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Publishers resurface evergreen content; Thailand’s the place to be for drone journalism

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day):

— New York magazine is posting old content to its Facebook page, and Business Insider is doing so on its homepage, according to Digiday’s Ricardo Bilton. How timestamp-transparent should publishers be when resurfacing evergreen stories?

— Drone journalism won’t take off in South Africa or the U.S. anytime soon, according to Sydney Pead at PBS MediaShift. But in Thailand, “it’s considered a hobby” — and easier than playing Playstation 3.

— A new Twitter bot called @congressedits tracks Wikipedia edits from computers on Capitol Hill. David Uberti looks at six of the recent edits at Columbia Journalism Review.… Read more


Morning media roundup: Anonymous sources, FOIA ‘terrorism,’ Chelsea Clinton’s salary

Twice in the last two weeks, New York Times reporters got burned by anonymous sources, Jack Shafer writes. The Times and The Washington Post “tend to rely more heavily on” anonymous sources “than other print outlets” — “In the past four days, the Post cited unnamed sources in at least 18 pieces and the Times did the same in 17 stories ranging from the Iraq civil war to a smartphone app that predicts what a user will type next.”

• “I have nothing against anonymous sources who help guide reporters toward the verifiable — I just draw the line at routinely printing what they say,” Shafer writes.


  1. Jason Leopold was a sloppy journalist who realized that FOIA scoops meant “no one sharing it had to worry about whether they could trust the person who had unearthed the documents; they only had to trust the documents themselves.” Jason Fagone writes a fascinating profile of a self-described “FOIA terrorist.” (Matter)
  2. Former employees at the Salt Lake Tribune have filed suit to suspend changes to the newspaper’s joint operating agreement with the Deseret News. “The group argues the agreement gives the Tribune too little revenue to publish its print edition long-term and also jeopardizes its website, which relies on print revenues,” Michelle L.
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‘Weiner!’ column debuts as the sidebar to his life

Business Insider | The Washington Post

Anthony Weiner made his Business Insider columnist debut Friday morning with “Weiner!”

You might be surprised to see me launch this column by defending a conservative like Gov. Chris Christie, but when it comes to his administration’s beef with Tesla Motors, I think he might be getting a bad rap.

(I personally have a journalism pet peeve about the phrase “when it comes to” because when does it ever come to? But that’s another story, I suppose.)

On Thursday, Richard Leiby wrote for The Washington Post about Weiner’s column and the politically-disgraced who’ve come before him. They may go on “Dancing With the Stars” or take up lobbying, or they could write for a living.… Read more


Kiev or Kyiv? Let’s choose already

Financial Times | Business Insider | Reuters

Kiev/Kyiv on Wednesday, March 5. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

My editor and I have had this discussion several times lately. Which one? Kiev or Kyiv? We don’t write Roma for Rome, but we do now write Mumbai rather than Bombay. And really, there’s not a lot of difference between the pronunciation of Kiev and Kyiv, at least when I read them.

On Friday, Ben Aris wrote about this orthographic challenge for Financial Times, noting that the White House switched to Kyiv on Thursday.

In addition, the President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for activities undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv. This E.O. is a flexible tool that will allow us to sanction those who are most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine, including the military intervention in Crimea, and does not preclude further steps should the situation deteriorate.

In a press briefing from Jan. 23, it was Kiev.… Read more


Future of Digital: Business Insider’s crystal ball

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In case you missed it, Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget and its BI Intelligence research service distilled a slew of digital trends for its Ignition event earlier this month, trends that news organizations might ponder and act on.

In a slide deck posted Nov. 12, the news site identified these major movements in the marketplace:… Read more


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos leads $5 million Business Insider investment

Business Insider | Bloomberg

Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget has revealed founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a principal contributor to a pool of $5 million in venture capital for the business-news website.

Blodget revealed the news to employees in a Friday memo:… Read more


Business Insider will launch Indian edition

Times Internet, which publishes The Times of India, will provide local editorial know-how to the site, which will launch this summer, a release says.

Business Insider launched an Australian edition Monday.

Full release follows:… Read more

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Two questions that guide aggregation etiquette

Digiday editor-in-chief Brian Morrissey was getting a little tired of Business Insider aggregating his site’s best work and reaping big traffic from it. So he ran some numbers.

Morrissey writes that over the past year his website received 8,713 visits and 14,379 pageviews from Business Insider aggregated posts, while the BI site reaped over 90,000 views. Roughly a 5:1 pageview ratio from aggregator to creator.

“Is this a fair trade?” he asks.

What ensued was a long back-and-forth on Twitter between Morrissey and Business Insider founder Henry Blodget. You should read it for all the context, but basically this dispute (and the others that arise over aggregation from time to time) seems to pivot on two major questions.… Read more

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Variety will lose paywall; staffers rejoice

Los Angeles Times | AdAge | Forbes
Variety staffers applauded when new owner Jay Penske told them he’ll begin dismantling the publication’s paywall, Ben Fritz reports:

Many Variety reporters and editors have been frustrated that their content is less read online than that of competitors such as the Hollywood Reporter and Penske-owned Deadline, in part because it is only available to paying subscribers.

Variety will keep its print edition, Penske reportedly told staffers, though people at the meeting told Fritz it’s “likely Daily Variety will not continue publishing Monday through Friday for too long, as most Hollywood professionals now read breaking news online.”… Read more


Business Insider, CNN get John Edwards verdict wrong

Business Insider was on the wrong side of the John Edwards verdict earlier today, flashing a “guilty” banner on its site and publishing a story that wrongly attributed the incorrect verdict to ABC News. Here’s the offending story and banner, via Talking Points Memo’s Ryan J. Reilly:

I contacted Henry Blodget, Business Insider’s editor in chief and CEO, earlier this afternoon to ask how this happened.

“We misinterpreted this tweet from ABC News, which followed Jake Tapper’s tweet that the verdict was in,” he said by email.

I had also asked if they had prepared an Edwards “guilty” banner for the site in advance. “No banners prepared in advance,” he said. “Just our screw-up. We caught it fast.”

The site has now added a “note” to the bottom of its Edwards verdict story:

We momentarily misinterpreted some tweets at 2:36 p.m. and incorrectly reported that Edwards was found guilty. ABCNews never reported that Edwards was found guilty. We apologize for the mistake.

Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys also tweeted a screenshot of CNN’s homepage wrongly declaring Edwards guilty:

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