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The News Frontier

“Data Is the New Soil”

David McCandless’ TED talk on visualizing data

Journalist and designer David McCandless gave an inspiring TED talk last month, just posted online last week. In it, he... More

Q & A: Brian Herbert, Developer for Ushahidi

Free crowdmapping software every news website can use right now

Ushahidi, a word that means “testimony” in Swahili, is the name of a group of computer programmers and human rights... More

Can Yahoo Woo San Francisco?

Search giant readies a hyperlocal network

Following rival AOL’s lead, Yahoo has started a hyperlocal rollout. First stop: San Francisco. Yahoo purchased online publisher (content farm)... More

“Radical” Restructuring, Layoffs at USA Today

USA Today, the second-largest newspaper in the country after The Wall Street Journal, is undergoing a company-wide shift in focus... More

The Fastest-Growing Media Companies in America

Community news in Texas, private mags for colleges

Inc. magazine has released its annual list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. Sadly, but perhaps not... More

Knight Funds Tech Initiatives for Community-Building

The Knight Foundation’s Technology for Engagement Initiative, which will fund organizations using technology in the most creative and viable ways,... More

TBD Invites Readers to Map Metro Problems

With the new service Crowdmap, TBD is collecting information from readers about Washington D.C.’s Metro system. Commuters write in about... More

Patch’s Problematic Redesign

Blurring the lines between edited and user-generated content

AOL’s Patch Media launched its 100th hyperlocal news site last week in Morristown, New Jersey, and is apparently planning on... More

We Need a “FailFaire” for Journalism Startups

Most experiments fail, but we can learn from mistakes.

Last week we read in The New York Times about a recurring failure-themed party called “FailFaire.” The gathering is meant... More

German Paper Tries Augmented Reality for Print

And we aren’t sure why

A post on Techcrunch Europe yesterday alerted us to an experiment by the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung to animate their... More

Q & A: David Plotz and Chris Wilson on Slate Labs, Part Two

“There’s no programming function that causes your computer to catch on fire.”

Last week, Slate launched Slate Labs, a collection of their “experiments in multimedia journalism.” Curated by programmer-journalists Chris Wilson and... More

Q & A: David Plotz and Chris Wilson on Slate Labs

“When you build the data yourself, you can be fairly certain no one else is going to have the story.”

Last week, Slate launched Slate Labs, a collection of their “experiments in multimedia journalism.” Curated by programmer-journalists Chris Wilson and... More

News Corp.’s Digital Gamble

Predictions for Murdoch’s tablet-only newspaper

Last week, Rupert Murdoch announced his latest scheme to develop a new national daily newspaper, to be distributed through subscription... More

Forbes.com Gets a New Slant

Lewis Dvorkin’s bloggy overhaul of the Internet continues

On Thursday, Forbes.com launched a new blog page utilizing the platform first developed by the blog network True/Slant, which it... More

Harman’s Hopes for Newsweek

Newsweek has posted a video of their new owner Sidney Harman’s speech to the staff on Monday. The complete video... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.