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Steal This Heat Map!

Easy, free program to turn spreadsheets into maps

In the vein of CJR’s “data visualization for beginners” posts, here’s another free and easy tool available for journalists who... More

Zagat Remains a Profitable Brand

Does it matter that it hasn’t won the web?

The New York Times ran a story over the weekend called “Zagat Survey Aims to Regain Its Online Balance,” about... More

Newsweek.com Editors Are Feeling Burned

As they take to Tumblr to plead for their jobs

When Newsweek and The Daily Beast announced on Friday that they were merging the two brands and installing Tina Brown... More

NewsBeast Notes

Wherein two media brands merge, and the Internet says hmmm

The Tweets: @TheTinaBeast We’re getting hitched! Daily Beast, Newsweek To Wed http://thebea.st/dCdnfB @Newsweek It's official, we're merging with @TheDailyBeast http://bit.ly/9PGYz7... More

Inside the Haiti Earthquake: a Simulation

Learn about the decisions made by survivors, aid workers, and journalists in a crisis

After I wrote about the Toronto Star’s excellent multimedia coverage of the Haiti earthquake and its aftermath, I was alerted... More

IWMF Grant for Women in Digital Media

The International Women’s Media Foundation is awarding three grants of $20,000 each to female journalists “who aspire to be new... More

Darts and Laurels

Reporters at two weeklies keep the memories of unknown murder victims alive

In 2008, L.A. Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek learned that the Los Angeles Police Department had recently dedicated a secret task... More

Amid Industry Turmoil, “The New Journalism Ecosystem” Thrives

i-Lab’s new database of investigative nonprofits

Investigative Reporting Workshop founder Charles Lewis offers a few sobering—though unfortunately unsurprising—PEJ statistics in the introduction to his latest report... More

Some Stories are “Un-Webbable”

The Washington Post’s Mark Luckie on multimedia moderation

The Hearst Foundation and Columbia University’s J-School Digital Media Program hosted its annual panel on Tuesday night, entitled “The Changing... More

Virtual Haiti

The Toronto Star’s 360-degree photography shows the earthquake’s aftermath

The earthquake that rocked Haiti in January leveled its capital, killed at least 230,000 people, and made another million homeless.... More

“Help, I Don’t Understand”

Bob Woodward plays the straight man himself to Ben Bradlee’s zany future-thinking exec in this new Washington Post video for... More

Local Ad Networks Bring Home the Bacon

Community sites team up to hire sales staff and share ad revenue

When Washington, D.C. local news site TBD.com launched in August, it got a fair amount of attention for the blog... More

The News That Wasn’t

Fans of the late William Safire know that before he was a the New York Times Magazine “On Language” columnist,... More

Olbermann Isn’t Alone

Countdown host Keith Olbermann has just been indefinitely suspended for donating money to three Democratic campaigns, and thereby violating MSNBC... More

Yahoo’s Ask America Infographic

Pretty, but pretty dumb

In anticipation of the midterm elections, Yahoo created an interactive project called Ask America, part of which is the “Issues... More

BBC Journalists’ Strike is On

Our colleagues across the pond have initiated a two-day strike over pension benefits, the AP reports. Some radio and TV... More

Hey Bernanke, Say It Again…in English

When Slate’s Jeremy Singer-Vine debuted the “Plain English” tool on Slate Labs, I was curious to see how people would... More

Interactivity on a Budget

How several smaller newsrooms dealt with election data

Earlier this week I did a quick rundown of some eye-catching interactive graphics that newsrooms at papers like The New... More

Election Day Tools, Maps, and Graphics

A rundown of the best interactive projects online

Election Day is an occasion for high drama on the Internet: data coming in all day and night, polls, pundits,... More

Don’t Forget the Facts About NPR Funding

Federal funding accounts for less than readers may realize

Juan William’s abrupt firing from NPR and hiring by Fox News seems to have kicked up an old debate over... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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