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Swedish journalists missing in Syria are freed

GlobalPost | Associated Press
Wednesday morning, GlobalPost reported that two Swedish journalists who were missing in Syria have been freed. According to Agence France-Presse, the news was confirmed by a source with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In November, Poynter wrote about Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarström,  who may not have had the right papers and were abducted in November when trying to leave the country.

The GlobalPost story does not name the two journalists who have been freed, but the Associated Press reported Wednesday that Sweden's Foreign Ministry confirmed the two freed journalists were Falkehed and Hammarström. (more...)

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Stock table

Company         2012 Close    2013 close    Percent change

Gannett                $18.01           $29.59          64.4%

E.W. Scripps          10.81              21.70         100.7

New York Times       8.53              15.87           86.0

A.H. Belo                   4.65               7.43             59.8

Journal                      5.41                9.30            71.9

McClatchy                  3.27                3.39             3.7

Lee                             1.14                3.48           205.3

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Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Tribune closes $2.7B deal for Local Holdings stations

Tribune Co.

Tribune announced Friday it closed on its purchase of Local Holdings LLC. The acquisition produces the “largest combined independent broadcast group and content creator in the country,” the company stated in a news release.

The company announced … Read more


Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Newspaper Title Style Guide

Major U.S. Newspapers

  • The Arizona Republic
  • The Boston Globe
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Miami Herald
  • New York Daily News
  • New York Post
  • The New York Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Seattle Times
  • Tampa
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Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2013

Ad revenue rises at AOL, but Patch weighs on results

Reuters | Forbes
AOL announced its third quarter earnings Tuesday. Ad revenue grew at the company, but expenses related to Patch weighed on results.

Ad revenue grew 14 percent over the third quarter of 2012 and, as Reuters reports, "the digital media and entertainment company said on Tuesday it took a pre-tax restructuring charge of $19 million and an impairment charge of $25 million, both related to Patch, sending operating income down 61 percent to $16.7 million."

“AOL’s Q3 results are another step forward in our long-term plan,” Tim Armstrong, AOL Chairman and CEO, said in a news release. "The Q3 results highlight the strength of AOL's strategy and the consistent execution of our team in delivering great consumer experiences and successful customer results.”

major job cuts. (more...)

Thursday, Oct. 03, 2013

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Why rainbow colors aren’t the best option for data visualizations

Data visualizations are beautiful, exciting ways to tell stories. But you have to choose carefully in designing a map or chart, and one of the biggest mistakes is misusing rainbow colors.

Rainbow color schemes — also called spectral color schemes … Read more

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Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013

A grieving relative of one of bombing victims in Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 15, 1963 at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is led away after telling officers that some of his family was in the section most heavily damaged. Man just in back of him is holding a shoe found in the debris. At least four persons were known to have been killed. (AP Photo)

Gene Patterson’s most famous column: ‘A Flower for the Graves’

This column by Eugene Patterson, then editor of the Atlanta Constitution, was originally published in that paper on September 16, 1963 and was read aloud that night on the “CBS Evening News” with Walter Cronkite. Patterson died Jan. 12, 2013 Read more


Friday, Sep. 28, 2012

Why the “second-minute” story matters more online than breaking news:

Digital journalism is, at its heart, about attracting readers and earning their curiosity, not about being first. It is only practiced successfully when an online publication enjoys a unique identity forged by producing content that offers much more than the quotidian – an identity so distinctive that it stands out well above the thousands of faceless stopovers readers will encounter along the way.

Jeffrey Rothfeder, MediaPost

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Sunday, July 01, 2012


During these interactive one-day TEDx events, we tap into the minds of influential thought leaders from the broadest sections of the media industry. What makes these days unique is the variety of speakers at the intersection of technology and media. … Read more


Friday, Feb. 10, 2012

Timeline of Philadelphia newspapers sale, from Knight Ridder through today

Now that the current sale process is complete, the Philadelphia daily papers have their fifth owner in six years. Below is a detailed time line of events, with links to Poynter Online coverage on this sale and previous ownership transitions … Read more