Maybe today’s issue is just a first taste of what The Daily will offer, but for now, that taste isn’t very appetizing. The Daily is like an issue of Newsweek that you can touch and watch and hear and flip sideways. It looks and reads like a glossy magazine, with a bunch of videos and extra things stuck in it. We know this is only the first day, but today’s launch leaves us with even more questions than we had before. We don’t know yet whether The Daily will break any news, do any original investigations, or otherwise contribute to the cultural conversation at large. It is very, very fun to touch and play with. But there’s not (yet) very much here to read.
The News Frontier
05:05 PM - February 2, 2011
The Daily Drops
A first look at the first issue
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 problem with viral videos
The NYT’s obituary for the South African leader, written by Bill Keller
How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year
In magnificent defense of snark
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.