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  • Adoption of Digital Security Tools

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    Beyond specific questions about how IRE reporters are communicating with their sources is a broader one: What kinds of steps are survey respondents taking to protect their own data, devices, and communications — not just with sources, but with each other? The survey finds that fully half (49%) of all respondents indicate that in the […]
  • Daily Must Reads, February 27, 2015

    Mediashift
    Julie Keck
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    1. Why everyone was wrong about net neutrality (Tim Wus / The New Yorker) 2. Google won’t ban adult content on Blogger after all (Matt Brian / Engadget) 3. Twitter keeps Dick Costolo’s promise with new anti-harassment tools (Nathaniel Mott / Pando Daily) 4. Financial Times to change the way it charges for digital news (Jennifer Saba / Reuters) 5. Japan is getting an anonymous whistleblowing platform, but will journalists use it? (J. T. Quigley / Tech in Asia) 6. ‘House of Cards’ sees unusual social media spike ahead of Season 3 (Marianne Zumberge / Variety) 7. The lesson…
  • Welcome to the new CJR

    Columbia Journalism Review
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    The Columbia Journalism Review takes on a new look this morning, with an elegant, fresh design on its desktop, tablet and mobile sites. If you remember CJR’s old look we think you’ll welcome our new one: visually bold, with cleaner lines, easier navigation and gorgeous color and typography. Best of all, it’s a better expression of our mission and our...
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Efficiency … The Final Cut

    BuzzMachine
    Jeff Jarvis
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Here’s the next free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts about efficiency and news and ask what of journalism we must fight to save and what isn’t necessarily journalism or at least journalism we can’t necessarily afford anymore. Most discussions of the state and fate of the business of news start with revenue and a search for the means to recover what has been lost to the internet so we can pay for and thus protect newsrooms as they were. Sorry, but I will begin on the other side of the ledger with the cost of journalism. It has plummeted, not just because we have less money to…
  • Los Medios Hispanos Pregonan Imagen De Jeb Bush Como "Candidato Hispano" Mientras Hacen Caso Omiso De Sus Posiciones Políticas

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Después de que el ex-gobernador de la Florida Jeb Bush anunciara que se encuentra explorando una candidatura presidencial para 2016, los medios hispanos han celebrado la hispanidad de su familia mexicano-americana y su fluidez del español, pintando la imagen de un candidato atractivo para el electorado latino. Este enfoque en detalles biográficos tiene como precio la falta de atención a las posiciones de Bush en temas como la reforma de salud y el cambio climático -- temas en los que sus posturas políticas van en contra de los intereses de la…
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    Columbia Journalism Review

  • Welcome to the new CJR

    2 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    The Columbia Journalism Review takes on a new look this morning, with an elegant, fresh design on its desktop, tablet and mobile sites. If you remember CJR’s old look we think you’ll welcome our new one: visually bold, with cleaner lines, easier navigation and gorgeous color and typography. Best of all, it’s a better expression of our mission and our...
  • The New Republic, then and now

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    the implosion of The New Republic was shocking in its totality. The departure of 23 staff writers and editors—in addition to researchers, assistants, and contributing editors—forced the political magazine to temporarily halt publication. It was the exodus that launched a thousand takes, as liberal thinkers mourned the supposed death of a progressive institution. Yet in early February, The New...
  • Changing words

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself By Andrew Pettegree Yale University Press 445 pages. $35; paper, $25 arrives with honors, as the winner of the 2015 Goldsmith Book Prize given by the Harvard Kennedy School, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Its author is a distinguished scholar of Renaissance and...
  • Gate-keepers

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    a year after the break-in that ignited the Watergate scandal, National Lampoon deadpanned a faux Soviet conspiracy that saw officials “removing bugs from telephones, mixing actual letters and telegrams from Soviet citizens in with the usual phony ones, telling the truth to foreign newsmen,” and refusing to lie at their own trials. Dubbed Volgagate, it was the first post-Watergate...
  • Failure can be fun

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    rooting for a team having a bad year is like watching Season 6 of a TV show that hasn’t been good since Season 1: After each episode (or game), you shake your head and wonder why you waste your time. For sports reporters, covering such a team can be similarly excruciating. Take this year’s Knicks, who had the NBA's...
 
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    BuzzMachine

  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Efficiency … The Final Cut

    Jeff Jarvis
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Here’s the next free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts about efficiency and news and ask what of journalism we must fight to save and what isn’t necessarily journalism or at least journalism we can’t necessarily afford anymore. Most discussions of the state and fate of the business of news start with revenue and a search for the means to recover what has been lost to the internet so we can pay for and thus protect newsrooms as they were. Sorry, but I will begin on the other side of the ledger with the cost of journalism. It has plummeted, not just because we have less money to…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Digital First — What Then?

    Jeff Jarvis
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:23 am
    Here’s another free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. Now we get into the business models and strategies for news companies, starting with the question many ask John Paton, who named his company with the phrase — “What’s digital first?” — and the question he asked me — “What comes next?” Here’s how I translate the catchphrase “digital first” into a business strategy for legacy media proprietors: They must transform their companies into fully sustainable digital enterprises before the day when print…
  • David Carr

    Jeff Jarvis
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    I debated whether to write a tribute here to David Carr. There are many more who had the privilege of knowing him much better than I did. Though it is quite appropriate that, as Andrea Peterson beautifully phrased it, the “wired collective voice of Twitter howled ‘David Carr'” on news of his death last night, a tweet, ten thousand tweets seem too few and by all means too fleeting for the likes of him. I asked myself what I would want my friends to do when I go and I’ll put those few of you on notice now: I want more than a tweet. So here in this, my somewhat less…
  • NBC’s opportunity

    Jeff Jarvis
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Cross-posted from Medium. NBC has a chance to reinvent television news without the plastic personality, the manufactured celebrity, the staged reality, the smarmy transitions, the bullshit BREAKING NEWS, the weather panic, the repetition, the predictability, the sensationalism, the insulting simplicity, the false balance, the lying anchor, and the single point of failure that has been its business model. It could. But will it? The entire structure of NBC news is still built around Brian Williams: The news is who reads it. The star is the star, the news merely his vehicle. They really believe…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: The Story So Far

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    After taking a bit of time off, I’m going to restart the posting of chapters from Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News — for free on Medium. This last half of the book is the meaty bit, the good part, the climax. This is the part about money and sustaining journalism. First, a brief recap of the first two sections of the book about relationships as the basis of a new strategy for news and then about new forms of news, then a preview of the rest of the book. It’s short, so I’ll quote the entire thing here: I hear it often: News doesn’t have a journalism…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Los Medios Hispanos Pregonan Imagen De Jeb Bush Como "Candidato Hispano" Mientras Hacen Caso Omiso De Sus Posiciones Políticas

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Después de que el ex-gobernador de la Florida Jeb Bush anunciara que se encuentra explorando una candidatura presidencial para 2016, los medios hispanos han celebrado la hispanidad de su familia mexicano-americana y su fluidez del español, pintando la imagen de un candidato atractivo para el electorado latino. Este enfoque en detalles biográficos tiene como precio la falta de atención a las posiciones de Bush en temas como la reforma de salud y el cambio climático -- temas en los que sus posturas políticas van en contra de los intereses de la…
  • Latino Media Tout Jeb Bush As A "Hispanic Candidate" While Glossing Over His Important Policy Positions

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    Following former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's announcement that he is exploring a 2016 presidential run, Hispanic media outlets have celebrated his Mexican-American family and fluency in Spanish, portraying them as appealing to Latino voters. This focus on biographical details has come at the expense of reporting on Bush's positions on health care and climate change -- issues on which his positions are at odds with the interests of most Latinos. For instance, Jorge Ramos, host of Univision's Al Punto, helped feed the…
  • Media Matters ' Karen Finney Explains How Boehner's Right-Wing Appeasement Is Backfiring For GOP

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    From the March 2 edition of CNN's New Day:Previously: Media Matters' Senior Fellow Karen Finney Tells The Bill Press Show Why GOP Will Own A DHS Shutdown
  • Libre Initiative: Un Grupo Patrocinado Por Los Hermanos Koch Haciendo Creer Que Su Objetivo Es El Empoderamiento De Los Hispanos

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Originalmente publicado en inglés por Eric Hananoki y traducido al español por el staff de Media Matters. Fox News está presentando a Libre Initiative, el grupo patrocinado por los multimillonarios hermanos Koch, como una organización comunitaria fundada para "empoderar Hispanos" y avanzar "las libertades y la prosperidad". En realidad, el grupo insta a los Hispanos a que apoyen políticas públicas que según expertos, "van contra sus propios intereses" y "privan de derechos a los votantes Hispanos". La Libre Initiative fue fundada…
  • The Libre Initiative: A Koch-Funded Group Being Passed Off As Empowering Hispanics

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    Fox News is passing off the Koch-funded Libre Initiative as a grassroots organization founded "to empower Hispanics" and advance "liberty, freedom and prosperity." In reality, the group urges Hispanics to support policies that experts say go "against their own interests" and "disenfranchise Hispanic voters." The Libre Initiative was founded in 2011 and claims to be a "non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community." The group "has a presence in eight states" and "plans to expand to Wisconsin…
 
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    Mediashift

  • Daily Must Reads, March 2, 2015

    Julie Keck
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    1. C.J.R. gets advice from students and an updated look (Jeremy Barr / Capital New York) 2. Next semester, some journalism students will be reading David Carr for credit (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 3. Why plagiarize when you can rip off a writer’s thoughts? (Marc Fisher / Columbia Journalism Review) 4. Google is breaking up its struggling social network Google+ (Lisa Eadicicco / Business Insider) 5. Vice Media to launch its first female-focused channel: Broadly (Natalie Jarvis / The Hollywood Reporter) 6. Help New York build a digital time machine (Tanvi Misra / The Atlantic’s CityLab)…
  • How Wearable Devices Fare Among Students

    Amy Schmitz Weiss
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Wearable technology is becoming a common topic in daily news coverage — from discussion on the latest physical fitness trackers to buy and the hype around the Apple smartwatch that will launch this year. Wearable technologies, devices that can track and hold data about individuals and the environment around them, are gaining traction in the market. The market research firm SSI states wearable technologies will become popular in the mainstream market within the next two to three years. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive of 2,577 U.S. adults, about 46 percent said…
  • Before Turning Off Comments, Try These Research-Based Strategies

