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  • Must-reads of the week

    Columbia Journalism Review
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the Internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the past week: How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists -- Or SF's housing crisis explained The slaughter bench of history -- How war has made the world safer...
  • A German business model

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    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    You will never find a finer example of a certain German business model popular in the internet age than in an open letter to Google’s Eric Schmidt written by Mathias Döpfner, head of the conservative German publishing giant Axel Springer. (English translation courtesy of the all-seeing, all-powerful Google here.) The essence of that business model, as practiced especially by German and sometimes French legacy publishers, is to stomp their feet like pouty kindergartners missing a turn at kickball, whining “that’s not fair” and yelling that everything wrong on this…
  • Fox's Varney: Economists Are "Flat Out Wrong" About The Math Of Repealing Obamacare

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    From the April 18 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:Related: CNN Fact Check: Repealing Obamacare adds to deficit CBO: Health care repeal would cost $109 billion PolitiFact: Mitt Romney's Claim That Repealing 'Obamacare' Would Save $95 Billion In 2016 Is "False"
  • Recommended Reading: Heartbleed Edition

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    By JOE HART
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    NYT developers share their recommendations from around the web.
  • So Far

    Blogslot
    Bill
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Since last August, I've been doing a monthly chat on Washingtonpost.com. ICYMI, here's an archive:April 1, 2014"Over" vs. "more than," and a little mojibake.March 4, 2014It's Grammar Day! We lay, and we lie.Feb. 4, 2014After Superb Owl Sunday, we tackle the singular "they."Jan. 7, 2014A capital idea about logo-philia.Dec. 3, 2013In which I rant about "Black Friday."Nov. 5, 2013A modest proposal for the National Natural Resources Defense Council.Oct. 1, 2013If I'm going to be miked, it sure as heck won't be with a "mic."Aug. 29, 2013The first in a series, literally.
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  • Must-reads of the week

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the Internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the past week: How burrowing owls lead to vomiting anarchists -- Or SF's housing crisis explained The slaughter bench of history -- How war has made the world safer...
  • How the Detroit Free Press won a Pulitzer for commentary

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    DETROIT, MI -- This might just be the newsiest city in America--and Stephen Henderson's job is to make sense of all that news. 2013 spun Detroit through a landmark bankruptcy, emergency management, and a soap opera of a mayoral election, and Henderson, the editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, delivered columns that sharpened the news morass with a...
  • The ambiguous LA Times/Occidental rift

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Last month, the Los Angeles Times dismissed Jason Felch, a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting, in the kind of rare, career-killing public takedown that gives any journalist pause. The Times published an editor's note correcting a December 7 story by Felch about Occidental College's handling of a number of alleged sexual assault cases. The editor's note went on...
  • Walking the public opinion tightrope

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, Showtime's mammoth documentary series on climate change that premiered Sunday night, is every bit as riveting as its celebrity-laced cast would suggest. In the first hour of the nine-part series, Harrison Ford journeys into an Indonesian jungle, gauging the effects of massive deforestation; Don Cheadle shuttles across Texas narrating the crippling job...
  • Huffington: 'Virality has become fetishized'

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Huffington Post's South Korean edition--the site's 11th international incarnation--launched in February with a reporting focus on burnout and technology addiction, two themes that HuffPost will also cover globally. Arianna Huffington spoke about the importance of covering those topics at a journalism forum at Tufts University on Wednesday, where she also expressed some of her general opinions about digital journalism...
 
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  • A German business model

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    You will never find a finer example of a certain German business model popular in the internet age than in an open letter to Google’s Eric Schmidt written by Mathias Döpfner, head of the conservative German publishing giant Axel Springer. (English translation courtesy of the all-seeing, all-powerful Google here.) The essence of that business model, as practiced especially by German and sometimes French legacy publishers, is to stomp their feet like pouty kindergartners missing a turn at kickball, whining “that’s not fair” and yelling that everything wrong on this…
  • What now for news? Relationships

    Jeff Jarvis
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Here are links to the next parts of an essay I’ve been working on about new relationships, new forms, and new business models for news. These links are the last two bits of the section on relationships: Part IV: Engagement, collaboration, and membership Part V: Organizer, advocate, educator The earlier sections: Part I: No mas mass media Part II: Content vs. service Part III: Ecosystems and networks The entire essay will try to answer the question I often hear in one form or another: “Now that your damned internet has ruined news, what now?” I don’t pretend to make…
  • Good metrics, bad metrics

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile writes an important piece about bad media metrics online. He pokes holes in the value of the click as the be-all-and-end-all of media measurement. He reveals that sharing turns out to be a bad measurement of engagement and value because we often don’t read what we “like” or share (we just bother other people with it). He deflates the value of native advertising, demonstrating with hard data that readers understand the difference between real content and — let’s call it what it is — advertising and they quickly abandon it. The bottom…
  • Listen: They do exist

    Jeff Jarvis
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:56 am
    My two recent posts about philanthropy and the news touched a nerve among not-for-profit news gatherers, leading to a podcast conversation with Scott Lewis, head of Voice of San Diego (starting at about :22), and a response by Steve Waldman. Laura Walker, the CEO of New York Public Radio, also asked to respond here. Laura is a brilliant businesswoman who could run rings around any for-profit media executive. She also made a big announcement today about a $10 million grant to fund digital innovation. I don’t usually hand this space over to anyone else, but I happily give it to Laura…
  • The price of eggs

    Jeff Jarvis
    1 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Glenn Greenwald has responded to Pando Daily’s story about the Omidyar Network and Ukraine with the force and speed we have come to expect. Good. Now I also wish he and his colleagues would turn around, ignore Pando, and create a statement of principles, a compact with the public. Greenwald begins that in his last paragraph of the Pando post: But what I do know is that I would never temper, limit, suppress or change my views for anyone’s benefits – as anyone I’ve worked with will be happy to tell you – and my views on such interference in other countries isn’t going to…
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  • Fox's Varney: Economists Are "Flat Out Wrong" About The Math Of Repealing Obamacare

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    From the April 18 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:Related: CNN Fact Check: Repealing Obamacare adds to deficit CBO: Health care repeal would cost $109 billion PolitiFact: Mitt Romney's Claim That Repealing 'Obamacare' Would Save $95 Billion In 2016 Is "False"
  • Fox News Kicks Off 2014 Coverage Of The "Unholy War On Easter"

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    From the April 18 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Fox's Week-Long "War On Easter" O'Reilly Declares Victory In "War On Christmas," Joins Fox's "War On Easter" Fox Warns Of A Nonexistent "War On Halloween" After O'Reilly's "War On Christmas" Rant, Fox Wishes Viewers "Happy Holidays"
  • Fox Revives List Of Clinton Smears After Polling Shows People Trust Hillary

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    From the April 18 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Fox Surprised Public Isn't Buying Its Efforts To Smear Clinton Which '90s Hillary Clinton Hater Will Fox Host Next? Fox Scrapes The Bottom Of The Clinton Conspiracy Barrel
  • Fox Champions Bundy Supporters Who Threatened Violence Against Federal Agents

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    Fox figures praised armed supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy as good, patriotic, hard-working Americans, ignoring their threats of violence against Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents and indications that they were willing to put women in children in the line of fire.Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Refuses To Pay Grazing Fees, Resulting In Standoff With BLM Los Angeles Times: Bundy Refused To Pay Grazing Fees For Use Of Federal Land.  As the Los Angeles Times reported on April 7: Bundy is battling with federal officials…
  • Fox News Carnival Barkers Gin Up A Range War

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    Led by Sean Hannity, Fox News has devoted 4 hours and 40 minutes of its prime-time programming to cheerleading for a Nevada range war. Media Matters examined Fox News' weekday programming from 4 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET since it first started covering the story. Fox News began agitating for a range war on April 9, sympathetically portraying Cliven Bundy as a folk hero based on the Nevada rancher's refusal for two decades to pay the required fees for grazing his cattle on public land. While Nevada reporters have made clear that Bundy is "clearly wrong" and "breaking the law," Fox has waged a PR…
 
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  • So Far

    Bill
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Since last August, I've been doing a monthly chat on Washingtonpost.com. ICYMI, here's an archive:April 1, 2014"Over" vs. "more than," and a little mojibake.March 4, 2014It's Grammar Day! We lay, and we lie.Feb. 4, 2014After Superb Owl Sunday, we tackle the singular "they."Jan. 7, 2014A capital idea about logo-philia.Dec. 3, 2013In which I rant about "Black Friday."Nov. 5, 2013A modest proposal for the National Natural Resources Defense Council.Oct. 1, 2013If I'm going to be miked, it sure as heck won't be with a "mic."Aug. 29, 2013The first in a series, literally.
  • Madness!

    Bill
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:36 am
    Ben Zimmer's informative Visual Thesaurus post on the NCAA men's basketball tournament and its "brackets" and other lingo reminded me of the much less useful post of peeves I've had in mind for some time. If you're inferring that the subject makes me a bit crotchety because I simply don't like basketball, well, you may have a point. But I do pay attention to my alma mater's exploits in the tournament. The photo above is from the Arizona Daily Star -- that would be the riot that followed my Wildcats' one-point overtime defeat the other day. (And I'm not at all bitter that,…
  • At Least My Shoes Are Oxfords

    Bill
    20 Sep 2013 | 8:00 am
    In what I can only assume was an exaggerated-for-comic-effect piece on Slate, David Haglund bemoans the lack of an Oxford comma, a.k.a. serial comma, in Earth, Wind & Fire and Crosby, Stills and Nash and the like.With a straighter face, he asserts that "right-thinking usage nerds everywhere" dutifully use that comma. Red, white, and blue, not red, white and blue. Well, I'm as right-thinking a usage nerd as you'll meet, if I do say so myself, and although I'll concede I'm in the minority, I just don't care much about serial commas one way or the other. Neither do my…
  • Uniquely, Qualified

    Bill
    26 Aug 2013 | 6:38 am
    One of the kind readers who e-mailed me after my article about the figurative literally appeared in the Washington Post’s Outlook section was complimentary but added that I had misused the word uniquelyNow, I know the drill on unique. It means one-of-a-kind, and so it’s absolute: More unique and less unique and very unique bring to mind a little bit pregnant. That reality tends to be translated into a copy-editing “rule” along the lines of “Never precede unique with a modifier.”As with many of the so-called rules that we copy editors love, it’s a good idea to learn the rest of…
  • See Me, Hear Me

    Bill
    1 Jul 2013 | 8:28 am
    Radio interviews are now, for all intents and purposes, TV interviews as well. So you can watch as well as listen to my recent appearance on WOSU's "All Sides With Ann Fisher." I had a lot of fun; the hour went too fast.
 
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  • Daily Must Reads, April 18, 2014

    Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    1. Big labels take aim at Pandora on royalties (Ben Sisario / New York Times) 2. After big payday for WhatsApp, more app makers resort to “growth hacking” (Jeff John Roberts / GigaOm) 3. Nearly 20% of YouTube users now pay less attention to TV, finds Google study (Jennifer Faull / The Drum) 4. Aereo launches ProtectMyAntenna.org to explain its position vs. broadcasters (Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch) 5. Appeals court says blogs are not only media, they’re an important source of news and commentary (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 6. Dropbox Acquires Startups Loom, Hackpad in Push to Expand…
  • Mediatwits #118: Special Report on Drones as Google Buys Titan Aerospace

    Fannie Cohen
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently drones have become ubiquitous in the media, and not just for executing civilians abroad. Newsrooms are using drones to go places their reporters can’t reach, and drone-deploying filmmakers are capturing what was once cost-prohibitive aerial footage.  And soon, an unmanned aerial vehicle might become your mailman when Amazon launches their drone delivery service. In Silicon Valley, Facebook and Google are getting into the drone game as a means to deliver internet to the unconnected, particularly in the developing world. This week, Google bought Titan Aerospace, a start-up…
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, April 17, 2014

    Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    1. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt chief content officer: We should ban “digital” learning (Mary Cullinane / EdSurge) 2. Teaching adolescents how to evaluate the quality of online information (Julie Coiro / Edutopia) 3. After discontinuing Semester Online, Northwestern alters online education goals (Cat Zakrzewski / Daily Northwestern) 4. Harry Potter fans made a MOOC for Hogwarts, and you can enroll now (Alex Heimbach / Slate) 5. Why Richard C. Levin is out in front, and optimistic, about online education (D. D. Guttenplan / New York Times) 6. Tough career choice: legacy media or…
  • Daily Must Reads, April 17, 2014

    Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    1. Barry Diller: Broadcasters don’t own the airwaves but they still want to stop you from watching via devices (Barry Diller / Wall Street Journal) 2. Al Franken wants Netflix CEO’s perspective on Comcast / TWC deal (Chris Welch / The Verge) 3. They may be filled with trolls, but comments still have value — and they could have even more (Mathew Ingram / GigaOm) 4. Google says buying Nest bogged down first-quarter earnings (Liz Gannes / Re/code) 5. Condé Nast dives deep into native ads (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 6. When ‘liking’ a brand online voids the right to sue (Stephanie…
  • Columbia’s Lede Program Aims to Go Beyond the Data Hype

    Cathy O'Neil
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    This all began at Joe’s Coffee on the Columbia University campus one morning last spring. Mark Hansen was then teaching journalism students who didn’t know much about data or computing. I was working with engineers and skilled data people, who didn’t understand how important storytelling is to problem-solving, especially because different choices, which might seem minute at the time, can lead to very different conclusions. We agreed broadly on the need to bridge that gap: Just as stories are richer when supported by data, the best data analysis is context-laden and done with an eye to…
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  • Are New Media Companies in a Race to the Bottom?

