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A list of every hidden journalism-related social media group I could find

I’m overwhelmed by the number of different platforms that journalists use to share information, tips and job notices with each other. There are conferences and symposiums, not to mention Facebook groups and Slack channels and Twitter chats and listservs.

I prefer Twitter to the other mediums: it’s open and accessible. In order to participate in a closed Facebook group or Slack channel or listserv, you have to know that they exist in the first place — which excludes people who are not well-connected to already-existing circles of journalists.

I’m a big fan of getting new voices into journalism and keeping them there. One of the ways to help level the existing playing field is to make sure everyone knows about the groups that already exist. Many of these groups are not well-advertised and are hard to find, particularly if you’re a freelancer or new to the field. Read more

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Meet the 17-year-old who breaks cybersecurity news

William Turton was transcribing interviews at The Daily Dot office when he got information that Planned Parenthood’s website had been hacked. It was 8:22 p.m. on a Sunday evening. He started reporting. Around six hours later, he got another tip that New York Magazine’s website was facing a cyber attack. He jumped on that as well. Sitting in an empty workspace, Turton had kept the lights off so that he could manage his headache. He went on to report on both the stories into the night and published them at 8 a.m. that morning. He was the first one to get the news out. Turton covers politics and hacking for The Daily Dot. He is also a 17-year-old high school student.

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William Turton at the Daily Dot office.

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Police drop charges against 2 journalists arrested in Ferguson

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On Monday, the ACLU of Missouri announced that journalists Trey Yingst and Bilgin Şaşmaz will not face charges by St. Louis County Police. Both were arrested while reporting from Ferguson, Missouri. According to the announcement, the county will help both journalists get the arrests removed from their records.

From the ACLU:

On the evening of Aug. 19, Şaşmaz had been photographing Ray Albers, a former St. Ann police office, who was pointing his weapon at protesters and yelling that he was going to kill them. A St. Louis County Police officer threw Şaşmaz violently to the pavement, handcuffed and arrested him, even though Şaşmaz repeatedly identified himself as a member of the media. Şaşmaz, of Middle Eastern descent, was working alongside many Caucasian reporters and photographers, who were not arrested but documented the interaction.

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Front page of the day: It’s Sasquatch!

Today’s front page of the day actually comes from Sunday, when most newspapers offer pretty great front pages. Merry Eccles designed this front for The (Staunton, Virginia) News Leader, which led with the hunt for Sasquatch.

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“We’re in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, and we have national forests, several of them surrounding us,” said William Ramsey, news director at the News Leader. And photojournalist Mike Tripp is interested in groups that have less traditional outdoor pursuits. So when he learned about a group called the East Coast Bigfoot Research Organization, he took writer Laura Peters along to find out more.

“We’ve had some fairly serious hard news Sunday covers lately,” Ramsey said, “and we like to have fun every now and then, so they went out on a couple of hunts.”

They approached the story, images and videos straight, he said, and thinks the audience gets it and brings an open mind to stories like this one. Read more

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The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 20 years on

This article was originally published on The 1995 Blog and has been republished with permission.

We’re in the runup to the 20th anniversary of the “Netscape Moment” of 1995, the day when a California startup’s eye-popping market debut illuminated the World Wide Web for millions of people otherwise only vaguely familiar with its potential and promise.

The initial public offering of shares of Netscape Communications Corporation stimulated the dot.com boom of the late 1990s and enabled Netscape to help establish what one writer called “the technological, social, and financial tone of the Internet age.”

Netscape was the Silicon Valley maker of the breakthrough Web browser, Navigator. By summer 1995, Navigator commanded more than 70 percent of the emergent browser market. The company had yet to turn a profit, but on August 9, 1995, Netscape put 5 million shares of its stock for sale on NASDAQ, priced at $28 per share. Read more

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Hillary Clinton camp in overdrive going after New York Times

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  1. Chief Clinton flack turns media critic on CNN

    The New York Times screwed up a story on a government investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as Secretary of State. It's made clear it screwed up and did so once again Sunday.(New York Times) But the Clinton campaign won't take yes for an answer and Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign's communications director, offered this firm grasp of an obvious reality of modern media with Brian Stelter on CNN Sunday: "There is an inclination to think, 'I want to be fast, and if it's wrong I can fix it online later.' And that's just so dangerous."

    Yes, yes. Now let's see how many times over the next year and a half her own operation tries to be fast, and not necessarily comprehensively candid, when things hit the fan in New Hampshire, Iowa or somewhere else.

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Salon agrees to recognize union, starts negotiations on contract

Management at San Francisco-based Salon Media has agreed to start talks on a first union contract with its workers, it was disclosed Saturday.

“Salon Media has agreed to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) as the collective bargaining representative of its editorial staff, whose decision to unionize was unanimous,” the union said in a formal statement.

Workers voted last month to join a union. The company could have forced a formal vote overseen by a third party or perhaps otherwise stalled union recognition. It did not, which now triggers the process of attempting to bargain a first contract.

“The men and women who write, edit, and produce stories for Salon.com have gained a voice on the job, and the intelligence and unity they have brought to the project is an inspiration,” said Lowell Peterson, Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East. Read more

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Friday, July 31, 2015

New York Review of Books responds to New York Times’ rebuttal of nails’ exposé critique

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Richard Bernstein continued his beef with the New York Times’ nail salon exposé and says the editor’s response was late and insufficient.

Bernstein’s article, published on the New York Review of Books website on Friday, came in response to the letter issued by New York Times editors earlier this week. And so, the debate rages on over ‘Unvarnished’ by Times Reporter Sarah Maslin Nir.

