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  • How To Develop Your Digital Content Strategy

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    Jeremy Porter
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    What’s a digital content strategy? This is a hard question to answer in 2015. Is a digital content strategy something you need for social media? Content marketing? Influence marketing? Your blog? All of the above? Yes, all of the above and then some. Your digital content strategy should be an all-encompassing strategy that defines how you approach communications across all your digital channels. Why do you need a digital content strategy? You need a digital content strategy because your audiences want you to engage and interact with them in different ways, with relevant content that…
  • Google? Evil?

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    Jeff Jarvis
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    A few folks on Twitter have asked for my reaction to the accidental sharing of an FTC staff report on Google, wondering whether it will cause me to eat Crow McNuggets given that I am known to defend Google against some of the frequent attacks against it. It’s difficult to judge the entire FTC report based on the excerpts and reports written by The Wall Street Journal. I figured the best I could do would be to ask myself where I draw the line between evil and good, illegal and legal in the behaviors alleged against Google. First, the coverage says that Google scraped content from Yelp,…
  • 60 Minutes' 'Africa problem'

    Columbia Journalism Review
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The media’s narrative in Africa typically falls into at least one of three narrow categories, according to Columbia Journalism School associate professor Howard French: Immense Catastrophe, White Protagonists, or Wildlife. CBS’ 60 Minutes hit on all three in recent months, prompting French--previously a New York Times west and central Africa correspondent--to send 60 Minutes’ executive producer Jeff Fager a letter...
  • SIIA merges two divisions: B2B and content & information services divisions

    Talking New Media
    D.B. Hebbard
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Newly formed division combines the ABM — Association of Business Information & Media Companies — and CISD — the Content and Information Services Division into single division Press Release: WASHINGTON, DC – March 26, 2015 – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the leading association representing the software and digital content industries, today announced it has merged two of its divisions – Association of Business Information & Media Companies (ABM) and the Content and Information Services Division (CISD). The single new division…
  • It’s the relationship, stupid

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    Jeff Jarvis
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    On Friday, I wrote a wishlist for what I’d like to see Facebook do for news, hoping it would allow publishers to embed content — with business model attached — on the service. Today, The New York Times reports that Facebook is talking with some publishers about serving their content directly. I have one bit of advice: Don’t do it without the data, people. It’s a damned fine idea to go to the readers rather than make them come to you — BuzzFeed does it; so does Vox; so does Reported.ly. It’s wonderful to get more audience and branding on Facebook.
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  • 60 Minutes' 'Africa problem'

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The media’s narrative in Africa typically falls into at least one of three narrow categories, according to Columbia Journalism School associate professor Howard French: Immense Catastrophe, White Protagonists, or Wildlife. CBS’ 60 Minutes hit on all three in recent months, prompting French--previously a New York Times west and central Africa correspondent--to send 60 Minutes’ executive producer Jeff Fager a letter...
  • The huge FCC fine against a Virginia station is a sign we need to rethink broadcast indecency rules

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    “The stroking of an erect penis on a broadcast [news] program is shocking.” Count those among the words I didn’t expect to type this week. They appear in a written notice released Monday by the FCC. It informs WDBJ, a Roanoke, VA, television station, that the FCC intends to fine it $325,000—for a July 2012 news report that included, for...
  • Gazette publisher in Colorado defends controversial marijuana series

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- On Sunday, The Gazette, the daily newspaper here in Colorado's second-largest city, published the first of a four-day series called "Clearing the Haze," about the state's marijuana legalization experiment. So far, based on much of the public reaction, it might have been better called "Blowing Smoke." The newspaper teased its project in a Sunday front-page print...
  • How to cover Medicaid during campaign season

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Amid the abundance of presidential campaign coverage, stories that examine what type of a president a candidate might be—what he or she might do, policy-wise—are often hard to come by. The horse race dominates, but there is much more to cover and the super-charged topic of healthcare and the Affordable Care Act is a compelling place to start. With a...
  • What happens when platforms turn into publishers?

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    If you’re a publisher, Facebook holds a lot of power. The social media giant is already responsible for directing up to 40 percent of some sites’ traffic, and 75 percent of BuzzFeed’s. Now, according to a report in The New York Times on Tuesday, Facebook is negotiating with a number of publishers to be more than a funnel that directs...
 
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  • SIIA merges two divisions: B2B and content & information services divisions

    D.B. Hebbard
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Newly formed division combines the ABM — Association of Business Information & Media Companies — and CISD — the Content and Information Services Division into single division Press Release: WASHINGTON, DC – March 26, 2015 – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the leading association representing the software and digital content industries, today announced it has merged two of its divisions – Association of Business Information & Media Companies (ABM) and the Content and Information Services Division (CISD). The single new division…
  • Euclid Media acquires alt-weekly Riverfront Times

    TNM Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    The post Euclid Media acquires alt-weekly Riverfront Times appeared first on Talking New Media.
  • Human Rights Campaign targets Silicon Valley tech companies with full-page ad denouncing anti-LGBT legislation in Arkansas

    TNM Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    Press Release: WASHINGTON, DC – March 26, 2015 – As Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson pitches Silicon Valley on investment opportunities in his state, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President and Arkansas native Chad Griffin announced that the organization will run a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News spotlighting pending legislation in Arkansas targeting LGBT people and religious minorities. The ad will run Sunday, noting if Governor Hutchinson allows the bill to become law, he will be ignoring the opposition of employers like Apple, Wal-Mart and other companies who opposed the…
  • Facebook lures publishers with massive audience

    TNM Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    The post Facebook lures publishers with massive audience appeared first on Talking New Media.
  • Amazon unveils unlimited cloud storage with Amazon Cloud Drive

    TNM Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    Press Release: SEATTLE, Wash. – March 26, 2015 — Amazon today announced unlimited cloud storage with Amazon Cloud Drive—two new storage plans for customers to securely store their existing content collections and automatically upload endless amounts of new content, including photos, videos, movies, music, and files. With the unlimited plans, customers no longer need to worry about how much storage is needed to keep their content safe and secure—they can choose either the Unlimited Photos Plan or Unlimited Everything Plan and only pay one flat fee per year. A free 3-month trial…
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  • It’s the relationship, stupid

    Jeff Jarvis
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    On Friday, I wrote a wishlist for what I’d like to see Facebook do for news, hoping it would allow publishers to embed content — with business model attached — on the service. Today, The New York Times reports that Facebook is talking with some publishers about serving their content directly. I have one bit of advice: Don’t do it without the data, people. It’s a damned fine idea to go to the readers rather than make them come to you — BuzzFeed does it; so does Vox; so does Reported.ly. It’s wonderful to get more audience and branding on Facebook.
  • Google? Evil?

    Jeff Jarvis
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    A few folks on Twitter have asked for my reaction to the accidental sharing of an FTC staff report on Google, wondering whether it will cause me to eat Crow McNuggets given that I am known to defend Google against some of the frequent attacks against it. It’s difficult to judge the entire FTC report based on the excerpts and reports written by The Wall Street Journal. I figured the best I could do would be to ask myself where I draw the line between evil and good, illegal and legal in the behaviors alleged against Google. First, the coverage says that Google scraped content from Yelp,…
  • Who needs edittors?

    Jeff Jarvis
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    I am editorially feral. I got email yesterday from an editor at The Washington Post asking whether I wanted to write an opinion piece picking and debunking five myths about Google. Well, I love The Post, so sure. I was honored. I sent them five myths and left work to start work on it. Then the editor responded wanting to change my myths before I’d written anything. Change my opinion? No thanks. I said that I no longer live in the civilization of editors. I’m a blogger. I can write my opinion anywhere: here, on Medium, on Huffington Post, on LinkedIn, on Facebook, on Tumblr. The…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Advertising, the Myth of Mass Media, and the Relationship Strategy

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    OK, folks, now we are at the nut of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. This is where I begin exploring how the relationship strategy I advocate can bring business benefit to the news industry. Here’s the entire chapter, free on Medium. Here’s the start: The myth of mass media, lovely while it lasted, was this: All readers see all ads, so we charge all advertisers for all readers. The unbundling of mass media and the rise of endless competition punctures that myth and robs legacy companies of the pricing power — and monopolies — they had so enjoyed.
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Business Ecosystems

    Jeff Jarvis
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Time for another free chapter of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. In the last chapter, I wrote about beats as businesses and building blocks of a new news ecosystem. Now I write about the rest of the ecosystem. Vertically integrated companies, industries, and monopolies that dominated news are new replaced with messy, growing (I hope) ecosystems made up of many players operating under many different motives and business models. As specialists, beats are efficient. But they are hardly sufficient to meet the complete needs of the larger community. Other, larger entities are…
 
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  • The Daily Show Debunks Right-Wing Media's Favorite Myths On Campus Sexual Assault

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    Comedy Central's The Daily Show debunked some of right-wing media's favorite myths about campus sexual assault, highlighting the high levels of the crime occurring at colleges and universities, the low instances of false reporting and the rarity of punishment for those accused. During a March 25 interview on The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart spoke with Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, the director and producer of The Hunting Ground, a recently released "exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses," and discussed many of the most widespread misconceptions about campus sexual assault. The…
  • Is Fox News' Anti-Gay, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Catholic Pastor Being Courted By Rand Paul?

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been meeting with conservative Christian leaders "to gain support for his presidential campaign," including Fox News contributor and Pastor Robert Jeffress, according to U.S. News & World Report. Jeffress has condemned the LGBT community, Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and Buddhists. Reporter Kenneth T. Walsh wrote on March 26 that "Paul has been quietly meeting with scores of leaders from the Christian right to gain support for his presidential campaign" and added that he has "talked in recent months" with Jeffress. …
  • Fox News' Dishonest Defense Of Indiana's Anti-LGBT "Religious Freedom" Law

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    Fox News host Gretchen Carlson defended Indiana's anti-LGBT "religious freedom" law, inaccurately equating it to existing federal legislation to claim the bill is "harmless" and necessary to protect Christians from discrimination. On the March 25 edition of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Carlson and her guests discussed Indiana's recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a law that creates a broad license for individuals and business owners to cite their religious beliefs as a defense against charges of discrimination. Businesses, religious leaders,…
  • The Pay-To-Play Allegation Walker's Watchdog Isn't Defending

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:34 am
    Mired in conflicts of interest, Watchdog.org's Wisconsin Reporter has remained silent as new information emerges concerning Governor Scott Walker's (R-WI) role in a potential pay-to-play scandal. The site, which echoed defendants calling the investigation a "witch hunt," has previously defended Walker from the allegations of campaign finance violations in over 150 articles. The Wisconsin Reporter has been a staunch defender of Walker against allegations of wrongdoing stemming from the "John Doe" investigations, the protected state probes into Walker's campaign practices and possible illegal…
  • Rush Limbaugh Launches Into Sexist Anti-Hillary Clinton Tirade

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:56 pm
    From the March 26 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:Previously: Limbaugh Attacks Clinton While Reading MSNBC Article On "Cankles" Rush Limbaugh's Decades Of Sexism And Misogyny
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  • How To Develop Your Digital Content Strategy

    Jeremy Porter
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    What’s a digital content strategy? This is a hard question to answer in 2015. Is a digital content strategy something you need for social media? Content marketing? Influence marketing? Your blog? All of the above? Yes, all of the above and then some. Your digital content strategy should be an all-encompassing strategy that defines how you approach communications across all your digital channels. Why do you need a digital content strategy? You need a digital content strategy because your audiences want you to engage and interact with them in different ways, with relevant content that…
  • What’s Trending at SXSW 2015?

