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  • 6 ways reporters can cover Obamacare open enrollment

    Columbia Journalism Review
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    As we head into the second Obamacare open enrollment season, the media have a chance to redeem themselves from last fall, when skepticism was sometimes left at the door and coverage was dominated by website screw-ups, cancelled policies, presidential false promises, and anecdotes that blew up under scrutiny. All of this noise drowned out the crucial point: what do people...
  • Building trust in news

    BuzzMachine
    Jeff Jarvis
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    In their Trust Project, Richard Gingras, head of Google News, and Sally Lehrman, a fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, argue the need to rebuild trust in news and they propose a set of practical tactics. I want to suggest further steps to support their campaign. The reforms Gingras and Lehrman propose: * News organizations and journalists should craft and publish statements of mission and ethics. * Journalists should disclose their background to reveal both levels of expertise and areas of personal interest and conflict. * For disclosure and accountability (and credit, I’d…
  • Fox & Friends Attacks Hispanic Civil Rights Group, Suggests Wash . Post Is "Promoting Voter Fraud"

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    The hosts of Fox & Friends wondered whether a Washington Post infographic that shows the different levels of documentary identification required to vote in each state promotes voter fraud, and they also cast suspicion on the intentions of the country's leading Hispanic civil rights advocacy group that highlighted the article on Twitter. The Washington Post published an informational piece on October 27 that summarizes which states in the U.S. require or…
  • Programming Language or Shakespeare Character?

    Open
    By Nina Feinberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Think you can tell the difference between a programming language and a Shakespeare character? Give it a try below — then register for our first ever TimesOpen Team Trivia Night on Nov. 5! Bolingbroke Charm Hortensio Oberon Befunge Promela Luce Osric Algol Trinculo Velator Wolfram Wyvern Programming language: 2, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13 Shakespeare character: 1, 3, 7, 8, 10 Both: 4
  • Highlights from #cj2014 opening keynote: Jon Kleinberg

    The Linchpen
    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…
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  • 6 ways reporters can cover Obamacare open enrollment

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    As we head into the second Obamacare open enrollment season, the media have a chance to redeem themselves from last fall, when skepticism was sometimes left at the door and coverage was dominated by website screw-ups, cancelled policies, presidential false promises, and anecdotes that blew up under scrutiny. All of this noise drowned out the crucial point: what do people...
  • What's next for David Plotz?

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    In July, David Plotz announced that he would be ending his six-year tenure as editor of Slate. Plotz, who remained on staff as editor at large after his announcement, has worked at Slate since it launched in 1996, when it was one of the first magazines to publish exclusively online. But even as other digital publications have proliferated, Slate,...
  • The history of 'wrestle'

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    he football player "wrestled" the ball away from an opponent and scored a touchdown. Shareholders "wrestled" control of a company from the CEO. Who got dirtier: the football player or the shareholders? Answer: the football player, because he actually did some physical work to get the football. But in reality, what both did was "wrest," not "wrestle." "Wrestle" means "to...
  • Story stats

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    $135 Hourly rate Ferguson, MO, officials charge journalists who seek access to public records related to the Michael Brown shooting 33 Percentage of Hispanic Americans who think the media cover their communities accurately 19 Percentage of African-Americans who believe local news stations cover the black community more accurately than other news sources 49 Percentage of Hispanic Americans who believe that...
  • The case for Huffington Post's crowdfunded reporting job

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    hen the Huffington Post announced it would crowdfund a one-year reporting fellowship to cover the aftermath of teenager Michael Brown's killing by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, it incited a lot of sniping. Don Irvine, chairman of Accuracy in Media, a conservative advocacy group, summed it up in a blog post: "HuffPo isn't some small, independent, underfunded news organization--rather...
 
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  • Building trust in news

    Jeff Jarvis
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    In their Trust Project, Richard Gingras, head of Google News, and Sally Lehrman, a fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, argue the need to rebuild trust in news and they propose a set of practical tactics. I want to suggest further steps to support their campaign. The reforms Gingras and Lehrman propose: * News organizations and journalists should craft and publish statements of mission and ethics. * Journalists should disclose their background to reveal both levels of expertise and areas of personal interest and conflict. * For disclosure and accountability (and credit, I’d…
  • Oh, those Germans

    Jeff Jarvis
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    German publishers warring with Google — and the link and the internet — have now completed their humiliation at their own hands, capitulating to Google and allowing it to continue quoting and linking to them. How big of them. The pathetic sequence of their fight: 1. German publishers under the banner of a so-called trade group called VG Media and led by conservative publisher Axel Springer called in who knows what political chits to get legislators to create a new, ancillary copyright law — the Leistungsschutzrecht — to forbid Google et al from quoting even snippets to…
  • Inside an entrepreneur’s sausage factory

    Jeff Jarvis
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    I will be assigning all my entrepreneurial journalism students to listen to every episode of Alex Blumberg’s podcast about starting a podcast company. It is an open, honest, true portrayal of the making of an entrepreneur. Blumberg, you’ll recall, was a producer and voice on This American Life and one of the geniuses — along with NPR economic correspondent Adam Davidson — behind its Giant Pool of Money and then their podcast and blog Planet Money. He decided to pick up and start a new company to produce quality, journalistic podcasts because he wisely saw the…
  • A most cynical letter from a most cynical company

    Jeff Jarvis
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp., just sent a monumentally cynical letter to the EU attacking Google, matching the letter from a posse of European publishers led by Germany’s Axel Springer and another public letter from that company’s head, Mathia Döpfner. These supposed bastions of conservative thinking are running to the government they all disdain to try to get unfair advantage on Google because — simply put — they have failed in the marketplace on their own. The internet and defeated them. They are crying uncle. On Newsgenius, I annotated Thomson’s…
  • Technoeuropanic

    Jeff Jarvis
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Europe is at it again. Or still. I’m told that a consortium of European publishers will run an ad in European papers this weekend attacking Google and the EU’s antitrust deal with the company. It’s the same old stuff: publishers whining and stomping their feet that it’s just not fair that Google is doing better than they are and government should step in to do something about this, this damned, uh … competitor. In the ad, the publishers’ argument is that Google’s search is not “impartial.” First, who said it has to be? Second, Google does…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox & Friends Attacks Hispanic Civil Rights Group, Suggests Wash . Post Is "Promoting Voter Fraud"

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    The hosts of Fox & Friends wondered whether a Washington Post infographic that shows the different levels of documentary identification required to vote in each state promotes voter fraud, and they also cast suspicion on the intentions of the country's leading Hispanic civil rights advocacy group that highlighted the article on Twitter. The Washington Post published an informational piece on October 27 that summarizes which states in the U.S. require or…
  • Limbaugh On NYC Street Harassment Video: "Most Of It Was Just Men Being Polite"

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    From the October 30 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:Previously: Limbaugh: "How Many Of You Guys ... Have Learned That No Means Yes If You Know How To Spot It?" Rush On Rape Culture: "The Reality Is That Boys Chase Girls" The Limbaugh "Slut" Firestorm Related: A Woman Walked Around New York City For 10 hours And Filmed Every Catcall She Received
  • NRA's Ted Nugent Closes TX Gov. Race With Attack On "America-Hating" Wendy Davis Campaign

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent weighed in on the Texas governor's race in his column for conspiracy website WND, attacking the "America-hating" campaign of Democratic candidate Wendy Davis. In his October 29 column, Nugent wrote, "Thank God there are still way more Texans that stand in defiance of the lying, scamming, America-hating, Texas-hating scammers and scoundrels that infest and steer the Wendy Davis campaign of deception." In February, Nugent set off a lengthy controversy when he appeared at a campaign event with Republican candidate Greg Abbott and called him his…
  • Laura Ingraham Suggests Heroic Ebola Volunteers Are Just Political Props

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham questioned the authenticity of the health care professionals flanking the president during a press conference on Ebola, suggesting that some may have been political props in "white coats." On October 29, President Obama addressed the United States' on-going response to Ebola outbreaks in West Africa joined by several health care workers recently returned from relief operations overseas as well as others soon to depart for the region. Among the guests was Dr. Kent Brantly, who became infected while volunteering in Liberia and was the…
  • Sharyl Attkisson Entertains "End Times" Host's Idea That U.S. Is Headed For "A Full-Blown Totalitarian Dictatorship"

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Discredited former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared on an "endtimes newscast" and entertained the host's suggestion that the United States may soon see "a trigger event" that "justifies a full-blown totalitarian dictatorship where no dissent, no questions are asked." In response to whether such a dictatorship could happen, Attkisson replied: "Gosh, it's hard to say. I just think right now the trend is bad."  Attkisson, author of the upcoming book Stonewalled, was a recent guest on the radio program Trunews. The show describes itself as an "Endtimes Newscast" and "the only…
 
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    Open

  • Programming Language or Shakespeare Character?

    By Nina Feinberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Think you can tell the difference between a programming language and a Shakespeare character? Give it a try below — then register for our first ever TimesOpen Team Trivia Night on Nov. 5! Bolingbroke Charm Hortensio Oberon Befunge Promela Luce Osric Algol Trinculo Velator Wolfram Wyvern Programming language: 2, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13 Shakespeare character: 1, 3, 7, 8, 10 Both: 4
  • Girls Who Code

    By Priya Ollapally
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Miranda Chaiken, Aida Piccato and Sunnam Quispe are seniors at Stuyvesant High School and the creators of NYC Happenings. Their site, which guides users to events, is powered by The New York Times Event Listings API and searchable by genre and borough. They explained that they found themselves doing the same activities every day and decided to build a functional website as a cure for their boredom. While all three have taken computer science classes at Stuyvesant’s prestigious computer science program, they attended the Girls Who Code Club at Twitter’s headquarters to hone their…
  • Real-World Development

    By Danielle Rothermel
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    The New York Times continued our technology internship program this summer, and Danielle Rothermel, one of the interns in this year’s class, discusses what she learned. I’ve spent my summer learning new languages, platforms and frameworks, but before I get into that, let me share some background about myself. After a frustrating and failed attempt to learn how to use the command prompt in middle school, I went into my freshman year of college adamant that I would take my required Introduction to Programming class and be done with computer science forever. However, I soon found out…
  • Getting Groovy With Reactive Android

