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  • Journalism’s Paradox: Better Information, More Mistakes

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

    Columbia Journalism Review
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Here’s a bit of legal reasoning you don’t see every day:  Of all the empowering, life-altering lessons Ferris Bueller taught us—for example, you can’t erase telltale mileage off a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder by jacking up the car and running it in reverse—his “life moves pretty fast” insight rings truest. It isn’t tired reel-life wisdom but tried real-life...
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts, Part II: Forms – The Article is Dead. Long Live the Article.

    BuzzMachine
    Jeff Jarvis
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Now I start sharing chapters from the second part of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. In the first, I reimagined the relationship journalism has with the public it serves. In the second part, I examine new forms journalism can take. (In the third, I’ll get to the sexy part: business.) The entire book is being posted to Medium, chapter by chapter, here. In this chapter, I deconstruct the article and let links put it back together again. You can read the entire chapter here. The opening: I come not to bury the article but to praise it. Machined to near-perfection over…
  • 9 Ways The Media Failed Women In 2014

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    This year, media coverage of issues affecting women often failed badly, from trivializing sexual assault to pushing inaccurate reports on pending state abortion restrictions. Below are nine major ways the media failed women in 2014. Blaming And Mocking Survivors Of Sexual Assault Downplaying Prevalence Of Sexual Assaults Using The Hobby Lobby Case To Push Misinformation About Abortion And Contraception Providing Shoddy Coverage Of States' Unprecedented Abortion Restrictions Denying The Existence Of The Gender Pay Gap Failing To Treat Harassment As A Serious Issue Blaming Feminism…
  • The interface as mediator

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    Greg Linch
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Digital Art and Aesthetics by Umberto Roncoroni (photo of the cover by me) Umberto Roncoroni: The interface is a mediation between the desire and the imagination of the user and all the tools one might need and the real functions of the software, which are limited. —  Digital Art and Aesthetics: Studies and criticism from Latin America The above is my translation. Here’s the original Spanish (let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement): La interfaz es una mediación entre el deseo y la imaginación del usuario y todas las herramientas que se podrían al respecto…
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    Columbia Journalism Review

  • What Ferris Bueller can teach us about who counts as 'the media'

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Here’s a bit of legal reasoning you don’t see every day:  Of all the empowering, life-altering lessons Ferris Bueller taught us—for example, you can’t erase telltale mileage off a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder by jacking up the car and running it in reverse—his “life moves pretty fast” insight rings truest. It isn’t tired reel-life wisdom but tried real-life...
  • Entree, entry, or entrée?

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Pronunciation sometimes makes the word. If someone has taken a bit part in a movie, one might say she got an "EN-tree-level acting job." But if you say that first job has launched her career, one might say that first job was her "on-TRAY into Hollywood." But is it spelled the same way? Before we get to that, we need...
  • Jill Abramson on putting the public interest first

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    One of the most memorable conversations I had at The New York Times was with Punch Sulzberger. I came to his chairman emeritus office to interview him about the Pentagon Papers for a speech I was giving. Punch recalled that right before the Times published the first stories based on Daniel Ellsberg's leak of the classified Vietnam study, he...
  • 2014 editor's picks

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    There is no business like the media business when it comes to generating lively headlines. From plagiarism to imploding start-ups to the riptide that ousted The New York Times' top editor, it's been an eye-popping year to cover the media. Here are just a few of the top pieces our editors chose on stories large and small: We’re all aggregators...
  • The worst journalism of 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    News blunders tend to have short lifespans. They’re outed by watchful eyes, social media erupts, and the gears of outrage begin to turn. But after a brief flourish of snarky finger-wagging, they typically disappear, lost amid the ever-expanding sea of digital content.  This year has been one of many triumphs for journalists, who’ve told the stories of political struggle...
 
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    BuzzMachine

  • Geeks Bearing Gifts, Part II: Forms – The Article is Dead. Long Live the Article.

    Jeff Jarvis
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Now I start sharing chapters from the second part of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. In the first, I reimagined the relationship journalism has with the public it serves. In the second part, I examine new forms journalism can take. (In the third, I’ll get to the sexy part: business.) The entire book is being posted to Medium, chapter by chapter, here. In this chapter, I deconstruct the article and let links put it back together again. You can read the entire chapter here. The opening: I come not to bury the article but to praise it. Machined to near-perfection over…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: New roles for journalists

    Jeff Jarvis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    A two-fer today: I’m posting the last two chapters of the first section of Geeks Bearing Gifts as they are both about new roles and relationships for journalists: one explores engagement, collaboration, and membership; the other looks at the journalist as organizer, advocate, and educator. Earlier drafts of these chapters have appeared online before. Tomorrow, I’ll start posting chapters about new forms and business models, which haven’t appeared before. Snippets from these two chapters: What would it mean for members of the community to be truly engaged in news? At the high…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: News ecosystems

    Jeff Jarvis
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Here’s chapter 4 of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News about news ecosystems and the New Jersey model, posted to Medium for free. A snippet: This notion of an ecosystem can be confusing as we leave an era dominated by monolithic media — large, vertically integrated companies with tangible products, obvious control over scarce resources, and clear brands. Now we have this untidy hydra we call an ecosystem. No one is in charge. It has huge blank spots — there are 565 towns in New Jersey, each an opportunity for corruption needing a watchdog, and only a few…
  • Spain’s link tax forces Google News to shut there

    Jeff Jarvis
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Google News just announced that Spain’s recently passed link tax has forced the net giant to remove Spanish publishers from Google News and shut off the service in Spain come Tuesday. Thus a link tax intended to protect Spain’s publishers will only end up harming them — depriving them of untold audience — and could even end up killing the weakest among them. Spain will also bring damage to the web itself and to the country’s reputation, establishing itself as a hostile environment for investment in technology. Be careful what you wish for, you old, threatened…
  • Geeks Bearing Gifts: Content vs. Service

    Jeff Jarvis
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Here is the second chapter of my book, up on Medium for free. It argues that journalism is a service. That means that we’re not in the content business. That is heresy. So shoot me. The lede: Is news really a content business? Should it be? Perhaps defining ourselves as content creators is a trap. That worldview convinces us that our value is embodied entirely in what we make rather than in the good people derive from it. The belief that our business is to produce a product called content is what drives us to build paywalls around it — to argue that the public should pay for what…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • 9 Ways The Media Failed Women In 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    This year, media coverage of issues affecting women often failed badly, from trivializing sexual assault to pushing inaccurate reports on pending state abortion restrictions. Below are nine major ways the media failed women in 2014. Blaming And Mocking Survivors Of Sexual Assault Downplaying Prevalence Of Sexual Assaults Using The Hobby Lobby Case To Push Misinformation About Abortion And Contraception Providing Shoddy Coverage Of States' Unprecedented Abortion Restrictions Denying The Existence Of The Gender Pay Gap Failing To Treat Harassment As A Serious Issue Blaming Feminism…
  • Major Cleveland Outlet Is Dead Wrong About The City's Transgender Non-Discrimination Law

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Cleveland.com, the news portal for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group (NOMG), is grossly misrepresenting an ordinance that would protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations, falsely claiming the measure will open public restrooms to both genders. The Cleveland City Council is considering an ordinance that would close a loophole in the city's non-discrimination law that currently allows places of public accommodations to deny transgender people access to restrooms and other facilities. The…
  • Right-Wing Media Push Misleading Study Claiming All Job Growth Has Gone To Immigrants

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    Conservative media outlets amplified a misleading study from the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies, which claimed that "all net employment growth has gone to immigrants" between November 2007 and November 2014. But data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job growth among the native-born has far outpaced job growth among immigrants during the economic recovery.Right-Wing Media Promote CIS Claim That Job Growth Has Gone To Immigrants CIS Study Claims "All Net Employment Growth Has Gone…
  • Fox News' Double Standard For Right-Wing Cop Killers

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The politicization surrounding the killing of two New York Police Department officers over the weekend was amazingly swift. Fox News led the right-wing media charge, immediately claiming Democratic elected officials were somehow responsible for the gun rampage, which began in Baltimore when Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend, and extended to Brooklyn when the mentally troubled shooter assassinated two police officers, before killing himself on a city subway platform. On Fox, hosts and guests were sure who was to blame for the tragedy; not the gunman necessarily, but political…
  • The National Rifle Association's Culture Shock

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Following intense legislative fights over gun safety legislation in 2013, the fight over gun policy exploded into the cultural world in 2014. And in that sphere, the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby are losing. The NRA is losing because it's forced to defend -- lest it offend its most hardcore activists -- gun extremists who openly carry assault weapons into shops and restaurants as a form of political protest. The gun industry, and the NRA by proxy, is losing as mainstream America begins to recognize the gun industry's trade group is less focused on hunting and sporting and more…
 