    Jeremy Porter
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Despite the drone-free skies at SXSW 2015, there is still plenty flying around Austin this weekend. While this isn’t a statistically valid analysis of what’s trending at SXSW 2015, here’s my rundown of the trends, activations and platforms that have been making the most noise in Austin so far. It’s an exciting time to work at the intersection of marketing, technology and communications. Trends Big Data – well, “big data” is here to stay in our marketing vocabulary. By far, the most common buzzword I have heard at SXSW so far has been “big…
  • 8 Tips for Getting The Most Out of SXSW

    Jeremy Porter
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    I shared my perspective on why I attend SXSW earlier, as a response to those people in my network that decided not to make the trek out to Austin this year (for reasons other than more important work or personal commitments, which are always acceptable excuses). If you did decide to make the trek out to Austin for SXSW this year, and provided you’re not an eight-time veteran like some people I know, here are some tried and true tips for maximizing your experience at SXSW this weekend (and beyond into Monday and Tuesday should you last that long): Attend at least one session each day on…
  • Why Do I Attend SXSW?

    Jeremy Porter
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    When I tell people I’m headed to Austin for SXSW, I tend to hear the same responses. I either hear, “cool, let’s connect there” – which is less common – or I hear one of the following responses: We were thinking about launching our [insert thing] there, but decided not to because there’s too much noise I hear SXSW has gotten too big and it’s not what it used to be I knew this guy or girl that went and didn’t get a lot of value I went back in [insert year], and it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be Or some other excuse why SXSW…
  • Advice for PR and Journalism Students

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

    Rich Bellis
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    It’s not always easy to tell what makes an e-book successful. Film adaptations certainly help, as does the name-recognition of a popular author with a large fan base. Those are two probable reasons why the entirety of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent”trilogy is back on this week’s list, just as the “Insurgent” movie hits theaters, and James Patterson’s “NYPD Red 3″ debuts at No. 2. But neither can quite account for the eight weeks and counting “The Girl on the Train,” by first-time author Paula Hawkins, has so far spent at No. 1. And the…
  • Futures Lab Update #99: SXSW Interactive, Renting the Latest Tech, and an App For Democracy

    Reuben Stern
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    This week we offer a quick recap from the 2015 South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. We also learn about a startup that enables anyone to try out the latest tech gadgets, and we hear how another startup is hoping to use mobile technology to transform democracy. PART 1: SXSWi 2015 Recap Intelligent robots, virtual reality, the Internet of Things, and the rise of a “maker culture” were among the big ideas driving the conversations at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. We go over the major themes and piece together some of their…
  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, March 26, 2015

    Julie Keck
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    1. Why free is not the future of digital content in education (Mary Cullinane / Wired) 2. ‘Education innovation clusters’ aim to improve schools (Michele Molnar / Education Week) 3. Sydney Opera House models the future of digital education (via Business Wire) 4. Online or in-person? One college lets students switch back and forth (Casey Fabris / Chronicle) 5. The Two Cultures, 2.0 (David G. Halsted / Inside Higher Education)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Daily Must Reads, March 26, 2015

    Julie Keck
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    1. Should news sites make a ‘Faustian bargain’ with Facebook? (Mathew Ingram / Yahoo Tech) 2. Look to the past for lessons on the news industry showdown with Facebook (Rick Edmonds / Poynter) 3. Periscope, Twitter’s answer to Meerkat-style live streaming, is now available (Casey Newton / The Verge) 4. The NYPD’s newest technology may end up recording conversations (Cale Guthrie Weissman / Business Insider) 5. NSA doesn’t need to spy on your calls to learn your secrets (Bruce Schneier / Wired) 6. ‘How I successfully crowdfund my journalism’ (Sarah Hartley / Through the…
  • Visualizing the Discouraging Realities, Mobile Growth at Digital Mags

    Susan Currie Sivek
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Every month, the Magazine Media 360° audience report lands in my email inbox. I’ve always wanted to dig deeper into that intriguing spreadsheet. Finally, it’s spring break — and what else does a journalism professor do on vacation but play around with data? This report is released by MPA, the Association of Magazine Media. Its full name is “The Magazine Media 360° Brand Audience Report.” It summarizes in a 5-page document (here’s February’s PDF) the current and year-over-year audience data for about 145 magazines, across all platforms, including print/digital editions,…
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  • Get your startup funded: SXSW V2Venture!

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

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

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

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

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

    Adrian Holovaty
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you build web sites that use HTML5 <canvas> or have complex user interfaces, you can make your job easier by adding automated tests. Here’s how I use Python’s little-known Needle library to test various front-end bits of Soundslice. Soundslice is a music-learning web app that renders sheet music and tablature in client-side JavaScript. (Here’s a demo, and here’s an overview.) Two aspects of the site’s front end are particularly hairy and hard to test using conventional methods: The music notation, which is drawn using <canvas>. Rendering sheet music — the historic…
  • How to solve CORS IE font issues with Amazon Cloudfront

    Adrian Holovaty
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    I’ve been wrestling with this for a while, and I finally found a fix! Here’s a quick post for developers searching for the solution... The problem If you use Amazon Cloudfront to serve web fonts (.ttf, .woff, .eot, etc.) from your Amazon S3 bucket (as I do for Soundslice), Internet Explorer will likely refuse to load the fonts, giving this error message: CSS3117: @font-face failed cross-origin request. Resource access is restricted. This happens because your media files on Cloudfront are on a separate domain than your site, and Internet Explorer doesn’t like the cross-domain requests…
  • Announcing the Soundslice sheet music player

    Adrian Holovaty
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Since PJ and I launched Soundslice in November 2012, our top-most requested feature has been support for sheet music. We've spent the last six months building that for you, and we launched it today. Have a look at the demo. Here's a quick video I recorded showing off some of the features and benefits: Lots of stuff is new here: We now render sheet music (aka standard notation), not just tabs and chord charts. Instead of scrolling horizontally (example of old site), the UI is now vertically oriented. This makes it much easier to see upcoming notes, and it's a much more natural experience. The…
  • Why Chicago needs to stop playing by Silicon Valley’s rules

    Adrian Holovaty
    24 Jan 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I gave a talk yesterday at the Chicago Startup Forecast. Here’s a rough transcript, with slides. This is Daniel Burnham. He was a famous Chicago architect, responsible for some of our city’s most beautiful buildings. He’s known for his influential Plan of Chicago, which foresaw modern city planning, and he was a key organizer of the World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Chicago beat out New York, DC and St. Louis for the privilege of hosting that World’s Fair. Back in those days, world’s fairs were more common than they are now. In 1889, a…
  • Adrian and Jacob retiring as Django BDFLs

    Adrian Holovaty
    13 Jan 2014 | 7:30 am
    Since July 2005, when Django was open-sourced, Jacob Kaplan-Moss and I have been the two Benevolent Dictators For Life (BDFLs) of the project. Today we’re both retiring from our formal BDFL roles, given that (1) we don’t have the time for it that we once had and (2) Django is in great shape with a vibrant community of contributors. A BDFL, a term originally used by Python creator Guido van Rossum, is basically a leader of an open-source project who resolves disputes and has final say on big decisions. In the early days, circa 2004-2008, Jacob and I had to make a fair amount of decisions,…
 
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  • A decade of freedom of information challenges

    Jack Lail
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Here's a A timeline tracing events over the past 10 years that show the country's ambivalence over the free flow of information. It is being distributed by ASNE and major news organizations, including the Associated Press, The McClatchy Company and Gannett, as part of Sunshine Week, March 15-21, 2015.
  • Snapshot of presidential photographers

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

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

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

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

    Will Sullivan
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    As an expert in global and mobile trends working in the government and media space, I’ve been tapped to start writing for Mobile Trends on Tuesday for DigitalGov.gov, a GSA website, webinar series, email list and more sharing best practices, training and resources for technologists across the government space (from federal agencies down to local municipalities). I’m really looking forward to getting back into writing and examining new areas of mobile. Sometimes I can get so focused on the really unique and difficult challenges our BBG audiences face that it is great to take a…
  • Building the Radio Sawa mobile app to reach youth in closed, censored Middle East markets

    Will Sullivan
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Today we’re starting the promotional campaign for a new Android and IOS apps for Radio Sawa, one of our broadcast networks focused on music and pop-culture in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It’s quite a unique experience and while building the product our technology, design and editorial teams were very focused on making a rich, mobile-first experience by doing less things better (rather than trying to throw everything and the kitchen sink in). The core product development and user experience values we focused on to achieve this were: Streaming radio on…
  • Thanks to my team for creating excellence, despite facing of absurd impossibilities.

    Will Sullivan
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:56 am
    Throughout my career working as a catalyst and digital change agent at legacy organizations, I’ve faced a lot of adversity, sometimes pure absurdity…  At one gig, I had to battle with the IT department for more than three months to get them to unblock search engines from crawling our sites. (I eventually won them over and we saw a 37 percent increase in traffic soon after the change.) At another job, when data journalism was exploding and becoming a fantastic new opportunity for more interactive, digital journalism and I ended up having many challenging discussions with the top…
  • Web push notifications coming to a web browser near you (and now live on Journerdism.com)

    Will Sullivan
    15 Jun 2014 | 11:19 am
    Web push notifications fall far on the left side of this curve currently, but will soon swing to the middle. If you’re using the Safari web browser on Apple OSX Mavericks, you may have noticed something new on the site recently — a pop up notification about getting web browser push notifications for new entries on Journerdism. (If you’ve opted in and have any feedback, I’d love to hear it). If you’re unfamiliar with web browser push notifications, here’s a quick video breakdown from the RJI Futures Lab that talks about them and how the NY Times and Roost…
  • Reaching mobile-only audiences and giving voice to the voiceless

