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1. Who will buy the Boston Globe? (Poynter) 2. Google Journalism Fellows announced (Google – Official Blog) 3. What the Tesla affair tells us about data journalism (Tow Center for Digital Journalism) 4. Egypt crowdsources censorship, asks citizens to report blasphemous web content (Fast Company) 5. Twitter’s new advertising API is part of an ongoing [...] more »


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We are back with the Mediatwits podcast, revamped in a roundtable format with “regulars” and occasional special guests. This week we have Mark Glaser moderating, along with the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox, Seattle Times’ Mónica Guzmán, Reuters’ Felix Salmon, and USC’s Andrew Lih. Special guest Guy Kawasaki will be joining us as well. Our topics [...] more »

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Technology activists often invoke the maxim, “information wants to be free.” In one way, the line is intended to undercut the monetary value of information, be it news stories, Hollywood films or Top 40 hits. But the adage can mean more than money. It’s used to justify breaking barriers that limit access to information and [...] more »

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1. Paperight: Books on demand (TechCentral) 2. Independent booksellers sue Amazon and publishers over e-books (NYT) 3. Researchers explore e-books that are web-based instead of app-based (Daily Californian) 4. 2013 Tools of Change Conference Roundup (Publishers Weekly) #mc_embed_signup{background:# fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;  width:450px;} /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet [...] more »

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1. Exposé of Chinese data thieves reveals sloppy tactics (MIT Tech Review) 2. FCC proposal hopes to grow WiFi spectrum by 35%, reduce hotspot congestion (Engadget) 3. Nielsen ratings expanded to include streaming services (The Verge) 4. Crowdsourced news service Blottr raises 612k for content syndication system NewsPoint (TechCrunch) 5. NYT puts Boston Globe on [...] more »

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The tragic and shocking Newtown school shooting last December reinvigorated an urgency to discuss various facets of gun violence in America. The media responded, focusing coverage on the history of mass shootings, the state of gun ownership and violence in the U.S., developments around gun policy, as well as follow-up on the aftermath of Newtown, [...] more »

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1. Along with companies and armies, governments are becoming media entities (PaidContent.com) 2. Apple / Macs hit by hackers targeting Facebook (Reuters) 3. How I got a six-figure following – and why it doesn’t matter (JaneFriedman.com) 4. Does ‘House of Cards’ all-you-can-eat buffet spoil social viewing? (NYT) 5. Twitter is reducing some tweets to 117 [...] more »

Social Media
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Remember that “classic Super Bowl ad showing cowboys herding cats”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_MaJDK3VNE? Well, the challenge may feel much the same for social media users, even adept ones like journalists and journalism educators who revel in the technology’s transformative power but who can find themselves drowning in the torrent that pours non-stop from social platforms like Twitter, Facebook [...] more »

Social Media
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During his 2013 State of the Union speech, President Obama touched on an issue very close to American hearts when he brought up “gun control”:http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/02/13/gun-control-hot-topic-of-state-of-the-union-gop-response/. “[Gun control] proposals deserve a vote,” the president said to resounding applause. “Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen [...] more »

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1. Should ‘real’ students consider an online course on the side? (The Guardian) 2. Discovering common ground between computer science and journalism (Nieman) 3. To MOOC or not to MOOC (The Chronicle of Higher Education) 4. How WYNC’s data journalism efforts show new opportunities for journalists (Columbia Journalism Review) 5. The Need for a Digital [...] more »

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1. Chinese Army unit possibly tied to hacking in the U.S. (NYT) 2. Social media disaster for Burger King (GigaOm) 3. Tesla Model S review the result of ‘shaky judgment’ (Engadget) 4. Why LinkedIn is a sleeping giant of publishing (Digiday) 5. PBS explores gun violence in the wake of Sandy Hook (NYT) 6. How [...] more »

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As she made her way into a Wilmington, Del., courthouse last week, attorney Jennifer Lublinski saw a man pull out a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and start firing. The man, Thomas Matusiewicz, “turned the gun on his former daughter-in-law and her friend”:http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2013/02/12/del-police-continue-probe-of-courthouse-shooting, then shot two police officers before finally pointing the gun at his own head [...] more »

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1. Maker’s Mark learns a painful social media lesson, won’t dilute bourbon (Quartz) 2. The Best of the Streamys: 4 web shows to fill your time now that you’ve finished House of Cards (PaidContent.org) 3. Where Apple sources all of its components – and it’s more than just China [Infographic] (GigaOm) 4. Update: Maria Popova [...] more »

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The New York Times popularized the notion of a news organization charging for some content using the “metered pay wall.” That means you get to read a certain number of free articles per month, then you have to pay up. That model is certainly getting around, with many more newspaper sites putting up pay walls, [...] more »

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1. After a huge journalistic crime, on the level of Lehrer or Blair, should you get blacklisted from paid journalism? (Gawker) 2. NYT statistician might stop blogging if it influences election results (Politico) 3. Now Novel – the easy, social way to write a book…for a price (ventureburn) 4. 5 simple ways to track social [...] more »

Culture
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We are back with the Mediatwits podcast, revamped in a roundtable format with “regulars” and occasional special guests. This week we have Mark Glaser moderating, along with the Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox, Seattle Times’ Mónica Guzmán and Reuters’ Felix Salmon (USC’s Andrew Lih can’t join us this week). Special guest Andrew Sullivan will be joining [...] more »