    By Mohit Pandey
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    “Slow,” a word no one ever wants to see associated with their app. Delay and lag of as little as 100–200 milliseconds will be perceived by users as poor, slow performance. Keeping long running tasks on the main thread will result in that perception, the dreaded “Application Not Responding” (ANR) and a bad user experience. This leaves us developers one choice: concurrent execution of code. The recent growth in popularity of functional programming is well deserved. As things become more asynchronous, the functional model really fits well. Being able to sequence, chain and transform…
  • Build an Open Source Community Platform With New York Times, Washington Post and Mozilla

    By Greg Barber
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Each year, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews selects developers, technologists, civic hackers and data crunchers to spend 10 months working as fellows embedded in their partner newsrooms. Fellowships are paid positions, and emphasize open source development that strengthens specific newsrooms and the larger journalism-code community. The search for the 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows is now open, and the deadline for applications is Aug. 16, 2014. Staffers from The New York Times, Mozilla OpenNews and The Washington Post are seeking two fellows to join their community platform collaboration. This is their…
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    The Linchpen

  • 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…
  • Block Chains for News

    Greg Linch
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Anil Dash’s piece on applying an underlying concept of Bitcoin to track digital art has me thinking about the potential applications of  block chains for news. As he writes: What the technology behind Bitcoin enables, in short, is the ability to track online trading of a digital object, without relying on any one central authority, by using the block chain as the ledger of transactions. What if we built a block chain system for news? Recording and verifying facts, data, updates, quotes, people, etc like the Bitcoin protocol tracks transactions in a database that no one owns, but of…
  • Jorge Luis Borges on “the task of art”

    Greg Linch
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    “The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something that can last in man’s memory. That is our duty. If we don’t fulfill it, we feel unhappy. A writer or any artist has the joyful duty to transform all that into symbols. These symbols could be colors, forms or sounds. For a poet, the symbols are sounds and also words, fables, stories, poetry. The work of a poet never ends. It has nothing to do with working hours. You are continuously receiving things from the external world. These must…
 
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    Mediashift

  • Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, October 30, 2014

    Julie Keck
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    1. Before the “teaching model” of journalism education: 5 questions to ask (Katherine Reed / Nieman Lab) 2. ‘Out of touch’ parents blocking development of children’s digital skills (Roland Moore-Colyer / V3) 3. In era of shrinking mainstream media, journalism schools are filling the void (Aalia Shaheed / Fox News Latino) 4. BuzzFeed, Columbia create investigative journalism fellowship for journalists of color (Nanxi You / Columbia Spectator) 5. Creative writing requirements would enhance journalism education (Desiree Pharias / State Press) 6. What digital literacy looks…
  • Daily Must Reads, October 30, 2014

    Julie Keck
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    1. How Harvard Business Review beats bigger rivals on social media (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 2. As journalism and documentary film converge in digital, what lessons can they share? (Liam Andrew / Nieman Lab) 3. Flipboard debuts a big redesign and the Daily Edition, a morning news section (Ellis Hamburger / The Verge) 4. MPAA and National Association of Theatre Owners ban Google Glass, other wearable tech (Pamela McClintock / The Hollywood Reporter) 5. NYT added 44,000 digital subscribers in the third quarter (Andrew Beaujon / Poynter)   Get our newsletters delivered straight to your inbox.
  • 5 Great Online Election Trackers for the U.S. Midterms

    Sonia Paul
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    With the 2014 U.S. midterm elections just days away, attention is on voter habits and concerns, as well as how political campaigners are leveraging different methods to target their voter base. The Pew Research Center’s recent report on how liberals and conservatives inhabit different media worlds underscores the influence media has on voter awareness. Reports have also shown how savvy campaigners have become — employing smartphone apps and data-driven research alongside old-school canvassing to appeal to a voter’s sensibilities — and how online video has become a force for marketing…
  • Daily Must Reads, October 29, 2014

    Julie Keck
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    1. FCC kicks off push to regulate Internet TV services like cable (Amy Schatz / Re/code) 2. “Ed Snowden taught me to smuggle secrets past incredible danger. Now I teach you.” (Micah Lee / The Intercept) 3. Digital chief Denise Warren leaves the Times (Joe Pompeo / Capital New York) 4. Behind the scenes, Storyful exposes viral hoaxes for news outlets (David Folkenflik / NPR) 5. Matt Taibbi leaves Omidyar’s First Look Media (Andrew Rice / New York Magazine) 6. Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying (Patrick Howell O’Neill / The Daily Dot)…
  • What Can Instagram Tell Us About Social Upheaval in Ukraine?

    Sonia Paul
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Twitter and Facebook have become default resources for journalists, newsrooms and ordinary citizens during news events, but where does Instagram fit into that picture? That was the question a team of researchers at CUNY’s Graduate Center asked while watching the protests in Ukraine unfold this past February. After months of analyzing more than 13,000 Instagram photos shared by around 6,000 people in the central square of Ukraine — known as the Maidan — the team has recently released the study “The Exceptional & the Everyday: 144 Hours in Ukraine.” It’s the first project to…
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  • 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,…
  • Enough with the manifestos about the future of news, let your product do the talking

    Digidave
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Nikki Usher had a great Columbia Journalism Review article “Startup site manifestos are press criticism” where she notes that startup news orgs like PandoDaily, Vox, FiveThirtyEight and more have gotten into the habit of writing manifestos (much like the New York Times did when it launched in 1851). These manifestos are essentially their critique of the press in action. The implication is that traditional journalism simply doesn’t offer readers this kind of news in the existing environment—that it’s not doing enough to give us what we need to know, and these sites are going to offer…
  • 2015 SXSW Accelerator: Entry Deadline Nov. 7

    Digidave
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Once again I am humbled to be a SXSW Accelerator advisor. What is that? It’s the chance to showcase your startup  in front of industry leaders. From the organizers: “SXSW Accelerator returns for its seventh edition to showcase some of the web’s most exciting innovations – could your company be one?  This event provides an outlet for companies to present their new online entertainment or gaming products, social media / networking technologies, or mobile, news, music, or health technology to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the angel /…
  • Nothing is in a name when we attack industry tribes

    Digidave
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    There’s no need to defend “entrepreneurial journalism” because it doesn’t exist Is anyone else tired of pointless journalist on journalist attacks? They persist because of the labels/divisions we create amongst ourselves. Most of these labels are meaningless outside of our industry. It’s tribalism at its worst. In the end — we are on the same team. How different types of journalists see each other (From my most popular blog post ever) I did an eye-roll when I came across Corey Pein’s piece in the Baffler: “Amway Journalism.” The tl;dr version: He doesn’t like…
  • The San Francisco Public Press – the news nonprofit that could

    Digidave
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    I’m on the board of the San Francisco Public Press. I’ve been associated with them since the beginning and helped raise a ton of money for them while I was running Spot.Us. They currently have a Kickstarter up. They are past their original goal, but they have an opportunity to make more. If they get to 500 donors (even if the donor just gives $1) the Knight Foundation will contribute 5k over their Kickstarter goal. If they get to 750: they’ll throw in $7,500 and if they get to 1,000 contributors, even if they just give $1- the Knight Foundation will give them $10,000 over…
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  • ‘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:…
  • ‘Being a South Indian, his Hindi was immaculate’

    churumuri
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    sans serif records the demise of J.V. Raman, the Delhi University economics professor who read the news in Hindi, on Doordarshan, back in the days when the state-owned channel was the only TV news vehicle. Mr Raman taught at the capital’s Rajdhani College, whose website proudly records that he was among the college teachers associated with the media. A blog post on Doordarshan’s newsreaders recorded Mr Raman thus: “Let’s now come to some male Hindi newsreaders. And the most iconic of them would be J V Raman. Being a South Indian, his Hindi was immaculate. Thick…
  • Why NaMo shouldn’t take media on foreign trips

    churumuri
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses the media on the way back home from the United States in October 2013. There were 34 journalists on that junket. As Indian journalists come to terms with a Narendra Modi dispensation that doesn’t want to court them or take them on foreign junkets, K.P. Nayar, the former Washington correspondent of The Telegraph, Calcutta, writes that the US administration is no better. Each correspondent who accompanied US president Barack Obama on his trip to India had to shell out $8,400 (approximately Rs 500,000) in air fare, plus an additional $2,500 (Rs…
  • India’s first woman journalist Vidya Munshi, RIP

    churumuri
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    sans serif records the demise of Vidya Munshi, arguably India’s first woman journalist, in Calcutta on Monday, 7 July 2014.  She was 94 years old. Born in Bombay, she worked in several newspapers and magazines, including a ten-year stint with Russy Karanjia‘s Blitz. A 2006 profile of Ms Munshi in The Telegraph, Calcutta, noted: “At that time (1952-62), she was the Calcutta correspondent of Blitz, a Bombay weekly critical of government policies and excelling in investigative journalism. “One of her ‘scoops’ was on two Canadian pilots who were to fly from Hong Kong…
  • In ‘The Last Mag’, Nishant Patel is Fareed Zakaria

    churumuri
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    DILIP CHAWARE writes from New Jersey: The Last Magazine is Michael Hastings’s novel which has been published a year after his death. This controversial young journalist, who worked for Newsweek as a war correspondent, died last year in a car accident in Los Angeles when he was just 33. Very few were aware about this book, which was resurrected from his laptop. The novel, though, is a portrayal of real life within a major news organisation, the nexus between the government and the media and broadly discusses the relevance and future of the print medium. Hastings is back in the news owing to…
 
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  • 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…
  • ‘Hallowed Be Us”: the twisted Newseum money trail

    Vin Crosbie
    18 Nov 2013 | 10:33 am
    The Newseum, Washington, DC, USA If you were to ask me when daily newspapers began to become irrelevant in the United States, I’d tell you April 11, 2008. That was the day in which the seven-level, 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2), $450 million U.S. dollar, new facility of the Newseum opened in Washington, D.C. It was the day in which the U.S. news industries (but primarily the U.S. newspaper industry, which funded most of this facility) created a museum to themselves. This was when I knew that U.S. daily newspapers were the living dead. During the preceding 200 years, that industry had…
  • 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…
  • The World’s Longest-Published Newspaper Successfully Transitions off Print

    Vin Crosbie
    18 Oct 2013 | 1:00 pm
    A Lloyd’s List edition from 1826. The world’s longest-published newspaper will become a non-printed, totally online service nine weeks from now. On 20 December, Lloyd’s List, which has been continuously published since 1734, will no longer be available in print. It’s online edition for the Web have has been published for more than ten years and its edition for mobile phones has been published for several years. Lloyd’s List, published by the  is considered by many experts to be one of the earliest English-language newspaper. Although it is primarily a shipping…
  • Journalism Schools’ Myopia When ‘Testing’ Google Glasses

