We have a saying in the Valley that we live by, which is: iterate or die. So every week we’re producing something that’s better then the week before. This product is going to look a lot different in a year from now and we hope that it’s much bigger in a year from now. It’s just going to be a whole lot of work to get us to where we want to be. When we think about our ideal app it’s this national product that you can take anywhere. At some point we’re hoping that two versions of the same news article are sitting in the same location to provide a robust look at what’s happening. And then with Gigs, allowing the community to weigh in and say this is what I saw or let me show you what I know about this thing. So it is news, but it’s much larger then news. There’s all sorts of things that we can place on this map, and our goal is to produce a product that people find interesting and useful and to help them be better citizens. That’s just one of those things that we’re just going to push for until we either win or lose at this thing.
The News Frontier
12:07 PM - July 12, 2011
Q&A: Luke Stangel, Co-Creator of TapIn Bay Area
“Mobile could make us focus again on what we do really well as reporters.”
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
A bogus NY Post piece sets off a frenzy - Serious problems with column alleging Census rigged unemployment for Obama
GoldieBlox picks an unfair fight with the Beastie Boys - A dismal press performance on a clear case of aggressive copyright infringement
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
The 184-year-old Rhode Island newspaper is the oldest major daily paper in the country
Pro-tip: “avoid critiquing writing with terms that could reasonably be used to describe a penis”
And why we changed the way we work
How should I propose?
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.