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  • The Power of Know in the Newsroom

    Idea Lab
    John Clark
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I don’t care. It’s a harsh statement that always takes people by surprise when they first hear me say it. It’s one of the first external complaints teams must address, and it lands without warning. Let me be clear, I do care about my teams and their projects. I care deeply about each individual, their goals and their concerns. I care about what students are learning and how to make that experience better and more effective. The students also know I care about them, which is why I can get away with it. But when a student says “I think” or “I hope” or “I believe” when they are…
  • A comprehensive timeline of Gawker's internal breakdown

    Columbia Journalism Review
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Thursday, July 16, at 8:26pm — Gawker staff writer Jordan Sargent authors a post on a media executive who, the headline states, “Tried To Pay $2,500 for a Night With a Gay Porn Star.” The story outs the publishing bigwig, who is married to a woman and exchanged text messages with a male escort to arrange a meetup that eventually...
  • Readability priority for digital magazine readers

    Talking New Media
    D.B. Hebbard
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
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  • Exploding our ideas of membership: A CUNY summit

    BuzzMachine
    Jeff Jarvis
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    We are holding an important event at CUNY on August 26 exploring membership strategies for media — beyond pledges and paywalls. Let’s be honest: In most news organizations, membership is just another word for subscription or for hawking tote bags. At this event, I want to see us push far beyond the present state of the art and challenge ourselves to reimagine what membership can mean for news organizations and their relationships with the people and communities they serve. We will start with sessions led by two innovators in membership: public-media genius Melody Kramer (who just…
  • Vox's Jonathan Allen Implicates Trey Gowdy In The NY Times Botched Clinton Emails Story

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    Vox's Jonathan Allen suggested that House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy knew about the request to the Justice Department regarding Hillary Clinton's email practices "at least a day" before The New York Times published its botched story relying on anonymous sources that "had it wrong" according to "a top-ranking editor directly involved" with the report.  On July 23, the Times published a report headlined "Criminal Inquiry Sought In Clinton's Use Of Email" which stated that "[t]wo inspectors general have asked the…
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    Columbia Journalism Review

  • A comprehensive timeline of Gawker's internal breakdown

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Thursday, July 16, at 8:26pm — Gawker staff writer Jordan Sargent authors a post on a media executive who, the headline states, “Tried To Pay $2,500 for a Night With a Gay Porn Star.” The story outs the publishing bigwig, who is married to a woman and exchanged text messages with a male escort to arrange a meetup that eventually...
  • Think tank reporter in South Carolina still filling the gaps in accountability coverage

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    There's been plenty of news to cover in South Carolina lately, from a mass murder at a black church in Charleston to the Confederate flag's removal from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. But when it comes to sustained coverage of the state's biggest political story before the killings and the flag—a powerful politician's guilty plea on ethics charges and fundamental...
  • Why reporters should let potential sexual assault victims talk off the record

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Most of the time, it's a good thing when a news outlet pushes its sources and subjects to talk on the record. But a controversy that has dogged the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this summer offers an example of when it isn't. The controversy began last month, after the Post-Dispatch reported that a former aide to Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat,...
  • Stop the 'presses'?

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    In the wonderfully noir movie Deadline USA, Humphrey Bogart plays a newspaperman who battles corruption in New York City as he fights to keep his beloved newspaper from dying. In one of the final scenes, as the racketeer on the phone threatens Bogart’s character to prevent him from printing a story, he is disturbed by noises coming from Bogart’s end....
  • BuzzFeed’s eye-opening report reveals modern-day 'slavery’ in US

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    It took Jessica Garrison and Ken Bensinger nearly five months of full-time reporting, 80 interviews, and thousands of public records to research their sweeping investigative story on temporary foreign workers, “The New American Slavery,” published Friday on BuzzFeed News. The 8,000-word report includes repeated allegations of the exploitation of foreign workers and paints scenes of gun-toting guards, stolen pay, sexual...
 
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    Talking New Media

  • Readability priority for digital magazine readers

    D.B. Hebbard
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
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  • GfK study finds many consumers still ‘on the fence’ about value of cloud storage

    D.B. Hebbard
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    The new study from GfK examines the opinions of consumers in 22 countries on the value of cloud storage, finding that almost 30 percent of Americans are skeptical. As one might expect, younger respondents saw more value in cloud storage, while those over 50 years of age saw little value in cloud storage. While the study apparently only asked about cloud storage, in general, it would have been interesting to see data in regards towards cloud document storage. It is one thing to have one’s music stored in the cloud, another to have your business plan stored there. Here is GfK’s…
  • Adobe Digital Publishing Solution launches, next edition of the Digital Publishing Suite

    D.B. Hebbard
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    The new Adobe DPS, built for brands to deliver content to mobile apps, is now available as a free 30-day trial though the Adobe website There is a new Adobe DPS, this one is called the Adobe Digital Publishing Solution, and is the next generation of the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. The new DPS is aimed at brands that want to create effective mobile apps without having to write code, just as publishers have used the previous version of DPS to create digital editions without having to write code (though I’m sure developers would insist that knowing how to write code has its value).
  • Comcast updates video sharing app, Xfinity Share, claims all customers can now use app

    D.B. Hebbard
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    Morning Brief: Scribd updates its iOS app, improving book information pages; no news from Apple concerning when Apple News partners can start using the News Format, and the clock is ticking on iOS release The rather lame attempt by Comcast to create a social video app, Xfinity Share, was updated yesterday. The app, in the words of app description is now available to all Comcast customers. Well, not really. Tap/click to play app intro The app hasn’t gotten much attention from the tech press because of the limitations Comcast put on the app. First, the app works with Comcast’s X1…
  • Twitter records strong revenue growth, beats forecasts, net loss of $137M in second quarter

    D.B. Hebbard
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Twitter strong good customer growth, saying it now has 316 million monthly users; markets in US and Europe have a good trading day The pressure may be off Twitter management for a few weeks after the company beat forecasts with its second quarter earnings report. Revenue came in at $502 million, up an impressive 61 percent versus the prior year, and though the company is still in the red, its losses were actually a tad below the same quarter last year. The number everyone likes to look at is new user growth, and this also came in above estimates, with Twitter now with 316 million monthly…
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    BuzzMachine

  • Exploding our ideas of membership: A CUNY summit

    Jeff Jarvis
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    We are holding an important event at CUNY on August 26 exploring membership strategies for media — beyond pledges and paywalls. Let’s be honest: In most news organizations, membership is just another word for subscription or for hawking tote bags. At this event, I want to see us push far beyond the present state of the art and challenge ourselves to reimagine what membership can mean for news organizations and their relationships with the people and communities they serve. We will start with sessions led by two innovators in membership: public-media genius Melody Kramer (who just…
  • How (not) to interview

    Jeff Jarvis
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Here’s an object lesson for journalism students in the art of the interview. Poor Sundar Pichai, the No. 2 at Google, sat down for an interview with a New York Times technology reporter, only to find himself bombarded with the same question a half-dozen ways, to wit: Aren’t mobile phones bad for us? First question: “Do you see mobile phones heading down a path of social unacceptability? Do we have a problem of overuse?” After acknowledging that phones can do good things — goddamned miracles, I’d say — the reporter came back to his plaint: “But…
  • The state of hyperlocal

    Jeff Jarvis
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    Tow-Knight just released a new survey of the state of business at hyperlocal sites, conducted by Michele McLellan, creator of the authoritative Michele’s List. The bottom line remains: This is a tough business. A third of them bring in more than $100,000 a year; the rest under. Almost half are profitable and another quarter have a steady flow of income. Most are heavily dependent on advertising. The good news, as far as I’m concerned: Many have hired business and sales help. This is important work, for as I wrote in Geeks Bearing Gifts, I believe that beat businesses can be a…
  • An object lesson for native content makers

    Jeff Jarvis
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, finds itself between a lump of coal and a hard place by working for old energy companies while it also tries to appeal to corporate responsibility clients. And therein lies an object lesson for media companies getting into the business of making and publishing native content. For that work — “telling brands’ stories,” as we euphemistically put it — puts the media company into the business of a public relations or advertising agency. It forces us to ask: Whom do we serve? And what does our brand stand for? In What Would…
  • Calling all entrepreneurial–and social–journalism educators

    Jeff Jarvis
    26 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    At CUNY on July 16 and 17, we are holding our second annual summit for entrepreneurial journalism educators and combining it with our first annual summit for social journalism educators. Two, two, two mints in one. Here’s the sign-up. We will start the day on Thursday, July 16 focusing on entrepreneurial journalism education, this year focusing on the teaching of design thinking and once again sharing best practices. That afternoon, we will join with social-journalism educators to share problems and solutions. And, because unconferences are de regueur, we’ll reserve time to break into…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Vox's Jonathan Allen Implicates Trey Gowdy In The NY Times Botched Clinton Emails Story

