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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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

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