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    The Linchpen

  • The interface as mediator

    Greg Linch
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Digital Art and Aesthetics by Umberto Roncoroni (photo of the cover by me) Umberto Roncoroni: The interface is a mediation between the desire and the imagination of the user and all the tools one might need and the real functions of the software, which are limited. —  Digital Art and Aesthetics: Studies and criticism from Latin America The above is my translation. Here’s the original Spanish (let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement): La interfaz es una mediación entre el deseo y la imaginación del usuario y todas las herramientas que se podrían al respecto…
  • Johanna Drucker on data vs. capta

    Greg Linch
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Johanna Drucker in Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display: Capta is “taken” actively while data is assumed to be a “given” able to be recorded and observed. From this distinction, a world of differences arises. Humanistic inquiry acknowledges the situated, partial, and constitutive character of knowledge production, the recognition that knowledge is constructed, taken, not simply given as a natural representation of pre-existing fact. Also, in her paper on Graphesis: Visual knowledge production and representation: Data are considered objective…
  • Highlights from #cj2014 opening keynote: Jon Kleinberg

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

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

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

  • Daily Must Reads, Dec. 22, 2014

    Courtney Lowery Cowgill
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    1. How the Hacking at Sony Over ‘The Interview’ Became a Horror Movie (David Carr / New York Times) 2. Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin’s biggest critic (Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post) 3. Love local journalism whatever platform it lives on (David Higgerson) 4. Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum (Pew Research Journalism Project) 5. Public radio’s complicated digital journey (Ricardo Bilton / Digiday) 6. Authors are now judged by their Twitter followers, and it’s a world gone mad (Tess Vigeland / The Guardian)
  • An Epidemic of False Video Footage Swamped Big News Stories in 2014

    Madeleine Bair
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Click the image to read the whole series The instinct to believe what we see has made video a driving force in news coverage, but it has also been exploited as a powerful tool for manipulation. As journalists and crisis responders increasingly look toward YouTube, social media, and their audiences for firsthand footage of developing stories, they can find themselves the target of hoaxes. And despite the growing number of companies, resources, and tools developed to help verify citizen reports, this year’s biggest news stories were inundated with manipulated or misinterpreted videos. The…
  • How North Carolina, Syracuse Students Teamed Up on Ebola Mapping Project

    Meagan Doll
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    While many university students were finding routine in another fall semester, a group of students at University of North Carolina and Syracuse University immediately began brainstorming ways to visually represent Liberia’s Ebola outbreak. UNC’s Steven King and Syracuse’s Ken Harper teamed up after the Liberian Ministry of Information requested the project from Harper, who made Liberian connections during his stay as a professor with Together Liberia. EducationShift talked with King and Harper about the EbolainLiberia.org project and its value to journalism education. Q&A…
  • Daily Must Reads, December 19, 2014

    Julie Keck
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    1. Facebook’s popularity among teens dips again (Sarah Frier / Bloomberg) 2.  Washington Post & Texas Tribune enter into a new reporting partnership (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 3. Zuckerberg’s greatest steal: Instagram now worth $35 billion, according to Citi (Taylor Lorenz / Business Insider) 4. Hulu nabs several FX shows under exclusive multi-year pact (Todd Spangler / Variety) 5. Google and MPAA publicly slam each other over policy (Andy / Torrent Freak) 6. ‘Serial’ conclusion leaves podcasters cautiously optimistic about the future (Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable)…
  • Mediatwits #141: Unpacking the Sony Hack, and Free Speech in Hollywood

    Jefferson Yen
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s been a rough month for Sony. Especially for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chair Amy Pascal. Following terrorist threats from the hacking group “Guardians of Peace,” the studio has pulled its film “The Interview” from theaters. At the center of all this is a hacker group calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace.” But who exactly are they? Yesterday, a U.S. intelligence officials confirmed that the attack were linked to North Korea. Many had suspected that the group held ties to North Korea because of the upcoming Sony film “The Interview,” a Seth…
 
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  • Atomized news: As a music video

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

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

    Digidave
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    On news days like today CNN seems like a parody of itself. While waiting for the Ferguson grand jury decision it was obviously stalling/wasting time and repeating itself. Breaking news….. for real! But I wonder if the script will ever flip? Could organizations that wait for that FINAL moment to do a wide push ever become the joke? Not for being “too slow” but for repeating news that is already echoing through a cacophony of social media RT’s and shares. In the event of unforeseen breaking news — I can’t imagine a push being a parody/joke. Just as when CNN is at its best…
  • Letter to a young journalist

    Digidave
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Occasionally I get contacted by young journalists. Sometimes it feels parasitic* (see comments below – I’m specifically talking about a type of contact  I get when somebody just wants to interview me for a school project they were assigned. They personally could care less) and sometimes, like the email below, it feels very genuine.  In either case I respond. For those that just want Q/A type answers for their report, I’ll often respond via video. But for those that reach out and are just looking to chat. I’ll hop on the phone, respond with a thoughtful email,…
  • My next adventure: AJ+

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

  • Journalism’s Paradox: Better Information, More Mistakes

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

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

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

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

    paulgillin
    29 May 2014 | 3:33 am
    The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) was in denial during the early years of the industry’s crash, but lately the organization has been doing good work to highlight the new spirit of innovation that is taking hold across its membership. As the numbers in this infographic demonstrate, U.S. newspapers have a lot to be proud of. They reached 145 million unique visitors in January alone and the Washington Post and New York Times each drove more than a quarter-million tweets each week. One of the things we like most about this infographic is the attribution. Go to the page on the NAA…
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  • There is no value in working for free for publicity

    pat
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    “I don’t take a piss for free.” Most journalists at some point will be asked to work for free, especially young journalists starting out. They’ll tell you its for publicity. That it’ll help you get work in the future. But what exactly does that mean? I’ll get publicity for not getting paid so that some company in the future will ask me to work for money? If they act the same way, this publicity will lead to me being asked to write more pieces for publicity. Working for free only leads to more working for free. I’m not saying that there are never any…
  • Carnival of Journalism: Modernizing college media organizations

    pat
    8 Nov 2013 | 8:23 am
    The Carnival of Journalism returns! This is our first post back, and our mission is to try to have thoughtful discourse around different journalism topics. This month we turn our attention to the future of journalism: Journalism students. THE TOPIC  Student news organizations have traditionally existed to give students experience before entering the workforce. The kinds of journalism jobs and journalism companies have changed considerably in the past 10 years, and most student news organizations are set up to mimic traditional print or broadcast news outlets. How would you set up a student…
  • Dear Huffington Post, you get the commenters you deserve and real names won’t change that

    pat
    22 Aug 2013 | 9:05 am
    The only way to good comments after news stories is to actively care about getting good comments — not by forcing people to use real names when leaving comments. Take a look at the comments after many nytimes.com stories. It takes a combination of setting a clear tone of what comments should be like, active moderation of tasteless comments and allowing a community to vote up the best and to hide the worst. Slashdot, a site filled with young, argumentative boys and men, has a strong commenting community. The comments are the main event. And it most people post under handles, not real…
  • Why I am so happy that I chose Flickr over Instagram for my photo of the day project

    pat
    21 Aug 2013 | 1:12 pm
    Day 52. Hailey hanging out with her grandmother in the morning. I snapped this while drinking my morning cup of coffee. This was shot wide open on my Canon EOS M and 22mm lens combo. It was shot at f/2.0, a shutterspeed of 1/100 and 1600 ISO. If you want to learn to be a better photographer, skip Instagram and head over to Flickr. Forget the filters. Skip the smartphone. If you want to become a better photographer, even when you use filters and smartphones, dedicate a week, a month or even a year to carrying around a dedicated camera everyday and capture everything interesting that you see.
  • Where are my photos of the day? On social media

    pat
    21 Aug 2013 | 8:54 am
    You may be wondering where my promised photos of the day are. I’ve been sharing them all along on Flickr, Facebook and Twitter. I think posting every photo of the day here would overwhelm the blog, especially since I don’t write as much as I used to (I blame grad school while working full time for this). I will be posting my best photos here, but you can find the rest on social media. I recommend checking out the photos on Flickr, as they are uncompressed and look by far the best there. I also post a lot of b-side photos to Flickr. I’d love to hear if you think I selected…
 