    Katie Steiner
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The following piece is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. In the news industry, it seems that the latest trend is to remove comment sections. Last year, Reuters, Re/code and Popular Science all got rid of them, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal kicked off 2015 by removing theirs (they have since turned them back on, after adding tools to help commenters self-police). In a Medium post explaining their original decision to turn off comments, the editors of the Las Vegas newspaper said, “The same platform that provides an opportunity for civil dialogue and an exchange of…
  • Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Mar. 2 Edition

    Sonia Paul
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:46 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. FEATURED EVENT Collab/Space Austin April 16, 2015 Austin,…
  • Daily Must Reads, February 27, 2015

    Julie Keck
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    1. Why everyone was wrong about net neutrality (Tim Wus / The New Yorker) 2. Google won’t ban adult content on Blogger after all (Matt Brian / Engadget) 3. Twitter keeps Dick Costolo’s promise with new anti-harassment tools (Nathaniel Mott / Pando Daily) 4. Financial Times to change the way it charges for digital news (Jennifer Saba / Reuters) 5. Japan is getting an anonymous whistleblowing platform, but will journalists use it? (J. T. Quigley / Tech in Asia) 6. ‘House of Cards’ sees unusual social media spike ahead of Season 3 (Marianne Zumberge / Variety) 7. The lesson…
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    Digidave

  • The vocabulary of TV news doesn’t translate to the web

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

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

    Digidave
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This weekend I caught the Plague. I’m not sick – just using an app of the name. It’s a simple and somewhat addictive app and anyone interested in the dissemination of information (journalists) should pay attention to it. There is always talk about “gamification” of news and 9 out of 10 times we think that means there should be a game with a journalist as the main character and we follow them along on their investigation. WRONG (only journalists think this is a fun game concept) The Plague gets it right: The “game” isn’t about how you get…
  • Atomized news: As a music video

    Digidave
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Here’s a post that I’ll admit is a bit ephemeral. Circa, Vox, AJ Plus, Timeline, Newsbound and others all play in a similar space with atomized news. It’s one that I helped pioneer at Circa but is spreading. They all do news snippets or news atoms that are threaded together to provide context. I distinguish this from, Inside.com or Techmeme (just snippets) because it’s the combining of these bits of information that provide meaning over time. As noted in a recent Neiman piece: “If the now much-maligned inverted pyramid — the foundation of AP-like “new…
  • When truth and fact collide. Which side do you take?

    Digidave
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    There is a tension in journalism. It is not new – but it is is expressing itself in different ways. Like water to fish, the tension is so ever-present we forget it is there. It is the tension between truths and facts. The two don’t always align. A great example of this in recent years is the Mike Daisy incident with This American Life. Mike Daisy had a great story about Foxconn, the company that manufactures Apple Inc. products in China. We learned about the exploitation of workers. Their horrid working conditions. Their low wages. Their struggles. It turned out – much…
 
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    Newspaper Death Watch

  • Does the Internet Make Journalism Better or Worse? Actually, Both

    paulgillin
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Two Great Examples of How Journalism Has Changed for the Better – Gigaom Mathew Ingram writes: “It’s worth pointing out when ‘citizen journalism’ — or networked journalism, or whatever we want to call it — really works, and a couple of great examples of that have come to light recently. One of them is related to a project that I’ve written about: namely, the open Ukrainian vehicle tracking database that British investigative blogger Eliot Higgins and his team have been putting together through his Bellingcat website, which tracks the movements of Russian…
  • Journalism’s Paradox: Better Information, More Mistakes

    paulgillin
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mathew Ingram offers a reality check on the state of journalism, citing a recent Digiday interview with Jack Shafer in which the media critic says, “news coverage has probably never been more accurate than it is today.” Ingram cites the ability of crowdsourced fact-checking projects as well as social networks to quickly spot inconsistencies that lead to embarrassments like Rolling Stone‘s recent University of Virginia rape story. Facts are now available with a quick search. So is misinformation, but through triangulation a journalist can usually arrive at the truth quickly…
  • The Bots are Coming!

    paulgillin
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    On one level we can understand the teeth-gnashing that follow the Associated Press’ announcement that it plans to start using robots to write the majority of U.S. corporate earnings stories. Robots seem to bring out the Luddite in all of us. What we can’t understand is why anyone outside of a few shop stewards should want to preserve the jobs that will invariably be lost to this new kind of automation. Actually, the AP says no jobs will be eliminated. “This is about using technology to free journalists to do more journalism and less data processing, not about eliminating jobs,” wrote…
  • What if The New York Times Went Weekly?

    paulgillin
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Steve Outing The leaked “innovation” report from The New York Times that made the rounds in May recommends that the company take more risks, move more quickly and consider radical steps to reinvent itself. Steve Outing wonders what would happen if the Times abandoned daily print editions, and he’s built an elaborate “what-if?” model to test the idea. Outing’s model doesn’t answer the question, but it does provide a new tool with which to evaluate options. “Most news companies aren’t very good at grokking what’s coming at them or…
  • Across the Globe, Newspaper Industry is Actually Growing

    paulgillin
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Observers of the cratering newspaper industries in the US and Europe may be surprised at this news: Print newspaper circulation around the world actually increased 2% in 2013 compared to 2012. The pocket of strength comes from rapidly maturing economies in Asia and Latin America, where people who a generation ago might have used newspapers mainly for kindling are now finding them to be valuable for the purposes for which they were intended. That’s the highlights from the latest World Press Trends survey, which was released last by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. The…
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  • Snapshot of presidential photographers

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

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

    Jack Lail
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Is the wildy popular "Serial" podcast bad journalism or is objectivity in journalism a threadbare concept?
  • Google most trusted source for news and information

    Jack Lail
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Newspapers, and legacy media in general, have always thought that a key competitive advantage is being viewed as a "trusted source" of news and information. You've heard the punch line: "I saw it on the Internet, it must be true." While newspapers don't have the technical prowness of a Google (or any number of Silicon Valley companies) or the "metabolism" (the new buzz term) of a Buzzfeed or a Gawker, or the scale of Yahoo, they owned "trusted source." So the thinking goes ... until it collides with changing audience perceptions. The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer shows search engines (that…
  • Freedom of speech often takes courage

    Jack Lail
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Good watch for this holiday weekend, "The Editor and the Dragon," the story of W. Horace Carter (Jan. 20, 1921 - Sept. 16, 2009), a community newspaper editor in Tabor City, N.C., who courageously editorialized against the Carolina Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s as the organization was gaining power in the region around this town on the North and South Carolina border. Carter survived death threats against himself and his family, and threats of economic boycotts against his paper. He says in the documentary "it would have been a much better story if I had got killed." Carter's Tabor City Tribune…
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  • Snapshot of presidential photographers

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

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

    Jack Lail
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Is the wildy popular "Serial" podcast bad journalism or is objectivity in journalism a threadbare concept?
  • Google most trusted source for news and information

    Jack Lail
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Newspapers, and legacy media in general, have always thought that a key competitive advantage is being viewed as a "trusted source" of news and information. You've heard the punch line: "I saw it on the Internet, it must be true." While newspapers don't have the technical prowness of a Google (or any number of Silicon Valley companies) or the "metabolism" (the new buzz term) of a Buzzfeed or a Gawker, or the scale of Yahoo, they owned "trusted source." So the thinking goes ... until it collides with changing audience perceptions. The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer shows search engines (that…
  • Freedom of speech often takes courage

    Jack Lail
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Good watch for this holiday weekend, "The Editor and the Dragon," the story of W. Horace Carter (Jan. 20, 1921 - Sept. 16, 2009), a community newspaper editor in Tabor City, N.C., who courageously editorialized against the Carolina Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s as the organization was gaining power in the region around this town on the North and South Carolina border. Carter survived death threats against himself and his family, and threats of economic boycotts against his paper. He says in the documentary "it would have been a much better story if I had got killed." Carter's Tabor City Tribune…
 
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    Idea Lab

  • What’s in a Domain Name? Capitol Hound Learns First-Hand

    Justina Vasquez
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is college. And in college, we apply for summer internships. That’s the whole point: getting prestigious, or at least recognizable, internships that will hopefully lead to jobs upon graduation. A common method students use to rank themselves is by the reputation of the experience they gain. Whether you intern at Google, a Harvard research institute or a big-name news corporation can draw the line between the absurdly smart kids on campus and the others who may or may begin to notice a debilitating cloud of insufficiency ever-drizzling on their heads. For me, however, this isn’t just…
  • Meet Matter’s New Class of Media Startups

    Desiree Everts
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Matter, a media startup accelerator launched two years ago by the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX, has named six tech companies that will participate in its newest class aimed at “changing media for good.” The entrepreneurs will take part in a five-month program that includes a $50,000 investment, mentoring, design reviews, and an intensive boot camp that culminates in a demo day. The news follows Matter’s announcement last week that it’s partnering with four more media organizations, including The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company, A.H. Belo Corporation, and Community…
  • Reflections on a Facebook Birthday

    Dori J. Maynard
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:21 am
    Editor’s note: Dori J. Maynard, a renowned journalist and diversity champion, died Tuesday at age 56. The following is a piece originally published on Idea Lab on June 29, 2009.  This year for my birthday I got three calls. Two people sent cards. And I don’t think I ever received so much attention in my life. I have to say, it was fabulous turning 51 years old on Facebook. The well wishes started pouring in on the night before my birthday and they kept coming the day after, too. Friends from junior high, high school, college, past jobs, former neighbors, fellow travelers all weighed…
  • 5 Ways to Get Around Twitter’s 140-Character Count

    Ashley Nguyen
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Saying what you want to say in 140 characters is tough — but there’s a way around the limiting character count. Adding an image to a tweet will boost your chances of a retweet, and quotes help too. News outlets have figured out a way to meld the two components together by creating a downloadable image overlaid with a quote or fact. After downloading the image, you can easily attach the quote to Twitter or any other social media network. NPR has its Quotable tool. Vox Media has a meme generator. BuzzFeed, Fusion, CNN, BBC and others have their own versions. Thanks to the easy-to-use…
  • How We’re Helping Underserved Audiences Serve Themselves with Digital News

    Jeremy Hay
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    I’m an outsider trying to work inside a community to launch its own local news organization, the success of which will depend largely on it being organic to the community. I tell people the news service will be here in East Palo Alto. At other times, I say it will be there. I stand in a class of people to whom we are teaching journalism skills, and I veer between, “This will be our news site,” and, “This will be your news site. You see the contradiction, the oxymoronic nature of my (our) enterprise. My mission — or challenge, as we term it at JSK — is to improve the media coverage…
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • We’ll miss David Carr more than we know