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    Vox's Jonathan Allen suggested that House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy knew about the request to the Justice Department regarding Hillary Clinton's email practices "at least a day" before The New York Times published its botched story relying on anonymous sources that "had it wrong" according to "a top-ranking editor directly involved" with the report.  On July 23, the Times published a report headlined "Criminal Inquiry Sought In Clinton's Use Of Email" which stated that "[t]wo inspectors general have asked the…
  • CBS' Norah O'Donnell Tells Gov. Bobby Jindal: "I Think It's Fair To Say You're Considered One Of The Smartest Voices In The Republican Party"

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    From the July 29 edition of CBS' CBS This Morning:Previously Fox's Bret Baier Grills Gov. Bobby Jindal Over His "Economic Problems" And Budget Gimmicks  Fox's Sean Hannity Ignores Louisiana's Budget Crisis While Praising Bobby Jindal  Fox's Cavuto Lets Bobby Jindal Dishonestly Compare U.S. To Greece While Pushing Entitlement Cuts 
  • La "Ley Defensora De La Primera Enmienda" Es El Siguiente Ataque A Los Derechos LGBT

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Como respuesta a la histórica resolución de la Corte Suprema de Justicia a favor de la igualdad matrimonial, los medios conservadores están apoyando una nueva ley federal llamada "Ley Defensora de la Primera Enmienda" (FADA por sus siglas en inglés). A pesar de que los conservadores están promoviendo FADA como un esfuerzo para proteger la libertad religiosa, críticos advierten que la ley podría poner en peligro la capacidad del gobierno para combatir la discriminación anti-gay.Originalmente publicado en inglés el 28 de julio,…
  • This Critic Of Hillary Clinton's Climate Change Plan Should Actually Read It

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Author and New York Sun co-founder Ira Stoll attacked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's new climate change plan for focusing on installing solar panels instead of setting emissions limits or investing in battery storage technology. Stoll apparently didn't realize that those policies are included in Clinton's plan, too.  In a July 27 Sun op-ed, which was also published on conservative news sites NewsMax and Reason.com, Stoll lectured Clinton that her goal of installing more than half a billion solar panels by the end of her first presidential term isn't a "serious"…
  • NY Times Echoes Judith Miller's Iraq War Excuse By Blaming Sources, Not Reporters

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    "I was wrong because my sources were wrong." -- Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, 2005. "We got it wrong because our very good sources had it wrong." New York Times Deputy Executive Editor Matt Purdy, 2015. One of the most baffling elements to The New York Times botched story about a fictional "criminal" investigation bearing down on Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email account is the seemingly shrug-of-the-shoulders response from the Times editors who are ultimately responsible for the newsroom's black eye. Rather than signaling that they're drilling down to find out…
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    MediaShift

  • DigitalEd: Build a Student Media Powerhouse on Digital, Mobile and Social

    Dan Reimold
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Title: Build a Student Media Powerhouse on Digital, Mobile and Social Practical ideas and exercises to kick off your school year and take your student media to a new level Instructor: Dan Reimold, assistant professor of journalism at Saint Joseph’s University To better engage readers, motivate staffers and report the news, student media teams must ramp up their daily digital, mobile and social media efforts. Think your small staff size, competing class commitments or lack of tech savvy makes daily content production and brand building impossible? Think again. With a new school year…
  • Why The Programmatic Ad Trend Won’t Replace Sales Teams

    Todd Garland
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The following opinion piece is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. The idea of being replaced by machines is something that makes everyone a bit nervous. For digital publishers, there is a fear that the programmatic trend (using algorithms to automatically buy and place digital advertisements) could replace sales teams. However, the fear that programmatic technology will leave data scientists as the only ones with jobs (until algorithms can write themselves) is far from the truth. The automation that…
  • E-Books & Self-Publishing Roundup, July 28, 2015

    Julie Keck
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    1. The smart book for a new market (Philip Jones / The Bookseller) 2. One in ten reading illegal e-books (J. N. Paquet / Huffington Post) 3. Amazon doing more for authors than publishers are (Daniel Berkowitz / Digital Book World) 4. Wattpad quote art helps stories go viral on social media (Mike Koslowski / Good e-Reader) 5. Audible’s tech issues aren’t a curse of Amazon’s monopoly, but an opportunity (Nate Hoffelder / Ink, Bits & Pixels)
  • Daily Must Reads, July 28, 2015

    Julie Keck
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    1. How New York Magazine turned around a site hack with Tumblr and Instagram (Madeline Welsh / Nieman Lab) 2. Study: People read more, remember more on sites with modern designs (Kristen Hare / Poynter) 3. New breed of digital publishers just say no to ad tech (Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal) 4. Two weeks after content policy update, Reddit’s head of community has left the company (Noah Kulwin / Re/code) 5. LinkedIn, notorious for sending too many emails, cuts back (Katie Rogers / New York Times) 6. Vice sets launch date for new female-focused channel ‘Broadly’ (Sage Lazzaro /…
  • Upcoming Training and Courses: July 28 Edition

    Sonia Paul
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Each week, MediaShift will list upcoming online trainings and courses for journalists and media people — with a focus on digital training. We’ll include our new DigitalEd courses, as well as those from Mediabistro, NewsU, KDMC, and others. If we’re missing anything, please let us know at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. FEATURED TRAINING Periscope 101: Break News Faster With Mobile Live-Streaming This training will show how to use the free Periscope app, in conjunction with other free and inexpensive apps and tools to incorporate live-streamed video into a user’s social media,…
 
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    Digidave

  • What journalists can learn from Aristotle

    Digidave
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    I wrote a blog post about Circa shutting down and a lot of people glommed on to this sentence: “The schadenfreude in our industry is thick and disgusting at times. People love to read tea-leaves. This is a whole other tangent that we can/should confront as a community sometime.” I was also asked to write an article for SPJ’s July/August issue on failure. Below is a small part of that which focuses on an alternative to Schadenfreude via Aristotle. Pedantic much? Yes! Note: Much of this is inspired by Alain de Botton – who I highly recommend. But first let’s get…
  • Quick thoughts as Circa shuts down

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

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

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

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

    Jack Lail
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
  • Let's replay that

    Jack Lail
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Still like a voice recorder for capturing interviews instead of a smartphone? But don't know what to buy? The Wirecutter may have done the evaluation for you. This week, the site recommended the Sony ICD-UX533 as its pick for "best voice recorder" (just $78 from B&H Photo) The site's criteria was the voice recorder had to cost under a $100.They trimmed a pool of dozens of recorders down to eight that were looked at closely. Of those, the Sony model was the pick.Take a look at what it said and how it tested.
  • Here's the SLAM ToolKit for journalists

    Jack Lail
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Do you have a "SLAM ToolKit?" I presented what I call the SLAM ToolKit for journalists this afternoon to the Tennessee Press Association meeting in Knoxville. SLAM stands for: Simple Lean Affordable Mobile Yeah, it's corny, but, hopefully, memorable. You can see the deck here. In many categories, there may be better picks (and if there are, I'd like to know about them), but the first choices reflect apps I have used, at least a bit. More mobile tools and resources for journalists. More Digital Journalism Tools You Need To Use - The Whip New Reporters Committee mobile apps offer legal info,…
  • State of the First Amendment 2015

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

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

    Jack Lail
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
  • Let's replay that

    Jack Lail
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Still like a voice recorder for capturing interviews instead of a smartphone? But don't know what to buy? The Wirecutter may have done the evaluation for you. This week, the site recommended the Sony ICD-UX533 as its pick for "best voice recorder" (just $78 from B&H Photo) The site's criteria was the voice recorder had to cost under a $100.They trimmed a pool of dozens of recorders down to eight that were looked at closely. Of those, the Sony model was the pick.Take a look at what it said and how it tested.
  • Here's the SLAM ToolKit for journalists

    Jack Lail
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Do you have a "SLAM ToolKit?" I presented what I call the SLAM ToolKit for journalists this afternoon to the Tennessee Press Association meeting in Knoxville. SLAM stands for: Simple Lean Affordable Mobile Yeah, it's corny, but, hopefully, memorable. You can see the deck here. In many categories, there may be better picks (and if there are, I'd like to know about them), but the first choices reflect apps I have used, at least a bit. More mobile tools and resources for journalists. More Digital Journalism Tools You Need To Use - The Whip New Reporters Committee mobile apps offer legal info,…
  • State of the First Amendment 2015

