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Media must pay for South Carolina police shooting video

scouthcarolinashootingThe New York Times reports that an Australian based “publicity and celebrity management company” representing Feidin Santana, is sending cease-and-desist letters to media outlets demanding they pay for the use of the video Santana captured. That video shows a North Charleston police officer shooting an unarmed man, Walter Scott in the back as Scott ran away from the officer.

The letter from Markson Sparks demands media outlets pay $10,000 to run the video that has gathered millions of page views on multiple YouTube web pages.

The Times’ story quotes Santana’s attorney, Todd Rutherford:

The lawyer, Todd Rutherford, said it was only fair for Mr. Santana to start getting paid for something that news outlets benefited from.

“The search for justice is served by turning the video over to law enforcement,” Mr.

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8 lesser known stories the Pulitzer committee should know about

Related: Roy J. Harris Jr. makes his Pulitzer predictions

National journalism awards have already sniffed out some exceptional journalism that no doubt will be top Pulitzer contenders: The Arizona Republic’s exceptional work investigating VA hospitals, The New York Times’ coverage of Ebola in Western Africa and The St Louis Post-Dispatch’s coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting and protests all have rightfully been cited as among 2014’s best journalism. But let me tell you about some other reporting in print and online that deserves your attention.

  • Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 8.17.52 PMOne of my favorite investigations of 2014 was “Subsidized Squalor” by the Center for Investigative Reporting and a host of partners. I loved the project from the first sentence, “There are 4,055 public housing agencies across the U.S., and we’ve spent the past year writing about one of the worst.” People living in Richmond, California’s public housing lived with rodents and sewage CIR created a unit-by-unit interactive graphic so you could see what was wrong in each unit.
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How publishers are using Facebook interest targeting to reach niche audiences

To target your posts for readers with specific interests, go to your page on Facebook and click the target icon. Then, select "interests" and type in the selected topic. (Screenshot from Facebook)

To target your posts for readers with specific interests, go to your page on Facebook and click the target icon. Then, select “interests” and type in the selected topic. (Screenshot from Facebook)

In today’s unbundled media landscape, where news organizations slice and dice their audiences with newsletters, apps, social media accounts and verticals, Facebook has given publishers another tool to segment their followers: interest targeting.

In December, Facebook began allowing page owners to target different segments of their audiences with posts based on their readers’ interests. Interest-based targeting, which was previously made available to advertisers, is now being used for free by news publishers to find specific niche audiences among their respective readerships. The tool allows publishers to increase the likelihood that users who follow their page will see a post that’s aligned with their stated interests. Read more

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If it’s noteworthy, count on news outlets to spoil it for you

In the era of instant news that accompanies readers wherever they go, special attention has been given recently to preserving a blissful state of ignorance around watershed moments in pop culture.

The NCAA men’s basketball championship. The Grammy Awards. The plot twists that define wildly popular TV shows. In each of these cases, a news alert could spoil a pleasurable experience readers might want to experience firsthand. So how do news organizations balance the imperative to inform their audiences with the understanding that readers might want to occasionally remain unaware?

For some outlets, that answer to that question seems to hinge on how they define spoilers. In recent weeks, two major news organizations, The New York Times and The Associated Press, shared public case studies that shed light on their philosophies. Read more

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Graphic New York Times video seems justified

Screenshot from the New York TImes website.

Screenshot from the New York TImes website.

The lead image on the front of the New York Times website Tuesday was graphic raw video of a white North Charleston, S.C. police officer shooting an apparently unarmed black man who was running away after a traffic stop Saturday.

Tuesday, the officer was charged with murder in the case.

Why would the Times show such a graphic video of officer Michael T. Slager shooting Walter L. Scott eight times?  Is this just an example of gratuitous violence that will attract online clicks and sharing or are there solid journalistic reasons to let the public see this video?  Let me pose some questions that might lead us to a reasoned decision on how or whether to use this video:

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Judith Miller talks smack in new book

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Erik Wemple, The Washington Post’s media blogger, reports a few of the dishier details to be found in former New York Times reporter Judith Miller’s new book, “The Story: A Reporter’s Journey.” Miller, Wemple writes, details how she threatened a nervous, pacing Bill Keller over the first draft of an editor’s note apologizing for sloppy reporting in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, specifically citing many of her stories. “You’ll also have to explain why I’ll be denouncing my own paper on CNN,” Miller claims she told him. Miller also sticks it to former Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz and Howard Gardner, a Harvard professor who once cited Miller as an example of how not to act responsibly in the workplace — but didn’t mention her Pulitzer Prize. Read more

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Quartz: The New York Times finding ways around Chinese censors

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Ever since 2012, when The New York Times published a story about the hidden fortune stashed away by the family of Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao, China’s censors have blocked both the paper’s English-language and Chinese-language websites.

Now, Quartz writer Heather Timmons reports that The New York Times has deployed a number of strategies to spread its stories to web platforms that haven’t yet been censored by the Chinese authorities, then pivoting and finding new platforms as fast as the government discovers and censors their old ones. These techniques include setting up “mirror” websites that simultaneously publish New York Times stories about China, creating new mobile news apps for Chinese readers to use to download stories directly to their phones, and setting up accounts on Chinese social media wherein to post stories. Read more

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Inside The New York Times’ newsletter strategy

On Friday, The New York Times Magazine announced the launch of a new weekly newsletter which will appear in the inboxes of subscribers every Thursday. For those counting at home, The New York Times now has more than 30 newsletters in its portfolio, which spans topics including cooking, lifestyles and parenting.

The Times has been expanding its roster of newsletters in recent months, said Dork Alahydoian, the paper’s executive director of product. The paper has launched more than a dozen within the last year, and newsletters now collectively rank among the top five sources for referral traffic, above Pinterest. The weekly newsletters have an average gross open rate of 50 percent, which outstrips the industry average for media and publishing by about 25 percent, according to a study by digital marketing technology company Silverpop. Read more

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Here are 10 of the best ‘NYT corrects’

Writing a correction isn’t fun, but often reading a correction is. As you can see below, following the corrections that come out of The New York Times is an irregular feature here at Poynter, which my former editor Andrew Beaujon started and my colleague Ben Mullin has carried on. So here, in absolutely no particular order, are screenshots and links to 10 of the best.

NYT Corrects: Pope didn’t open heaven to pets

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NYT corrects: It hasn’t been 924 years since Germany won the World Cup

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NYT corrects: Dick Cheney was never president

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NYT corrects: Bald eagles’ poop isn’t purple

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NYT corrects: It’s ‘Fluttershy,’ not ‘Flutteryshy’

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NYT corrects: St. Patrick banished snakes, not slaves, from Ireland

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NYT corrects: Wookiee has two ‘e’s

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NYT corrects: ‘She is a performer from the show, not a drag queen from the show’

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NYT corrects: Sea level threatens Miami in future, not past

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NYT corrects: Writer’s name is not ‘Chillian J. Read more

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The New York Times now has ‘One-Sentence Stories’ for your Apple Watch

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On Tuesday, The New York Times Company announced a new feature for the Apple Watch, “One-Sentence Stories.” The Apple Watch will also get breaking news alerts with this app extension, which will be released on April 24.

The New York Times has developed a new form of storytelling to help readers catch up in seconds on Apple Watch. One-sentence stories, crafted specially for small screens, will provide the news at a glance across many Times sections, including Business, Politics, Science, Tech and The Arts.

“This isn’t a downstream experience–we specifically did not want to pull headlines or shrink stories down for a smaller screen, but rather create one-sentence stories written exclusively for the Watch,” Linda Zebian, the Times’ director of communications, told Poynter in an email. Read more

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