    Vin Crosbie
    18 Aug 2013 | 12:55 pm
    Google Glasses How will journalists could use Google Glasses ? It’s the wrong question. The right question for journalists to ask is how and why will people who consume media use Google Glasses (or similarly wearable optic interfaces)? Whenever I encounter media professors or media researchers testing how journalists could use Google Glasses, I ask them this simple question: what proportion of Google Goggles users will be consumer and what proportion will be journalists? My guess is the ratio 20,000 to one. Thus, which of the following two topics is more important for journalism…
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  • Beyond parody: National Union of Students won't condemn the Islamic State

    Willard Foxton
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    So, the other day, a Kurdish student attempted to get the National Union of Students to pass a motion condemning the "Islamic State". It's a pretty uncontroversial motion; after all, what Isil are doing on a day to day basis – the murders, the rapes, the imposition of slavery – is absolutely monstrous. Yet, the [...]
  • Five ways in which robots have already taken over the world without you noticing

    Willard Foxton
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    If you’re over a certain age, you’ll remember the sort of future we were promised by the Jetsons, Dan Dare and Buck Rogers – flying cars, robot maids, everyday space travel. For a long time, it’s seemed that vision of the future was a total mirage; we thought we’d have robot butlers and got 140-character [...]
  • If the Met wants to deal with cyber crime then it can't simply chase headlines

    Willard Foxton
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Today, the Metropolitan Police officially launched a cyber crime task force under the preposterously macho name of “Operation Falcon”. The Met’s original cyber crime squad – with the much less catchy name the "Police Central e-crime Unit" – has been gobbled up by the new National Crime Agency. The launch of Falcon has been much [...]
  • Are you signing your life away?

    Willard Foxton
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    When did anyone last bother reading a company's terms and conditions? The web security company F-Secure decided to find out by offering free WiFi in central London with one catch – the so-called “Herod clause”. Buried deep in legal jargon, the terms of service said that if you wanted to get a decent internet connection [...]
  • Joy Twitter row: Offensive and ignorant bigotry does not count as ‘irreverence’

    Chris Owen
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    On Saturday night, the social media team looking after online retailer Joy's Twitter account saw fit to respond to a legitimate complaint from a customer about what she thought an offensive card for those suffering from bipolar, by replying: “then if you know someone with bipolar disorder, don’t buy it for them. PROBLEM SOLVED”. The [...]
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    Idea Lab

  • Creating a ‘Virtual Space’ for Community News

    Lorie Hearn
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The inewsource “virtual space” idea started with a simple goal: get more eyeballs on inewsource content. But as we started to play around with a strategy, the goal became much more ambitious. I’ve long believed that as traditional media has shrunk, people seeking information valuable to their lives have thronged to the niches – whether it’s a subject area or a geography – to find what they need. In our case, we’re talking about community news providers serving particular areas: neighborhoods, cities, housing developments, the places people live, work and go to school.
  • OpenNews Announces Its 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows

    Dan Sinker
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve been looking for Knight-Mozilla Fellows for four years now, and so you begin to notice patterns during the process. There’s that moment when you worry that there won’t be enough applicants, and then that other when you worry there will be too many. There’s that melancholy time when you realize that you won’t have a fellowship cohort quite like the current one and then the exhilaration when you realize that’s exactly right. But the most important moment is the one when all the pieces begin to come together and you begin to see not an applicant but instead a fellow. That…
  • Launch and Learn: Lessons in Multimedia Training

    Barrett Golding
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This post is a follow-up to the Idea Lab article “The Shape of Learning: How Media Consumers Become Media Producers,” based on experiments and observations in the TOW (Transom Online Workshop). We can improve the journalism industry by improving journalism: Create stories that consistently win hearts and minds, stir souls, engage brains. How do we produce better stories and better storytellers worldwide? One way is better online journalism education. What’s needed isn’t revolutionary change — it’s evolutionary adaptation, building on successful…
  • What Are Digital Rights After Death in the Networked Age?

    Willow Brugh
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Early this year, yet another friend of mine up and died. There was of course a mess of things that had to be figured out. It wasn’t just the traditional things of cleaning out her house (I wasn’t around for that part) or figuring out the funeral (Viking in variety). It was the new and interesting technical and moral turmoil of getting into her hard drive, questions of “should we even?” — her prolific music and authoring contributions rivaled by her extreme privacy. It was seeking the edges of her far-flung pockets of Internet community to notify them personally, racing the…
  • 8 Projects Receive Funding to Spur Innovation in News Non-Profits

    Desiree Everts
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    How do non-profit newsrooms become sustainable in the digital age? That’s the tricky question the INNovation Fund seeks to address by funding ideas that spur experimentation and innovation in non-profit newsrooms. The Investigative News Network has announced eight winners of the second round of its INNovation Fund, a partnership between the Knight Foundation and INN. The eight projects, which range from a film festival to a mobile app, have been awarded a total of $226,020. Each project will receive $35,000 or less. The winners include 100Reporters, Carolina Public Press, Citizens…
 
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    New Assignment Health Magazine

  • 5 Benefits Of Vitamin C For Skin

    Admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Some of the best selling skin care products contain Vitamin C. This vitamin is best known for protecting the skin from sun rays and revitalizing it. There are other manifold advantages of the vitamin for your skin. The top 5 benefits of it are discussed below. Sun Protection One of the foremost benefits of Vitamin C for your skin is that it protects the skin from sun damage, smoke and air pollution. The Vitamin contains potent antioxidant that protects your skin from sunlight exposure. Also, this substance limits sun burns which are caused as a result of exposure to UV radiation. People who…
  • A Beginners Guide to Getting a Nose Job

    Admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:52 am
    A nose job is a very popular cosmetic surgery that is acquired by a person in order to fix any deformity in the nose. Things like crooked nose, long, small, big or any other deformity can easily be fixed with modern rhinoplasty surgery. But before you go through the process of getting a nose job, there are several things you should know. Your doctor will usually discuss these things with you but it is always a good idea to go prepared so you can ask your doctor all the questions that come to mind. First of all it is important to know what a nose job can fix for you. Following is a list of…
  • The Beginners Guide To Electronic Cigarettes

    Admin
    28 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Electronic cigarettes are pen shaped electronic devices that are growing in popularity. The electronic cigarette was developed by a Chinese pharmacist who launched this product in China initially. They got very famous in China and hence were introduced in major parts of the world. The Law and smoking It is not a hidden truth that governments generate billions of dollars in taxes from the sale of cigarettes. As traditional cigarettes are regulated by the government, the tax on tobacco is applicable on them. The downside however is that smoking causes thousands of death each year. Nowadays,…
  • How Microdermabrasion Cleansers Work

    Admin
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    MicroDermabrasion is a relatively new skin care technique that has reach the hands of common people straight from Hollywood. It can be called an instant facelift technique that is an excellent alternative to painful and costly procedures such as Botox injections, plastic surgery and other chemical face peels. Since the arrival of this new and unique technique, more and more people are using the technique over traditional methods such as plastic surgery. More About MicroDermabrasion MicroDermabrasion, in simple words is a term given to applying small rough grains on the skin that buffs the…
  • Why Vaping Is Frowned Upon in the Work Place

    Admin
    25 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    My last update talked about what exactly is an electronic cigarette? Now that you know, I’m going to delve into a subject many people are dealing with in Corporate America – E-Cigs at work. Ecigs were initially popularized as being safe to smoke inside the office so that corporate workers didn’t have to leave meeting rooms and workplaces in order to go out and smoke. Recently however some laws are stopping this from happening and soon the example shall be set for restaurants as well. There are a few reasons why the indoor vaping trend could not last and the chief reason is that…
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    Reflections of a Newsosaur

  • Mobile news consumption hits the tipping point

    Newsosaur
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The proportion of mobile visits at digital newspaper sites has doubled in the last two years to the point that half the visitors at some publications today are arriving via smartphone or tablet.  The rapid uptake in mobile news consumption represents a tipping point that could be as disruptive a paradigm shift for newspapers as the move from print to pixels. Here’s why the shift has historical
  • Why do Sunday newspapers cost so much?

    Newsosaur
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I picked up the Sunday New York Times at a Starbucks in a leafy neighborhood in Chicago, the twenty-something woman behind the counter started to ring up $2.99, the going rate for the Sunday Chicago Tribune.“Actually,” I said, “it’s $6.”“It is?” she said incredulously.“Yeah,” said the youthful male colleague beside her. “Why would anyone spend that kind of money for a newspaper?” “Well, the
  • Get ready for mobile payments

    Newsosaur
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Although wide-screen iPhones and curvy iWatches have gained the most attention as the buzz builds around Apple’s product announcement on Tuesday, the biggest game changer of all may be the company’s effort to launch a mobile payments system.  Assuming the chatter is correct, Apple will seek to supplant credit cards with a wireless payment system embedded in its next-gen gizmos, thus
  • How digital retailing could roil local media

    Newsosaur
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Thanks to the growing ubiquity of mobile devices, a digital revolution is about to transform bricks-and-mortar retailing – a fast-breaking phenomenon that potentially poses the biggest challenge yet to the economics of local media companies.  More than four out of five smartphone and tablet owners use their devices for shopping, according to a report issued earlier this year by the Nielsen
  • Are newspapers doomed? It depends.