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

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

    Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    There isn’t a single answer to my challenge of making city data engaging and useful for citizens. During my research, however, I arrived at some insights I hope will help move the conversation about open data forward. We have to flip the open data model: Current “open data” solutions are built based on what data we have, instead of what data citizens want. It’s time to flip this model and start developing human-centric open-data solutions. We have to make data part of daily news streams: We have reached a point where there is wide awareness of open data’s benefits, and both…
  • How Dadaviz Is Bringing You the News, Visually

    Aleszu Bajak
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This piece was initially published on Storybench, a cookbook for digital storytelling. Storybench is a collaboration between Northeastern University’s Media Innovation program, a new graduate degree in digital journalism, and Esquire magazine. In December the U.S. Senate report on the C.I.A.’s “enhanced interrogation” program was released and news organizations found creative ways to report on the findings. Dadaviz, a data visualization outlet, also moved quickly to analyze the report and publish a different angle to the story. The result was a visualization of 525 pages of the report…
  • Knight Announces News Challenge Winners Focused on Elections

    Meg Dalton
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Citizens are made, not born. Attitudes, skills, information — these are all things we learn in our schools and communities and through our parents, leaders, colleagues, friends, and strangers. In this world of information overload, it can be difficult to break through the noise and reach the public to rekindle the ideals of active citizenship. So, how do we rediscover and refashion this knowledge, especially in a rapidly-changing media environment? The Knight Foundation might just have a few potential solutions, thanks to its latest Knight News Challenge on Elections. As part of its…
  • How to Succeed with Technology Projects in Newsrooms

    Juan Manuel Casanueva
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Implementing technology projects in newsrooms or media organizations that traditionally don’t have tech support can be quite a challenge. Here are five suggestions for those starting such a tech endeavor, based on my work with technologists and media organizations in Latin America. 1. Choose the right tech partner(s) First, it is important to note that technology needs can vary a great deal and that it is better to identify the kind of profile that your technology partner needs. Assess if there is a specific technology capacity that needs to be covered in the project. In some cases, those…
  • The Power of Know in the Newsroom

    John Clark
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I don’t care. It’s a harsh statement that always takes people by surprise when they first hear me say it. It’s one of the first external complaints teams must address, and it lands without warning. Let me be clear, I do care about my teams and their projects. I care deeply about each individual, their goals and their concerns. I care about what students are learning and how to make that experience better and more effective. The students also know I care about them, which is why I can get away with it. But when a student says “I think” or “I hope” or “I believe” when they are…
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • What good is the Apple Watch, anyway?

    Newsosaur
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The smartwatch market is so small that it only took a day or two for the Apple Watch to emerge as the biggest selling techno-timepiece in history.  Now that it has been a while since the world’s most expensive Mickey Mouse watch has been glitzing the wrists of a few million early adopters (Apple coyly won't say how many), it’s time to ask what the thing is good for, anyway.  The positive
  • Mobile moves to digital ad domination

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

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

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

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

    Al Tompkins
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    When New York Magazine began planning its stunning cover of 35 women who accuse Bill Cosby of assault 30 women had come forward. Now, six months later the number is 46. The magazine had to navigate a range of ethical, journalistic and design challenges. For instance, is it fair to publicly accuse a person when he/she has not been charged? How would the magazine portray the women in still photographs? Even subtle decisions such as lighting, makeup and framing can affect reader impressions. Lauren Starke, New York Magazine director of public relations, answered a range of questions I posed via…
  • Morning roundup: New York Times flap may not be nail-biter as paper roundly defends expose

    James Warren
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    Good morning. Literati duel as Times chides New York Review of Books criticism Former Times reporter Richard Bernstein took after the big expose on the nail salon industry, both benefiting from and compromised by his role as a day spa owner. Executive Editor Dean Baquet on Tuesday responded with understated, convincing force. This may not be a very close call. (Poynter) He chided the literary bastion, whose current issue includes a characteristically cerebral homage to the Middle Ages (you know, Flemish and Byzantine art). Baquet mentioned how, "The [Korean American Nail Salon Association's]…
  • There’s a Facebook group to help journalists figure out their plan B

    Kristen Hare
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:32 am
    Last May, Russ Kendall learned that another friend and journalist had been laid off. Linda Epstein, McClatchy-Tribune Wire’s senior photo editor for 15 years, would lose her job in July when the company shuttered its wire service. By July 21, Kendall launched a closed Facebook group. Here’s what he wrote on the page’s first post: What’s Your Plan B? was created to be a forum for journalists who have been laid off and those who haven’t been laid off yet, to share ideas, business plans, anything that might give hope and help to those who need it. Two days later,…
  • Bloomberg news: Boss buys London home for $25 million

    James Warren
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The New York Times Perhaps Downton Abbey wasn’t on the market. Michael Bloomberg, who parlayed a media fortune into three terms as New York mayor, is trading up by buying a seven-bedroom, 18th century estate in London for $25 million, according to The New York Times. It’s about twice as big as his current home there, which is a mile away. There’s speculation that he may not give it up (his former wife is English and has occasionally visited him there). Bloomberg is said to have more than a dozen residences, including in New York City, Bermuda, Colorado and Florida. The Times…
  • New trial date in Hulk Hogan sex tape case could come at upcoming hearing

    Benjamin Mullin
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Hulk Hogan. (AP Image) After a last-minute ruling that put off a trial days before it was slated to begin, representatives for Gawker Media and Hulk Hogan will appear together in court earlier than expected. This week, lawyers for the Manhattan-based news organization will attend a hearing with attorneys for former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan in St. Petersburg, Florida. The hearing, which will take place in Florida’s Sixth Judicial Court on Thursday at 10 a.m., could result in a new trial date for the case, according to spokespersons for the court and Gawker Media. This…
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  • Review: Planet Retail’s Report on The Future of Shopping

    Peter
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    We lose track of the incremental changes in our culture that digital has wrought. But shopping has really changed. The core components of shopping — Search and discovery, promotions, prices, inventory, instore browsing, checkout, pickup and delivery, store locations and maps –have each shifted with the rise of Internet access, Wifi, big data and cloud-based payments. Sometimes, it is hard to keep things in perspective. Amazon and online shopping have certainly had a huge impact on many categories. Most store segments absolutely require online and offline omnichannel strategies. But…
  • ‘Scheduling: An Anchor for Commerce’ (My New Paper)

    Peter
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Scheduling software programs for SMBs have had their ups and downs since they were initially introduced in the 2008-2009 timeframe. But the emergence of cloud platforms and the use of scheduling as an anchor for loyalty and leads programs suggests the opportunity is ripening. This is the subject of BIA/Kelsey’s latest Insight Paper: Scheduling as an Anchor for Commerce. Indeed, MindBody, the largest scheduling company, has contracts with more than 42,000 SMBs. It is set to take advantage of its leadership position in a $100 million initial public offering. Opportunities are also…
  • Groupon Joins Food Delivery Wars

    Peter
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Groupon today announced it would join the online food delivery space, acquiring Baltimore-based OrderUp, which has O&O and affiliated delivery service in 40 markets. Most of the markets are college towns, which is a strongpoint for food delivery. As Crain’s Chicago Business reports, OrderUp — Uber for your Burrito — raised $7 million in 2014 from investors that included former Living Social CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy, who had been an archrival of Groupon. The service was founded in 2009 and has a strong orientation towards buying existing food delivery services, rebranding…
  • Centro: Boost Demand Side Ads With Full Program, Not Just Programmatic

    Peter
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    Chicago-based Centro, which helps provide targeted ad solutions to 13,000 publishers – 4,000 at any given time — says it is refocusing on providing publishers with complete Demand Side solutions that integrate first party data targeting, hyperlocal mobile tools, digital extensions and cross-channel capabilities. Publishers increasingly want to provide greater reach for their advertisers than they can provide from their own-and-operated (O&O) properties, said Centro SVP Katie Risch and VP John Hyland in a discussion with BIA/Kelsey. “O & O solutions are becoming a smaller…
  • Benzing’s MyNeighbor Provides Household Items for On Demand Rentals

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

    Derek Willis
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As first reported on the tweets, I have a new job, at ProPublica, where I’ll be working on news applications, investigations and other incredible stuff with the News Apps team. Leaving The New York Times wasn’t easy. There are so many good people there, so many really smart journalists. So as a way of saying goodbye, here’s a list of some of my favorite things from my seven-and-a-half years at The Times (my longest time in any job, btw): Represent. Even though it didn’t last, this was the most rewarding thing I worked on in terms of coming up with an idea and seeing it to completion,…
  • Civic Data and Journalism

