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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

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‘Ethnic media’ in today’s journalism environment

A new joint effort from ABC News and Univision raises some good questions.

A few weeks ago, my friend Jorge Rivas and I found ourselves whining to each other about PR flaks. My... More

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Journalism and customer service

Do we serve democracy or consumers?

Let's face it: The bulk of journalism produced is inessential. This isn't to say it's not valuable, just that the... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

Bloggingheads

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

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