    Newsosaur
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Now that every major media company has dumped or soon will jettison its print division, the question I hear every day is: Are newspapers doomed? The answer is neither simple nor universal. But the dramatic and traumatic contraction of the newspaper industry in the last decade suggests that the business models, publishing platforms and journalistic conventions that seemed so stable and certain a
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    20 headlines from the reading list

  • Ping Cars Vol.13: Retro Moto showcases Tokyo’s custom motorbikes

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    In the late 1990′s Japan experienced a craze for custom bikes called “street trackers”. Bikers would customize their rides to make them minimal but speedy like dirt biker racers. This was quite distinct from “race replica” motorbikes where you felt like you were shooting around a circuit, or a chopper bike. No, here the impression the custom bikes left was more refined. Anyone who caught sight of one of the bikes was beguiled. Years have now passed since the height of the craze and it feels rare to see such bikes in Tokyo now. But custom bikes are still alive and…
  • Amelia McDonell-Parry, EIC of TheFrisky, Shares Her Advice for Writing Online

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Amelia McDonell-Parry knows a thing or two about creating a killer pitch. She’s held editorial positions at such publications as Rolling Stone, Maxim and Jezebel, and is currently the editor-in-chief of the popular women’s lifestyle site TheFrisky. In our latest So What Do You Do feature, we spoke with McDonell-Parry about her early days as an intern at Jane, bro culture at Maxim and more. Here, she shares her top tips for up-and-coming writers hoping to work online: Learn how to nail a pitch. That doesn’t mean sending a super lengthy email with incredible detail about…
  • Beegit Brings Content And Project Management Together With New Platform

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Collaborative writing is hard to do. Former journalist Mike Cottrill understands that. Which is why he, along with co-founders JD Eaton and Kris Ciccarello, created Beegit (BEE-GET), a web based editor that’s also a project management platform. There are a lot of really great web editors and a lot of really great project management tools. But they never seem to work together. Says Cottrill: The thing that messes up most projects ad deadlines is getting the content down. So we said, we can actually create a project management tool that has the content management system in it. Otherwise,…
  • GoBicycle - Smile

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Gobicycle is an imagined design intervention to promote bicycle commuting in Durban.via Warvick Kay
  • Colorado fall

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    What a scene to ride your bike in!via pure climber
 
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    Poynter. » MediaWire

  • Tonawanda News to fold in January

    Benjamin Mullin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The Buffalo News | The Tonawanda News Twenty employees at the Tonawanda News will lose their jobs in January after the paper closes, the Buffalo News reported Thursday. The Tonawanda News, a 134-year-old newspaper serving north suburban Buffalo, is closing after revenue from advertising and circulation failed to keep pace with expenses, the paper reports. The paper belongs to the Greater Niagara Newspapers group, which includes two other papers in the region: the Niagara Gazette and the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal, according to The Tonawanda News. Neither paper is closing. Read more
  • Only 1 in 5 college newspapers updates its website daily

    Benjamin Mullin
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    College Media Matters | Student Media Map Just 21 percent of student newspapers at public, four-year universities update their websites five days a week, according to an interactive tool launched Thursday. Student Media Map, a project by University of Texas senior Bobby Blanchard, compares rates of online publishing at student newspapers nationwide, Dan Reimold writes for College Media Matters. The map works by mining RSS feeds at 485 student newspapers throughout the United States and representing each with a colored dot based on their publishing frequency. A green dot means the site is…
  • 9 takeways from the New York Times Co. 3rd quarter earnings call

    Rick Edmonds
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The New York Times building in this 2009 file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) The New York Times Co. joined McClatchy yesterday in booking a rare operating loss for the third quarter, $9 million or about 2.5 percent on revenues of $364.7 million. But the many moving parts of the Times digital transformation effort had a number of positives mixed in as well. Here are nine takeaways: About that loss. It was driven by high costs associated with staff reductions ($20 million) and investment in new products. The first will be a one-time blip. But the Times will be launching and relaunching new…
  • Report: More than a dozen walk from Cincinnati Enquirer

    Andrew Beaujon
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Cincinnati Business Courier Cincinnati Enquirer Managing Editor Laura Trujillo is leaving the newspaper rather than stick around for the Gannett-owned title’s reorganization, Chris Wetterich reports for the Cincinnati Business Courier. More than a dozen people in the newsroom are also departing, Wetterich reports: “Veteran employees told the Courier they are heading for the door because they would rather take a buyout package than go through another round of upheaval and the indignity of reapplying for jobs at a company they’ve worked at for decades.” Mark Curnutte,…
  • 5 DIY journalism costumes for 2014

    Kristen Hare
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    For Halloween this year, you could be a reporter (notebook, phone, side eye for your younger colleagues) or a reporter who could possibly get laid off (no costume necessary), or a reporter who has been laid off (just add flask.) Or you could go with one of these — here are five journalism costume ideas that you can do yourself with things you can mostly pilfer from the newsroom. – Comment troll: This idea comes from Carlie Kollath Wells at NOLA.com. Paint yourself green and bring along that tablet. If you’re really in character, you’ll have something to say about…
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    Media Disruptus

  • Brainstorm! What are future ways to fund news organizations?

    Steve Outing
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    As much as journalists may hate to hear this, news is not something that lots of people are willing to pay for — especially in this go-go digital era when information overload is an epidemic with no end in sight. Advertising, meanwhile, continues to decline as a revenue source for news organizations, which are requiring...
  • HBO has losing game with ‘Thrones’

    Steve Outing
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The headline above may give the wrong impression. Actually, I love and am seriously addicted to HBO’s Game of Thrones fantasy-drama series. That title refers to the cruel (and unfortunately still usual) way that HBO limits access to the hit TV show. But first, the show. I ignored the hubbub for the first four seasons...
  • A dilemma: Where to host a social-media discussion group

    Steve Outing
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    This week I launched an online community called Writing About the Future, on Facebook Groups. Not everyone who was interested in joining the group was happy that I chose to host it on Facebook. They can be grouped into two simple categories: Yes, Facebook isn’t the ideal home for an online community like Writing About...
  • Writing About the Future: A new community you should join!

    Steve Outing
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Do you write about the future(s)? Then I hope that you’ll join this new Facebook group/community, “Writing About the Future,” which I just launched. It’s for: Journalists Writers Authors Scriptwriters Filmmakers Educators Students Artists And anyone who wants to learn, share, and/or teach how to write about and anticipate likely futures better
  • Future scenarios at work as a tool for climate advocacy

    Steve Outing
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    “The weather today in 2050 … well, it sucks.” In the world of Foresight (a.k.a., Future Studies or Futurism), “scenarios” are a popular tool for anticipating possible futures. (Note the plural.) Scenarios also can be used in a more restricted way as an effective advocacy tool. A great example of this is happening currently, with...
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    Teaching Online Journalism

  • First-person narratives in journalism

    Mindy McAdams
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    After I read this story, I had to give some thought to the idea that “we lose something important in the rush toward first-person takes” (Eve Fairbanks). First, the story linked above is “To Siri, With Love: How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.’s With Apple’s Siri,” published in The New York Times on Oct. 17. I saw links to the story everywhere. I didn’t feel like reading it until I saw a discussion about it earlier today:  Everyone cheering on Siri in this touching story should note the boy goes to a $30K a year, no financial aid school.
  • Online News Association conference 2014

    Mindy McAdams
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Links to a small number of really useful resources from #ONA14.
  • Twitter milestone: 9,000 followers

    Mindy McAdams
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Sometime recently, this happened: This is not a lot (especially not when you look at others like Jay Rosen, who has the coveted blue check mark), but it’s nice. The last time the odometer rolled over was in June 2013 (8,000 followers). Recently I switched from HootSuite to TweetDeck. Liking it a lot. 5,000 milestone: 2011 3,000 milestone: 2010 1,000 milestone: 2009 Joined Twitter: March 2007
  • The coming death of print newspapers

    Mindy McAdams
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Say you’re a journalist now working for a newspaper. You know your job is anything but secure. I asked several reporters, editors, and scholars what journalists should do to get ready for the next wave of firings. There were three strong consensus answers: first, get good at understanding and presenting data. Second, understand how social media can work as a newsroom tool. Third, get whatever newsroom experience you can working in teams, and in launching new things. That’s from Clay Shirky, writing in Last Call: The end of the printed newspaper. He goes on to explain those three…
  • Setting up a private WordPress.com blog for group editing

    Mindy McAdams
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:16 am
    When you have a free WordPress.com blog, you can make it private, limiting it to only people you select. You can also allow multiple authors, editors, or a mix of roles on a free WordPress.com blog, whether it is private or public. Here’s what I learned by setting up a private blog that gave editing privileges to several users:  It was easy to make it private: Dashboard > Settings > Reading — find and tick “I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose.” It was easy to add new users and assign “roles” to them: Dashboard >…
 
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    Evolving Newsroom

  • A poster of what Product Owners and Scrum Masters do

    Julie Starr
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Sandy Mamoli over at Nomad8 has a free download of two wall posters that TradeMe has used to remind people what a Product Owner does and what a Scrum Master does. Help yourself.  
  • New Zealand statistics to be released in November 2014

    Julie Starr
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    You can expect to see the following statistics released by Statistics New Zealand in the month of November 2014. You can find this table on the StatsNZ Release Calendar. 4 Nov 14 2013 Census QuickStats about families and households 5 Nov 14 Civil Unions and Marriages: September 2014 quarter (provisional) – tables 5 Nov 14 Labour Cost Index (Salary and Wage Rates): September 2014 quarter – M 5 Nov 14 Quarterly Employment Survey: September 2014 quarter – M 5 Nov 14 Household Labour Force Survey: September 2014 quarter – M 11 Nov 14 Electronic Card Transactions: October 2014 – M 12…
  • Bookmarks for October 28, 2014

    Julie Starr
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    NASA Posts a Huge Library of Space Sounds, And You’re Free To Use Them – Create Digital Music Space is the place. Again. And SoundCloud is now a place you can find sounds from the US government space agency, NASA. In addition to the requisite vocal clips (“Houston, we’ve had a problem” and… The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women – Atlantic Mobile Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn—which makes female users feel anything but free. My next adventure: AJ+ |…
  • What’s happening in New Zealand’s Parliament this week: 28 Oct 2014

    Julie Starr
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    New Zealand’s Parliament is sitting again this week (Tuesday – Thursday) and will try to make progress on: the Address in Reply debate the Employment Relations Amendment Bill the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill some Maiden Speeches from new members of Parliament on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons 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 90, Vodafone 90 (2pm-6pm and 7.30pm-10pm) See what happened on…
  • Hats off: a whole week with only one tab open at a time

    Julie Starr
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Love it. Some people at Fast Company had a go at using only one browser tab at a time – for a whole week. The premise behind this challenge is that multitasking rarely works–yes, we can walk and talk at the same time, but when we’re quickly shifting between email, filling out spreadsheets, and checking our Twitter, all we’re actually doing is juggling tasks, and this just kills our focus and makes work take longer. The outcome? Sometimes it makes more sense to focus on one task (and however many tabs you need open to do that one task) rather than rigidly sticking to the one-tab…
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    LOCAL ONLINER

  • New at ILM SFO 2014: Brad Stone, Author, ‘The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon’

    Peter
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Local’s 800 lb. gorilla is always Amazon. It has already had a huge impact on retail via showrooming. Now it has invaded Groceries, and is heading towards Services. Plus it wants to provide a full range of promotional and fulfillment services for SMBs via Amazon Offers, Amazon Web Services and other services. At Leading in Local: Interactive Local Media, which is Dec. 3-5 at the SFO Hyatt, we’ll talk up and down Amazon and its impact on local with Brad Stone, the author of “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.” (We’ll probably get some copies as door…
  • First Data Adds Beacon Technology to its Perka Loyalty Solution