    Derek Willis
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A solid foundation of publicly available, consistent civic data - think of election results, voting information and other political records - is more important than ever for journalism. And while we’ve made a good start, we have a long way to go. On June 5 I had the privilege of being on a panel at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York with Luciana Lopez of Reuters, Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and Jenn Topper of the Sunlight Foundation. The title was “How Civic Tech is Changing the Way Newsrooms Cover Elections,” and our discussion was wide-ranging, thanks to a) good…
  • We're All Publishers Now

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

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

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

    Cyndy Green
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    As House infamously says, “Everybody lies.” One of the “lies” of journalism is that journos are neutral – they don’t take sides.  They are objective. Realistically objectivity is bullshit. The difference between a professional journalist and a crazed blogger on a rant is a sense of their own weaknesses and an attempt to be fair.   Think about it – when you tell a story.  When you delve deep into an interview to discover your character’s thoughts…you are doing it from the template of your own experiences and life.  So your questions are…
  • 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…
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  • A week in Ukraine

    yelvington
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    I'm back in the United States and mostly unjetlagged from a week in Ukraine, where I spent most of the time with the Chernihiv Media Group  in a program operated by IREX and funded by the U.S. State Department. Ukraine is a country at war, but it's a strange one, geographically isolated to an eastern region where pro-Moscow rebels (and covert Russian soldiers) are trying to break away and reconnect with Russia.
  • Once a pioneer, now a piece of history

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

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

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

    yelvington
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    This week marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of Bluffton Today, a hyperlocal newspaper whose evolution reflects many of the major forces operating on journalism in this country.
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  • Disfruta de gratos momentos con tus amigos compartiendo postales

    administrador
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Viajar es uno de los placeres más grandes de los que puede disfrutar una persona, más aún si lo hacemos en compañía de nuestra pareja o grandes amigos. Viajar nos permitirá aprender, vivir grandes aventuras, conocer nuevas culturas y formas de vivir en primera persona, es sin lugar a dudas una de esas experiencias que debes vivir al menos en una oportunidad. Si no tienes en mente un buen compañero de viaje, no te desanimes, no debes descartar de cuajo la aventura de viajar solo. Puede ser una experiencia inolvidable viajar de éste modo y recopilar grandes cantidades de imágenes para…
  • ¿Qué es el peeling?

    administrador
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    El Peeling es un tratamiento para la piel que consiste en la aplicación de sustancias químicas sobre la piel con el objetivo de renovar sus capas para así lograr eliminar manchas, acné y todo tipo de imperfecciones, además de regenerar la piel para dejarla más uniforme, lisa y suave. Peeling o exfoliación, una gran alternativa para renovar tu piel. Cuando crees que tu piel no se encuentra en su estado mas óptimo puedes comenzar a considerar esta gran alternativa para dar un gran cambio y mejorar la apariencia de tu piel. Técnicamente el peeling químico consiste en aplicar…
  • Conquistando el Mundo desde el estómago…. La Gastronomía

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

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

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

  • Methodology

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Social Media and News Survey The main source of data for this report comes from a survey that was fielded over two weekends, March 13-15, 2015 and March 20-22, 2015, among a sample of 2,035 adults 18 years of age or older. The survey was conducted by GfK through OMNIWEB, a nationally representative omnibus online […]
  • News Use on Facebook and Twitter Is on the Rise

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    On both Facebook and Twitter, more users are getting news than in the past. As of early 2015, 63% of Facebook and Twitter users get news on their respective sites. This is up substantially from 2013, when about half of each social network’s users (47% for Facebook and 52% for Twitter) reported getting news there. […]
  • News Habits on Facebook and Twitter

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    When asked about specific news habits on each social site, users demonstrate some common tendencies as well as distinctions in how they use the sites. To some degree, this can be expected: The two services have different sets of technical features (Twitter has the live-streaming app Periscope, while Facebook has Instant Articles), and distinct cultures […]
  • The Evolving Role of News on Twitter and Facebook

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Americans are more likely to get news on Twitter and Facebook than ever before. Our new study explores the similarities and differences in the role of news on these two social networks.
  • Methodology: As Greeks head to the polls, the Twitter conversation differs by language

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    This analysis of the Twitter discussions surrounding the 2015 Greek referendum employed media research methods that combined Pew Research’s content analysis rules with computer coding software developed by Crimson Hexagon (CH). This report is based on examination of about 2.5 million Twitter statements that were identified as being about the Greek developments in light of the July […]
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  • Fuller House Is Really Happening

    Karen Fratti
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    This Fuller House thing is really happening. And Netflix keeps adding more original cast members like Steve Weingler, who played Steve and the twins. No, not the Olsen twins, 24-year-old Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, Uncle Jesse and Becky’s babies. Does anyone else feel like we’re being punked? Here are just a few of Twitter’s thoughts on the matter: Playing Danny Tanner’s new wife Teri #fullerhouse #fullhouse https://t.co/v1jVzrlo9U — Eva LaRue (@ImEvaLaRue) July 27, 2015 If only there was another Olsen actress to play Michelle Tanner on #FullerHouse! Oh…
  • Whipclip: Bachelorette Finale, Clipped

    Karen Fratti
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    You know summer is almost over when the Bachelorette finale airs and it’s all anyone can talk about. For non-fans, this might even be the best day ever. It’s over. We asked Whipclip, the platform that lets viewers create and share clips legally, to fill us in with the top moments from last night’s episode. Meeting The Parents Nick starts to propose Kaitlyn lets Nick know he isn’t the one. It’s Shawn! Shawn’s proposal. Shawn and Nick hug it out: The happy couple:
  • Social Scoreboard: Monday, July 27

    Karen Fratti
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    The finale of the Bachelorette drove 281,000 tweets seen by a unique audience of 281,000 last night, according to Nielsen Social. WWE Monday Night RAW was in the second spot with 187,000 seen by 1,993,000. Teen Wolf, Jimmy Kimmel, and Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta rounded out the evening. 
  • Al Roker Might Be Onto Something

    Karen Fratti
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Al Roker announced that he will launch scheduled, programmed shows via Meerkat in partnership with Plated, just weeks after launching his own Periscope and Meerkat ratings metric. The new shows will focus heavily on cooking, streaming either at 1 p.m. ET or 4 p.m. ET. The shows will last about fifteen minutes. It’s a good fit for Roker, says Sima Sistani, vice president of media, Meerkat: Al embraced Meerkat early, and understands how to program this new live participation medium. It’s exciting to see a broadcasting pro embrace the engagement that comes from the broadcasting with…
  • Twitter Predicts Winner of The Bachelorette

    Karen Fratti
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    The Bachelorette is always a strong social contender, landing in the first spot in the Nielsen Social ratings every Monday. Last night’s finale was no different. Amobee Brand Intelligence monitored consumption around the reality show across 600,000 websites and social platforms. This is how the finale played out across the web: While Kaitlyn Bristowe ultimately chose Shawn Booth as the winner, Nick Viall was the contestant that generated more digital consumption in season. Since the season 11 premiere, between May 18 – July 28, there was 98 percent more digital consumption…
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  • Northern Short Course Videos Now Online

    2094
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Videos of some of the panel presentation's from this year's National Press Photographers Association's Northern Short Course are now online for viewing.
  • Alex Garcia Appointed To NPPA Board Of Directors

    2094
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Photojournalist Alex Garcia of Chicago has been appointed by president Mark Dolan to serve on the board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association.
  • NPPA Helps Revise Taylor Swift Credential Agreement

    2094
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    ATHENS, GA (July 21, 2015) – Recently there were many news stories about pop icon Taylor Swift's open letter to Apple saying that she was not going to agree to their terms for distributing her music on iTunes. And then very publicly Apple capitulated.
  • NPPA Preparing Official Comments On Copyright Challenges For Photographers

    2094
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    The National Press Photographers Association is drafting official comments to the United States Copyright Office regarding copyright protection of visual work.
  • In The Public Eye: Police, Cameras And The Constitution

    2094
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    The general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, Mickey H. Osterreicher, recently participated in a panel discussion at the Newseum on the topics of police, cameras, and the Constitution.
 
