The Week on Politwoops: A regal Rep., Christmas is for kids and an error from a dog, staffer
Image via Politwoops. This week's roundup of deletions archived by Politwoops include a purple bedecked congresswoman, retaking a holiday from u...
Complicating the network: The year in social media research
This column has again reviewed hundreds of papers over the past year and tried to select a diverse mix of research that speaks to important issues. Here are ...
News in a remix-focused culture
We aren't ready for Vine. Hell, we weren't ready for Tumblr. We still don't know what to do with Instagram. For all our talk of disruption, most people in me...
OpenGov Voices: How California's putting big local government data online
Marc Joffe, founder of Public Sector Credit Solutions. Image credit: Public Sector Credit Solutions Many state governments in the U.S. collect and report ...
A holiday surprise from our friends at Cards Against Humanity
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Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Dec. 19
In Japan, "fair" elections breed apathy and destroy competition
Photo of Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe Information about money in elections needs to be open and transparent -- this is a mantra you’ve heard bef...
Los Angeles is the content future
From where I stand, 2015 is going to be a big year. Sure, I can tell you about wearables reaching a new level of maturity. Likely not Google Glass in its cur...
Reporters, designers, and developers become BFFs
If you Google 'integrated newsroom,' you'll see loads of search results for articles, op-eds, presentations, academic papers, and even images of seating char...
A thaw in the newsroom glacier
Here is hoping 2015 will see: " The Pulitzer Prizes are not given to the same annual one-day wonders. " Stories on Jill Abramson morph into stories from ...
More listening, more collaborating
The conversation around the disruption of the news is surrounded by fear. We pick apart the successes and failures of massive media experiments with little s...
Could a Journalist Rescue Fund take threatened reporters out of harm’s way?
Over the past 22 years, 1,059 journalists have been killed. Worldwide, some 430 journalists are in exile from their home countries. Hundreds more are injured...
What does it mean to run “product” in a news organization? Hayley Nelson’s big challenge at Wired
f there's a news outlet you would expect to be ahead of the curve in digital media, it might be Wired. The San Francisco-based magazine of technology has ...
Cut the excuses: Diversity takes work
Patriarchy, it's time. You've had a good run there, turning a blind eye to diversity on one hand and trumpeting meritocracy on the other, as though both thos...
Encouraging engagement, accepting anonymity
In comments sections of news articles and blog posts, it's not uncommon to see someone quip “I went straight to the comments. Many newsreaders actively s...
Learning from mobile-first markets
My book celebrates African innovation, and doing more with less. It's in that spirit that I offer two related predictions for news in 2015: First: A push to ...
Ads that keep up with editorial
In the coming rush to measure ad engagement by visibility, I hope we'll see a grand reconsideration of how ad units are created to engage readers and complem...
Major updates to bulk legislative data announced
Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol. Today's meeting of the Legislative Branch Bulk Data Task Force produced some major news. Specifically, t...
Federal Communications Commission: Put cable political ad buys online
In a move that could make it easier for the public to identify who's behind TV advertising aimed at influencing elections and legislation, the Fede...
Lost in cyberspace: Feds spent $30K to get ad data they couldn't find at FCC
The FCC needs to modernize its radio political ad data."Philco radio model PT44 front" by Armstrong1113149 - Own work. Licensed under Public Domai...
The news mixtape
First we had homepages. Next we got streams. Then we saw a return to newsletters. So what is the thing for 2015? This will be the year of the mixtape. Not qu...
The fall and rise of the news bundle
The bundle is dead; long live the bundle. But this isn't the familiar 20th-century package of paper and ink. It's a bundle that lives as code, often assemble...
The year of yes
I conducted a programming study 10 years ago that showed the gatekeepers of public radio were, on average, 45-year-old white males. This generation of archit...
What might vs. what should
Here are three things that aren't necessarily going to happen in 2015, but should happen so journalism can have a great new year. This isn't a set of predict...
The year in local open data - 2014 edition
Map of open data policies It was another year full of encouraging news on the open data front in states and municipalities across the country. N...
New friends: The Washington Post and The Texas Tribune enter into a new reporting partnership
The Texas Tribune is taking its split with The New York Times pretty well. Two months ago the Times ended its story-sharing agreement with the Austin-based n...
Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, Dec. 18
Ken Doctor: “Rosewater,” cascading censorship, and press freedom
I remember the early summer day in Moscow well. I had one day to myself to explore a bit of the city after conducting a two-day workshop for Russian regional...
Bad community is worse than no community
2015 should be the year your digital publication rethinks its community strategy. First question: Do you really care enough to do it right? As Kyle Chayka wr...
More data, fewer questions
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Get a clue: Your tender fee-fees do not trump HUMAN LIFE
(Pop) art, life, and American journalism
The Senate torture report
There is no value in working for free for publicity
Quote of the Day, John McCain edition
Today I am thankful for …
'You have the right to remain silent … and wouldn't that be a nice change.'
Here's where a good part of the middle class went — and what Obama could do to fix it
Electric Light Orchestra: Roll Over, Beethoven
'This is the world I want to live in.'
UNC System tuition: 'A failure of liberal thought' … and much more than that
10 Crowdfunding Lessons From The Radiotopia Kickstarter Campaign
Five Kinds of Listening for Newsrooms and Communities
How To Get Your News From Poems
Job: Help us learn how teaching works by visualizing millions of syllabi
Why Journalists Need to Take Reader Privacy More Seriously
What if Journalism Was Built for Inclusive Community Participation?
