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Instagrammers discover front-page NYT placement by chance

poynter.org — It was an exciting moment for user-generated content. The New York Times featured nine Instagram photos on the front page of its Wednesday edition. As far as I can tell, it was the first time audience-submitted Instagram photos landed on the front page of the printed edition.
Jan 29, 2015

You need permission. RT @Poynter: Instagrammers not notified before photos used on the front page of the @nytimes goo.gl/QB2qss

Jan 29, 2015

No notification, no links for instagrammers featured on the front page of the new york times by @katiehawk. goo.gl/QB2qss

Jan 29, 2015

RT @broylesa: Props to NYT for experimenting w/ Instagram in print, but they'll have to get credit & notification right next time: http://t…

Jan 29, 2015

NYT didn't tell Instagrammers their snow photos would be on page 1 (or link to their handles online) poynter.org/news/media-inn…

Jan 29, 2015

Props to NYT for experimenting w/ Instagram in print, but they'll have to get credit & notification right next time: poynter.org/news/media-inn…

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Today in Media History: Reporting on the first Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in 1936

poynter.org — On January 29, 1936, the first players were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The inductees included Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson. The Corsicana (Texas) Daily Sun published the following photo illustration and story a few weeks later.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @Poynter: Today in Media History: Reporting on the first Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in 1936 poynter.org/news/mediawire… pic.twitter.com/kEfjVLiQL8

Jan 29, 2015

RT @Poynter: Today in Media History: Reporting on the first Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in 1936 poynter.org/news/mediawire… pic.twitter.com/kEfjVLiQL8

Jan 29, 2015

RT @Poynter: Today in Media History: Reporting on the first Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in 1936 poynter.org/news/mediawire… pic.twitter.com/kEfjVLiQL8

Jan 29, 2015

RT @Poynter: Today in Media History: Reporting on the first Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in 1936 poynter.org/news/mediawire… pic.twitter.com/kEfjVLiQL8

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Robot-writing increased AP’s earnings stories by tenfold

poynter.org — Since The Associated Press adopted automation technology to write its earnings reports, the news cooperative has generated 3,000 stories per quarter, ten times its previous output. Those stories also contained "far fewer errors" than stories written by actual journalists, according to a press release from Automated Insights, the company behind the automation.
Jan 29, 2015

The takeaway - Robots write more, have fewer errors, and make time for the people to do in-depth work poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 29, 2015

"Automation is nothing new." RT @Poynter: Robot-writing increased AP’s earnings stories by tenfold: poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 29, 2015

With help from Durham-based @AInsights. RT @Poynter: Robot-writing increased AP’s earnings stories by tenfold: bit.ly/1KbofiY

NPR is launching a new innovation lab

poynter.org — NPR is hiring for a new initiative called Storytelling Lab, a sort of skunkworks to test out ideas for creative audio projects, Chris Turpin, acting senior vice president for news, and Loren Mayor, chief operating officer, announced in a staff memo Wednesday.

Al Jazeera memo illustrates the importance of word choice

poynter.org — I've spent a lot of time and space over the last decade thinking and writing about political language, propaganda, censorship, and banned and taboo words. Every time the language wars begin heating up (illegal alien vs. undocumented worker), I find myself reverting to a set of first principles: What is the literal meaning of the questionable word or phrase?
Jan 29, 2015

RT @Poynter: .@AlJazeera memo tells staff not to use the words terrorist, extremists... @RoyPeterClark on the power of words. goo.gl/GiFHNt

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Challenger photographer: ‘I knew there was something terribly wrong’

poynter.org — The moment it happened, when the boosters separated from Space Shuttle Challenger, Red Huber knew something was wrong. Huber, a photographer for the Orlando Sentinel who covered the space program, was in Cape Canaveral, surrounded by out-of-town photographers there to capture images of the first teacher heading into space.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @jessilespie: Challenger photographer @redhuber: ‘I knew there was something terribly wrong’ | Poynter.: poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

Challenger photographer says even now, 29 years later the memories are still very vivid. goo.gl/FmsfZV

Jan 28, 2015

Challenger photographer: ‘I knew there was something terribly wrong’ | Poynter.: poynter.org/news/mediawire…