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  • The hidden dangers of ethnic minority data in big surveys

    Paul Bradshaw
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Just because a sample is big, doesn’t mean it’s representative of the people you’re looking for. Image by Sreejith K This is very interesting – why tiny samples bandied around in the news can't be trusted in the immigration debate: https://t.co/u2EfMVGOZn — Dominic Casciani (@BBCDomC) July 28, 2015 One of the things reporters should always be careful about when reporting on research or statistics is sample sizes: the smaller sample, the wider the margin for error when generalising to the population as a whole (more on sampling here and here). But sometimes…
  • 16 areas where publishers can learn from retail: shopping news

    Paul Bradshaw
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    After decades as a business reporter and shopping correspondent John Cokley has turned his attention to the news business in the book Shopping News. In a special guest post for the Online Journalism Blog he lists ’16 models for journalistic action’ and details ways that publishers could think about range, price and labelling their products better. In 2004 I began to develop the theory that shopping showed us three things that journalists and news publishers could really use in our business every day to prevent our businesses from going broke. If only we could work out: “What…
  • In the wake of Ashley Madison, towards a journalism ethics of using hacked documents

    Paul Bradshaw
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Got leaks image by Edward Conde Last week I said we needed an ethical code for dealing with hacking leaks, and promised to explore that. Now yet another site – “casual sex and cheating network” Ashley Madison – has been hacked and the results leaked, so I thought I’d better deliver. How do you come up with an ethical framework for dealing with hacked documents? Firstly, it’s useful to look at what concerns are raised when journalists use them. Looking at previous reporting based on leaked documents these break down into three broad categories: Firstly, that…
  • Why Hacking Team could be the biggest story of the year – and why it won’t

    Paul Bradshaw
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    An #infographic detailing what @privacyint have learned from the #hackingteam hack. Pls RT! pic.twitter.com/J4Q8z2FPmJ — PrivacyInternational (@privacyint) July 10, 2015 Early last week it emerged that government cybersecurity supplier Hacking Team had been hacked. An incredible cache of documents and emails – 400GB’s worth – was released on Sunday by the hackers, providing a fascinating – and terrifying – insight into the operations of a company dubbed one of ten “enemies of the internet” by Reporters Without Borders in 2013: “Their…
  • Do hyperlocal and student websites fall foul of the new press regulator and libel laws?

    Nick Booth
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    The DCMS pubished this image to clarify the definition of “a relevant published” under proposals published in early 2013. Nick Booth left a Press Recognition Panel consultation under the impression that non profit hyperlocals were going to be exposed by the new regulation system. Then legal experts suggested he’d got it wrong. So which is it? In a special post cross-published from Podnosh, Nick tries to tease out a complex law and ask: ‘when someone sues now, who pays?’. Last week I spent a couple of hours at a consultation in Birmingham run by the Press…
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • McClatchy earnings shows limits of automated stories

    Doug Fisher
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    There's been a lot of ballyhoo about AP's use of computer algorithms to generate hundreds of earnings stories.Among AP's reasons was that it could provide much wider coverage. Reporters would still handle the major stuff, the wire service said.At some point, however, the question of quality vs. quantity was going to raise its head. And here's an example of where the automated system fall short. Here's the AP's auto-generated story on McClatchy's recent earnings.Pretty bare bones stuff. But this isn't a plain-vanilla situation. In fact, there's some serious insight here. This is one of the…
  • This is why the health cost system is bullshit

    Doug Fisher
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Here is a good example of why the way health care is paid for in this country is total BS.This week I am going in for some outpatient arthroscopic knee surgery.So a simple question: What is it likely to cost me after insurance?Just try to find that out.My doctor provided me with a CPT code for the procedure and his estimated charges. But then there is the hospital facilities charge, and the anesthesiologist, etc. In other words, lots of hidden charges that would be nice to be able to budget for.An afternoon of phone calls and online research produces nothing but frustration. The "financial…
  • Why Intuit's Quicken is a bug-filled quagmire

    Doug Fisher
    1 Jun 2015 | 1:32 pm
    I have used Intuit's flagship financial management software, Quicken, for more than a decade. It was a solid piece of software, if somewhat geeky in its earlier versions.But it worked, and it worked well. And when there was a problem, which was rare, Intuit fixed it with some alacrity.That was then. This is now. And it shows how software companies that concentrate more on layering on features and trying to continually get users to upgrade eventually end up in their own quagmire.Quicken is now a bug-filled quagmire. Just check the user forums, which are peppered with issues, not just "how to"…
  • Yahoo Finance: Playing a little loose with quotes

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

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

    Janelle
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Al TompkinsJuly 29, 2015PoynterWhen New York Magazine began planning its stunning cover of 35 women who accuse Bill Cosby of assault 30 women had come forward. Now, six months later the number is 46. The magazine had to navigate a range of ethical, journalistic and design challenges. For instance, is it fair to publicly accuse a person when he/she has not been charged? How would the magazine portray the women in still photographs? Even subtle decisions such as lighting, makeup and framing can affect reader impressions. Lauren Starke, New York Magazine director of public relations, answered a…
  • After Arab Spring, Journalism Briefly Flowered, Then Withered

    Janelle
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    StaffJuly 27, 2015The Washington PostThe Arab Spring was supposed to usher in an era of greater political inclusion and freedom, including press freedom. Instead, in every country but Tunisia, it has led to the opposite: the near-disappearance of independent news and opinion, especially about governments and their security forces, The Washington Post reports in its second installment of "Controlling the Story," an ongoing series examining the human cost of reporting news around the world. "Four years after the revolt was swiftly crushed in Bahrain, independent journalists here can no longer…
  • Service Award Winner Embodies the Best of Labor, Guild Ideals

    Janelle
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    StaffJuly 22, 2015Pacific Media Workers Guild Guild Service Award winner Rebecca Rosen Lum, at head of table, teaches journalism students in the Pacific Media Workers Guild program, Bay News Rising. Photo by student Ekevara Kitpowsong. Rebecca Rosen Lum of the Pacific Media Workers Guild is the latest winner of the Guild’s prestigious Charles B. Dale Service Award. Although she wasn’t able to pick up the award in person at the CWA Convention, local leaders delivered it to her. “I couldn’t have been more stunned – or more thrilled – to win this award,” she said. What follows is…
  • WashPost Petitions U.N. To Help Free Rezaian from Iran

    Janelle
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    Joby WarrickJuly 22, 2015The Washington PostThe Washington Post appealed to the United Nations on Wednesday to help secure the release of jailed reporter Jason Rezaian, accusing the Iranian government of flagrant human-rights violations in a year of “arbitrary and unlawful” detention of the veteran journalist, company officials said. A petition filed before the U.N. Human Rights Council sought to increase the international pressure on the Iranian government over its treatment of Rezaian, whose 365 days in prison far surpass the record for any Western journalist held by the Islamic…
  • Four International Journalists Reported Missing in Syria

    Janelle
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    StaffJuly 22, 2015Committee to Protect JournalistsAt least four international journalists have been reported missing in northern Syria in two separate incidents in the past month, in the latest indication of the profound dangers of reporting from inside the war-torn country. "The disappearance of these four journalists underscores that Syria remains an extremely risky place for the press," said CPJ's Middle East Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour from Washington D.C. "The media are at the mercy of all sides in the conflict, which have consistently shown not only a disregard for civilians'…
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    Media | The Guardian

  • Sir Peter O’Sullevan, former BBC racing commentator, dies aged 97

    Press Association
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    • BBC commentator for 50 years was known as the ‘Voice of Racing’• O’Sullevan called around 14,000 races during his careerSir Peter O’Sullevan, known to many as simply the ‘Voice of Racing’, has died at the age of 97. Related: Peter O’Sullevan: the Voice of Racing who described the sport’s legends Continue reading...
  • Cara Delevingne should be cut some slack – TV interviews are seldom fun

    Andrew Pulver
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    The Paper Towns actor got a dressing-down from a TV show on account of her downbeat interview style, but remember that the junket environment is one that rarely inspires peppinessIt’s easy to be suspicious of entertainment journalists who spring rather too readily to the defence of celebrities ambushed by other journalists – if anyone has got the moxie to break the convention and ask awkward questions, like Krishna Guru-Murthy has managed on a couple of occasions, then I say good luck to them. (Truth is, the vetting that film companies put in place for anyone seeking access to their…
  • Caroline Chisholm obituary

    Helen Bradley
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    My sister Caroline Chisholm, who has died from a brain tumour aged 43, was an award-winning novelist, a professional communicator for a number of high-profile charities and a dedicated environmentalist.Caroline was born in Brentwood, Essex, the second of five children of Bob and Marsha Chisholm. Our father worked for HM Customs & Excise and in that capacity was assigned to positions across the UK. Caroline attended primary schools first in Ibstone, Buckinghamshire, and then over 700 miles away in the Shetland Islands. Her education continued in Peterlee, County Durham, before she…
  • How to build a winning ad campaign – live webchat