The Rise of Hands-On Journalism
Thirteen Questions About the Future of Participatory Journalism
Finding a Better Way to Track Journalist Arrests in the United States
From Washington to Ferguson and Back Again in a Night
Journalism's Theory of Change
How can I help?
What I learned at Build Peace, the first conference for technology and conflict resolution
Questions about the NYPD I cannot answer
Carnival of Journalism: Modernizing college media organizations
Dear Huffington Post, you get the commenters you deserve and real names won’t change that
Why I am so happy that I chose Flickr over Instagram for my photo of the day project
Where are my photos of the day? On social media
Why The Washington Post uses WordPress (or why your CMS doesn’t have to suck)
Sunday sampler
This Christmas, encrypt your emails and make the haystack bigger
Why should journalists be interested in web security? You may not fear your social media accounts being hacked by propagandists, your email hacked by compa...
When to quit your journalism job
When the sales people are happy to sell what the newsroom is happy to make, there you have a well-run editorial company. So measure your own newsroom's miser...
3 reasons why 2014 was the year news organisations finally ‘got’ web-native production
Something remarkable happened this year. Something I've been waiting for for a long time. News reports on the web finally started to look more and more li...
When You're Right, You're Right
Gov. McCrory and the Associated Press
Geeks Bearing Gifts, Part II: Forms – The Article is Dead. Long Live the Article.
Serial: all good journalism is voyeurism – and bad journalism too (but it’s still journalism)
After reporting on online journalism for some time you tire quickly of people saying 'this is not journalism'. On Tuesday Brian C. Jones leveled this accu...
Geeks Bearing Gifts: New roles for journalists
How The Cambodia Daily went HTTPS to protect its readers – guest post
Last month The Cambodia Daily announced it was going HTTPS. In a guest post for OJB Joshua Wilwohl explains why they decided to go secure, and how they di...
Geeks Bearing Gifts: News ecosystems
Podcast: Journalism outside the website, from WhatsApp to Email
I recently hosted a podcast discussion at Birmingham City University for my MA Online Journalism students on 'platform publishing': in other words, journalis...
Protecting whistleblowers, anonymity – and Daniel Ellsberg. Day 2 of the Logan Symposium
Watch what they do not what they say, investigative journos mostly assume they lie, says Charles Lewis #logancij14 pic.twitter.com/ xelPuHUL1U " Natalie Le...
Spain’s link tax forces Google News to shut there
Tip: If your blog comments have moved to Twitter, embed tweets at the end of your posts
@paulbradshaw @BBCCollege interesting piece. to your final point, curation can be scaleable eg. if users are involved. Wikipedia? " Sarah Hartley (@foodies...
Fables of the Reconstruction: Tom Petty Edition
New free web journalism book – in Portuguese
A new book on web journalism " with chapters on the seven qualities of journalism on the web " has been made available for free online. João Canavilhas...
“Don’t be afraid: keep them afraid” and other notes from the Logan Symposium on surveillance’s first day
On Friday I was at the Logan Symposium on secrecy, surveillance and censorship, an event which, as is often the case with these things, managed to be inspi...
Geeks Bearing Gifts: Content vs. Service
Sunday sampler
'I had just arrived in the Chicago bureau and I needed a story…'
Many years ago I was sitting around in a hotel bar with some journalists who were telling tales, and one of them started an anecdote this way: 'I had just ar...
That German guy and his beard
Geeks Bearing Gifts: No Mas Mass Media
Help Me Investigate: rip it up and start again (but I’ll still help you investigate)
I'm stopping Help Me Investigate, my collaborative investigation project. It's time to rip it up and start again. This year has seen the launch of a numbe...
Eric Garner's Killer Won't Be Indicted
Because I Love You
My new book coming to Medium: Free!
Sunday sampler
November
Being thankful for a Thanksgiving week cold that had me at home around sunset on Tuesday,  even if I did miss a Radford Pizza House jam session because of i...
Asked and Answered In Ferguson — A Tale of Two Times Stories
The Texas school board isn't as powerful as you think
Its textbook clout has waned but reporters are still writing as though it hasn't
Will radio save science journalism?
WNYC will soon have a new health unit
Climate change coverage at a crossroads in Australia
Conservative news outlets News Corp and Fairfax Media tend to control the message
A digital transformation for Science
In transitioning to a new magazine model, the publication's challenges are familiar
BP's aggressive PR strategy obfuscates facts
The company's flack blurs lines between journalism and company mission
Why media probably shouldn't name Ebola victims
Ebola's made its American sufferers famous--but what do we gain with personal details?
Here's how to produce strong Ebola stories
The most effective coverage of the first American case has stemmed from the steady hands of experienced--and highly credible--federal medical leaders as well...
Has climate change become a business story?
The cost of brushing science aside
The media's growing interest in how animals think
The more divorced we become from animals in our daily lives, the more we want to look at them online
A long-time science reporter wrote a questionable book on genetics. Can we trust his other work?
The case of Nicholas Wade and reporting on a lively field with a dishonorable past
The newest tool in teaching about climate change: the weatherman
A South Carolina pilot project expands
As Congress scolded him, Dr. Oz launched a magazine
The Good Life is less inflammatory than the doctor's television show, but the line between ad and editorial is murky
Narrating climate change
Incremental journalism isn't driving home the dire state of the climate to the public, so researchers and outlets are trying to reach them through a shift in...
Women science writers conference about changing the ratio
A summit last weekend presented actions to address systemic gender inequities in science journalism
The EPA goes on background, and journalists revolt
For some reporters, having the call 'on background' rather than 'on the record' meant that the material was essentially unusable