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‘What #@!% blizzard?’ Front pages from the storm that missed New York and hit New England

poynter.org — Newseum's collection of front pages had a lot of white on Wednesday, at least on the New England pages. In parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the front pages from the day after dodging winter storm Juno seemed a bit disappointed. Juno did, of course, deliver in New England.
Jan 28, 2015

Metro NY convers on the storm make list of nation's best: bit.ly/1CMsCAI See NY and Philly covers. Way to go Metro #muckreads #juno

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New York Times moves reporter from national race beat

poynter.org — Tanzina Vega, the New York Times reporter on the paper's national race beat, has been reassigned to the newly created position of Bronx courthouse reporter, according to a staff memo from New York Times metro editor Wendell Jamieson and metro print editor Dean Chang: So we're excited to announce that Tanzina, who first worked for The Times as a Metro stringer and graduated next door at CUNY, will return and open up our first full-time Bronx courthouse beat.
Jan 28, 2015

NY Times moves reporter from "race beat". Actually, most editors don't have a clue what a 'race beat' is. poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

The fate of race coverage at major media outlets? NYT moves @tanzinavega off the race beat. bit.ly/18vhWLm

Jan 28, 2015

Huh? NYT eliminates its national race beat, despite acknowledging that "race is a big story" poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @brianstelter: Concern about whether the NYT will still have a national race beat, now that @TanzinaVega's moving to Metro section: bit.ly/18uVLoI

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Parse.ly kicks its digital analytics toolkit up a gear

poynter.org — Parse.ly, one of the major players in the growing business of sophisticated measurement of digital audiences, is out with a new suite of services this morning. "The conversation around what success means and how we measure it" continues to develop, CEO Sachim Kamdar told me in a phone interview.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @clareondrey: Yes, yes we did. "Parse.ly kicks its digital analytics toolkit up a gear" - @Poynter bit.ly/1uEW05b

Today in Media History: Coverage of 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion

poynter.org — At 11:38 a.m. on a cold January 28, 1986, TV broadcast the launch of what was assumed would be a successful space shuttle mission. At 11:39 a.m. the space shuttle Challenger exploded after take off killing all seven astronauts aboard. The most well-known member of the crew was Christa McAuliffe, a high-school teacher from Concord, New Hampshire.
Jan 28, 2015

Clearest memory from 29 years ago -- not understanding why my teachers were suddenly so sad poynter.org/news/mediawire… http://t.co/lOtXhqy68C

Jan 28, 2015

I watched it live. Awful MT @poynter Today in History: space shuttle #Challenger explosion poynter.org/news/mediawire… … http://t.co/tkSWFlfdvg

Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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After 6 months, Jason Rezaian will go on trial ‘soon’ in Iran

poynter.org — The Washington Post | Al Jazeera America | Committee to Protect Journalists The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian will face trial "soon" in Iran, Brian Murphy reported for the Post. Murphy writes that this news was first reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency, a state-run news outlet in Iran.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @Poynter: After 6 months in prison, The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian will go on trial "soon" in Iran poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @Poynter: After 6 months in prison, The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian will go on trial "soon" in Iran poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @Poynter: After 6 months in prison, The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian will go on trial "soon" in Iran poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @Poynter: After 6 months in prison, The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian will go on trial "soon" in Iran poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

After 6 months in prison, The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian will go on trial "soon" in Iran poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Village Voice parent company will explore sale of papers

poynter.org — Voice Media Group has hired merger-and-acquisition firm Dirks, Van Essen & Murray to help it determine what it calls "new strategies for its publishing assets," which is the typical language used when companies put their papers up for sale. Voice Media Group publishes The Village Voice, LA Weekly and The Riverfront Times, among other papers.
Jan 28, 2015

Man, solidarity @OCWeekly, hope you all can buy yourselves out and break the chaiiiiiiiins bit.ly/1zVUX83

Jan 28, 2015

RT @TimAFranklin: Village Voice parent company, Voice Media Group, will explore sale of papers | Poynter.: poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

Jonathan L. Fischer @jon_fischer Billionaires: Do your city a favor, buy an alt-weekly. bit.ly/1H8Uxiw