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

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

    Newsosaur
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you compare the modest amount of time that consumers read newspapers with the billions in advertising dollars spent on the medium, you will see that newspapers long have captured far more than their fair share of the advertising pie. But this could begin unraveling with a vengeance in 2015, as mobile advertising surges to record levels.  As discussed in a moment, mobile advertising
  • #JeSuisCharlie

    Newsosaur
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    There are no words...
  • UC-Berkeley seeks international journalists

    Newsosaur
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Applications are being accepted through Jan. 5 for a unique program providing mid-career journalists from outside the U.S. with an opportunity to pursue advanced professional training and academic study at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. In the non-degree Visiting Scholar program, participants can audit courses offered at the journalism school and
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    20 headlines from the reading list

  • Uber Surges Into the Print Magazine Game

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    The catch: you have to be a driver with the service, in a select geographical area, to receive a copy of the first issue. But no doubt if the quarterly offering is well received, that purview will be expanded. From Busines Insider reporter Alyson Shontell’s item: Momentum, which Uber employees devised and put together over the past five months, is launching in six markets: Boston, New York City, Chicago, Ohio, Oklahoma and San Francisco. The reason: Uber says it wants to better connect with its drivers. Momentum’s launch issue includes stories about how to get exercise when you’re…
  • Musicmania | Piano School

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Musicmania | Piano School by Dimitris Kostinis, 2015Visual identity for Musicmania, a piano school in Brussels.Dimitris Kostinis
  • Forbes Releases Billionaires Issue

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Forbes has published its annual Billionaires issue and once again, you didn’t make the cut. A few people who did: Bill Gates, who grabbed the number one slot with a net worth of $79 billion Michael Bloomberg, the highest media exec on the list at #14 A record 197 women, including Elizabeth Holmes and Anne Cox Chambers Newcomer Michael Jordan Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, two of Snapchat’s founders For the complete list, click through.
  • Astana

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Astana by Olivier Rensonnet, 2013ASTANA EXPO.2017Olivier Rensonnet
  • Fox hunting

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Fox hunting by Pieter Van Eenoge, 2014Departures (USA) - Fox hunting.Pieter Van Eenoge
 
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  • Rebekah Brooks may be back

    Kristen Hare
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Good morning. Here are seven media stories. And she may be headed to Storyful Media outlets are reporting that Rebekah Brooks, who formerly led Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. newspaper holdings, could soon be back with News Corporation. "Brooks, who was cleared of being involved in a phone-hacking plot last summer, has reportedly taken an apartment in New York but will largely continue to be based in the UK." (The Guardian) | "Ms. Brooks will probably take an executive role in which she will seek ways to expand News Corporation’s digital endeavors, particularly user-generated and social…
  • Today in Media History: The press waited for months to print the winner of the 1876 presidential election

    David Shedden
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you remember back during the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election when the news media had to wait to publish the winner? (Here is a link to an archived Poynter collection of newspaper front pages.) Well, after the disputed November 1876 election the press had to wait even longer. On March 2, 1877, newspapers finally could report that Rutherford B. Hayes would be the next president of the United States. “For Rutherford B. Hayes, election evening of November 7, 1876, was shaping up to be any presidential candidate’s nightmare. Even though the first returns were just coming in by…
  • Next semester, some journalism students will be reading David Carr for credit

    Kristen Hare
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Following David Carr’s death, Jacqui Banaszynski watched as a gush of tweets and Facebook posts rushed by about Carr and his work. She rediscovered stories The New York Times’ media critic wrote that she’d forgotten, including pieces on ethics, social media and his own reporting. I wish I could put this in front of my students, she thought. “And then I thought, why couldn’t I?” “It just all of the sudden occurred to me,” she said, “what if you created an entire class in which the students had to literally build their entire reading…
  • BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle its coverage of ‘The Dress’

    Benjamin Mullin
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    BuzzFeed In a post on BuzzFeed’s tech blog Friday, publisher Dao Nguyen recounted the heady hours after BuzzFeed published “The Dress,” a viral post that has so far attracted more than 28 million views. According to Nguyen’s post, which chronicles a four-hour period after the post was published, BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle the sudden influx of traffic the story generated. By 9:02 p.m., the post had already pushed BuzzFeed over its traffic record, with 431,000 active visitors on the site. Traffic continued to increase until it hit 673,000. Nguyen…
  • 15 take buyout offer at Sun-Times

    Benjamin Mullin
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:34 am
    The Sun-Times building. (AP) Fifteen editorial staffers from The Chicago Sun-Times took buyouts Friday, Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk has confirmed. The news was first reported by Robert Feder. According to Feder, the staffers will receive 20 weeks of severance pay and “be gone from the Sun-Times newsroom by Monday.” Among the employees taking buyouts are the four Sun-Times photographers who were rehired in March after being laid off in 2013 with the rest of the Sun-Times photography department. In February, Feder wrote the Sun-Times planned to cut between 12 and 15 jobs,…
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  • Storytelling at the scene of the (insert news event here)

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

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

    Steve Outing
    4 Jan 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Instead of writing a traditional text article, wouldn’t it be great to write in a way that you told your story by having a conversation with each person in your audience? (I won’t answer that just yet.) Recently I ran across the intriguing mobile app and storytelling platform Massively. It can be defined as: online...
  • Final days to share your news business model!

    Steve Outing
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Back in October (the last time I posted to Media Disruptus), I asked people with an interest in the future of journalism to propose new, innovative business models for the news sector. There’s still time to add your ideas! The online brainstorming tool I’m using (Tricider) will shut down our exercise shortly after the clock...
  • Reboot blog!

    Steve Outing
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    I’ve taken a break from blogging for a few months, but I’m more than ready to restart! My focus remains on the future of journalism, and especially using the methods of Foresight to anticipate likely futures. That’s mostly what I’ll post here — but I might stray occasionally. Top photo: Creative Commons use, by Neerav...
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  • Bookmarks for February 27, 2015

    Julie Starr
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Some of the more interesting (or odd) things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the past few days. A page we can call home… — Circa — Medium A page we can call home… — Circa — Medium http://evlvgn.ws/1BjzCVO A discussion of the Māori economy – its scope, opportunities and challenges | Productivity Commission of New Zealand A discussion of the Māori economy; scope, opportunities & challenges–Productivity Commission Wed 11 Mar 10.30am-12. http://evlvgn.ws/1AdIlmV Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies Are Tracking You | Motherboard Far out……
  • The Week that Was in New Zealand: 23-27 February 2015

    Julie Starr
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:50 pm
    A links-summary of news arising out of Government (as in the Government) and government (as in ministries and such) in New Zealand for the week of 23-27 February 2015. John Key’s post-cabinet press conference The Prime Minister said details of New Zealand troops going to Iraq on a training mission would be clarified in a statement to Parliament on Tuesday (see below). Also mentioned arrival of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, cricket and proposed Anzac celebrations. Video is courtesy of scoop.co.nz.   Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott & ministers visited New…
  • Impressive automated bicycle parking in Japan

    Julie Starr
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Automated cycle parking in Japan: roll bike in, machine whips it underground and parks it. Come back later, tap your membership card, bike is retrieved and away you go. Genius. Danny Choo did a TV piece about these clever EcoCycle bike parking facilities a while back. He also did a great photo post of images shot during filming, which includes details on the machines’ workings (the bikes are parked in underground wells, each with the capacity for 200 bikes, for example) and instructions on where to find them in Tokyo. If you want to take a look at Eco Cycle in action, you need to first…
  • Bookmarks for February 27, 2015

    Julie Starr
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    Some of the more interesting (or odd) things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the past week or so. Alice taking a breather to complete her turnaround | NZ Transport Agency Alice, the tunnel boring machine at Waterview in Akld, is taking a 10-week breather to complete her turnaround | NZTA http://evlvgn.ws/1F5W1ol Bryce Edwards: Is NZ being conned into war in Iraq? – Opinion – NZ Herald News Political roundup: Is NZ being conned into war in Iraq? | Bryce Edwards | NZ Herald http://evlvgn.ws/1At1vbR The seasteading movement is getting a reality TV show —…
  • The Week in Parliament: 23-27 February 2015

    Julie Starr
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Members of New Zealand’s Parliament meet again in the House of Representatives to discuss proposed laws, petitions and other business. Ministers will also answer questions posed by their own and opposition party members during question time. Select Committees, which consider public submissions and advice on proposed laws, petitions and other matters, will also meet again this week. Outline for the week Tuesday Parliament sits 2pm-6pm and 7.30pm to 10pm. The day started with a statement from the Prime Minister John Key on the deployment of troops to Iraq. Introduction of bills: The…
 
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  • New BIA/Kelsey Report Shows Momentum for Card-Linked Offers

    Peter
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:50 pm
    BIA/Kelsey is out with my new paper on the status of card-linked offers, which is based on detailed discussions with 14 leaders of the card linking ecosystem, including credit card firms, tech vendors, payment processors, publishers and merchants. Most of the respondents are members of The CardLinx Association. This week, I presented report highlights to The CardLinx Association’s Mobile Summit in San Mateo. Among the findings: universal agreement that card linking is seeing momentum among merchants; that some budgets for card-linked offers have begun to move from experimental to…
  • CardLinx Summit: Facebook Eyes Role in ‘Unlocking Commerce’

    Peter
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Facebook isn’t often thought of in terms of “commerce,“ a la retailers such as Amazon or financial institutions such as American Express, but it makes a strong case for itself as a company that “unlocks” commerce. Speaking at The CardLinx Association’s Mobile conference in San Mateo on Feb. 24, Facebook Head of Payments and Commerce PJ Linarducci joked that his “day job” is “collecting (payments) from two million advertisers a month to help them connect with their audience.” These involve payments in 55 currencies, with 800+ payment methods. One million transactions take…
  • Facebook Goes Up Against Craigslist and eBay (Sort of)

    Peter
    13 Feb 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Craigslist has outlasted its challengers, and remains the platform to beat for classifieds, or “things to sell” marketplaces. eBay, similarly, remains a leader for the sale of goods – although most are not geographically oriented. Amazon is also active in that space. Can Facebook, with its huge volume and trust networks, cut into their business? It is going to try via a new “For Sale” offering that allow users of its groups to post items for sale. Items are listed with prices, photos, descriptions, pick-up location and prices. They can also be listed as “available” or…
  • Yelp Buys Eat24, Taking Online Delivery In House

