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Radio show seeks funding to uncover undercovered America

A few days before the government shutdown, the former co-host of “The Takeaway” launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $92,000 for an independent radio show covering the often-ignored world between the two coasts.

But because of the Washington stalemate, the … Read more

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Thursday, Mar. 07, 2013

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Twitter research shows how multimedia increases engagement

To update an old saying for the Twitter era: A picture is worth a thousand characters.

Research by Twitter shows that tweets that include a photo or video receive 3 to 4 times more engagement (retweets, replies, etc.) than those … Read more

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Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

‘Frictionless sharing’ is an instructive failure of 2012

Two of the news organizations that led the push into social reader Facebook apps are retooling their products, and Facebook itself is signaling that it’s time to leave behind the “frictionless sharing” experiment.

The Washington Post has extended its Social … Read more

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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

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When to go fast, when to go slow on social media

Reuters | Nieman Lab
Ben Walsh writes that his unfiltered Twitter stream “was basically unusable as an information source” during the Newtown school shooting.

Because he follows so many journalists and news organizations, his timeline repeated the same facts … Read more

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Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

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Newtown response shows perils of requesting interviews on Twitter

Any journalist who’s had to ask grieving loved ones for an interview in the wake of a tragedy will tell you, it’s one of the hardest parts of her job.

It’s also one of the most difficult requests for non-journalists … Read more

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

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News orgs circulate Facebook profile, photos of man who wasn’t the shooter

Reporters and producers around the country, frantically searching for information online about the alleged school shooter, found what seemed like a match. Ryan Lanza, 24, was believed responsible for the deaths of 27 people in Newtown, Conn., at the Sandy … Read more

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Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

What the world population is doing on smartphones and social networks

In the past year, American cell phone owners became more likely to use the Internet on their phones (51 percent, up from 43 percent in 2011) and capture pictures or videos (67 percent, up from 57 percent).

That’s one insight … Read more

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Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

Twitter-Instagram photo war reveals new business realities of social networks

The photo-sharing turf war is escalating, with Twitter copying Instagram-like features and Instagram (owned by Facebook) no longer making its photos viewable within tweets.

No matter which company wins, users will lose.

It seems time to just accept that Facebook … Read more

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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

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5 ways to use social media curator RebelMouse

Almost six months after RebelMouse launched, the service is finding a home in the digital journalist’s toolbox.

If you haven’t heard of it before, here’s what RebelMouse does: You connect your social accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.) and it … Read more

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Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy tests Twitter’s information immune system

There’s plenty of grist available today for social networking cynics.

This storm proved, again, that Twitter is the place to turn for real-time information and analysis during major news events. Journalists and eyewitnesses were posting developments seconds after they happened. … Read more

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