible crimes against grammar. This post will be improved over the next 24 hours Stefania Druga equips people to solve their own problems through making and play Growing up as a girl in Transylvania, Stefania was conditioned - like most people - into the traditional play roles of boys and girls, with the proscribed toys for each. To counter this she created HacKIDemia - to encourage girls and boys to play together, make things together and - as she discovered they wanted to do - get involved in meaningful projects in local…
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    The American Prospect

  • Congresswoman-Elect Mia Love: Personification of GOP Hypocrisy on Immigration

    Nathalie Baptiste
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Republican Mia Love, center left, celebrates with her father, Jean Maxime Bourdeau, after winning the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District during a GOP election night watch party, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.  On November 4, 2014, the Republican Party made black history. Mia Love is the first Republican black woman elected to Congress. Black women aren’t exactly clamoring to join the Republican Party, so it’s obvious why this is an impressive feat. Love also became another "first" that night—the first Haitian-American elected to Congress.
  • Obama's Immigration Move About Much More Than Politics

    Harold Meyerson
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    (Esther Yu-Hsi Lee for ThinkProgress) Demonstrators at a protest on the national Mall in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 2013. This essay originally appeared on the op-ed page of The Washington Post, where the author has a column. The commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall have thrust into the public spotlight the border guard who ordered the gates opened. The subject of both a new German-language book and film, one-time Stasi Lt. Col. Harald Jäger has recounted why he defied his orders. And his story couldn’t be more relevant to the debate consuming our…
  • Why Republicans Are So Mad About Obama's Immigration Order

    Paul Waldman
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    President Obama is going to detail some executive actions he plans to take on immigration in a speech tonight, and you may have noticed that the debate over this move is almost completely void of discussion of the particulars. Instead, we're discussing whether Obama is exceeding his powers. That's an important question to address, but it also frees Republicans (for the moment anyway) of having to visibly argue for things like deporting the parents of kids who are already allowed to stay in the United States. One thing you'll notice as you watch coverage of the issue is that Republicans are…
  • We Let Bill Cosby Into Our Homes, So He Owes Us an Explanation

    Kevin Cokley
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Entertainer and former classmate Bill Cosby speaks during a public memorial service for Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Temple University in Philadelphia. While the natural inclination is to separate Bill Cosby’s television character from his real life persona, the show we remember so fondly was not called The Huxtable Show. It was The Cosby Show. We did not really welcome Heathcliff into our homes. We welcomed Bill. It is Cosby, the accused serial rapist of 15 women from whom we await an explanation. He has the time: His planned…
  • Charticle: Good News About America (Really!)

    Paul Waldman
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Since we in the journalism/commentary business tend to find negative developments in the world more newsworthy than positive ones, every once in a while it's nice to offer up some good news. The recent release of the annual FBI crime statistics offers just such an opportunity. Crime is not just down over the long term, it seems to be declining every year; in almost every category you can find, crime was down between 2012 and 2013. It's down in cities and suburbs, in violent and non-violent offenses, in north and south, east and west. Now, it should be said that compared to most of our peer…
 
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    Nieman Lab

  • The newsonomics of telling your audience what they should do

    Ken Doctor
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    You should. Two powerful words. If they come from your mother or the government, they pack a particular weight. But what if they come from media? Should media be in the “you should” business? RELATED ARTICLEThe newsonomics of NPR One and the dream of personalized public radioJuly 28, 2014WNYC, the flagship of New York Public Radio, now tests the virtue and value of those powerful words. Just Vote Already served as a first effort, pushing people to the polls with robocalls, door-knocking, and more. Who is a large public radio station to tell people they should go vote? “We…
  • It’s time to apply for a Nieman Fellowship

    Ann Marie Lipinski
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m not one for ranking life experiences like sports teams, but here’s something you hear a lot from Nieman Fellow alumni: “It was the best year of my life.” If that prospect appeals and you have thoughts about how a year at Harvard University could strengthen you and journalism, you’re reading the right story. For more than 75 years, the Nieman Foundation has brought fellows to Cambridge for a year of study and exploration that has seeded some of the most remarkable journalism of the century. Our fellows have come from nearly 100 different countries and every medium, all of them…
  • Here’s some remarkable new data on the power of chat apps like WhatsApp for sharing news stories

