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Should all journalists be on Twitter?

Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Last month a piece in BuzzFeed mocked New York Times' staffers resistance to using Twitter. "[T]he company," Charlie Warzel wrote,... More

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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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