    Peter
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    First Data, the payment processing giant, has been building up a suite of services that would take the company far beyond payment processing and inject it squarely in the middle of SMB marketing. The suite as currently configured includes the Clover Point of Sales system; Insightics analytics of transactions; Gyft virtual gift card services; and Perka, a sophisticated loyalty program for SMBs. Each of the services works independently, but are also increasingly integrated as well. Perka was purchased by First Data roughly one year ago; in tandem with First Data’ purchase of Clover. Competing…
  • Gannett’s Key Ring: Integrating Circulars With Loyalty Programs

    Peter
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Gannett’s acquisition of Key Ring two years ago was something of a head shaker. Was the media giant diving into online loyalty marketing, an area mostly dominated by financial institution-related companies? Two years later, more light has been shed on the Key Ring acquisition. Key Ring is a mobile app that lets consumers electronically enter their loyalty card in in one digital location. In this regard, it is like Constant Contact’s CardStar. What we’ve learned is that Gannett is using the App to drive targeted traffic to its big box and retail circular advertisers from ShopLocal, the…
  • It’s Out: The Lineup for Leading in Local: ILM 2014 (Dec. 3-5, SFO)

    Peter
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    The initial lineup for Leading in Local: Interactive Local Media 2014 is now officially released. This year’s ILM – our flagship event — takes place Dec. 3-5 at the SFO Hyatt, close to San Francisco and just up the road from most of the Silicon Valley leaders and startups. We expect 45+ hand-picked speakers, and more than 500 senior level attendees for the show, which remains local’s premier networking (and dealmaking) event. Of special interest: The Local Tech Expo on Day 1, where we’ll feature some of the great technology innovations rocking our local world: everything,…
  • All Roads Lead to Groceries: Groupon Adds ‘Snap’ Loyalty Program

    Peter
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    When it comes to local commerce and loyalty programs, all roads lead to groceries. That’s the feeling of key companies in the space, including WalMart, Amazon, Google and eBay. Groupon this week announced Snap, a grocery coupon and loyalty program that gets it into groceries in a more meaningful way than prior efforts to go in via daily deals – where the discounts were not sustainable in an industry that is more dependent on “cents off” than “55 percent” off. As reported in Chicago Business, Snap replaces Freebies, a coupon program launched in 2013 that has…
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    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project

  • Appendix C: Trust and Distrust of News Sources by Ideological Group

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
  • Appendix B: The News Sources

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    In Wave 1 of the American Trends Panel questionnaire, web respondents were asked a series of questions about news sources for information about government and politics. Respondents were first asked whether they have heard of 36 sources. Icons for the sources were arrayed on two screens of 18 sources each, randomized within each screen, as […]
  • About the Study

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    This report is part of a series by the Pew Research Center aimed at understanding the nature and scope of political polarization in the American public, and how it interrelates with government, society and people’s personal lives. Data in this report are drawn from the first wave of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel, […]
  • Section 3: Talking Politics: Leaders vs. Listeners and the Views People Hear

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Conversations with others remain an integral part of how we learn about government and politics. As one respondent stated, “Word of mouth is a large part of how political views are formed.” Said another, “Talking with other residents in our area is a useful way to keep up with local politics.” In general, most adults […]
  • Appendix A: Web vs. Total Sample

    Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    This survey was conducted using the American Trends Panel, a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. As with the American public overall, the vast majority of panel members has web access and has opted to take the surveys online. Indeed, data from the survey for the first report in this polarization series, and from […]
 
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    News

  • Tom Kennedy Named ASMP Executive Director

    2094
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Thomas Russell Kennedy has been named as the new executive director of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).
  • INSIDE TRACKS: The National Geographic Assignment Of A Lifetime

    2094
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    It is a truism of war that it is always better to be a lucky general than a smart one. The same holds true for photojournalists. Being at the right place at the right time, with the right equipment, is what often leads to memorable storytelling.
  • Syracuse Disinvites WashPost Pulitzer Photographer Due To Ebola Fears

    2094
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Michel du Cille of The Washington Post, who returned from covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia 21 days ago and who is symptom free, was asked by Syracuse University officials today not to come to campus where he was scheduled to participate in a journalism program.
  • Services Thursday For Michael Robert Gehrz, 33

    2094
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Michael Robert Gehrz, 33, the son of Minneapolis Star Tribune photojournalist Jim Gehrz, died suddenly Friday, October 10, 2014.
  • The Right To Photograph And Record In Public

    2094
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    You are cordially invited to attend this free panel discussion, sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and the SDX Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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    Online Journalism Blog

  • Why do you optimise content for search and social? 4 reasons and a mnemomic to boot

    Paul Bradshaw
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Background image by mrgarethm Content strategies are one of the many things that used to be the preserve of publishers and editors. We didn’t call it ‘content strategy’ then: we ‘chose angles’ or adopted an ‘editorial approach’. Now of course every journalist is a publisher, an editor, and a distributor. We control our Twitter platform, Facebook page, perhaps a professional blog and other platforms to boot. We are expected to be web first in all sorts of ways. That means new responsibilities. We have to make choices about style, medium, timing and…
  • Hyperlocal Voices: Mark Baynes, Love Wapping

    Damian Radcliffe
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    In our latest interview with hyperlocal practitioners, Damian Radcliffe speaks to Mark Baynes from Love Wapping.  A journalist, professional photographer and user experience designer; Mark explains how his mutual love of data and wildlife has manifested itself in this East London  hyperlocal site. Who are the people behind the blog? Just me! Fortunately I have an odd mix of professional skills that are invaluable for hyperlocal work: photography, journalism, print production and web design and development. Developing the tech structure (WordPress) of the site is not an issue for me so I…
  • Thinking of doing your student project online? Here are 5 mistakes to avoid

    Paul Bradshaw
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:47 am
    Journalism courses often expect students to spend a large part of their final year or semester producing an independent project. Here, for those about to embark on such a project online, or putting together a proposal for one, I list some common pitfalls to watch out for… 1. The volunteer pitfall: contributor-driven websites An increasing number of students are basing their projects on work for websites which rely on unpaid content. These websites can be useful for building experience, contacts and exposure in the first year of an undergraduate journalism course – but as the…
  • Hyperlocal Voices: Jack Davies, Tongwynlais

    Damian Radcliffe
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    We’re back to Wales for the latest interview in our Hyperlocal Voices series; as Jack Davies tells Damian Radcliffe about the community website for Tongwynlais in Cardiff. Launched in Summer 2012, the site covers a village in the north of the Welsh capital. 1. Who were the people behind the blog? I created and continue to run the site entirely on my own. I’ve considered recruiting new contributors but at the moment I have the time and energy to do it myself. 2. What made you decide to set up the blog? I moved to the village three years ago and felt it wasn’t being adequately…
  • 16 reasons why this research will change how you look at news consumption

    Paul Bradshaw
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    Image by Zilverbat Most research on news consumption annoys me. Most research on news consumption – like Pew’s State of the News Media – relies on surveys of people self-reporting how they consume news. But surveys can only answer the questions that they ask. And as any journalist with a decent bullshit detector should know: the problem is people misremember, people forget, and people lie. The most interesting news consumption research uses ethnography: this involves watching people and measuring what they actually do – not what they say they do. To this end…
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • 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…
  • From the brevity files -- how to sound like a tool (again)

    Doug Fisher
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Today's superfluous wording from The State (though the TVs thoughtlessly do this all the time):Lexington County Coroner Earl Wells said Ethan Payne, 13, of Lexington, died after sustaining a single gunshot wound.Or, in plain English: died after being shot once.Do we really want to sound like a tool of the authorities that much? Are we that insecure?
  • Headlines: Where you put the atttibution can be important

    Doug Fisher
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    It's worth some attention to where you put the attribution in a headline.There's this gem from Reuters, courtesy of James Montalbano over at Testy Copy Editors.
  • SC FOIA: The legislative exemption

    Doug Fisher
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    The Nerve has an interesting piece this morning on a big exemption to the state's open-records law as the legislature moves forward to close some holes punched in the FOIA this year by court rulings.This one puts much of the Legislature's correspondence off-limits.It's a tough nut: While I tend to not want to delve into the average Joe's or Jane's plea for help with , say, a workers' comp claim, I sure would like to know if the Koch brothers are trying to influence folks.And this from state Sen. Brad Hutto is a bit disingenous: “Ultimately, all we do is public. ... How we come to a decision…
  • FOIA: Another little chip away in South Carolina - criminal suspects' birthdates

    Doug Fisher
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    S.C. officials will find any way they can to withhold more information, it seems. This from The State newspaper this week:The S.C. Department of Public Safety said it no longer will release the date of birth in incidents the agency handles.Failure to provide that information makes it nearly impossible for the public or the media to determine whether a suspect or victim has a criminal history. SLED requires the public to provide a date of birth to do such a search.The agency’s legal staff cites two state laws to bolster its decision: The Family and Personal Identifying Information Privacy…
 
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    CyberJournalist.net

  • 10 Years Ago Today, Global Voices’ First Post Appeared…

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    10 Years Ago Today, Global Voices’ First Post Appeared… : At 10:03pm on the night of Tuesday October 26, 2004, somewhere in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rebecca MacKinnon, CNN journalist-turned-fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, crossed the last few t’s, dotted the final i’s, and hit the “publish” button on the back end of the WordPress blog her Berkman colleague Ethan Zuckerman had set up a few days before. And so the first Global Voices blog post was born.
  • explore-blog: Science storyteller Diane Ackerman (who was also...

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    explore-blog: Science storyteller Diane Ackerman (who was also Carl Sagan’s favorite poet) on what the future of robots reveals about the human condition – such a gorgeous read. 
  • Do you why there was a starbucks cup in tumblr’s logo?...

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Do you why there was a starbucks cup in tumblr’s logo? Here’s why.
  • This Vertical Life: The Media Models I Admire

    28 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This Vertical Life: The Media Models I Admire: rafat: Verticals have a particular attraction for me, which may have something to do with my general obsessiveness. Picking a topic you’re willing to spend a good number of years in, going deep into it with everything you have, and build the largest and most influential voice in it, that is what I… Great sites to monitor
  • Highlights of Online News Association Conference #ONA14

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Here’s a collections of the best summaries, slides and notes from the 2014 ONA conference. Keynote: Deep Dive into The New York Times Innovation Report Video technology wows online news conference Going Mobile presentation summary Metrics that matter: A Presentation by Chartbeat’s Tony Haile All Eyes on Ferguson discussion Big Impact with Small Teams: Designing a Kick-Ass Process for the Small and Scrappy News App Team Words of advice for news startups Visual journalism for tiny news desks Check back as more links will be added. Please end link submissions to @cyberjournalist on Twitter…
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  • Has open access failed?

