Student journalists can take advantage of changing landscape - MyCentralJersey.com

MyCentralJersey.com :: To be a sports writer, here is what you need: A love of sports and a means to communicate. Teenagers always had the first part. Increasingly, they have the latter.

Read Jerry Carino, www.mycentraljersey.com


Judge orders Philadelphia newspaper ownership group to dissolve

Wall Street Journal :: The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News will be put up for sale again, this time at a "private, 'English-style,' open outcry auction" among the newspapers' current owners.

Read Peg Brickley, goo.gl

Storyscapes: Immersive journalism takes you inside the news

Turn Style News :: Journalist Nonny de la Peña has been pioneering the use of virtual reality to tell documentary stories for years now.

Read Noah J Nelson, turnstylenews.com

Bloggers also under pressure as press freedom situation worsens in Azerbaijan

WAN-IFRA :: Journalists and bloggers who dare to criticize the authorities or cover risky topics such as human rights abuses and corruption face a range of pressures, including harassment, intimidation, threats, blackmail, violent attack, and imprisonment.

Read Rebecca Vincent, blog.wan-ifra.org

The disturbing tally of activists and journalists tortured or killed in Ukraine

The Wire :: While the conflict in Ukraine has so far avoid spilling over into all-out warfare, a different kind of violence — personal and often brutal — has been taking a place a smaller scale, much of it directed at journalists trying to tell a story.

Read Danielle Wiener-Bronner, www.thewire.com

Philadelphia newspapers to be sold to insiders

New York Times :: A judge ruled Friday that The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com would be sold at an auction open only to its existing owners.

Read Ravy Somiya, www.nytimes.com

Washington Post praises rival NYT for China story

Poynter :: The Washington Post took the unusual step of praising its competitor, The New York Times, for the latter’s story on the wealthy relatives of one of China’s most prominent political figures.

Read Sandra Oshiro, www.poynter.org


How censorship works in China's media

Aeon Magazine :: Yet three years after I graduated, I sold out to the Chinese government. Cheaply. I didn’t realise the ink was dry on the bill of sale until well after I’d collected my booby prize.

Read Leslie Anne Jones, aeon.co

How censorship works in China's media

Aeon Magazine :: Yet three years after I graduated, I sold out to the Chinese government. Cheaply. I didn’t realise the ink was dry on the bill of sale until well after I’d collected my booby prize.

Read Leslie Anne Jones, aeon.co

Twitter tests ‘Significant engagement’ notifications in its iOS app

The Next Web :: Twitter is testing a new feature called “Significant engagement” in its iOS app. The company describes these achievements as “Important or higher than usual engagement with your account or Tweets.”

Read Emil Protalinski, thenextweb.com

Local TV plan on the rocks as funding frozen, while London Live head quits (Neil Midgley/Guardian)

Guardian :: Jeremy Hunt's scheme unravelling as BBC delays £25m payment; Stefano Hatfield out after disastrous ratings.

Read Neil Midgley, www.theguardian.com

Good journalism ruled by head not heart

The Age :: But after too many months of bitter accusations of bias, prejudice and lack of "batting for the home team", it's time to recall the forgotten figure of the mugwump. The non-partisan observer of politics.

Read Julia Baird, www.theage.com.au

Cross-device, mobile measurement, real-time bidding (RTB) optimization tops media pros' focus

MediaPost :: Cross-device and mobile measurement, as well as real-time bidding (RTB) optimization, are the digital media topics that are top of mind for many media professionals these days -- replacing social media and video advertising, per a recent study.

Read Laurie Sullivan, www.mediapost.com

France 24's trusted volunteer corp

Columbia Journalism Review :: When a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in 2010, igniting the Arab Spring, France 24 interviewed a man named Slimane Rouissi, who lived in the vendor's town.

Read Michael Shanahan, www.cjr.org

Former Tumblr president John Maloney is now Circa’s new president

Recode :: What do you do after you help a young CEO build a giant digital property? Take a couple years off, then try doing it again.

Read Peter Kafka, recode.net

Twitter & Yahoo strike deal to boost promoted tweets in Japan

Twitter just cozied up big time with Yahoo Japan. Today Twitter announced it will integrate its promoted tweet and promoted account campaigns directly into Yahoo Japan’s “Promotion Ads Campaign Management Tool.”