    Matthew Caines
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    From research and preperation to creative and distribution, join us and a panel of experts from 1-2:30pm BST on Thurs 6 August to discuss what makes for a successful ad campaignAdAge’s list of the top 15 ad campaigns of the 21st century makes for a pretty neat playbook on how advertising should be done.The past 15 years was a period of significant technological upheaval that caused so much change in the way ads are made, served an consumed. Yet, in the face of such disruption, iconic campaigns such as Budweiser’s Whassup, Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, Old Spice’s The Man Your Man…
  • BBC forced out team behind Savile exposé, says ex-Newsnight journalist

    Guardian Staff
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    Meirion Jones claims corporation bosses viewed as ‘traitors’ those who sought to expose the presenter’s crimes or criticised its mistakesBBC bosses “forced out” staff who tried to expose the corporation’s mistakes over the Jimmy Savile scandal because they viewed them as “traitors”, according to the former head of investigations at Newsnight.Meirion Jones told Press Gazette that BBC bosses punished those who tried to expose Savile or spoke out about how the corporation had handled the fallout, while those who tried to suppress the scandal had continued their careers…
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  • Selfies in black abayas

    Alice
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Today, when worlds collide with equal force and consequence as speeding cars on a California highway, can we imagine escaping the impact of even a single collision? Is the option of being miraculously air-lifted out of the interminable traffic log-jams available for us, even if we are spared physical injury? Just as avoiding California highways is an impossibility (given the systemic destruction of public transportation system), meeting head-on forces of neoliberal globalization with its unique technological, financial, and ideological structures is an inevitability. No one can be immune to…
  • Devising data structures for scholarly works

    Julia Callaway
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    For over 100 years, Oxford University Press has been publishing scholarly editions of major works. Prominent scholars reviewed and delivered authoritative versions of authors’ work with notes on citations, textual variations, references, and commentary added line by linefrom alternate titles for John Donne’s poetry to biographical information on recipients of Adam Smith’s correspondence. In an effort to move these works online in an interlinked fashion, we were faced with an interesting challenge to structure the content digitally so that it can be viewed, searched, and navigated to…
  • Rihanna, the Court of Appeal, and a Topshop t-shirt

    Miranda Dobson
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Can a fashion retailer take a photograph of a celebrity, print it on a t-shirt and sell it without the celebrity’s approval? Yes, but sometimes no – not when the retailer has previously gone out of its way to draw a connection between its products and that celebrity; in this case Robyn Fenty, aka Rihanna. How did this begin? Rihanna released her sixth album, Talk That Talk, in 2011. One of the singles was We Found Love. Photographs were taken of Rihanna at the shoot for the video to the single. The photographer, who was legitimately entitled to the copyright for the photographs, licensed…
  • What marriage (equality) means

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

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

    Tom Davies (now) and Niall McVeigh (earlier)
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Over-by-over updates from the third Ashes Test at EdgbastonClick here for the full scoreboard from the third TestGuardian Sport Network: how would you use a cricket time machine?Email tom.davies@theguardian.com or tweet @tomdaviesE17 6.14pm BST 25th over: England 115-2 (Bell 47, Root 19). Four more for Root with a dabbed edge past the slips. Big exasperated sighs from Starc. He gets a bit more encouragement from an inswinger that takes Root’s edge and drops short of the slips, and the batsmen run one. The lights are on and it looks gloomy over Birmingham.“Hard not to feel a bit sorry for…
  • Smash it, shred it, wipe it: the Tom Brady guide to destroying text messages

    Ellen Brait in New York
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Deflategate got you curious on how to permanently erase your scandalous text conversations? Here’s some pro tips for when simply hitting delete is not enough Related: Tom Brady denies Deflategate 'smoking gun' exists after suspension upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension has angered many Patriots fans, who’ve since questioned the decision. The 20-page ruling by the NFL revealed that the quarterback had his cellphone destroyed, the very cellphone NFL investigators wanted to look at to see if Brady had ordered the footballs deflated. Related: Tom Brady's stubbornness over Deflategate…
  • Cara Delevingne should be cut some slack – TV interviews are seldom fun

    Andrew Pulver
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    The Paper Towns actor got a dressing-down from a TV show on account of her downbeat interview style, but remember that the junket environment is one that rarely inspires peppinessIt’s easy to be suspicious of entertainment journalists who spring rather too readily to the defence of celebrities ambushed by other journalists – if anyone has got the moxie to break the convention and ask awkward questions, like Krishna Guru-Murthy has managed on a couple of occasions, then I say good luck to them. (Truth is, the vetting that film companies put in place for anyone seeking access to their…
  • Cecil the lion was doomed from the moment he got his name

    Philip Hoare
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Give an animal a cute name and its fate is sealed. The act reduces it to a toy of humankind, from where it is just one step to extinctionCecil the lion? Shot by a Minnesotan dentist with a bow and arrow. Maurius the giraffe? Fed to his fellow inmates in a Copenhagen zoo. Knut the polar bear? Died of stress in front of 600 Berliners. Give an animal a name, and its fate is sealed. If the ultimate sin in biological science is anthropomorphy, we sure are guilty. By naming a wild animal, it is instantly appropriated, and demeaned. It becomes acculturated, part of our human discourse. Cecil’s end…
  • Drake responds to Meek Mill accusations with second diss track

    Guardian music
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    Canadian rapper releases Back to Back Freestyle, a withering assault on the rapper who started the ‘ghostwriting’ feud – and who is yet to respondIn the history of rap beefs there is often one definitive track that ends the dispute because it is too crushing to come back from. A song such as Fuck Wit’ Dre Day, which saw Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg take Easy-E to task; or Jay Z’s salty diss The Takeover, which took Nas apart in 2001. Related: What Drake and Meek Mill's feud over ghostwriting says about hip-hop today You love her, then you gotta give the world to her/Is that a world tour or…
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    One Man & His Blog

  • Losing my Apple Pay virginity

    Adam Tinworth
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    HSBC – my bank – has sorted out its problems and got Apple Pay up and working this morning. Over a morning coffee, I added my debit card to the Apple Watch app on my phone (an iPhone 5S, which isn’t capable of supporting Apple Pay itself), and set off to buy two pints of milk and a bottle of brandy with it. Yes, there was a good reason for the brandy. No, it’s not the obvious one. No, I haven’t sunk to morning drinking since my second child was born, thank you very much. My best bet was the local Co-op which is one of the chains supporting Apple Pay. I double-clicked the…
  • New toy…uh…investment

    Adam Tinworth
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    I managed to take a little time in a frantically busy day to escape my desk for the pleasure of playing with my new little business investment (well, it has been a couple of years…), and liking very much what I’m finding.
  • The FT, Telegraph and Conde Nast all Apple News launch partners

    Adam Tinworth
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    From Jason Snall’s transcript of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s remarks in the earnings call last night: We’ve already signed 25 leading publishers representing more than 75 of the world’s most influential news, sports, business, and magazine titles, including CNN, the New York Times, the Financial Times, ESPN, Bloomberg Business, Conde Nast, Hearst, Reuters, Time Inc., and the Daily Telegraph. It’ll be interesting to learn what “signed” means in this context, as anyone with a site and an RSS feed can apply for membership. I’m “in” Apple News, for…
  • Fashion blogging as the new (tired) media mainstream

    Adam Tinworth
    19 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The rise, commercialisation, fall and rebirth of fashion blogging: “Because there was a period of time where fashion bloggers became quite monotonous…now we’re seeing individuals come through, but on social media as opposed to a web-based platform,” observes Lau. “It’s almost like the big fashion bloggers have become ‘establishment’ and people on Instagram or Vine stars are doing their own thing.” A fascinating picture of an industry in a process of continuos re-invention.
  • Analytics for Journalists: some further reading

    Adam Tinworth
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve just finished* running a workshop on analytics for journalists at news:rewired this afternoon. Here’s a selection of links I promised the attendees to allow them to explore some of the issues contained in the presentation in more detail: One Trinity Mirror sentence that spells the death knell of journalism – Roy Greenslade suggests that Trinity Mirror is sliding into clickbait journalism. How do you put the reader at the heart of every newsroom decision? – Trinity Mirror digital publishing director David Higgerson responds to Greenslade’s piece. Reach and…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Bernie Learns His Lesson -- But Have the Rest of Us?

