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Obama administration knew in advance about destruction of Guardian’s hard drives

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  1. Obama administration knew British government planned to force Guardian to destroy hard drives with Snowden docs: AP scores emails with a FOIA request. “‘Good news, at least on this front,’ the current NSA deputy director, Richard Ledgett, said at the end of a short, censored email to then-NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander and others. The subject of that July 19, 2013, email was: ‘Guardian data being destroyed.’” (AP) | FLASHBACK: Video of Guardian editors destroying hard drives while technicians from the Brtitish intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) watched.
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Onion ends print edition

Crain’s Chicago Business

The Onion will stop its remaining print editions Dec. 12, Lynne Marek reports.

“It’s sad to see a print edition no longer exist, but it’s important to see the Onion succeed,” Onion Inc. President Mike McAvoy tells her. The Onion’s print edition, which used to be available in 17 markets, Marek writes, was down to three markets: Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence, R.I.

In 2011, the satirical paper ran an article saying print media was “the closest thing there is to a money tree.”… Read more

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BuzzFeed one-ups The Onion

The Onion, at 4:14 p.m. Monday:

BuzzFeed, just 25 minutes later:

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Guardian Facebook app causes ‘seismic shift’ in social traffic, and The Onion launches its own

Journalism.co.uk | The GuardianThe Onion | Yahoo News
The Guardian is turning a profit with its “frictionless sharing” Facebook app, director of digital development Tanya Cordrey says, having generated enough ad revenue to cover the development costs. She also predicted that thanks to this app the Guardian will soon get more digital readers via social media than via search. That would stand in sharp contrast to most news sites, which get twice as much traffic from search engines than social media, according to PEJ’s State of the News Media report.… Read more

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The Onion’s Baratunde: ‘I’m not a journalist’

Will Houghteling, head of government partnerships at YouTube, interviewed The Onion’s Digital Director Baratunde Thurston at the News Xchange conference in Portugal on Thursday. … Read more

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The Onion editorial staff to move from New York to Chicago

Huffington Post | Crain’s Chicago Business
The Onion moved staffers from Madison, Wisconsin, to New York City in 2001, so it could expand its product line — “sheets, towels and a signature line of anodized aluminum cookware” — and be part of a larger comedy scene. “(New York, according to reports, has a larger comedy-writing community than you might find amid Madison’s head shops and Tibetan restaurants,” the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Johnson wrote a decade ago.) Now editorial staffers have been told they’ll relocate to Chicago before next summer. “Everybody is a little bit blindsided, and there are those who are determined to stay in New York,” says features editor Joe Garden. “I can tell you that the [New York] mayor’s office has been informed.” An Onion spokesperson says: “We’re still in the very early stages of this process, but we’re looking forward to eventually having everyone under one roof in Chicago,” where CEO Steve Hannah and other corporate staffers relocated in 2007.… Read more

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The Onion: Print media ‘closest thing there is to a money tree’

The Onion
The satirical newspaper reports that the way to weather the economic storm isn’t by investing in gold, bonds or CDs. It’s print media, “the closest thing there is to a money tree.” The advice to nervous investors: “You should be pouring all your cash into your local broadsheet right this second.” They recommend diversifying one’s investments with national and regional papers, as well as dailies and weeklies. “Other products fail, real estate bubbles burst, but print media is here to stay. The only retirement strategy anyone needs is as close as their local newsstand.” || Related: Readers loved The Onion’s 9/11 issue, even though it wasn’t that funnyRead more

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Readers loved The Onion’s 9/11 issue, even though it wasn’t that funny

Yahoo News
Dylan Stableford talks to Onion writer John Krewson about the satirical newspaper’s legendary 9/11 issue, which came out a couple of weeks after the terrorist attacks. The Onion was supposed to have published its first issue in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, but it never went to press. The next week, the staff gathered to plan its next issue. “We knew we wouldn’t be able to ignore what had happened, but it was hard to make any sort of comedy,” Krewson says. Although the staff wasn’t sure how the issue would be received, the response was overwhelmingly positive. “I’d say it was the least funny issue we’ve ever done,” Krewson says. “But it was cathartic.” Among the memorable stories in the 9/11 issue:

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The Onion uses a real social media strategy for fake news

Mashable
The Onion recently passed the milestone of 3 million Twitter followers by using “many of the same tactics used by real news outlets,” Mashable’s Sarah Kessler reports. Onion Project Manager Matt Kirsch says they live tweet major events, like the Oscars and the Super Bowl, sometimes with writers contributing in real time. The Onion also jumps onto developing stories, such as the killing of Osama bin Laden. One secret to Twitter success: The power of a great headline. “The Onion is perfect for Twitter because our headlines are so entertaining — we can create our own news and make it seem more exciting,” Kirsch said. || Related: What The Onion can teach real news organizations about social mediaRead more

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