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  • 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…
  • 18 factoids in ‘Caravan’ profile of Shekhar Gupta

    churumuri
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    The December “media issue” of Caravan magazine has a 20-page profile of former Indian Express editor-in-chief and shortlived India Today editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta. Authored by Krishn Kaushik, the profile is titled “Capital Reporter”, with the strapline “How profit and principle shaped the journalism of Shekhar Gupta”. # The son of a minor bureaucrat from Haryana, Shekhar Gupta‘s annual salary at The Indian Express sometimes exceeded Rs 10 crore ($1.6 million) per year. Current chief editor Raj Kamal Jha got Rs 1.25 crore, Jaideep…
  • ‘News TV covered Modi US trip like govt media’

    churumuri
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Like town criers in the old days, who arrived before the Maharaja and extolled his virtues, Indian news television reporters were in the United States even before prime minister Narendra Modi had set foot in God’s Own Country. And, over nearly a week, provided breathless coverage that left little to the imagination. Superman (or was it Spiderman) was interviewed at Times Square; Modi’s “rockstar” thanks-giving address to his NRI followers was shown ad nauseam; and all manner of policy wonks were rolled out to complete the circus. Business Standard has an editorial:…
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  • My sister’s keeper

    Adrian Monck
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    My sister died last night. She was 46 years old. For the last of those years she lived in a care home near the sea front in Great Yarmouth, patiently looked after. In good times she took her medication, and spent her weekly state allowance on daily litres of coca-cola and packets of cigarettes. She had lost a finger to domestic abuse. Lived with heroin addicts who had beaten her for her benefit cheque. They told her they were diabetics. She, who had struggled to be kept in school, believed them. After one beating, at her lowest ebb, she had ended up in a hospital ward where, out of kindness,…
  • Tattoos and the NYT’s ‘Game of Thrones’

    Adrian Monck
    18 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    “Some people are fortunate enough to be born into the right family. Others have to find their own way.”I can’t help but be fascinated by Jill Abramson’s tattoo. The ‘T’ of the New York Times inked into her skin. It’s like Carson, the butler in Downton Abbey, revealing that he has the Earl of Grantham’s armorial bearings embroidered on his boxers. England still has its Downton Abbeys. These days people pay to look round at weekends. Cabinets do not retire to them at weekends for shooting parties. There are no staff, no family to serve. All to the good. But will New York still…
  • Half a century of British economic progress in one street

    Adrian Monck
    25 Nov 2013 | 1:16 pm
    St Luke’s Terrace, Cobholm on Google Streetview I was born in the front bedroom of the two bedroom house my grandparents rented from the council. It was February 1965, The Kinks at number one for homes with record players and without teenage mothers. A year later, my brother was born in the same room. The front bedroom was for being born in, the back bedroom was for dying in. At any rate, the back bedroom was the room in which, three decades later, my grandfather’s cancer killed him. St Luke’s Terrace in Cobholm was a poor place all my grandparents’ lives. It was a poverty that pools…
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    Digital Deliverance

  • Digital Deliverances on 12 December 2014

    Vin Crosbie
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Arco de las Puntas, Isla El Hierro, Canary Islands. One of the most audacious New Media projects I’ve been involved with as a viability consultant is Outernet, my friend Syed Karim‘s project to bring free Internet access to more than four billion people. He plans to do this by piggybacking a fleet of mini-satellites onto commercial satellite launches. These mini-satellites, known as cubesats (each a 10 cm cube weighing no more than 1.33 kg), will provide Internet access (albeit mainly text access) to the majority of the world’s people, who don’t live in regions where…
  • Proximate Remarks & Ultimate Causations

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

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

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

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

  • Spain’s Security Law Would Restrict Free Speech, Press

    Sandra Ordonez
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Spain’s proposed new public security law, Ley De Seguridad Ciudadana, also known as the Ley Mordaza (Gag Law), has many journalists, human rights defenders, and citizens deeply concerned about what the future of freedom of expression and human rights will look like in the Iberian country. The bill passed the lower house of the Spanish parliament this past Thursday, and is set to be approved by the Senate in February 2015. Many describe the law as an attempt to stomp out social movements and their coverage. Concerned parties also report that it will give overwhelming power to law…
  • How an Idea Becomes a Pitch

    Pooja Kodavanti
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The pitch — it is where everything begins and ends. It is where the rubber meets the road. From a distance, the pitch seems like an elusive, magical message. This message manifests itself in the form of a miraculous epiphany that is regurgitated to a crowd of investors. Well, that’s actually not the case. The pitch is, in fact, a series of iterations and tireless revisions that never quite reach perfection. But they get pretty close. More specifically, it is the product of months of research, interviews, drawing boards, Excel spreadsheets and prototype building. Pitching is just as fun as…
  • As Digital Audio Takes Off, How Big Can It Get?

    Anne Wootton
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Perhaps it’s not virally inclined, but audio storytelling is crossing over from niche to mainstream. In 2012, 40 percent of Americans listened to digital audio. That number is projected to double by 2015. And the podcast hit “Serial” has had 1.5 million listeners per episode, a hit by any medium’s standards, according to NY Times’ David Carr, with roughly the same audience as FX’s “Louie.” Now, podcasting is on the rise again, with coverage all over the mainstream press. Listicles are cropping up everywhere from Mashable to Vogue, declaring a…
  • 7 Tips for Budding Mobile Journalists

    Jessica Weiss
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    So you think reporting with a mobile device is less serious than more traditional news gathering methods? Think again, says Allissa Richardson, mobile media professor at Bowie State University. “Mobile journalism is … not something you’re going to succeed at super quickly,” Richardson said recently in a Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the practice. Mobile journalism is a process with a learning curve, she said. Allissa Richardson. Photo by Livewire9609 on Wikimedia and used here with Creative Commons license. Richardson trains…
  • 10 Lessons Learned From the Radiotopia Crowdfunding Campaign

    Josh Stearns
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Radiotopia Kickstarter campaign came to a close recently after raising more than $600,000 from nearly 22,000 fans. The success of a campaign like this is a complex alchemy of passion, mission, timing and tenacity. There are a million things you can’t control; good and bad surprises abound. And yet, over the last month the Radiotopia team has run a superb and engaging campaign. Anyone thinking about crowdfunding for their project — regardless of what platform you choose – should study what the team at PRX and Radiotopia did. Here are 10 lessons from Radiotopia’s…
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  • Ten years ago today, I launched this blog

    Paul Conley
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    It's hard for me to remember what my career was like before I launched this blog on a whim 10 years ago this very night. Certainly the world of traditional B2B publishing was different back then.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Long-winded in the Windy City

    Paul Conley
    9 Aug 2013 | 6:43 am
    Two weeks ago today at about this time I was some 90 minutes into giving a one-hour speech. I tend to run long. This, it should be noted, is not because I have a lot of terribly important things to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Speechless

    Paul Conley
    18 Jun 2013 | 9:10 am
    So it turns out that there is a 60-second long video of a writer named Paul Conley staring into a camera. He doesn't speak. And the purpose of the video is unclear to me. I bring it up here for two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ASBPE loses its mind

    Paul Conley
    14 Jun 2013 | 11:33 am
    If you're a member of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), it's time for you to resign in protest. For reasons that are unfathomable, that formerly reputable organization... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Investigative reporting and content marketing

    Paul Conley
    6 Dec 2012 | 8:50 am
    I have a thing about calendars. I tend to think in terms of anniversaries and cycles, and I'm often conscious of completely inane and useless pieces of time-based trivia about my past. It's not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • UC-Berkeley seeks international journalists

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

    Newsosaur
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    American publishers and editors have only themselves to blame for failing to connect with the Millennial generation that they – and most of their advertisers – covet the most.  The inability of newspapers to resonate with digital natives has left them with a daunting demographic challenge. Two-thirds of the audience at the typical newspaper is composed of people over the age of 55, according
  • USA Weekend shuts as costs spike and ads tumble

    Newsosaur
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    USA Weekend, the second-largest Sunday newspaper magazine in the United States, will print its final edition on Dec. 28, succumbing to soaring distribution costs and plunging advertising.   The circulation of the Sunday supplement, which was stuffed into newspapers delivered to as many as 70 million homes a few years back, has fallen today to about 18 million, according to a knowledgeable
  • Digital nabs 77% of classified sales, says study

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

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

  • 2014 Retrospective

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    As the year comes to a close, it's time for my annual round-up of the most read articles I published this year. In order of popularity, the top five articles from 2014 are... UX How-Tos with Luke Wroblewski 26 three to five minutes videos by me covering all aspects of mobile and multi-device design. Mobile & Multi-Device Design: Lessons Learned My new book compiles the articles I published over the past two years about Polar’s mobile and multi-device design decisions. It's filled with nuanced user interface design details and big-picture thinking on software design for PCs, tablets, TVs,…
  • Creating an animated gif in Illustrator & Photoshop

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    I've always been fascinated by the wonderful animated gif images created by the talented folks of RADIO. So I thought to myself I have to try this too, and since it's about Christmas time I had the idea to draw Santa. Giving this some further thought, I decided Santa had to go on a diet, and do a bit of exercising instead of leaving all the heavy lifting up to Rudolf and his friends. So I swapped the reindeers for this beautiful vintage bicycle named Omer by Achielle, this way Santa is riding in absolute style! Let's have a closer look on how I created this animated gif… Creating the…
  • Banca