Read Harrison Weber, venturebeat.com

Journalism in Vietnam: challenges and opportunities

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism :: Vietnam does not rate very high on the world press freedom index, just slightly above Syria but below Zimbabwe. However, it would be a mistake to judge Vietnamese journalists by that fact alone. Fortunately, the story does not end there.


Read Stephen Whittle, reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk

BuzzFeed's international vice president Scott Lamb talks about The Bored Network

WAN-IFRA :: “When I started BuzzFeed, we had no idea what we were doing initially,” said Scott Lamb, BuzzFeed’s international vice president. “We just tried a lot of different things.” Well, the philosophy of giving new things a go has certainly helped the company famous for its listicles.


Read Satish Cheney, blog.wan-ifra.org

Paying for online news: What we have learned from the Telegraph's metered paywall one year on

PressGazette :: They aren’t exactly doing hand-stands at the Telegraph over the performance of their metered paywall one year on.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

How journalism promotes the Internet's shadiest scams

Priceonomics :: If you read articles and blog posts online, you’ve noticed them. Below the article, in the space where publishers often link to additional articles, are links to an odd mishmash of content.

Read Alex Mayyasi, priceonomics.com

2 journalists in Lebanon are charged by Tribunal

New York Times :: The international tribunal dealing with the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri of Lebanon has charged two leading Lebanese journalists with contempt of court and obstruction of justice over the publication of confidential information about possible witnesses for the prosecution.

Read Marlise Simons, www.nytimes.com

Twitter wants to be your TV

Businessweek :: Twitter aims to take advantage of the sales strength of media companies that have more established relationships with sponsors.

Read Brad Stone, www.businessweek.com

Journalists' sources are no longer safe in Australia (Paul Farrell/Guardian)

Guardian :: Can government agencies instantaneously track down journalists’ sources? It's looking more and more likely, and it's a dangerous state of affairs.

Read Paul Farrell, www.theguardian.com

Storyful's verification tech could stop fake news from spreading on Facebook

TechCrunch :: Twitter is the king of real time news, but people’s eagerness to retweet juicy stories sometimes outweighs their willingness to verify the facts first, leading them to parrot misinformation.

Read Josh Constine, techcrunch.com


Automattic buys Scroll Kit, a code-free website builder that once got legal heat from the NYT

TechCrunch :: WordPress maker Automattic’s acquisition spree to build out its platform continues apace. Today comes news that it has acquired Scroll Kit, a New York-based startup.

Read Ingrid Lunden, techcrunch.com

Science can tell you if your Instagram photos are going to be popular

DailyDot :: What makes a great Instagram photo? How about a winning Tinder profile picture? People are willing to go far in pursuit of the perfect selfie or a viral post.

Read Kate Knibbs, www.dailydot.com

Google+ head Vic Gundotra leaving company

Recode :: Vic Gundotra, who aggressively led Google into the social world with the creation of Google+, is leaving the company.

Read Liz Gannes, Kara Swisher, recode.net

Forecast: Local TV ads to rise 8% in 2014

Traditional local TV station advertising revenue in 2014 will score solid high-single-digit percentage gains versus the year before -- with growing digital advertising adding to its revenue totals.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

New York Times reports first ad revenue increase in three years

AdAge :: The New York Times saw a 3.4% increase in advertising revenue during the first quarter, the company reported Thursday, breaking a three-year losing streak of ad-sales declines.

Read Michael Sebastian, adage.com

Hey wonk reporters, liberate your data!

Mother Jones :: When it comes to data journalism, everyone's a critic.

Read Simon Rogers, www.motherjones.com

Journalism’s hiring transparency problem

CJR :: Why do publications make it so hard to figure out what they’re looking for?

Read Ann Friedman, www.cjr.org

What media buyers are looking for at the NewFronts

Digiday :: The NewFronts, publishers’ annual dog-and-pony show for digital video, has hit a new peak. This year, a motley crew of 21 companies from Yahoo to Google to Condé Nast and Time Inc. will try to convince media buyers to fork over cash for placements in their upcoming programming. The only question: Who will come out on top?

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Native ad measurement grows up and gets engaged

Digiday :: Here’s how some publishers (and brands) are measuring the success of their native ads. One key takeaway? Forget clicks: it's the engagement, stupid.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Publish Asia 2014 kicks-off in Hong Kong amid press freedom concerns

WAN-IFRA :: The issue of press freedom was highlighted at the launch of Publish Asia 2014 event in Hong Kong where some 400 key global media executives are gathered at Shangri-La Kowloon to discuss the future of journalism.

