Rest in peace, my friend
David Carr, a former crack cocaine addict who recovered and became the widely celebrated media writer for the New York Times, died Thursday — and with his passing, the world lost a kind and generous man and a powerful media voice
The sound of no one clicking
The fact that Facebook and Twitter have come to dominate the way that news and information travels online has its downsides as well — how do we reach potential readers who choose not to use those networks?
Just get the crowd to do it
The New York Times built an in-house crowdsourcing platform called Hive so that readers could help it identify old print ads — and now the paper has open-sourced the software that runs that platform so anyone can use it
Size doesn't matter
I remember what an editor I know told a journalist who asked him how long his story should be: “As long as…
First Look Media seems to be suffering from a severe case of management dysfunction, and that could be because the company seems to have built an elaborate corporate structure before it even had a viable product to show for it
Jim Roberts, who left the New York Times to become editor-in-chief of Mashable, told a group of journalists that the social element of journalism has become the most important factor in how news is distributed — and also in how it is created
As Jay Rosen argues, the days when it was enough to just give both sides of a story — without providing any additional viewpoints or fact-checking — are over. He said/she said journalism is both an ethical lapse and a failure to understand how the media business itself has changed
Advocacy and non-profit agencies like Human Rights Watch fall into a group that veteran media-watcher Dan Gillmor calls “almost journalists,” and they are expanding their ability to produce their own journalism in much the same way that brands and advertisers have been
Among a host of apps and services that are designed to give readers a short take on breaking news that they can read on a mobile device, Circa says it is different because its short news updates are essentially building a long-form news story over time
ProPublica has launched a “Data Store” where it’s selling or giving away the datasets it uses in its investigative journalism.
Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps says that a decade of mega-merger deals approved by the communications regulator helped destroy independent journalism and local media, and he is sorry for the role he played in making that happen
The staff of the Libération newspaper in France are protesting plans by the paper’s shareholder group to turn the media entity into a kind of social and cultural hub, but by doing so they could be ensuring the paper’s doom rather than preventing it.
Calacanis says he built the Inside app and its associated website to provide a smart news-curation tool that will give users an easy way to browse high-quality online journalism via human-generated summaries
On the last day of 2013, Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg announced that their website, AllThingsD, would be shut down in the…
Is objectivity in journalism an outdated concept that has been replaced by transparency and disclosure, or is that a recipe for unbalanced coverage? Glenn Greenwald and the NYT’s Bill Keller debated that question
There was probably more than a little gloating when former NSA chief Michael Hayden found a fellow passenger on his Amtrak train live-tweeting his off-the-record interviews with journalists
Twitter announced on Thursday that it has hired former NBC News chief digital officer and former New York Times digital VP Vivian Schiller to manage its news partnerships unit
A new study by the Pew Center and the Knight Foundation shows that while many users come across news while they are on Facebook, most don’t go there specifically looking for it.
PolitiFact wants to bring the same kind of fact-checking it performs on political statements to commentary by radio and TV talk-show hosts, bloggers and newspaper columnists — but is what the new service wants to do even possible?
First the president of Iran has a back-and-forth with U.S. president Barack Obama on the occasion of their historic phone call, then he responds to a question from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey about free speech in Iran.
A proposed “shield law” for journalists is intended to protect them from government pressure and intervention. But what it really does is allow the government to define who gets to be a journalist and who doesn’t. And that’s dangerous.
Most of the uses imagined for Google Glass so far are pretty geeky, but video journalist Tim Pool has a different perspective,…
Circa, the San Francisco-based startup that creates news summaries for mobile users, says it has hired Thomson Reuters social-media editor Anthony De Rosa as its new editor-in-chief to expand its journalistic reach.
Posting to Twitter from someone’s funeral might be seen as inappropriate, but to me it seemed like the perfect way to honor my friend — and it also allowed others to feel as though they were part of the ceremony even though they couldn’t be there.
The legal profession has undergone a lot of change over the past few years, but don’t dismiss it as an anachronism just yet. As the web changes the way citizens consume and digest information, including on important legal issues, lawyers should remain as important as ever.
Debates about whether Twitter breaks news or not miss the point about how the news game has changed with the arrival of social media and the democratization of distribution it provides. Mainstream media outlets are still players, but they are no longer the only ones.
If a mainstream media outlet like the Wall Street Journal fails to link to a blog that broke the news they reported hours later, is that just a lack of courtesy or something more serious? The bottom line is that linking is about building trust.
With AOL, Demand Media and Yahoo all investing heavily in creating huge networks, “content farms” are clearly here to stay. But how far can they go? A team of journalists and computer scientists is conducting an experiment to see if the news can be completely automated.
Plenty of startups want to revolutionize how journalism is done, but Ebyline says it just wants to drag the process of producing and syndicating news content into the 21st century and make it more efficient, by creating an open marketplace: a kind of iTunes for journalism.
There’s been plenty of debate about whether Twitter has become “mainstream” or not, but examples continue to pile up of how the microblogging platform has worked its way into our lives, to the point where it has become a form of media, and a powerful one.
TBD.com, a Washington-based experiment in online hyper-local journalism from Allbritton Communications, creators of the political news site Politico, launched this morning with much fanfare. Whether the new startup’s blend of local reporting and blog aggregation can win it an audience remains to be seen, however.
Mark Josephson, CEO of hyper-local news aggregator Outside.in, isn’t concerned about AOL pouring $50 million into its Patch.com hyper-local news operation. He says that while they are both going after local advertising, the two services are very different and there’s plenty of room for everyone.
Legendary Canadian folk singer Gordon Lightfoot joins the growing list of celebrities that Twitter has reported were dead when they were in fact very much alive. But all the social network really did was spread the news, and it spread the correction just as quickly.
[qi:085] OK, I admit it. I’ve become one of those snooty guys who is telling the rest of us what the future…