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Why newspaper photo cliches make for great Tumblrs

“I feel sorry for local news photographers,” begins the About text on a blog dedicated to newspaper photos.

That’s understandable, given the heavy workload of the photographers lucky enough to have survived rounds of layoffs.

The site says newspaper photographers are “hugely skilled and poorly paid.” Again, no argument there.

But then there’s this: “[they're] sent out to photograph miserable people pointing at dog turds. Here, we celebrate their work.”

So begins the U.K.-based Angry people in local newspapers blog, one of a handful of websites that collect cliched shots from overworked photographers lacking job security.

Similar sites in the genre include a U.K.-based Tumblr dedicated to Daily Mail photos of people “looking sad while holding, or standing close to, the thing that has made them feel sad.” And, in the U.S., there’s the more recent Tumblr from American journalist Jeremy Barr, “Local People With Their Arms Crossed.”

Barr’s site sports the tagline: “The pose that says, ‘Hey, look at me.… Read more

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A journalist’s guide to using Tumblr

This morning I wrote about how some newsrooms use Tumblr, but getting to know the site can take awhile. So here’s a quick guide to using Tumblr, with Poynter’s Tumblr page as a reference.

This is the Tumblr Dashboard, the first thing Tumblr users see when they visit the site. This is Poynter’s Dash, but each user’s Dash will look a bit different, depending on what blogs each user follows.

From the Dashboard, users can access most of the key Tumblr functions — it’s the hub for making and sharing posts. Users scroll down — and can keep scrolling down — to read posts from the Tumblrs they follow. As you can see, the first post in our feed (when the screenshot was taken) was from the Pulitzer Center’s Tumblr.… Read more

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How some news orgs use Tumblr

What do you do with a blog service full of cat GIFs and memes? If you’re Yahoo, you buy it for $1.1 billion. If you’re a media outlet, you use Tumblr as an extension of your brand.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Tumblr Chief Executive David Karp. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The platform, founded by David Karp in 2007, is home to more than 108 million blogs and more than 50 billion individual posts. Tumblr pages take seconds to set up, and users range from individuals like John Green to companies like IBM. Even the White House has a Tumblr.

Tumblr makes it easy for users to post quickly, and those posts can be just about anything, like a long text post, a photo with a link or a video.… Read more

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Yahoo buys Tumblr, DOJ targeted another reporter: Morning links

YAHOO WILL BUY TUMBLRPer the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business,” a Yahoo announcement this morning says. The acquisition cost Yahoo $1.1 billion, “substantially all of which is payable in cash.”

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Report: Yahoo in talks with Tumblr

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Yahoo is discussing “strategic alliance and investment in or outright buy of” Tumblr, Peter Kafka and Kara Swisher reported Thursday evening.

Any such deal “could certainly bring Yahoo a big, young audience,” they write.

[Tumblr's] worldwide traffic was at 117 million visitors in April, according to comScore. On its home page, Tumblr claims it has 107.8 million blogs and 50.6 billion posts. U.S. desktop traffic to Tumblr was 37 million in April, close to LinkedIn and Twitter, although Twitter obviously has much more via mobile.

The blogging service “has positioned itself as one of the few players in the digital ad world that is well suited for brand advertising,” Mike Shields writes, saying a deal between the companies could be worth $1 billion.… Read more

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Tumblr dissolves its editorial team

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“A year ago, Tumblr did something unprecedented,” Tumblr founder David Karp writes about the editorial team the blogging service assembled, which fed its “Storyboard” project.

Tuesday night Tumblr did something not unprecedented in the world of publishing: It got rid of its editorial team.

“What we’ve accomplished with Storyboard has run its course for now, and our editorial team will be closing up shop and moving on,” Karp writes.

Tumblr told Kelly Faircloth it’s laying off three of the team’s four members. Peter Kafka and Catherine Shu both say Tumblr is focusing on profitability, a possible motivation for the layoffs.… Read more

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Meet the lady behind the ‘Said to Lady Journos’ Tumblr

The woman who created the new “Said to Lady Journos” Tumblr was taken aback when a male labor union representative recently told her: “You’re pretty smart for a young lady.”

“It knocked me sideways,” said the creator, a West Coast newspaper reporter who wishes to remain anonymous so as not to jeopardize her job. “I was shocked that someone would say something like that to me.”

She posted the comment online and heard from several female journalists who had experienced similar situations.

“I was surprised that so many people had quotes and anecdotes to share,” she said in a phone interview. “I wanted to create some place where people could feel comfortable talking about some of these issues and what happened to them.”

That same night, she created the “Said to Lady Journos” Tumblr and posted the comment there.… Read more

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‘Said to Lady Journos’ Tumblr is ‘depressingly relatable,’ female journalists say

A new Tumblr, Said to Lady Journos, highlights comments (mostly sexist) that female journalists hear on the job.

Here’s a sampling:

  • “Are you sure you know the game well enough to keep score?” — a father at a high school baseball game
  • “If you got shrapnel in your ass, I’d be happy to take it out.” — Contractor to a female journalist at a US military base in Iraq
  • “You, me and that camera could do some dirty things.” — Said to a freshman photojournalist at a local bar as she shot a school assignment
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Ben Lowy photographs Libya with his new iPhone Hipstamatic Lens

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Conflict photographer Ben Lowy is relying on his iPhone and his soon-to-be-released Hipstamatic lens, which applies minimal processing to the images, to document his latest trip to Libya. For the next week, Tumblr’s Storyboard will publish his photographs.

In an interview with Storyboard, Lowy says he’s gravitated to his iPhone rather than a sophisticated DSLR in part because it’s more efficient and inconspicuous. “I think it engenders a greater sense of intimacy with subjects because you’re not putting a big camera in their face.”… Read more

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Newsweek’s ‘Picture Dept.’ Tumblr: a second stage for photography

Photo editors will curate the best photography from around the Web and point out worthwhile photo exhibits and books.

Newsweek has added another Tumblr to its collection with Picture Dept., a photo blog that provides a second stage for work published in Newsweek and on The Daily Beast and showcases worthwhile photography around the Web.

Images are of course a big part of Picture Dept., but so are posts about photo exhibits and photo books. “We created this Tumblr to participate in the photo community,” said Cara Phillips, a photo editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. It’s meant to be a single destination “where we can share what we think is great out there and what people should be looking at.”

Newsweek has a long history with Tumblr (well, old if you consider that the latter’s only five years old). … Read more

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