Tech blog Gigaom shuts down

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  1. ‘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 down -- it has run out of money. We tried our best, but it wasn't enough." (@mathewi) | Malik published a statement about the closure. "Gigaom is winding down and its assets are now controlled by the company’s lenders. It is not how you want the story of a company you founded to end." ( | The site posted a terse explanation about the closure: "Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time.

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It’s National News Engagement Day. Here’s how you can celebrate

To combat growing disinterest in the news, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has chosen today celebrate the inaugural National News Engagement Day.

Celebrating this newsiest of holidays is easy — you don’t even have to get out of your chair. Here’s how:

  • Take the pledge to engage: If the news is important to you, you can join the growing list of states and organizations that have pledged to engage with the news today.
  • Pin it: AEJMC has a Pinterest board dedicated to showing off different ways people are celebrating.
  • Get the facts: AEJMC has pulled together a list of fast facts to bring you up to speed on the purpose of the day, and why it matters.
  • Get social: Follow and tweet the hashtag “NewsEngagementDay” to share and consume news that’s relevant to you.
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Rupert Murdoch is not giving up, the BBC cuts hundreds of jobs

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The day in digital: ‘Amazon seems serious,’ GIFs on Twitter, CTOs look into their crystal balls

“Amazon seems serious about changing the way smartphones work,” Walt Mossberg writes at Re/code. Two big features of the new Amazon Fire Phone: hands-free navigation and “Firefly” software that identifies objects with the camera and links users to product pages on Amazon.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos holds up the new Amazon Fire Phone at the launch event Wednesda in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Facebook had a worldwide outage for about 30 minutes early this morning. No word yet on the cause, Mark Scott and David Jolly report at the New York Times Bits Blog, but everything seems to be OK now.

How far into the future are media company CTOs looking? Hearst is looking further than BuzzFeed, according to Justin Hendrix’s series of interviews at Medium, which Liam Andrew aggregated at Nieman Lab. Read more

Pinterest, the photo-sharing site, is a tool journalists can use, but it has its limitations. (AP Photo/Pinterest)

Journalists can use Pinterest, but with limitations

Update: I will be pinning this how-to Poynter article to my Pinterest page, afterall. After reading my article, writer Deborah Nam-Krane tweeted me with a workaround she uses to get past the Pinterest image pinning limitation I discuss here. Until Pinterest fixes the issue, this will help you pin your work on your Pinterest boards and I’ll use the workaround to pin this article and other articles I have written that were published in Poynter and other publications:
1. Choose an image and download it. Or choose one that you already have in your photo files. You may want to choose the logo of the media organization.
2. Go to your Pinterest page and in the upper right corner click on the + icon. Click on Upload a Pin to upload your chosen image. Read more


Pinterest sees growing number of journalists using the site, makes related changes

Oh, How Pinteresting!

Pinterest introduced new article pins Tuesday; links to articles you’ve pinned can include a story’s headline and byline, plus a description as well as a link. The site says its users share more than 5 million articles each day. In that description, you can also throw in a photo credit.

News organizations with the right code should start seeing “rich pins” Wednesday,  Pinterest spokesperson Malorie Lucich told Poynter in an email. Pinterest is making the change because it’s “seeing a growing number or journalists and media sites use Pinterest,” Lucich wrote.

Some rich pins from Men’s Journal

The site’s ability to drive Web traffic may be a draw for news organizations and journalists. BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti said in his interview for the “Riptide” project that Pinterest sends more traffic to his site than Twitter does. Read more


News organizations can now see how their content performs on Pinterest

The image-sharing network Pinterest released a new analytics tool this week that serves up lots of data about how its users engage with your website’s content.

Here are some of the questions you can now answer pretty easily. Read more


5 ways journalists are using Pinterest

As the audience for Pinterest grows, so has journalists’ interest in it. News organizations are using the social networking site in creative ways and finding that it’s a place where both hard news stories and features can thrive.

Highlight feature content

Many news organizations have taken advantage of what’s popular on Pinterest — food, fashion and weddings — by creating boards that showcase the feature stories they’ve published on these topics.

The New York Times, for instance, has nearly two dozen food, fashion and wedding boards combined. The Wall Street Journal has several fashion boards as well, and recently experimented with Pinterest during Fashion Week. Shortly before the event, the Journal asked readers to create a board showing the fashions that influence their sense of style. Read more


Arrests increase after newspaper posts criminal mugshots on Pinterest

The Buttry Diary | Pinterest | Pottstown Mercury
The Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury is using a Pinterest board of wanted-criminal mugshots to engage readers and help police make arrests. Reporter Brandie Kessler explains the project to Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry:

I had put a list together in a slideshow on our website long before the Pinterest board, but the slideshow kept freezing or not working and it was difficult to update and difficult to highlight on Facebook and Twitter.

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Is Pinterest ‘a dud’ for news publishers?

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News publishers have been experimenting with the fast-growing, image-curation network Pinterest to see what value it might deliver. Referral data aggregated by Shareaholic from 200,000 websites shows Pinterest driving 1.19 percent of visits, growing steadily each month and exceeding Twitter and StumbleUpon referrals.

But Pinterest’s growth trend has been cooling, and Josh Sternberg writes that “for many news publishers, which often tend to judge social platforms by the hard metric of traffic referrals, Pinterest is a dud.” The highly social Atlantic and BuzzFeed websites say it’s not a big factor, Sternberg reports, and The New York Times says social referrals of all types account for less than 5 percent of its traffic.

“This comes back to how people use Pinterest,” Sternberg says. Read more

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