Patrick Thornton


How news organizations are taking advantage of the latest iPad’s features

The newest iPad has ushered in a new high-resolution Retina Display that renders text that’s similar to the quality you see in print.

The core of most news apps is the printed word. The coarse typography of the iPad 1 … Read more

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iPad 3′s Retina display will make news apps stand out, present new challenges for news orgs

Apple announced its latest iPad today, which features a much higher resolution display that’s perfect for reading and for news apps.

The new iPad could finally elevate the text reading experience on a tablet to something much more akin to … Read more

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How Siri, if opened up to third-party apps, could enhance news consumption

Apple’s Siri voice technology is one of the must-have features of the iPhone 4S, and has become one of the phone’s biggest selling points.

Voice technology is not new. What makes Siri and similar technologies different is that it … Read more

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iPad news apps lack accessibility and usability

Apple’s iPad and iOS come with several built-in accessibility features that make the iPad relatively easy for disabled people to use. Unfortunately, many news applications were not built to take advantage of these accessibility features, rendering the apps ultimately useless … Read more

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How journalists are using metrics to track the success of tweets

When I first started on the BeatBlogging.org project almost three years ago, very few journalists and news organizations were using social media. In fact, you were considered kind of strange if you used social media. Now, it’s strange if a … Read more

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Plain Dealer Creates New Comment Policy, Encourages Staffers to Interact

The Plain Dealer rolled out a new commenting policy this week that aims to end bigoted comments and trolling, while also encouraging staff members to engage users in meaningful discussions.

Editors and writers got tired of all the racism, fighting … Read more

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Knight Foundation to Fund Plug-and-Play Version of EveryBlock

The Knight Foundation is assembling a new team to further develop the code behind the hyperlocal, geo-coded EveryBlock project and to develop plug-and-play architecture to make it easier for news organizations to install the software.

Meanwhile, the foundation plans to … Read more

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NASA’s Spacebook Offers Lessons for Newsroom Collaboration

NASA launched its own social network, Spacebook, earlier this year in an attempt to increase interaction among employees and foster more group collaboration. The network, which I describe in detail below, offers several lessons for how news organizations can embrace … Read more

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Washington Post Develops Visual, Web-like Commenting System

Washingtonpost.com has developed a new commenting interface dubbed “WebCom” that arranges comments in a web based on which ones are most-liked by readers and spur the most discussion.

It’s the latest effort to solve a problem that has persisted since … Read more

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Twitter Yields Uneven ROI for News Organizations Using Automation, Curation, Interaction

Journalists and news organizations are all atwitter these days, but they are seeing different returns on investment from their uses of Twitter.

Conventional wisdom says that to be good at using social media sites like Twitter, one must be social. … Read more

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