    Will Sullivan
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:06 am
    Meta note: Over the past 2-3 years I’ve made a conscious effort to optimize and focus my time on social media, partially from recommendations in The Information Diet partially from just trying to find a better life balance. There was a time in the aughts when I was combing through thousands of RSS feeds and blogging until all hours of the night. That was good for a time to read and process everything possible about the evolution of digital journalism, but in my older age I’ve found I’d prefer to do the work, rather than talk about the work. Especially in recent years,…
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  • Vinod Mehta, the Last Great Editor, 1942-2015

    churumuri
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:38 am
    sans serif records with deep regret the passing of the Editorial Chairman of Outlook magazine, Vinod Mehta, in New Delhi on Sunday, 8 March 2015. He was 73 years old and had been ailing for some time. He leaves behind his wife Sumita Paul, their canine companion, “Editor”, two brothers and a sister—and legions of orphaned colleagues, compatriots and competitors. As the founding Editor-in-Chief of Outlook, Mr Mehta re-energised Indian magazine journalism with a freshness of approach, an openness of spirit, and a lightness of touch. All through his long innings as editor, writer and a…
  • When a veteran reporter heard he had the big ‘C’

    churumuri
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Journalists see plenty of disease, despair and death in the line of duty. Even if we do not entertain prospects of immortality, our near-constant exposure to the dark and grim side of life somewhat inures us to its only certainty. But what when it hits home? Krishna Vattam, for 40 years the Mysore correspondent of the Bangalore-based dailies Deccan Herald and Praja Vani, has been there, done that—and survived to tell the tale. In a new book, Joy of Conquering Cancer: A Spiritual Dimension, to mark the silver jubilee of his triumph, cancer-survivor Vattam describes how he heard the bad…
  • A legend who told MLAs where to get off: RIP

    churumuri
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:53 pm
    sans serif records the demise of S. Balasubramanian, the chairman of the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan—who also served as its editor, managing director and publisher for 50 years—in Madras on Friday, December 19. He was 78. Mr Balasubramanian hit the national headlines in 1987 when he was sentenced, arrested and jailed for refusing to apologise for a cartoon published on the cover of the magazine, which Tamil Nadu’s legislators deemed a “breach of privilege“. “He was released in two days after protests erupted all over the country but our editor was not…
  • ‘Deccan Chronicle’ says TOI is stealing its ads!

    churumuri
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
      Nothing is impossible in the merry world of Indian journalism. Big newspapers (and magazines) flick stories from small ones without as much as acknowledgement. Big TV stations conduct whole debates on issues first flagged by newspapers (and magazines) without so much as a by-your-leave. But at least there’s a word for it: plagiarism. What’s the equivalent in advertising? In a first, the embattled Hyderabad newspaper Deccan Chronicle has accused The Times of India of stealing its “classified advertisements” and passing them off as its own. Deccan Chronicle says…
  • When salary isn’t commensurate with circulation

    churumuri
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    The latest issue of Caravan magazine has more than just the story of former Indian Express editor-in-chief, Shekhar Gupta. There is a fine profile of Eenadu bossman Ramoji Rao, and there are interesting numbers in a data analysis of the big newspapers by howindialives.com. One of the charts (above) in the latter story is how the country’s biggest, most profitable media house—Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd—pays its staff. The numbers show how, of the 81 employees whose 2014 salaries were disclosed to the ministry of corporate affairs by BCCL, only nine of them were of…
 
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  • A decade of freedom of information challenges

    Jack Lail
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    Here's a A timeline tracing events over the past 10 years that show the country's ambivalence over the free flow of information. It is being distributed by ASNE and major news organizations, including the Associated Press, The McClatchy Company and Gannett, as part of Sunshine Week, March 15-21, 2015.
  • Snapshot of presidential photographers

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Russian Crowdfunding Campaigns That Despise (and Are Fueled By) Media Propaganda

    Khari Johnson
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The American government lies. The Russian government lies. Whichever statement you believe more, wherever you fall on that spectrum, three crowdfunding campaigns by Russian media ventures are fueled by these convictions and quickly gaining ground with their supporters this week. 1. Stop Russian propaganda Journalist Vladimir Yakovlev, founder of Kommersant.ru, has raised more than $9,000 in the first two days of his Kickstarter campaign to create a news startup. “Now, more than ever, we need a new independent media to unite the best journalists by common goal: to stop propaganda of hatred;…
  • Mobile Engagement in the Era of App Overload

    Alex Yule
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    These days, there seems to be an app for everything. Voice-enabled pizza ordering? Check. An app that says “Yo?” Check. As of today, Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store are home to over 1.4 million apps, each! If these numbers seem overwhelming, you’re not alone. In 2012, mobile analytics company Adeven (now Adjust) reported that 400,000 apps on Apple’s store had never been downloaded at all. At the time, this was nearly two-thirds of all iPhone and iPad apps, completely ignored. Since then, the total number of apps available has more than doubled, but recent usage…
  • 11 Ways to Cure Bad Newsroom Meetings

    Zena Barakat
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Meetings are dreadful. They last too long. There’s a lot of talking and not a lot of doing. They’re often dominated by the loud naysayers in the room. So when I heard a piece on NPR about how bad meetings are taking up more of our workdays, I felt validated. I did the modern-day equivalent of yelling “AMEN!”: I tweeted the story. And when fellow journalists retweeted it, I learned that I’m not the only one in our field who feels this way. In newsrooms, meetings are essential. We need them to communicate with one another, coordinate coverage and meet deadlines. We can’t get rid of…
  • Why Crowdfunded Journalism Pioneer Spot.Us Died

    Khari Johnson
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:03 am
    Spot.Us was a first in crowdfunded journalism in the United States. For the better part of a decade the project to pioneer community-powered reporting made storytelling and accountability reporting possible for communities in California and other parts of the United States. The end of the story for the storyteller-enabling platform was announced last month by American Public Media. There have been other much talked about crowdfunding platforms devoted to journalism over the years, but most came and went (Emphas.is, Vourno, Indie Voices, etc.) None lasted as long, were as widespread, and…
  • Lessons Learned From the Journalism School Hackathon

    Hannah Wang
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    I recently attended the second annual Journalism School Hackathon at Arizona State University. The challenge: creating solutions for underserved communities. My team created Uproot: a real-world scavenger hunt that allowed travellers to discover African-American history. It was a noble project — and a familiar one. In my first project at the Reese News Lab, NewsLing, we attempted to create a broadcast news app for another underserved community, Latino audiences. But there was one major difference between the team I joined to create NewsLing and my team at the Hackathon. The NewsLing team…
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • How to capture fly-by digital visitors

    Newsosaur
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Now that most newspapers have been in the digital publishing business for the better part of two decades, it’s time for editors and publishers to pay attention to where their wired readers actually come from. And it’s not the front pages that editors lovingly tend on their websites and mobile apps.   While research over the years consistently shows that about a third of the visitors at the
  • So long again, Chicago Daily News

    Newsosaur
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    On March 4, 1978, the presses fell silent for the last time at the Chicago Daily News, an iconic and crusading newspaper that was unable to adapt to changing times. The following article, which originally appeared here in 2005, is reprinted as a reminder of what happens when a paper runs out of readers, revenues and ideas. "It's fun being the publisher when things are going well," squeaked
  • We’ll miss David Carr more than we know

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

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

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

  • Fortune Omits Obama from ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’ List

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    For the second year in a row, President Obama has been left off of Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” list. That’s… Something. The President didn’t make the cut of 50 people “judged on their leadership within their professional domains, industries, or fields of service or governance,” but Taylor Swift did. The President didn’t make the cut of 50 people “with vision who moved others to act as well,” but Jimmy Fallon did. The President didn’t make the cut of 50 people who have “the courage to pioneer,”…
  • Journal Sentinel Reporter About to be an Even Bigger ‘Fish’ at DePauw

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    The announcement that Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative health reporter Meg Kissinger will serve as DePauw University’s 2015-16 Eugene S. Pullam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism is extra-special for two reasons. Kissinger, who graduated from DePauw in 1979, is coming back to the campus where she was once editor-in-chief of The DePauw. And her tenure will reconfirm the solid advice she once received from mom. From today’s announcement: \"Somewhere up there, my mother surely is smiling,” says Kissinger, who majored in political science as an undergraduate.
  • Fire In The Sky

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Magical!via Conor MacNeill
  • Bus stop

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Lovely.via Giordano Poloni
  • Go Undercover as a Scout for Midwest Living

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Midwest Living is proud of its regional roots, and the magazine seeks to showcase all that is great about living in the Midwest, from its dining and travel options to its homes and gardens. The best way for potential freelancers to get an in with a magazine is generally through the FOB. Midwest Living provides another option, a particularly interesting one for those who have harbored dreams of being a secret shopper: Prospective freelancers would be wise to get their foot in the door by being a story scout, a role that can be compared to mystery shopper. Scouts are assigned to check out a…
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • The New York Times, ‘PBS Newshour’ strike video-sharing agreement

    Benjamin Mullin
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The New York Times and “PBS NewsHour” have entered into an agreement to share video journalism, including news reports and longer documentaries, on a regular basis, the outlets announced Thursday. The deal specifies that both news organizations will begin to offer each other footage for use on their websites and social channels. This announcement formalizes an arrangement that manifested recently when “PBS NewsHour” aired a New York Times video about the film giant Kodak attempting to reinvent itself, according to the announcement. The program also broadcast two other…
  • “If Earth spun this fast, it’d be next week already,” and other winning headlines from ACES

    Chris Thompson
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    American Copy Editors Society At its annual conference in Pittsburgh today, the American Copy Editors Society announced the winners of its 2014 National Headline Contest. Below is a partial list of the first-place winners, as well as a sample of some of their winning headlines. Individual, circulation of more than 200,000: Steve Eames of The Los Angeles Times. “A Ripening on Vine St.,” “Duplicating ‘Lego’ success is no snap,” “Mosquito dragnet is cast.” Individual, circulation of between 100,000 and 200,000: Cameron Carlow of the Omaha…
  • CBS mines vines for One Direction clip, then cites copyright claim to pull it from YouTube

    Chris Thompson
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Mashable Reddit After Zayn Malik, one of the members of the English-Irish boy band One Direction, left the band yesterday, CBS aired a montage of fans posting vines weeping about Malik’s departure. But as Mashable’s Tricia Gilbride pointed out, one of the vines was a fake. Ben Berst, a self-described “comedian, entertainer, and YouTuber,” posted a vine of himself kissing a photograph of Malik and pretending to mourn the end of One Direction as we know it. CBS included it as part of a story about how fans across the world are posting vines bemoaning the loss of Malik,…
  • Gregg Jarrett claims Roger Ailes saved him from alcoholism

    Chris Thompson
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    TVNewser After an embarrassing performance on the air, a trip to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic, a relapse and arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, and months of work at the Betty Ford Center, Gregg Jarrett has told the story of how he has been able to stay sober and get back to his job as an anchor at Fox News. And he claims that he couldn’t have done it without Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. (Photo courtesy of Fox News) In an interview with TVNewser reporter Mark Joyella, Jarrett recalled that after he appeared to slur his words during a broadcast in January 2014, he walked…
  • ‘Why?’ 9 front pages from the Germanwings crash

    Kristen Hare
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    On Thursday, front pages in Europe and other parts of the world led with the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. The New York Times reports that the passengers on board were from at least 15 different countries. Here’s a collection of nine front pages following Tuesday’s crash, via Kiosko. International New York Times: The Australian, Australia: Le Monde, France: Bild, Germany: NRC Next, Netherlands: Publico, Portugal: ABC, Spain: La Razón, Madrid, Spain: The New York Times, New York: Read more
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    Megan Taylor: Web Journalist

