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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

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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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.