Juergen Todenhoefer, 74, spent 10 days in Isis-controlled territory: what he discovered

Independent.co.uk :: The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West realises.

Read Adam Withnall, www.independent.co.uk

Twitter ventures into ad sales in Russia

AdAge :: Twitter has started to sell advertising in Russia, shrugging off regulatory hurdles and a slowing economy as part of a push to add revenue outside the U.S.

Read Staff, Bloomberg News, adage.com

No tragedy if Wimbledon is served up by pay TV instead of BBC

Guardian :: Real tennis fans already have to wander the cable byways of ITV and Eurosport to get proper television coverage of the tennis grand slams. Would it make any difference if one more championship crossed the road - except for finals weekend?

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Although it recorded a much-trumpeted operating profit of £1.7m, the Times still made a pre-tax loss

Guardian :: The shrunken version of News Corp turns out to be in a £3.5m operating-loss hole that is a little too deep for comfort.

Read Peter Preston, www.theguardian.com

Tumblr on Tumblr's video posts: Authenticity wins fans

eMarketer :: Yahoo set off to make social media platform Tumblr a more viable destination for video advertising in October 2014 with the launch of an upgraded video player.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

The teens behind EarthPix and other viral Twitter feeds go legit

GigaOM :: Earlier this year, a piece in The Atlantic disclosed the names of the geniuses behind a series of massively-popular Twitter accounts, including Earth Pics and History In Pics — each with over a million followers. Were they former journalists, or staffers at a science magazine? No. They were teenagers.

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com


How can you make a nearly $100k journalism masters degree worthwhile in the post-grad world? Teach data science

Re/code :: Columbia students are wrapping up their first semester at a new data journalism certification course called the Lede Program, a radical initiative to teach reporters how to code and graph.

Read Nellie Bowles, recode.net