Veracruz officials say abducted journalist found dead

CPJ :: The decapitated body of Mexican journalist José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was found early Saturday in Veracruz state, according to a statement from the state attorney general's office. 

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org

AP's 'robot journalists' are writing their own stories now

The Verge :: Minutes after Apple released its record-breaking quarterly earnings this week, the Associated Press published (by way of CNBC, Yahoo, and others) "Apple tops Street 1Q forecasts." It's a story without a byline, or rather, without a human byline.

Read Ross Miller, www.theverge.com

Azerbaijan continues press crackdown with jail term and arrest extension

CPJ :: The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to end their crackdown on the press after a five-year sentence was handed to reporter Seymur Hazi, according to news reports.

Read Staff, Committee to Protect Journalists, cpj.org


Peter Greste: Mother Lois says rumours of his release from Egyptian prison make for 'grim days

Radio Australia :: The mother of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste says while her son is coping well in an Egyptian jail, rumours of his imminent release are getting him down.

Read Staff, Radio Australia, www.radioaustralia.net.au

How Putin secretly conquered Russia's social media over the past 3 years

Global Voices :: For many years, the Internet was Russia’s last beacon of honesty. That’s no longer the case. Over the past three years, a social-media army fielded by the Kremlin has stormed what was once a stronghold for people who seek a “Russia without Putin.” Here’s how it happened.

Read Ilya Klishin, globalvoicesonline.org

Emily Bell: we are seeing the tabloidisation of everything

Guardian :: The 12th annual Hugh Cudlipp lecture, as delivered by the director of Columbia University’s Tow centre for digital journalism.

Read Emily Bell, www.theguardian.com

NYC Space/Time Directory (nypl.org)

New York City Space/Time :: A discovery tool linking cultural heritage material (photographs, newspapers, business directories, literary references, census data, and much more) in historical and geographic context.

Read Staff, New York City Space/Time, spacetime.nypl.org