  • How to add an SSH key to your computer

    Megan Taylor
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    I spent an embarrassingly long time the other day trying to remember how to add an SSH key to my computer. The problem was that everything Google came back with involved generating an SSH key, where I had one that I needed to store on my machine so that I could get access to a server. So here are the steps I would’ve liked to find the other day:1. Type cd into the command line to get to home folder. 2. Type cd .ssh to get into ssh folder 3. Type sublime keyfilename, where sublime can be any editor and keyfilename is whatever you want to name the key file. 4. Copy and paste the key into…
  • How to teach debugging

    Megan Taylor
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Sabotage: Teach Debugging By Stealth“Not only does this help children spot errors in their own code more readily, but it also encourages them to consider using their peers for assistance more frequently.”Really want to carry out this teaching strategy with my ScriptEd students.
  • David Bowie hairstyles animated GIF

    Megan Taylor
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    by Helen Green via kottke.org.
  • Wonderful aerial photos shot from a helicopter of NYC at night

    Megan Taylor
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    LAFORET | VISUALS – Night Over New Yorkvia kottke.org
  • Food for the Week

    Megan Taylor
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Shakshuka Chicken Tortilla Soup Garlic Macaroni and Cheese Edit: This was actually really disappointing and just kind of meh. Edible, but meh.Lazy Skillet Lasagna
 
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    Evolving Newsroom

  • This is how you test a launch system rocket booster

    Julie Starr
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Just for the wow factor: NASA tested its new space launch system rocket booster in Utah. Watch to the end to see the ‘quench tool’ in action. Published on 11 Mar 2015 The largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built successfully fired up Wednesday for a major-milestone ground test in preparation for future missions to help propel NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars. The booster fired for two minutes, the same amount of time it will fire when it lifts the SLS off the launch pad, and produced…
  • Bookmarks for March 13, 2015

    Julie Starr
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Some of the more interesting things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the past few days. Climate change: Media ethics and Pacific challenges on Livestream Seminar on Climate change: Media ethics and Pacific challenges at AUT University http://evlvgn.ws/1C3rjxC Surgical micro-robot swarms: Science fiction, or realistic prospect? | Robohub Surgical micro-robot swarms: Science fiction, or realistic prospect? The new MacBook is almost all battery inside – Vox The new MacBook is almost all battery inside | Vox http://evlvgn.ws/18yz0zD The new Medicis funding journalism The…
  • The world according to Plato in 6 lovely minutes

    Julie Starr
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:36 am
    A lovely bite-sized tour of Plato’s greatest hits from The School of Life. Plato’s four big ideas for a more fulfilled life: Think more (and know yourself) Let your lover change you (love is based on admiration, we need to help each other) Decode the message of beauty (we sense in beauty qualities we need but don’t have) Reform society (a utopian thinker about government and society) Plato wanted to end democracy in Athens because he observed that few people thought properly before they voted, which resulted in very sub-standard rulers. He wanted people to become rational…
  • Flow states feel awesome because: norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, serotonin and endorphins

    Julie Starr
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Dr Steven Kotler, Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project, talks in this 4:20 video about the neurochemistry of your brain when you’re in a flow state. Transcript from YouTube: Besides neuroanatomical changes in flow there are neurochemical changes, right. The brain produces a giant cascade of neurochemistry. You get norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, serotonin and endorphins. All five of these are performance enhancing neurochemicals, right. So they make you faster, stronger, quicker and they do the same thing with your brain. In the front end of a flow state you take in…
  • Bookmarks for March 11, 2015

    Julie Starr
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    Some of the more interesting things I’ve read – or bookmarked to read – over the past few days. Economic Survey of Manufacturing: December 2014 quarter Volume of manufacturing sales rose 0.9% in December 2014 quarter, mainly on fuel, meat & dairy, machinery | Stats NZ http://evlvgn.ws/1KITHuC Notifications & Alerts — Ford’s Sensorium — Medium Paul Ford slashes and burns a great heap of notifications and alerts, and is still just warming up — Medium http://evlvgn.ws/1wSwnV9 @ftrain Follow the money: crunching the numbers from TVNZ, Sky, NZME, MediaWorks, Snakk and…
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    LOCAL ONLINER

  • GOLOCAL Awards Finalists Set for BIA/Kelsey NATIONAL Next Week

    Peter
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    When we started the GOLOCAL Awards last year at our Atlanta NATIONAL show, we felt there was a real gap in awareness about the great local campaigns by national and regional brands. The diversity and quality of what was entered in the Awards was incredible. Now we are wrapping up our Second Edition. Our seven independent judges have just completed their work, and the finalists in three key areas — Innovation, Sales/Revenue and Strategic Use of Digital Marketing — will be highlighted at the start of Day 3 of our Dallas NATIONAL show next week. The finalists include: Innovation…
  • UBL, Advice Interactive Group to Merge: SEO + Syndicated Listings

    Peter
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    UBL, a publicly-owned syndicator of updated business listings and profiles, is merging with The Advice Interactive Group, a fast-growing search marketing firm that has evolved into a full service agency. The merged company is slated to earn nearly $20 million in 2015, and is refashioning itself as a peer to companies such as Go Daddy, ReachLocal, Local.com, Yext and Factual that are either public or have attracted attention on Wall Street. UBL will provide stock and cash in consideration of the merger. While both companies initially keep their own identities, they intend to work towards an…
  • Analysis: Walmart’s Pull-out from Google’s Local Inventory Ads

    Peter
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Building ecommerce, promotions, search, social and same day delivery services around store inventory is one of those high concept ideas that always make so much sense but have been tough to build around. Key players in the space currently include Google, Retailigence and others. Others, such as eBay, have pulled out or shrunk their efforts. We’ve been especially interested in Walmart’s decision last week to pull its feeds from Google’s Local Inventory Ads (formerly known as Local Product Listing Ads). Launched in 2013 to complement Google’s e-commerce oriented Shopping ads, the ads…
  • NATIONAL Focus: Where2GetIt’s Manish Patel on ‘Chief Location Officers’

    Peter
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Chief Marketing Officers will become “Chief Location Officers” if Where2GetIt CEO Manish Patel has any say about it. Patel is a featured speaker at BIA/Kelsey National in Dallas March 25-27 appearing on a platform leaders panel with Netsertive’s Brendan Morrissey, Yext’s Christian Ward and LocalBizNow’s Todd Webber. Brands have made a lot of progress in localizing their efforts, says Patel. But they are still playing catch up with their local targeting efforts, considering all the opportunities they have at their disposal. Patel, whose company works with over 500 brands, emphasizes…
  • Booker Software Raises $35 Million; CEO Josh McCarter Talks to BIA/Kelsey

    Peter
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Booker Software announced today that it has raised $35 Million, which it will use to invest in sales and marketing capabilities and in developing vertical-specific products that “drive more value to merchants,” said CEO Josh McCarter, in a discussion with BIA/Kelsey. McCarter noted that 9,000 locations are under contract and over 60,000 business users. These are users who are “logging in every day. They are not just signing on once a month” to create a promotion or similar feature. They use Booker’s services as an integral part of their business. Next steps for the company will…
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    Blog o Blog

  • ¿Cómo tener un mejor cerebro? Aprender otro idioma

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

    administrador
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    El servicio social uno de los requisitos para poder titularnos, esta es una actividad extra escolar, en la cual debemos prestar nuestros servicios a una empresa en alguna de sus áreas que tenga relación con los temas vistos durante nuestra carrera. Este nos ayuda a darnos una mas clara idea de a lo que nos enfrentaremos cuando terminemos la universidad. Para poder realizarlo se pide un mínimo de créditos de la carrera, es decir que debemos de haber cursado en la mayoría de la veces más de la mitad de la carrera, en promedio son 6 meses o mas dependiendo del numero de horas que…
  • La prevención de la obesidad infantil: Consejos para padres y cuidadores

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

  • Digital Differences Across Local Communities

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Digital technology plays a role in the news environments of all three metropolitan areas studied, though not an equal one. A number of factors, including internet access, demographics and the news offerings that are available play a part in the development of digital news habits. Denver: A Digitally Enabled City Two of the most fundamental […]
  • Appendix: Descriptions of the Week’s Major Storylines for Each City

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    While conducting detailed analysis of the local news for each of the three cities, Pew Research also tracked the major issues that were covered during the weeks examined. In both Denver (June 16-20, 2014) and Macon (June 9-13, 2014), no specific themes dominated the news agenda. In particular, no single storyline accounted for more than […]
  • Methodology

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    The study involved five separate research methodologies in each city, each of which is detailed below. City Selection Process The three cities studied as a part of Local News in a Digital Age are not meant to be representative of the United States as a whole, but rather serve as detailed case studies of local […]
  • Local News Interest High Across the Board; Specific Habits Vary

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    This section of the study reports on findings from three original public opinion surveys, one from each of the three metro areas being studied—Denver, Macon and Sioux City. These surveys probe residents about their news habits, civic engagement and attitudes about the city and the media that serve it. Because each city received its own customized […]
  • Acknowledgments

    Pew Research Center&#039;s Journalism Project
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Many individuals contributed to this report. Amy Mitchell, the director of journalism research, and senior researcher Jesse Holcomb oversaw the effort and served as lead authors of the report. The development of the survey instrument was led by research associate Jeffrey Gottfried and the survey’s methodological strategy was led by research methodologist Kyley McGeeney. The […]
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  • March Madness: ‘American Idol’ Game Let’s Fans Predict Outcome

    Adam Flomenbaum
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Forget about March Madness. The only bracket that matter is ‘American Idol’s’ #IdolPredictions challenge on AmericanIdol.com. Well, not really, but it’s still fun and well-designed. Launched last week (and built in conjunction with Omnigon) following the ‘American Idol XIV’ Top 10 performance show, #IdolPredictions tests fans’ ability to judge which contestants will move on and who is generating the most buzz on social. Even though the field is narrowed down to nine contestants, fans can still make “round two” predictions and create custom fantasy-style leagues with friends.
  • HBO to Produce Daily Vice Newscast

    Karen Fratti
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    HBO announced today that it will begin producing a daily newscast from Vice. The two signed a four year deal, which also extends the weekly documentary series. This is good news for journalism, but it’s also the answer to a tiny question I had about HBO Now and Go. HBO is all about highly produced, binge worthy content. And that means there’s a reason to log into their OTT (and Apple TV) on a daily basis to see what’s up. Because you can only catch up on “Looking” for so long before you really wish there was a new show you could watch. This also plays into…
  • You Need a Better Data Plan to Meerkat

    Karen Fratti
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    With the launch of Periscope today and the figures of how much Meerkatting was going on at SXSW, we can officially say that live-streaming is a thing. Sounds democratic, right? Not so much, reports Mashable this week. We loathe our cable and Internet providers and our cell providers. But they love when we start to Meerkat. Also, the biggest fans of Periscope/Meerkat have to be Verizon and AT&T. Think of the data overages! — Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) March 26, 2015 Streaming eats up about 4 megabytes and watching a stream takes 2.3 megabytes. That’s a lot data and depending on…
  • Social Scoreboard: Wednesday, March 25

    Karen Fratti
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    “American Idol” and MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show” topped the Nielsen Twitter ratings last night. The CW drew what looks to be the same exact audience for “Supernatural” and “Arrow,” with around 730,000 viewers writing around 40,000 tweets each. “Criminal Minds” rounded out the evening. 
  • Sharing TV Clips Socially (and Legally) with Whipclip