    Paul Gillin
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:01 am
    With BuzzFeed and Upworthy reporting eye-popping traffic growth and planning to hire teams of reporters, many people are wondering whether sharing is the new currency of media success. The idea is that if you give readers enough top-ten lists and animated GIFs they’ll do all your marketing for you. You don’t even have to worry about search engine optimization because nothing ever went viral on search. This philosophy has even given birth to a new style of headline writing that’s intended to stimulate sharing (“Why’s This Kid Throwing Coins? The Reason May Or…
  • Rosy Forecasts about the Future of News

    Paul Gillin
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:18 am
    Marc Andreessen, internet pioneer and founder of Netscape at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, CA (Photo credit: TechShowNetwork) Pretty much anything Marc Andreessen writes is worth reading, and his latest treatise on the future of the news business should be required reading for any publishing executive. The man who arguably started all the trouble with the invention of the Mosaic browser in 1993 isn’t just an optimist on the future of the news business; he’s positively bullish about it. But the future he sees is much more like the newspaper market of the turn of the 20th century…
  • A Former Publisher’s Take on the Closure of the North Adams Transcript

    Paul Gillin
    6 Jan 2014 | 9:44 am
    Martin Langeveld is a 30-year newspaper publishing veteran who was for 13 years the publisher of several newspapers in Northwestern Massachusetts and southern Vermont. He also was executive vice president and director of interactive media for New England Newspapers, Inc., a four-daily cluster which is part of Denver-based MediaNews Group, Inc. He tipped us off last week to the impending closure of the 170-year-old North Adams Transcript, which he piloted for six years. We asked him for his thoughts, which he shared by e-mail. I started my newspaper career at The Berkshire Eagle in 1978,…
  • R.I.P. North Adams Transcript

    Paul Gillin
    3 Jan 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The North Adams Transcript, a daily fixture in northwestern Massachusetts since 1843, will be merged into the larger Berkshire Eagle later this month. The Transcript name will be discontinued and its five-person full-time editorial staff will join the Eagle. A sister weekly newspaper, the Advocate, will also be folded. While putting the usual happy face on the announcement, management did provide a rationale for the move: “Publishing two daily newspapers that cover the same market – literally, they overlap – no longer makes sound business sense when one accounts for the…
  • R.I.P. Print Edition of The Onion – You’ll Forgive Us for Not Crying

    Paul Gillin
    16 Dec 2013 | 12:56 pm
    Final print edition of The Onion It is neither major, metro nor daily, but we would be remiss in not marking the passage from the world of the printed page of The Onion, which has long borne the self-effacing tagline of “America’s Finest News Source.” Founded by two juniors at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1988, the satirical journal has thrived online with its diet of satirical news stories written with such deadpan earnestness that The Onion’s entry on Wikipedia lists more than 15 prominent cases of third-party sources citing it as a legitimate news outlet,…
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  • The Need for Openness in Data Journalism

    Tom Johnson
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    An excellent, thoughtful essay by Brian Keegan on the need for openness — and better application of [social] scientific methods — by journalists. The Need for Openness in Data Journalism Do films that pass the Bechdel Test make more money for their producers? I’ve replicated Walt Hickey’s recent article in FiveThirtyEight to find out. My results confirm his own in part, but also find notable differences that point the need for clarification at a minimum. While I am far from the first to make this argument, this case is illustrative of a larger need for journalism and other…
  • MOOC from Penn State: Maps and the Geospatical Revolution

    Tom Johnson
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A free MOOC on GIS and spacial analysis will be offered by Pennsylvania State University starting 30 April 2014.  The course link and description: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools. About the Course The past decade has seen an explosion of new mechanisms for understanding and using location information in widely-accessible technologies. This Geospatial Revolution has resulted in the development of consumer…
  • NPR: “So You Think You’re Smarter Than A CIA Agent “

    Tom Johnson
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Good NPR piece on the wisdom of crowd-based analysis at the Good Judgment Project “The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria. It wasn’t the only question she was considering; there were others: Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014? Will Russian armed forces enter Kharkiv, Ukraine, by May 10? Rich’s answers to these questions would eventually be evaluated by the intelligence community, but she didn’t feel much pressure because this wasn’t…
  • Esri Lauches ArcGIS Open Data Site

    Tom Johnson
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:02 pm
    From Directions Magazine, whose reviewer writes: http://apb.directionsmag.com/entry/esri-lauches-arcgis-open-data-site/388413 Sunday, March 09, 2014 Esri Lauches ArcGIS Open Data Site “Esri has launched ArcGIS Open Data, a website with the tag line “Explore open data from all over the world.” Those who visit are invited to: Collaborate, Discover New Data and Visualize and Analyze. Sunday afternoon (March 9, 2014) the website had 81,301 datasets. “I did a search on EPA since I know the EPA was a participant in the first discussions of ArcGIS Online Open Data Program…
  • IAJ lectures in South America

    Tom Johnson
    10 Mar 2013 | 2:56 pm
    I’ve posted my 2012 lectures and workshop Powerpoints from Chile, Argentina and Colombia. Some are in Spanish, some in English. See http://www.slideshare.net/jtjohnson/edit_my_uploads
 
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  • About that comment

    Jack Lail
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    What's new in comments about comments. The debate on anonymous comments on websites continues while publisher retool or junk their comment systems. Meanwhile, a few interesting new experiments are happening. Yelp Reviews Brew Fight Over Free Speech, Fairness - WSJ.com Times-Picayune gives judge data on two online commenters | Home | The New Orleans Advocate Sun-Times kills comments until it can fix 'morass of negativity, racism, and hate speech' | Poynter. Livefyre Takes A New Approach To Commenting With Web Annotation Product Sidenotes | TechCrunch Anonymous Pa. Web speech may not be so…
  • Toledo Blade files suit after Army security detains journalists

    Jack Lail
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Here's another incredible example of the government's trampling of the rights of photojournalists.The Toledo Blade filed suit Friday after the Army security personnel detained two journalists outside a tank plan in Lima, Ohio. Cameras were confiscated and some photos deleted.The incident occurred March 28 at a General Dynamics plant.The lawsuit claims the newspaper employees were unlawfully detained, that one  was unlawfully restrained and received threats of bodily harm, that cameras were unlawfully confiscated and images unlawfully destroyed, and that their Constitutional rights were…
  • Skillz for journalists

    Jack Lail
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Good news for training in the newsroom. The Poynter Institute and the E.W. Scripps Co. today announced a long-term agreement that will provide customized training for staff members in the Scripps newspaper division. See the release. And this is but one component of a larger training agenda for Scripps newsrooms.
  • Digital paywalls are the newspaper model now

    Jack Lail
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    2013 was the year when paywalls became the norm for newspapers. 70 percent of newspapers now have some sort of paywall (see pie chart on right), according to a survey by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. That's up from 41 percent in 2011 and 47 percent in 2012. Consumers are still adjusting. Newspapers are not using just one model and are changing the business rules in search of the sweet spot of subscriptions and audience. But don't expect the walls to falls. In the Reynolds survey, publishers generally said: "We should have done it sooner." While there are few experiments, don't expect a…
  • Discovering breaking news as it happens

    Jack Lail
    29 Mar 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Editors are safe for the moment, but this is an interesting experiment in news automation and an interesting way of determining what is "breaking news." #BreakingNews candidate via @WikiLiveMon: http://t.co/hogETk8cLQ. Media gallery: pic.twitter.com/odsdl3fnhp -- mediagalleries (@mediagalleries) March 27, 2014 While not ready for prime time now, I could see this becoming much better.
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  • Shekhar Gupta dedicates book to Viveck Goenka

    churumuri
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:53 am
    Indian Express editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta‘s much-awaited book, Anticipating India, a compilation of his Saturday columns, has seen a change of cover. At left is the original cover, with the tagline “If Modi wins on Sunday”. At right, is the actual book jacket, with the tagline now reading “The best of National Interest”. The 516-page book, published by Harper Collins, is dedicated to Viveck Goenka, the chairman of the Indian Express and the grandson of Ramnath Goenka. “For Viveck Goenka, ninetten years, 900 columns and not one call to ask…
  • Why Shobhana Bhartia was late for PM’s breakfast

    churumuri
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    As is only to be expected, a number of journalists figure in former Economic Times, Times of India and Financial Express journalist Sanjaya Baru‘s book ‘The Accidental Prime Minister‘ (Penguin), on his days as the PM’s media advisor. But a few publishers and head honchos do too, including Prannoy Roy of NDTV, Samir Jain of The Times of India and his mother Indu Jain, and Shobhana Bhartia of Hindustan Times. In May 2005, as the UPA approached its first anniversary, reports began to appear that the PM was reviewing the performance of his ministers. On 9 May, when he was…
  • When NaMo joins hands with a journo, it’s news

    churumuri
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    The BJP’s “prime ministerial candidate” Narendra Modi has, at best, enjoyed a tenuous relationship with the media and media professionals. Although media houses which he spurned are now eating out of his hands, the Gujarat chief minister continues to be generally more comfortable with owners, whom he gives helicopter rides or calls on personally while visiting their cities. But in Mysore, on Tuesday,  Modi made space for journalist Pratap Simha, the 36-year-old columnist of Kannada Prabha, who is the official BJP candidate from Mysore. Simha, who created a stir with his…
  • An Editor reveals his friendship with a politician

    churumuri
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Star of Mysore editor-in-chief K.B. Ganapathy (right) with the politician H.S. Shankaralinge Gowda, who passed away yesterday The relationship between politicians and journalists is usually an after-dark activity in India, with neither participant ready or willing to put the other’s involvement on the record. Wise heads in politics will counsel newcomers against getting too close to journalists, because, well, you never know when the snake could discover its fangs. Grey beards in journalism will lament such proximity, because, well, it could harm the holy grail of our profession that…
  • Can the Indian media ask Modi tough questions?

    churumuri
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Interviews of Narendra Modi are like city buses. There is not one for ages, and then two come along at the same time. The first with the journalist-academic and undisguised Modi shill, Madhu Kishwar, for India News and NewsX; and the other for the Mukesh Ambani-owned ETV Rajasthan. In the Indian Express, Shailaja Bajpai compares the Modi powwows with Rahul Gandhi‘s faceoff with Arnab Goswami for Times Now: “The media is either unwilling or unable to ask Modi penetrative questions. In these two interviews, he swatted away softball questions with a hard bat. Perhaps he only agreed…
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    Jack Lail
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    What's new in comments about comments. The debate on anonymous comments on websites continues while publisher retool or junk their comment systems. Meanwhile, a few interesting new experiments are happening. Yelp Reviews Brew Fight Over Free Speech, Fairness - WSJ.com Times-Picayune gives judge data on two online commenters | Home | The New Orleans Advocate Sun-Times kills comments until it can fix 'morass of negativity, racism, and hate speech' | Poynter. Livefyre Takes A New Approach To Commenting With Web Annotation Product Sidenotes | TechCrunch Anonymous Pa. Web speech may not be so…
  • Toledo Blade files suit after Army security detains journalists

    Jack Lail
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Here's another incredible example of the government's trampling of the rights of photojournalists.The Toledo Blade filed suit Friday after the Army security personnel detained two journalists outside a tank plan in Lima, Ohio. Cameras were confiscated and some photos deleted.The incident occurred March 28 at a General Dynamics plant.The lawsuit claims the newspaper employees were unlawfully detained, that one  was unlawfully restrained and received threats of bodily harm, that cameras were unlawfully confiscated and images unlawfully destroyed, and that their Constitutional rights were…
  • Skillz for journalists

    Jack Lail
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Good news for training in the newsroom. The Poynter Institute and the E.W. Scripps Co. today announced a long-term agreement that will provide customized training for staff members in the Scripps newspaper division. See the release. And this is but one component of a larger training agenda for Scripps newsrooms.
  • Digital paywalls are the newspaper model now

    Jack Lail
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    2013 was the year when paywalls became the norm for newspapers. 70 percent of newspapers now have some sort of paywall (see pie chart on right), according to a survey by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. That's up from 41 percent in 2011 and 47 percent in 2012. Consumers are still adjusting. Newspapers are not using just one model and are changing the business rules in search of the sweet spot of subscriptions and audience. But don't expect the walls to falls. In the Reynolds survey, publishers generally said: "We should have done it sooner." While there are few experiments, don't expect a…
  • Discovering breaking news as it happens

    Jack Lail
    29 Mar 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Editors are safe for the moment, but this is an interesting experiment in news automation and an interesting way of determining what is "breaking news." #BreakingNews candidate via @WikiLiveMon: http://t.co/hogETk8cLQ. Media gallery: pic.twitter.com/odsdl3fnhp -- mediagalleries (@mediagalleries) March 27, 2014 While not ready for prime time now, I could see this becoming much better.
 