Read Satish Cheney, blog.wan-ifra.org

Pakistan's Geo TV in trouble for accusing ISI over attack on journalist Hamid Mir

NDTV :: Pakistan's Defence Ministry today moved to cancel private news channel Geo TV's license, saying that it has accused the ISI of attacking journalist Hamid Mir, without evidence.

Read Zoya Anna Thomas, www.ndtv.com

State gives syndicate 100 bulletproof vests and helmets for journalists

Mada Masr :: In light of increased casualties and fatalities amongst journalists in Egypt, President of the Journalists Syndicate Diaa Rashwan announced the receipt of 100 bulletproof vests and helmets for field reporters on Tuesday, provided by the government.

Read Staff, Mada Masr, madamasr.com


What will become of the library?

Slate :: A library without books was once unthinkable. Now it seems almost inevitable.

Read Michael Agresta, www.slate.com

Crowd-funding is improving journalism in China

The Economist :: Liu Jianfeng began his career as an investigative reporter with noble ideals about serving the public interest. After 20 years in the job, even working for some of China’s more outspoken publications, he felt increasingly manipulated.

Read Staff, The Economist, www.economist.com

How ‘communicating imperfection’ can increase readers’ trust in journalists

Poynter :: After studying corrections from three newspapers in different parts of the world, Zohar Kampf and Efrat Daskal concluded that journalists don’t “understand the great ethical potential in corrections.”

Read Craig Silverman, www.poynter.org

News agency faces legal action after naming convicted blackmailer in Austrian court case

PressGazette :: A British news agency based in Austria is facing legal action from a convicted blackmailer for using his full name in a news report.

Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Anonymous sources: leaving journalism’s false god behind

Poynter :: John Christie, editor in chief of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, delivered the following Donald M. Murray Lecture to the University of New Hampshire on April 1.

Read John Christie, www.poynter.org

Is there an ad model for explainer journalism?

Digiday :: The sudden rise of explainer journalism may have been good for the masses. But whether there’s a real advertising case for these wonky new sites needs some, well, explaining.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

LinkedIn woos brands as publishers

Digiday :: Bloomberg, CBS and IDG are just a few of the publishers to become official LinkedIn partners as the professional network tries to become the go-to destination for business news and enterprise marketing.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

WhatsApp doubles its numbers in India in past 6 months, now has 50 million active users

Tech in Asia :: WhatsApp now has 48 million monthly active users in India. Rounding that up to 50 million, that’s double the 25 million it had in India five and a half months ago.

Read Steven Millward, www.techinasia.com

Creating a new brand for financial news, in Michigan of all places

Nieman Lab :: Carl Icahn is not pleased. On this Monday morning in early March the activist investor is taking to CNBC to respond to eBay after it rejected his bid to remove some members of its board.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org


Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been taken by militia in Eastern Ukraine

Mashable :: Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been taken by militia in Eastern Ukraine, Mashable has learned.

Read Brian Ries, mashable.com

Kinetica is a new system that lets you play with data with your fingers

TechCrunch :: Ph.D. students at CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute have created a system that lets you slide certain subsets of data out of a chart, order data along arbitrary lines, and even create charts and graphs with a quick swipe.

Read John Biggs, techcrunch.com

The Upshot vs Vox vs FiveThirtyEight: is the market for explanatory journalism large enough?

GigaOM :: With the launch of The Upshot from the New York Times, there are now three major sites going after the "explanatory journalism" market. Each has its own unique flavor, but is the market for that kind of content really large enough to support that many sites?

Read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

Tumblr study says it has more social TV activity than Twitter

Lost Remote :: Twitter got its ad business off the ground by selling marketers on the premise that its service complements TV, and now it appears that Tumblr is treading a similar path.

Read Cotton Delo, adage.com

Why Vox (and other news orgs) could use a librarian

Nieman Lab :: When you commit to explaining the important issues in the news, you commit to a life of updating. What’s the best way to manage a corpus of news knowledge with an uncertain half-life?

Read Craig Silverman, www.niemanlab.org

Datameer update brings instant visualization to Big Data analytics

TechCrunch :: Datameer’s latest update has an interesting twist, literally. As you can see by the GIF above, as you work with data in Datameer’s analytics tool, when you click a button, the screen turns revealing a visualization of the data on-screen in real time.

