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When April Fools' Day goes wrong

Business Insider | BuzzFeed | Digiday When April Fools' jokes fall flat, they can really fall flat. Just ask the editors of The Cavalier Daily, the student newspaper of the University of Virginia. Business Insider writer Peter Jacobs reports that for this year's April Fools' issue, the newspaper's editors decided to run a phony story making … Read More

Look to the past for lessons on the news industry showdown with Facebook

News and commentary this week that leading news organizations are close to striking a deal to publish directly to Facebook's platform reminds me, and others, of an industry faceoff six years ago with Google. As you may recall, Rupert Murdoch had denounced Google for "stealing" content in its news summaries.  William Dean Singleton, chairman of MediaNews … Read More

Reddit rolls out embeddable comments in countermove to BuzzFeed

Slate Reddit On Monday, Reddit announced the unveiling of a new feature that could make life for BuzzFeed and Gawker a little more awkward: embeddable comment threads. From now on, if media outlets want to use content from Reddit, they can embed comments from the site's users directly in their stories, just as they have been able to … Read More

BuzzFeed gets into the podcasting game

Wall Street Journal | Another Round | Internet Explorer On Tuesday, BuzzFeed became the latest news organization to begin offering podcasts to its audience. The inaugural editions of "Internet Explorer" and "Another Round," BuzzFeed's first two podcasts, went live on iTunes early this morning. The Wall Street Journal's Steven Perlberg reports: Both weekly podcasts are … Read More

SXSW report: Washington Post's digital numbers even better than officials claimed

According to Capital New York, Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash gave a presentation at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on how the technological innovations introduced by Jeff Bezos have changed the newspaper's fortunes. And they made a remarkable claim: according to numbers produced by comScore, the Post's number of unique … Read More

Tech blog Gigaom shuts down

Good morning. Here are 9 media stories. 'This hurts more than I can say' Gigaom, the tech blog founded in 2006 by journalist Om Malik, has shut down due to apparent financial problems. Several staffers, including senior writer Mathew Ingram, tweeted about the news Monday. "This hurts more than I can say: I was just told Gigaom is shutting … Read More

The lesson from the dress color debate that every journalist needs to know

Yesterday’s insane Internet debate over the color of a dress offers a critical lesson that every journalist must incorporate into their daily work. This lesson has nothing to do with viral content, fashion, BuzzFeed, social media, the future of media, Tumblr, or audience engagement. Many of us looked at a very simple photo of a dress and … Read More

Which news organizations let their reporters swear?

NPR standards editor Mark Memmott issued a terse reminder this morning — packaged with a wry headline — to bleep out swear words in their entirety: If a word needs to be bleeped, no part of it should be heard. We don’t try to give listeners a hint by including a bit of the word’s start or end. The post, … Read More