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    Technology

  • Virgin Media commit biggest Bcc fail of all time

    Willard Foxton
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This evening, Virgin Media stumbled into what may be the biggest email faux pas ever. Instead of sending hundreds of thousands of marketing emails as blind carbon copies (Bcc), hiding the addresses from all recipients, some gormless fool in the Virgin Media office dropped all the email addresses into the "To" box and sent the [...]
  • Men are funding breast implants for women they've never met in exchange for their attention online. That's pathetic

    William Henderson
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    I've just been reading an article about a woman in the north of England whose breast implants were paid for by strangers. In just three months, 23-year-old Gemini Smith from Northumbria raised the £4,450 needed to transform her from a 34A to a 34DD, and it's all thanks to MyFreeImplants.com – or rather, the men [...]
  • Smoking cannabis will change you. That's not a 'risk', it's a certainty

    Martha Gill
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    So it turns out cannabis is bad for you. But we knew that. There have been decades of research on the topic: it increases your risk of mental illness, it can damage the brain, it can affect the way you think, permanently. And the study making headlines today is not the most comprehensive of studies, [...]
  • FGM: Why have we had to wait until now for a single prosecution?

    Martha Gill
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday a doctor appeared at Westminster Magistrates court facing allegations of female genital mutilation. That the case is the first of its kind in the UK is fairly astounding. The practice has been illegal for 28 years, and, according to this recent report, around 170,000 girls living in the UK have undergone FGM. Despite this, [...]
  • Now there's a Google for drugs – and a Dark Net site for fake Tesco vouchers

    Jamie Bartlett
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    It’s official! More of us are buying drugs on the Internet. This week the 2014 Global Drugs Survey, which is based on a survey of almost 80,000 drugs users from 43 countries, found that a growing number get their drugs online, from "Deep Web" sites like the infamous Silk Road  which was shut down by the [...]
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    Idea Lab

  • Top 5 Data-Scraping Tools for Would-Be Data Journalists

    Shelly Tan
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past fall, I spent time with the NPR News Apps team (now known as NPR Visuals) coding up some projects, working mainly as a visual/interaction designer. But in the last few months, I’ve been working on a project that involves scraping newspaper articles and Twitter APIs for data. I was a relative beginner with Python — I’d pair coded a bit with others and made some basic programs, but nothing too complicated. I knew I needed to develop a more in-depth knowledge of web scraping and data parsing skills and of course took to the web to help. Along the way, I found a few tools that…
  • When You Think You’re a Reporter, But You’re Really in Sales

    Corinne Jurney
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Qualified prospects, CRM and invoices — all are words I’ve been surprised to find myself uttering this semester as I delve into the world of sales for the first time, with the launch of Capitol Hound. Capitol Hound is a service that will offer searchable transcripts and alerts for the North Carolina General Assembly. Both of my parents work in sales and they once warned me that no matter the college or major, everybody ends up in sales. Slightly jaded as they may be, (neither aspired to become a salesperson) they aren’t far off. As a journalism and public policy major, I felt…
  • How Watchup 3.0 Is Looking to Get Personal and Android-Friendly

    Adriano Farano
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Despite what you might have heard, being a tech entrepreneur is not easy. You spend months crafting a product, from design thinking to development, coordinating and encouraging your team. Working hard. Testing. Fighting against bugs — or at least cheering your team on. It’s not easy! And then that moment comes when what you’ve built is out in the world and you are proud of your team and you want to make it available. That day has come for us, and Watchup 3.0 is finally a reality. We’ve learned from our users, so you’ll see some changes in this latest version. 1.
  • Journalism and Collaboration: Where Is the Content Creation Ecosystem Headed?

    Matthew Gelfand
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I once worked at a content creation agency in Boston where we churned out an exorbitant volume of content for client companies’ websites on a daily basis. Each writer was responsible for 15 to 20 stories per day that ranged from 200 to 500 words. We peer-edited and posted all of our work in a proprietary CMS, and the editing process was as follows: Receive influx of emails from co-workers requesting story edits. Suggest edits in Gmail by manually highlighting them in different colors. Email colorfully edited story back to co-worker, who copy/pastes the revision into the CMS to be published.
  • What Alt-Weeklies Can Accomplish with a Startup Mentality

    Alexa Schirtzinger
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently, a group of Knight Fellows visited the offices of Matter, a media-focused venture capital firm in San Francisco, just around the corner from the playground where Twitter was born. It was an immersion in startup culture, which exhorts would-be entrepreneurs to “focus on the user,” “fail fast,” and embrace the idea that “life is a prototype.” Although we tend to think about these lessons in the context of iPhones and apps, they should resonate with alt-weeklies. When most alts were founded (20, 30, even 40 years ago), they were startups: lean, scrappy organizations designed…
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    NewAssignment Online Magazine | Health Topics

  • What Exactly is an Electronic Cigarette?

    Admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Electronic cigarettes also known as E-Health cigarettes or E-Cigarettes are battery powered devices that are considered to be a healthier alternative of regular cigarettes. These electronic devices provide nicotine to users by heating nicotine based substance called the E-liquid or E-juice. Over the years, electronic cigarettes have gained immense popularity due to the benefits they offer to customers.  Please read our e cigarette brand review page for more information on each respective brand we’ve decided to highlight. Function Electronic cigarettes operate in a similar way as fog…
  • How Important is Argireline in Anti Aging Creams?

    Admin
    6 Jan 2014 | 7:08 am
    Aging is a process that no human being can avoid no matter what magic treatment they use. The only way to look young even in your 40s and 50s is to use anti-aging treatments that can help you delay the aging process. These products are designed to keep the symptoms of aging away from your skin for an extended period of time. People who start using these creams or other anti aging products tend to look younger in their 50s because their skins are healthy due to proper nourishment. But not all anti aging products work so well, there are a couple of things that you should know before you buy…
  • Why You Should Use a Neck Cream in Your Skin Care Routine

    Admin
    26 Dec 2013 | 6:57 am
    Using the right neck cream is extremely important if one has to maintain his or her overall beauty of the body. Some women tend to miss out the neck when applying makeup and other skin care products. However, what women don’t know is that just as the face, the neck is equally exposed to strong UV rays and other dust, wind and dirt particles among other pollutants. One should always apply a neck cream as the neck is one of those body parts that immediately depict signs of aging.  A lot of people face the issue of sagging skin on their neck amongst others such as uneven and unequal skin tone…
  • Top New Years Resolutions

    Admin
    25 Nov 2013 | 1:47 pm
    Each year, the majority of us make New Years Resolutions.   While there’s never really a check or balance behind the resolutions, we still make them, but often times never live up to succeeding in “resolving” the goals we laid out. Regardless of if we succeed in living them out or not, it’s always fun to exchange resolutions and see what one another thinks is an area they could improve on. Here is a list of the top new years resolutions, according to About.com.  I found a similar one on USA.gov.  Below you can find my commentary on how you can best stick with your…
  • Online Health Journal

    Admin
    19 Nov 2013 | 5:01 am
    Welcome to our online health journal – covering the latest health and wellness topics. We keep up with the latest in anti aging medicine, fad diets, skin care products, and overall health. 2014 goals include opening an online store featuring the best products and also partnering with major brands to help our readers obtain discounts on the best health supplements. We routinely review products and share our experiences.  Please read our disclaimer regarding trial products sent to us by various brands. Our most viewed page of 2014 has been the Elite Eye Serum review.  This product has…
 
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • Print ads fell 8.6% at papers in 2013: NAA

    Newsosaur
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    In the eighth consecutive year of decline, print advertising at the nation’s newspapers fell 8.6% to $17.3 billion in 2013, according to statistics released today by the Newspaper Association of America.  This means the primary revenue stream for the nation’s publishers now is barely a third of the record $47.4 billion achieved as recently as 2005.  The 2013 print revenues are the lowest level
  • A thoroughly modern digital publisher

    Newsosaur
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When Rafat Ali launched Paid Content in 2002, he created one of the earliest successful digital publishing businesses by, quite cleverly, covering the emerging digital publishing business.   Today, Ali is helping to revolutionize digital publishing again with a new venture that pioneers the use of data to not only develop high-profile, brand-burnishing stories but also to generate fresh,
  • Lessons from the Digital First implosion

    Newsosaur
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Schadenfreude broke out among some publishers today when Digital First Media killed an ambitious interactive publishing initiative and commenced layoffs to bolster the bottom lines of its newspapers in a reported plan to groom them for sale.   But no one should be happy that Digital First hit the wall. All this episode proves is that digital publishing – which remains the only imaginable way
  • State of the news: Shakier than you think

    Newsosaur
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Excuse me for not cheering the renaissance of journalism in the digital era, which I would be pleased to toast if there were one. But the reality is that the businesses that historically have funded local journalism are cutting coverage at the same time that most of the hundreds of new digital entrants are struggling to achieve financial sustainability. We know this – and much more – from the
  • Get ready for the Internet of Everything

    Newsosaur
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    What do smart smoke detectors, interactive underwear and electronic toll tags have in common?  They, and a growing number of sensors in myriad places, are linked to the Internet, creating vast new sources of real-time and individualized data that can be sliced and diced in ways that, for good or evil, will change information consumption and commerce – and roil the media business all over again.
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    20 headlines from the reading list

  • (Re)defining multimedia journalism

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    I published a post on Medium.com 11 days ago. The title is (Re)defining multimedia journalism. I thought it would be interesting to publish it there, instead of here, on my own blog, and see what would happen. Medium has this nice graph with options to see how many people viewed my post, or how many people READ my post. (I don’t have that option in WordPress.) I also get to see how many people recommended my post (and who they are), and the percentage of readers out of viewers. I feel good that 992 people read my post, but not so good that only 37 percent who viewed it actually read it.
  • The Silence at The Intercept Is A Reflection of Startup Newsroom Difficulties

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Just over two months after publishing its first revelations about the NSA’s mass surveillance program, First Look Media’s The Intercept is taking a break. Well, sort of. The newest member of the team (that we know of), built around former Guardian journalist and Edward Snowden cohort Glenn Greenwald, is editor-in-chief John Cook of Gawker. And on Monday, April 14, Cook took to the Intercept’s blog to explain why there hasn’t been a whole lot of action from The Intercept’s reporting team. The main reason for the lack of reporting coming out of the team, which…
  • Online News Outlet Alaska Dispatch Buys Legacy Competitor Anchorage Daily News

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Online news has certainly come a long way from the early days of the Internet when many were skeptical of the credibility of online-only news operations. The recent announcement that the Alaska Dispatch, a born and bred, online-only news operation, will buy the McClatchy-owned Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest daily newspaper, sent more than a few ripples through the news industry. continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.
  • Lovely small desks

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    A little workspace somewhere in your house that doesn't take up that much space and isn't too bad on the eyes. Impossible? With a bit of detective work chances are high that you'll find something that fits both needs. Below you'll find a selection of small desks that I wouldn't mind putting in my living room. Minimal Wall Desk (Rift Oak) The first one is a minimalist floating Wall Desk designed by Dario Antonioni that mounts easily to any wall type (wood studs, sheet metal studs, concrete, brick) to create a multi-use desk or display shelf. DEX desk DEX Desk is a refined, compact en…
  • Yuki Kageyama: Exploring Japan’s Secret Hideouts for Grown-Ups

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    A base or a hideout. Well, whatever you called it — you can bet that you had one as a kid. But it’s not just about larking around when young. Hideouts can also be hubs for alternate ways of living, a refuge and a means of returning to a more innocent childhood world. Hideouts are necessary spaces in everyday life and function like an abode. Since we are thinking about all things related to Japanese homes at the moment, when we heard about a new book by Yuki Kageyama called “Secret Hideouts for Grown-Ups”, we were intrigued to say the least. It introduces a range of…
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • French journalists kidnapped in Syria released

    Sandra Oshiro
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Al Jazeera | RFI English | Committee to Protect Journalists Four French journalists kidnapped in Syria 10 months ago by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were found by Turkish soldiers. Al Jazeera reported Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, … Read more
  • Boston.com unveils responsive redesign as it begins competing with the Globe

    Sam Kirkland
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Boston.com has freshened up for the spring, making it better prepared to compete across all platforms against its paywalled big brother BostonGlobe.com, a responsive pioneer. The free news source’s responsive site is now in beta on both mobile … Read more
  • Journalist whose own mother died in Afghanistan maintains connection with AP’s Kathy Gannon

    Kristen Hare
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The Washington Post On Friday, freelance writer Tracee Herbaugh wrote about the death of her mother for The Washington Post. Sharon Herbaugh, an Associated Press bureau chief, died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 1993. Herbaugh wrote about … Read more
  • TLDR finds the guy who shared his passwords in the comments section

    Kristen Hare
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    On The Media On The Media’s Alex Goldman went out in search of that guy who posted his passwords in the comments section of a Washington Post story about the Heartbleed bug. Naturally, his accounts were then hijacked. Goldman … Read more
  • Photojournalist Maggie Steber never gives up

    Kristen Hare
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    Photojournalist Maggie Steber’s first job was with the Galveston Daily News. She spoke about her career with Jim Colton in an April 15 piece for the National Press Photographers Association. The work wasn’t that interesting, she told Colton, but … Read more
 
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    Media Disruptus

  • Is ‘Journalism’ losing its clout in U.S. higher education?