    Joshua Benton
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    How news sites think about social platforms changes with time. Five or six years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to see the bottom of a blog post chicken-pocked with a gazillion tiny icons representing social networks familiar and seemingly imaginary. More recently, as Facebook and Twitter have grown, you’ve seen a lot of sites trim that spot down to just those two. RELATED ARTICLEAround the world, media outlets and journalists are using chat apps to spread the newsJune 10, 2014A couple years ago, the leading candidate to join those two would have been Google+, and it still shows up in a…
  • Jennifer Preston on leaving The New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms

    Justin Ellis
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Jennifer Preston has plenty of experience in the journalism business: “I’ve worked as a city hall bureau chief, a circulation marketing manager, a deputy metro editor, a senior newsroom manager. I ran news administration for the office of the executive editor,” she told me. Preston was a political reporter, editor, and manager at The New York Times, but she might be best known as the paper’s first social media editor, a role she began in 2009 to help get the Times up to speed in how it used Twitter and Facebook in all facets of its reporting. It was unfamiliar…
  • Maybe “time saved” is a better metric to watch than “time spent” on mobile

    Joshua Benton
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    RELATED ARTICLEThe notification knows where you are: Breaking News debuts news alerts tied to your locationJune 12, 2014You may known Cory Bergman as the cofounder (and now general manager) of the innovative mobile app Breaking News, or as the cofounder of Seattle hyperlocal network Next Door Media. But now he’s got a new email newsletter, Mobile Media Memo, that I suspect a number of Lab readers will be interested in. (Subscribe here.) The first issue just went out and features some smart thoughts on a pet peeve of mine: Journalists’ obsession with equating length and quality. In…
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    Failure Magazine's Feature Articles

  • Deep Down Dark

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    ‘The 33’ were sealed inside a mine as deep as the tallest building on earth. This is the story of what happened underground—and after they were rescued.
  • Being Miss America

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    A former winner’s critical yet affectionate profile of the Miss America pageant.
  • Cut Adrift

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Stanford University sociologist Marianne Cooper on the anxiety generated by hard times.
  • What Stays in Vegas

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Is the greatest threat to our privacy the NSA, or data brokers and Big Business?
  • Robert Morris’s Folly

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    How Robert Morris went from being an essential to nearly-forgotten Founding Father.
 
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • AP style: 'Justify'

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Australian comedian Alice Fraser takes a wonderfully sardonic look at modern journalism in her "Why journalists don't fact check anymore."This is the way news works now. Speculation regurgitated as fact, swallowed as news, excreted as statistic, rehashed as opinion and commented on as though it were a completely different article about something else entirely. Since the 100% true story from history of that emperor who wasnt wearing any clothes but everyone agreed that he was wearing clothes because the SMH had picked up a picture of some clothes from Reuters, news has been full of circle-jerk…
  • When prescriptivism scrapes the railing: plethora

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    I love the Testy Copy Editors blog overseen by Phil Blanchard. It's one of my daily go-tos.But occasionally, as is always going to happen at places that ruminate over usage and other editorial matters, the danger is that things take on a "get off my lawn" tone. It happens in this space too, regrettably, though I try to avoid it.So from TCE today comes this:Shannon Serpette of Henry is our new copy editor. She comes to the BCR with a plethora of writing experience. Her smiling face is a great addition to our department, and she’s also going to continue doing some writing. If you get a phone…
  • From the brevity files -- how to sound like a tool (again)

    3 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Today's superfluous wording from The State (though the TVs thoughtlessly do this all the time):Lexington County Coroner Earl Wells said Ethan Payne, 13, of Lexington, died after sustaining a single gunshot wound.Or, in plain English: died after being shot once.Do we really want to sound like a tool of the authorities that much? Are we that insecure?
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    Poynter. » Mobile Media

  • Economist launches a daily edition for your phone

    Kristen Hare
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    The Economist | The Guardian The Economist launched a new product on Thursday, The Economist Espresso, that’s a daily weekday mobile edition of the magazine. The Economist, which is a weekly, announced the new product on Thursday. “It distills what’s important from the news, giving you a concentrated shot of global analysis that can be consumed quickly as part of your morning routine.” Here’s the full video: Mark Sweney wrote about Espresso for The Guardian on Thursday, noting in the subhead that it “will be 171-year-old weekly magazine’s first daily…
  • As mobile ad revenue continues to soar, newspapers still struggle to catch the wave

