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WaPo corrects: ‘Barbara Ann’ is by the Beach Boys, not The Beatles. No wait, it’s by The Regents.

The Washington Post

On Monday, The Washington Post added this correction to a story by Aaron Blake entitled “21 percent of Republicans want to take military action against Iran. What?”

Here’s the correction:

Correction: This post initially attributed the song “Barbara Ann” to The Beatles. It is, in fact, a Beach Boys song. The author of this post would blame his relative youth, but as a fan of the oldies, this would be dishonest. He would instead like to extend his sincerest apology for this egregious error and promise that it will not be repeated.

It’s followed by this clarification:

Clarification: As Ed Morrissey notes, the song was originally written and sung by The Regents and later covered by the Beach Boys. So the author of this post is clearly having one of those days.

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2015 Webby winners include Mashable, BuzzFeed, Vice and The New York Times

Webby Award. (Photo courtesy The Webby Awards)

Webby Award. (Photo courtesy The Webby Awards)

The Webby Awards

Winners for the 2015 Webby Awards were announced Monday. According to a press release, Vice Media won 10 awards, and The New York Times and Mashable both won four. Here’s a quick look at some of the winners. You can find the complete list here.

Web: Best use of photography – Mashable

Web: Best writing, editorial – The New Yorker

Web: Blog, cultural – The Upshot, The New York Times

Web: Fashion and beauty – Vice Media

Web: Magazine – The New Yorker

Web: News – The New York Times

Web: Radio and podcasts- KCRW

Mobile sites and apps: (News) Handheld devices- BuzzFeed App

Online film and video: News and information – HuffPost Live

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The New York Times dabbles in virtual reality

The New York Times Co. | Wired

On Monday, The New York Times offered a view of a virtual reality experiment, according to a press release from The New York Times Co. The virtual reality film, “Walking New York,” focuses on the artist who created the art for the most recent cover of The New York Times Magazine.

The virtual reality film, titled “Walking New York,” takes viewers through the making of the Magazine’s cover, for which JR took a photo of a recent immigrant to New York and pasted a 150-foot-tall version of the portrait on the Flatiron Plaza in Manhattan. The final cover photograph is a shot of the portrait taken from a helicopter above the city. The film, narrated by JR, lets viewers experience every aspect of the process, from the initial photo shoot on the street, to the studio work, to the pasting, to the helicopter ride.

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23 front pages from Nepal’s devastating earthquake

The number of dead keeps rising after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. According to a report Monday morning from the BBC, that number is now up to 4,000. Here are 23 front pages from around the world that led with the news on Monday, from the Newseum and Kiosko. This is a huge collection, more than we’d normally gather, and there are a few reasons for that. Usually when a news event makes the front page, there are one or two photos that most newspapers use. Here, you’ll find images that zoom in to show people in Nepal and images that zoom out to show the devastation those people are now dealing with. And today, there are many of both. Also, it’s rare to find an event that makes front pages pretty much everywhere. Read more

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5 lessons from The Atlantic’s redesign

Screenshot, The Atlantic.

Screenshot, The Atlantic.

The Atlantic unveiled a redesign on Tuesday, and I spoke with Libby Bawcombe, The Atlantic’s digital design director, via email about the redesign, what worked, what didn’t and if they had any surprises. Here’s what she said:

A/B testing helped with choices before the redesign:

“We continually measure how readers use our site,” Bawcombe said. “We wanted to pressure test a lot of ideas before we officially kicked off the redesign. We started deploying regular rounds of A/B tests to try out new ideas and see what would stick with readers. This freed us from anxiety about predicting if we were making the single right choice. We often said, ‘Let’s just A/B test it.’ We created a list of A/B tests to perform post-launch and continue to make tests a regular part of our workflow.”