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Beautiful editorial illustration.via Marco Goran Romano
  • Minnesota license plate

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    I’m loving the type choices, and I like how subtle the plaid is.via Allan Peters
  • Greetings from St. Moritz

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    Love the style.via Muti
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • Elisa Jackson Named Executive Director of Poynter Foundation; Chris Martin Leaving to Pursue Opportunities in Academia

    Seth Liss
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Chris Martin, vice president of external relations and president of the Poynter Foundation, is leaving her position. Elisa Jackson has been promoted to executive director of the foundation, which is the Poynter Institute’s fundraising arm, and she will manage the foundation’s fundraising efforts. “I’ve been restructuring all facets of the institute as part of a new strategic plan that is designed to change our business model and bolster the finances of the institute for the long term,” said Tim Franklin, who became Poynter Institute’s president 10 months ago.
  • Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism: This American Life’s Harper High School

    Ellyn Angelotti
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    “This American Life” reporters Ben Calhoun, Alex Kotlowitz and Linda Lutton spent an entire semester embedded in Harper High School in Chicago — where the previous school year, 29 former or current students were shot and eight died. Working with producers Robyn Semien, Julie Snyder and Ira Glass, the team created two hour long documentaries that captured daily life in a school and neighborhood racked by gun violence. The story earned a Peabody Award, the Jack R. Howard Award for Radio In-Depth coverage and the Dart Center prize for journalism and trauma. Peabody judges called the…
  • Most memorable stories of 2014

    S. Mitra Kalita
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    S. Mitra Kalita is the executive editor of Quartz, on Poynter’s adjunct faculty, and a Spencer Fellow at Columbia University. She tweets @mitrakalita. A friend of mine recently pondered the role of memory in journalism, saying an information overload has robbed his recall. Sometimes it feels like stories aren’t read as much as Facebooked, tweeted, toggled all day long. What actually gets absorbed, retained, understood? This was my dilemma as Poynter asked me to compile the top 10 stories of 2014. Insecure about whether the best journalism had actually reached me, my inclination was to…
  • Julie Drizin will be executive director of Current

    Benjamin Mullin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    American University | Current The American University School of Communication announced Friday that Julie Drizin will be the first executive director of Current, the news organization devoted to covering non-profit media in America. Drizin is the director of the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland, which announced earlier this year it would close due to lack of financial support. Current is seeking to expand its coverage, according to a release from American University. It currently has a team of five editors and reporters, along with “a corps…
  • Guardian: NYT makes ‘big move’ into London

    Benjamin Mullin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The Guardian The New York Times will move “up to 100″ staff to a new digital center in London, The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade reported Friday. Greenslade writes that the new outpost, which will be based in the Bloomsbury borough of England’s capital city, will “become the newspaper’s European digital hub and centre for the paper’s international issues.” There is no question of the Paris office itself – home for so long to the iconic International Herald Tribune – being closed. It is simply believed that London is a more appropriate place from…
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    Evolving Newsroom

  • Buzzfeed is hiring in Australia (& Nigeria, China, Mexico, Brazil)

    Julie Starr
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I don’t normally track Buzzfeed’s hiring habits but was pointed to their ‘Jobs Going at Buzzfeed‘ page today and saw the staggering (by New Zealand standards) number of positions they are recruiting for around the world. For those in Australasia with a Buzzfeed bent, there are jobs going in Sydney: Social Media Editor, Australia Sydney, Australia Staff Writer, Australia Sydney, Australia Politics Reporter, Australia Sydney, Australia Photo Editor, Australia Sydney, Australia Director of Sales, Australia Sydney There are a bunch of engineering and data jobs going,…
  • Ken Doctor looks at the future of mobile news service Circa

    Julie Starr
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    The newsonomics of Circa’s uncertain future (and new competition from AJ+) Interesting read from Ken Doctor on the pros and cons of mobile news service Circa’s features and future prospects. Circa is looking for funding to expand. Doctor points to three concerns mentioned by publishers: First, they wonder if the Circa treatment of news is really the nirvana of mobile news, the best way to present what’s happening. Second, they wonder how difficult it would be for them to accomplish Circa’s tricks on their own. Third, there’s the question of scale. Can Circa, which processes a…
  • Thinking usefully about privacy is the first step, says First Look Media’s security director

    Julie Starr
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Matt Nippert from the NZ Herald caught up with First Look Media’s director of security Morgan Marquis-Boire ahead of this week’s Kiwicon conference in Wellington, where Marquis-Boire is speaking. Marquis-Boire is a New Zealander who’s been overseas for a number of years working for Google and more recently First Look. First Look publishes The Intercept, led by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, which has been reporting on disclosures made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Of particular interest to me: While unwilling to discuss specific threats to First…
  • What’s happening in New Zealand’s Parliament this week: 2 December 2014

    Julie Starr
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    New Zealand’s Parliament is sitting again this week (Tuesday – Thursday) and will try to make progress on: Crimes (Match-fixing) Bill Parole (Extended Supervision Orders) Amendment Bill Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill Education Amendment Bill (No 2) Wednesday is a Members Day Most sitting days Parliament sits from: 2pm to 6pm and 7.30pm to 10pm You’ll likely see some of what happens in the House on news sites and TV but there’s a lot more you can see for yourself: Watch Parliament live on parliament.nz or on TV at  Freeview 22, Igloo 25, Sky 86,…
  • We need more knowledgeable, reflective tech journalism in New Zealand

    Julie Starr
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:11 pm
      Tech journalist Bill Bennett wrote recently about how few tech journalists there are working in New Zealand and how even those few don’t write exclusively about New Zealand or for local publications. Like the rest of us, they go where the money is. You can count the number of full-time technology journalists writing for New Zealand audiences on your fingers. Experienced local journalists are as likely to turn up on overseas publications as on local titles. It means we no longer tell the best stories about local technology companies. We don’t report the ways New Zealanders deal…
 
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    LOCAL ONLINER

  • Salesforce’s Randy Wootton at BIA/Kelsey SFO: Avoiding Local’s ‘Creepy Valley’

    Peter
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    Marketers have lots of disparate information about consumers they are targeting, but if they don’t put it together in a consumer friendly way, it quickly becomes an offputting “Creepy Valley of Local Marketing” that is counter productive, said Salesforce VP RandyWootton in a keynote address at BIA/Kelsey’s Interactive Local Media event at San Francisco Airport. Citing GoDaddy’s Blake Irving for inventing the “Creepy Valley” moniker, Wootton noted that “where it gets weird is when there are things that target you” and are really not consistent with good Customer…
  • BIA/Kelsey SFO: Home Depot,Thumbtack, Serviz Weigh in on Home Improvement

    Peter
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Home improvement services is a wild new frontier that has just scratched the tip of its potential, according to segment leaders at BIA/Kelsey’s Leading in Local: Interactive Local Media event at San Francisco Airport. “ServiceMagic/Home Advisor is (only) a couple of hundred million dollars. Angie’s has never made a profit. The market is ripe but no one is there yet,” said Home Depot Silicon Valley leader Anthony Roddio, who also serves as GM of the company’s Red Beacon contractor scheduling service. “The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is repeat…
  • Uber Tests 10 Minute Delivery Service

    Peter
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    The big online retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Groupon and WalMart have been focusing on developing same day delivery channels. Same day delivery is an effort that that may not only boost their edge over other retailers, but also add new anchor channels such as groceries, and also boost impulse sales. We’ve also seen other players experiment with delivery. The San Diego Union Tribune, for instance, has tested delivery of coffee beans with the morning newspaper. Newspapers have been also a channel for free CPG samples with Sunday newspapers for years. Now along comes Uber, in the midst of an…
  • ‘Selling Services on Amazon’ Launches Beta in Nine Markets

    Peter
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:34 pm
    After months of rumors, Amazon has entered the increasingly crowded service pro referral space with a beta test in nine markets. According to a dedicated web site for the launch, service pros will pay Amazon 20 percent for services that cost $1000 or less, and 15 percent above that amount, as well as monthly subscription fees – although those fees are waived through June 2015. The 20 percent fees are comprised of 15 percent service platform fees, and 5 percent transaction fees. The service is launching with a strong focus on consumer electronic installation and repair, fitting with sales on…
  • The BIA/Kelsey/CardLinx Survey: Momentum For Card Linked Offers

    Peter
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Will card-linked offers supplement coupons and advertising for national and local merchants and services? Will financial institutions such as banks and credit card companies take advantage of their access to card data to become major players in ecommerce and media as well? And will cash back remain the primary driver of the card-linked offer space? These are some of the key questions we asked in an anonymized survey we have just completed with members of The CardLinx Association, whose roster include such companies as Microsoft, Facebook, Bank of America, MasterCard, American Express, First…
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    VideoJournalism