    Adele M. Stan
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    (Photo: Al Drago/CQ Roll Call via AP) Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders waits to speak to federal contract workers during a rally on Capitol Hill on Wedneday, July 22. We want a nation where a young black man or woman can walk down the street without worrying about being falsely arrested, beaten, or killed,” Bernie Sanders told some 8,000 supporters in Dallas on July 19, the day after his contentious encounter with protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement at Netroots Nation. While Sanders, the socialist U.S. senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic presidential…
  • Zephyr Teachout on Getting Big Money Out of Politics

    Justin Miller
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    AP Photo/Mike Groll Activist Zephyr Teachout speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, in Albany, New York.  In 2014, the campaign finance reform activist and Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC—the PAC to end super PACs. The group raised about $11 million and targeted support for candidates who were committed to reforming the role of money in politics. While its efforts in the 2014 election were largely unsuccessful, Lessig did succeed in jumpstarting a conversation about how to combat the private campaign financing of our elected officials, and…
  • Why Social Security Beats All Rivals -- And the Case for Expanding It

    Robert Kuttner
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    AP Photo/Jon Elswick The cover page for the summary of the 2015 Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs released by the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees is photographed Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Frederick, Maryland.   This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post This is the season when we hear calls to cut Social Security. That's because of the annual trustees report on the system's financial condition. Last week, the trustees reported that Social Security can pay all of its projected obligations through about 2034. To keep faith with today's workers…
  • Why Deep Red States Are Rethinking the Death Penalty

    Katherine Riley
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    AP Photo/Nati Harnik Nebraska lawmakers, including Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, center, and Sen Beau McCoy of Omaha, center rear, follow the vote to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Marc Hyden hasn’t always opposed capital punishment. The first time he remembers talking about the subject he was six years old, standing on the playground of his elementary school, telling a friend he supported the death penalty because his parents were Republicans. “It was more of a glacial change,” says Hyden of his own path to opposing capital punishment. “I had always been…
  • Why Donald Trump Matters

    Paul Waldman
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    (Photo: AP/Charlie Neibergall) In Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Saturday, Trump said to his supporters, "I'm very good with contracts. Don't you want that?" The political press is struggling over how exactly to report on Donald Trump. On one hand, we absolutely love covering him—Trump's intoxicating combination of boorishness, ignorance, tactlessness, and overconfidence, all wrapped up in a gold-plated package, is utterly irresistible as copy. On the other hand, we feel a little guilty about it, as though we know it's bad for us and bad for the public. Which is what produces the endless assurances…
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    Nieman Lab

  • Two out of two news organizations recommend user research

    Laura Hazard Owen
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    The phrase “user research” makes me think of Mad Men, with women sitting behind a one-way mirror trying on lipstick while men watch (and criticize their appearances). Not surprisingly, this isn’t a good way to think about the concept. User research isn’t just for testing beauty products; it also applies to news sites, apps, and products. A one-way mirror isn’t required. User research is about seeing users as people with their own needs, interests, and agency. That makes it a very helpful tool for news organizations trying to figure out how to connect with the…
  • A new app from NowThis wants to reduce the work of finding news to one big red button

    Shan Wang
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The two-and-a-half year old distributed media company NowThis bears little resemblance to the “social news video startup” that we first covered nearly three years ago. It’s seen a name change, big staff turnover, the killing-off of its homepage, and a move toward even shorter, bite-sized pieces of video content that leans on repackaged videos from other sources with a few snappy pieces of accompanying text. The company’s newest project is Tap For News, an app that consists of a single red button users can tap (ad infinitum, if they so choose) to watch a collection of…
  • Snapchat’s Discover is sending more traffic to publishers again, after a design tweak made it more visible

    Joshua Benton
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    RELATED ARTICLESnapchat’s new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile newsJanuary 28, 2015After initial reports of insane traffic from Snapchat Discover to the few publishers allowed in, there was a (perhaps to be expected) decline from the stratosphere: While viewership to Discover channels was significant in the first few days after the portal’s Jan. 27 launch, it has dropped an average of 30 percent to 50 percent since then, according to two people who’ve seen the traffic data. One media firm with a channel on Discover saw its unique views drop…
  • The Financial Times built a handy dashboard that gives you a snapshot of the U.K. economy

    Justin Ellis
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    Should you find yourself wondering the status of industrial production in the U.K., or the status of the housing market, or, for that matter, unemployment rate, the Financial Times has just the tool for you. RELATED ARTICLECiting “an inflection point in global media,” Pearson sells the Financial Times to NikkeiJuly 23, 2015This morning, the FT launched The U.K. economy at a glance, a bookmark-friendly dashboard that tells the story of the economy through charts and data. If you’re looking for indicators on GDP growth or currency markets, even construction output, the FT…
  • “Modern” homepage design increases pageviews and reader comprehension, study finds

    Joseph Lichterman
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    News sites with modular, image-heavy designs receive more pageviews and have stronger user engagement than sites with more staid, newspaper-inspired designs, according to a report released Tuesday by the Engaging News Project. Modern, modular homepages received at least 90 percent more unique pageviews than traditional sites did, the study found. Users viewing the modular homepage recalled details of the articles at least 50 percent more often than did those who viewed the classic homepage, according to the report. “The way in which you design your homepage can have a big effect,”…
 
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    Failure Magazine's Feature Articles

  • In Cold Storage

    jason.zasky@gmail.com
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    More than forty years after Harold Nokes murdered and dismembered Edwin and Wilma Hoyt, the case still defies explanation.
  • America’s Whiskey: A History

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

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

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

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

  • McClatchy earnings shows limits of automated stories

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    There's been a lot of ballyhoo about AP's use of computer algorithms to generate hundreds of earnings stories.Among AP's reasons was that it could provide much wider coverage. Reporters would still handle the major stuff, the wire service said.At some point, however, the question of quality vs. quantity was going to raise its head. And here's an example of where the automated system fall short. Here's the AP's auto-generated story on McClatchy's recent earnings.Pretty bare bones stuff. But this isn't a plain-vanilla situation. In fact, there's some serious insight here. This is one of the…
  • This is why the health cost system is bullshit

    2 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Here is a good example of why the way health care is paid for in this country is total BS.This week I am going in for some outpatient arthroscopic knee surgery.So a simple question: What is it likely to cost me after insurance?Just try to find that out.My doctor provided me with a CPT code for the procedure and his estimated charges. But then there is the hospital facilities charge, and the anesthesiologist, etc. In other words, lots of hidden charges that would be nice to be able to budget for.An afternoon of phone calls and online research produces nothing but frustration. The "financial…
  • Why Intuit's Quicken is a bug-filled quagmire

    1 Jun 2015 | 1:32 pm
    I have used Intuit's flagship financial management software, Quicken, for more than a decade. It was a solid piece of software, if somewhat geeky in its earlier versions.But it worked, and it worked well. And when there was a problem, which was rare, Intuit fixed it with some alacrity.That was then. This is now. And it shows how software companies that concentrate more on layering on features and trying to continually get users to upgrade eventually end up in their own quagmire.Quicken is now a bug-filled quagmire. Just check the user forums, which are peppered with issues, not just "how to"…
  • Yahoo Finance: Playing a little loose with quotes

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

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

  • Editor’s Note: ‘Dr. Abscess’ and Why Surgeon Scorecard Matters

    ProPublica
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    by Stephen Engelberg We’ve had a remarkable response in the two weeks since we published Surgeon Scorecard. The online database has been viewed more than 1.3 million times by people looking up doctors. Surgeons and others pored over the intricacies of the data and methodology. Some praised it as a long overdue, transformative step that will protect patients and spur change. Others were sharply critical, pointing to limitations in the data and what they viewed as flaws in the analysis. Perhaps the most striking response, though, came from one of our readers, the husband of a nursing…
  • Photos: Baltimore in the Wake of Freddie Gray

    ProPublica
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    by Edwin Torres ProPublica Segregation Now play sound Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comment Donate State of Emergency Photos by Edwin Torres for DailyMail.com, text special to ProPublica July 28, 2015 On April 27, 2015, the governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency in Baltimore. Riots had broken out following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. In the midst of the tumult, a young photographer documented everyday life in a city under siege. In the early-morning hours on Tuesday, April 28, a fire breaks out…
  • FDA Examines Whether MRI Drugs Accumulate in Brain Tissue

    ProPublica
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    by Jeff Gerth The Food and Drug Administration announced today it is investigating the risk of brain deposits for patients who are given repeated MRIs using imaging drugs that contain a heavy metal. The FDA did not announce any label changes for the nine medicines that contain the metal, gadolinium, saying there was a “need for additional information.” However, “to reduce the potential for gadolinium accumulation,” the safety announcement asked health care professionals to “consider limiting” their use and to reexamine “the necessity of…
  • The New American Slavery Requires An H-2 Visa And More In MuckReads Weekly

    ProPublica
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    by Terry Parris Jr. Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email?  Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend. The new American slavery: Invited to the U.S., foreign workers find a nightmare (BuzzFeed News) Big story! #muckreads https://t.co/VN3tXI66JH— Kendall Taggart (@KendallTTaggart) July 24, 2015 "Interviews and court records reviewed by BuzzFeed News turned up hundreds of workers who claimed they were forced to pay for their visas. That's illegal; companies are responsible for making sure their labor brokers…
  • Senator to Red Cross: Where’s the Transparency on Haiti?