Read Ron Miller, techcrunch.com

Native ads get their own exchange on Twitter’s massive MoPub network

VentureBeat :: Nearly six months after its acquisition, Twitter owned MoPub is opening a mobile-focused native ad exchange to the public. This launch arrives months after MoPub first began testing the service with a limited number of publishers.

Read Harrison Weber, venturebeat.com

Pakistan's most prominent journalist shot by gunman in Karachi

CJR :: An apparent assassination attempt on Hamid Mir illustrates the price that comes with the higher profile and influence of the news media in Pakistan

Read Shahan Mufti, www.cjr.org

Egypt: the world watches as journalism goes on trial

Guardian :: The continued detention of Australian Peter Greste and his colleagues sends a message to all journalists working in Egypt: 'no one is safe.'

Read Mohamed Lotfy, www.theguardian.com

Netflix comes out against the Comcast-TWC merger, says it will hurt the open Internet

VentureBeat :: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made it clear during today’s quarterly earnings video conference that his company is against the tentative merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

Read Tom Cheredar, venturebeat.com

Three journalists detained in Somaliland

Guardian :: Three journalists have been arrested in Somaliland for attending a conference deemed by the authorities to be a threat to the region's peace and security.

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

The New York Times explains its new explainer site

Digiday :: There's no shortage of explainer sites out there. Now, The New York Times is jumping into the fray with The Upshot, its new politics and policy website. The Times's David Leonhardt explains how this explainer site will be different from other explainer journalism offerings.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Aereo Supreme Court case: what’s at stake — local news included

Poynter :: The cast of characters fighting Aereo gives you a hint of how important the case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET is to the future of broadcasting.

Read Al Tompkins, www.poynter.org

Twitter blocks two accounts critical of Turkish govt

RT :: Twitter executives have admitted that the company has blocked two Turkish social media accounts which were used to leak secret government documents and accuse authorities of widespread corruption.

Read Staff, RT.com, rt.com


A money-back guarantee: How Blendle hopes to convince Dutch news readers to pay by the article

Nieman Lab :: Dutch readers can buy stories from virtually any large Dutch newspaper or magazine with just one click on a wide array of platforms.

Read Joseph Lichterman, www.niemanlab.org


The viewability debate: being seen is good, but one second isn't enough

AdAge :: The new focus on making sure ads are actually viewable online is a good thing, and will force websites to optimize their layouts, reduce ad slots that are basically out-of-view, and give digital advertising a fair chance to shine. But for all that, what impact will it really deliver?

Read Michelle Eule, adage.com

Kuwaiti newspapers suspended over 'plot' tape stories

Reuters ::  A judge has suspended two Kuwaiti newspapers for two weeks after they published stories about a recording that discusses an alleged plot to overthrow the Gulf state's ruling system.

Read Ahmed Hagagy, Sylvia Westall, www.reuters.com

Turkey Twitter accounts appear blocked after Erdogan court action

Reuters :: Two anonymous Twitter accounts used to release secretly recorded conversations implicating family and associates of Turkey's prime minister and senior government officials in a corruption scandal appeared on Sunday to have been blocked.

Read Seda Sezer, www.reuters.com

The problem of content oversaturation and the trend towards granularity and mobile tribes

ReadWrite :: Historically, our social media experience has been chained to the first-screen browser and the one News Feed to rule them all. We've been saturated with bloated content from overpopulated streams.

Read Matthew Bryan Beck, readwrite.com

The problem of content oversaturation and the trend towards granularity and mobile tribes

ReadWrite :: Historically, our social media experience has been chained to the first-screen browser and the one News Feed to rule them all. We've been saturated with bloated content from overpopulated streams.

Read Matthew Bryan Beck, readwrite.com

Police newest crime fighter? Twitter

Newsplex.com :: The newest crime fighting tool for police departments may be Twitter, according to a professor at the University of Virginia, who has created computer software to read tweets to predict where and when crimes will occur.

Read Staff, Newsplex, www.newsplex.com

Twitter to predict crime

University of Virginia :: Twitter is an ideal data source for decision support: its users, who number in the millions, publicly discuss events, emotions, and innumerable other topics; its content is authored and distributed in real time at no charge; and individual messages (also known as tweets)are often tagged with precise spatial and temporal coordinates.