    Steve Outing
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:15 am
    The University of Colorado’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication ceased to exist (it was “discontinued”) on June 30, 2011. Journalism education at CU lives on, for now as a “program” housed in the CU Graduate School. At some point, CU will have a Journalism “department” inside a still-being-planned new College of Media, Communication, &...
  • How to spark innovation in your own thinking (journalism edition)

    Steve Outing
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:21 pm
    This post is part of the latest Carnival of Journalism group-blogging thought exercise. The question (posed this month by Donica Mensing, associate professor of journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno): “How do you spark innovation in your own thinking, your newsroom or classroom? What techniques do you recommend?” Well, I’m game to tackle that...
  • New Secret app offers escape from our transparent society

    Steve Outing
    2 Feb 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Privacy or transparency? Can’t we have both? … This past week brought the public debut of Secret, a new iPhone app (Android coming later) that I predict will be a hit, because it comes at a time when it’s increasingly difficult to keep secrets or have any semblance of digital privacy. And while initially it...
  • How a sci-fi dystopian vision can improve the future

    Steve Outing
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:36 am
    Futurists deal with scenarios. With a single future for any industry or important issue impossible to predict accurately, the best way to forecast what is years or decades ahead is by working with multiple (plausible) scenarios, and going from there — say, to developing solutions to societal problems that accompany respective scenarios (of climate change,...
  • Forecasts for news and media well BEYOND 2014: be-all digital assistants

    Steve Outing
    5 Jan 2014 | 9:33 pm
    FIRST OF A SERIES  The traditional onslaught of 2014 predictions by media and technology writers and pundits is (almost?) over. You’ve probably read many or some of them, and it’s typical for the authors to make predictions about the year ahead. (E.g., Nick Bilton of the New York Times predicts that smartwatches are going to...
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    Teaching Online Journalism

  • (Re)defining multimedia journalism

    Mindy McAdams
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    I published a post on Medium.com 11 days ago. The title is (Re)defining multimedia journalism. I thought it would be interesting to publish it there, instead of here, on my own blog, and see what would happen. Medium has this nice graph with options to see how many people viewed my post, or how many people READ my post. (I don’t have that option in WordPress.) I also get to see how many people recommended my post (and who they are), and the percentage of readers out of viewers. I feel good that 992 people read my post, but not so good that only 37 percent who viewed it actually read it.
  • Introducing the HTML5 canvas element

    Mindy McAdams
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    In a Web coding class, in which students work with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, they should also have some exposure to the canvas. Here are the materials I’ve developed for a basic introduction: PowerPoint (on Slideshare): Introduction to HTML5 canvas GitHub repo (all examples and code) Live examples (Web pages to view) Exercises: Example files for students to use during the PowerPoint Feel free to use, copy, share or modify any of these for any class or course.
  • What journalism students need to learn now

    Mindy McAdams
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Is blogging still relevant to journalism? This is one of the questions Mark Briggs is considering as he begins work on the third edition of his popular textbook Journalism Next. In his blog post, he listed the following chapters: How the web works Blogging for better journalism Crowd-powered collaboration Microblogging and social media Going mobile Visual storytelling with photographs Making audio journalism visible Telling stories with video Data-driven journalism and digitizing your life Managing news as a conversation Building a digital audience for news This is a good outline for…
  • What I read this week

    Mindy McAdams
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:24 am
    I spent Saturday morning closing tabs in my browser. Here’s what was interesting and good. Local news Charting the years-long decline of local news reporting Paul Farhi March 26, 2014 “[L]ocal news has become a tough sell, especially online. It’s not that people aren’t interested in their communities — local news usually ranks as the top priority in surveys — it’s that the economics of the digital age work strongly against reporting about schools, cops and the folks down the street.” News design Against beautiful journalism Felix Salmon March 27, 2014 “The…
  • Computer code that writes stories

    Mindy McAdams
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    It’s about the power of code, and it’s also about a UF J-school alum, Ken Schwencke (JM – 2009), who works on the Data Desk at the Los Angeles Times. Whenever there’s an earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sends out email alerts. Schwencke set up an email account to receive those emails. This past Monday, an email landed in that inbox. Automatically, because the email had arrived, a program (written by Schwencke) parsed the text of the email to find answers to these three questions: Is the quake in LA, with greater than 2.5-magnitude? Is the quake in California, with…
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    LOCAL ONLINER

  • A Look at the GOLOCAL Finalists: The Best in National Local

    Peter
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    The Finalists for BIA/Kelsey’s GOLOCAL Awards have been announced. The winner of the final stage will be announced at LEADING IN LOCAL: The National Impact during a special session on May 8 highlighting finalists.(The conference runs May 7-9 and takes place in Atlanta). The Awards were the result of a brainstorm with our friends at Balihoo, who agreed to sponsor them. We wanted to showcase the Best in Local online and mobile campaigns by national and regional players in the U.S. and Canada . The results are totally objective – we recruited an ace group of independent “national local”…
  • Speaker Update for Leading in Local: The National Impact, Atlanta, May 7-9

    Peter
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The spanking new program is set for Leading in Local: The National Impact, which is May 7-9 in Atlanta. We’ve put together a great list of 55 hand-picked speakers – all centered on what’s really happening in local with a special, unprecedented eye on the all important franchise and brand customer — plus a unique tour of The Weather Company (and a chance to meet weather celebrity Sam Champion.) Leading executives and thought leaders with advanced franchise and brand applications for local are at the top of the bill, including: • Chip Perry, Independent Consultant, AutoTrader’s…
  • GrubHub IPOs: GrubHub and the ‘Food’ Segment

    Peter
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    photo courtesy of Crain’s Chicago Business All eyes are on “local” this morning on Wall Street, with GrubHub’s IPO off to a great start. The company has placed 7.4 million shares priced at $26, or $192.4 million. The shares closed at $34. We’ve been watching GrubHub’s IPO with real interest. The Chicago-based online take out ordering company – which merged last August with Seamless, its primary competitor – represents a key local “food” anchor, along with Open Table, UrbanSpoon, Groupon (reservations); Yelp and Google+ (reviews); and eventually, Amazon, WalMart,…
  • BIA/Kelsey’s Discussion with New ReachLocal CEO Sharon Rowlands

    Peter
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    ReachLocal today announced the appointment of longtime B2B and information services leader Sharon Rowlands as CEO, replacing interim CEO David Carlick, who remains chairman; and founding CEO Zorik Gordon, who left in December 2013 and is pursuing his vision for ClubLocal, a consumer-facing home service that has been spun off by ReachLocal. Groupon is among the lead funders of ClubLocal . Rowlands, a 20+ year industry veteran is an English native currently based in New York. She is on the board of Constant Contact and previously served in many leadership capacities, including as CEO of Penton…
  • Local Market Launch Pushes on Discovery for National Brands, Local Markets

    Peter
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:03 am
    National brands, franchises and multi-location outlets often lose business by only providing standard name/address/phone number information, instead of focusing more on discovery search, says Local Market Launch CMO Gideon Rubin. “Name, address, phone information only represents 15 percent of searches. If you know ‘Subway,’ you can look it up,” he says. But the real market opportunity is in the discovery market, which constitutes 85 percent of searches. “What we do is add keywords and categories that increases the likelihood of showing up in non-branded searches,” he says.
 
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    VideoJournalism

  • It’s called death watch…

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

    Cyndy Green
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    Panasonic AG-HMC150 and Samsung NX-1000 Dangerous ground…especially if you don’t know enough to know what you should be looking for. This blog posting is for those who want to stretch their knowledge and move beyond simple P&S (point and shoot) folks who just use their cameras to take family photos or video or LAMIGABEC! (Look at me – I’ve got a big expensive camera!) types who are all about impressing folks. This blog posting is for those of you who just know somehow you’re missing out on the real secrets of shooting and editing video…what makes the…
  • Victim or perpetrator?

    Cyndy Green
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I follow Carlos Miller’s Photography Is Not a Crime blog for a reason. Ninety-nine percent of the time photographers are harassed due to either ignorance about First Amendment rights by law enforcement and other agencies or at times those agencies or employees deliberately ignoring the rights of media and citizens. First – the media has no more nor less rights than any citizen of this great country. So if a videojournalist is pushed back and locals are allowed to stay near a homicide scene that is wrong – illegal. Journalists can, however, be allowed closer and are even…
  • The true cost$ of production

    Cyndy Green
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Take a look. Most is pre-production. http://rebelunit.com/blog/2014/2/25/why-is-the-cost-of-producing-video-so-s-expensive
  • Thought for the day…

    Cyndy Green
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:55 am
    …picked this up from Dieter Melhorn over on b-roll. …it’s not the wand, it’s the magician waving it… that makes the magic. So for you myriad producers, wanna-be’s, and everyone else. No matter which camera you use, the person behind the camera is who makes the difference between crap and creativity. They have the technical chops to know how to use whatever camera they’re given and the aesthetic and practical workflow knowledge to squeeze the most out of said camera. Once again…a pricy camera in the hands of an idiot produces high quality crap.
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    yelvington.com

  • The episode in which I cause the sky to fall on journalism as we know it

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

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

    yelvington
    5 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Back in the last decade we created a community photo-sharing platform called Spotted. The original idea was borrowed from a simple, successful content/marketing program at Cox Interactive Media, where I was executive editor at the turn of the century. We sent someone with a digital camera to an event with instructions to turn around and shoot the spectators, and hand out business cards. The resulting slideshows were huge traffic generators. At Morris, this was merged with the "anyone can post" philosophy of Flickr and eventually implemented as a Morris DigitalWorks tool that became a…
  • Didn't mean to quit blogging

    yelvington
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    I didn't mean to quit blogging, but I've been busy at work and living in two cities. And honestly, I've grown tired of the old pointless debates: free or paid? is the Internet the end of journalism or a new beginning? and so forth. Twitter has displaced blogging of the "blurb and link" variety, and Facebook has displaced blogging of the "I just want to express myself" flavor. I think that narrows the purpose of a blog, but it does not eliminate it. Maybe I'll do some more, now that I hacked my way past a forgotten password problem.
  • It's an 'and' universe: responsive design with a companion mobile app

    yelvington
    20 Jun 2013 | 1:42 pm
    We pulled the veil off DoSavannah.com today. It's our first foray into fully responsive Web design, adjusting automatically to viewport size with optimizations for smartphone, tablet and desktop viewers. At the same time, we launched a mobile app for iOS and Android. These might seem redundant. But it's an "and" universe, not an "or" universe. The website and the app play somewhat different roles, just as Do Savannah itself plays a role distinct from savannahnow.com and the Savannah Morning News. The app and the website work as companions, not as competitors. The responsive website is best…
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    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project

  • State of the News Media 2014

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:02 pm
    In many ways, 2013 and early 2014 brought a level of energy to the news industry not seen for a long time. Even as challenges of the past several years continue and new ones emerge, the activities this year have created a new sense of optimism – or perhaps hope – for the future of American journalism.
  • The Digital Video Advertising Market

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:02 pm
    To fully understand the state of digital video advertising and its potential for news, it is helpful to start with the entire advertising picture. Total advertising revenue amounted to $171.3 billion in 2013, according to estimates provided by eMarketer. Digital advertising accounted for a quarter of that (or $42.6 billion). Digital video advertising amounts to […]
  • Previous State of the News Media Reports

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Previous State of the News Media reports: 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
  • Developments in Online News Video Content

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Even if the economic benefits are uncertain, digital video will clearly be a part of how consumers get content, including news, in the coming years. From live feeds like a presidential speech, to user-generated content around breaking news, to original video packages produced for the web, to clips or downloads of content first aired in […]
  • Methodology

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The data for this report were collected in three main parts: original survey work conducted by the Pew Research Center, an original content audit of websites of local and national television news outlets, and secondary aggregation and analysis by Pew Research Center of data generated by other researchers or organizations. For the secondary analyses, original […]
 
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  • My next ebook: Finding Stories in Spreadsheets

    Paul Bradshaw
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a few weeks I will begin publishing my new ebook: Finding Stories In Spreadsheets. The book has been written in response to requests from journalists who need a book on Excel aimed at storytellers, not accountants. Finding Stories In Spreadsheets will outline a range of techniques, including ways to find the ‘needle in the haystack’ in text data, number calculations to make stories clearer, and methods of cleaning and combining data to tell new stories, including getting data ready for maps and charts. The book will be available for a discounted rate for the first…
  • Charging for journalism – crowdfunder SA Mathieson’s experience

    samathieson
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:36 am
    If you assumed that the future of journalism would only be free (or at least advertiser-funded), says SA Mathieson, you’re wrong. In a guest post for OJB Mathieson – who recently successfully crowdfunded his own project to report on the Scottish referendum - explains why the web turns out to be capable of charging for access too. The Columbia Review of Journalism recently reported that the Financial Times now has nearly twice as many digital subscribers as print ones, having added 99,000 online customers in 2013. They pay significant amounts for access: the cheapest online…
  • Fund an investigative project – and get analytics for free?