    Peter
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Yelp is acquiring Eat24, the online delivery and pickup service that competes with GrubHub, Delivery.com and other national and regional players for order-taking, food search and discovery. The service is being acquired for the equivalent of $134 million ($75 million in cash and 1.4 million Class A shares). Eat24 currently provides menus, order=taking and tracking services for more than 20,000 restaurants in 1,500 cities – 10,000 fewer than GrubHub. Like GrubHub, its revenue model is based on commissions (industry standards are typically 10-12 percent per order.) The service is free to the…
  • BIA/Kelsey National, March 25-27, Dallas: All Star Lineup, Program

    Peter
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:57 pm
    The program for BIA/Kelsey National is building quickly, with many great new speakers, as well as a slew of conference “extras.” Taking place March 25-27 in Dallas, BIA/Kelsey National breaks new ground in the local ecosystem, exploring key trends and opportunities in local for national brands. BIA/Kelsey forecasts that national brands will spend $68 billion on local marketing by 2018. More than 40 speakers are now slated to join the National program which is being co-chaired by Third Act Marketing CEO Gregg Stewart, our longtime go-to expert for national-local advertising . The event…
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  • Slowing down and speeding up…

    Cyndy Green
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:34 am
    Kind of contradictory terms up there. But such is life. While the metamorphosis of all things journalistic continues at a hippedy hop pace, I’ve pulled back into blissful retirement. Too many years of wandering, searching, seeking and pushing…now is the time to take off and enjoy traveling the open roads with my life partner and love…my husband Ron. And as we travel I’ll continue posting from time to time about our journeys or about whatever catches my interest. Life is too short to spend on a keyboard.
  • The importance of a presence…

    Cyndy Green
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    …on the web, that is. Lately I’ve been mentoring students and a few newbies to both videojournalism and video production.  Frankly they’re all pretty much rank beginners with the basics and a dream of getting better.  And of course, they all have a website showcasing their work. But. The websites are pretty much shotgun, not sharpshooter and well-aimed and focused.  They’re tossing it all out there without filtering.  The good, the bad, and the ugly are all on their sites. Anything. They’ve. Ever. Done. Please spare me.  I don’t want to see it all…
  • Bite me…

    Cyndy Green
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    So being the expert VJ and teacher, I never thought my words would come back to bite me. As in, “the only way to get good is to practice, practice, practice.” It has been a lifelong goal of mine to someday learn how to strum a guitar without scaring the livestock. My husband of many years has made that possible with a gift card – and I’m into month two of weekly lessons. It’s wonderful! I get the theory, love listening to the instructor (henceforth and in reality called Tommy) explain and expound and strum his guitar. It looks oh so very easy to do. The truth is…
  • Crushing dreams for being realistic?

    Cyndy Green
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:26 am
    We all have dreams. A better life. Being thinner, richer. Sometimes material things. Sometimes something else. Hopefully though we all have a way to balance our dreams with the real world and not spend life wallowing in regrets. When I look back at my life I see that many of my dreams never materialized through either my own poor judgement or circumstances, but I don’t let it bother me. Much more than a twinge…and then I move on. I’ve been lucky enough to have two careers that totally absorbed me. Three girls who have grown into women I could never have imagined…like…
  • It’s called death watch…

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

    yelvington
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A couple of recent (re)launches that address the continuing growth of mobile Internet usage: Business in Savannah got a shiny new responsive design last month. Chris White wrote about it. The BiS brand is used for the daily business coverage of the Savannah Morning News as well as a separate monthly business magazine. Jasper County Sun Times launches this week, a merger of the weekly Jasper County Sun in Ridgeland, SC, with Hardeeville Today (nee Times). BiS is a Drupal 7 upgrade from an earlier Drupal 6 site. Jasper's aging site was Drupal 5. It's fashionable in some circles to diss…
  • Something to think about on Labor Day

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

    yelvington
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    It is the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the United States, a day when we dress up in red/white/blue outfits, eat hot dogs and barbecue, and set off small explosives. It also is a day for pontificating about what it is to be an American. We don't really need a special day for that, as we now are in a state of continuous political campaigning and under a barrage of propaganda from our "deregulated" broadcasting industry. But a comment that I saw the other day about how we need to return to "traditional American values" is stuck in my head, so I am going to do a bit of pontificating of my…
  • The episode in which I cause the sky to fall on journalism as we know it

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

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

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

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    The U.S.-based members of Investigative Reporters & Editors we surveyed were asked to describe how electronic surveillance and hacking have influenced their work or journalism as a whole.
  • Investigative Journalists’ Perceptions About the Surveillance Climate

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    About two-thirds of IRE journalists (64%) believe that the U.S. government probably has collected data about their own phone calls, emails or online communications. This perception is especially prevalent among those who cover national security, foreign affairs or the federal government. Fully 71% of this group says the government has likely collected this data. Eight-in-ten […]
  • Impact of Security Concerns on News Reporting

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    On the whole, few IRE journalists say concerns about surveillance and hacking have changed the stories or sources they pursue, but those who identify as reporters do feel an impact when it comes to their sources’ willingness to share information. Just 13% say concerns about surveillance and hacking have led them to not reach out […]
  • Adoption of Digital Security Tools

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    Beyond specific questions about how IRE reporters are communicating with their sources is a broader one: What kinds of steps are survey respondents taking to protect their own data, devices, and communications — not just with sources, but with each other? The survey finds that fully half (49%) of all respondents indicate that in the […]
  • Journalist Training and Knowledge About Digital Security

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    Overall, fewer than half (41%) of IRE journalists have received training or instruction from outside sources about ways to protect themselves and their sources. The most common source of training for this group is a journalism conference or seminar. Nearly one-third (30%) say they have learned about digital security from this type of training. That […]
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  • There Were 373k Tweets About House of Cards During the Season 3 Premiere Weekend

    Adam Flomenbaum
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    The third season of ‘House of Cards’ was released this weekend and the anticipation building for Frank Underwood’s stint in the White House was palpable. 203,000 unique authors sent 373,000 Tweets about “House of Cards” on Netflix from Thursday, 2/26/15 at 5am, through Monday, 3/2/15 at 5am, according to Nielsen* (these numbers are via Nielsen’s ’24/7 Twitter TV Tracking’ as opposed to the usual ‘Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings’ we generally cite. For more info, see below). The official ‘House of Cards’ handle (@houseofcards) was…
  • Is Product Placement in ‘House of Cards’ Distracting You?

    Karen Fratti
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    Spoiler alert: the new season of “House of Cards” is stuffed with product placement. “It’s like one long, dimly lit advertisement,” a friend groaned. I hadn’t noticed. Playing the House of Cards drinking game with @2ToesUp, and one of the rules is blatant product placement. Whoops pic.twitter.com/1EQcIoUUBc — Jack Douglass (@jacksfilms) February 28, 2015 Product placement for watches in season 3 #houseofcards is almost as bad as the phones — Tim Morrissey (@tmo705) March 1, 2015 “House of Cards” is good at two things. One is absurd dialogue.
  • How ‘The Hunger Games’ Created a Cross-Patform Social Experience for Its Home Entertainment Release

    Adam Flomenbaum
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Social numbers for live events are better than ever, but social networks, broadcast networks, and second screen companies are still working to figure out how to best engage audiences after the live viewing window. We have covered in the past interesting ways that VH1 and USA have accomplished this; Tumblr maintains that it’s the best social network for viewers catching up in-season or post-season. For the home release of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ Sizmek, a publicly traded ad management company for multiscreen campaigns, is leading a social campaign that will engage…
  • New Web Series Features All Your Fave TV Characters

    Karen Fratti
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    After you binge on “House of Cards” tonight, you can head over to YouTube to catch an interview with Claire Underwood. Psych. It’s really just comedian Liz Iacuzzi in her new web series “Going Deep.” She plays host Ira Waters, a “fierce, overconfident, singularly focused, androgynous interviewer” and also every guest. You can watch the series here. Apart from Hilary Clinton, most of her guests are your favorite (or love-to-hate) television characters. Like Pennsatucky from “Orange is the New Black and the whiniest woman on television,…
  • Social Scoreboard: Thursday, February 26

    Karen Fratti
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The “How to Get Away With Murder” finale and “Grey’s Anatomy” topped the Nielsen Social ratings last night. And without “Scandal,” CBS’s “Victoria’s Secret Swim Special” was third. No one cares where Olivia Pope is anymore? “WWE Smackdown!” and “American Idol” rounded out the evening. 
 
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  • World Press Photo Issues Clarification Statement On Controversial Award

    2094
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:25 am
    After World Press Photo released a statement yesterday in which it stood by the First Place Contemporary Issue Story award given to photographer Giovanni Troilo for a controversial set of photographs called "The Dark Heart Of Europe," there was much discussion in the world's photojournalism community about whether or not WPP was condoning the staging, or setting-up, of photographs.
  • World Press Photo Stands By Controversial Award

    2094
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    In the aftermath of a written complaint by the mayor of Charleroi, World Press Photo conducted an investigation into the photographs of Italian photographer Giovanni Troilo which were just recently awarded First Place in the contest's Contemporary Issue Story category.
  • Viridiana Diaz Wins 2015 Gordon Yoder Award

    2094
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    The National Press Photographers Foundation congratulates Viridiana Diaz as the winner of the 2015 Gordon Yoder Award for video photojournalists.
  • Marchetti, Santiago Win 2015 Alexia Foundation Grants

    2094
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:36 am
    The winners of the Alexia Foundation 2015 Grants were announced today, and Paolo Marchetti of Rome is the professional winner and Michael Santiago of the San Francisco Art Institute is the student winner.
  • NPPA Releases Photo Ethics Statement, Plans Symposium With World Press Photo

    2094
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    The National Press Photographers Association's Ethics Committee today released a statement concerning ethics and photojournalism, specifically regarding several ethical considerations that came to light during the judging earlier this month of one of the industry's major annual contests, World Press Photo.
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  • Create your own Instagram/Facebook/Twitter API with Google Drive and IFTTT

    Paul Bradshaw
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    My Birmingham City University colleague Nick Moreton has a neat little hack for connecting a JavaScript app to social media accounts by combining the automation tool IFTTT, and Google Drive. As he explains: “Most of the big web apps provide their API in JSON format (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) however, as you may know if you’ve ever tried to use these, they often require an OAuth login in order to access the API.” IFTTT, you see, allows you to add a new row to a Google spreadsheet every time a particular criteria is met on, for example, Twitter (e.g. a particular account…
  • The newfound power of the social media editor