    Alice
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    At the Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing in Paris last month, Claudio Aspesi, Senior Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, raised an uncomfortable question. Did the continuing financial health of traditional publishers like Elsevier indicate that open access had “failed”? According to Aspesi, “Expectations that OA will address the serial costs crisis are fading away.” Is Aspesi right? Has open access failed? I certainly don’t think so – but that doesn’t mean the job is done… Defining success When we launched BioMed Central in 2000, the goal was a simple and…
  • How much are nurses worth?

    Julie Fergus
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you ask many people about nurses, they will tell you how caring and kind nurses are. The word “angel” might even appear. Nursing consistently tops the annual Gallup poll comparing the ethics and honesty of different professions. But it’s worth exploring the extent to which society really values nursing. In recent decades, a global nursing shortage has often meant too few nurses to fill open positions, woefully inadequate nurse staffing levels, and not enough funds for nursing education. Many nurses have migrated across the globe, easing shortages in developed nations but exacerbating…
  • What we’ve learned and what we missed

    Barney Cox
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A ten-year anniversary seems an opportune time to take stock. Much has been said already about Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) as it moves into its second decade, and let’s cast the net a bit wider and focus not on OSO, per se, but on what the academic publishing industry has gotten right and what we’ve missed since OSO was in its infancy. The biggest change, of which OSO has been a central component at Oxford University Press, has of course been the transition from a print-centric, manufacturing-based industry to a print-and-online, service-oriented industry. Drawing on that general…
  • Questions surrounding open access licensing

    Alice
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Open access (OA) publishing stands at something of a crossroads. OA is now part of the mainstream. But with increasing success and increasing volume come increasing complexity, scrutiny, and demand. There are many facets of OA which will prove to be significant challenges for publishers over the next few years. Here I’m going to focus on one — licensing — and discuss how the arguments seen over licensing in recent months shine a light on the difference between OA as a movement, and OA as a reality. Today’s authors face a number of conflicting pressures. Publish in a high…
  • Five key moments in the Open Access movement in the last ten years

    Alice
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    In 2014 Oxford University Press celebrates ten years of open access (OA) publishing. In that time open access has grown massively as a movement and an industry. Here we look back at five key moments which have marked that growth. 2004/05 – Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) converts to OA At first glance it might seem parochial to include this here, but as Rich Roberts noted on this blog in 2012, Nucleic Acids Research’s move to open access was truly ‘momentous’. To put it in context, in 2004 NAR was OUP’s biggest owned journal and it was not at all clear that many of the elements…
 
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  • The 2014 Guardian World Cities Day Challenge live

    Chris Michael
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    To celebrate World Cities Day, in conjunction with UN-Habitat, were putting 36 contestants in the hot seat to tell us their citys best idea and why other cities should adopt it. Cheer them on!What exactly is this?Right. And who are the judges?Latest contestants will be listed in the left-hand marginYou can choose to order by oldest first 9.54am GMT A very cool dude.So tell us about these skywalks ... 9.51am GMT Hello! Ha Lo (Chinglish) or Nei Ho (Cantonese)! 9.48am GMT The idea in 10 words: Skywalks that connect districts without touching the ground. 9.45am GMT The judges weigh in ...Dan Hill…
  • Bank of Japan expands monetary stimulus, sending shares soaring and yen tumbling - business live

    Graeme Wearden
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Japans central bank governor warns that the battle against deflation has reached a critical momentBank of Japan expands monetary stimulus <- new readers start hereComing up, eurozone unemployment and inflation data at 10am 9.53am GMT Heads-up.... we get the overall eurozone unemployment, and inflation data, in just under 10 minutes. Economists had hoped that euro area CPI would rise to 0.4%, from 0.3% last month -- but that was before surprisingly weak German price data yesterday.Russia central banks decision in 45'. Trader: "The market is set up for something big either way. The CBR…
  • SuperGroup slumps 9% as warm autumn hits profits

    Nick Fletcher
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    Owner of Superdry fashion brand becomes latest fashion retailer to suffer from weatherNot a good start for SuperGroups new chief executive Euan Sutherland - even though as an ex-Co-op boss he must be used to tackling corporate problems.The company behind the Superdry fashion brand - beloved of the likes of Kate Winslet and David Beckham - has seen its shares slump around 9% after a profit warning.After a strong start to the quarter, September and October have both seen an exceptional period of warm weather across the UK and the rest of Europe which is expected to continue into November.This…
  • EU officials: European inequality can only be tackled with investment

    Tamsin Rutter
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    Austerity measures have been blamed for increasing inequality in Europe as leaders call for focused local government fundingOur London-centric nation is devastatingly unequal. Inner London is the richest region in northern Europe, yet nine out of 10 poorest regions are also in the UK. In fact, the UK is the only country in the G7 group of leading economies where inequality has increased this century.West Wales tops the list of the poorest UK regions. And making up the poorest five northern European regions are Cornwall, Durham and Tees Valley, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Continue…
  • 'The Vow' and the Daily Record - creative journalism or political spin?

    Roy Greenslade
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    The crucial moment during the Scottish referendum campaign was the pledge made by the three English-based party leaders that, in return for voting No, further powers would be devolved to Scotland."There is no official document, it was something that the Daily Record mocked up.""Fact: the three party leaders negotiated and agreed the words used in The Vow.Fact: all three agreed to put their signatures to The Vow. Continue reading...
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    One Man and His Blog

  • Help me. I'm coveting Microsoft technology

    Adam Tinworth
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Wow. It's not often I covet a Microsoft piece of hardware - but the Microsoft Band looks like a really nice bit of kit. It's basically a souped up fitness tracker, that's halfway to being a smartwatch - and it works with the iPhone (and Android and Windows Phone). The design is pretty neat, too: I'm a real convert to fitness trackers. My Jawbone UP24 has helped me get my trouser size down to under a 38 for the first time since my mid-30s, and is helping me get more sleep too. This looks like a real step up from that - for not much more money. I've written more about Microsoft Band on the NEXT…
  • Social media, data journalism and #gamergate

    Adam Tinworth
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    I thought that yesterday's brief post on #gamergate would be all I had to say on the subject - but two really interesting posts caught my attention, that I want to bring to yours. First up, some serious data work. Andy Baio has done the hard work of scraping 3 days of #gamergate and #notyourshield tweets, and done some analysis on them. His central finding is this: Two massive, impenetrable hairballs of people that want little to do with one another, only listening to their side and firing volleys across the chasm. And that's visualised beautifully. He also points out that the average age of…
  • A little summer in autumn

    Adam Tinworth
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    What a remarkably warm and sunlit day that was, for late October. It almost felt like a last gasp of summer - if the light hadn't been so utterly wintery. Heating on soon, I think...
  • Beware Facebookers bearing gifts…

    Adam Tinworth
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    There's a fascinating piece from David Carr on the New York Times website today, looking at the relationship between Facebook and news publishers. But it needs to be read with caution. Some parts of it make me uneasy. It's very much filtered through a "news publishers are important" view of the world, and it makes me question whether Facebook is as committed as Carr suggests. For example: The social network now has over 1.3 billion users — a fifth of the planet’s population and has become a force in publishing because of its News Feed, which has been increasingly fine-tuned to…
  • Obligatory #gamergate post

    Adam Tinworth
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Seriously abbreviated version of the #gamergate mess: A bunch of predominantly male gamers are using "concerns about the ethics of games journalism" as a shield for a series of deeply misogynistic attacks on prominent women developers, critics and even celebrities. Does game journalism have ethics problems? Yes. Are they any worse than those over other branches of journalism? No. However - we in the media might be guilty of one thing: giving the #gamergate supporters too much publicity. As Ryan Cooper points out: […} there aren't that many committed Gamergaters, a few hundred at most.
 
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    The American Prospect

  • They're All Randians Now

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In public opinion, the battle over the Affordable Care Act has come to a stalemate. Depending on how you ask the question, a majority of the public disapproves of the law, but a majority also doesn't agree with Republicans that it should be repealed. On the simple approval question, poll results look just about the same as they did five years ago, which is remarkable given all the fighting over it and everything that has happened, good and bad, in its implementation. But there's something remarkable in this new article in the New England Journal of Medicine that we really need to take notice…
  • Christie 2016: 'Vote For Me Or I'll Punch You Right In Your Stupid Face'

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    All politicians have to deal with hecklers from time to time, and most try to handle it by being polite but firm, using the moments before security reaches the person and hustles them out to say something like: "This is America, and everyone has the right to speak their minds. So you've had your say, and now it's my turn." It allows the politician to show the crowd that he's unflappable and patient, but not intimidated. That is, unless you're Chris Christie, in which case every heckler is an opportunity to show that you're something else: a tough guy who don't take guff from nobody. To wit,…
  • Wisconsin Governor's Race: Referendums Designed to Rebuke Walker to Appear on Election Day Ballots

    Eric Garcia
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on August 8, 2014. Since his election to the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, Scott Walker, together with the Republican-led state legislature, has set out to undo some of the state’s progressive hallmarks, especially its hallowed place in labor history as a trailblazer in collective bargaining for public workers. Having pushed through a loudly contested bill in 2011 that all but ended that practice, Walker and the legislature have gone on to oppose…
  • On Realism, Old and New

    James Mann
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    This article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Though few people realize it, it was Bill Clinton who first uttered the phrase on which U.S. foreign policy has remained so hopelessly fixated ever since. During his 1996 re-election campaign, striving to describe America’s role in the world, Clinton began to speak of this country as the “indispensable nation.” In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention that year, Clinton proclaimed, “We remain the world’s indispensable nation to advance prosperity, peace, and freedom and to keep our…
  • Which Southern State Is Feeling the Brunt of Big Money Election Spending?