    Paul Bradshaw
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lyra McKee is a brave young woman. Not (just) because of her investigation into the murder of a Northern Ireland politician - but because of her decision this week to offer supporters access to the metrics behind it. Many journalists would find such an idea terrifying: telling everyone how many people are reading my work? Sharing it? Finishing it? There’s simply too much to lose. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” But crowdfunding creates a different dynamic. When I backed SA Mathieson‘s project on Beacon, I wasn’t buying content: I was…
  • Interview: president of IRPI Cecilia Anesi talks about secure leaks platform IRPILeaks

    Cristian Giulietti
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:24 am
    Last year the Investigative Reporting Italian Project (IRPI) introduced a platform for Italian and international whistleblowers, the first of its kind in the country. The project has been called IRPILeaks and, like the Dutch PubLeaks and WikiLeaks, is a tool for those want to leak staying anonymous and safe. IRPI aims to use this anonymity to encourage leaks from people who want to expose misconducts of companies and public authorities. A list of risks they could face in the process is published on IRPI‘s site. It has been made possible by the employment of a software for secure…
  • “I don’t do maths”: how j-schools teach statistics to journalists

    Paul Bradshaw
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    Image by Simon Cunningham Teresa Jolley reports from a conference for teaching statistics to journalism students I am not a great ‘numbers’ person, but even I was surprised by the attitudes that journalism lecturers at the Statistics in Journalism conference reported in their students. ‘I don’t do numbers’ and ‘I hate maths’ were depressingly common expressions, perhaps unsurprisingly. People wanting to study journalism enjoy the use of language and rarely expect that numbers will be vital to the stories they are telling. So those responsible for…
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • Yahoo change can break mail lists

    Doug Fisher
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Oops.If you have a mail list set up so that any replies go only to the person sending and not to the list -- and if you have any Yahoo addresses -- a Yahoo policy change could cause you some problems.See http://yahoomail.tumblr.com/post/82426900353/yahoo-dmarc-policy-change-what-should-senders-doFor a more technical explainer: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber=1
  • Poynter study: Gap still exists between educators, professonals on j-skills

    Doug Fisher
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    I've just started a Poynter webinar on the latest round of its study that journalists will need in the future.The study (PDF) reveals the same kind of gap between educators and professionals that we've seen elsewhere (See Journalism and Mass Communication Educator for several similar academic studies.) But what's interesting is that educators seem to value multimedia skills like photo, audio and video than professionals.The report quotes Tom Huang, Sunday and enterprise editor of the Dallas Morning News: "[I]f I had to choose, I'd first choose journalists with 'traditional' skills and then…
  • Recommended reading: Steve Outing - is 'journalism' losing higher ed clout

    Doug Fisher
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Steve Outing has written an interesting column at his Media Disruptus site looking at the waning of "journalism" in the name of higher ed programs professing to do at least a little of it. (He also reflects on the efficacy of keeping "mass communications" in the mix in an age when "mass" increasingly is becoming "targeted."I think he's right about the direction this is going. And I think it is for two reasons:- The waning influence of journalism in society.- The "penury" of the industry when it was in good shape when it came to actually funding the schools and paying some attention to the…
  • AP: Over? More than? No distinction anymore ...

    Doug Fisher
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Finally!AP Style tip: New to the Stylebook: over, as well as more than, is acceptable to indicate greater numerical value. #ACES2014— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) March 20, 2014 And for all those having heart attacks on Twitter about it, get over it. It hasn't been an issue on most news desks or for most publications for several years. Feel free to make the distinction if you want -- I do -- just don't mindlessly impose it on others.
  • Copy editors at BuzzFeed

    Doug Fisher
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Well, isn't this interesting:But as BuzzFeed continues to grow—four new employees checked in at the front desk in the 10 minutes I spent waiting there one morning—they’re not just adding brilliant headline writers and producers who get the gestalt of cat lovers. BuzzFeed has decided it’s no longer good enough to fix errors after publication, at least not on its most popular posts. They’ve decided it makes good journalism and business sense to assure readers that their posts are true, so BuzzFeed is embracing the ultimate symbol of the overstuffed print newsrooms of the pre-digital…
 
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    The Newspaper Guild

  • What Law Did Blade Reporters Break? The Army Won't Say

    Janelle
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Jonathan PetersApril 17, 2014Columbia Journalism ReviewAfter military police detained two Toledo Blade journalists (Guild members Jetta Fraser and Tyrel Linkhorn) last month outside a military manufacturing plant, an Army spokesman said the journalists had violated “Federal law and Army Regulations” by photographing the facility. But which law, and which regulations? The Army didn’t say at the time—and it won’t say now. We have a pretty good idea, though, and it could present the first constitutional challenge to a statute that’s been on the books since the World War II era.
  • Busy Multi-Council Meeting Keeps Members on Their Toes

    Janelle
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Janelle HartmanApril 17, 2014NewsGuild-CWANote: Dozens more photos are available on our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TheNewspaperGuildCWA. Even if you don't have a Facebook account, you should be able to access the photos. First photo: The Guild audience gets an early Saturday welcome from CWA Chief of Staff Ron Collins, who spoke about the need for movement-buliding, while recognizing the ethical restraints on Guild journalists. Second photo: CWA Canada Director Martin O'Hanlon gives his report as TNG President Bernie Lunzer, Acting Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens and Collins look on.
  • Kaplan English Teachers Overwhelmingly Ratify 1st Contract

    Janelle
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    StaffApril 17, 2014The Newspaper Guild of New YorkThe following is a news release from the New York Guild: NEW YORK – English teachers at Kaplan International Centers, represented by the Newspaper Guild of New York, yesterday voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first union contract, one that would provide raises and workplace protections. In doing so, they joined a small handful of teachers in the world of for-profit education to have union contracts. In June 2012, Kaplan teachers, who teach English as a second language (ESL) at three Manhattan facilities, voted overwhelmingly for Guild…
  • Perelman May Back Philadelphia Guild's Bid for Newspapers

    Janelle
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Associated PressApril 17, 2014The Washington PostPhiladelphia newspaper employees hope to mount a bid in the latest sale of their company with help from local philanthropist Raymond Perelman, Philadelphia Guild Executive Director Bill Ross told a judge Wednesday. Perelman, now in his mid-90s, has been interested in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News for years, and bid on them in 2010. The upcoming auction of the company, which also operates the Philly.com website, comes amid a feud between rival owners George Norcross and Lewis Katz. The testimony came during a hearing that…
  • Milbank: Some Condemning Pulitzer for NSA Leak Stories

    Janelle
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Dana MilbankApril 16, 2014The Washington PostOn Monday, my Washington Post colleagues celebrated winning the Pulitzer Prize for public service along with the Guardian newspaper for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency. On Wednesday, Post columnist Marc Thiessen held a counterdemonstration. Thiessen, who writes a weekly online column for The Post, hosted an event at the American Enterprise Institute devoted in large part to denouncing the Guardian, The Post and the Pulitzer committee for their actions. Thiessen, also an AEI fellow, said…
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    Media | The Guardian

  • Teazle Fredenburgh obituary

    Ed Fredenburgh
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    My mother, Teazle Fredenburgh, who has died aged 104, was passionately interested in people and their cultures, and in the world events that affected and involved them.She was born Julie Taylor in London, and brought up in the West End, where her parents, Victor and Polly, worked as master tailors. Her education included boarding at a convent, where she mingled with girls from every continent (including some from Russia: it was 1917, the year of the Bolshevik revolution), and an equally cosmopolitan Swiss finishing school. A prolific communicator, she was still in touch with some of those…
  • British TV is learning to love the arts but it can love them too much | Mark Lawson

    Mark Lawson
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    TV's new passion for the arts should be good news for culture enthusiasts. But are critical voices being drowned out by applause?In the history of television, the areas of British life that have most regularly complained about the lack and, in recent times, reduction of airtime are religion and the arts. But, while bishops may still be bitter, artists now seem to have cause to applaud. This week Channel 4 announced a large increase in its arts programming, just over a month after BBC director general Tony Hall revealed the ambition to put arts "at the heart" of the…
  • Fraser Nelson, Spectator editor: 'I'd put £1,000 on Ed Miliband to win the election'

    Decca Aitkenhead
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    He was named political journalist of the year this month, and counts the cabinet among his readers. So why does Spectator editor Fraser Nelson think the Tories are on course to lose both Scottish referendum and general election?Unless you are a regular Spectator reader, you may have missed a little ongoing drama. A few months ago the magazine's veteran columnist Taki wrote that Charles Saatchi was a "rogue" and "most welcome to come and try to grab my little throat anytime". The 70-year-old art collector responded in a letter for publication: "Apparently your…
  • Eric Pickles: I'll shut council freesheets that publish 'propaganda on the rates'

    Alexandra Topping and agencies
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Communities secretary targets five Labour-led London boroughs, where he says free press is being put out of businessEric Pickles has threatened to shut free newspapers given out by five Labour-run councils, accusing them of peddling propaganda.The communities and local government secretary accused the councils of behaving like Russian president Vladimir Putin, describing the council-published newsletters as "town hall Pravdas", a reference to Russian political newspapers associated with the Communist party. Continue reading...
  • A Sunday Times sting ends up with the stingers being stung...

    Roy Greenslade
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    This is one of those crazy things that can happen to undercover journalists engaging in a spot of subterfuge. Two Sunday Times investigative reporters, Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake, set out to discover whether it was possible to purchase a Bulgarian baby. Continue reading...
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  • An interview with Brian Hughes, digital strategist

    Julia Callaway
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    This week is National Library Week in the United States. Oxford University Press is celebrating the contributions of these institutions to communities around the world in a variety of ways, including granting free access to online products in the United States and Canada. To better understand the work that goes into these reference works, we sat down with Senior Marketing Manager Brian Hughes to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the digital space; how Oxford strives to provide knowledge to students, scholars, and researchers; and the hidden considerations that must be made. What do…
  • What is academic history for?

    JonathanK
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Paula A. Michaels Writing on Saturday in The Age, popular historian Paul Ham launched a frontal assault on “academic history” produced by university-based historians primarily for consumption by their professional peers. In his article, Ham muses on whether these writings ever “enlightened or defied anyone or just pinged the void of indifference” Lamenting its alleged inaccessibility and narrow audience, Ham asks with incredulity: What is academic history for? Ham’s is only the latest in a steady stream of attacks castigating historians and other scholars for their inability…
  • How much could 19th century nonfiction authors earn?

    Maria Donnini
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:30 am
    By Simon Eliot and John Feather In the 1860s, the introduction of its first named series of education books, the ‘Clarendon Press Series’ (CPS), encouraged Oxford University Press to standardize its payments to authors. Most of them were offered a very generous deal: 50 or 60% of net profits. These payments were made annually and were recorded in the minutes of the Press’ newly-established Finance Committee. The list of payments lengthened every year, as new titles were published and very few were ever allowed to go out of print. Some authors did very well from their association with…
  • The Press stands firm against the French Revolution and Napoleon

    Maria Donnini
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Simon Eliot With the French Revolution creating a wave of exiles, the Press responded with a very uncharacteristic publication. This was a ‘Latin Testament of the Vulgate Translation’ for emigrant French clergy living in England after the Revolution. In 1796, the Learned (not the Bible) side of the Press issued Novum Testamentum Vulgatae Editionis: Juxta Exemplum Parisiis Editum apud Fratres Barbou. The title page went on to declare that it had been printed at the University of Oxford for the use of French clerics who were exiled in England. This edition was based, as the title makes…
  • Family photos and the spectre of global leadership

    Alice
    25 Feb 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Michael Foley The ‘family photograph’ is the visual climax of each G8 summit. Each is designed to portray world leaders earnestly engaged with global problems on behalf of a presumptive international constituency. These pictures have a high symbolic value in that they are designed not only to demonstrate that individual leaders can operate in conjunction with one another but also to infer the existence of an upward trajectory of global governance. These high profile meetings are choreographed to affirm the centrality of leadership in responding to global challenges and establishing…
 
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Chelsea v Sunderland - as it happened | Nick Miller

    Nick Miller
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Sunderland keep their own survival hopes alive and gave Liverpool a boost in the title race with an extraordinary 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge 7.29pm BST The last word goes to our old pal Rob Coughlin, who is taking this very well indeed:"Great win by Dean. He should be proud." 7.27pm BST Well good lord. That result gives Sunderland hope of survival, but also of course LIverpool, who could go five points clear if they beat Norwich tomorrow. Scenes. 7.23pm BST Well, well, well. 7.23pm BST 90 mins + 5: The ball bobbles around the Sunderland box, and Mannone claims it just…
  • Football League: your thoughts | Tom Davies

    Tom Davies
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Ipswich miss their chance while Millwall revival continues as Pompey dump Bristol Rovers in trouble in League Two All Saturday's results and scorers Does anyone want to claim the final play-off place in the Championship? Defeats for Bournemouth and Reading and only a draw for Brighton on Friday presented Ipswich Town with a chance to move into the top six with a win at Watford. They failed to take it, losing 3-1, their fate sealed by two goals within the space of three second-half minutes from Gabriele Angella and Lewis McGugan after Ipswich appeared to have put themselves in the ascendancy…
  • Who made your clothes? Its time we knew and cared