Jan 27, 2015

Billionaires: Do your city a favor, buy an alt-weekly. bit.ly/1H8Uxiw

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In response to missteps, Boston.com tweaks its editing approach

poynter.org — By any editor's standards, Jan. 14 was a difficult day for the staff of Boston.com. The night before, the outlet published an article which wondered whether anyone would notice had House Speaker John Boehner been poisoned by a bartender. The piece provoked serious fallout.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @jayrosen_nyu: You might try having an editor who runs the show, boston.com It's worked before. Might work for you guys. poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

You might try having an editor who runs the show, boston.com It's worked before. Might work for you guys. poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

Boston dot com will focus on quality over quantity in light of major blunders: poynter.org/news/mediawire… #media

Jan 27, 2015

RT @pottsmark: New approach: Actual adult editors. In response to missteps, Boston.com tweaks its editing approach: poynter.org/news/mediawire…

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5 bad journalism lessons from Superman comics

poynter.org — If you're a newspaper nerd, a comic book nerd or (like me) both, you'll get a kick out of this DC Comics collection of Daily Planet-themed Superman stories. Captain America and Thor have been in the news this week, but no superhero - besides Spider-Man, maybe - has been involved in as many news-themed adventures as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent.
Jan 28, 2015

The Superman comics were clearly not written by journalists. (image via bit.ly/1uBBBxU) http://t.co/i8H0iYddc7

4 reasons the New York Times Company won’t be sold anytime soon

poynter.org — We learned last week that Michael Bloomberg would like to buy the New York Times Company. He even spoke to Chairman Arthur Sulzberger about it a couple of years ago. So what else is new? Rupert Murdoch covets the Times as well. The only live question is whether the Sulzberger family would sell.
Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

RT @Sulliview: 4 reasons the New York Times Co. won’t be sold any time soon, according to @rickedmonds via @poynter poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

4 reasons the New York Times Co. won’t be sold any time soon, according to @rickedmonds via @poynter poynter.org/news/mediawire…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @mathewi: Because the Sulzbergers control it RT @MattAtMIT: .@Poynter: Why the New York Times won't be sold any time soon bit.ly/1tpT1lO

Jan 28, 2015

Because the Sulzbergers control it RT @MattAtMIT: .@Poynter: Why the New York Times won't be sold any time soon bit.ly/1tpT1lO

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‘Winter is coming’: 9 front pages from the blizzard

poynter.org — Juno the winter storm brought a "Over a Foot of Snow in Six States" so far, according to The Weather Channel. The whole thing wasn't as bad as expected in New York City, but many front pages for Tuesday show a region bracing for winter. Here's a collection of nine, from the Newseum.
Jan 27, 2015

There's some deeper commentary in here somewhere -- via @Poynter: Nine front pages from the blizzard poynter.org/news/mediawire…

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Indiana’s governor will hold a briefing today on that state-run news outlet

poynter.org — Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. Time for some gov-splaining Indiana Gov. Mike Pence plans to clear up all this confusion about whether he's starting a state-run news agency or they're just doing PR. Pence will hold a media briefing Wednesday morning.
Jan 28, 2015

From today's newsletter for @Poynter poynter.org/news/mediawire… the BBC predicts bots will start writing news in 2021

NPPA study: The most memorable pictures were taken by pros

poynter.org — On Tuesday, the National Press Photographers Association released the results of an eyetracking study of 200 images, half by professional photojournalists and half by amateurs. Sara Quinn, Poynter affiliate faculty, wrote that the study was conducted last May at the University of Minnesota with 52 people who fell into two demographics - 18 to 30 and 45 to 60.
Jan 28, 2015

Not that we needed proof but here it is. @NPPA study at @UMNews shows importance of professional photographers: bit.ly/1y5uRJW

Best headline of the blizzard: ‘There’s a Yeti on the Loose in Boston’

poynter.org — Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. #Blizzardof2015 Best subhead of the blizzard so far: "OK, not really. It's just a bored person in a costume trying to make the best of the blizzard-like conditions." ( Boston Magazine) | Lots of networks put staff up at hotels in NYC to make sure they could keep working.