Posts by Sam Kirkland

About Sam Kirkland

Sam Kirkland is Poynter's digital media fellow, focusing on mobile and social media trends. Previously, he worked at the Chicago Sun-Times as a digital editor, where he helped launch digital magazines and ebooks in addition to other web duties. He also served as a copy editing intern at the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times via Dow Jones News Fund. A Midwest native, he graduated from Northwestern University with a master's from the Medill School of Journalism. He lives in New York. Reach him at Follow @samkirkla

At The Guardian, the homepage is far from dead

You've probably heard rumors of "the death of the homepage," but The Guardian isn't having it. During a demo of the newly redesigned U.S. website in New York this week, Wolfgang Blau, The Guardian's director of digital strategy, said the homepage was The Guardian's "single strongest lever to direct attention." He and other digital leaders at The Guardian … Read More

Canada's Postmedia newspaper chain reinvents its smartphone and tablet app strategy

At 6 a.m. on Oct. 21, print subscribers to the Montreal Gazette received a new-look newspaper focused on news analysis. At 6 p.m., they read the first edition of a magazine-style iPad app. In-between, they were able to access a smartphone app geared toward millennials with short snippets of local news, as well as a new responsive website. The four … Read More

Pew: 4 in 10 Internet users have experienced online harassment

Pew Research Center Women are more likely to experience severe forms of harassment online, according to a Pew survey, and 65 percent of both men and women between ages 18 and 29 have experienced some form of online harassment. Overall, 4 in 10 Internet users have experienced online harassment, while 73 percent have seen it … Read More

Cue the outcry — more big Twitter changes on the way

Friday. Good morning (or good evening, if you're reading this at night). Andrew Beaujon is back next week. Let's freak out about Twitter changes: Sayeth Twitter: "in many cases, the best Tweets come from people you already know, or know of. But there are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy." Noooooooo! ( … Read More

Newspaper distributor to do same-day delivery for Amazon

It's Thursday. Here's a pop quiz: How many media stories do you think you're about to get? UK newspaper distributor will do same-day Amazon deliveries: "Connect Group will make early morning deliveries at the same time as it delivers daily newspapers and use contractors to fulfill a second delivery in the afternoon." Connect distributes The Guardian and The Mirror, … Read More

ESPN 'frees' Bill Simmons, but will he seek more freedom elsewhere?

It's Wednesday. That means you get 10 media stories. Freed Simmons: ESPN's Bill Simmons returns to the network today after his three-week suspension "for calling N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell a 'liar' during a podcast, and then effectively daring ESPN to punish him." His contract expires next fall, Jonathan Mahler and Richard Sandomir report. Will he leave? (New York … Read More

Dorian Nakamoto looks to sue Newsweek over Bitcoin story

Hey, hi. Here are 10 media stories. Lawsuit over Newsweek's Bitcoin story? The man who Newsweek's Leah McGrath Goodman identified as the founder of Bitcoin is raising money on a website to sue the magazine, claiming he was "targeted and victimized by a reckless news organization." Dorian Nakamoto has been unemployed for 10 years, the site says. "Donations, … Read More

How will gigabit connectivity change journalism?

Pew Research Center Faster bandwidth in the next 10 years is likely to mean "online life will be significantly changed, though the precise contours of the change are not fully clear." In a new report, the Pew Research Center canvases 1,464 experts on how gigabit connectivity — "50-100 times faster than the average fixed high-speed connection" — will … Read More

Twitter sues U.S. government for right to disclose info about surveillance requests to users

Twitter | Associated Press Twitter has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, "seeking to publish our full Transparency Report, and asking the court to declare these restrictions on our ability to speak about government surveillance as unconstitutional under the First Amendment." Ben Lee, the company's legal VP, writes in a blog … Read More

As David Cohn exits, Circa looks to double its editorial team

Circa's chief content officer David Cohn will exit the company after two-and-a-half years for a job at a broadcast network, CEO Matt Galligan announced to his staff Friday. With Cohn's departure (no specific date on that yet), editor-in-chief Anthony De Rosa will assume full responsibility for editorial operations at Circa. De Rosa was brought on board in May 2013, … Read More

AP to staff: Exercise caution over reports of suspected Ebola cases

Associated Press The AP has issued guidance to its staff on how to report on and refer to two viruses in the news: Ebola and enterovirus. Regarding Ebola, the AP explains: Often the fact of an unconfirmed case isn’t worth a story at all. On several occasions already, in the U.S. and abroad, we have decided not to … Read More

Free Press designer 'cared about every single word, every comma, every period' on 1A

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. Free Press designer dies: 25-year veteran Steve Anderson was 59. Remembers Amy Huschka, assistant editor/social media: "He was so proud of his Twitter account and loved sharing historic images and daily 1A's with his followers." From Jason Karas, a designer and colleague: "He cared about every single word, every comma, every … Read More

Facebook is more important to news distribution than you think, and journalists are freaked out

Facebook's Liz Heron answered for a litany of perceived sins and slights last week during a conversation with The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal and attendees at the Online News Association conference in Chicago. Journalists are anxious about being left out of the loop about how Facebook works, and they want answers. Does Facebook play favorites in the News Feed Algorithm? … Read More

4 quick Twitter tips from Time, CNN, Mashable and NPR

Four social media experts offered tips from their experiences detecting news, reporting news, publishing news and engaging with audiences at a panel moderated by Twitter's head of news, Vivian Schiller, at the Online News Association conference in Chicago. Here are four of them. How @twitter relates to the journalism world according to the “news compass” presented … Read More