  • The importance of a presence…

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald Investigation

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    What common interest in an investigative project could Miami’s El Nuevo Herald and the Toronto Star, separated by thousands of miles and a national border, possibly have? The particulars of the story they did together provide the answer – and may also serve as a model of sorts for ad hoc collaborations. The Star, working […]
  • The Lens (New Orleans) and WWNO Public Radio

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Any non-profit news startup (or for-profit, for that matter), faces a first-order challenge of sticking its head up and getting noticed. Put another way, the startup needs to find a spot in what is variously called the local news landscape or news ecosystem. Markets don’t come any more newsy, treacherous and competitive than New Orleans, […]
  • The Texas Front-Page Exchange

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Three of the five case studies in this group feature the contributions of non-profit start-ups. But established news businesses also are fully capable of constructing news collaborations that work on their own. A specific news event marked the beginning of a new era of cooperation among the five largest newspaper organizations in Texas, once a […]
  • I-News Network, Rocky Mountain PBS and KUSA-TV

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Laura Frank’s idea for a multimedia investigative network in Colorado was born in February 2009, the day the Rocky Mountain News closed. An experienced investigative reporter who led a small team at ‘the Rocky,’ she wanted to keep doing what she did best and also cushion the abrupt end of the paper’s contributions in Denver, […]
  • Charlottesville Tomorrow and The Daily Progress

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Virginia civic activist Brian Wheeler launched an unusual local non-profit in 2005. Christened Charlottesville Tomorrow, it focused on planning and land use and attendant business and environmental issues. But Wheeler’s group did not have a point of view to advocate. Instead he envisioned generating awareness and discussion in the community. Charlottesville has particular characteristics that […]
 
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    News

  • NPPA Is Moving To UGA's Grady College

    2094
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced that the National Press Photographers Association will relocate its headquarters to the Athens, Georgia, campus in early 2015.
  • Michel du Cille, 58, Dies In Rural Liberia

    2094
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Michel du Cille, 58, a photojournalist for The Washington Post who has been covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, collapsed and died today in rural Liberia while hiking back from a remote village.
  • Bill Frakes Launches "The Nebraska Project"

    2094
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    There are storytellers, and then there are master storytellers. Longtime NPPA member Bill Frakes, a native of Nebraska and one of the world's best-known freelance photojournalists and filmmakers, has focused his master storytelling talents on his homeland to create, produce and launch an ongoing labor of love, "The Nebraska Project."
  • Two Syracuse Photo Students Win Scholarships From Fall Workshop

    2094
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    Jake Herrle and Alec Erlebacher have won merit-based scholarships for their projects at The Fall Workshop at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
  • New Nieman Fellowship To Honor Anja Niedringhaus

    2094
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has announced a new visual journalism fellowship in honor of 2007 Nieman Fellow Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer who was shot and killed this year while covering the run-up to elections in Afghanistan.
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    Online Journalism Blog

  • This Christmas, encrypt your emails and make the haystack bigger

    Paul Bradshaw
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Image by Daniella Hartmann Why should journalists be interested in web security? You may not fear your social media accounts being hacked by propagandists, your email hacked by companies you write about, or your phone records being seen by police, but there is another good reason for adopting security measures. “Anonymity loves company,” security researcher Ross Anderson reminded attendees at this month’s Logan Symposium on secrecy, surveillance and censorship. “You can only hide in a crowd.” In other words, the more people who use encryption in their…
  • 3 reasons why 2014 was the year news organisations finally ‘got’ web-native production

    Paul Bradshaw
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:33 pm
    This Independent story includes two embedded YouTube videos and a Flickr photo gallery Something remarkable happened this year. Something I’ve been waiting for for a long time. News reports on the web finally started to look more and more like… well, web-native articles. Not print articles online, not broadcast journalism online, but online journalism, online. I’m talking about journalism which isn’t just text: whether that means linking and embedding or mixing text with images, video or audio. So what changed in 2014? Here are three factors I’ve…
  • Serial: all good journalism is voyeurism – and bad journalism too (but it’s still journalism)

    Paul Bradshaw
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    After reporting on online journalism for some time you tire quickly of people saying “this is not journalism“. On Tuesday Brian C. Jones leveled this accusation at the podcast sensation Serial: “Sarah Koenig, the lead producer and narrator … used the tools of legitimate reporting — the right to public records, access to experts, the goodwill of interviewees, compelling soundbites, stylish storytelling … — to intrude into and disrupt real lives for the fun of it. It’s voyeurism, not journalism.” Serial follows Koenig as she attempts to get to the…
  • How The Cambodia Daily went HTTPS to protect its readers – guest post

    Paul Bradshaw
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    Image by kris krug Last month The Cambodia Daily announced it was going HTTPS. In a guest post for OJB Joshua Wilwohl explains why they decided to go secure, and how they did it. (Disclosure: Joshua is a student of mine on the MA in Online Journalism by distance learning at Birmingham City University). During the past year, The Cambodia Daily has witnessed an increase in government interest in monitoring the Internet. This week, the newspaper revealed a government plan to inspect the network equipment, billing and data files of mobile phone operators and internet service providers.
  • Podcast: Journalism outside the website, from WhatsApp to Email

    Paul Bradshaw
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:13 pm
    I recently hosted a podcast discussion at Birmingham City University for my MA Online Journalism students on ‘platform publishing‘: in other words, journalism on platforms other than traditional websites. My guests discussed their experiences of publishing for email, SnapChat, Tumblr, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They were: Channel 4’s Jennifer Rigby, who managed WhatsApp and SnapChat accounts during the Scottish Referendum (interview here) Luke Addis, the web designer behind the award-winning Birmingham Updates, whose Facebook page has over 175,000…
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • Ledes: Zig left, zag right - constructing thin air out of ... thin air

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Random Events That Sparked 8 Of The World's Biggest Startups

    4 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The Random Events That Sparked 8 Of The World's Biggest Startups: "Light-bulb moments don’t happen on command, and brainstorming sessions rarely produce extraordinary results. More often it’s a random remark, event, or memory that sends an entrepreneur down the rabbit hole of innovation. From Airbnb to Yelp, here are the surprising origin stories to eight of today’s hottest companies…"
  • Content is King, But Viewing Habits Vary by...

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Content is King, But Viewing Habits Vary by Demographicnielsen.com From smartphones to tablets and even the latest generation gaming consoles, today’s technology is changing rapidly. According to Nielsen’s third-quarter Total Audience Report—formerly the Cross-Platfo … “Content is still king, but consumers are shaping their own content-discovery experience, and the evolving media landscape has not lessened consumer demand for quality, professionally-produced content. What has changed is the number and reliability of new media available to viewers,” said Dounia Turrill, senior vice…
  • How GE embraces new digital platforms

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:46 pm
    How GE embraces new digital platforms : "The scale of GE’s effort has attracted attention from corporate peers and advertising agencies. GE won’t reveal marketing budget figures, but some 40% of the company’s spending is now on such-digital media forms, as opposed to other channels like TV or print display advertising, a spokesman said, and the company expects that share to grow. "GE spends about $162 million a year on traditional media, according to data compiled by Kantar Media. "Other companies, too, have been shifting more of their marketing dollars from traditional media into…
  • Bezos on 'the thing we're changing' at The Washington Post

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Bezos on 'the thing we're changing' at The Washington Post: Amazon chairman and C.E.O. Jeff Bezos is optimistic about the future of The Washington Post, which he bought last year, because the Beltway news institution is growing its digital audience while repositioning itself as a national and global brand.
  • Vice, Knight Foundation and CUNY create 'innovators' fund

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Vice, Knight Foundation and CUNY create 'innovators' fund: Vice Media, Knight Foundation and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism announced plans Monday evening for a $500,000 journalism innovation fund, to be awarded to organizations and individuals around the world.
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    The Newspaper Guild

  • Company Buys Full-Page NY Times Ad for Departing Reporter

    Janelle
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Benjamin MullinDecember 22, 2014PoynterHow to feel about this? On page B11 of Friday’s New York Times, you’ll find a full-page ad, taken out by Interpublic Group in honor of advertising reporter Stuart Elliott, who took a buyout from The Times. It reads: For more than two decades, you’ve asked the tough questions — often twenty at a time. Through it all, no one explained our fast-changing industry with more enthusiasm and insight. Or captured as clearly just how much fun it can be to work in advertising. Thank you for your encyclopedic knowledge, your fair-minded skepticism, and some…
  • AP to Beef Up State Government Coverage Across Country

