July 14, 2014

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):

— “I’m not sure how smart watches will help journalism per se, but I do see things like Google Glass and drones as having a big part to play,” Sydney Morning Herald innovation editor Stephen Hutcheon tells Julie Posetti in a PBS MediaShift rundown of mobile challenges for newsrooms.

— From Leslie Kaufman’s profile of USA Today and publisher Larry Kramer in The New York Times: “For Social Media Tuesdays, the staff must act as if there is no other way to get their articles except through sites likes Facebook and Reddit.”

— In Denmark, “legacy media are the prime way for accessing digital news,” Frédéric Filloux writes. “And since Danish media did well embracing new platforms, they enjoyed similarly success on social, funneling readers to their properties.”

— The password is over (if you want it). To prove it, The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims shares his Twitter password.

Eliot Higgins, aka Brown Moses, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his new site, Alastair Reid reports at journalism.co.uk: “The site, Bellingcat, aims to act as a hub for stories and techniques based around open-source information, combining freely available tools and resources in innovative ways to verify or investigate news stories.”

— At the Daily Beast, Emily Shire complains about clickbait.


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Sam Kirkland is Poynter's digital media fellow, focusing on mobile and social media trends. Previously, he worked at the Chicago Sun-Times as a digital editor,…
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