A weekly cycle schedule was ‘demanding but productive:’

“We did the project in-house and built a small working group comprising staff from the editorial and product teams, including the website’s editor, deputy editor, product director, a lead developer, the digital design director and the analytics director,” Bawcombe said. Read more

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‘Investigative reporting is obviously alive and well’ and other observations from first-time Pulitzer jurors

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University)

This year, several first-time Pulitzer Prize jurors came from online news organizations and platforms, including Quartz, Twitter, Trove, The Marshall Project and The Texas Tribune. I spoke with three of them about their experiences judging the Pulitzers. They can’t talk in specifics about entries, but they did talk about what the Pulitzers say about journalism, the role of social media and what they’d like to see next.

1. On what makes for powerful work and where that work is coming from:

“I think the winners this year validate the fact that important, game-changing journalism is being produced regardless of the medium, and that newspapers — even those facing dwindling resources — are continuing to emphasize the most important kind of reporting, work that exposes injustice,” said Emily Ramshaw, editor of The Texas Tribune. Read more

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Those countries at the top of the World Happiness Report also have great press freedom rankings

World Happiness Report | Committee to Protect Journalists | Reporters Without Borders

Switzerland is the happiest place in the world, according to the latest World Happiness Report. The United States ranks 15th, and at the bottom sits Togo. (Both The Guardian and The Washington Post have visualizations of the data.) But how do these countries fare with freedom of the press rankings?

Here’s a quick look at the top five, the bottom five, the U.S., China and Iran.

1. Switzerland:

Touring skiers climb during the 68th edition of the "Trophees du Muveran" a Ski Mountaineering race through the Swiss Alps, near Les Plans-sur-Bex, Switzerland, Sunday, April 12, 2015.  (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

Touring skiers climb during the 68th edition of the “Trophees du Muveran” a Ski Mountaineering race through the Swiss Alps, near Les Plans-sur-Bex, Switzerland, Sunday, April 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

Switzerland ranks 20th in Reporters Without Borders 2015 World Press Freedom Index, that’s down five spots from the year before. Read more

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Report: Republicans don’t like fact checking as much as Democrats

American Press Institute

On Wednesday, American Press Institute released three reports on fact-checking journalism as part of The Fact Checking Project. Here are a few details from the report, which you can read in full here:

- Fact checking increased by 300 percent between 2008 and 2012.

- Readers like rating scales, such as the Pinocchio scale from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, but they’re not essential.

- While the majority of people polled had “a favorable view” of fact-checking journalism, partisanship did make a difference.

From the report:

First, people who are less informed, educated, and politically knowledgeable have less positive views of the format. The learning elects we observed in our study as a result of exposure to fact-checking content were also somewhat less among participants with lower political knowledge.

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BuzzFeed News adds a new Middle East reporter, a senior world editor and a cybersecurity reporter

Financial Times’ Borzou Daragahi will join BuzzFeed News as a Middle East correspondent, and The Washington Post’s Anup Kaphle will join BuzzFeed News as a senior world editor. Middle East correspondent Sheera Frenkel will switch beats to focus on cybersecurity, which is a new beat for BuzzFeed News.

“With these two hires and with Sheera’s shift, it almost feels like a next level of growth for us at BuzzFeed World,” said Miriam Elder, BuzzFeed News’ world editor.

They’re building a combination of energetic reporters who are building their careers with people coming to BuzzFeed News with experience, she said. “It’s just such a nice balance to have.”

Daragahi is a three-time Pulitzer finalist and covered the Middle East for FT. Previously, he was the Baghdad bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. Read more


Cincinnati Reds manager swore a lot at the press in 5 minutes

On Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans reported for about a tirade aimed at the press from Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price.

The television crews left and about 10 reporters remained in the room. That’s when Price took his turn doing the talking.

What followed was a five-minute, 34-second expletive-filled tirade. The final tally was 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).

The rant stemmed from a story noting that player Devin Mesoraco wasn’t with the team on Sunday.

Here’s a screen shot of one passage from the exchange:

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Later on Tuesday, Rosecrans wrote more about the piece, noting that he wasn’t grandstanding by writing it and that Price never said he got the facts wrong. Read more

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