futurejournalismproject:

Want a Do Over?
Yes, yes you do.

futurejournalismproject:

Want a Do Over?

Yes, yes you do.

shortformblog:

mediaite:

Why don’t more major news publications engage trolls on Twitter?

It’s amazing how simple the benefit an organization can get from having a clever and accessible person manning their Twitter account.

shortformblog:

mediaite:

Why don’t more major news publications engage trolls on Twitter?

It’s amazing how simple the benefit an organization can get from having a clever and accessible person manning their Twitter account.

(Source: mediaite.com)

Tags: news media

Romenesko:

UPDATE: Chicago Tribune media reporter Robert Channick has also tweeted the news and reports the Sun-Times “plans to use freelancers going forward.”

UPDATE 2: From a Sun-Times Media Group employee: “Photog email accounts are already shut down…emails to our photo staff just got returned…this is bananas.”

"Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting."

Following reports from several news outlets stating that an arrest had been made in connection to the Boston Marathon attack, the FBI released the strongly-worded statement above denying that anyone has been brought into custody. (via latimes)

Unfortunately, I imagine we’ll still deal with quite a few more unconfirmed reports for the next few days and weeks ahead.

(via latimes)

Tags: news Boston media

"Katrina was a major devastation. We’re in a freaking cruise ship."

Carnival cruise passenger smacks down CNN reporter. (via mediaite)

Well-played. (via shortformblog)

(via shortformblog)

"

Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, “that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?” The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.

The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. “Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.”

In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.

"

Roger Ebert

"Being fact-checked is not very fun. Good fact-checkers have a preternatural inclination toward pedantry, and sometimes will address you in a prosecutorial tone. That is their job and the adversarial tone is even more important than the actual facts they correct. In my experience, seeing your name on the cover of a magazine will take you far in the journey toward believing your own bullshit. It is human to do so, and fact-checkers serve as a valuable check to prevent writers from lapsing into the kind of arrogant laziness which breeds plagiarism and the manufacture of facts. The fact-checker (and the copy-editor too actually) is a dam against you embarrassing yourself, or worse, being so arrogant that don’t even realize you’ve embarrassed yourself. Put differently, a culture of fact-checking, of honesty, is as important as the actual fact-checking."

Ta-Nehisi Coates, in praise of fact checkers. (via theatlantic)

(via theatlantic)

tonybreed:

Hey folks,
Some of you may know that I am a volunteer with CHIRP Radio (http://chirpradio.org), a volunteer-run independent Internet radio station in Chicago. I got involved because I believe in good radio, and I wanted to help make more of it. So much radio today is programmed out of central offices somewhere; the DJs are nothing more than vocal talent. Where are the DJs who have a passion to spread the music they love?
Anyway, that’s what we are trying to do at CHIRP. We play music that doesn’t get played elsewhere, and we play music that gets play everywhere. We play it if it’s good. I’m proud to be a part of the organization.
CHIRP is in the middle of a fund-raising campaign. (We have to pay rent & streaming fees, replace equipment as it gets worn out, etc.) If you like what CHIRP does, please consider helping us out with a donation. And if you put my name down (Tony Breed) under “how did you hear about CHIRP?”, I’ll send you a mix CD with an illustrated cover. Donate at http://chirpradio.org/donatenow

tonybreed:

Hey folks,

Some of you may know that I am a volunteer with CHIRP Radio (http://chirpradio.org), a volunteer-run independent Internet radio station in Chicago. I got involved because I believe in good radio, and I wanted to help make more of it. So much radio today is programmed out of central offices somewhere; the DJs are nothing more than vocal talent. Where are the DJs who have a passion to spread the music they love?

Anyway, that’s what we are trying to do at CHIRP. We play music that doesn’t get played elsewhere, and we play music that gets play everywhere. We play it if it’s good. I’m proud to be a part of the organization.

CHIRP is in the middle of a fund-raising campaign. (We have to pay rent & streaming fees, replace equipment as it gets worn out, etc.) If you like what CHIRP does, please consider helping us out with a donation. And if you put my name down (Tony Breed) under “how did you hear about CHIRP?”, I’ll send you a mix CD with an illustrated cover. Donate at http://chirpradio.org/donatenow

(via madillac)

think-progress:

shortformblog:

kateoplis:

think-progress:

MASS RIOTS in Athens, Greece.

At least 10 buildings went up in flames in protests today.

[Updated with photo credits @Real_GR, @mmgeissler, @mchancecnn]

Dear Think Progress,

Once again, could you please take the extra few seconds and credit your photographs? None of the photos above are in the link you’ve provided and appear to be photos from Twitter or Instagram like the bottom left which I posted earlier: it belongs to mmgeissler. Thanks.

This stuff takes a lot of time to find if you’re not on the ground. And if you’re the original source, you deserve credit. Let’s take care not to just gank images. It takes ten seconds to link to a source. Let’s be good linking citizens, all.

Thanks for pointing out we missed the photo credits! We’ve edited the original as well. 

[Photo credits @Real_GR, @mmgeissler, @mchancecnn]

You know what’d be cool? If media outlets didn’t have to be reminded to source information and images.

(Source: )

Related: ProPublica has a list of where members of Congress stand on SOPA and PIPA.

Related: ProPublica has a list of where members of Congress stand on SOPA and PIPA.

markcoatney:

soupsoup:

I hope this is a joke. The New York Times Public Editor wonders aloud if their journalists should be reporting the truth.

Seriously?

Maybe he thinks the NYT should be more like a truth noodge? 

I don’t know. I prefer to read conjecture and rumors when going to the “newspaper of record.” Facts are unnecessary and corrupt my world view.

Journalist Sam Husseini has been suspended from National Press Club for asking His Royal Highness Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Sa’ud of Saudi Arabia what legitimacy the Kingdom has.

Video above; full transcript, and Sam’s version of events, at Sam’s posterous. Take the time to read it.

This just happened.

via @BreakingNews, @jon_wertheim, @DailyCollegian

Nick Kristof Easily Wins Twitter Spat.
Kristof’s column about building the school.