    Chris Kromm
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Retired teacher Blaine Heslett and his son Caleb, 15, right, listen as Lee Greenwood delivers his song "God Bless the USA", at a rally for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in Cadiz at the Scott Jolly Farm, Tuesday, October 28, 2014. McConnell is campaigning during the final week before the crucial midterm election that could shift the balance of power in Congress. This article originally appeared on Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's bid to defend her seat against…
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    Nieman Lab

  • Ken Doctor: The New York Times’ financials show the transition to digital accelerating

    Ken Doctor
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Call it an acceleration of the digital transition. Those are the words that best describe this morning’s New York Times Co. Q3 financial report and conference call. Take the month of October — the biggest ad revenue month of the year for the Times. Digital advertising will be up about 15 percent this month, says Times Co. chief financial officer Jim Follo, but print advertising will be down about 10 percent, with total ad revenue down 5 percent. The delta is widening, though these are not placid waters. Choppy or “volatile,” as CEO Mark Thompson said, repeating that word…
  • Before the “teaching hospital model” of journalism education: 5 questions to ask

    Katherine Reed
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thousands of words have been written these past couple of years about “the teaching hospital model” of journalism education, and I’ve read most of them. I’m a stakeholder because I teach reporting in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian, the digital-first, five-day-a-week community newspaper affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism. When Walter Williams created the School of Journalism here in 1908, he was pretty clear about one thing: He didn’t think you could learn journalism without doing it. So we have several working newsrooms here that provide…
  • Controlled chaos: As journalism and documentary film converge in digital, what lessons can they share?

    Liam Andrew
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Documentary film and journalism are, in many ways, rooted in the same traditions. Though focus on narrative often differentiates film from traditional journalism, it helps to remember that the earliest films were straightforward recordings of real life, such as trains pulling into stations Decades after L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat, journalists like Edward R. Murrow made activist films that helped shape the documentary’s focus on social issues, while 1960s direct cinema filmmakers played with a journalistic sense of objectivity and realism. Today, more and more…
  • The near future of First Look’s next site, Racket, looks fuzzy

    Caroline O'Donovan
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Andrew Rice reported for New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer earlier today that Matt Taibbi has gone missing (update: he’s out) from First Look’s New York offices “after disagreements with higher-ups inside Omidyar’s organization,” where he’s supposed to be launching new digital political satire rag Racket. Sources confirmed that Taibbi has been absent from the office for several weeks, only returning on one brief occasion to address the staff. Although those hired have been reassured that the project would continue on during the unspecified term…
  • The newsonomics of the Sun-Times national/local network play

    Ken Doctor
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Coming, officially today, to your hometown: A templatized, national/local, ready-to-go network of 70 news sites and apps that aim to make use of all the au courant digital news business knowledge of the day. It’s called the Sun-Times Network, and it’s the latest attempt to try to do local news at a national scale. It’s turnkey. The big question: who exactly will open the door? These new metro-wide sites have been loosed in the Android and iOS app stores, at least one for each of the 50 states, and covering the top 50 metro areas. The goal: to build a fast-scaling national ad…
 
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    Failure Magazine's Feature Articles

  • Robert Morris’s Folly

    jzasky@aol.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    How Robert Morris went from being an essential to nearly-forgotten Founding Father.
  • The Twenty-Seventh of May 1977

    jzasky@aol.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Journalist Lara Pawson attempts to explain what happened in Angola on 27 May 1977—and its profound effect on the Angolan people in the decades since.
  • Statue of Liberty: The Untold Story

    jzasky@aol.com
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The Statue of Liberty was not a gift from the French government, for one.
  • United Flight 232

    jzasky@aol.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Twenty-five years ago this month, United Airlines Flight 232—scheduled from Denver to Philadelphia via Chicago—crash-landed at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 112 people. The outcome could have been worse.
  • Gruesome Spectacles

    jzasky@aol.com
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    Botched executions are up since 1980, suggesting that technology has failed to make the process more reliable and humane.
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    Common Sense Journalism

  • 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…
  • From the brevity files -- how to sound like a tool (again)

    3 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Today's superfluous wording from The State (though the TVs thoughtlessly do this all the time):Lexington County Coroner Earl Wells said Ethan Payne, 13, of Lexington, died after sustaining a single gunshot wound.Or, in plain English: died after being shot once.Do we really want to sound like a tool of the authorities that much? Are we that insecure?
  • Headlines: Where you put the atttibution can be important

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    It's worth some attention to where you put the attribution in a headline.There's this gem from Reuters, courtesy of James Montalbano over at Testy Copy Editors.
  • SC FOIA: The legislative exemption

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    The Nerve has an interesting piece this morning on a big exemption to the state's open-records law as the legislature moves forward to close some holes punched in the FOIA this year by court rulings.This one puts much of the Legislature's correspondence off-limits.It's a tough nut: While I tend to not want to delve into the average Joe's or Jane's plea for help with , say, a workers' comp claim, I sure would like to know if the Koch brothers are trying to influence folks.And this from state Sen. Brad Hutto is a bit disingenous: “Ultimately, all we do is public. ... How we come to a decision…
  • FOIA: Another little chip away in South Carolina - criminal suspects' birthdates

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    S.C. officials will find any way they can to withhold more information, it seems. This from The State newspaper this week:The S.C. Department of Public Safety said it no longer will release the date of birth in incidents the agency handles.Failure to provide that information makes it nearly impossible for the public or the media to determine whether a suspect or victim has a criminal history. SLED requires the public to provide a date of birth to do such a search.The agency’s legal staff cites two state laws to bolster its decision: The Family and Personal Identifying Information Privacy…
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    Pacific Standard

  • I Should Have Told My High School Students About My Struggle With Drinking

    Danny Meyer
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In the five years I spent as a history, health, and ethics teacher in Chicago and Miami, my students confided in me a lot. They told me about boyfriend betrayal and broken hearts, unfair parents and annoying siblings. I always listened. And I always did my best to empathize. I didn’t feel it was necessary to pass them off to another school professional who was already overwhelmed with schedule changes, truancy reports, and standardized test coordination. I could be present for them as both a teacher and person, as a trusted adult and a co-habitant of the world. So I leaned in and let it…
  • How Dark Money Got a Mining Company Everything It Wanted

    Theodoric Meyer
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When billionaire Chris Cline’s company bought an option to mine a swath of northern Wisconsin in 2010, the company touted the project’s potential to bring up to 700 well-paid jobs to a hard-pressed part of the state. But the Florida-based company wanted something in return for its estimated $1.5 billion investment—a change to Wisconsin law to speed up the iron mining permit process. So, Cline officials courted state legislators and hired lobbyists. And, unbeknownst to Wisconsin voters and lawmakers, the company waged a more covert campaign, secretly funding a non-profit advocacy…
  • The Halloween Industrial Complex

    Kyle Chayka
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s easy to tell on the Internet when it’s getting close to Halloween. Whatever viral phenomena happens to be bouncing around at the moment—Rob Ford, Beyoncé, Balloon Kid—gets transmogrified into the world’s stupidest last-minute costume, often with the adjective “sexy” appended to the front. Hence the existence of the Sexy Ebola Nurse costume, available for around $50 from some of your finest online retailers. That specific costume might be a joke, but the Halloween costume industrial complex is not. As may also be evidenced from the costume shops that pop up in empty…
  • Sky’s the Limit: The Case for Selling Air Rights

    Scott Beyer
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    MARTA, the regional transit service in Atlanta, Georgia, would not be anyone’s initial idea of a solvent government agency. Operating without state funding, it runs four rail lines and numerous buses across a sprawling, automobile-oriented region, carrying with it a reputation for tardiness and mismanagement. Just several years ago, it was running $25-30 million annual deficits but has turned around its finances under new leadership, and is expected to produce future surpluses. How? The new-found money will come partly because of changes like digitizing some services and lessening the…
  • Cycles of Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System

    Lauren Kirchner
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Discussions about how to reform the criminal justice system—whether through sentence-reduction proposals for low-level crimes, or limiting the use of data analysis in making sentencing decisions, or fighting voter disenfranchisement—all have one talking point in common. When an overzealous criminal justice system causes harm, it disproportionately harms minorities, because minorities are disproportionately represented at every stage of the system. These are oft-cited statistics, and for good reason: Although black and Hispanic Americans make up only 30 percent of the general population,…
 
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    ProPublica: Articles and Investigations

  • Somebody’s Already Using Verizon’s ID to Track Users

    ProPublica
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    by Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson Twitter's mobile advertising arm enables its clients to use a hidden, undeletable tracking number created by Verizon to track user behavior on smartphones and tablets. Does Your Phone Company Track You? Check for Tracking CodeClick from your smartphone or tablet (with Wi-Fi turned off) to see if your telecom provider is adding a tracking number. We don't save any information. Al Shaw and Jonathan Stray, ProPublica Your personal tracking code is token This is being sent by your carrier to every site you visit using this device. You are not being tracked by your…
  • In Private Papers, A More Candid Tim Geithner Speaks Out

    ProPublica
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    by Jeff Gerth Pop quiz: Which high-profile official faulted the Obama administration for the following botched responses to the financial crisis? 1) Policing bad banks: "The enforcement response we sought came way more slowly than would have been ideal ... and (inevitably) fell far short of what people thought would be appropriate ... 2) A mortgage task force Obama announced in his 2012 State of the Union speech "was not about the average individual victims, but more the fights among the consenting adults that had sold and bought mortgage securities that performed badly." 3) The government's…
  • 10 Disturbing Things ProPublica Learned Investigating the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Efforts

    ProPublica
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    ProPublica Read Story Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comment Donate 10 Disturbing Things ProPublica/NPR Learned Investigating the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Efforts While the Red Cross called its response nearly “flawless,” a ProPublica investigation uncovered a much different version of events. See document: Red Cross “Lessons Learned” presentation For example, children were sheltered next to sex offenders. The Red Cross took emergency vehicles away from aid work and used them as props at press events… (The charity disputes this. See the story for more…
  • The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster

    ProPublica
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    by Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger ProPublica Key Findings Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comment Donate (Photo: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images) The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster by Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, and Laura Sullivan, NPR October 29, 2014 In 2012, two massive storms pounded the United States, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks. Americans did what they so often do after disasters. They sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, confident their money would ease the…
  • Ask ProPublica Anything About the Red Cross and Its Secret Sandy Disaster

    ProPublica
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    by Terry Parris Jr In April, we asked the American Red Cross how it spent $312 million raised after Superstorm Sandy (a fundraising campaign that included a star-studded benefit concert). In June, they told us those spending details were a “trade secret.” In August, the charity reversed its stance, offering some new insights but stopping short of detailing exactly where the money was spent. Now, internal documents and exclusive interviews provide a troubling account of the iconic charity’s disaster relief efforts. Americans flooded the Red Cross with donations after Sandy,…
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    Reporting on Health

  • Code Unknown: Mother discovers a secret donor history and frightening health future

    William Heisel
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Miranda Dyer started life as an athlete, so it didn’t make sense when a flight of stairs left her winded. Basic tasks made her feel exhausted. This would last for weeks and then go away. She tried to just not think about it, but it seemed to be getting worse over time.
  • Workplace Safety: As economy recovers, workplace deaths rise

    ddanelski
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    An analysis of federal workplace accident data found that more people die while on job in California's Riverside and San Bernardino counties when economic times are good. State regulators say safety should now be foremost as more people re-enter the workforce.
  • Let's talk: a closer look at social anxiety disorder.

    ladcock
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Earlier this year, I shut down at the Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Denver. What makes me crumble like this? I don’t know, but I have a hunch: I’m pretty sure I have a social phobia.
  • Amid doc shortage fears, new forecasting tool helps predict supply

    kschmitt
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In recent years, there's been growing concern that a lack of doctors will keep newly insured patients from accessing care. Now, a new tool can predict the supply of physicians and help journalists ask and answer new questions from the data. Fresh story ideas abound.
  • Amid demographic shift, Calif.’s Latino children face obstacles to health

    RyanWhite
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    While Latino children may have reached majority status in California, they still face greater challenges in accessing care and healthy environments than their white peers. A new report finds especially large health disparities among kids from Spanish-speaking households.
 