The Times’ rebuttal called his critique as “industry advocacy” while Bernstein responded by focusing on the paper’s lack of response to its allegation that classified advertisements don’t offer $10 a day for workers, as was reported by the story. Bernstein is a part owner of two New York City day spas that are operated by his wife and sister-in-law, both Chinese natives, in an industry with many Asian immigrants. Read more

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American Journalism Review to cease publication

American Journalism Review will cease operation after almost 38 years of publication. The announcement was made on the publication’s website Friday evening. The news comes exactly two years after it ceased the production of its print edition. The magazine was published by Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

“Over many decades, American Journalism Review has been an incredible value both to the college and to American journalists,” said Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish. “Unfortunately, we are unable to provide the resources needed to keep AJR the vibrant, innovative online publication it deserves to be.”

The magazine will no longer be publishing “original” content. However, the existing archives will still be available on the website.

AJR’s death comes almost one and a half year after its redesign in late 2013. Read more

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This week on Medium: 5 stories you may have missed

Happy Friday! Here’s some weekend reading (if you just can’t get enough of journalism, writing or the media,) gathered from good stuff published on Medium this week and last. Thanks to Katie Hawkins-Gaar and Vidisha Priyanka for helping to curate.

‘Twelve Step Program’ for Becoming An Investigative Reporter

Brock Meeks delivers on the promise of that headline with what it takes to make it in investigative journalism. They should teach No. 4 in journalism school:

4. Cultivate the Crazies, Kooks and Conspiracy Theorists

As an investigative reporter you’re going to hear from all corners of society, none more so that the “fringe element,” those that believe the CIA has implanted listening devices in fillings of their teeth or are secretly working on an anti-gravity machine. And you’ll hear from them in droves: Pay.Attention.To.Them

Once in a great while, among the flotsam and jetsam of cornball theories and suspicions, you’ll find an absolute pearl, an honest-to-god scoop of story that no one else took the time to uncover.

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Chicago Bears new media coverage rules: don’t report on us

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler speaks during an NFL football training camp media availability at Olivet Nazarene University, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler speaks during an NFL football training camp media availability at Olivet Nazarene University, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone. Now the Chicago Bears apparently would like beat reporters to self-destruct or otherwise disappear.

The team has released new coverage rules for its training camp. Like all NFL teams, it just started.

Dan Bernstein, a Chicago radio sports talk host, summarized the new rules thusly after mentioning the rather open access for fans:

Credentialed reporters, however, have now been told not to report. They can’t tell anyone what they see on the field, nor can they approach players or coaches at the conclusion of practice without having submitted a request for approval 24 hours prior.

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Commentary: Does ‘tonight’ really mean ‘tonight,’ tonight?

Screenshot from ABC World News Tonight.

Screenshot from ABC World News Tonight.

It’s a common ploy in news writing — using a time reference like “tonight,” “this morning,” or “overnight” to give a story an air of immediacy. But is it needed? And is it accurate?

Sometimes it is needed. For instance: “the decision announced this morning…” when it really was announced this morning and is different from the decision announced, say, yesterday.

Sometimes it is accurate – “a plane crash tonight…” when it really did happen tonight.

But too often, it’s neither. Too often the time reference is clearly meant just to give the story some punch. And too often it’s plain wrong.

Take ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” for example.

On Tuesday, July 21, I counted 45 “tonight” references in the newscast. Read more

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Front page of the day: Malaysia’s The Star and MH370

We’re testing out some new places for this daily feature, which you can find in Jim Warren’s morning newsletter and on Poynter’s Front Page of the Day Tumblr. Today, and for a while, you can also find it here. When possible, I’ll check in with the newspaper and the designers to see what went into making the front.

Here’s today’s pick, via Newseum, from The Star in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Star led with news that we’ll soon know more on the wreckage found at Reunion Island. Many think the found piece came from MH370, which went missing in March of last year. The Star also included an update on the investigation of MH17, which was shot down near the Russian border last July. Read more

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Obtaining government officials’ business emails should be easier

This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP’s Legal Fellow Kristin Bergman wrote this article.

In this 2011 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from inside a C-17 military plane. South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy, wants to know why the panel has no emails from the day the photo was taken as Clinton, then the secretary of state, was en route to Tripoli. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)

In this 2011 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from inside a C-17 military plane. South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy, wants to know why the panel has no emails from the day the photo was taken as Clinton, then the secretary of state, was en route to Tripoli. (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool, File)

This spring, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came under fire when the State Department disclosed her exclusive use of a personal email server during her time as Secretary of State.

This raised major transparency concerns because she used a private account and her email correspondence was not available for production when the State Department received Freedom of Information Act requests. Read more

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Morning Roundup: Bono’s shout-out to Rolling Stone’s embattled Jann Wenner

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  1. Amid magazine’s turmoil, a rocker’s kind words

    Among those "in the house" Thursday night for U2's knockout concert at Madison Square Garden in New York was Jann Wenner, the Rolling Stone founder and boss. It must have been music to his ears that Bono thanked "the believers at Rolling Stone and Jann Wenner," especially given the ongoing disaster of the magazine's botched University of Virginia gang rape expose (his managing editor exited the day before). The kudos seemed to be for their support of the band, and perhaps artists in general. One assumes any kind words are appreciated these days by an embattled rock journalism pioneer who will be spending a lot of money in legal bills as litigation mounts. (Washington Post)

  2. Clinton campaign's very unhappy letter to the editor

    It's now disclosed that the Hillary Clinton campaign had sent New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet a letter of predictable and seemingly quite detailed outrage over its errant story regarding an investigation of Clinton emails while Secretary of State.

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