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The News Frontier

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

Dear Sidney Harman…

The pros give advice for the future of Newsweek

On Monday, The Washington Post Company announced that it had sold Newsweek to ninety-two-year-old stereo mogul Sidney Harman. Although Mike... More

NYT Subscriber Survey Hints at Paywall Strategy

Encouraging both print and online subscriptions

Ever since The New York Times announced in January that it would install a paywall by early 2011, speculation about... More

It’s All About Us

WaPo’s Story Lab experiment fizzles

It seemed like a questionable allocation of resources when The Washington Post dispatched seven reporters to local coffeehouses one day... More

Bringing a Big Story Home at The Omaha World-Herald

Local reporting in the age of wire copy

Most regional papers have relied on wire copy to tell the story of the 92,000 classified military documents released by... More

What We Need is a “Slow News Movement”

Walter Shapiro over at Politics Daily considers how quickly the Shirley Sherrod hackjob spread, viruslike, from Breitbart to Fox News... More

Americans Only Kind of Trust the Internet

And other findings from an Annenberg study

The Center for the Digital Future at USC’s Annenberg School released their 2010 report on Friday, “Surveying the Digital Future,”... More

Visualizing Data, Telling a Story

Behind the scenes of The Guardian’s interactive WikiLeaks coverage

Of the three news outlets that broke the WikiLeaks story on Sunday, The Guardian, on its Web site, incorporated the... More

Gaining Readers’ Confidence In the WikiLeaks Dump

Part II: Verification

My previous post addressed the challenges that The Guardian, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel must have faced in... More

How Three News Outlets Handled the WikiLeaks Dump

Part I: online presentation

It’s hard to overstate the colossal challenge of digesting, verifying, and then presenting 92,000 classified documents. When WikiLeaks handed over... More

British Tabloid Strikes Gossip Gold Online

An argument for isolating print and Web newsrooms

In a time when many American news organizations are trying to consolidate their print and Web operations, The Daily Mail... More

Q & A: ABC News’s Paul Slavin

The ABC News Digital senior vice-president talks about his new, spherical iPad app

Earlier this week, ABC News released a new iPad app: a reader for the Web site’s content. The app is... More

“Freemiums” and “Ambience”: the Future of Mobile Content?

A paidContent conference recap

PaidContent hosted a conference in New York on Tuesday entitled “paidContent Mobile: Leveraging the Smartphone Boom.” Software developers, media honchos,... More

Knight-Batten Innovation Award Winners Announced

The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism were announced on the J-Lab site on Monday. The $10,000 grand prize goes... More

New Magazines and Books to Launch on iPad

Although I am loath to give Richard Branson any more publicity than he already gets, I was intrigued to read... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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