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3 things big media can do to save independent journalism

This is adapted from Rebecca MacKinnon’s 2012 Hearst New Media Lecture, given at Columbia’s J-school on April 19

By advocating Internet access that is open, interconnected, and neutral—which is not what's happening now—Rebecca MacKinnon argues that big media... More

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Audit notes: Blodget’s anonymous Zuck fans, Ongo no-go, social news apps

New York cover story dispenses with named sources

Here's the sourcing in Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget's New York cover story on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: "a colleague... More

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Audit Notes: not Fortune tellers; Foursquare, two million; Big Ten

The magazine’s picks for future Apple and Microsoft CEOs go awry immediately

Fortune peered into its crystal ball for the October 29 issue and came up with four "best bets" on who's... More

Best Practices for Social Media Verification

Some tips and thoughts from the experts

Whether you view it as long overdue or just in time, I believe we are starting to see the emergence... More

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He said, she said

Anyone can spread gossip with an iPhone, rather than depend on dishy columns

Gossip, according to longtime New York Post columnist Earl Wilson, is hearing something you like about someone you don’t. I... More

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I tweet therefore I can

Whose job is it to make sure tweeters stay within the law?

Twitter now boasts 140 million active users, many of whom have used the social messaging service in the last two... More

In Ecuador, a Social Media Workaround

Oppressed journalists are having their say online

For three years, Ecuadorean journalist Lindon SanmartĂ­n Rodriguez and his brother Pablo hosted a freewheeling talk radio show that analyzed... More

In Singapore, Social Media Aids Another Political Shift

This past weekend was a historic one for Singapore, the small southeast Asian city-state that often escapes the attention of... More

News Organizations That Haven’t Learned To Share

The seams in certain outlets’ social sharing strategies

The Economist does not let users of its free app share news items via e-mail, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or anything... More

Organizing via Facebook in the Age of Union-Busting

The New York Times's Steven Greenhouse has an interesting report today on a group of Walmart workers who are organizing—just... More

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Social media fails the ‘47 percent’ video taper

Did the anonymous source need Mother Jones?

When Mother Jones premiered the now-infamous 47 percent video on September 17, it received two million views in 24 hours... More

Syria: Too Much Information?

How journalists wade through a social-media flood

For foreign journalists, the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermaths have ranged from exhilaratingly accessible (Egypt), to mortally dangerous (Libya),... More

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The Facebook frenzy

Retail investors prepare to jump on a richly valued IPO

The Wall Street Journal's page-one Facebook IPO story does a good job of capturing some uncomfortable parallels to the dot.com... More

The Romenesko Saga

Some questions for Poynter about recent changes on its fabled site

Yesterday, Poynter’s Julie Moos published a controversial post on the journalism institute’s Romenesko+ blog, which she credited to my “sharp... More

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Turning users into supporters

Online startups need better ways to measure engagement efforts

Building an actively involved audience ranks high on the priority list for news organizations, but as outlets around the country... More

Twifficult

Tweeting the change you wish to see is easy. Global attention is as elusive as ever

I was alone on a drive from Maine to Massachusetts in early December when a crazy idea hit me. Listening... More

Twitter for Newsrooms #tweetsizedreportingmanual

Twitter has today released a new resource called Twitter for Newsrooms, which journalists can find and play around with... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

I’m a black journalist quitting media because I’m sick of racism (TNR)

“Among the challenges that make racism so difficult to fix, and so odiously constant, is that white people often don’t even recognize when they’re saying or doing something that cuts their black colleagues to the bone”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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