    Paul Bradshaw
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    Mark Zuckerberg is the editor controlling most people’s front page. Image by Niall Kennedy The New York Times is “retiring” the traditional practice of pitching stories for the newspaper’s front page, reports Poynter’s MediaWire: “Under the new system, each desk at The New York Times will pitch stories to be considered for “Dean’s list,” a list of stories that get “the very best play on all our digital platforms,” including Web, mobile and social platforms.” And they are not alone. As news organisations have moved from print-first to…
  • How a politician’s Instagram photos were matched with flight data and expenses to identify potential rulebreaking

    Paul Bradshaw
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
    Using metadata and expense records, @SB16 and I dig into Aaron Schock's travels on donors' priavate planes http://t.co/TlASMPsCYF — Jack Gillum (@jackgillum) February 23, 2015 US politician Aaron Schock has been the subject of some innovative digging by the Associated Press in a particularly fascinating example of how media metadata can be matched with public records and website data: “The AP tracked Schock’s reliance on the aircraft partly through the congressman’s penchant for uploading pictures and videos of himself to his Instagram account. The AP…
  • How to: learn about CSS by creating a ‘tweetable quote’

    Paul Bradshaw
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:18 pm
    This is the fourth in a series of posts introducing HTML. The first part tackled making a ‘Tweet this’ link in a blog post, and the second introduced Twitter’s Web Intents sort-of-API. The third post outlined a little hack for embedding images in those tweets. If you haven’t read those, you might find it easier to start there. You can also get all four tutorials in a small ebook. Sharelines “There are 3 types of style sheet: external, internal and inline” “HTML is about meaning – CSS is about style” Stage 4: Styling your ‘Tweet…
  • How to: embed images in ‘tweet this’ links

    Paul Bradshaw
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:17 pm
    This is the third in a series of posts introducing HTML. The first part tackled making a ‘Tweet this’ link in a blog post, and the second introduced Twitter’s Web Intents sort-of-API. If you haven’t read those, you might find it easier to start there. You can also get all four tutorials in a small ebook. Sharelines How to: embed images in ‘tweet this’ links “Adding an image to a tweet can make a big difference in terms of how many times it is retweeted” Stage 3: Adding an embedded image to a ‘Tweet this’ tweet It’s widely known…
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  • In memoriam: John Shurr, journalist and AP bureau chief

    Doug Fisher
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I had the opportunity to work with three great AP bureau chiefs who had my back in my 18 years with the wire service, the last being John Shurr, with whom I spent nine years in Columbia.So I was saddened to hear of John's passing tonight.It, unfortunately, was not a surprise; those of us who knew John knew he was in declining health, quite possibly from the Agent Orange he was exposed to during the Vietnam War.John and I dealt with the craziness of Susan Smith, the madness of the James Jordan death investigation, women at The Citadel, numerous hurricanes, video poker, lowering the Confederate…
  • At times of trauma, pay special attention to layout

    Doug Fisher
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The State in Columbia, S.C., did yeoman's work in covering last week's murder-suicide at the University of South Carolina.But the front page the next day points out why in times of trauma, everyone has to be on high alert for issues in every part of the paper and website.Might have wanted to rethink that lower hed:
  • Data journalism: Cool site on counties' economic recovery

    Doug Fisher
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    The National Association of Counties has put out a cool site that looks at economic indicators for every county throughout the country, and the picture is not great -- aside from the great oil swath in the middle of the country.Click on the counties in your area. This definitely could lend itself to more reporting.More from Governing Magazine.
  • CSJ: Are you ready for journalism education without 'journalism'?

    Doug Fisher
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    My latest Common Sense Journalism column. The importance of this was brought home to me again today when reading a student's description on her blog: xxxxx is a senior at the University of South Carolina studying journalism.She may be in the journalism school, but she is studying public relations. The increasing conflation of these distinctly different things, especially in our students' minds, is dangerous.For years, growing enrollments at journalism and communications schools have meant a steady stream of young, fresh-faced and motivated applicants willing to work for less than they might…
  • Ledes: Zig left, zag right - constructing thin air out of ... thin air

    Doug Fisher
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    You don't have to be spot on the bull's eye when writing a lede, but it is nice if you kind of open somewhere in the general neighborhood of the story.It seems to be of fashion these days for writers to indulge their fantasies in ledes that start out with a faux anecdote -- one that is about as close to the actual point of the story as, say, Greenland is to Antarctica (well, yes, they're both cold) -- only to give the perplexed reader whiplash as it snaps back the point.Our latest exhibit:On Sept. 13, 1899, Henry Hale Bliss stepped off a streetcar at 74th and Central Park West, and walked…
 
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    The Newspaper Guild

  • Man Arrested in Slaying of American Blogger in Bangladesh

    Janelle
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Serajul QuadirMarch 2, 2015Huffington PostBangladesh's anti-terrorism unit said it had arrested on Monday the main suspect in the killing of a U.S. blogger who was hacked to death in Dhaka last week in the latest attack on critics of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation. Forces from the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Farabi Shafiur Rahman, who was previously jailed for his ties to the extremist Hizbut Tahrir Islamist group, at a bus stop in Dhaka, a RAB spokesman told reporters. Roy, an engineer of Bangladeshi origin, was killed by machete-wielding assailants on Thursday…
  • Iran Allows Lawyer for Jailed WashPost Reporter Rezaian

    Janelle
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Lydia DePillisMarch 2, 2015The Washington PostA Washington Post reporter imprisoned in Iran has been granted access to an attorney — but not the one of his choosing. Jason Rezaian, who has been the paper’s Tehran correspondent since 2012 and holds U.S. and Iranian citizenship, has spent 222 days in Tehran’s Evin Prison. Family members say that their preferred attorney was blocked by the country’s Revolutionary Court, which last week had given them a deadline of March 2 to present one that was “acceptable.” The Iranian government has not publicly identified the nature of the…
  • Fifteen Guild Members Take Buyouts at Chicago Sun-Times

    Janelle
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Michael MinerMarch 2, 2015Chicago ReaderThe Chicago Reader (recently organized by the Guild) reports that 15 members of the Chicago Newspaper Guild have taken buyouts from the Chicago Sun-Times. Among those leaving are TV critic Lori Rackl, feature writer Mike Thomas, reporters Francine Knowles and Art Golab, who's chair of the Guild's Sun-Times unit, sportswriter Seth Gruen, and five photographers. The choice many faced was between the Sun-Times's bleak prospects and the unknown. Thomas posted on Facebook, "What's next? Not sure. But if you know someone who needs a wordslinger, give a…
  • American-Bangladeshi Blogger Hacked to Death in Dhaka

    Janelle
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Justin MoyerFebruary 27, 2015The Washington PostAn American atheist blogger who vocally opposed religious extremism has been hacked to death in a street in Bangladesh. Avijit Roy was a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen who proved a prominent critic of ideological hatred in his native country. He and his wife, Rafida Ahmed, were attacked as they returned from a book fair at Dhaka University in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, as the Associated Press reported. Some outlets reported that the weapons used were machetes; others reported cleavers. Roy died at a hospital after the attack. His wife was…
  • 2012 NY Times Guild Contract Pays Off, Again, for Members

    Janelle
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    StaffFebruary 26, 2015The Newspaper Guild of New YorkUnder the Guild contract ratified at The New York Times in late 2012, members will see additional money in their bank accounts and retirement plans over the next few weeks. First comes the second annual payout for Guild members under the Times’s Incentive Bonus Plan, this year equaling 1.2 percent of each member’s base salary. “Guild members, whose work affects the company’s performance more than any other single factor, are getting to share in the company’s success because we were able to include them in the Incentive Bonus Plan…
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    Media | The Guardian

  • Tony Hall: BBC needs political and financial backing to survive in digital age

    Jane Martinson
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    In a speech on the corporation’s future, director general will say the BBC can either continue as standard bearer or sleep-walk into decay Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, will argue that a strong, pioneering corporation needs political and financial backing if it is to prosper in the digital age and offer more personalised services as part of a reinvention he dubs “myBBC revolution”.In an important speech on the future of the corporation on Monday, Hall says the BBC is at a crossroads where it can either continue as a national standard bearer for the creative industries at home…
  • FA chairman Greg Dyke offers to host Fifa presidential TV debate at Wembley

    Press Association
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    • Broadcasters Sky and BBC have written to all four candidates• Current president Sepp Blatter likely to have final sayAll four candidates for the Fifa presidency have been invited to take part in a live televised debate – and the Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, has offered to host it at Wembley.Sky and the BBC have written to the four candidates – current president Sepp Blatter, Fifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Dutch FA president Michael van Praag and former Portugal international Luís Figo – inviting them to take part in the broadcast…
  • Ukip rails against BBC's Great European Disaster Movie

    Press Association
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    BBC denies Ukip claims that European Union provided money for the film in which Nigel Farage is the prime minister of ‘Great England’The BBC insisted no European Union money was used to make a drama-documentary about the collapse of the EU which Ukip has attacked as pro-Brussels propaganda.The Great European Disaster Movie, which was broadcast on Sunday night on BBC4, portrays a future where Ukip leader Nigel Farage is prime minister of “Great England” and is deporting immigrants. Continue reading...
  • Open door: The readers’ editor on… who has a say in choosing the Guardian’s next editor | Chris Elliott

    Chris Elliott
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    A ballot of staff and freelance journalists will guarantee a place on the shortlist for one candidate. But should readers get a vote next time?As much as the Guardian is an internationalist newspaper, the thoughts of editorial staff have been focused a bit closer to home in recent weeks. The search for a new editor-in-chief to succeed Alan Rusbridger moved to the hustings stage on Wednesday 25 February in preparation for staff to vote on a list of four candidates in an indicative ballot that will guarantee the winner a place on the Scott Trust’s final shortlist of six for the role.Three…
  • Rebekah Brooks about to be rehired by Rupert Murdoch for US operation

    Lisa O'Carroll
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Sources say deal imminent as Brooks returns to News Corp to head media mogul’s quest for online investments, eight months after acquittal from phone-hacking chargesRebekah Brooks is close to being rehired by Rupert Murdoch in a permanent position heading up his search for new online investments.There were unconfirmed reports on Sunday that she would be heading Storyful, a social media news agency started by the former RTE current affairs present Mark Little. Related: Phone-hacking trial: total legal costs approach £100m Continue reading...
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  • Reading on-screen versus on paper

    Katherine Cooney
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    If you received a book over the holidays, was it digital or printed on paper? E-books (and devices on which to read them) are multiplying like rabbits, as are the numbers of eReading devotees. It’s easy to assume, particularly in the United States, with the highest level of e-book sales worldwide, that the only way this trend can go is up. Yes, there was triple-digit e-book growth in 2009, 2010, and 2011, though by 2014 those figures had settled down into the single digits. What’s more, when you query people about their reading habits, you find that wholesale replacement of paper with…
  • Charlie Hebdo and the end of the French exception

