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Nora Ephron, Filmmaker and Journalist, Dead at 71

Nora Ephron, who is probably best known to movie-goers as the writer/director responsible for such motion pictures as “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Michael”, and “You’ve Got Mail”, passed away on Tuesday from pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia. She was …

Automated Insights: Computers May Not Replace Human Writers, As Long As Perspectives Exist Automated Insights: Computers May Not Replace Human Writers, As Long As Perspectives Exist
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There are companies currently providing machine-generated content to various sites and businesses – articles created by machines rather than humans. Some wonder if the future of journalism is auto-generated content, and if journalists will be out of jobs because of …

Google’s Boosting African News Challenge to Improve Journalism Google’s Boosting African News Challenge to Improve Journalism

Google, along with several other financial supporters such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the World Association of Newspapers & News Producers, have announced that it will be funding grants …

Do You Want Your News Written And Personalized By Robots? Do You Want Your News Written And Personalized By Robots?

I find Narrative Science to be a fascinating company for a variety of reasons, and the more I read about them, the more fascinated I am. I really don’t know if what they’re doing is going to change the future …

Twitter Improves Realtime Search While Google Lacks It Twitter Improves Realtime Search While Google Lacks It

Twitter announced some new improvements to its Discover tab today. It’s getting more personalized, and will begin surfacing content based on tweets that are popular among people you follow and who they follow. “The Discover tab’s new design shows who …

The AP Links, But For Those Running AP Stories, It’s Up To Them The AP Links, But For Those Running AP Stories, It’s Up To Them

This week, we ran an article about the Associated Press and its linking policies, which pointed out an article that seemed to be doing the kind of thing the organization has historically frowned upon from others – short articles based …

Where Do You Get Your News? [INFOGRAPHIC] Where Do You Get Your News? [INFOGRAPHIC]
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It’s an undebatable fact that the six o’clock evening news isn’t what it used to be. That’s not necessarily a knock on the quality of local or national broadcasts, but more of a commentary on how much the internet has …

Center For Investigative Reporting Launches New YouTube Channel Center For Investigative Reporting Launches New YouTube Channel

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), a nonprofit investigative reporting organization, announced this week that it will launch a new channel on YouTube. The channel, which is expected to be launched in July, will be a hub of investigative journalism …

Google Hosts First “TechRaking” Conference for Investigative Journalists Google Hosts First “TechRaking” Conference for Investigative Journalists

Google and the Center for Investigative Reporting are hosting a conference today at Google headquarters dubbed “TechRaking” 2012. The conference was meant to “inspire muckraking by exploring tools that help reporters tell stories with greater interactivity, opportunities for long-form journalism …

Mike Wallace, Famed 60 Minutes Reporter, Passed Away
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Sad news today for the journalism world as Mike Wallace passed away at the age of 93. He will best remembered as one of the toughest men on television as he interviewed crooks and saints alike on 60 Minutes. CBS …

Journalism & Technology Scholarships for Six Lucky Winners of Google and AP Contest

Last summer Google announced a joint scholarship program for aspiring journalists with the Associated Press, administered by the Online News Association. Now six winners will receive a $20,000 scholarship to help them make their dreams come true. The winners were …

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
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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, …