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We’re using hashtags less than ever. Here’s why.

Photo by Andreas Zieroth/Flickr I’ve noticed something over the past year: We’re using hashtags less often in tweets. By “we” I don’t just mean AJ+. I mean everyone. In recent months when I’ve checked Topsy or Twitter trends before tweeting, I’ve often seen a keyword(s) for a particular story trending higher than a hashtag. I’ve wondered: Are hashtags … Read More
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How AJ+ reported from Baltimore using only mobile phones

AJ+ producer Damu Bobb uses a mobile rig to report from Baltimore. Photo by Devin Allen) I came to AJ+, Al Jazeera’s new social media and app-first unit, last summer after spending several years reporting on the revolution in Egypt. In Cairo, mobile phones were the primary method of sharing news from the street. At protests you’d … Read More
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Maryland prosecutor condemns leaks to the press

Think Progress In an announcement Friday morning that the state attorney's office had cause to file homicide charges against police officers in Freddie Gray's death, Maryland state attorney Marilyn Mosby condemned leaks to the press. Think Progress, a site by the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund, reported: "While I am committed to transparency, what I … Read More
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Meet Toya Graham, the Baltimore mother who slapped her rioting son

Graham. CBS landed an interview with the most talked about person caught on camera during the Baltimore riots. But Toya Graham was not a rioter — she is a mother who saw her 16-year-old son Michael in the middle of the rock-throwing crowd. "He was coming across the street with a hoodie on and a mask. At that point I just … Read More
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The Boston Globe to The Baltimore Sun: 'You're really doing extraordinary work.'

On Monday night, Annie Linskey sat up late watching news speed by on Twitter about the city where she once worked and the newsroom she once worked in. She woke up to fresh coverage on Tuesday from The Baltimore Sun. And she had an idea. Linskey, now a national reporter at The Boston Globe, asked if the Globe … Read More
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Obama calls out media for coverage of Baltimore

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tuesday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)With the backdrop of the Baltimore riots, President Barack Obama chided media coverage Tuesday that he finds too narrow, focused on burning buildings and not the constructive protest that preceded the funeral of … Read More
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Journalists are looking for the Baltimore mother who stepped in last night

Veteran WMAR photojournalist Manny Locke was in the middle of a covering the unfolding riots in Baltimore when he noticed a woman plowing through the crowd then yelling and slapping one of the masked hooded young men in the street. Locke kept rolling as it became clear the woman was the young man's mother. Here's the video, which is laced … Read More
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The Boston Globe is sending lunch to The Baltimore Sun today

On Tuesday, The Baltimore Sun's Pete Sweigard tweeted about an act of kindness from the Boston Globe. Very kind gesture by the @BostonGlobe, which is sending lunch to @baltimoresun's newsroom today. Many thanks. #BostonStrong #LightForAll — Pete Sweigard (@petesweigard) April 28, 2015 It's not the only kindness that we've seen from … Read More
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How news organizations are showing the Baltimore riots

Monday night's riots in Baltimore dominated the news on Monday night and into Tuesday morning. Here's a collection of front pages and home pages from local and national websites. Let's start with some news home pages. These screen shots were taken around 9 a.m. eastern time on Tuesday morning. From the Baltimore City Paper:   From Fusion:   From The Guardian:   From CNN: Read More
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Journalists attacked and injured in Baltimore riots

At least nine journalists have been beaten or injured in the Baltimore riots this week — including several Monday night. Casey Harper, a reporter with the Daily Caller Foundation, says he took a liquor bottle to the head amid a "mob of attackers." Hey Team. I'm alive. Phone stolen, took a liquor bottle to the head and … Read More
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