    Janelle
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Chris CillizzaDecember 22, 2014The Washington PostIn what The Washington Post calls a "very smart" move, The Associated Press is "creating a team of state government specialists (that) will collaborate with statehouse reporters," and work on their own projects and stories focused on government accountability and explanatory reporting. The Post's Chris Cillizza writes that, "one of the undertold-but-massively-important stories of the shrinkage of mainstream media organizations over the last decade is the disappearance of really good state capitol coverage. Many state and regional newspapers…
  • Strong 5-Year Contract at St. Louis Review Includes Raises

    Janelle
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    Jeff GordonDecember 22, 2014United Media GuildUnited Media Guild members at the St. Louis Review have ratified a new five-year contract that maintains strong jurisdiction language and provides increases to the pay scales. For instance, senior journalists with five years of experience received a 3 percent increase immediately. They will also get 3 percent raises on the first two anniversaries of the contract, pushing the top weekly minimum salary to $1,447.73. The contract also capped health insurance premium cost share increases to 5 percent during the length of the contract.
  • 1960s Reporter: Tension Between Cops, Media is Worse Now

    Janelle
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    Lena WilliamsDecember 17, 2014NewsGuild-CWA   A veteran reporter who covered civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s says the tense relationships then between police and journalists are even worse today.   “Tension between police and journalists is nothing new,” said Paul Delaney, who reported on the civil rights movement for the Dayton Daily News, the Washington Star and The New York Times. “I think the tension has been heightened nowadays because you have eyes everywhere and many of those eyes aren’t journalists who aren’t guided by ethics or editors.   “That, and a 24-7…
  • IAPE: Please Help Us Help Family of Missing WSJ Reporter

    Janelle
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    StaffDecember 17, 2014IAPE-CWAIt's been nearly a year since Wall Street Journal reporter and IAPE-CWA member David Bird vanished Jan. 11 while walking in his neighborhood. His anguished wife and two children had been surviving on Bird's salary for seven months, but are in great need of help, now, IAPE leaders say. "To its credit, Dow Jones kept David on the payroll through the end of July. However, effective August 1, David’s status was changed to unpaid leave of absence. This means that David’s wife Nancy, a stay-at-home wife and mother caring for their two children, has no income with…
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    Media | The Guardian

  • Big Brother most complained about show of the year, watchdog reports

    Kevin Rawlinson
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Ofcom top 10 includes complaints of contestants’ bullying, and Gary Busey’s behaviour in celebrity version of Channel 5 showIt was a ratings disaster, but Big Brother has topped one list this year: the programme was the most complained about TV show, communications watchdog Ofcom said yesterday on Monday.It received 3,784 complaints about the Channel 5 reality television show, and 1,874 about its sister show Celebrity Big Brother. Continue reading...
  • What would a BT acquisition of EE mean for the UK telecoms industry?

    Matthew Howett
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    As talks over a £12.5bn deal continue, the scene is set for the start of a UK telecoms shake-up Continue reading...
  • Ireland's Gemma O'Doherty wins apology and damages from Independent Newspapers

    Roy Greenslade
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Investigative reporter who sued for unfair dismissal says she is ‘fully vindicated’In September last year, I reported that one of Ireland’s leading investigative journalists, Gemma O’Doherty, had been fired by the Irish Independent after being called “a rogue reporter”. Having looked into her case, I thought the compulsory redundancy of the multi award-winning reporter was a scandal. So I am delighted to report today that she has been, to use her own phrase, “fully vindicated”.“Independent Newspapers wish to acknowledge the exceptional work of multi-award winning…
  • Paul Dacre earnings up by nearly 25% to £2.4m in 2014

    Jason Deans
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Annual report reveals more details of Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Mail Online editor-in-chief’s new remuneration arrangementsPaul Dacre’s pay and bonus package soared by 25% during 2014, taking the total remuneration of Britain’s best-paid newspaper editor to £2.4m.The editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Mail Online received an extra £1m this year – double his usual £500,000 annual salary supplement – on top of basic salary and fees of £1.38m. Continue reading...
  • Mobile trends for 2015

    Guardian Staff
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    From startups taking on giants to mobilising revenue-generating processes, our panel predicts the talking points for next year Continue reading...
 
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  • Selfies and model bottoms: monkeying around with intellectual property rights

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

    Daniel Hall
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    In order to spread some festive cheer, Blackstone’s Policing has compiled a watchlist of some of the best criminal Christmas films. From a child inadvertently left home alone to a cop with a vested interest, and from a vigilante superhero to a degenerate pair of blaggers, it seems that (in Hollywood at least) there’s something about this time of year that calls for a special kind of policing. So let’s take a look at some of Tinseltown’s most arresting Christmas films: 1. Die Hard, directed by John McTiernan, 1988 Considered by many to be one of the greatest…
  • Gary King: an update on Dataverse

    MAlvarez
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    At the American Political Science Association meetings earlier this year, Gary King, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, gave a presentation on Dataverse. Dataverse is an important tool that many researchers use to archive and share their research materials. As many readers of this blog may already know, the journal that I co-edit, Political Analysis, uses Dataverse to archive and disseminate the replication materials for the articles we publish in our journal. I asked Gary to write some remarks about Dataverse, based on his APSA presentation. His remarks are…
  • The hand and the machine

    Connor Spencer
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Two hundred years ago last Friday the owner of the London Times, John Walter II, is said to have surprised a room full of printers who were preparing hand presses for the production of that day’s paper. He showed them an already completed copy of the paper and announced, “The Times is already printed – by steam.” The paper had been printed the night before on a steam-driven press, and without their labor. Walter anticipated and tried to mediate the shock and unrest with which this news was met by the now-idled printers. It was one of many scenes of change and conflict in early…
  • The history of the newspaper

    Hannah Charters
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    On 28th November 1814 The Times in London was printed by automatic, steam powered presses for the first time. These presses, built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, meant that newspapers were now available to a new mass audience, and by 1815 The Times had a circulation of approximately 5,000 people. Now, 200 years later, newspapers around the globe inform millions of people about hundreds of topics, from current events and local news, to sports results, opinion pieces, and comic strips. The Times, along with many other newspapers, is now available online,…
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    Blogposts | The Guardian

  • Stoke City v Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened!

    Jacob Steinberg
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Chelsea restored their three-point lead over Manchester City thanks to goals from John Terry and Cesc Fabregas 9.58pm GMT An impressive show of strength from Chelsea. They restore their three-point lead over Manchester City thanks to goals in each half from John Terry and Cesc Fabregas. They were rarely under threat; Jose Mourinho will be delighted with the way his side dealt with Stoke, although there may be some concern about Eden Hazard limping off near the end. John Terry walks down the tunnel beating his chest as the Chelsea fans salute him. Next up for Chelsea: the visit of…
  • Joe Cocker: Five classic performances from Sheffield's greatest bluesman

    Michael Hann
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The great Steel City singer has passed away – here are five reasons to remember himJoe Cocker, Grammy winning singer, dies aged 70Joe Cocker obituaryJoe Cocker’s first big hit – after four years of trying – came when he took With a Little Help From My Friends to No 1 in the UK in 1968. Far better, though, was this single from the following year, his version of Leon Russell’s Delta Lady. And far better than that was the live version, recorded for his Mad Dogs and Englishman live album. At this point, Cocker’s sound was a delightful amalgam of rock and soul and blues, a stew that he…
  • Top business sustainability trends of 2014

    Marc Gunther
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    In a tricky political climate, US corporations took steps in the right direction this year on climate change, farming, labor rights and wasteIt’s been a tough year for brand USA. There was a horrific torture report, police violence against blacks, a dysfunctional Congress – and a troubled middle class. Even our fun and games are not as much fun as they used to be: just look at the NFL and its dismal record on brain damage and domestic violence.In that context, corporate America had a good 2014. (Of course, in that context, just about everybody had a good 2014.) There was progress on the…
  • The Guardian’s international cricket XI of 2014 | The Spin

    Andy Bull
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Our special team of selectors make their pick for the best international team of the past 12 monthsChristmas is a time for family, for feasting, for goodwill, and, of course, for lists. Lists that help weary journalists meet onerous end of year deadlines. With great fanfare then, it’s the Guardian’s International XI of the Year! It’s been selected after consultation with a special panel, two of whom have more than 1,500 first-class wickets between them. And four of whom don’t. Thanks, then, to Mike Selvey, Vic Marks, Rob Smyth, John Ashdown, and Daniel Harris. Rigorous rules, in no…
  • Russian bank gets 30 billion rouble bailout – business live

    Graeme Wearden (until 2.15pm) and Nick Fletcher (now)
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    All the latest economic and financial news, as Russia central bank steps in to rescue Trust Bank, fronted by Bruce WillisFirst Russian bailout since rouble crisis beganBank advertised by Bruce Willis hits troubleFormer finance minister predicts full-blown crisisEuropean markets rally 5.35pm GMT Shares moved ahead again despite a turnaround in the oil price which saw early gains eroded, on renewed fears of oversupply and falling demand as well as comments from the Saudi Arabian oil minister that his country would not intervene to support the crude price. So energy shares fell back but consumer…
 