    Adam Flomenbaum
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Whipclip – an app that lets viewers splice and share (legally) TV clips – has launched today, and has secured partnerships with major broadcast networks, including Comedy Central, ABC, CBS, FOX, VH1, A&E and Lifetime, Bloomberg, OWN and truTV. In December, we wrote about the company raising $20 million to launch the service. Whipclip’s partnership with Comedy Central will manifest this coming Monday for the highly anticipated ‘Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.’ Viewers will be able to create customized clips of the roastand share them across social networks like…
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  • John Moore Wins Picture Of The Year In China Contest

    2094
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Getty Images photojournalist John Moore has won Picture of the Year in the 11th annual China International Press Photo Contest (CHIPP) contest for his image, "Ebola Overwhelms Liberian Capital."
  • Heidi Levine Wins Inaugural Anja Niedringhaus Award

    2094
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    Independent photojournalist Heidi Levine has been named the inaugural winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the International Women's Media Foundation announced this morning.
  • NPPA News Video Workshop: "It Just All Makes Sense"

    2094
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Six years ago, I walked into my first real job, and I sat down at my first real desk (my very own desk!), and I shook hands with my very first desk-mate. His name was Evelio Contreras – one of those cool, uber-talented thinker types I one day wanted to be just like. So I asked him: How!?
  • NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Live On Livestream

    2094
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Judging in the Multimedia categories of NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest is underway at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication (VisCom) in Athens, OH, and it's being broadcast on Livestream.
  • BOP Multimedia Judging Underway; Watch via Live Stream

    tkenniff
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    The NPPA's Best of Photojournalism Multimedia Division judging is underway at Ohio University in Athens, OH. A live stream of the judging can be viewed here. This year's judges are Andrew P. Scott, Becky Sell and Ken Kobre.
 
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  • FAQ: Crowdsourcing, social media and investigative journalism

    Paul Bradshaw
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Another set of answers in response to questions from a student, as part of the FAQ series. This time, all about crowdsourcing and social media and their impact on investigative journalism. 1. Is ‘crowdsourcing’ good or bad for investigative journalism? Why? Like most innovations facilitated by the internet, I’d say crowdsourcing offers both new opportunities and new challenges to journalists, including investigative journalists. The obvious opportunities include access to a wider range of information – but it also offers increased engagement with audiences. The crowdsourced…
  • YouTube advice from Anna Gardner, Lily Pebbles and Hannah Witton (and tips playlist)

    Paul Bradshaw
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    YouTubers: L-R: Anna Gardner, Lily Pebbles and Hannah Witton   The highlight of this week’s Rethink Media conference in Birmingham was undoubtedly the panel on YouTube, chaired by Hannah Witton with Anna Gardner and Lily Pebbles. It was very much in the YouTube genre: a breezy and chatty affair which managed to sneak in mentions of MCNs and CPMs alongside references to the importance of being unique and personal. @paulbradshaw I like that the panellists shift from jargon to the quality of each other's skin. — Dave Harte (@daveharte) March 18, 2015 Keep doing it…
  • Now a police force is using Buzzfeed to publicise odd FOI requests

    Paul Bradshaw
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    We've created a @BuzzFeed post showing some of the more 'unusual' FOI requests received! http://t.co/g3ktXNZBOo. pic.twitter.com/p2cxoidatz — West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) March 19, 2015 Two years ago the newspaper group Local World received a lot of attention over their decision to allow local councillors, police forces and others publish directly on their site. And one year ago Torbay Police hailed the “historic moment” as they published their own story to the local news website, a moment which the Chartered Institute of Journalists condemned as…
  • Audio: A new dawn in live video?

    Paul Bradshaw
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Last week Journalism.co.uk interviewed Tim Pool and yours truly for a podcast on Meerkat and livestreaming more broadly (I’ve previously written about my experiences with Meerkat here). The podcast is also embedded below. Filed under: faq Tagged: livestreaming, Meerkat, podcast, Tim Pool
  • Data journalism in Peru: Convoca is “not just investigative, but educational”

    antiaxeada27
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:20 am
    Convoca’s Aramis Castro After being involved in covering the Swiss Leaks scandal, Peruvian data journalism project Convoca is about to publish its first investigations, reports Antia Geada. The team formed in September 2014 when a group of Peruvian journalists decided to join forces in order to promote investigative journalism. Led by Milagros Salazar, a pioneer in using data analysis for investigative reporting in South America, Convoca combines traditional in-depth reporting with data journalism and other new technologies to cover public interest stories. Aramis Castro is a data…
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  • John Means, "The Village Wordsmith" author, dies at 87

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

    Doug Fisher
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    So here's today's journalism ethics question.The latest edition of USC's Garnet and Black Magazine​ has a big story on a woman who was a teenage mom, but has worked hard to be a college student while caring for her 3-year-old daughter. Very nice story and very inspirational stuff.And very nice "awwwwww" photos of mom and daughter. Except ... At the very end of the story there is this: "*Models portrayed in this spread are not Bourne and her daughter, or an actual mother-daughter pair." (The online version I'm linking to has only one photo -- the print version has several, including a…
  • What does "Big Silicon" mean for journalism and j-schools?

    Doug Fisher
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    There's been a lot written lately about "robots" (i.e., computers) writing news stories, be it routine earnings report at the AP or routine sports stories. The latest reflection on this, in the N.Y. Times, prompted a colleague to pose the question on a Facebook group: "What does robojournalism mean for j-schools and the people that love them?"If we cut through the somewhat visceral reactions these stories tend to invoke, what is happening can actually provide the sort of clarity we need to examine the state of affairs by making us truly assess what journalism is versus "news" and what has…
  • More evidence that social media has infiltrated our lives

    Doug Fisher
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Yes, Charlotte now has a Twitter Lane. Maybe it's referencing the bird calls .... and maybe not ...
  • In memoriam: John Shurr, journalist and AP bureau chief

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

    Janelle
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    StaffMarch 26, 2015CWA CanadaCWA Canada, the country's only all-media union, remains "hopeful but troubled" in the wake of Wednesday's decision by the Competition Bureau approving the Postmedia deal to buy Sun Media's English-language newspapers. "We hope this means Postmedia will put more money into quality journalism, especially at Sun Media where journalism has been on life support under Quebecor," CWA Canada President Martin O'Hanlon said. "But we're troubled by the concentration of ownership, with Postmedia now holding a near monopoly on English-language newspapers across most of…
  • Sportswriters Pushed Out of Good Seats at NCAA Tourney

    Janelle
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Ed ShermanMarch 26, 2015PoynterWhen Tyler Hansbrough led North Carolina to the national title in 2009, Dana O’Neil left her seat on the floor and climbed a few rows into the stands to talk to his family. The access allowed the ESPN.com reporter to get a quote from Hansbrough’s father, Gene, on how it was the culmination of a dream for his son. O’Neil cited that anecdote when she told NCAA officials why it is important for reporters to have courtside seating during the men’s basketball tournament. “It allowed me to tell a much more compelling story,” O’Neil said. “If you put me…
  • Albany Members Share the Pain of 7.5 Years With No Raises

    Janelle
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    StaffMarch 26, 2015Albany GuildCheck out the growing number of signs with personal messages from Guild members at the Albany Times Union, where our members have gone seven and a half years without raises. Pictures are being posted on the local's Facebook and Twitter pages. 
  • Three Things to Know About Latest U.S. House FOIA Bill

    Janelle
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Benjamin MullinMarch 25, 2015Poynter A bill that would make significant changes to the Freedom of Information Act got a lift this morning when it was approved by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. This legislation represents the biggest amendment to America’s federal open records act since 2007 and comes months after a similar proposal failed to clear Congress near the end of last year.
  • Thai Leader Tells Reporters He Has the Power to Execute Them

    Janelle
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    StaffMarch 25, 2015ReutersThai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed out at journalists on Wednesday, saying he would "probably just execute" those who did "not report the truth", in the latest outburst aimed at Thailand's media. Last month Prayuth said he had the power to shut down news outlets. On Wednesday, he took an even harsher line. "We'll probably just execute them," said Prayuth, without a trace of a smile, when asked by reporters how the government would deal with those that do not adhere to the official line.
 
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    Media | The Guardian

  • Election 2015: Cameron and Miliband face grilling from Paxman - live updates

    Andrew Sparrow
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    With six weeks to go until polling day, the two contenders for No 10 face a grilling from Jeremy Paxman followed by an audience Q&A moderated by Kay Burley. Gear up for the 9pm (GMT) kickoff with our politics team Nigel Farage gatecrashes the Sky studios – and heads to the barAll you need to know about tonight’s Channel 4/Sky News format 8.48pm GMT The two parties tossed a coin to decide who went first. Labour won, and Ed Miliband decided to go second.The two party leaders also decided in what order to do the interview/Q&A sections. David Cameron chose to have his Paxman encounter…
  • The end of the road for Jeremy Clarkson | Letters

    Letters
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Contrary to your claim, Jeremy Clarkson has not been “sacked”, or “dismissed” as you go on to say (And on that bombshell … BBC sacks Clarkson, 26 March). More accurately, his contract has “not been renewed” and this is not a matter of semantics but employment law. The decision by the BBC director general is thus much less impressive than is being claimed (On your bike: why the BBC had to take the high ground over Clarkson fracas, 26 March). In quite what other circumstances (beyond a football field) a publicly witnessed physical assault would not necessitate summary dismissal it…
  • The Guardian view on the black spider memos: a victory for the rule of law, a warning to Prince Charles | Editorial

    Editorial
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    After 10 years, Whitehall and Buckingham Palace have finally lost their campaign to keep the prince’s advocacy letters a secretWhen a man of cranky interests picks up his fountain pen, the result is, very often, nothing of any consequence. Occasionally, he will be eccentrically right, and may even get others to see this by obstinate repetition; more often he will – whether fairly or not – run into irritation and brush-off replies. When the man in question is heir to the throne, however, the reaction might well be different, and questions of crowning importance arise.For a decade, the…
  • Some race issues were left unsaid | Letter: Trevor Phillips

    Letters
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    David Blunkett chides me gently for not drawing attention to his record as a cabinet minister in robustly challenging examples of excessive political correctness and championing high-performing minority groups in schools (Letters, 24 March). His criticisms were based on my brief radio interview, made before the broadcast of Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True. I hope that he will be relieved that the omissions were not due to an oversight but to the fact that our film did not address either question. Otherwise we would certainly have acknowledged his important…
  • Cameron concedes defeat over publication of Prince Charles's letters

    Rob Evans and Robert Booth
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    ‘Deeply disappointed’ prime minister will give instructions for heir to the throne’s memos to ministers to be released after supreme court rulingDavid Cameron has admitted defeat after the government lost a 10-year battle with the Guardian to keep secret a “particularly frank” cache of lobbying letters written by Prince Charles.Following a supreme court ruling on Thursday that 27 letters between the heir to the throne and ministers must finally be published under the Freedom of Information Act, the “deeply disappointed” prime minister has told aides to prepare their release.
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  • Dogs in digital cinema

    Alex Beaumont
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Performances by dogs are a persistent feature of contemporary cinema. In recent years, audiences have been offered a wide range of canine performances by a variety of breeds, including Mason the collie in the remake of Lassie, Jonah the labrador retriever in Marley & Me, the akita in Hachi: A Dog’s Story, the dogo argentino in Bombón: El Perro, Uggie the Jack Russell terrier in The Artist, and numerous others. However, a number of recent films aimed at children present performances by dogs in which a new phenomenon is visible. Films such as Cats & Dogs (and its sequel), Underdog,…
  • From news journalism to academic publishing

    SoniaT
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    “I think I’ve just got an exclusive interview with the new Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester.” These were the words I told my editor after a couple of years in the newspaper game. He was obviously pleased. This is the kind of thing editors constantly want from reporters: an ability to dig out a story or to see something not everyone else will spot. It’s a cliché and can be applied to a whole range of careers, but in a way, a newspaper is only as good as its journalists. So I guess now you might be thinking where this fits in with Oxford University Press. It…
  • Is privacy dead?