    Alice
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Today many are asking why Parisians have been attacked in their own city, and by their own people. But for many years the question for those following the issues of foreign policy and religion was why France had suffered so little terrorism in comparison to other European states. After the bombs on the Paris Metro and a TGV line in 1995, there were no significant Islamist attacks until the fire-bombing of the Charlie Hebdo office in November 2011, and the killings of three French soldiers (all of North African origin) and three Jewish children (and one teacher) by Mohamed Merah in Toulouse…
  • #Force2015 – back to the future of scholarly communications

    Alice
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Oxford University Press is delighted to co-sponsor this year’s Force2015 conference which takes place in Oxford’s new Mathematical Institute on 12-13 January 2015. Conference sessions will be live-streamed for a global audience. This year marks the 350th anniversary of the scholarly journal, as recorded by the first publication of the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions in 1665. In a dedicatory epistle to the Society’s Fellows and the Introduction, editor Henry Oldenburg set forth its purpose to inform the scientific community of the latest and most valuable discoveries.
  • Alternative access models in academic publishing

    Alice
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Disseminating scholarship is at the heart of the Oxford University Press mission and much of academic publishing. It drives every part of publishing strategy—from content acquisition to sales. What happens, though, when a student, researcher, or general reader discovers content that they don’t have access to? For example, while a majority of Oxford Handbook Online (OHO) and Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) users have access through their institutions, not everyone does; sometimes even those who do need to conduct research at home or while on leave, when they aren’t connected to their…
  • Selfies and model bottoms: monkeying around with intellectual property rights

    Miranda Dobson
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    When “The Case of the Black Macaque” scooped media headlines this summer, copyright was suddenly big news. Here was photographer David Slater fighting Wikipedia over the right to disseminate online a portrait photo of a monkey which had, contrary to all expectations and the law of averages, managed within just a few jabs of a curious finger, to take a plausible, indeed publishable “selfie”. Did Slater have the right to control the image since it was his camera on which it was recorded, or was it free for the world to use on the basis that he was not its author, the true creator…
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Unemployment and inflation data suggest eurozone's turning the corner - business live

    Graeme Wearden (until 2pm) and Nick Fletcher (now)
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Rolling coverage of the latest events across the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone, Greece’s bailout, and businessEurozone jobless rate hits 11.2%Eurozone inflation comes in at -0.3%Greece urged to start reform drive......as factories are hit from political uncertainty 6.00pm GMT More talk of a possible third Greek bailout, this time from European Commission vice president Valdis Dombrovskis. Bloomberg reports:Greece could need a third bailout deal when its current program expires in June because markets may still not be prepared to lend to its government, even with a…
  • France mutiny grows with backlash after Six Nations battering by Wales | Eddie Butler

    Eddie Butler
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    With matches against Italy and England to come, Philippe Saint-André is under fire. But disarray is shared by Scotland. Three-fifths through the 2015 campaign, only Ireland look sure-footed and seem confident before facing Wales• Match report: France 13-20 WalesOn Saturday France rather ingloriously let the Welsh purveyors of Warrenball do what Warrenball is all about. Instead of employing the blitz defence so very de nos jours, France shuffled, and Jamie Roberts and George North ran voraciously over the invisible but treasured advantage line. Beyond this point, says Warrenball, you will…
  • Theresa May answers urgent question about Mohammed Emwazi and control orders: Politics Live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron’s housing speechLunchtime summaryTheresa May’s statement on Emwazi and control orders - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.33pm GMT New starter homes cannot be built in isolation and under these plans, starter homes would be built without any wider community needs. Where there is a development of starter homes with implications for local infrastructure, such as schools, community centres, transport links and flood defences, then government funding should be provided to meet these demands. Further…
  • New counter-terrorism duties: what schools need to know

    Amy Cook
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Schools now have a legal duty to prevent young people from being drawn to terrorism. Here are five key points every school leader needs to know about the new legislationThe Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which became law on Thursday 12 February, puts a responsibility on schools to participate in work to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, and challenge extremist ideas that support or are shared by terrorist groups. Continue reading...
  • Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

    Guardian readers and Marta Bausells
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s blog. Here’s a roundup of your comments and photos from last week.Brooke Sherbrooke shared her cheerful discovery:Life is difficult, reading dark literature is my norm, all of it can send me into a funk. So, I’ve taken a side-step in my TBR pile, and am just finishing up David Sedaris’s Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.No author has ever made me laugh out loud like Mr Sedaris. He is irreverent and of my vintage so I fully engage with his…
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    One Man and His Blog

  • The role of blogs in the age of media overload

    Adam Tinworth
    15 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    Fascinating read in the wake of Andrew Sullivan's closure of The Dish, in which Ira Stoll explores the present and future of blogging: And while the ability to produce opinion quickly can be abused, blogs provide the kind of connection and curation that is necessary to understand a world with so much news and information. Successful blogs use hyperlinks to send us out into the web; the blog is guide and greeter. A great blogger can be a personal information concierge, and is likely offering that service for free. Blogs are often bargains. It doesn't say anything fundamentally new, certainly…
  • Digital journalism: time for invention, not migration

    Adam Tinworth
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Kevin Anderson: For too long we’ve been trying to find a market for the same products that we used to deliver in print, and that just won’t work. We can’t simply write that local council story the same way that we used to and hope that social media will be enough to market it. I’m really not sure that those incremental, process-based stories actually engage audiences. Instead, we need thematic stories and engagement opportunities that tackle big issues in sticky ways. This is written in the context of local journalism, but I think it pretty much applies to all…
  • The radical politics of Peanuts

    Adam Tinworth
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    What happened when Peanuts introduced a black kid? I remember telling Larry at the time about Franklin—he wanted me to change it, and we talked about it for a long while on the phone, and I finally sighed and said, “Well, Larry, let’s put it this way: Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?” A fascinating story of how one woman persuaded Charles Schultz to add a black kid to the classic comic series, that shows how much difference even a small artistic stand can have on starting to reshape cultures. What would today's equivalent be? [via…
  • Slaying the e-mail monster

    Adam Tinworth
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:55 am
    I've been staring at an unusual sight on and off over the last 18 hours or so: Yes, I've hit inbox zero. And I need to keep as close to this as I can. Here's why: My working life is about as complex as it has ever been right now. I'm balancing a four day week with multiple clients doing different sorts of work for each. That's a secure position - it would take a lot of clients dropping me at once to create a financial threat - but it's hard to manage. Sequential "large jobs" are much easier that the rapid task switching I'm doing right now. The only way I can keep on top of this is to let go…
  • Freedom of Information at 10: a debate

    Adam Tinworth
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:19 am
    A panel discussion on the Freedom of Information Act after 10 years, held at City University, London. As Chair Roy Greenslade points out, we're meeting in the shadow of Press Gazette being told that they should no longer make FOI requests to the Met Police, because they are being "vexatious". The Journalists Professor Heather Brooke was surprised that the public records she was used to using in the US just weren't available in the UK. It slowly dawned on her that they had other ways of getting the information - some legitimate and some less so. It's an advantage to any democracy to give the…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • CPAC Labor Panel Does GOP No Favors in Outreach to Latinos, Women

    Rachel M. Cohen
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    (Photo: Ron Sachs / CNP via AP Images) Governor Scott Walker, Republican of Wisconsin, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on Thursday, February 26, 2015. He's expected to sign new anti-union legislation, passed by the Wisconsin Senate on the day before, into law if, as is likely, the bill passes the state assembly. On February 26, day one of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, a panel convened on the state of the labor movement. To describe the tone of presenters as…
  • CPAC, Congress and 2016: How Immigration Continues to Pull the Republican Party Down

    Paul Waldman
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Photo: Ron Sachs/CNP via AP Images) Former Governor Rick Perry (Republican of Texas) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on Friday, February 27, 2015. If you want to understand the challenge Republicans face in their two goals for the next two years—to keep their control of Congress from turning into a disaster, and to win back the White House—all you have to do is look at the way they've handled the issue of immigration. They've spent the last few years trying to find their way to a coherent policy consensus…
  • Historian as History-Maker: Isabel Wilkerson Calls All of America to Account for Racial Injustice

    Kristen Doerer
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    (Photo: Joe Henson) Isabel Wilkerson, author of the award-winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns, the story of the Great Migration of African Americans to the North. This summer, Ta-Nehisi Coates published a compelling argument for reparations in The Atlantic. This nation, he argued, has inherited a debt. We ought to repay the community that we as a nation have hurt most. In its entirety, the headline read: The Case for Reparations: Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with…
  • CPAC 2015: Right-Wing American Dream Kind of Crappy

    Nathalie Baptiste
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:21 pm
    (Photo: C-SPAN) (L-R) Raffi Williams of the Republican National Committee, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA, U.S. Representative Mia Love and U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, appear on a panel about millennials and the American dream at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 26, 2015. What is the American dream? Is it owning a house and having a job you love? Perhaps you want to be able to have children and send them off to school? Well, this year at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, members of the Republican Party are promising to help you make your dreams come…
  • Christie Blusters His Way Through CPAC Appearance

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    (Photo: C-SPAN) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wasn’t going to let something like record-low approval ratings get him down as he took the stage Thursday afternoon at CPAC’s annual gathering in National Harbor, Maryland. Exuding that Sopranos-style confidence that’s earned him notoriety, Christie, sitting on the CPAC stage for an interview with conservative radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham,  dismissed the idea that, compared to other potential presidential candidates in the crowded Republican field, he’s not well-positioned to run for president. (A January survey conducted by…
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    Nieman Lab

  • Newsonomics: The Financial Times triples its profits and swaps champagne flutes for martini glasses

    Ken Doctor
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    Even as the Financial Times announces excellent bottom-line numbers, the heat it’s feeling from the diverse and growing competition in business news is palpable. The FT may be 127 years old and roundly and rightfully respected for its journalism. But it doesn’t even break into the top 25 business news websites, as counted by comScore (see chart below). In the U.S. — which became its largest market a few years ago, surpassing the U.K. — FT.com ranks #44, with 804,000 uniques. Topping the comScore list are three big free business news sites — Yahoo Finance, Business Insider,…
  • A farewell to #content: Optimism, worries, and a belief in great work