    Rick Edmonds
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    There was a double dose of good news in eMarketer’s mid-year ad forecast released today. Ad spending will grow more than 5 percent in 2014 for the first time in 10 years. And the mobile ad boom shows no sign of plateauing with 83 percent growth over 2013 expected. Digital giants like Facebook and Google continue to dominate the category (together more than 50 percent), while newspapers and magazine struggle to offer competitive ad buys on their mobile products. The Newspaper Association of America’s revenue report for 2013, released in April, found that mobile advertising had…
  • How small screens impact photojournalism — and tips for adapting

    Sam Kirkland
    21 May 2014 | 5:15 am
    On Sunday morning, before I got out of bed, I started reading a story from The New York Times on my phone. I found it via Twitter, naturally, and enjoyed Freda Moon’s account of a journey from Chicago to New Orleans aboard a vintage Pullman sleeper car. But halfway through the story, I realized I had scrolled past thumbnail images without giving them any thought (see screenshot at the right). Each photo — smaller than a postage stamp — failed to grab my attention until I recognized the name of the photographer, an intern at the Chicago Sun-Times when I worked there. That’s…
  • Quantcast: Social drives 34 percent of mobile Web traffic, 17 percent of desktop traffic

    Sam Kirkland
    15 May 2014 | 9:14 am
    Quantcast Nearly 4 in 5 news and entertainment sites are optimized for mobile devices, according to a new report by Web analytics firm Quantcast. And those sites see an average of 33 percent of their overall traffic come from mobile devices, while sites that aren’t mobile-optimized see an average of 28 percent of traffic from mobile. That correlation could have big implications for social media strategy, too, as Quantcast found that social accounted for 34 percent of mobile referrals, twice as much as social accounted for on desktop. It’s further evidence that the mobile Web…
  • News in motion: six ways to be a good mobile editor

    David Ho
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:15 am
    So you want to be a mobile editor? Or maybe you just got the gig. Congratulations! Now what? I’ve heard that question a lot lately from newly minted mobile editors at organizations big and small. It’s not that surprising. Mobile has been the coming future of news and information for a long time, but many news outlets only woke up to its importance in the last year. Why? That’s easy: 50 percent. Last year, many news organizations either hit or approached the 50 percent mark in digital traffic coming from mobile. That opened many eyes. It became very clear that mobile…
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    Pacific Standard

  • Reader Feedback of the Week: Counseling With Benefits

    Footnotes
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Related Story The Rise of Biblical Counseling At his website, Musings of a Christian Psychologist, Phil Monroe writes about Kathryn Joyce’s article on biblical counseling (September/October): “Joyce notes that a good biblical counseling session looks a lot like a good professional counseling session. Why? … While it is true that psychotherapists didn’t discover empathy, it is true that psychotherapy research has expanded our understanding of the best way to encourage trust relationships in therapy. In addition, some of the cognitive, affective, and dynamic interventions developed…
  • What Makes a City Unhappy?

    Dana McMahan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I live in two of the country’s saddest cities. At least that’s if I’m to believe the results of a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper titled “Unhappy Cities.” It ranked Louisville—heart of bourbon country, home to a thriving culinary scene, and a friendly, growing place by all accounts—our nation’s third unhappiest city. Detroit—that mid-resurgence metropolis where I just bought a second home—landed fifth. My beloved cities were joined by places like Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee. What does this analysis really mean? I…
  • Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

    Nathan Collins
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Social anxiety disorder (SAD) can be devastating. In the worst cases, sufferers of the illness struggle with basic tasks, like signing a check in front of another person, and the majority routinely report less satisfying friendships and other relationships. A new study, however, suggests people with SAD might be underestimating how much others like them: While friends perceived the relationships somewhat differently, they reported higher levels of friendship intimacy and satisfaction than their SAD friends. Researchers have known for a while that social anxiety disorder leads people to…
  • In 2001 Study, Black Celebrities Judged Harshly in Rape Cases

    Tom Jacobs
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Race. Celebrity. Sexual assault. Given the fact it touches upon all of those hot-button topics, it’s no surprise that the swirl of rape allegations against Bill Cosby has mesmerized so many Americans. But as Cosby’s career collapses, it’s worth taking note of a 2001 study that focused on that same combustible combination, and produced some disturbing results. For black defendants accused of rape, “being a celebrity was a liability,” the researchers write in the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology. In contrast, they found fame “had distinct advantages for white…
  • Women, Kink, and Sex Addiction: It’s Not Like the Movies

