The Pulitzer Prizes are about to commemorate their 100th anniversary with a celebration at Poynter.
In honor of the occasion, we're taking a look at exemplary social justice-focused journalism from last
year and throughout the century.
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 email@example.com.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 | 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
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
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
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'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
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