    Caroline O'Donovan
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Editor’s note: After two years here at Nieman Lab, Caroline O’Donovan is leaving us for BuzzFeed. We’ll miss her! On the occasion of her departure, she looks back on her time making media about media. The other day, someone called me at work and asked me, What’s the future of journalism? As calmly and politely as I could, I replied, I don’t know what the future of journalism is. I’ve been asked to predict the future a couple of times. It comes with the territory I guess. What are the hot trends?, people want to know. Where do you see this all going? They…
  • In the “web vs. apps” debate for online publishers, apps are on a run

    Joshua Benton
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    It’s what qualifies as an age-old debate in the digital media business: Web or native apps? The question isn’t really either/or — for most news outlets, the answer is “both” — but since the iPhone arrived, publishers have debated how much emphasis to put behind publishing on the open web vs. building native app experiences for iOS and Android. Focus too much on apps and you risk being ignored by the social web. Focus too much on the web and you end up being a lonely webview inside someone’s Facebook News Feed. Focus too much on apps and you risk getting lost…
  • On convening a community: An excerpt from Jake Batsell’s new book on engaged journalism

    Jake Batsell
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    Editor’s note: Our friend Jake Batsell has a new book out called Engaged Journalism: Connecting with Digitally Empowered News Audiences. It “explores the changing relationship between news producers and audiences and the methods journalists can use to secure the attention of news consumers.” Lab readers will find it covers some familiar ground: events, audience development, community engagement. Here’s a brief excerpt from one of its chapters. Where was God in Aurora? It was a frank, arresting, and painful question to ask in the days following the macabre shooting…
  • Medium, known for going long, wants to go shorter

    Caroline O'Donovan
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Medium announced some new updates to its publishing platform today. They include a tagging system (which means more structured data), a redesign of post presentation called The Stream, and an inline editor that’s supposed to make it easier to start writing. This last feature has received the most attention so far, with the general consensus being that Medium is getting “bloggier” (or is it Bloggerier?) and “more like Twitter.” When I met with Evan Hansen at Medium headquarters in October, he talked about how the site had grown a reputation as a home for longform…
 
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    Failure Magazine's Feature Articles

  • Robert Kingston Scott

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

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

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    8 Feb 2015 | 4:54 pm
    “Failure is not a part of the story, it is the story.” —Belinda Rathbone
  • Stalin

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    “Stalin's story from birth to 1928, when he inflicted the momentous First Five Year Plan and forced collectivization on the Soviet Union.”
  • The Fall of Patrice Lumumba

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    A new interpretation of the circumstances surrounding the Cold War-era assassination of Congo’s Prime Minister.
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • In memoriam: John Shurr, journalist and AP bureau chief

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:33 pm
    I had the opportunity to work with three great AP bureau chiefs who had my back in my 18 years with the wire service, the last being John Shurr, with whom I spent nine years in Columbia.So I was saddened to hear of John's passing tonight.It, unfortunately, was not a surprise; those of us who knew John knew he was in declining health, quite possibly from the Agent Orange he was exposed to during the Vietnam War.John and I dealt with the craziness of Susan Smith, the madness of the James Jordan death investigation, women at The Citadel, numerous hurricanes, video poker, lowering the Confederate…
  • At times of trauma, pay special attention to layout

    9 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The State in Columbia, S.C., did yeoman's work in covering last week's murder-suicide at the University of South Carolina.But the front page the next day points out why in times of trauma, everyone has to be on high alert for issues in every part of the paper and website.Might have wanted to rethink that lower hed:
  • Data journalism: Cool site on counties' economic recovery

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    The National Association of Counties has put out a cool site that looks at economic indicators for every county throughout the country, and the picture is not great -- aside from the great oil swath in the middle of the country.Click on the counties in your area. This definitely could lend itself to more reporting.More from Governing Magazine.
  • CSJ: Are you ready for journalism education without 'journalism'?

    9 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    My latest Common Sense Journalism column. The importance of this was brought home to me again today when reading a student's description on her blog: xxxxx is a senior at the University of South Carolina studying journalism.She may be in the journalism school, but she is studying public relations. The increasing conflation of these distinctly different things, especially in our students' minds, is dangerous.For years, growing enrollments at journalism and communications schools have meant a steady stream of young, fresh-faced and motivated applicants willing to work for less than they might…
  • Ledes: Zig left, zag right - constructing thin air out of ... thin air

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    You don't have to be spot on the bull's eye when writing a lede, but it is nice if you kind of open somewhere in the general neighborhood of the story.It seems to be of fashion these days for writers to indulge their fantasies in ledes that start out with a faux anecdote -- one that is about as close to the actual point of the story as, say, Greenland is to Antarctica (well, yes, they're both cold) -- only to give the perplexed reader whiplash as it snaps back the point.Our latest exhibit:On Sept. 13, 1899, Henry Hale Bliss stepped off a streetcar at 74th and Central Park West, and walked…
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • Data-Driven Sentencing May Punish the Poor and More in MuckReads Weekly

    ProPublica
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    by Terry Parris Jr. "If everybody's getting hooked up, nobody's going to say anything." Federal air marshals may have skipped some "high risk" flights that would not fit into their busy schedule of romantic affairs.  The alleged transgressions aren't the first for this service that expanded from a few dozen prior to 9/11 to a few thousand. "The male-dominated agency long has suffered from  allegations of sexism, cronyism and other  misconduct," writes Reveal. — Reveal via @mtfarnsworth Data-driven sentencing may punish the…
  • Over 1,100 Health Data Breaches, but Few Fines

    ProPublica
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    by Sisi Wei and Charles Ornstein Since October 2009, health care organizations and their business partners reported 1,142 large-scale data breaches, each affecting at least 500 people, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, seven breaches have resulted in fines.
  • Has Your Medical Privacy Been Compromised? Help ProPublica Investigate

    ProPublica
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    by Charles Ornstein ProPublica has been examining the ways in which patient privacy is protected or breached. We’ve previously written about how well hospitals have complied with the federal patient privacy law, known as HIPAA, and how a real-life medical series filmed a man’s death without his family’s permission. Since October 2009, health care providers and organizations (including third parties that do business with them) have reported more than 1,140 large health data breaches to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, affecting…
  • Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

    ProPublica
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    by Charles Ornstein This story was co-published with NPR's Shots blog. In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government’s health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don’t adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records. “We’ve now moved into an area of more assertive enforcement,” Leon Rodriguez, then-director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, warned at a privacy and security forum in December 2012. But as…
  • Net Neutrality May Face an Uphill Battle If History Tells Us Anything

    ProPublica
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Leticia Miranda The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal today that effectively bars Internet companies from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others.As John Oliver famously explained “ending net neutrality would allow big companies to buy their way into the fast lane, leaving everyone else in the slow lane.” The FCC’s proposal faces plenty of opposition from telecom companies and others, but it’s just the latest round in a long fight. Here is a brief history of attempts to enact net neutrality and the often successful push…
 
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    Reporting on Health

  • Are hospital beds going unfilled in your region? Ask the data

    kschorsch
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We've all heard the stories of hospital closures, but what about when hospital beds go unfilled? Kristen Schorsch of Crain's Chicago Business examined the trend of "overbedded" hospitals in Illinois and shares tips and resources on how to report similar stories in your region.
  • $25 to see the doctor at a storefront clinic

    AmyDePaul
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Known as bodega clinics or storefront clinics — these doctors' offices are incredibly popular in Orange County's Latino neighborhoods. But public health officials harbor a number of concerns about such "bodega" clinics.
  • Self-Interest: More docs recommending care that benefits doctors and their families

    William Heisel
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    A series of reports has found that physicians who "self-refer" are following their financial interests and not always the best interests of their patients. The trend is driving up health care costs and potentially putting patients at risk from unnecessary services.
  • The loud silence of rape survivors

    Jazelle
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    About 80 percent of rapes happen between people of the same race. For black women survivors whose assailants are also black, cultural codes can make it difficult to speak out.
  • It’s been a big week for Bamba and dirty dishes

    RyanWhite
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Two high-profile studies came out this week with similar conclusions: Exposing kids to microbes and allergens may well lead to fewer allergies and better-adjusted immune systems. Tolerance of potential triggers, the studies suggest, is looking more and more like an acquired skill.
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    Joe Gullo

  • This Week In Review 2/23-3/1

    Joe Gullo
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here is a review of social media, digital marketing, technology, and other related news from my blog and from around the Internet.   This week the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality decision dominated the news cycle. I have posted a lot of fresh and unique content about net neutrality. We also can’t forget about llama drama and #thedress. Website Posting Stats Last week there were 9 posts between Sunday and Saturday. This week I posted 12 posts to the blog. From the Blog Disqus Makes Commenting, Discovering Fresh Content Easier So What Is Title II…
  • Disqus Makes Commenting, Discovering Fresh Content Easier

    Joe Gullo
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    Disqus launches a new homepage making commenting and discovering fresh content easier. Disqus says the update highlights makes it easier for people to enjoy and take part in great discussions. Community recommendations are now a central feature of Disqus. This means whenever your recommend a discussion, it will show up in the feeds of people following you. By engaging your website community on Disqus, you can help indirectly promote and grow your website. This feature will replace favoriting. New comments will now shown in much more detail on Disqus. This will allow users to follow comments…
  • So What Is Title II Anyway?