    Rachel Kramer Bussel
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    When women in pop culture stray from the prescribed “good girl” into the most extreme bad girl—the sex addict—their interest in BDSM is typically equated with their addiction. By contrast, men are usually portrayed as hopelessly addicted to XXX images, preferring porn to people. Are male sex addicts fundamentally different from female ones, shackled to the Internet while women are shackled by handcuffs? If not, why does popular culture portray them in these two different ways? And what does this say about how women’s sex, desire, and pleasure are not only portrayed but policed in…
 
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  • The Two Things That Rarely Happen After a Medical Mistake

    ProPublica
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    by Olga Pierce and Marshall Allen This story was co-published with NPR's Shots blog. Patients who suffer injuries, infections or mistakes during medical care rarely get an acknowledgment or apology, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report. The study was based on responses of 236 patients who completed ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire during the one-year period ending in May 2013 and who agreed to share their data.    Results of the study, led by professor of surgery Marty Makary and conducted independently from ProPublica, were published online…
  • Federal Reserve Announces Sweeping Review of Its Big Bank Oversight

    ProPublica
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    by Jake Bernstein Editor's Note: This story has been updated to cover the Federal Reserve Board's announcement that it would review its supervision of large banks. On the eve of a U.S. Senate hearing about whether regulators are too soft on banks, the Federal Reserve Board announced a broad review of its supervision of the biggest U.S. financial institutions. Among other things, the Fed said its two-pronged review, which will be conducted by both the board and its inspector general, would look at whether avenues exist for decision-makers to hear and reconcile divergent views from bank…
  • Charter School Chain Finally Discloses Salaries — With One Missing

    ProPublica
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    by Marian Wang Last week, it appeared that a North Carolina charter school chain had finally put an end to more than a month of wrangling with state regulators when it turned over salary data for administrators working at the schools. But the salary list has a curious omission. The son of the schools' founder, despite working as "Information Systems Admin" at one of his father's schools, is missing from the disclosures. As ProPublica detailed last month, both the chain of charter schools and the company that manages them were founded by a politically connected local businessman, Baker…
  • Discussion Transcript: Firestone and the Warlord

    ProPublica
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    by Amanda Zamora This Tuesday, FRONTLINE premiered Firestone and the Warlord, a 90-minute film documenting the secret history of Firestone's role in Liberia's civil war. The film is part of a joint investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica into the American company's ties to notorious warlord Charles Taylor as he helped launch Liberia into its first civil war. Journalists Marcela Gaviria (@marcellular), T. Christian Miller (@txtianmiller), and Jonathan Jones (@jonathanrjones)answered your questions about the investigation. A transcript of the discussion follows.
  • Mixed Company: Sights and Sounds of Liberians and the Impact of War

    ProPublica
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    close Save Your Spot Enter your email address and we’ll send you a bookmark to your current spot. It remembers what page you’re on and how far you’ve scrolled, so you can pick up right where you left off. Email Address Send Bookmark Your email address won’t be saved or used for marketing. close Table of Contents •  Firestone and the Warlord 1  Warlord on the Rise 2  A Century of Blood, Sweat and Profits 3  Tough Talk in the Jungle 4  Deal with the Devil 5  Money and Menace 6  Raining Hell 7  A Traumatized Nation Key…
 
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  • OMG, College Students Read My Blog

    Jeremy Porter
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    I recently heard from an old friend (a former CMO) who is now a lecturer at a university up in British Columbia. She dropped me a line to let me know she was happy to see I was blogging again, because she thinks my posts are relevant for her students. I believe they had to take a quiz about one of my recent posts. Nothing makes me want to write more than hearing somebody learned something from one of my posts. For that, I thank all of you. Over the course of the past couple of years, I’ve heard from a dozen or so other professors who have done the same thing – encouraged their…
  • How to Get More PR Results

    Jeremy Porter
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Do you want to generate more publicity results for your media relations investment? You’re not alone – every public relations professional working in media relations wants to generate more publicity. We’ve all had to deal with the client or boss that complains about the lack of coverage, or worse, marches into your office with a recent article and asks why we weren’t in it. Ever notice they rarely march into your office with the story you were included in? It’s not easy to score publicity. Media relations is difficult, thankless job. Unless you’re fortunate…
  • How To Write a Great Headline