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    One Man and His Blog

  • The LeWeb bandwidth test

    Adam Tinworth
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    Oh, the delights of sitting at the media desks, with the hard-wired Ethernet connections: Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
  • LeWeb: The delightful, dangerous, diversifying drone debate

    Adam Tinworth
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    A LeWeb session on drones, curated by Mr Robert Scoble. Robert Scoble Robert loosely puts drones in three categories: Toys - and other things you'll chase your cat with Professional drones - made to carry cameras and other payloads. B2B drones - soil analysers for farmers, architectural drones… What Amazon's doing is interesting - but I don't think that people will be delivering things to your home with then any time soon. They're dangerous, and they will be regulated. Edwin Van Ruymbeke, Bionic Bird Birds are light - and making a functional bionic bird required waiting until the weight…
  • LeWeb: The age of Twitter diplomacy is here

    Adam Tinworth
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:32 am
    Liveblogged notes from Matthias Lüfkens' talk at LeWeb 2014 There are now hundreds of accounts of political leaders and foreign ministers on Twitter. Very few world leaders actually do the tweeting themselves. Those that do are normally in northern Europe, on the shores of the Baltic Sea - the Estonian President, and the Finnish Prime Minister, for example. The president of Malaysia is very good at selfies - which are far more engaging than the traditional handshake shots: My selfie with President Obama ! pic.twitter.com/mr94wZtmuA— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) April 27, 2014…
  • LeWeb: From incremental to disruptive innovation

    Adam Tinworth
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:04 am
    What does truly disruptive innovation look like? The opening session of LeWeb 2014's third and final day set out to explore that in series of talks. Here's some liveblogged notes: Brian Solis - Innovation as an ecosystem What is possible with disruption when you look beyond a product or a service? What happens when the world adapts to you, rather than you adapting to the world? At the heart of it is doing something better, making your world better than it was before. In his conversations with companies and people, Brian sees too much incrementalism - steady little pushes forwards all the…
  • Parisian nights

    Adam Tinworth
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
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    The American Prospect

  • New Day: The Intricate Dance of Being a Cuban American

    Dan Vera
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:07 am
    Protestors hold Cuban and American flags during a protest against President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with Cuba, Saturday, December, 20, 2014, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  In 1959, the year of revolutionary ferment in Cuba, Celia Cruz, that Queen of Rhythm and an inventor of Salsa music, recorded a song called “Rhumba Quiero Gozar.”  Cruz, arguably the greatest embodiment of 20th century Afro-Cuban culture, invites the listener to dance with her, for the simplest reason: I want to rejoice with you. I wasn't surprised to hear the song coming from my cell…
  • Obama Compared to Prior Presidents On Job Creation, In Graphs

    Paul Waldman
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Barack Obama has some reason to crow about the direction the economy has been moving lately. As he said in his press conference on Friday, "as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we've accomplished: more jobs, more people insured, a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy." And it's true that there are some kinds of economic data that look excellent, particularly job creation, which is what I want to focus on for the moment. We've had 50 straight months of positive job growth, since September 2010, which is pretty remarkable. Once we get the…
  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
 
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    Nieman Lab

  • Complicating the network: The year in social media research

    John Wihbey
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers? Our friends at Journalist’s Resource, that’s who. JR is a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and they spend their time examining the new academic literature in media, social science, and other fields, summarizing the high points and giving you a point of entry. Throughout the year, John Wihbey, assistant director for Journalist’s Resource, has…
  • News in a remix-focused culture

    Latoya Peterson
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    We aren’t ready for Vine. Hell, we weren’t ready for Tumblr. We still don’t know what to do with Instagram. For all our talk of disruption, most people in media are still more familiar with Snow Fall than the Schmoney Dance. If we are serious about news being for all the people (word to Juan and Joe), we need to start rethinking how we deliver stories. And to do this, we have to stop thinking about how to leverage whatever hot social platform is making headlines and instead spend time understanding how communication is changing. What does news sound like in a remix-focused…
  • Los Angeles is the content future

    Robert Hernandez
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:45 pm
    From where I stand, 2015 is going to be a big year. Sure, I can tell you about wearables reaching a new level of maturity. Likely not Google Glass in its current form, but the next wave of devices that include not only the Oculus (developed by a former journalism major) but also Samsung and others that convert smartphones into full immersion, mobile devices. Mainstream wearables will likely stay on your wrist, at least while out in public. But their user interfaces (hands free, constant listening, always collecting data, etc.) will be baked into all our current and future devices. Or I can…
  • Reporters, designers, and developers become BFFs

    Alisha Ramos
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:45 pm
    If you Google “integrated newsroom,” you’ll see loads of search results for articles, op-eds, presentations, academic papers, and even images of seating charts. (This one makes me chuckle a little.) Everyone has their own definition of what this buzzword-y phrase means (as is often the case with buzzwords), but even so, I’ll throw mine onto the pile: An “integrated newsroom” is one in which reporters, designers, developers (and more) work closely, regularly, and happily together to develop features, apps, visuals, and tools. Media organizations are still…
  • A thaw in the newsroom glacier

    Raju Narisetti
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Here is hoping 2015 will see: — The Pulitzer Prizes are not given to the same annual one-day wonders. — Stories on Jill Abramson morph into stories from Jill Abramson. — More math — any math — in all those gushy profiles of new media startups and journalism’s saviors. — A Journalist Rescue Fund, one that is as impactful as the Scholar Rescue Fund. — That likely new owners of the Financial Times and The Economist value the journalism there as much as the trophy brands they are buying. — That more newsrooms (and Wall Street) will shun third-party “partner”…
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • Ledes: Zig left, zag right - constructing thin air out of ... thin air

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Paradox of Women’s Sexuality in Breastfeeding Advocacy and Breast Cancer Campaigns

    Jennifer Rothchild
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    My sister-in-law Charlotte was recently loudly admonished by a flight attendant on an international flight for allowing her “breast to fall out” after she fell asleep while nursing her baby. A strong advocate for breastfeeding, Charlotte has shared with me her own discomfort with public breastfeeding because it is considered gross, matronly, and “unsexy.” I heard this over and over again from women I have interviewed for my research: Women who breastfed often feel they have to cover and hide while breastfeeding at family functions. As one mom noted, “Family members might be…
  • Keep That E-Reader Out of Bed and You’ll Feel Better in the Morning

    Tom Jacobs
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    No doubt many people will be getting iPads or other e-readers as Christmas gifts. If you’re among them, congratulations. But if you plan to use them at night, note that they may cause drowsiness. The following morning, that is. In a small-scale but carefully controlled study, researchers found that participants who used e-readers in the evening took longer to fall asleep, and were less alert the next morning, than people who read old-fashioned paper books before turning off the lights. This suggests the use of such devices “has unintended biological consequences that may adversely impact…
  • Stop Trying to Be the ‘Next Silicon Valley’

    Max Ufberg
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Seemingly every American city, from Boston to New Orleans, wants to be “the next Silicon Valley.” This isn’t anything new; it has happened before with industries like film, video games, and alternative energy. Basically, if an industry looks profitable, city (and state) officials will often try to work tirelessly to bring their own municipalities a piece of the financial pie. But while tech is certainly the buzziest industry in the United States now, a recent study suggests that cities need not focus on becoming the “next Silicon Valley.” They simply need to try to become…
  • Pill Mills and the Rise of Controlled Substance Use in Medicare

    Charles Ornstein & Ryann Grochowski Jones
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Despite a national crackdown on prescription drug abuse, doctors churned out an ever-larger number of prescriptions for the most-potent controlled substances to Medicare patients, new data shows. In addition, ProPublica found, the most prolific prescribers of such drugs as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine, and Ritalin often have worrisome records. In 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, Medicare covered nearly 27 million prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers and stimulants with the highest potential for abuse and dependence. That’s up nine percent over 2011,…
  • Economics at the North Pole: Are Santa’s Elves Slaves?

