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How to build an audience

We know what readers are doing on our sites. What we need to know is why.

The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Age By James G. Webster The MIT Press 280... More

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No, ‘journopreneurs’ are not killing journalism

Digital journalists aren’t sellouts—they are aware of industry realities

Corey Pein seems to think that digitally savvy journalists have a collective case of Stockholm syndrome. "In their long and... More

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Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public

Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?

Last Monday, Gawker editor Max Read announced that the bloggers and editors on his team were spending too much time... More

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Journo-startups that appeal right to readers

Fed-up writers are doing it for themselves

If you spend any amount of time around freelance writers, you're familiar with the litany of complaints. Most publications don't... More

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Hashtag journalism

The pros and cons to covering Twitter’s trending topics

A hashtag made headlines again this week. #YesAllWomen was created in the wake of the Isla Vista shootings as a... More

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We’re all aggregators now

So we should be ethical about it

Most of my nonfiction reading happens on Instapaper these days. As I'm going about my business on the internet, I'm... More

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Risks of personal-brand journalism

News organizations have no idea how to manage journalists who have followers of their own

In New York magazine's exhaustive feature this week about broadcast journalist Lara Logan's rise to 60 Minutes fame, and her... More

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Journalism’s hiring transparency problem

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

Last week, a journalist friend emailed me to say that several of her colleagues had just been laid off, and... More

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16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits

A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Even casual consumers of media news have heard of Ezra Klein and Nate Silver, two names that are now synonymous... More

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Dear reader

For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews

Recently NYU professor Jay Rosen offered some advice to entry-level journalists: Start in a niche. Choose a topic where there... More

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Why j-schoolers are depressed

…and why they’re wrong about their job prospects

I spent several days last week talking to classes at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. This is the... More

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The new dream job

And the end of old-media prestige

For years, even as most print-centric publications downsized, they maintained their status as the crème de la crème. The journalistic... More

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Going viral

How to make content sharable

"What makes something go viral?" That has become the $64,000 question among journalists. Ask 10 different publishers and you'll get... More

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The next generation of diversity

Why aren’t we studying the digital pipeline?

This week the Women's Media Center released its annual report on the gender and racial diversity of US media. Drawing... More

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Be the next Ezra Klein!

A formula for becoming a new-media mogul

You can't swing a dead LOLcat these days without hitting an enterprising journalist who's striking out to create a new-media... More

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7 hard truths about digital-era journalism

Not included: the fact that most publications haven’t found a way to monetize it

1. Your redesign will take twice as long as expected. And probably cost twice as much, too. You can use... More

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Crowdfunding, story by story

When fundraising for a specific reporting project, what are the rules?

Last year, crowdfunding was hailed as a great new hope for journalism. A handful of media startups--including a single-issue magazine... More

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Viral done right

Not all shareable content is empty clickbait

First the Wall Street Journal profiled Gawker traffic powerhouse Neetzan Zimmerman. Then came the news that, thanks largely to social... More

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BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section

It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.

Last week, BuzzFeed's new books editor, Isaac Fitzgerald, said something outrageous: He would not be publishing negative reviews. "Why waste... More

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

This is how Tehran Bureau covers Iran - Its reporting model, using undercover journalists and distant editors, is one way to cover closed societies

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error - Scrutiny alone isn’t enough to solve the problem

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book - C. David Heymann’s Joe and Marilyn is full of highly dubious information—just like many of his previous books


The Recollectors

Remembering parents lost to AIDS

Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.