    Joe Gullo
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled in favor of net neutrality.   This approval will now regulate Internet Service Providers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934.   So what does Title II regulations really mean? Here is a brief overview of the regulations in Title II:  No Discrimination. Telecommunication companies cannot make discriminate and make unjust charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services.  Requires Permission to Construct or Extend Lines. The exception is if the lines are being placed in…
  • FCC Votes in Favor of Net Neutrality

    Joe Gullo
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    After a 2.5 hour opening meeting, the FCC has voted in favor of net neutrality. @FCC rules in favor of #NetNeutrality by a 3-2 vote. #OpenInternet — Joe Gullo (@joegullo) February 26, 2015 According to the FCC, these new rules are guided by three principles: America’s broadband networks must be fast, fair and open-principles. “Our challenge is to achieve two equally important goals: ensure incentives for private investment in broadband infrastructure so the U.S. has world-leading networks and ensure that those networks are fast, fair, and open for all Americans,” FCC Chairman…
  • Google Just Made It Easier to Find The Best Flight

    Joe Gullo
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Looking to get away? Google just made it a little bit easier.  A new tool called Google Flights will help you find a flight at a good price. Google will show the lowest fares for selected flights and airports. If there is a cheaper option, Google will show you above the search results.   If you’re one of the 54% of people who are not sure where to go, Google says they will help you pick a destination. People can search by country or use the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button to find a place to get away. Google bases those results on popular destinations and…
 
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • The New York Times On The Apple Watch

    Kevin Wild
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Brian X. Chen on an unannounced power-saving feature of the Apple Watch:Apple has said the watch battery is estimated to last a full day, requiring a user to charge it at night, similar to a smartphone. The company also developed a yet-to-be-announced feature called Power Reserve, a mode that will run the watch on low energy but display only the time, according to one employee.I called this feature months ago.Also interesting from this article is how Apple hid their test models from the public:In an effort to maintain secrecy, engineers testing the watch outside the office even created…
  • Apple Posts 'Shot On iPhone 6' Gallery

    Kevin Wild
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    People take incredible photos and videos on iPhone 6 every day. And here are some of our favorites. Explore the gallery, learn a few tips, and see what’s possible with the world’s most popular camera."The best camera is the one that's with you."It's even better when that camera also takes incredibly high-quality photographs.Permalink
  • ☆ Turnover

    Kevin Wild
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    It's long been my goal to become a published author - and today I'm taking the first step towards making that dream come true.Part 1 of my multiple-part book, Turnover, is now available online for free.Turnover is a story about an NFL player who, after unforeseen circumstances, finds himself on the forefront of a debate over a new form of alternative medicine.I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it.Now back to technology.Permalink
  • The Telegraph Talks To Tim Cook About Apple Retail, Apple Watch

    Kevin Wild
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:53 pm
    The Telegraph doesn't necessarily reveal any new information about the Apple Watch in this article, but I found this part involving Apple Retail to be interesting:Staff rarely choose to leave Apple of their own volition: in many cases, they work there for years. The company enjoys extremely high levels of employee retention and loyalty - and from the scene in the Covent Garden store in London on Friday morning, the last stop on a whirlwind tour of Europe and Israel by the Apple boss, it's not difficult to see why. Cook and The Telegraph entered a rear entrance; nobody at the store…
  • ☆ Unanswered Questions About The Apple Watch

    Kevin Wild
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Up until today it was unknown whether Apple would host a second event to discuss the Apple Watch. Now that we have confirmation of a second event, let's revisit some of the biggest questions I expect to be answered on March 9th.What will it cost?This has probably been the most discussed aspect of the Apple Watch since it was announced. Recent speculation has suggested the Apple Watch Edition may cost up to $20,000, with the regular version fitting in somewhere around the $750 - $1,000 price point.When and where will it be released?Although we know the Apple Watch will…
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    Vox - All

  • The 5 best movies and TV shows added to streaming sites in March

    Todd VanDerWerff
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    March is going to be a good month for new streaming titles — you're just going to have to wait a little bit to get to the best stuff. That's particularly true for Netflix, which is adding a bunch of great titles, but only in the second half of the month. (The first half of the final season of Mad Men only gets added to the service on March 22, only two weeks before the final batch of episodes begins to unspool on AMC.) Yet there are plenty of good titles coming, and even a few available right now. Here's a quick look at five movies and TV shows worth watching on various streaming services…
  • A short, visual guide to every ruling on Obamacare’s subsidies

    Sarah Kliff
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    When the Supreme Court rules in King v. Burwell, the new Obamacarechallenge, its judges won't be the first to grapple with whether the health law's subsidies on the federal marketplace are legal. Since early 2014, five separate courts have issued rulings on the issue in three separate health law challenges. Three courts have ruled in the Affordable Care Act's favor; two have ruled against the subsidies. Even for those following the case closely, it can be difficult to keep track of all those decisions. That's why my colleague Anand Katakam and I put together this timeline of all the…
  • Americans are more excited about their lives than they've been in 40 years

    Dylan Matthews
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Tucked into Jonathan Clements' financial advice column in the Wall Street Journal this past Friday is this alarming-seeming statistic: fully 47 percent of Americans say their lives are "routine" or "dull." But the actual numbers are more complicated than that summation suggests. For one thing, many more people say life is "routine" than "dull"; in 2012, the breakdown was 42.6 percent to 4.7 percent. That's a rather less depressing takeaway. Intriguingly, routine's share is also at all all-time low sincethe General Social Survey began in 1973, and the share saying life is "exciting"…
  • This is what the sky would look like if we orbited other stars instead of the Sun

    Joseph Stromberg
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Our weather can change, but every single day the Sun looks exactly the same. Sure, clouds can block it out, but the Sun in the sky is always the same Sun. In astronomical terms, it's a G-type main sequence star, with a roughly average surface temperature and level of brightness, compared to all the stars we can see. But there are other stars out there that are many times dimmer, brighter, smaller, or bigger than the Sun. Recently, Slovakian graphic designer Martin Vargic imagined what it'd look like if one day, we awoke to see one of them in the sky. This, for instance, is what it'd look like…
  • Cleveland police shot and killed black 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he carried a toy gun

    German Lopez
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    A Cleveland Police officer shot Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African-American boy, on November 22 in a park. He died the next day.  Rice was carrying a toy airsoft gun when officer Timothy Loehmann shot him within two seconds of arriving on the scene. Loehmann joined the Cleveland force in March, having resigned from his previous job after a report found him unfit for duty. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office will investigate the shooting, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty will turn over evidence to a grand jury, which will decide whether to press criminal charges against the…
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    10000Hacks

  • In 2015, Digital Advertising in India Grew at a Healthy Clip

    jayadevanpk
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Advertising media company GroupM released its annual outlook for the industry earlier this month. Here are some key numbers. Total money that will be spent on advertising globally: $513 billion Global Media Spend Forecast , GroupM Here’s a look at how advertising has grown in India And here’s how much advertising money each medium attracted in 2015 in India Source: GroupM & Medianama. The post In 2015, Digital Advertising in India Grew at a Healthy Clip appeared first on 10000Hacks.
  • Guess Who Else Turned Out To Have Done Some Great Journalism?

    jayadevanpk
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    When I was putting together the list of great writers who were journalists too, I missed out on someone big! Guess which writer turned out to have done some journalism too? Anton Chekov!  Anton Pavlovich Chekhov1860- 1904 Besides a collection of plays loaned to me by a friend, I don’t remember reading much of Chekov (yeah, go ahead and call me philistine). Last week The New Yorker published an article about Chekov’s non fiction the Sakhalin Island. Akhil Sharma writes: Aton Chekhov’s “Sakhalin Island,” his long investigation of prison conditions in Siberia, is the best…
  • These Legendary Writers Started as Journalists

    jayadevanpk
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Reading surveys that proclaim journalism as one of the worst jobs in the world and the constant media bashing that has become the fad these days, one can easily get depressed being a journalist. When I get into that zone, where I stop being inspired to do good journalism, or do the beat work that I need to, I try to remember that I belong to a tribe of great men and women who’ve inspired generations. There are many I admire and look up to for inspiration. For this post, I’m just going to pick out a few great writers who’ve been journalists. Some of them died broke or…
  • Whatsapp for Web is a Great Instant Messaging tool for Newsrooms But..

    jayadevanpk
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    If you are looking to use a secure instant messenger for your newsroom activities or talking to a very sensitive source, you should try Telegram or a messaging service that has encryption. Then there is Slack, which newsrooms can use to collaborate. One of the drawbacks of Slack that I’d pointed out earlier is that it’s not a great mobile experience. This is where Whatsapp for web which was launched earlier today kills it. For average newsroom chatter, Whatsapp has already become one of the most used tool. Whatsapp for desktop takes it to the next level. It’s fast, easy and…
  • Raghav Bahl’s Quintillion Media Wants to Build a WordPress Killer, Quintype

    jayadevanpk
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Last year, many Indian new media startups raised funding. And two big names in the industry– Shekhar Gupta of The Indian Express and Raghav Bahl, founder of Network 18– announced new ventures. Bahl launched Quintillion Media, a digital media company. His mobile first news service TheQuint has been written about. The lesser known product is Quintype. The company is calling it the digital publishing platform from the future. Amit Rathore, Ritu Kapur & Raghav Bahl From what we know, it is going to be a cloud based content management system. Their pitch? Digital publishing has…
 
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    Anastasia Bowden » My Blog

  • I’m talking about Facebook, again

    Anastasia Bowden
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Facebook has released a new feature so naturally I’m going to discuss it.  I’ve already discussed the somewhat morbid feature that authorizes a user to control your Facebook profile after you die.  I also discussed the partnership Facebook created with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) so that the platform can post Amber Alerts to users close to the affected area. Facebook launched a feature this past week that is aimed at suicide prevention in a partnership with National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  If one of your Facebook friends posts…
  • Chocolate > privacy

    Anastasia Bowden
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    There are very few things I wouldn’t do for a piece of chocolate.  I wouldn’t get anywhere near a spider, I wouldn’t give up my faves Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson from Law and Order: SVU, I wouldn’t throw my phone in water, but beyond that, I’m pretty much game. Don’t believe me?  Here’s proof. This past Tuesday in class, my professor John Robinson asked the class who would give him the password to their email account for a miniature Twix bar.  He had a piece of chocolate in his hand so I was already prepared to shoot my hand up into the air…
  • Breaking down the dress

    Anastasia Bowden
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    Last night after stressing about a pretty ugly dress on the internet, I decided to let the world know that the dress was, in fact, white and gold.  You can read the post here.  I saw only the colors white and gold and no matter what I did to manipulate the photo, I couldn’t fathom how anyone could possibly see black and blue.  Below is said dress (but you can reference the original image in a Buzzfeed article). I think I’m losing my mind because when I attached this image I saw white and gold…. and now I see blue and black. SOS HELP   I analyzed the dress and talked…
  • THIS DRESS IS WHITE AND GOLD

    Anastasia Bowden
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Y’all I’m distraught.  Before I can explain, follow the link below and decide what colors you think the dress is. http://www.buzzfeed.com/catesish/help-am-i-going-insane-its-definitely-blue#.kaMXxeKEw I see a white and gold dress and have no earthly idea how anyone could see anything different, especially not the color black.  I’ve been discussing this with my friends, family, pledge class, classmates, roommates and looking at tweets on Twitter and there are people that genuinely believe that the dress is black and blue.  For some reason I think that everyone saying black…
  • Look a little harder

    Anastasia Bowden
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    The past few weeks haven’t been a cake walk: school has been overwhelming, the snow has messed up my routine and everything isn’t necessarily going my way. That being said, I try to remind myself to find the good in every situation.  This is so much easier said than done, but like I mentioned in a blog post about a terrible day, wallowing and focusing on the bad doesn’t help anything. I’ve been trying to keep this in the front of my mind rather than my mom reminding me of this when I’m already down.  And honestly, it’s much better than pouting because the…
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