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    SixEstate

  • Brand Journalism: An Overlooked Opportunity to Make the World Better

    Katie McCaskey
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    PRO TIP: Lead with almost anything except calling people stupid. Seems obvious, but as PR consultant Lou Hoffman humorously points out, a recent Financial Times article might be summarized as “You’re Too Stupid to Figure Out Journalism from Propaganda.” Hoffman critiques the article and addresses its assertions one by one. Many who practice or sell journalism, capital “J,” have more than a few gripes about brand journalism. Many of these complaints are familiar to readers of this blog, such as: “Well, it isn’t real journalism” Gathering…
  • Brand Journalism That Rejects Page Views

    Katie McCaskey
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    At present the focus of much brand journalism is on page views: how to track them, increase them, and lengthen engagement time. After all, if journalism is supporting a brand’s mission, doesn’t it make sense to aggressively get as many eyeballs as possible? Not necessarily, suggests a new venture called Latterly. The “kickstarter journalism” startup will focus on a niche audience paying a small fee every month to read a very narrowly focused reporting. In the words of VentureBeat’s Jordan Novet, Latterly “doesn’t care about page views one bit.”…
  • Brand Journalism in an Age of Responsive Design

    Katie McCaskey
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    What’s black, white, and red all over? A newspaper, goes the old joke. Within the context of digital ink our question is now, what’s next? Not so long ago “what’s next” was responsive design. No more. “Responsive design” describes the ability for a webpage to be viewed across multiple devices, for example, from laptop, to phone, to tablet. While that’s been convenient for delivering news and media to multiple devices it has unintentionally caused a problem — a design problem. The problem is that most websites use the same template over…
  • Brand Journalism, Then and Now

    Katie McCaskey
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Brand journalism is not brand-centric, but a brand journalist’s job includes figuring out how to seamlessly weave in a brand presence.” That’s Tip #6 in this chipper video about the “now” of branded, err, make that un-branded content. Marketing professionals are increasingly accepting that un-branded content is the way forward. As summarized by MediaSource, the makers of this video: [We can] expand your story by developing meaningful content and delivering real journalism that can be leveraged across both company-owned and earned media. Evolution of Brand…
  • Like-Gating and SSL: Changes Loom From Google and Facebook

    George Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Planning a Facebook promotion to increase your likes? You may want to do some research first. Facebook has updated developer policies and is implementing a ban on incentives to like a Facebook page. Here are the paragraphs of note: You must not incentivize people to use social plugins or to like a Page. This includes offering rewards, or gating apps or app content based on whether or not a person has liked a Page. It remains acceptable to incentivize people to login to your app, checkin at a place or enter a promotion on your app’s Page. To ensure quality connections and help businesses…
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    Joe Gullo

  • Survey: Only 6% of Hospitals Well Prepared to Treat Ebola

    Joe Gullo
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    A survey by the Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) found that only 6% of hospitals were well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus. Of those surveyed, about 5% stated they were not prepared. The remaining responses reported various levels of preparedness. APIC says facilities should focus on three aspects of infection prevention, personnel; training; technology and equipment, in order to effectively protect healthcare workers, patients, and the public. “We know that many hospitals do not have enough staff dedicated to infection prevention and control,”…
  • Google Adds Mobile Usability Tracking to Webmaster Tools

    Joe Gullo
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    As smart phone users continue to grow, Google is giving web managers tools to track mobile usability for their websites. Mobile Usability will show mobile usability issues that Google has identified with your website. Google says they’re looking for “a mobile-friendly site is one that you can easily read & use on a smartphone, by only having to scroll up or down. Swiping left/right to search for content, zooming to read text and use UI elements, or not being able to see the content at all make a site harder to use for users on mobile phones.” Here is a sample Mobile…
  • You Can Now Search With Emojis on Bing

    Joe Gullo
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Emojis help add some flavor to our text messages, tweets, and comments. Now Search Engine Bing allows you to search using emojis on Bing. Bing says with this new feature, you can search using an emoji and Bing will return results based on the semantic meaning of the emoji. You can use one emoji,multiple emojis, and mix them with words in searches. Bing Are Emojis Replacing Text? Back in June, I wrote an article on whether emojis are replacing text. I argue that emojis are like texting shorthand (LOL, TTYL) and will slowly replace words. At a minimum, they help add context and emotion to…
  • Report: Facebook Primary Social Channel to Share Content

    Joe Gullo
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Social networking websites allow us to not only connect with our friends, family, and brands, but they also allow us to post and share content. According to eMarketer, 55% of Millennials and 70% of total Internet users shared content on Facebook. Twitter was the second most shared social network both for Millennials and all interent users. Data: eMarketer Add this to Your Site <iframe src="http://www.joegullo.net/interactive/charts/socialnetworkposting.html" width="600" height="450" scrolling="no" seamless=""></iframe> Before embedding, please read the terms of use. The results…
  • How People Are Searching For Ebola

    Joe Gullo
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Searching for information is a way scientists and health officials can track human behavior and even health conditions. Google and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up to track influenza across the United States by using search terms. See how it works: While Ebola is not as easily spread as the flu, Google shares similar information about search terms. Looking at how people are searching can help officials provide spread information about Ebola that people are looking for. The Human Behavior of Looking Up Health Information The internet is a great resource for…
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    The Hungry and Foolish

  • How Apple Pay Works

    Kevin Wild
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Great explanation of how Apple Pay actually works.From the article:One of the objections I’ve seen to Apple Pay is “How is it faster/easier than just sliding my card?” The truth is, it isn’t always. It’s rarely going to take longer than sliding a card, but it’s not always going to be radically faster either. However, it is much, much more secure. Merchants simply can’t be trusted with your card number, and the only real solution is to never give it to them. Apple Pay solves that, and it does so in a way that embraces industry standards and is easy and maybe even a…
  • AT&T Locks Apple SIM to Their Network

    Kevin Wild
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Carriers, by definition, are a necessary evil.Permalink
  • The iPad Air 2 Review

    Kevin Wild
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    I didn't pick up an iPad Air 2, but nonetheless, I was interested to see what John Gruber had to say about the new changes (especially considering he is a fan of the 'left-behind' iPad Mini).What I found most interesting about the iPad Air 2 is how much Apple was able to push performance forward:The iPad is no longer following in the wake of the iPhone, performance- and specs-wise. It’s forging ahead. With 2 GB of RAM, it’s a year ahead of the iPhone (we hope) in that department. Performance-wise it’s fast enough to replace a MacBook Air for many, many people.I truly believe this is the…
  • The Difference 30 Years Makes

    Kevin Wild
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    It's easy to see how far technology has come when looking back:When first released in 1984, the Apple Macintosh shipped with a black-and-white 512 x 342 display. Fast forward 30 years to the release of the iMac with Retina 5K display, which ships with a 5,120 x 2,880 display with support for millions of colours. That’s an increase from 175,000 pixels to more than 14.7 million – an 8,400% increase. 80 of the original Macintosh displays fit within a single Retina 5K display.Just amazing.Permalink
  • The SIM Card Is About To Die

    Kevin Wild
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Finally, with the iPad Air 2 and mini 3, Apple has decided to start making its move by using a reprogrammable SIM that can be taken from carrier to carrier, switching networks and pricing plans through user-friendly software alone.Within a year or two, you'll probably never see a SIM card in an Apple product again. You may not even see a tray.We can only hope.Permalink
 
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    Bryan Smith

  • My Changing Views On Tech

    Bryan Smith
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    As a tech-writer, I'm acutely aware of the fanboy wars which rage across the internet. I've never much subscribed to them. I have always felt that I should be most interested in the brand that, to me, offers the best products. For a great deal of time, that was Apple, and it was a good run. But, let's be frank, that's no longer.
  • Violence in Vrygrond: Taxi violence erupts, roads closed

    Bryan Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    Early morning on Tuesday the 16th of September saw a series of armed protests occur on Vrygrond Avenue, reaching into Prince George Drive and Oudevlei road, in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Demonstrators, toyi-toying in the Vrygrond Ave. and Prince George intersection, pelted police and the vehicles of residents with stones, lit rubber tyre barricades, and fired…Read more Violence in Vrygrond: Taxi violence erupts, roads closed
  • Week In Quotes: May 2 – May 15

    Bryan Smith
    15 May 2014 | 11:26 am
    “It is the ministers’ view that the public protector’s report and the investigation she conducted trespass on the separation of powers doctrine and… Section 198(d) of the Constitution which vests national security in Parliament and national executive,” – Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Government Communication and Information System, Phumla Williams, on the decision for…Read more Week In Quotes: May 2 – May 15
  • Evening at Zandvlei: A Photo Essay

    Bryan Smith
    12 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    Filed under: News
  • Week In Quotes: March 15 – May 2

    Bryan Smith
    2 May 2014 | 10:58 am
    “The ANC was voted in, now there is a chance to vote the ANC out. There is no other way.” – Democratic Alliance Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, whilst campaigning for the upcoming May 7th National Election “The search will take probably in the order of eight months, maybe eight to 12 months if we…Read more Week In Quotes: March 15 – May 2
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