Read Matthew Gerber, ptl.sys.virginia.edu

Why Time is crashing the NewFronts

Digiday :: NewFronts, digital media's answer to the TV Upfronts, has an unlikely set of participants: Magazine publishers. Companies including Time Inc., Condé Nast and the National Geographic Society are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with TV networks in the hopes of attracting ad dollars to their upcoming video programming.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com


The newsonomics of the Kyiv Post’s embattled work

Nieman Lab :: Questions about “the business model” sound a little different in Ukraine these days. One English-language newspaper is trying to build a sustainable future in an uncertain land.

Read Ken Doctor, www.niemanlab.org

4 kidnapped French journalists found on Turkey's Syrian border

Reuters :: Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June were found by Turkish soldiers on its border with Syria on Saturday, Turkish media reported, and French President Francois Hollande said the four were in good health.

Read Staff, Reuters, www.reuters.com

A new way to promote mobile apps to 1bn devices, both on and off-Twitter

Twitter :: The MoPub Marketplace reaches more than 1 billion unique devices and handles more than 130 billion ad requests inside Android and iOS applications every 30 days, making it one of the largest mobile ad exchanges in the world.

Read Kelton Lynn, blog.twitter.com

Comcast: Binge watching actually helps live TV ratings

VentureBeat :: The best way to hook someone into an existing series of stories is to make sure they can start from the beginning. The same is also true of TV shows, and Comcast has the data to back it up.

Read Tom Cheredar, venturebeat.com

The Truth in Advertising Act aims to regulate photo manipulation in US ads

Digiday :: In 2011, British member of parliament Jo Swinson ordered Lancôme to take down London billboard ads featuring Photoshopped images of famous women — Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington. The altered images, she said, were “not representative of the results the products could achieve” and gave women unrealistic and false expectations of what women should look like.

Read Saya Weissman, digiday.com


NFL players get platform to make Twitter deals

Washington Post :: What’s a tweet worth to an NFL athlete? The answer soon will be “money. Real money.”

Read Cindy Boren, www.washingtonpost.com

Twitter's Turkey headache that won't end

Recode :: Twitter wants to be a truly global company. That means dealing with its share of headaches, both foreign and domestic.

Read Mike Isaac, recode.net

Comcast and Time Warner in talks to sell subscribers to Charter

Financial Times :: Comcast and Time Warner Cable have entered negotiations to sell cable assets worth up $20bn to Charter Communications.

Read Ed Hammond, Emily Steel, www.ft.com

Social data as a business is dead. Long live big data services

Fortune :: Yesterday morning, Twitter announced it had acquired Gnip, a company which packages, filters, and sells data from social media streams. The deal raised questions about the hot category of "big data" for social media, particularly for a startup called Datasift.

Read Erin Griffith, tech.fortune.cnn.com

Byliner wants to give stories or essays additional life for discovery and sales

Publishing Perspective :: “The general thing about Byliner, from a publishers and writers standpoint, is that it is the world’s biggest second serial opportunity,” says industry stalwart Richard Nash, vice president of partnerships for Byliner, the digital reading platform.

Read Edward Nawotka, publishingperspectives.com

Turkey greets Twitter delegation with list of demands

New York Times :: The Turks came to the table with a list of demands: that Twitter open an office in Turkey, that it reveal the identities of those posting leaks from a continuing corruption investigation, and that it pay taxes on revenue it earns from advertising in Turkey.

Read Eylan Yeginsu, Tim Arango, www.nytimes.com

Maker-Disney: New lawsuit asks for unwinding of merger

The Hollywood Reporter :: Former Maker Studios employee Andy Faberlle has hit the digital studio with a new lawsuit that demands a rescission of the Disney merger.

Read Eriq Gardner, www.hollywoodreporter.com

Drive new traffic to old content with this Indian startup’s automated timeline maker

Tech in Asia :: Getting new traffic to old content is a conundrum for most online publishers. “We talked with a few publishers about their archives, how much value they generate out of it,” says Angam Parashar, founder of Indian startup ParallelDots.

Read Paul Bischoff, www.techinasia.com

Newseum will include weeklies in its "Today's Front Pages" exhibit after campaign by editors (Barbara Selvin/Poynter)

Poynter :: A daylong protest by weekly newspaper editors from around the U.S. against the Newseum’s snubbing of community journalism resulted in the Washington, D.C., museum changing its policy to include weeklies in its Today’s Front Pages exhibit.