    Jeremy Porter
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Your headline is the most important element of any article you write. If you don’t believe me, ask yourself what happened right before you clicked through to read this post. If you’re still reading this post, you’re either bored, very polite or you want to learn how to write a great headline and you believe I’m going to deliver on that promise for you. For me, the purpose of a great headline is to get the reader to read what you’ve written. For others, it’s all about the click. I’m going to assume that most Journalistics readers care more about the…
  • How to Create a Communications Strategy

    Jeremy Porter
    16 Dec 2013 | 8:29 am
    A lot of organizations have separate documented communication strategies for each communications discipline. Your organization may have a public relations strategy, marketing communications strategy, social media strategy and sales strategy, all operating in parallel to accomplish often similar (or exact) goals. I suggest having one, clear and cohesive communications strategy that covers all communications activities within your organization. If there are different people responsible for each strategy, get them all in the same room to create a single one (this goes for any organizational-wide…
  • It’s Time to Get Real About Real-Time Marketing & PR

    Jeremy Porter
    6 Jul 2013 | 9:11 pm
    When David Meerman Scott was kind enough to let me review his first pass at Real-Time Marketing & PR a few years ago, I remember thinking how amazing some of the stories were in the book. There were case study after case study about how powerful the consumer has become in the age of social media – and how ill-equipped most brands were to deal with issues in real-time. David has since added to the real-time discussion with his Newsjacking book, which further reinforces the need for brands to respond quickly to breaking stories or trending topics, to insert themselves into the news…
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  • Brand Journalism: An Overlooked Opportunity to Make the World Better

    Katie McCaskey
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    PRO TIP: Lead with almost anything except calling people stupid. Seems obvious, but as PR consultant Lou Hoffman humorously points out, a recent Financial Times article might be summarized as “You’re Too Stupid to Figure Out Journalism from Propaganda.” Hoffman critiques the article and addresses its assertions one by one. Many who practice or sell journalism, capital “J,” have more than a few gripes about brand journalism. Many of these complaints are familiar to readers of this blog, such as: “Well, it isn’t real journalism” Gathering…
  • Brand Journalism That Rejects Page Views

    Katie McCaskey
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    At present the focus of much brand journalism is on page views: how to track them, increase them, and lengthen engagement time. After all, if journalism is supporting a brand’s mission, doesn’t it make sense to aggressively get as many eyeballs as possible? Not necessarily, suggests a new venture called Latterly. The “kickstarter journalism” startup will focus on a niche audience paying a small fee every month to read a very narrowly focused reporting. In the words of VentureBeat’s Jordan Novet, Latterly “doesn’t care about page views one bit.”…
  • Brand Journalism in an Age of Responsive Design

    Katie McCaskey
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    What’s black, white, and red all over? A newspaper, goes the old joke. Within the context of digital ink our question is now, what’s next? Not so long ago “what’s next” was responsive design. No more. “Responsive design” describes the ability for a webpage to be viewed across multiple devices, for example, from laptop, to phone, to tablet. While that’s been convenient for delivering news and media to multiple devices it has unintentionally caused a problem — a design problem. The problem is that most websites use the same template over…
  • Brand Journalism, Then and Now

    Katie McCaskey
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Brand journalism is not brand-centric, but a brand journalist’s job includes figuring out how to seamlessly weave in a brand presence.” That’s Tip #6 in this chipper video about the “now” of branded, err, make that un-branded content. Marketing professionals are increasingly accepting that un-branded content is the way forward. As summarized by MediaSource, the makers of this video: [We can] expand your story by developing meaningful content and delivering real journalism that can be leveraged across both company-owned and earned media. Evolution of Brand…
  • Like-Gating and SSL: Changes Loom From Google and Facebook

    George Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Planning a Facebook promotion to increase your likes? You may want to do some research first. Facebook has updated developer policies and is implementing a ban on incentives to like a Facebook page. Here are the paragraphs of note: You must not incentivize people to use social plugins or to like a Page. This includes offering rewards, or gating apps or app content based on whether or not a person has liked a Page. It remains acceptable to incentivize people to login to your app, checkin at a place or enter a promotion on your app’s Page. To ensure quality connections and help businesses…
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    Joe Gullo

