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Does the rise of ephemeral content spell the death of archives?

As news sites negotiate with Facebook to publish material directly on the platform, Facebook’s role in determining what news to surface, what news to censor, and how original content published on the platform is archived should be examined more closely. Trevor Timm tackled the first two points nicely in a Columbia Journalism Review editorial. I’m equally concerned about the … Read More
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Report: Journalists are largest, most active verified group on Twitter

Medium Journalists make up the largest category of Twitter's verified users, according to a report from Triggertrap CEO Haje Jan Kamps published on Medium Monday. The report, which is based on a sample of 15,000 verified Twitter accounts, shows that journalists make up nearly a quarter (24.6 percent) of the service's authenticated users. The next-largest category is sports … Read More
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White House reporters stampede to follow @POTUS

White House reporters, who get frustrated tracking the physical presence of President Barack Obama, were rushing Monday to follow him on his newly announced Twitter account. Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account. — President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015 The White House communications army is … Read More
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ESPN asks Adam Schefter to take a Twitter holiday during the NFL draft

Adam Schefter’s lifeline is Twitter. And it is quite a lifeline. The NFL reporter for ESPN has 3.73 million Twitter followers. They receive NFL tweets from Schefter early and often on most days. Twitter is a big reason why Schefter carries two cell phones with him. “There are a lot of times when I’m getting news from someone … Read More
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'Investigative reporting is obviously alive and well' and other observations from first-time Pulitzer jurors

Pulitzer Medals. (Photo from Columbia University) This year, several first-time Pulitzer Prize jurors came from online news organizations and platforms, including Quartz, Twitter, Trove, The Marshall Project and The Texas Tribune. I spoke with three of them about their experiences judging the Pulitzers. They can't talk in specifics about entries, but they did talk about what the Pulitzers … Read More
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Twitter launches 'Curator,' its answer to Storify

Twitter On Tuesday, just days after introducing its Meerkat rival Periscope, Twitter rolled out its potential rival to Storify: Curator, a new product designed to enable media publishers and eventually lay users to search the flood of tweets and vines in the Twitterverse, filter them by content or author, curate them, and package them into a coherent storyline. Read More
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Death and writing short - the missing SXSW session

I once heard the great Francis X. Clines of the New York Times tell a group of journalists never to apologize for writing about death.  “We tell the morbid truth,” he said. I was scheduled to deliver a workshop on “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times” on St. Patrick’s Day at SXSW.  But on Friday the Thirteenth … Read More
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New study finds millennials are strong news consumers, but take an indirect path

Millennials are getting a bad rap as a newsless and disengaged generation, according to a new study of their news habits. But print newspapers and digital home pages are not their main way of finding what they are looking for. Rather social media and search are the two top avenues for finding news, according to a report released today … Read More
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The death of Mr. Spock was the most tweeted story in February

NewsWhip, the Dublin-based technology company that tracks how news stories are shared on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social media sites, has released its list of the most tweeted news Web sites for the month of February. Here are the details. The British Broadcasting Corporation easily won Twitter last month, as its stories were shared more than 5 … Read More
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Tech blog Gigaom shuts down

Good morning. Here are 9 media stories. '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 … Read More
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'Tweet your story four times' and other advice from Philly.com’s Erica Palan and Diana Lind

Melody Kramer spoke with Philly.com's Erica Palan on Tuesday about how Palan works with her coworkers on social. Included in that conversation was the mention of a recent workshop for staff at Philly.com, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News called "How to get your story read." After Tuesday's story, people asked Palan to see the presentation … Read More
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Twitter's data editor named contributing editor at Vox.com

Simon Rogers, data editor at Twitter, will be a contributing editor at Vox.com, the company announced Wednesday. At Vox, Rogers will develop "data journalism and visualization tools" and improve the editorial, design and product teams, according to a press release from Vox Media. He will keep his job at Twitter. Rogers, the founder of The Guardian's data blog, … Read More