Read Barbara Selvin, www.poynter.org


Twitter #DataGrants selections

Twitter blog :: In February, we introduced the Twitter #DataGrants pilot program, with the goal of giving a handful of research institutions access to Twitter’s public and historical data.

Read Raffi Krikorian, blog.twitter.com

Australian journalist Alan Morison spends time in Thai prison in fight for media freedom (Lindsay Murdoch/Sydney Morning Herald)

Sydney Morning Herald :: An Australian journalist taking a stand against attempts to silence the media in Thailand has spent five hours in a small prison cell crowded with 90 prisoners, including a man who admitted killing his girlfriend.

Read Lindsay Murdoch, www.smh.com.au

Financial Times rejects Ipso in favour of its own editorial complaints system

Guardian :: The Financial Times has decided to regulate itself. The paper will not be joining the Independent Press Standards Organisation

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Chinese blogger jailed for allegedly spreading rumors on Weibo

Tech in Asia :: Qin Zhihui – or as he's known online, Qin Huohuo – was sentenced today to three years in prison and denied appeal on charges of defamation.

Read Paul Bischoff, www.techinasia.com

Three Lebanese TV staff killed in Syria

Guardian :: Three members of a Lebanese television news crew were shot dead in the Syrian town of Al-Maaloula, 60 km south of Damascus, on Monday (14 April).

Read Roy Greenslade, www.theguardian.com

Weibo wells fewer shares than expected in much-anticipated IPO

Wall Street Journal :: Weibo Corp., China’s version of Twitter, raised $286 million in its initial public offering in New York, falling short of expectations. The IPO launch for the company, which has more than 100 million active users, was seen as a big test of demand for Chinese Internet stocks ahead of a hotly anticipated Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. listing. 

Read Staff, China Real Time, blogs.wsj.com


A few accumulated thoughts on media

GigaOM :: The future of the media business continues to be an important and oftentimes confusing discussion. Here are a few thoughts.

Read Om Malik, gigaom.com

Chris Hamby joins Buzzfeed, Pulitzer in hand

Capital New York :: Fresh off a Pulitzer win for his investigative work at The Center for Public Integrity, Chris Hamby is jumping ship to join Mark Schoofs' investigations desk at Buzzfeed, Capital has learned.

Read Johana Bhuiyan, www.capitalnewyork.com

Chris Hamby joins Buzzfeed, Pulitzer in hand

Capital New York :: Fresh off a Pulitzer win for his investigative work at The Center for Public Integrity, Chris Hamby is jumping ship to join Mark Schoofs' investigations desk at Buzzfeed, Capital has learned.

Read Johana Bhuiyan, www.capitalnewyork.com

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf grab

Reuters :: Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As, is going after more eyeballs, and advertising, by allowing members of its passionate community to post their own news more quickly and easily.

Read Jennifer Saba, www.reuters.com

Radio listening gradually transitions to digital platforms

Marketing Charts :: Almost one-fifth of weekly radio usage in the US and Canada now occurs on digital sources, according to the 10th annual Techsurvey from Jacobs Media.

Read Staff, Marketing Charts, www.marketingcharts.com

Kieron Gillen on a decade of New Games Journalism – audio

Guardian :: The influential games critic and comics author looks back over a decade of writing on gaming.

Read Charles Arthur, Jason Phipps, Samuel Gibbs, Alex Hern, www.theguardian.com

Cardiff University introduces 'computational journalism' Masters

Journalism.co.uk :: The new Master's degree was largely the result of feedback from those working in digital journalism, who voiced an interest in new graduates with both journalism and coding ability.

Read Rachel Bartlett, www.journalism.co.uk

The (unintentional) Amazon guide to dealing drugs

The Atlantic :: Amazon the corporate entity doesn't actually produce a guide for dealing drugs, but its purchase-recommendation algorithm sure seems to have done just that. 

Read Alexis C. Madrigal, www.theatlantic.com

Axel Springer’s takeaways from Silicon Valley?

INMA :: What executives from German media company Axel Springer learned about innovation and culture change from a three-day “learning journey” to Silicon Valley — home to such disruptive innovators as Apple, Google, Facebook, and eBay.

Read Tilmann Knoll, www.inma.org


Iraqi authorities turn their sights on journalists

jadaliyya :: Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the growing hostility that the Iraqi authorities are displaying towards critical journalists.