    Stella Creasy and Alison McGovern
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    No one should lose their life doing a day's work. MPs Stella Creasy and Alison McGovern want to start a fashion revolution that starts to challenge what is happening in the industrySometimes events occur so horrific it can make finding a constructive response seem almost impossible and inadequate by comparison. As politicians we recognise in such circumstances our profession most of all can be found wanting. Yet we refuse to give up on the power of collective action to bring forward the possibility of change no matter how difficult the issue - if we are all prepared to play our part in…
  • Premier League clockwatch - as it happened

    Niall McVeigh
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Swansea won at St. James' Park to edge towards safety and pile more pressure on Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace earned a fifth straight league win at West Ham, while strugglers Aston Villa and Cardiff both earned home draws 5.09pm BST BOOOOOOOOOOOO. The home support at today's 3pm top-flight venues were fairly hacked off before - and they won't feel much better after all four home teams failed to record a win. Newcastle's misery continued with a late defeat to Swansea, while West Ham were undone by in-form Crystal Palace, who sit in 11th after a fifth straight league victory. There were no…
  • Lindsay Lohan's reality show didn't need to take her seriously

    Katie Rogers
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    As the final episode of her Oprah-led docu-series approaches, the star has hit the chat show circuit hard but what do her varied performances reveal about her life?As the old adage goes, there's no such thing as bad press. No one knows this better than Lindsay Lohan. When the final instalment of her 'docu-series', Lindsay, airs on OWN on Sunday, Lohan may not have convinced many viewers of her acting chops, healthy lifestyle or newfound sobriety. But none of this will damage her career, because it is now very clear that her career has nothing to do with acting. Continue reading...
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  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

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

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Got to love Mary Jo White, the Chairwoman of the SEC.  While Michael Lewis’s book Flash Boys was getting all the headlines and was the topic of some of the best television  on CNBC, ever, Ms White used the firestorm to ask for more money for the SEC. Shocking ? The only shock would be if she didn’t use any occasion the SEC was in the public eye to ask for more money. It is unfortunate because there is no greater waste of money than what the SEC spends trying to enforce  insider trading laws. Let me give you some examples of just how poorly the SEC manages our tax dollars when…
  • The Back to the Future Arbitrage of Silicon Valley and what it will take to beat it

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m not a huge fan of Silicon Valley. It reminds me so much of Hollywood and the movie and TV industry. In Hollywood every one will talk and listen to you about your project.  But while they are standing there, right in front of you, they are not looking at you. They are looking past you to the next project where they can raise/sell more.  Where they can be a bigger star. There is always a bigger fish. Who ever is standing in front of them is hopefully just the bait. Silicon Valley has become the exact same thing these days. No one wants to literally start from scratch in a garage and…
  • My 2 cents on Sports Marketing and what I learned from SMU Basketball this week

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had the pleasure of going to an SMU Basketball game this past week. It wasn’t a huge game from a standings perspective. It wasn’t a big rivalry game.  It wasn’t a game between 2 powerhouse teams. It was an important game as every game is for an up and coming team like SMU.  But there was no one outside the two teams that were really paying attention to the outcome. Bottom line, it was a game on the schedule. It was a game on the schedule for every one but SMU basketball fans.  For SMU basketball fans it was their chance to show off to any and all newcomers who walked…
  • So I Got Sued By A Patent Troll Who Thinks They Own Downloading Movies (only before they are released in theaters) over Cellular

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    28 Jan 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of Patent Trolls.  Actually, there are only a few areas in which Im a fan of patents at all.  The lawsuits filed against Magnolia (and Apple, Amazon and Weinstein Companies) are perfect examples of why. In this case a company was able to get a patent on the downloading of movies over cellular networks , but only for movies that have not been released in theaters yet. Could there be a more ridiculous patent ever issued  ? Follow the logic here.  If Magnolia, which distributes movies and pioneered the release of movies before they are in…
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  • ABCs: Guardian passes 100m milestone for monthly traffic

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Latest figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulation show a record month for the Guardian in March, while web traffic to the Independent grew by almost 25 per cent month-on-month
  • 20 years of digital milestones at BBC Online

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    To mark BBC Online's recent 20th anniversary, Journalism.co.uk looks back at some of the Beeb's most significant digital developments over the last two decades
  • Cardiff Uni introduces 'computational journalism' Masters

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    The new Master's degree was largely the result of feedback from those working in digital journalism, who voiced an interest in new graduates with both journalism and coding ability
  • #Tip: Follow our YouTube channel for weekly screencasts

    Rachel Bartlett
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    By dominicotine on Flickr. Some rights reserved. Here at Journalism.co.uk we report on a lot of different digital journalism tools, and so we recently started to produce weekly screencasts to guide you through exactly how to use different platforms. You can follow our screencasts on our YouTube channel, via our ‘how-to’ playlist, and we’re also publishing them with the addition of written steps on Journalism.co.uk. Our first screencasts include how to create montages and interactive images.Similar Posts: Ofcom delivers local TV report to Department for Culture, Media and…
  • How BuzzFeed World is making the outlet a 'one-stop shop'

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the appointment of Paul Hamilos from the Guardian, BuzzFeed World continues to build on the foundations of hard news to supplement its more light-hearted output
 
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    One Man and His Blog

  • Scenes from a working week

    Adam Tinworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Another week at the digital journalism coalface...         
  • US Airways: that tweet explained

    Adam Tinworth
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    An excellent explanation of how US Airways ended up tweeting the pornographic plan - which explains why the social media guy didn't get fired. I'm pleasantly surprised about how maturely this has all worked out. Is the social media business finally growing up?         
  • Verify social media content - or look like an idiot

    Adam Tinworth
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:49 am
    The above photo was circulating Twitter yesterday, and at least two media outlets - Romenesko and FishbowlNY - ran it as an example of a BBC captioner having a bad day. They found the image and they ran with it. They didn't contact Declan or the BBC. And today, they're both apologising. As it happens, I was at university with Declan - we worked on Imperial College's student newspaper Felix together. I'd seen the photo before - when he posted it to Facebook, sharing a joke he'd written himself. Yup, the caption was by him - and was the best part of a year old: Post by Adam Tinworth. click on…
  • Back on the blog

    Adam Tinworth
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Today has been defined by server problems and vomit. Server problems kept me from posting this morning, and vomit (as produced by my daughter) for the afternoon. But I am back. Hello.         
  • One for my regulars: the Digital Publishing Irregular

    Adam Tinworth
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Sssh. If you're reading this, you're almost certainly a regular reader of my blog - because I'm going to do exactly no promotion whatsoever of this post. This is just something for my regulars, if you like, and those they choose to share it with. I'm going to start doing a newsletter in the next few days, which will be called the Digital Publishing Irregular. It will be, as the name suggests, about digital publishing, and it will be irregular. It will be more opinionated and broad than posts on this blog, and will represent, in many ways, the first draft of ideas that will eventually make…
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    The American Prospect

  • When Shareholder Capitalism Came to Town

    Steven Pearlstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It was only 20 years ago that the world was in the thrall of American-style capitalism. Not only had it vanquished communism, but it was widening its lead over Japan Inc. and European-style socialism. America’s companies were widely viewed as the most innovative and productive, its capital markets the most efficient, its labor markets the most flexible and meritocratic, its product markets the most open and competitive, its tax and regulatory regimes the most accommodating to economic growth. Today, that sense of confidence and economic hegemony seems a distant memory. We have watched the…
  • Would You Let a Robot Give You a Sponge Bath?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Imagine it's 50 years from now, and you've checked into the hospital for a minor surgery that will require you to spend a couple of nights there. There's a nurses' station down the hall, but you know that the nurses are also caring for lots of other patients and may not be able to come quickly when you have a need, particularly if it isn't an emergency, like getting a hand walking to the bathroom, or having someone pick up the TV remote you dropped, or maybe getting a foot rub just because that would be nice. Upon checking in, the clerk says to you, "I see that your insurance provides for a…
  • Where the Death Penalty Stands

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yesterday, the New Hampshire state Senate deadlocked on a bill that would have eliminated the state's death penalty, killing the bill for the moment and leaving New Hampshire as the only state in New England that still has a law providing for executions. The bill had already passed in the state House of Representatives and has the support of the governor, so one more vote would have passed it. I thought this was a nice opportunity to look at the state of the death penalty in America and around the world. On to the charts and graphs! As of now, 32 states still have the death penalty, and 18…
  • A Song for Gabriel García Márquez--and the Rest of Us

    Steve Erickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Obituaries sing the praises of the departed, as they should, but those obituaries that matter most sing our song, too. It’s fortunate that my American first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude is missing its jacket, or I might have been tempted to make a mortgage payment with it at some point over these difficult years, and then I would have been sorry, extremely and often, and long before Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. I was given the book by a Colombian friend at UCLA upon its domestic publication in 1970, as my adolescence was still barely keeping up with…
  • The Circle of Scam Keeps Turning

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of times in the past I've written about what I call the conservative circle of scam, the way so many people on the right are so adept at fleecing each other. Here's a piece about high-priced consultants milking the Koch brothers for everything they can get, and here's one about my favorite story, the way that, in 2012, Dick Morris played ordinary people who wanted to see Barack Obama driven from office (he solicited donations to a super PAC for that purpose, laundered the money just a bit, and apparently kept most of it for himself without ever spending any of it on defeating Obama).
 
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  • Anatomy of the Stephen Colbert Twitter storm

    Alfred Hermida
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:04 pm
    All it took was a single tweet out of context to ignite a Twitter tornado. On Thursday, a tweet from the Colbert Show account, since deleted, read: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” The joke was taken from a segment on Wednesday night’s show about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his charitable foundation for Native Americans. Out of context, it read more like a racist joke than a joke about racism. And so #CancelColbert was born when social media activist Suey Park…
  • What was your first tweet?

    Alfred Hermida
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    Looking back into the archive of Twitter can be an embarrassing affair. That very first tweet may be glib, profound or simply express confusion about what this tweeting lark is all about. Twitter has made it easy to unearth your first tweet with a new tool, First Tweet. It was launched to commemorate eights years of tweets, from the everyday to the earth-shattering. It was with some trepidation that I looked up my first tweet. Fortunately, it was not about my cat, but about journalism: Adding a BBC button at http://tinyurl.com/ypvvkw in support of reporter Alan Johnston. — Alfred Hermida…
  • Lessons for journalists on how to get retweeted

    Alfred Hermida
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:34 pm
    If you work in the news business, tweets with photos or a quote lead to greater engagement. That’s one of the findings from research by Twitter on what messages get the most retweets. Twitter data scientist Douglas Mason analyzed more than two million of tweets sent by verified users in the U.S. in the areas of government, music, news, sport and TV. The results confirm that tweets with photos, links and video do well in terms of engagement. But exactly which type of message gets the most retweets depends on the industry. If the you are in the TV business, tweets with quotes get a…
  • Why the Ellen Oscar selfie went viral

    Alfred Hermida
    3 Mar 2014 | 10:41 am
    In less than an hour, a snapshot sent by Ellen DeGeneres during the Oscars became the most retweeted message in the history of Twitter. The selfie was packed with Hollywood stars, from Jennifer Lawrence to Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt to Kevin Spacey. Within an hour, the tweet had surpassed a million retweets. One of those was my own retweet of the photo. The tweet far outstripped the previous record holder. That was the “Four more years” tweet from Barack Obama’s account in November 2012. It soon went past two million retweets. There are three main reasons why Ellen’s…
  • Guide to verifying information on social media

    Alfred Hermida
    6 Dec 2013 | 9:13 am
    The slides and audio from my keynote at the Journalism Education Association of Australia annual conference on December 3, 2013, in Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. When facts are fluid: Emerging best practices to verify information on social media Abstract: Journalists have always had to balance the need to be fast with the need to be right. The explosion in material from the audience, coupled with the speed and reach of social media, has placed strains on the traditional verification practices. Politicians and celebrities are prematurely declared dead. Terror suspects are misidentified.
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    Round Valley Fishing

  • April RVTA Tournament Results

    robert
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing 56 participants 108 fish were weighed in Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout Division 1st Ron Degraff 26″ 7.2lb Rainbow 2nd Roger Drew 25″ 6.48lb Rainbow 3rd John Yenshaw 23.5″ 5.26lb. Rainbow Lake Trout Division 1st Rocco Catania 21.75″ 3.82lb 2nd Mike Kalinchock 21.75″ 3.66lb 3rd Ron Degraff 21.5″ 3.24lb Junior Division 1st Joe zjawiony jr. with a 20 7/8in. 2.74lb laker. Winners will be awarded at the RVTA meeting on Thursday 17 April 2014. Visit the RVTA website for more info. The post April RVTA Tournament Results…
  • RVTA Trout Fishing Tournament This Sunday

    robert
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing Round Valley Reservoir Hunterdon County, NJ Sunday 13 April 2014 6:00am – 3:00pm You may register the morning of this and all RVTA fishing contests at the top of the concrete boat ramp. A table will be set up and manned by RVTA members. This is also where you go to weigh and measure your entries. Give yourself enough time to get your fish weighed and measured, don’t be that guy running like a maniac at 2:59pm. Entry fee for adult members is $20.00 per tournament for members and $25.00 for non-members. You can sign up to become a member at…
  • Pink Fishing-Boat Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

    robert
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing BlackFly Lodge introduces a new pink skiff to raise awareness for CfR’s national fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer Casting For Recovery provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by Breast Cancer to gather in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing. Manchester, VT – 31 March 2014, Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational retreats for women with breast cancer is excited to be honored by BlackFly Lodge, a Bahamas based fly fishing operation…
  • Round Valley Fishing Report – April 1, 2014

