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How @Redistrict helped get Virginia’s votes counted

Can #Wassermaning be a thing now?

CHARLESTON, SC -- A week and a half after Election Day, the outcome of Virginia's race for attorney general remains... More

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‘We are all journalists now’

140 Journos and Turkey’s “counter-media” movement

In a 2011 court case in Diyarbakır, Turkey, a student is on trial for membership in a terrorist organization. The... More

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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

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Audit Notes: Tech bubbles, WSJ reality shows

Twitter launches like it’s 1999 all over again

Here are some facts from Peter Eavis's good, skeptical curtain raiser on the Twitter IPO in today's New York Times:... 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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Even more interactive news

PolicyMic is making user contributions just as important as a writer’s original content

Clickable. Shareable. Likeable. Social media increasingly drives more web traffic than search engine optimization, and a clever headline now outweighs... More

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Handling Facebook’s fickle functionality

How news outlets choose to promote work when the formula keeps changing

Facebook's promoted posts feature sparked privacy concerns for individuals last week, when the company debuted a feature allowing individual users... 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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How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story

Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

On August 26, Fox’s Megyn Kelly aired a four-minute segment on an Indiana University project called Truthy, declaring sarcastically, “Some... More

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How to use social media in investigations

ProPublica explains at Social Media Weekend

Investigative reporting used to be a secretive business--think Woodward and Bernstein meeting anonymous sources in parking garages. But according to... 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 Sanmartín 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

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In Texas, a filibuster for the digital age

Twitter. Videostreams. Liveblogs. And a group effort to figure out what the heck happened amid the #StandWithWendy chaos

AUSTIN, TX -- At 10 minutes to midnight Tuesday evening, tempers in the Texas Senate finally boiled over. On the... More

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Journalism’s circuit board

Computer literacy on the rise, but technology transfer lags

Journalists and computers have gotten through the awkward, get-to-know-ya phase of their relationship, but they still have intimacy problems, sometimes... More

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Journalists: Stop falling for hoaxes

Initially there were only a few viral hoaxes. Now, with the immense popularity of social media, they are happening almost daily.

You know how it goes. You are on Twitter. You see something outrageous. You click on the link. Really, they... More

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Must-reads of the week

This week is off the record

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and... 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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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