Read Staff, Jadaliyya, www.jadaliyya.com

DataSift: There is no change to our Firehose deal with Twitter After Gnip acquisition

TechCrunch :: One natural follow-up question: what happens to the other companies that take the firehose?

Read Ingrid Lunden, techcrunch.com

Twitter taps Google Maps director Daniel Graf for product VP

Recode :: Twitter announced Tuesday it had named Daniel Graf as its new vice president of consumer product.

Read Mike Isaac, recode.net

Broadcasters Seek an Aereo 'Plan B'

Wall Street Journal :: The nation's largest television broadcasters are considering contingency plans in case they lose a high-stakes Supreme Court battle against online video startup Aereo Inc.

Read Amol Sharma, Brent Kendall, goo.gl

NBCUniversal launches original-video initiative for digital

Lost Remote :: The news networks are growing more digital by the day, and now NBCUniversal is launching an original video initiative that will appear across the company’s various digital and video-on-demand platforms.

Read Jordan Chariton, lostremote.com

Dutch girl arrested over Twitter threat

CBS News :: A 14-year-old Dutch girl learned that the hard way when she was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening American Airlines in a tweet.

Read Staff, CBS News, www.cbsnews.com

Pulitzer board’s no-award in feature writing goes unexplained

Poynter ::  When the Pulitzer board on Monday announced the 2014 recipients of journalism’s highest honor, a major category lacked a winner. No one had won for feature writing.

Read Sandra Oshiro, www.poynter.org


Video Now

Video Now :: Video Now, funded by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, set out to answer three main questions: How do news organizations define video? How do they produce video? What is their return on investment?

Read Staff, Tow Center, videonow.towcenter.org

Twitter's biggest shareholders say they won't sell stock

New York Times :: Some of Twitter’s biggest shareholders, which together control nearly half the company’s stock, say they plan to hang on to their shares, passing up their first opportunity to sell after the social networking company’s initial public offering in November.

Read Vindu Goel, bits.blogs.nytimes.com


Norway’s disappearing Sunday newspapers

The Foreigner :: Printed editions are scarce on Sundays in Norway. There are now only four after Dagbladet ceased publication of its Sunday edition on 6th April this year.

Read M. Michael Brady, theforeigner.no

Sick of Internet comments? Us too – here’s what we’re doing about it

Voices :: Starting this weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times and the other titles in the Sun-Times Media group will temporarily cease to run comments with our articles.

Read Craig Newman, voices.suntimes.com

What does the future hold for the CBC?

That is how Heather Conway, the executive vice-president of English-language services at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, was sounding Friday morning, less than 24 hours after helping break the news to employees that 657 of them will be laid off to deal with a $130-million budgetary shortfall.

Read Simon Houpt, www.theglobeandmail.com

Printers play a digital game of digital survival

International New York Times :: At a media conference a few years ago, the editor of the Guardian newspaper, contemplating the future of print, recalled his paper's having installed its newest presses in 2005. “I had a feeling in my bones that they might be the last,” said the editor, Alan Rusbridger.

Read Georgi Kantchev, www.nytimes.com


How brands are using Twitter's redesigned profile pages

Mashable :: A look at Interbrand's Top 100 Brands reveals that 13 have adopted Twitter's new web-based profile pages, as of this writing.

Read Todd Wasserman, mashable.com

Report: 44% of Twitter accounts have never sent a Tweet

Wall Street Journal :: Twitter is having no trouble signing up users. But some new research provides an update on the size of an ongoing problem: getting people to tweet.


Read Yoree Koh, blogs.wsj.com

Objectively bad: Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Jonathan Chait and return of the “view from nowhere”

The Salon :: New work by Silver and two other influential reporters should have you worried about the future of journalism.

Read Elias Isquith, www.salon.com

Turkey's PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Twitter of tax evasion

Al Jazeera :: Erdogan threatens to "go after" micro-blogging site despite being forced to lift ban on it following court ruling.

Read Staff, Agencies, www.aljazeera.com

What Heartbleed means for newsrooms

ProPublica :: Heartbleed is named after the part of SSL/TLS that it attacks -- a "heartbeat," which is the signal that client software sends to an Internet server to keep a network connection alive. The attack causes the web server to inadvertently send back a lot of extra data along with its heartbeat signal.

Read Mike Tigas, www.propublica.org