  • Owen Swipes Lego Man Off the Table

    Joe Gullo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    For some reason Owen does not like Lego Man and always seems to knock it off the table. Check out this Vine: The post Owen Swipes Lego Man Off the Table appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • You Could Be Losing Money By Outsourcing Comments

    Joe Gullo
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    You could be losing money by outsourcing comments to sites other than your own. According to Social Times, a report by Spot.IM, SimilarWeb, and AdClarity released data “showing that digital publishers could be leaving around 30 million ‘on the table’ by not optimizing social interaction on their website.” For this reason, I’m not quite sure why Reuters is choosing to abandon their commenting feature on their website. Community Building on Your Website It’s tempting with the rise of social media to drive conversations on these platforms. While you should do…
  • Report: Mobile Bumps TV As American’s First Screen

    Joe Gullo
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Where’s the remote? For many Americans it’s collecting dust somewhere under the coach cushions. A report by Flurry found that mobile is now American’s first screen. While the report doesn’t indicate that mobile has turned off the TV completely, it does show, not surprisingly, competition in the living room. US Daily Average (Min) Grab The Code <iframe src="http://www.joegullo.net/interactive/charts/timeonmobilevstv.html" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" seamless=""></iframe> Data: Animoto / Created by: Joe Gullo. Before embedding,…
  • Nielsen to Listen in on What You’re Watching on Netflix, Other Video Streaming Services

    Joe Gullo
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Nielsen will begin tracking viewership of video streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime in December, according to Mashable. Nielsen plans to track viewership through their own boxes that use to pull data from. The Wall Street Journal reported that Nielsen will use a “Shazam-like audio recognition” to track what users are watching. This means anyone who uses a Nielsen data device will be subject to tracking. This information is valuable and helps paint a picture of how users are watching television and content online. However, this will raise privacy concerns like what other…
  • Is Your Site Mobile Friendly? Google Will Now Let Mobile Searchers Know

    Joe Gullo
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Google is now letting mobile searchers know if a website is mobile-friendly. The search engine will now add a label to mobile-friendly websites in their search results. According to Google, they are “making it easier for people to find the information that they’re looking for.” A page is eligible for the “mobile-friendly” label if it meets the following criteria: Avoids software that is not common on mobile devices, like Flash Uses text that is readable without zooming Sizes content to the screen so users don’t have to scroll horizontally or zoom Places…
 
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • You Can Now Download Your Entire Twitter Archive

    Kevin Wild
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:08 pm
    You may experience a feeling of embarrassment and/or deja vu after reading through old tweets.You have been warned.Permalink
  • Initial Impressions for WatchKit

    Kevin Wild
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Today Apple unveiled WatchKit. I am very pleasantly surprised by how capable it is. In my Expectations for WatchKit article I outlined that I thought we’d see a two phase roll-out of the platform. Starting with pretty limited capabilities that would then be expanded at next year’s WWDC. It turns out that I was only half correct. It is two phase but the first phase is much more capable than I was expecting.In the first phase we will be able to build Glances, Actionable Notifications and iPhone powered apps. The last of which has me most excited.My only question: how will…
  • 'Get' Is Now 'Free'

    Kevin Wild
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Apple has changed the wording for free games in its App Store, and the app purchase buttons that once read "Free" for apps with no cost now read "Get" instead. The change has been implemented on both the iOS App Store and the desktop App Store.This is no doubt due to the ongoing legal battles Apple faces in Europe over the fact that 'free' apps aren't actually free when you take in-app purchases into account.
  • iOS 8.1.1 Released, Fixes iCloud Issues (and more)

    Kevin Wild
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    I've been having iCloud syncing issues ever since iOS 8.1 was released, which caused my most commonly used apps (Day One and Byword) to repeatedly crash.So yeah, you could say I was happy to see this update released.Permalink
  • Vainglory for iOS Available Tuesday

    Kevin Wild
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    I've had the chance to play Vainglory early on my iPhone 6 Plus, and I must say it is a fantastic game. I still can't believe a game of this caliber is available on iOS.For those who don't remember, Vainglory is the game that was shown off during the iPhone 6 keynote.Update: Christmas came early, you can download Vainglory now.nullPermalink
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