    Greg Rosalsky
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    NORTH POLE — Over 400 miles above the northernmost human settlements on Earth, a towering production facility rises out of the barren Arctic winterscape. It is a factory of astonishing size, scope, and efficiency, running day and night to churn out gifts for the morning of December 25, year after year. Closer inspection of this miracle factory, known here as Santa Claus’ workshop, reveals that it has the capacity to produce an endless number of products in every variety, shape, and size, providing over half a billion children with toys. The workshop’s output is made all the more…
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • Podcast: Ferguson’s Untold Tragedy of School Segregation

    ProPublica
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    by Sara Afzal Before his tragic death, Michael Brown had just graduated high school and was headed to college -- a path more promising than most of his peers. But Brown’s academic experience was far from perfect, ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones shares on this week’s podcast. His school was part of the Normandy district, one of the poorest, most segregated and lowest performing in Missouri. In her latest report, Hannah-Jones takes the story of Ferguson beyond the police shooting and protests after Brown’s death, and investigates St. Louis metro area's history of…
  • In Alabama, A Public Hospital Serves the Poor — with Lawsuits

    ProPublica
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    by Paul Kiel More than a century ago, Alabama enshrined a basic protection in the state’s constitution shielding its poorest citizens from being forced to pay debts they couldn’t afford. But a public hospital in the mostly rural southeast corner of the state has found a way around the law. Before patients can receive treatment at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, they must sign a form waiving that legal protection, clearing the way for the facility to seize funds from their pay or bank accounts to cover medical debts. ProPublica and NPR reported last week that nonprofit hospitals,…
  • In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle

    ProPublica
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    by Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, and James Glanz and David E. Sanger, New York Times This story was co-published with the New York Times and Frontline. In the fall of 2008, a 30-year-old computer expert named Zarrar Shah roamed from outposts in the northern mountains of Pakistan to safe houses near the Arabian Sea, plotting mayhem in Mumbai, India’s commercial gem. Mr. Shah, the technology chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani terror group, and fellow conspirators used Google Earth to show militants the routes to their targets in the city. He set up an Internet phone system to…
  • The Billion-Dollar Industry You’re Probably Not Thinking About And More In MuckReads Weekly

    ProPublica
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    by Terry Parris Jr The billion-dollar industry you're probably not thinking about. Should your dog's medicine go through the same rigorous testing as the drugs you'd give your child or take yourself? Spoiler: They don't. An investigation by the Indianapolis Star found a "higher risk of unforeseen side effects, a legal arena that offers little protection to pet owners and marketing tactics that have been eliminated from the human drug market." Drug companies — which pulled in $7.6 billion in retail sales for animal medicines last year — could spend more…
  • How Do You Experience Segregation? Tell Us What #SegregationIs Where You Live

    ProPublica
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Nikole Hannah-Jones Tweet #SegregationIs ___________ Fill in the blank. Tell us about your everyday experiences with segregation by sending us your comments and photos tagged #SegregationIs. Related: Plus: A hat tip to our friends at Marketplace for helping inspire this experiment; check out their collection of #GentrificationIs photos from across the country here. The nation's schools have long been the chief avenue for pursuing racial equality. In striking down legal school segregation in 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court said separate could never be equal because being educated separately…
 
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    Joe Gullo

  • Twitter Adds Tweet Analytics to iOS App

    Joe Gullo
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Twitter added Tweet analytics to their iOS app. To view Tweet Analytics, you must have the latest updated Twitter app. After installing the latest iOS Twitter app, click on an individual Tweet. Click on the View Tweet Activity to see the analytics for that Tweet. You can find total impressions, total engagement, the number of people favorited your Tweet, and the number of people who clicked on your profile or name because of the Tweet. Twitter says they are working on Tweet Analytics for Android devices. A date of release has not yet been determined. The post Twitter Adds Tweet Analytics to…
  • Real vs. Fake Christmas Tree Purchases

    Joe Gullo
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    For some, it’s one of the largest questions of the holiday season. Do you get a real Christmas tree or do you put up a fake tree? Others, the answer is quite simple and may even be a family tradition. I cut down the numbers to see how Americans over the past several years have decided which type of tree to put up for the holidays. Christmas Tree Purchase Breakdown The chart below shows Christmas tree purchases from 2007 to 2013. The data is part of the National Christmas Tree Association’s 2013 survey. The survey tries to calculate consumer trends. Green = Real tree purchases, Red…
  • Candy Cane Macro Photograph

    Joe Gullo
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Candy cane. #macrophotography #macro A photo posted by Joe Gullo (@joegullo) on Dec 12, 2014 at 7:54pm PST I love macro photography because it allows you to catch details that you may not have caught by a wider and less zoomed in shot. You can see every last detail of this candy cane. Yum! The post Candy Cane Macro Photograph appeared first on Joe Gullo.
  • Christmas Tree Production by State

    Joe Gullo
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture conducts the agricultural census. Part of that census is the counting of Christmas tree production by state. Purchasing trees for the Christmas holiday has been around for centuries. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, the first retail Christmas Tree lots started in German cities in 1531. In 2013, consumers in the U.S. purchased 33.02 million farm-grown Christmas trees. Christmas Tree Production by State Click on a state to see how its overall rank and how many Christmas trees it produces.  States in darker…
  • Misleading Headlines Effects

    Joe Gullo
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Researchers looked into the effects that misleading headlines had on readers. Read the study. The post Misleading Headlines Effects appeared first on Joe Gullo.
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • App Santa 2014

    Kevin Wild
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Up until December 26th, you can get some great deals (up to 80% off) on some of the best apps available for iPhone, iPad and Mac.Permalink
  • Financial Times Names Tim Cook Person of the Year

    Kevin Wild
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    This is a good explanation of why they chose Tim:More than an hour into Apple’s annual shareholder meeting in February, Tim Cook had patiently fielded questions ranging from its plans for the television market to what he thought of Google Glass. But when one audience member tried to push Apple’s chief executive on the profitability of Apple’s various environmental initiatives, such as its solar-powered data centre, Mr Cook snapped.“We do things for other reasons than a profit motive, we do things because they are right and just,” Mr Cook growled. Whether in human rights, renewable…
  • Workflow for iOS

    Kevin Wild
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Workflow was an immediate buy for me yesterday, but it's not for everyone. If you've been looking for an Automator for iOS, this is the app for you.Permalink
  • Apple's Best of 2014

    Kevin Wild
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:48 pm
    If you're looking for the best apps, music, books, podcasts and tv shows available on the iTunes/App Stores, this list is a great place to start.nullPermalink
  • The Verge 50

    Kevin Wild
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    A unique list of very important people in the tech industry, laid out with a creative vision:This year we wanted to showcase our 50 in the same way they made their mark on the world — by letting them express themselves. So we asked everyone to send us a selfie. These are the most candid photographs of some of the most powerful and interesting people in the world right now you'll ever see, and it's an honor to share them with you.Permalink
 
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  • Rudy Giuliani says Obama and black leaders incite "anti-police hatred"

    Matthew Yglesias
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The cold-blooded murders of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos have sparked a lot of hot takes, but perhaps none so bold and drastically wrong than the one offered by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who cast the blame squarely on "four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police." He said black leaders, in particular, have contributed to "an atmosphere of severe, strong anti-police hatred in certain communities." Giuliani went out of his way to be clear that he's not blaming a handful of bad apples. He thinks the culprits are everyone…
  • Loved Serial? You should binge The Staircase next

    Todd VanDerWerff
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    You need to watch: The Staircase How can I see it: It's on DVD, and you can digitally download it on iTunes. It's not streaming for free anywhere, but both the DVD and purchase of the full season on iTunes are relatively inexpensive. What is it: This one is perfect for fans of the true crime podcast Serial, which recently concluded its first season. Like that show, The Staircase follows the story of a murder and the man accused of that murder. But unlike Serial, The Staircase predominantly takes place during the trial of writer Michael Peterson, accused of killing his wife, Kathleen, who died…
  • 5 surprising things scientists have discovered about swearing

    Joseph Stromberg
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    There's a surprisingly rich body of research about swearing. Academics have studied the prevalence of accidental obscenities on live TV, the frequency with which nurses are sworn at by patients, and, naturally, the significance of swear words in Quentin Tarantino films. They've also done a decent amount of work into the prevalence and effect of swearing in our everyday lives. Here are some of the more interesting things they've found. 1) Swearing seems to be getting more common over time It's tough to accurately track the frequency of public swearing — partly because our definition of…
  • 7 addictive podcasts that aren't Serial

    Libby Nelson
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Everything good — including the first season of Serial — must come to an end. The good news is there are hundreds of great, interesting podcasts out there that aren't Serial. Many of them are nothing like Serial. But they're still fun, fascinating, and entertaining. Here are seven recommendations from podcast-listeners at Vox Media. (We're not recommending This American Life, Planet Money, or RadioLab because they're so well-known, but if you liked Serial, you'd probably like those too. If you want a bigger guide to all the podcasts out there, Chris Hall's Unplayed Zero is excellent, and…
  • Here's why millions of Americans are binge-watching Korean dramas

    Brandon Ambrosino
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    It used to be that the TV series Americans were able to consume were all pretty much produced right here in the US. Acclaimed shows from other shores — even countries that spoke English — rarely showed up in America, and if they did, it was only sporadically on PBS. But in the last several years, that's been changing. More and more British, Canadian, and Australian series arrive here every day, and sites like Hulu bring in shows that aren't in English (like Hatufim, the Israeli show that served as inspiration for Homeland). And then there's DramaFever, an online video streaming service…
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