What makes a tweet likely to be retweeted? Plus, mobile ad revenue to surpass newspapers

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, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup):

— What makes a tweet likely to be retweeted? An algorithm developed at Cornell thinks it knows, and you can test your predictive powers against it in an interactive quiz at The New York Times by Mike Bostock, Josh Katz and Nilkanth Patel.

— According to eMarketer, revenue from smartphone and tablet ads will surpass revenue from radio, magazine and newspaper ads for the first time this year, Robert Hof writes at Forbes. Mobile will still trail television and desktop/laptop ad revenue, though.

— Mashable’s Brian Ries has a roundup of fascinating Twitter data from yesterday’s U.S.-Belgium World Cup match. Read more

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Bloomberg publications await launch dates, alt-weeklies get together on a story

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Where are Bloomberg’s new verticals? Its politics site will launch in October, “30 days before the 2014 Midterms,” Joe Pompeo reports. Bloomberg Business, Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Pursuits have “no hard launch dates,” Pompeo writes. “‘It’s still mostly chatter about strategy with no product being delivered,’ said one executive who was not authorized to speak on the record. ‘People want to see something on the table, basically.’” (Capital)
  2. Pulitzers have a new boss: Former Concord Monitor Editor Mike Pride will become the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes this September. (NYT) | Pride talks with Kristen Hare: “What the Pulitzers really have to do, like every other institution associated with journalism, they have to change with the times and the times are changing very quickly.” (Poynter)
  3. Brown Moses is launching a site for crowdsourced reporting: Bellingcat will give citizen journalists “a chance to learn what I’ve learnt over the last two years by trial and error,” Eliot Higgins, a.k.a.
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NYT tweeted Hobby Lobby ruling 41 minutes after SCOTUSblog

In a remarkable display of caution lasting eons in Twitter time, The New York Times waited about 40 minutes after the news broke to post the Supreme Court’s ruling [PDF] on whether some companies can be required to pay for contraception.

SCOTUSblog, which doesn’t have a press credential despite attracting 50,000 viewers to its live blog today, tweeted the ruling at 10:16 a.m.

Within five minutes, the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal had also tweeted the news, but the Times would say only that the court had ruled on the case without going into specifics:

That bit of non-news included a disclaimer explaining why the Times wasn’t yet telling readers what everyone else was telling them:


Earlier, the Times told readers of The Caucus blog to expect delays as reporters and editors ensure they fully understand the decision. Read more


SCOTUSblog’s appeal fails; can’t get Senate press credential

If you spent any part of Monday checking SCOTUSblog for the Supreme Court orders, you’re not alone — about 10,000 people were on its live blog around 10 a.m., Editor Amy Howe wrote.

But SCOTUSblog’s indispensibility has not yet translated into a credential to cover the court. The Senate Press Gallery granted it a credential — usually a prerequisite for Supreme Court credentials — but it later revoked the credential. SCOTUSblog’s appeal has failed:

Earlier Monday, SCOTUSblog Publisher Tom Goldstein said he hadn’t had a chance yet to read the decision: “Ironically, we’re covering orders and opinions from the Court,” he wrote in an email to Poynter. Read more

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SCOTUSblog can’t get credentialed, but news agencies owned by foreign states can

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SCOTUSblog Editor Amy Howe was at a “genuine disadvantage” when covering a recent U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, SCOTUSblog Publisher Tom Goldstein writes. That’s because the U.S. Senate revoked the news organization’s press pass in April.

Neither the Senate nor the Supreme Court “has explained what is going on,” Adam Liptak writes for The New York Times, “though everybody knows what concerns them: Thomas C. Goldstein, the blog’s publisher, also argues before the Supreme Court.”

Goldstein vowed to appeal that decision not, least because a Senate press pass should pave the way for SCOTUSblog to get a credential to cover the Supreme Court. And some of the organizations the Senate has credentialed, he notes, are owned outright by foreign governments including China’s Xinhua News Agency and the Saudi Press Agency, and both countries lobby Congress as well. Read more


The Supreme Court Building is seen, Thursday, March 5, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SCOTUSblog will appeal Senate’s denial of press pass


The U.S. Senate Press Gallery denied SCOTUSblog’s request for a press pass last week. “We were disappointed in that decision,” SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein writes in a blog post. The publication plans to appeal:

We do not have a written list of the reasons for the denial, which makes the process more difficult. Our impression is also that the appeal may go to the same group that denied the application in the first place. If the appeal is denied, then we expect to litigate the issue. We’re now coordinating all those efforts with other groups that kindly have offered to support us.

A Senate Press Gallery credential is usually a prerequisite for a Supreme Court press pass, which SCOTUSblog still, somewhat inexplicably, lacks. The Senate granted the publication a press pass last April. Read more


SCOTUSblog still lacks Supreme Court credentials

SCOTUSblog still lacks its own press credentials to cover the Supreme Court, whose new term began Monday. Reached by email, SCOTUSblog Publisher Tom Goldstein said that after his organization in April received a credential to cover the U.S. Senate, which the court had suggested, “they were going to reevaluate their credentialing policy.” That reevaluation is apparently taking a while: “They say they have no expectations of when that will be done,” Goldstein writes.

The Supreme Court’s public information office is operating during the government shutdown, a representative told Poynter in a phone call Monday. In an email, court public information officer Kathleen Arberg said, “We are in the process of reviewing our credentialing procedures and are not issuing new credentials until that process is complete.” Read more

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Stein en route on Monday (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Why SCOTUSblog’s intern was running toward MSNBC

Dan Stein’s monster hustle getting opinions from the Supreme Court pressroom to TV crews this week has become the toast of the Internet:

BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson saluted Stein’s “masterful technique” and wrote that his “fluttering tie truly makes this a special moment.” Slate led its story about the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday with a picture of Stein’s black dress shoes hovering over the court steps, his face exuding determination. Read more

Supreme Court Building

NBC News supplements Supreme Court coverage with one-glance site

As the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday morning and declined to rule on a case involving California’s Prop 8, NBC News supplemented its usual coverage with a single-serving site called

Ryan Osborn, NBC News’ vice president for digital innovations, says his team threw together the one-glancer in four hours this past Sunday and “we’ve seen a nice little reaction.” It was inspired, he said, by sites like and the Guardian’s Is There White Smoke site during March’s papal conclave. Read more


SCOTUSblog gets a Peabody Award

Peabody Awards | SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog is among the winners of the 72nd-annual Peabody Awards, announced Wednesday. It’s the first blog to receive a Peabody, Amy Howe writes in an announcement on the site. “[T]he website provides everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. Supreme Court and its cases but didn’t know where to look,” the awards announcement reads. SCOTUSblog joins ABC’s Hurricane Sandy coverage, WVIT-TV’s coverage of the Sandy Hook massacre and Kelly McEvers and Deborah Amos’ coverage of Syria on NPR in the winner’s circle.

Local TV stations picked up a good amount of hardware: WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, KMGH-TV in Denver and KNXV-TV in Phoenix all received Peabodys. Read more


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