    ProPublica
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:04 pm
    by Justin Elliott The American Red Cross met a deadline this week to answer congressional questions about how it spent nearly half a billion dollars donated after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, but the group says details can't yet be released publicly. And the senator who posed the questions is not satisfied. "I still have a lot more questions for the Red Cross," said Sen. Charles Grassley in a statement. "I have other questions about the spending numbers and how they add up and the overhead costs for both the Red Cross and the grantee organizations. Also, I'd like to see more details of the…
 
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    ProPublica Podcast

  • We Go Behind the Scenes on Surgeon Scorecard

    ProPublica
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Podcast: The ProPublicans behind Surgeon Scorecard talk about melding data and traditional reporting.
  • A Soldier on the Mob Beat

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

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

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

    ProPublica
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    Podcast: A two-time Pulitzer winner talks about a new world of pay-to-play, where lobbying has spread to unregulated surrogates.
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    Reporting on Health

  • New programs targeting health care “superusers” abound, but don't overlook the skeptics

    dgorenstein
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    For three months this year, I spent time with some of the sickest, most expensive patients in America — the so-called "super-utilizers." During that time, I’ve learned about the great promise of programs to help such patients, and why innovations that both improve health and save money are so rare.
  • Why we shoud build journalism with community, not for it

    jcstearns
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Creating in-roads for community participation and giving local people more power to contribute to local journalism is complex and time-intensive. But the end result can be a public that is more engaged in their communities and in supporting news-gathering efforts.
  • Check’s in the Mail: Why you shouldn’t count your donation until it’s banked

    William Heisel
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Saint John’s Health Center in Los Angeles garnered media attention recently with the news that it was suing a donor after her estate refused to fulfill a multi-million dollar donation pledge. William Heisel explores what happens when dream donations turn into legal nightmares.
  • These medications cost what?

    Martha Rosenberg
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    It is no secret that the pill profit party is over for drug companies. Bestselling pills like Lipitor, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Singular, Concerta, Cymbalta and Abilify have gone off patent and Wall Street is moving on to industries that offer better returns.
  • Amid 'stubbornly high' childhood poverty rates, the brain drain comes into focus

    RyanWhite
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    There was a striking case of news convergence earlier this week: the annual KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation emphasized high rates of childhood poverty, and a new JAMA Pediatrics study issued alarming new results on the effect of poverty on young brains.
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Official Trailer

    Kevin Wild
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Bone-chilling.Permalink
  • ‘Apps at a Tap': Apple Posts 3 New Apple Watch Ads

    Kevin Wild
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm
    I find it strange Apple is advertising WatchKit apps considering how slow and inconsistent they are.Permalink
  • Vizio IPO Plan Shows How Its TVs Track What You're Watching

    Kevin Wild
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    According to the filing, Vizio has sold more than 15 million smart TVs, with about 61 percent of them connected as of the end of June. While viewers are benefiting from those connections, streaming over 3 billion hours of content, Vizio says it's watching them too, with Inscape software embedded in the screens that can track anything you're playing on it -- even if it's from cable TV, videogame systems and streaming devices.This is why everyone hates the TV industry.Permalink
  • 'Apple Music is a nightmare'

    Kevin Wild
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Jim Dalrymple on why he's giving up on Apple Music:I trusted my data to Apple and they failed. I also failed by not backing up my library before installing Apple Music. I will not make either of those mistakes again.I’m going to listen to what’s left of my music library, and try to figure out all of the songs I have to buy again. I’ll also download Spotify and reactivate the account I cancelled with them a couple of weeks ago.Permalink
  • ☆ Surprises

    Kevin Wild
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:25 pm
    I've always loved the element of surprise. I love surprising people, and I love to be surprised. To me, surprises are one of the most exciting moments of life. It's thrilling not knowing what will come next.This has always been true in my personal life, as well in my dealings with technology and Apple. Apple has showed us numerous times we truly don't know what the next three, five or ten years will hold. It's part of the reason why I love following technology.All too often we beg to know what's next, what the future holds. I'm reminded of this on many occasions…
 
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    Vox - All

  • A fascinating color-coded map of every job in America

    Matthew Yglesias
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Robert Manduca, a PhD candidate in sociology at Harvard, assembled a dot map showing every job in the United States of America, color-coded by industry segment. It's pretty cool. The way it works is that red dots signify manufacturing and trade; blue dots are professional services; green dots are health care, education, and government; and yellow dots are retail and other services. At large scale, it looks like a population density map Robert Manduca Which makes sense, since you can't have a job without working within commuting distance. Zoom in and that changes Robert Manduca Hudson County,…
  • The best way for Germany to help Europe is to cut taxes

    Matthew Yglesias
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    There's one thing everyone thinks they know about the seemingly endless problems in the eurozone: It's about who will make sacrifices, the thrifty Germans or the heavily indebted south. Except this is totally wrong, as economist Robert Waldmann explains in a brilliant paragraph that comes in the midst of an effort to adjudicate a debate between two other writers. What Europe needs from Germany is not sacrifice, but self-indulgence — lower taxes, higher wages, and more consumption: I would say that the Eurozone has two huge problems. One is that Greece has debts it can't and won't repay. The…
  • They had printing presses in 1776. So why was the Declaration of Independence handwritten?

    Phil Edwards
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    The classic picture of the Declaration of Independence is a handwritten document made of calfskin. But printing presses existed in 1776 — Benjamin Franklin was even a printer in Philadelphia. So why was the declaration so backward for its time? The true physical nature of the document says a lot about its meaning, both in the 1700s and today. The declaration most Colonial Americans saw wasn't handwritten at all Library of Congress The Library of Congress's copy of the Dunlap broadside. The initial Declaration of Independence was breaking news — and for that reason, most Americans saw a…
  • 11 maps that explain energy in America

    Brad Plumer
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Most people don't give too much thought to where their electricity comes from. Flip a switch, and the lights go on. That's all. The origins of that energy, or how it actually got into our homes, is generally hidden from view. Yet the makeup of America's energy infrastructure matters enormously — it's at the heart of everything from President Obama's upcoming rules on climate change to the endless squabbling over the Keystone XL pipeline. So if you're curious to see what that infrastructure actually looks like, check out this fascinating map tool from the Energy Information Administration.
  • The US plan for an ISIS-free zone in Syria, explained

    Zack Beauchamp
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    The US and Turkey have agreed to carve out an "ISIS-free" zone in northern Syria, according to new reports in both the New York Times and the Washington Post. In practice, that means helping Syrian rebels take and hold a chunk of territory in northern Syria. This is a move the administration has resisted for years, and enough remains to be worked out with this plan that it might not be implemented in practice. But if does happen, it would be a significant escalation in America's war on ISIS — and potentially the start of a much bigger role for the US in Syria. What is the "ISIS-free" zone,…
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    10000Hacks

  • Things I’ve learned running an online news media business [Guest Post]

    jayadevanpk
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:47 pm
    [Note: Last month, Medianama, a website for news and analysis on the digital ecosystem in India turned 7 years old. Nikhil, who runs the company wrote an insightful post on the things he has learned. I asked him if we could re-post it here for those who’d like to do a media startup of their own and he agreed. It’s a long post but worth reading in full if you are running/ planning to run a media startup in India. So here goes] MediaNama turns seven today, and our seventh year has possibly been the most important in our history: the work we have done over the six years that…
  • WordPress Workshop for Journalists: Setup & Run your Own Website like a Pro

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

    jayadevanpk
    20 May 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Delhi headquartered HT Media Ltd which publishes The Hindustan Times will launch an accelerator for media and ad:tech companies in partnership with North Base Media, VCCircle reports. I spoke to someone earlier this week who will be involved in the process. The company is still ironing out the details. Former WaPo editor Marcus Brauchli founded North Base Media. HT is said to have sent out invites for a press conference to announce the launch this Friday. Update: More details from the press conference. The accelerator will be launched as a 50:50 joint venture to invite ideas from…
  • Siddharth Varadarajan to Launch The Wire, a New Media Startup

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

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