    Zach Merchant
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing This past Tuesday, April 1, I was finally able to get out and fish from a boat on Round Valley for the first time in a few months, thanks to Mike Kalinchock from the Round Valley Trout Association (Thanks again Mike!).  We were mainly targeting Lake Trout by wire lining with Chartreuse and Perch pattern spoons.  Though we were also trolling two rods with small jointed Rapalas behind one color of lead-core off of planer boards, hoping to get into some of the big trophy Trout the RVTA stocked this past weekend. Me with one of the Rainbow Trout I…
  • Fishing Report – Week of March 17, 2014

    Zach Merchant
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:58 pm
    All content copyright Round Valley Fishing NJ trout fishing report for the second week of March 2014. Rainbow and Brown Trout from Ken Lockwood Gorge and Round Valley Reservoir. I was finally able to get out for a solid week of fishing again last week, and while I didn’t have enough to put up a report for any given day, I feel like the week as a whole deserves a short report on here. Ken Lockwood Gorge I started out the week by fishing over at Ken Lockwood Gorge on Tuesday morning (March, 18) with Chelsey Hoover.  We got out around 7:00 a.m. and started off to see if we could get into…
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    standards, ethics, and the public - Notes

  • April 17, 2014 media notes: U.S. court on blogs and journalism; Om Malik on media; ABC wants Pulitzer credit

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    For Thursday, April 17, 2014, here are some media stories of note:The who-is-a-journalist and what-is-journalism discussion has a little more clarity in the United States following a recent appeals court ruling in Florida that says bloggers are members of the media for defamation law purposes. Mathew Ingram, writing for GigaOm, says the decision focuses on the act, not the specific title of the creator, in helping to define what journalism is.***Om Malik, the founder of GigaOm, has pulled back from operating the online entity in recent months to focus on projects, including insightful media…
  • April 16, 2014 media notes: CPJ's Impunity Index; Twitter and Turkey; Chartbeat CEO on picking the right newsroom metrics

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    For Wednesday, April 16, 2014, here are some media stories of note:The Committee to Protect Journalists produces an annual Impunity Index, identifying where journalists are most likely to be killed and killers are most likely to run free. Atop this year's list are Iraq (on top since the Index's inception in 2008), Somalia and the Philippines. The CPJ reports that 96 per cent of victims are local journalists and that four in 10 were threatened before they were killed. ***Twitter is still trying to resolve its dispute with Turkey. For two weeks it was banned in the country, until the…
  • April 15, 2014 media notes: Pulitzers, sales, and attention; how journalists dismiss start-ups, those led by women

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    For Tuesday, April 15, 2014, here are some media stories of note:Is there a relationship between winning a Pulitzer Prize and retaining (maybe even growing) newspaper readership? Nate Silver, in his newly refurbished FiveThirtyEight perch, studies the issue and concludes it is difficult to conclude anything about the relationship between quality and sales. Pulitzers are won by larger outfits, but they have seen their readership decline, so it might be a positive that winners have more readers or a negative that winners are losing readers like everyone else.***The Pulitzers were awarded…
  • April 14, 2014 media notes: Twitter's silent near-majority; rethinking multimedia; Chicago Sun-Times ceases comments

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    For Monday, April 14, 2014, here are some media stories of note:A study by Twopcharts has found that 44 per cent of all Twitter users have never Tweeted. Twitter says it has 241 million monthly active users, which in its terms mean those who have logged into their accounts in the last month. The Wall Street Journal reports that the study tracked actual activity (Tweeting, reTweeting) and found that about 30 per cent have sent only one to 10 Tweets ever, while only 13 per cent have written more than 100 Tweets.*** Mindy McAdams, the University of Florida professor, writes a guide for…
  • April 11, 2014 media notes: China host replaced mid-program, UK press regulation looms, The New Yorker's digital strategy

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    For Friday, April 11, 2014, here are some media stories of note:The host of an online news show in China found himself rather quickly replaced Thursday when he digressed from his script and began to decry government corruption in the construction of a luxury building in an area eligible for state poverty relief. The South China Morning Post chronicles the unceremonious dispatch.***In Britain, the struggle remains to determine the shape of press regulation, either through a royal charter or a self-regulatory body (its launch has been delayed to June 1). Roy Greenslade of The Guardian says…
 
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    State of the Fourth Estate

  • Four Reasons Why PR People Need to Know WordPress

    Dave Levy
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    My biggest advice to someone in PR right now is to learn WordPress. Seriously.— Dave Levy (@levydr) April 17, 2014 I got decent feedback to a tweet this morning on my point that PR people should all know WordPress, and was pushed for a little more background. So, here you go, four reasons why PR People Need to Know WordPress (excuse the list and superlative style headline, if you would). 1. Someone You Need to Convince of Your Value Uses WordPress WordPress is almost certainly in the bag of tricks of journalists at publications of all types and sizes. Even the traditional mainstays…
  • How We’ll Report the Apocalypse

    Dave Levy
    17 Dec 2013 | 9:20 am
    More here, and so, so good.
  • All You Need to Know about Facebook and Instagram In Three Charts

    Dave Levy
    8 Jul 2013 | 1:50 pm
    This is the story:       [Sources unknown, HubSpot and XKCD]
  • Meanwhile In New Zealand Local News Infographics

    Dave Levy
    1 Jul 2013 | 12:44 pm
  • 2012 in review

    Dave Levy
    30 Dec 2012 | 1:17 pm
    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views. Click here to see the complete report.
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    Nieman Journalism Lab

  • This Week in Review: Making sense of the Pulitzers, and a new daily paper in Los Angeles

    Mark Coddington
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week’s essential reads: If you’re pressed for time, the key pieces this week were The New York Times’ Margaret Sullivan on the value of the Pulitzers, sociology professor Zeynep Tufekci on the role of the Internet in protests and government in Turkey and elsewhere, and journalism professor Duy Linh Tu‘s video report on the state of news video. Do the Pulitzers still matter?: The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded this week, and they were accompanied by a bit more drama than usual. The big headline was The Guardian and The Washington Post’s shared public service…
  • Get a free taste of NYT Now with the help of Starbucks

    Justin Ellis
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    The New York Times is betting there is an overlap between Starbucks customers and Times readers. The paper is partnering with Starbucks to help boost the fortunes of the newly launched NYT Now app. RELATED ARTICLENYT Now, out today, mixes lots of good mobile-centric ideas with moments of cautionAnyone who is a member of the My Starbucks Rewards program is eligible to get 12 weeks of free access to the app. The promotion makes a lot of sense given the fact that NYT Now is the Times attempt at targeting mobile-centric users. My Starbucks Rewards encourages coffee lovers to pay for their drinks…
  • Graph your readers’ sentiment with this new tool

    Caroline O'Donovan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    At the 2014 OpenNews code convening, two developers — WNYC’s Noah Veltman and Al Jazeera’s Michael Keller — got together to iterate on a preexisting tool from The New York Times. FourScore helps developers easily build audience sentiment maps — think of it as a crowdsourced, less snarky version of New York magazine’s Approval Matrix. Veltman had used the technique previously at WNYC for a Valentine’s Day sentiment matrix, and thought it would be useful if the code was open source. In a post at Source, Veltman and Keller describe the importance of making code…
  • The newsonomics of the Kyiv Post’s embattled work

    Ken Doctor
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    It was the night of January 22. Kyiv Post editor Christopher J. Miller was out on the Maidan, Kiev’s main square and its center of protest. As he interviewed a bystander, a bullet ricocheted off a building and struck the man in the chin. The man was lucky and wasn’t seriously injured. Three protestors died in January, and by the time of the now-infamous sniper shootings on Feb. 20, 105 Ukrainians had died. By February 22, the government had fallen and President Viktor Yanukovych, charged with mass murder, fled to Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The streets of Kiev were a risky…
  • Six things to consider about the new Los Angeles Register

    Ken Doctor
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    RELATED ARTICLEThe newsonomics of the Orange County Register’s (new, newer, newest) planThe last time a daily paper launched in L.A. was back in the Carter administration. The Valley Green Sheet, a green newsprinted shopper that would get thrown on my doorstep a few times a week, morphed into a daily between 1976 and 1980, becoming the Los Angeles Daily News, now a part of Digital First Media’s Los Angeles Newspaper Group. Many newspapers have come and gone in L.A.’s history, but today the city is abuzz with Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz’s new show. The…
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    Failure Magazine's Feature Articles

  • Trapped Under the Sea

    jzasky@aol.com
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Lessons learned from a little-known construction accident, which threatened the completion of the world’s longest single-entrance tunnel, as well as a decade-long effort to clean up Boston Harbor.
  • Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later

    jzasky@aol.com
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:53 pm
    In “Kitty Genovese,” author Kevin Cook debunks the myth that “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens.”
  • Return to Dead Mountain

    jzasky@aol.com
    31 Jan 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Donnie Eichar explains how Kármán vortex street might have created the conditions that led to tragedy on Russia’s Holatchahl mountain.
  • Plutopia

    jzasky@aol.com
    19 Jan 2014 | 8:11 am
    Fukushima and Chernobyl are household words. Yet the deliberate and decades-long environmental contamination at Richland and Ozersk is no less disastrous.
  • The End of Night

    jzasky@aol.com
    5 Jan 2014 | 3:26 pm
    The future looks bright (thanks to light pollution).
 
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • Yahoo change can break mail lists

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Oops.If you have a mail list set up so that any replies go only to the person sending and not to the list -- and if you have any Yahoo addresses -- a Yahoo policy change could cause you some problems.See http://yahoomail.tumblr.com/post/82426900353/yahoo-dmarc-policy-change-what-should-senders-doFor a more technical explainer: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber=1
  • Poynter study: Gap still exists between educators, professonals on j-skills

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    I've just started a Poynter webinar on the latest round of its study that journalists will need in the future.The study (PDF) reveals the same kind of gap between educators and professionals that we've seen elsewhere (See Journalism and Mass Communication Educator for several similar academic studies.) But what's interesting is that educators seem to value multimedia skills like photo, audio and video than professionals.The report quotes Tom Huang, Sunday and enterprise editor of the Dallas Morning News: "[I]f I had to choose, I'd first choose journalists with 'traditional' skills and then…
  • Recommended reading: Steve Outing - is 'journalism' losing higher ed clout

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Steve Outing has written an interesting column at his Media Disruptus site looking at the waning of "journalism" in the name of higher ed programs professing to do at least a little of it. (He also reflects on the efficacy of keeping "mass communications" in the mix in an age when "mass" increasingly is becoming "targeted."I think he's right about the direction this is going. And I think it is for two reasons:- The waning influence of journalism in society.- The "penury" of the industry when it was in good shape when it came to actually funding the schools and paying some attention to the…
  • AP: Over? More than? No distinction anymore ...

    20 Mar 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Finally!AP Style tip: New to the Stylebook: over, as well as more than, is acceptable to indicate greater numerical value. #ACES2014— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) March 20, 2014 And for all those having heart attacks on Twitter about it, get over it. It hasn't been an issue on most news desks or for most publications for several years. Feel free to make the distinction if you want -- I do -- just don't mindlessly impose it on others.
  • Copy editors at BuzzFeed

    4 Mar 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Well, isn't this interesting:But as BuzzFeed continues to grow—four new employees checked in at the front desk in the 10 minutes I spent waiting there one morning—they’re not just adding brilliant headline writers and producers who get the gestalt of cat lovers. BuzzFeed has decided it’s no longer good enough to fix errors after publication, at least not on its most popular posts. They’ve decided it makes good journalism and business sense to assure readers that their posts are true, so BuzzFeed is embracing the ultimate symbol of the overstuffed print newsrooms of the pre-digital…
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    Pacific Standard

  • The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The High School Dropout Who Wants to Create Alternatives to Traditional Education

    Avital Andrews
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dale J. Stephens, 22, Education Dale J. Stephens quit school when he was 12 years old. A decade later, he’s not your typical dropout. Far from being stuck in a minimum-wage, blue-collar job, Stephens is an author, an entrepreneur, a fixture on the speaker circuit, and one of the 24 original Thiel fellows. He’s also the founder of UnCollege, a company that runs a gap-year program for students who want to take time off from their formal education. “I hope to change the notion that going to college is the only step after high school,” Stephens says. (Photo: Dale J. Stephens)…
  • How the Labor Department Has Let Companies Off the Hook for Unpaid Internships

    Kara Brandeisky & Jeremy B. Merrill
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Two years after the U.S. Department of Labor announced its intent to crack down on unpaid internships, a federal investigator called a final meeting with the biggest offender the agency had found: an outdoors magazine based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The investigator reported interns at Outside magazine had been fact-checking, reporting, researching, proofreading, and preparing content for the website, all for about $250 a month. The Wage and Hour investigator told Outside‘s lawyer that this arrangement violated minimum wage law, and the publication owed its interns back pay.
  • Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

    Paul Bisceglio
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Does chocolate milk belong in schools? Health experts, policymakers, and concerned parents have been at this debate for years now. On one side, school districts, like those of Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, have banned all flavored milks because they contain up to twice as much sugar as white milk and may be making kids fat. On the other, many people argue that chocolate milk is better than no milk. Chocolate milk bans are fairly new, so concrete evidence for whether kids drink the healthier stuff or simply consume less milk once the less sugary option is removed has been hard to…
  • Can Gay Men Use the New Female Condom for Safer Sex?

