Congrats @janinegibson on new role as ed of http://t.co/W1I08dpXTm & dep ed & @kathviner on becoming editor of @guardianus — alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) March 6, 2014
Congratulations to @emilyhwilson on new role as editor of @GuardianAus, succeeding brilliant @kathviner.. — alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) March 6, 2014
…and congrats @Freedland on new role as exec ed, opinion – @guardian leaders, comment and new review space/long reads — alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) March 6, 2014
...and finally congrats to @stuartmillar159 who will become ed of http://t.co/W1I08dpXTm head of news — alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) March 6, 2014(more...)
In a conversation with Andrew Lack and Thomas Fiedler, newly minted Boston University professor (and New York Times reporter) David Carr talked about getting into journalism:
The dirty secret: journalism has always been horrible to get in; you always have to eat so much crap to find a place to stand. I waited tables for seven years, did writing on the side. If you’re gonna get a job that’s a little bit of a caper, that isn’t really a job, that under ideal circumstances you get to at least leave the building and leave your desktop, go out, find people more interesting than you, learn about something, come back and tell other people about it—that should be hard to get into. That should be hard to do. No wonder everybody’s lined up, trying to get into it. It beats working.
A couple of minutes after Liz made her statement, we found all the major news media in the world - as our exhausted spokeswoman put it, “CNN, NYT, pretty much everyone” – glowing with schadenfreude, as they lined up for official feedback from RT. ...(more...)
Standing out from the crowd is hard, sometimes unbearable. I wish the best of luck to those who can’t take it.
In an excerpt from a story about Nate Silver’s planned relaunch of FiveThirtyEight.com, Jack Dickey writes about Silver’s hiring practices. Silver graphs potential employees:
The bottom two quadrants belong to the dregs of American journalism: on the left, sportswriters who cherry-pick statistics without thinking through them, and on the right, op-ed columnists. “That’s the crap quadrant. Two-thirds of the op-ed columnists at America’s major newspapers are worthless,” Silver says. He hates punditry, he hates narratives, he hates bold proclamations — and so too does he hate the media’s most willing vessels for all three.
It was only while scouring a database that contained the registration cards of naturalized U.S. citizens that a Satoshi Nakamoto turned up whose profile and background offered a potential match. But it was not until after ordering his records from the National Archives and conducting many more interviews that a cohesive picture began to take shape.This kind of derring-do plays well with journalists: "How to find Satoshi Nakamoto: The phone book. Wow," BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted. But on Reddit, "doxxing" (releasing personal information about someone) is a cardinal sin. And Goodman's revelations about Nakamoto -- including his picture and one of his house -- are not terribly popular on r/bitcoin.
Two weeks before our meeting in Temple City, I struck up an email correspondence with Satoshi Nakamoto, mostly discussing his interest in upgrading and modifying model steam trains with computer-aided design technologies. I obtained Nakamoto's email through a company he buys model trains from.
On Wednesday, the company unveiled the embed tool, which will allow users to include images on websites, such as non-commercial WordPress blogs. The eligible images also come with buttons for Tumblr and Twitter, where a link to the image can be shared. (The image itself doesn’t appear on Twitter, however.)
"The reality of the world is that people snack," he said, and the Guardian approach is to "build a business around that", he added.Miller said entities that refer traffic to the Guardian "aren’t our enemies, these are our friends." He said it's "essential to our business model to ensure our journalism is read," Bartlett reports.
"This isn’t about trying to protect old business models. It is about how the web works."(more...)
Al Jazeera journo @PeterGreste + colleagues inside the defendants cage during their trial in Cairo (@GettyImages) pic.twitter.com/xZzOASS8VV — AJAM Photo (@ajamphoto) March 5, 2014
“We are again disappointed that Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed were not released from prison today. The charges against our staff are without any substance and totally unjustified, we refute all the allegations labeled against our colleagues. Mohamed, Peter, and Baher are world-class journalists, and were simply doing the job of journalism covering and challenging all sides of the story in Egypt”. He added: “To continue to keep them behind bars after such a long time in detention is simply outrageous, so we continue to call for their immediate release. The trial in Egypt is a trial of journalism itself, so we remain resolute in calling for freedom of speech, for the right for people to know, and for the immediate release of all of Al Jazeera’s journalists in detention in Egypt”.
The SPLC is asking the Court to overturn a May 2013 decision by the Nashville-based Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Susan B. Anthony Fund v. Dreihaus. In the Dreihaus case, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit threw out a First Amendment challenge by an anti-abortion group questioning the constitutionality of an Ohio law regulating speech in political campaigns.
Check the @TAMUWC “99 commas” video: http://t.co/FJ032XLVHP #grammarday #fun — Mignon Fogarty (@GrammarGirl) March 4, 2014Filmmaker Jack Douglass puts out "Your Grammar Sucks" videos each Friday. This one's NSFW, unless you work in a newsroom. In 2012, Jack Moore shared this one with BuzzFeed readers. There are seriously tons of these. There's even, fittingly, an awkward love song. You can join Poynter's own vice president, senior scholar and glamourous grammarian Roy Peter Clark today at 2 p.m. Eastern for a webinar from Poynter's News University. Register here for 7 Tools for Next-Level Writing: National Grammar Day 2014. In the meantime, Clark offers a little advice on how to get the upper hand over grammar. He does not, however, sing that advice. But he can.