    ChloeF
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    In the 1960s British comedy radio show, Beyond Our Ken, an old codger would, in answer to various questions, wheel out his catchphrase—in a weary, tremulous groan—‘Thirty Five Years!’ I was reminded of this today when I realized that it is exactly 35 years ago that my first book on privacy was published. And how the world has changed since then! In 1980, personal computers were still in their infancy, and the internet did not exist. There were, of course, genuine concerns about threats to our privacy, but, looking back at my book of that year, they mostly revolved around telephone…
  • Between terror and kitsch: fairies in fairy tales

    Hannah Paget
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Anthologists must reluctantly exclude. When choosing the stories for Victorian Fairy Tales, there was one story that both I and my editor hesitated over for a long time, before in the end deciding that it was too different from the other works in the book for it to make sense to include it. The tale in question is Arthur Machen’s ‘The White People’. This story may or may not be a fairy tale, though there are certainly fairies in it. However, unlike any of his Victorian forebears or most of his contemporaries, Machen manages to achieve, only a few years before the comfortably kitsch…
  • Country music and the press

    Raquel Fernandes
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    At least a decade prior to the recording of the first “hillbilly” records in the 1920s, journalists were writing about rural music-making in the United States, often treating the music heard at barn dances, quilting bees, and other rural social events as curious markers of local color. Since the emergence of country music as a recorded popular music in the 1920s, though, the press’s fascination with the genre has not waned. Writers for mainstream national publications, music trade publications, and fan magazines alike have not only documented the genre’s rich history in the United…
 
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  • Election 2015: Cameron and Miliband face grilling from Paxman - live updates

    Andrew Sparrow
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    With six weeks to go until polling day, the two contenders for No 10 face a grilling from Jeremy Paxman followed by an audience Q&A moderated by Kay Burley. Follow it now with our politics team Nigel Farage gatecrashes the Sky studios – and heads to the barAll you need to know about tonight’s Channel 4/Sky News format 9.03pm GMT Q: Do you know how many food banks there were when you came to power.Not exactly, says Cameron. But the people who run them do a good job. 9.00pm GMT Jeremy Paxman opens the programme.He says it is the first big test of the election. 8.59pm GMT Here we go.
  • AFL season 2015: 10 players to look out for this year | Russell Jackson

    Russell Jackson
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    From young tyros Angus Brayshaw and Tim Broomhead to veteran Gary Ablett and the regal Nat Fyfe, 10 players who are expected to light up the AFL in 2015 He might still look like a character imagined by Pieter Bruegel the Elder but Dons forward Joe Daniher has added some weight to his spindly frame now. In 2015 he’ll surely benefit from the senior opportunities afforded to him last year. It’s impossible to predict where his ceiling is but there are few sights in football that inspire as much hope and happiness as the emergence of a high-leaping forward and Daniher is one of the brightest…
  • A-League: what to look out for in round 23 | Paul Connolly

    Paul Connolly
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Melbourne City’s push for the finals, Sydney FC and Adelaide in last chance saloons, an exorcism in Perth, and a close encounter expected at AAMI ParkAfter Brisbane Roar’s midweek loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers, Melbourne City’s finals chances are in their own (shaking, sweaty?) hands. Beat the Roar on Saturday night and they’ll go eight points clear in sixth ahead of their weekend opponents with just four games (five for Brisbane) to play. City have already beaten Brisbane twice this season but that’s not where their advantage ends. Brisbane’s game on Saturday night will be…
  • France v Brazil – live!

    Nick Ames
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Updates from the international friendly in ParisEmail nick.ames.casual@theguardian.com, tweet @nickames82Tor-Kristian Karlsen: youngsters to watch this international week 8.51pm GMT With thanks to Paul Roche, here are Sean Bean and La Marseillaise: 8.49pm GMT Not the worst of friendly halves. The scoreline is fair, Brazil having looked more threatening as the half went on after a rocky start in which they looked dodgy at set pieces and conceded to Varane’s header. The Selecao have dominated the possession and deserved Oscar’s lovely equaliser. France might be concerned that they haven’t…
  • Germanwings crash: airliners change cockpit rules after co-pilot blamed – live updates

    Mark Tran in London and Alan Yuhas in Washington
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Co-pilot crashed plane deliberately, says French prosecutorCo-pilot named as Andreas Lubitz, a 27-year-old German citizenVillagers in Alps prepare for arrival of familiesRead the latest summary 7.33pm GMT Here are the major developments in the aftermath and investigation of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps that killed 150 people. 7.22pm GMT Germanwings continues to have “full faith in our pilots”, the company says in a new statement in line with comments by Lufthansa executives earlier today. The statement also reiterates that Andreas Lubitz appears responsible for the deaths of…
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  • Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000 – Part 2

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Since a few people seem to be freaking out that I limited my example of those being subject to the bubble in private investments to Angels and Crowdfunding, I decided to do a part 2. They were right. I should have been clearer on just how extensive the abuse and impact of this bubble is. Lets change it to a question. How many people have been pitched an app that is going to be the next …….. How many people have been pitched to invest in that app ? Has anyone not been pitched investing in an app ? There are more than 1.3mm app in each of the 2 main stores. That excludes the dead…
  • Why This Tech Bubble is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Ah the good old days.  Stocks up $25, $50, $100 more in a single day.  Day trading was all the rage.  Anyone and everyone you talked to had a story about how they had made a ton of money on such and such a stock. In an hour.  Stock trading millionaires were being minted by the week, if not sooner. You couldn’t go anywhere without people talking about the stock market.  Everyone was in or new someone who was in. There were hundreds of companies that were coming public and could easily be bought and sold.  You just pick a stock and buy it. Then you pray it goes up. Which most days…
  • The Worlds First Streaming Radio Station and First Live Sporting Events on the Net

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    AudioNet http://www.Audionet.Com 1-800-34AUDIO AudioNet & KLIF 570 Announce The First FullTime SimulNetCast Radio Station on the Net For Immediate Release Friday, September 1st 1995 Contact:     Mark Cuban AudioNet Direct:214-696-3320 [Dallas]…AudioNet, the world’s first audio network on the Internet, and KLIF 570AM, Dallas, are pleased to announce that on September 1st, 1995, KLIF became the first radio station in the world to begin broadcasting their original programming simultaneously over the air, and over the Internet. Beginning with the broadcast of the Southern…
  • Is this a proposal from 1995 or 2015 ?

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I had reason to do some research and find some old goodies from the beginning of the world of streaming. This was first written in 1995 with testimonial emails added over time. Since 2015 marks the 20th Anniversary year of streaming, i thought it would be fun for you to see that our proposals from back then aren’t a whole lot different from what we see in proposals today. The technology has improved. The market has changed. The proposition. Not so much.  Ok maybe I had to explain what the Internet is and that’s not necessary today. But why nitpick Notice towards the end the offer…
  • My Conversation with Business Insider about Net Neutrality

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

    Adam Tinworth
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    A message from Apple: I am not looking forward to this. Aperture has been central to my photographic workflow for years now, and one way or another I’m going to have to learn a new way of working with images. I’m waiting to see how good Photos proves to be - and how fast it improves - before I stop using Aperture. If the answers are “not good enough” and “not fast enough”, I may have to buckle down and learn Lightroom. We’ll see. The Photos beta is promising - but at a pretty early stage still.
  • Your five minute Mail hate

    Adam Tinworth
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    A Gawker piece by James King is doing the rounds today, highlighting the "ripping off" done by the Daily Mail Online: Yes, most outlets regularly aggregate other publications' work in the quest for readership and material, and yes, papers throughout history have strived for the grabbiest headlines facts will allow. But what DailyMail.com does goes beyond anything practiced by anything else calling itself a newspaper. In a little more than a year of working in the Mail's New York newsroom, I saw basic journalism standards and ethics casually and routinely ignored. I saw other publications'…
  • Morning nostalgia

    Adam Tinworth
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    I am having a deeply nostalgic day right now. Not only am I provisioning a new blog – just as I used to back in my days as RBI's blogmeister - but today is a day of note, as this tweet suggests: 12 years ago today… http://t.co/6pEPQB5AIB— Adam Tinworth (@adders) March 5, 2015 More on that later. Of course, there are differences. I'm provisioning a WordPress blog on a WPEngine server, rather than a Movable Type blog. And I'm doing the work sat in my home office, with a cup of my own coffee, not the in-office Starbucks. And it's for university work, not a B2B blog. But it's a…
  • Is the GDS a revolutionary success in online government - or a trendy disaster?

