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News, trends and how-tos for journalists and the media industry
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Hey, online publishers: Keep an eye on #WhatsApp. More and more of your readers might prefer to share links privately via messaging services than publicly via social networks like #Facebook.

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Study “suggests that the value of newspapers, even in their current reduced economic and physical state, can be observed — though perhaps only after their demise.”

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Binge-watching #HouseOfCards  this weekend?
Last year +The Poynter Institute looked at new-media values in #HouseOfCards:

"You don’t have to send me things before you post."
"Most people write from their phones.”
"The White House is where news goes to die."

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“Don’t let those swill merchants rewrite you.”
—Hoffman as rock critic Lester Bangs in "Almost Famous"

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Al Tompkins walks us through how Budweiser's Super Bowl commercial sticks to storytelling fundamentals: "how to build tension, how to use the 'rule of threes,' how to find narrow focus and how to build to the big explosion at the end of the piece — the payoff."

bit.ly/1kruPqI

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Nelson Poynter, owner and editor of the St. Petersburg Times, in the newsroom in early 1978.
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Join us tomorrow for a Google Hangout On Air as we talk about "The Race for Truth: Analysis of the Boston Coverage" at www.poynter.org. At noon, Al Tompkins will talk about accuracy, at 1 pm Kenny Irby will talk about dealing with images, and at 2 pm, Kelly McBride will talk about how social media impacted the coverage. They'll be joined by folks like Sean Kelly of WCVB and Erik Martin of reddit to discuss takeaways from last week's events as covered by journalists and social media.

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Chinese Internet censors are working overtime today to try to block access to excellent reporting by +The New York Times about the prime minister's family enrichment.

We must hope the Internet finds ways around this, no?

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Some thoughts for journalists as Apple announces a new smaller iPad today:

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The Huffington Post has accumulated more than 70 million comments so far this year, far surpassing the 2011 total of 54 million.

The now-famous video of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments attracted a mind-blowing 171,753 comments on one post.

Moderating this enormous volume of messages is a unique test of whether online conversations as we know them — a dozen people making a few points on a blog post or article — can scale infinitely larger without collapsing into cacophony. 

Read about how The Huffington Post does it...
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/190492/how-the-huffington-post-handles-70-million-comments-a-year/
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