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The News Frontier

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

Blazing Trails, Changing Paths

Lessons from the first year in the life of Investigate West

When Investigate West, an investigative journalism site, sprung up last summer after the virtual collapse of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, we... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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