    Adam Tinworth
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    The Register has run a pretty brutal hatchet job on the Government Digital Service, which has, up until now, received pretty much universal acclaim. This is from a section on the visa and immigration website transition: Despite all its much-vaunted focus on users and usability, the transition is now widely acknowledged to have been a disaster. GDS didn’t seem to know who the users of government services actually are. Specifically, the "jean-wearing Post It Note wranglers” at GDS (as some government IT types see them) didn’t realise that visa applications come not just from…
  • The value in the magazine bundle

    Adam Tinworth
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Khoi Vihn, designer and former New York Times staffer, as part of his lukewarm response to the new New York Times magazine: It’s also true that part of my objection owes to the fact that I find the magazine format less than enthralling these days. With few exceptions, it’s my experience that magazines generally can’t justify why all of a given issue’s content is bundled together, why I need to bother with the obvious filler that so often consumes the “front of the book,” and why so many long format stories are as long as they are. It's an interesting…
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  • Trey Gowdy's Bad Benghazi Hand

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Why won't the chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee show his cards? Every poker player has experienced this moment. The hand is over. You show a winning hand and your opponent sits still. They grimace, while looking down at their cards hoping somehow they will change. Maybe they let out an annoyed sigh. All this whiny display accomplishes is wasting the time of every other player at the table. The dealer is frozen, unable deliver the pot to the winner until your opponent shows his cards or folds. As chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Trey Gowdy has…
  • Chart: The Way We Pay Tipped Workers Disproportionately Harms Women

    David Cooper
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    This article was originally published on the website of the Economic Policy Institute. Under federal law, employers of tipped workers are only required to pay their tipped staff a base wage of $2.13 per hour—an amount that has not been raised since 1991—provided that the sum of an employee’s weekly tips plus their base wage equates to an hourly rate of at least the minimum wage. Consequently, tipped work is overwhelmingly low-paying, even after accounting for tips. In 2013, the median hourly wage for tipped workers, including their income from tips, was $10.22 per hour, compared with a…
  • Students Declare Nationwide Boycott of Wendy's Over Farmworker Concerns

    Sue Sturgis
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    © Coalition of Immokalee Workers On March 22, students and activists from across the U.S. came together in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Concert for Fair Food. There the group, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), announced a nationwide student boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain for its refusal to join in an agreement designed to protect the farmworkers who harvest the produce used by the chain. This article originally appeared at Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Students from colleges and high schools across the U.S. declared a…
  • 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Icon Sportswire via AP Images Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) puts up a shot during the Div I Men's Championship - Third Round - Wisconsin Badgers v Oregon Ducks at the Centurylink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Wisconsin defeated Oregon 72-65 (Icon Sportswire via AP Images) This article originally appeared at Yes! magazine.  Did you fill out your office bracket for this year’s NCAA basketball tournament? I did. Although, for a couple reasons, I don’t feel great about it. For one, I don’t know who’s going to win just about any game, so my chances of winning the pool are…
  • 7 Reasons Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

    Robert Kuttner
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    iStockPhoto/© porcorex This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer—yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be? Let me suggest seven reasons: 1. The Discrediting of Politics Itself The Republican Party has devised a strategy of hamstringing government and making any…
 
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  • Newsonomics: BuzzFeed and The New York Times play Facebook’s ubiquity game

    Ken Doctor
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Intellectually, we all knew that the Internet was so big as to be virtually infinite. But it’s hard to know what to do with that squishy concept. Then BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti outlined his all-in approach in front of a couple thousand nerds at SXSW Interactive last week. He was both surrendering to and embracing that infinity. Or, put a different way, he embraced ubiquity as a business model. If the universe speaks to you, then answer back. For BuzzFeed, Peretti said, that would mean populating BuzzFeed content in the far reaches of the Internet, on distant social planets. The…
  • Jeff Israely: Good content marketing benefits from a smart publisher’s touch

    Jeff Israely
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Editor’s Note: Jeff Israely, a former Time magazine foreign correspondent in Europe, is the cofounder of a news startup called Worldcrunch in Paris. For the past five years, he’s been describing and commenting on the startup process here at Nieman Lab. Read his past installments here. On a recent trip down to Italy, I was thumbing through a thick copy of the Air France inflight magazine. As sleek and smartly organized as it was, the formula was still the familiar mix of fashion and travel pieces, VIP briefs and culture profiles that you reach for because it’s there. But I was…
  • How a hobby foreign affairs blog became a paywalled news destination — and a business

    Simon Owens
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Like many journalism startups to emerge in recent years, the World Politics Review got its start because the kind of reporting its founder was interested in didn’t really exist at most traditional media outlets. “I was trying to publish op-eds in various newspapers,” Hampton Stephens told me in a phone interview. “And I was struck that there weren’t many outlets for the kind of analytical writing about international affairs I wanted to do.” He launched the site in 2006 when he was earning a graduate degree in international affairs, and though he had no…
  • A new Knight Foundation grant will support the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships at Harvard

    Joshua Benton
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m very happy to pass along a bit of Nieman news: The Knight Foundation has awarded a grant of $223,000 to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard (of which this website is a part) to support the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowships, which bring journalists, technologists, academics and other news innovators to campus to work on projects that can advance the field. Here’s a brief piece by Nieman Foundation curator Ann Marie Lipinski outlining the thinking behind the program. RELATED ARTICLEThe next stage in the battle for our attention: Our wristsMarch 5, 2015(If…
  • Atavist revamps its publishing software to push design and readability to the fore

    Justin Ellis
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    The web made it easier for anyone to put their writing out in the world. But what happens after the crowd gets used to becoming publishers? They want it to look good, naturally. “There’s a stronger emphasis on design than there was before,” said Atavist CEO and cofounder Evan Ratliff. There’s no shortage of options for digital publishing, which means the real differentiation now is how easy it is for users to create an elegant design and an enjoyable reading experience, he said. RELATED ARTICLEMonday Q&A: Evan Ratliff of The Atavist on the shift to device-agnostic…
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  • John Means, "The Village Wordsmith" author, dies at 87

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

    20 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    So here's today's journalism ethics question.The latest edition of USC's Garnet and Black Magazine​ has a big story on a woman who was a teenage mom, but has worked hard to be a college student while caring for her 3-year-old daughter. Very nice story and very inspirational stuff.And very nice "awwwwww" photos of mom and daughter. Except ... At the very end of the story there is this: "*Models portrayed in this spread are not Bourne and her daughter, or an actual mother-daughter pair." (The online version I'm linking to has only one photo -- the print version has several, including a…
  • What does "Big Silicon" mean for journalism and j-schools?

    10 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    There's been a lot written lately about "robots" (i.e., computers) writing news stories, be it routine earnings report at the AP or routine sports stories. The latest reflection on this, in the N.Y. Times, prompted a colleague to pose the question on a Facebook group: "What does robojournalism mean for j-schools and the people that love them?"If we cut through the somewhat visceral reactions these stories tend to invoke, what is happening can actually provide the sort of clarity we need to examine the state of affairs by making us truly assess what journalism is versus "news" and what has…
  • More evidence that social media has infiltrated our lives

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Yes, Charlotte now has a Twitter Lane. Maybe it's referencing the bird calls .... and maybe not ...
  • In memoriam: John Shurr, journalist and AP bureau chief

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

    ProPublica
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    by Leticia Miranda In the United States, 16-year-olds can’t vote or buy beer. But there is one place where they are treated as adults: New York state’s criminal justice system. New York is one of just two states – the other is North Carolina – where 16-year-olds facing criminal charges are automatically put into the adult criminal system. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan to end that policy. He has proposed a bill that would raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18 and would prohibit minors from being held in any adult facility. But some…
  • What We Still Don’t Know About the Fed’s Leak Investigation

    ProPublica
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    by Jake Bernstein Last December, ProPublica reported that confidential information from the Federal Reserve Board committee that sets the nation’s monetary policy had been leaked to a private investor newsletter in 2012. This week, the Fed for the first time put out a summary of its investigation into the leak — one that raises new questions about how the matter was handled. The leak has become a focus of bipartisan criticism in Congress because of concerns about the Fed’s internal controls and whether the leaked information, involving deliberations by the Federal Open…
  • We Investigated Workers’ Compensation in All 50 States. Ask Us Anything.

    ProPublica
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Terry Parris Jr. Earlier this month, ProPublica published an investigation with NPR digging into the workers' compensation systems of all 50 states. Since 2003, more than 30 states have passed workers' comp laws that reduce benefits, create hurdles to getting medical care or make it more difficult to qualify. We also found that workers' body parts (as in arms, legs, fingers and toes) aren't created equal — limbs can be worth 10 times as much in benefits depending on where workers are injured. The modern workers' comp system is, essentially, a geographic lottery based on where…
  • The Fallout of Workers’ Comp ‘Reforms’: 5 Tales of Harm

    ProPublica
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    by Michael Grabell ProPublica Insult to Injury Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comment Donate Nicolas Mercado, injured on the job in 2011. The Fallout of Workers’ Comp ‘Reforms’: 5 Tales of Harm Injured workers share their stories, revealing the real-life impact of rollbacks that have been spreading across the country. by Michael Grabell, ProPublica photographs by Glenna Gordon for ProPublica March 25, 2015 An investigation by ProPublica and NPR earlier this month detailed how states across the nation have been dismantling their workers’ compensation systems, with…
  • California to Insurers: Don’t Use Workers’ Comp Law to Deny Approved Care

    ProPublica
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    by Michael Grabell California labor officials have issued a warning to insurance companies that a new workers’ compensation law shouldn’t be used to reopen old cases and deny previously approved home health care to injured workers. The notice follows a ProPublica and NPR investigation earlier this month that featured a worker paralyzed in an on-the-job accident whose home health aide was abruptly taken away by his company’s insurer, leaving him to sit in his own waste for hours at a time. In addition, the state’s Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee has…
 
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  • How To Develop Your Digital Content Strategy

    Jeremy Porter
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    What’s a digital content strategy? This is a hard question to answer in 2015. Is a digital content strategy something you need for social media? Content marketing? Influence marketing? Your blog? All of the above? Yes, all of the above and then some. Your digital content strategy should be an all-encompassing strategy that defines how you approach communications across all your digital channels. Why do you need a digital content strategy? You need a digital content strategy because your audiences want you to engage and interact with them in different ways, with relevant content that…
  • What’s Trending at SXSW 2015?

    Jeremy Porter
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Despite the drone-free skies at SXSW 2015, there is still plenty flying around Austin this weekend. While this isn’t a statistically valid analysis of what’s trending at SXSW 2015, here’s my rundown of the trends, activations and platforms that have been making the most noise in Austin so far. It’s an exciting time to work at the intersection of marketing, technology and communications. Trends Big Data – well, “big data” is here to stay in our marketing vocabulary. By far, the most common buzzword I have heard at SXSW so far has been “big…
  • 8 Tips for Getting The Most Out of SXSW

    Jeremy Porter
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    I shared my perspective on why I attend SXSW earlier, as a response to those people in my network that decided not to make the trek out to Austin this year (for reasons other than more important work or personal commitments, which are always acceptable excuses). If you did decide to make the trek out to Austin for SXSW this year, and provided you’re not an eight-time veteran like some people I know, here are some tried and true tips for maximizing your experience at SXSW this weekend (and beyond into Monday and Tuesday should you last that long): Attend at least one session each day on…
  • Why Do I Attend SXSW?

