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Mega Millions Winner (Fake, That Is) Plays April Fool’s Prank On The Press Mega Millions Winner (Fake, That Is) Plays April Fool’s Prank On The Press
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A man named Tom Kreft (if that is his real name) played an early April Fool’s joke on the press and the Internet at large, by claiming to have won the Mega Millions lottery jackpot that everyone’s been talking about …

This American Life Source Lied About Apple, Foxconn Details This American Life Source Lied About Apple, Foxconn Details
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Popular public radio show This American Life is retracting an episode it aired back in January which condemned major electronics companies Apple and Foxconn. The retraction follows a revelation that the episode’s chief source, Mike Daisey, invented and embellished facts …

Washington Post Masthead On A Chinese Government Publication Washington Post Masthead On A Chinese Government Publication
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Freedom of speech — and thus, consequently, freedom to advertise — are fundamental principles of a free democracy and a thriving capitalist democracy, right? That’s what we’re told in this country from a young age. Well it turns out those …

Crimes Committed Against Journalists in Mexico May Be Federalized Crimes Committed Against Journalists in Mexico May Be Federalized

The Mexican senate approved constitutional changes on Tuesday that make any attack on a journalist and media workers a federal crime. Any crime carried out against these types of professionals will be investigated by the central government’s attorney general. In …

Blogging Guidelines Already Unpopular With Bloggers Blogging Guidelines Already Unpopular With Bloggers
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Earlier, I wrote about these new content curation/news aggregation guideline initiatives that were brought up at SXSW, and first reported on by The New York Times’ David Carr. I didn’t look much at what others were saying about them before …

Curator’s Code: Can Content Curation Really Be Standardized? Curator’s Code: Can Content Curation Really Be Standardized?
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Let me preface this by saying that I am all for giving credit where credit is due on the web. However, people are trying to develop standards for online content curation and attribution on the web, and I just don’t …

Is Linking Something That You Should Have To Pay For? Is Linking Something That You Should Have To Pay For?
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Should you have to pay to link? Sadly, it’s a question we keep having to ask, because organizations and lawmakers keep giving us reason to. If you’re a longtime reader, you probably already know my stance on this: the web …

TechCrunch Loses Yet Another – This Time, It’s The Editor TechCrunch Loses Yet Another – This Time, It’s The Editor

The transition at AOL’s TechCrunch continues as editor Erick Schonfeld has stepped down. This is just the latest in a series of pre-AOL acquisition TechCrunchers leaving. Some have banded together at the site PandoDaily. More on all of that here. …

The Associated Press Goes Bold With New Logo The Associated Press Goes Bold With New Logo

In what some would consider a bold move, the associated press has changed their logo of almost 30 years. The finished product is no doubt the result of intense labor by a team of highly-skilled graphic designers who have set …

Bot or Not Lets You Test the Human Element in Any Twitter Account Bot or Not Lets You Test the Human Element in Any Twitter Account

If you’re active on Twitter, you’ve probably encountered plenty of bots – fake users that spam the hell out of you with links, free iPad offers, and other dubious things. These accounts are just a part of the Twitter experience, …

The One Thing You Absolutely Need To Know About Writing For The Web The One Thing You Absolutely Need To Know About Writing For The Web
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Titles are incredibly important when you’re writing for the web. Startup Stats CEO Nick O’Neill wrote an interesting blog post discussing the importance of titling articles on the Internet in which he looks at an example of a New York …

Should News Organizations Pay People For Their Tweets? Should News Organizations Pay People For Their Tweets?
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Let me start off by saying: No. I don’t think news organizations should have to pay people for referencing their tweets. But this is a similar logic to how some traditional news organizations operate. The Associated Press is about to …

Whitney Houston Death Broken By Citizen Twitter Journalists 42 Minutes Before AP Whitney Houston Death Broken By Citizen Twitter Journalists 42 Minutes Before AP

We all know that information travels fast on Twitter. And with the emphasis put on Twitter recently (due in large part to the Arab Spring protests) as the new conduit for real-time news, many argue that the social network is …

Online Advertising is More Than Just Clicks! Online Advertising is More Than Just Clicks!
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I noticed a VentureBeat article that makes me shake my head in amazement at the apparent lack of understanding of online advertising. The sensationalistic headline, “Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers” reveals a simplistic viewpoint on the value …

Tom Curley Steps Down As AP President And CEO Tom Curley Steps Down As AP President And CEO
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Tom Curley, President and CEO of the Associated Press announced that he is stepping down today, and that the AP’s board has began the search for his replacement. “The challenge for anybody running a media company these days can be …

Joe Paterno Dead (This Time It’s Real) Joe Paterno Dead (This Time It’s Real)
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Update 2: Penn State has put out the following statement: Legendary Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno passed away today (Jan. 22) after announcing a month ago that he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Paterno was 85. The following statement …

Joe Paterno Death Reports Show Flaws in “Journalism” Joe Paterno Death Reports Show Flaws in “Journalism”
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Update: Now the AP is reporting (on Twitter, no less) that Paterno is dead. The Poynter Institute, whose mission it is to make sure “communities have access to excellent journalism,” has posted an interesting series of articles pointing out journalism’s …

Fast Company Exposes Plagiarism on Amazon Fast Company Exposes Plagiarism on Amazon
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As I reported yesterday, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing is big business. Amazon is putting more money into the payout pool for the Kindle Owners Lending Library and many amateur authors are getting in on the action. But, as Fast Company …

NewsRight: Newspapers Band Together To Seek Money From Aggregators NewsRight: Newspapers Band Together To Seek Money From Aggregators
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29 news organizations have teamed up to change the face of online news – or at least to attempt to get paid more for their work. Basically, they’re hoping aggregators will put up the money for content if they make …

2011 Was A Dangerous Year For Journalists 2011 Was A Dangerous Year For Journalists

Journalists being killed for reporting the truth is nothing new, but it’s still shocking when the numbers are actually released. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) announced today that 64 journalists were killed around the world with …

Bloggers vs. Journalists As Told By Stock Photos Bloggers vs. Journalists As Told By Stock Photos
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The whole “what makes a journalist a journalist”/”are bloggers journalists?” discussion is one that won’t go away, and we’ve certainly weighed in on it a number of times. While preparing a recent piece on the subject, I was perusing our …