    Emily Anthes
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Male condoms are more likely to break during anal sex than vaginal sex, so some health clinics and workers have been promoting female condoms as an alternative. A handful of studies have found that 35-48 percent of gay men surveyed in the U.S. have heard of using female condoms for anal sex and about 13-21 percent say they’ve actually done so. The hitch is that female condoms have only been approved for vaginal sex and there isn’t yet convincing evidence supporting their use during anal sex. “Our group did a review of the studies around anal sex and found that there really just…
  • Are Lab Mice of Men?

    Michael White
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    For a century, scientists have turned to mice in order to understand our biology—not just our common biology as mammals, but also our specifically human biology. Researchers have made major efforts to create lab mice that replicate some essential aspect of a human disease. Now a recent technological breakthrough makes it possible to “humanize” mice to an unprecedented degree, but it also raises the question: How many of our human traits can we build into a mouse? Why do researchers use mice? There are the obvious reasons: they are small and easily kept; they breed quickly; and as…
 
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • Weibo IPO Reveals a Company Struggling With Censorship

    ProPublica
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Starting yesterday, investors can purchase shares of Weibo, sometimes called “China’s Twitter,” on NASDAQ. The company’s regulatory filing with the SEC reveals details not previously known about Weibo’s censorship apparatus, which we wrote about last year. Weibo, like all Internet publishers and providers in China, is prohibited from letting their users display content that is obscene, fraudulent, defamatory or otherwise illegal under Chinese laws. The content prohibitions also forbid material that “impairs the national dignity of China,” “is…
  • Share Your Six Words on Race and Education in America

    ProPublica
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Christie Thompson Segregation Now Intro Full Text DONATE MORE Timeline Saving Central Map Editor's Note Segregation Now Six Words More Timeline Saving Central Map Editor's Note DONATE Share Your Six Words on Race and Education Sixty years after the Supreme Court outlawed “separate but equal,” ProPublica and the Race Card Project want to know what you think about the state of race and education in America. Tell us what you think in six words — make your card. Make Yours > ALL CENTRAL NORTHRIDGE About This Project Last fall, ProPublica teamed up with…
  • Segregation Now

    ProPublica
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    by Nikole Hannah-Jones This story is not subject to our Creative Commons license. Though James Dent could watch Central High School’s homecoming parade from the porch of his faded white bungalow, it had been years since he’d bothered. But last fall, Dent’s oldest granddaughter, D’Leisha, was vying for homecoming queen, and he knew she’d be poking up through the sunroof of her mother’s car, hand cupped in a beauty-pageant wave, looking for him. So, at about 4:30 in the afternoon on October 18, Dent, age 64, made his way off the porch and to the…
  • Segregation Now: The Resegregation of America’s Schools

    ProPublica
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    by Nikole Hannah-Jones Segregation Now Intro James Melissa D'Leisha Full Text DONATE MORE Six Words Timeline Saving Central Map Editor's Note Segregation Now By Chapter: James Melissa D'Leisha Full Text More Six Words Timeline Saving Central Map Editor's Note DONATE BEGIN 60 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that ‘separate but equal' had no place in American schools. "Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments…" "…It is the very foundation of good citizenship." — Brown v. Board, 1954 The ruling spurred years of PROTESTS…
  • Video: Saving Central

    ProPublica
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Maisie Crow
 
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  • Banking on Brand Journalism

    Katie McCaskey
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Australian bank ANZ launched a new multimedia site called BlueNotes this week. Lara Sinclair writes in The Australian that the new venture will function “as the bank’s own newsroom.” Journalist Andrew Cornell is its first managing editor. Cornell, former Australian Financial Review columnist for 15 years, is a winner of the Walkley Award, a highly regarded journalism prize in Australia. BlueNotes — its name is partly a nod to the bank’s logo color — will provide coverage on “a multitude of areas including economy, business and finance and…
  • A Google Page for Your Brand: Part 2, Strategy

    George Williams
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    OK, you’ve built a Google Plus Page for your brand. Now what? There are a number of ways your Page can boost your visibility online, if you take care to engage with your readers. In that respect it is just like any other form of social media, but Plus does provide a few additional advantages. Why don’t we take a look at a few of them? Using Circles Circles allow you to target your posts to particular groups or audiences. This can rapidly become a very useful tool due to the ease with which you can segment your content. Special offers can be shared with VIP customers, and…
  • A Marketer’s Guide to Beating Writer’s Block

    Tina Courtney-Brown
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every marketer has been there: Staring blankly at the whitewashed computer screen, digging for the next genius campaign zinger that will send metrics through the stratosphere. Yet nothing comes out. It’s the dreaded writer’s block. In the immortal words of Kurt Vonnegut, “Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?” For many of us who work in content creation, the worst feeling in the world is the lack of something to say. So, how do we most efficiently push through those moments of…
  • A Google Page for Your Brand: Setup Guide, Part 1

    George Williams
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    With the recent changes to Facebook Pages, brands have seen their reach drastically curtailed, and this is nothing but good news for Google. Google Plus pages are similar to Facebook Pages, and have a few functional advantages, such as direct integration with Google’s local business listings. Since the Facebook changes will have you re-evaluating the social media portion of your marketing mix anyway, a good look at Google’s options is in order. So here is a step-by-step guide to launching your brand page. Start with Gmail Since Google integrates all its services, a Gmail account…
  • CMI: How Do You Craft ‘Epic’ Email Newsletters?

    Katie McCaskey
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Content Marketing Institute just announced via email on 3/28/14 that “we have decided to stop publishing this email in its current form — but we will continue to have a newsletter.” CMI later added: Right now, the team is getting together and putting together a plan for something that helps you with your job or your life in some way. Anything less simply won’t do. I guess I’m asking for your patience … and your feedback. I’m not sure when we will come out with a new version for you to see (how long does it take to get to epic?). Great question.
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    Joe Gullo

  • Three Clear Victories

    Joe Gullo
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The post Three Clear Victories appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • AWE Inspiring Easter Egg Art

    Joe Gullo
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Artist Barak Hardley creates some amazing Easter egg art of characters and celebrities! Post some of your easter egg designs. The post AWE Inspiring Easter Egg Art appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • Hello Spring, Just Kidding

    Joe Gullo
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:39 pm
    80 one day, snowing the next. Only in Vermont. Look at my snowy car this morning. It was a balmy 29 degrees! The post Hello Spring, Just Kidding appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • Social Networks and Technology Making Us More Lonely

    Joe Gullo
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Social networks and technology are making us more lonely. Not only that, but they’re changing how we communicate with each other. The connectively illusion of the internet makes it seem like you’re connected, but in reality you’re not. The video provides some insights on how technology and social media is affecting our interaction with one another. The post Social Networks and Technology Making Us More Lonely appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • A Brief History of Income Taxes

    Joe Gullo
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Today is tax day. If you still haven’t filed yet, you have until 11:59 p.m. to complete them. Here’s a brief history of income taxes in the United States: Taxes Done Right with TurboTax The post A Brief History of Income Taxes appeared first on Joe Gullo.
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    Serena Carpenter

  • Addressing the Call for a Better Journalism Education

    Serena Carpenter
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:44 pm
    My tech and entrepreneurial friends motivated me to respond to public criticism about journalism education and whether we are meeting the obligation to not only serve the journalism student population and profession, but to also assist students in securing a job in a competitive market. I admire these thought leaders for initiating the dialogue and providing their perspectives during this period of transition. I am also passionate about journalism education and empowering our teachers. In conversations with educators, educators will often withdraw, rather than engage when tech enthusiasts…
  • Journalism Degree Motivations: A Scale

    Serena Carpenter
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    I spent last summer teaching myself scale development and statistical techniques used to create and validate scales (exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis). As a result of my efforts, I have become fascinated with dissecting existing survey measures in our field. No validated scale exists measuring students’ motivations for a journalism degree, and researchers vary in their items used to measure it across studies. I felt that it might be interesting to explore these scale development interests by creating a Journalism Degree Motivations (JDM) scale. And such a survey measure may be…
  • Transmedia Aproach: Entertainment Storytelling Techiniques

    Serena Carpenter
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    In my multimedia storytelling class this semester, I decided to apply the transmedia philosophy to journalism. I shared what I learned at the Journalism Interactive conference. Henry Jenkins, collaborative genius and educator, developed the term as a way to describe how stories tentacle across platforms. The transmedia approach is practiced primarily in the entertainment industry. Franchises such as Harry Potter, True Blood, and How I Met Your Mother reflect best practices. I seek inspiration from creators outside the field of journalism (entertainment, public relations, ed tech to guide me…
  • Social Media News & Info syllabus

    Serena Carpenter
    1 Dec 2013 | 9:05 am
    I spent the past few weeks sifting through online literature to include in my syllabus for Social Media News & Information for our new master’s curriculum in the School of Journalism. I teach the class in Spring 2014. I found some great popular press readings from the Nieman Journalism Lab, Poynter, First Monday, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Mediashift. I also decided to test Google Sites to create the website for the syllabus. The tool was similar to using Gmail compose box. So very simple.
  • The Hero Project: A media engagement experiment

    Serena Carpenter
    8 Aug 2012 | 12:17 pm
    Many student journalists choose the field of journalism and public relations because they want their life to have an impact. And teaching about engagement can help them in their desire to create change. Research examining engagement tends to fall in three areas: 1) civic engagement, 2) student engagement and 3) employee engagement. Research definitions of engagement tend to reflect the aim of helping people to develop identity, learn how to participate and flourish as a community. “…having both a behavioral component, termed participation, and an emotional component, termed…
 
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • Nike Abandons the FuelBand, Lays Off Its Hardware Division

    Kevin Wild
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    This is especially interesting when you consider Tim Cook is a long-time member of Nike's board.One of the first mainstream brands to make wearable fitness electronics is getting out of the game. Nike confirmed to CNET this afternoon that the company is laying off people in its hardware division, which makes the FuelBand line of fitness trackers. "As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities," Nike spokesman Brian Strong told The Verge in an email. "As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes…
  • Apple to Include Shazam-Like Functionality in iOS 8

    Kevin Wild
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    This would be a nice addition to iOS, especially if it integrates with Siri.The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is working with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database. […]Among the ways it can be used will be…
  • Introducing Flickr 3.0

    Kevin Wild
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    I personally don't use Flickr, but the iOS and Android apps received a solid update for those of you who do.Every day at Flickr we share our passion for inspiring photography by building world-class tools and beautiful photo displays you can access anywhere. Ten years ago we defined online photo sharing as the first major online community to store, organize, tag, and share digital photos. We could not be more excited to continue shaping digital photography with new Flickr app for iPhone coming today to the App Store and for Android in the Google Play store now.
  • Original Designs by Samsung

    Kevin Wild
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    This is hilarious. Permalink
  • Yahoo Wants Apple to Dump Google

    Kevin Wild
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    A number of Yahoo insiders I have talked to said her plan to pitch Apple on the idea as its marquee mobile search partner is far along. The company has prepared detailed decks, including images of what such a search product would look like, and hopes to present them to Apple execs.I can't see Apple dumping Google as the default search option for iOS considering what happened when they did the same for Maps. That's not to say it won't happen in the future, but I don't think it's feasible right now.Permalink
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    Bryan Smith

  • This Week In Quotes: April 3 – 17

    Bryan Smith
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    (This) “essentially puts the nation on the brink of civil war.” – Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the escalating conflict in Ukraine “You know the same happened to Reeva’s head? It exploded.” – State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, on the fatal injuries sustained by Reeva Steenkamp, late girlfriend of murder-accused athlete Oscar Pistorius “They did this […]
  • Week In Quotes: March 13-27

    Bryan Smith
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:03 am
    “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.” – […]
  • Column: Howzit, Julius – Part II

    Bryan Smith
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Honourable Comrade Bryan Smith writes to EFF Commander in Chief Julius Malema this week for a chat about parliamentary furniture, Thabo Mbeki, Rolex watches, and a plan to put the first revolutionary on the moon… _______________ Howzit Chief, I have good and bad news. On the up side, there’s less than two months to go until we can […]
  • An Evening of Fire and Light

    Bryan Smith
    14 Mar 2014 | 2:24 am
    I had the pleasure of attending an evening of fire dancing and light painting with the University of Cape Town’s Photographic Society. Here’s a small selection of snaps from an incredible experience! I roughly had my settings on my Nikon D5100 at ISO 100, f 5,6, with exposures ranging from 1s to 3s. I vacillated […]
  • This Week In Quotes: 28 February – March 13

    Bryan Smith
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Not guilty, my lady.” – Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, declaring innocence to charges of manslaughter over the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp “I want to ask the patrons of these dark forces in the West: Have you gone blind? Have you forgotten what fascism is?” – Outsted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, denouncing new […]
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