    Jeremy Porter
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    When I tell people I’m headed to Austin for SXSW, I tend to hear the same responses. I either hear, “cool, let’s connect there” – which is less common – or I hear one of the following responses: We were thinking about launching our [insert thing] there, but decided not to because there’s too much noise I hear SXSW has gotten too big and it’s not what it used to be I knew this guy or girl that went and didn’t get a lot of value I went back in [insert year], and it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be Or some other excuse why SXSW…
  • Advice for PR and Journalism Students

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

    Joe Gullo
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    CNNgo is now available on Apple TV. According to CNN, the Apple TV app will have on-demand content available to all users. Pay-TV subscribers will have access to Live TV and shows. CNN’s Chief Product Officer Alex Wellen says: “CNNgo on Apple TV brings together our live CNN TV simulcast and deep library of original films, franchises and short-form video in a powerful, on-demand way unlike any product we’ve launched to date. Apple TV is the first critical platform in our digital strategy to reimagine the TV news experience.”  On a side note, I was wondering…
  • Comcast Trialing Data Usage Plans

    Joe Gullo
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Comcast is trailing various data usage plans at select cities around the country. It will be interesting to see if this violates the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules. According to Comcast: “Over the last several years, we have periodically reviewed various plans, and recently we have been analyzing the market and our process through various data usage plan trials. We are currently trialing several different usage plans.” Trial Markets Those trials are being conducted in the following cities. All cities, expect for Tucson have a limit of 300 GB.
  • New Features and Tools Unveiled at Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference

    Joe Gullo
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Facebook unveiled some new tools at their F8 Developer Conference. During the conference, Mark Zuckerberg said this year’s theme includes putting people first, giving people more options to connect through the Facebook family of apps, and previewing the future of sharing. More than 25 products and tools were announced on the first day of the conference. They include: Messenger Platform.A new way for apps to integrate with Messenger so people can better express themselves with GIFs, photos, videos, audio clips and more Businesses on Messenger.A messenger that will allow people…
  • New Facebook Feature Takes You Down Memory Lane

    Joe Gullo
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    It’s hard to keep track of everything you post on social media. A new feature from Facebook called On This Day will take down memory lane. Facebook says users may see past status updates, photos, posts from friends, tagged posts. The On This Day is kept to individual users, unless shared. To see your On This Day posts visit Facebook.com/onthisday. This may also be posted on a story in the News Feed. This feature will begin rolling out globally on the web and mobile. For more information, visit the  Help Center. Image by: Facebook The post New Facebook Feature Takes You…
  • Instagram Releases New Layout App

    Joe Gullo
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Instagram is released a new layout app that allows users to easily combine multiple photos. According to Instagram, you have the ability to drag and drop photos, rearrange them, zoom photos in and out, flip and rotate images, and add effects. The app also has a photo booth feature and face tagging features. Layout from Instagram is currently available for iOS devices. In the coming months it will be available on Android devices. Images by: Instagram The post Instagram Releases New Layout App appeared first on Joe Gullo.
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • Twitter's Periscope App Lets You Livestream Your World

    Kevin Wild
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    On Monday morning, I watched the Today Show. Not on TV, though, and not standing and screaming alongside middle-aged Texans in the vicious cold outside the show’s Rockefeller Center digs. My view was from the middle of the set, between two hulking broadcast cameras, as the three anchors wrapped up a segment. I don’t remember what they were talking about, only that as soon as they threw to commercial, I was suddenly walking up to Al Roker, the show’s anchor and weatherman and all-around hilariously weird dude. Just as he bent over to grab something from underneath the set’s table, a…
  • Fantastical 2 for Mac Now Available

    Kevin Wild
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Today Flexibits released version 2 of their amazing calendar app, Fantastical. I'll be posting my review in the next day or two, but for now, check it out.Permalink
  • 'Becoming Steve Jobs' Book Now Available

    Kevin Wild
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    I downloaded it on iBooks and I'm loving it so far.Permalink
  • Best (Worst) Apple Watch Concepts

    Kevin Wild
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Now that we've seen the final design for the Apple Watch, it's fun to look back at some of the concepts that made their way onto the internet before the official unveiling.These are some of the Apple Watch concepts I'm glad Apple didn't design:
  • What Steve Jobs Taught Google’s Tony Fadell

    Kevin Wild
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Jobs insisted that his design team “stay beginner”: walk in the shoes of someone who has never experienced a product before. When a new Apple product came out, Fadell would wait in long lines at an Apple store, purchase it at the counter like everyone else, unbox it and try to get it working.Though he may have been involved in every aspect of the iPod, taking the trek of the consumer taught him to notice the little frustrations that can destroy an otherwise good idea.This kind of stuff is what makes Apple special.Permalink
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  • Scott Walker wasn’t lying on immigration. He just hoped GOP voters misunderstood him.

    Dara Lind
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    In public, Scott Walker says he doesn't support "amnesty." In private — at least at one private dinner in New Hampshire (according to the Wall Street Journal) — Scott Walker said unauthorized immigrants should be allowed to, eventually, apply for citizenship. Mr. Walker said undocumented immigrants should be allowed to "eventually get their citizenship without being given preferential treatment" ahead of people already in line to obtain citizenship. "He said no to citizenship now, but later they could get it," said Bill Greiner, an owner of the Copper Door restaurant. Ken Merrifield,…
  • A House GOP leader asked for Obamacare horror stories. Instead, she got love letters.

    Matthew Yglesias
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair of the House GOP conference, took to Facebook to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by asking to hear real-life horror stories from real people. This week marks the 5th anniversary of #Obamacare being signed into law. Whether it's turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you're facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer has reduced your work hours, I want to hear about it. Please share your story with me so that I can better understand the challenges you're facing: http://mcmorris.house.gov/your-story/ Instead she got…
  • NYC media coverage of black suspects is way out of proportion with black arrest rates

    Jenée Desmond-Harris
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    According to a report by the progressive research center Media Matters, New York City television stations give disproportionate coverage to crimes involving black suspects. The Media Matters study found that between August 18 and December 13, 2014, the stations (WCBS, WNBC, WABC, and WNYW) used their late-night broadcasts to report on murder, theft, and assault cases in which African Americans were suspects at rates that far exceeded African-American arrest rates for those crimes. (Media Matters) According New York City Police Department statistics, African Americans were suspects in 54…
  • Indiana's HIV epidemic convinced its Republican governor to give needle exchanges a try

    German Lopez
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) declared a public health emergency and approved a 30-day needle exchange program to combat a growing HIV epidemic in part of the state. State health officials recorded 79 news HIV cases linked to IV drug use in Scott County, up from less than five in a typical year. Pence, who generally opposes needle exchange programs, doesn't want his order to become permanent,and would veto a bill that establishes a broader program across the state, the Indianapolis Star reported. "I do not enter into this lightly," Pence said, according to the Star. "In response to a public…
  • Yemen’s rapidly escalating war: a simple explanation

    Zack Beauchamp
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    The chaos in Yemen has, in the last few days, gone from bad to much, much worse. The president, after a brief disappearance, appears to be in Saudi Arabia. Rebels control the capital city. And Yemen's neighbors have already started bombing the country and could soon invade. Here's a guide to the basics of what's going on. This all started with a rebel uprising in Yemen's north (USG) The Houthi rebel group is the key player in this drama. This Yemeni group has been around since the 1990s and has been in an on-and-off conflict with the central Yemeni government since 2004. The Houthis are…
 
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  • FoundingFuel, a New Media Venture to Watch Out For

    jayadevanpk
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    The same day Raghav Bahl’s Quintillion media launched its website The Quint, former Forbes India editors Indrajit Gupta & Charles Assisi launched their own website FoundingFuel. Ah..another site! Not really. The site has some of the best writers on business and technology. Rohin (ex-forbes) & Ramnath (ex-forbes) and a few others have started writing for the site. There are a whole bunch of contributors as well. Assisi has had a long stint in journalism  and that probably makes it easy for him to fire up great pieces like this: Ankit Fadia Revealed. I’m so looking…
  • Gigaom Shutdown

    jayadevanpk
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    I’m not planning to do a lot of news on this site. But this is big and sad at the same time. Gigaom is shutting down. And I’m sure tech bloggers around the world are trying to make sense of this. Apparently, the company isn’t able to pay its debts anymore. Readers of the tech blog were greeted with the following message this morning Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as their collateral. All operations have ceased. We do not know at…
  • News Corp Acquires VCCircle

    jayadevanpk
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Media conglomerate News Corp is acquiring VCCircle Network, which includes web properties VCCircle, Techcircle, subscription based VCCEdge, VCCircle Training and its conference business. The company did not disclose size of the deal but said that it’s expected to close in March. News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson said This significant investment is a sign of our faith in India’s future and our enthusiasm for working with and building up emerging talents in the country,” said . “India is an increasingly meaningful part of our portfolio, which is itself increasingly digital…
  • The Inverse Relation Between Quality & Measurement in Journalism

    jayadevanpk
    7 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Online media and television is different from print media in many ways. But the most important difference is that you can measure almost everything online and on television. That’s one value proposition digital media offers its advertisers– targeting and more bang for the buck. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. The problem with being able to measure every small thing, that it quickly drags quality down the drain. Unless the editorial consciously decides that it doesn’t want more clicks. Or decide to focus on better metrics– like total attention minutes.
  • Wired Redesign

    jayadevanpk
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    My favourite tech site Wired is getting a redesign. I’ve always valued Wired stories way more than its design and will continue to do so. Scott Dadich, the editor in chief of Wired explained the redesign in a post earlier today.  The design focuses on the smartphone user, as it should be (read mobile, responsive et al). It’s built on WordPress, an undeniably powerful and flexible publishing platform. Some important aspects of the Wired redesign The New Wired A  card-based motif for both its flexibility and configurability. Retina-ready photographs. Graphics are SVG sprites.
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  • This news isn’t news to me

    Anastasia Bowden
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Hi.  My name is Anastasia and I’m a Millennial. Unless you thought I was much older– or younger– than the 22-year-old that I am, you probably already knew this. Since I am a the subject of many studies done recently about Millennials and how they consume news, the results don’t really surprise me because the results describe me, my peers and my friends. A report released by the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research discussed Millennials and how this generation consumes news. There was worry that millennials–…
  • Think before you tweet

    Anastasia Bowden
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Think before you tweet. At just 140 characters, tweets are short.  There isn’t room for anything too controversial in a message that short, so you couldn’t possibly have consequences from your tweets…. right? Wrong. I’ve already discussed that despite certain aspects of the internet that are constantly changing, the internet has a permanent quality about it too.  Take Justine Sacco for example.  Justine was a public relations executive that tweeted something before getting on a 12-hour flight to South Africa back in December 2013.   The tweet was controversial and…
  • Breaking up with Timehop

    Anastasia Bowden
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    I love pictures. I love how they can instantly transport you to a different time and place and make you remember exactly how you felt in that moment.  I don’t necessarily love the process of taking them (once upon a time, my photography teacher hated every single picture I took so maybe that’s why), nor do I use a fancy camera, but I still love pictures. When I created my dontmakemeleaveunc Instagram– which may have been one of the worst ideas I’ve ever had because it makes me want to cry every day– I mentioned this photo obsession.  I had 3,037 items (photos…
  • Native ads, revisited

    Anastasia Bowden
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:49 pm
    I’ve discussed native advertisements before (you can read it here if your heart so desires) and I came to the conclusion that I dislike native ads.  I think that they’re a little bit sneaky and aren’t upfront with the fact that the purpose of the pieces aren’t to inform or entertain the public, but to persuade them to think the way they want. Well, I’m not the only person that’s hesitant about native ads but they won’t go away. Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism is conducting a survey to assess how native advertising…
  • White noise

    Anastasia Bowden
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I love white noise.  Not the white noise that your TV makes when it can’t find a channel or how old TVs are full of static and occasionally have a gray and black screen that makes a creepy noise. I mean the type of white noise that my ceiling fan makes or the hum of a car on the highway.  Those sounds can put me to sleep (provided I’m not the one driving the vehicle), and they have many times. Whenever I sleep somewhere new, I like having a noise barrier between me and the rest of the house because, well, I’m a worrier and if I hear one…
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