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Five ways to protect journalists and their anonymous sources

Washington Post (blog)

In a speech Thursday at National Defense University, President Obama discussed the Justice Department’s prosecution of leakers, emphasizing the need to ?strike the right balance between our security and our open society.? Many observers believe that

English: New York, New York. Newsroom of the N...

English: New York, New York. Newsroom of the New York Times newspaper. Reporters and rewrite men writing stories, and waiting to be sent out. Rewrite man in background gets the story on the phone from reporter outside. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Scott Lewis: Learning from social platforms to build a better news site

About four years ago, I nervously sat on a roundtable between Madeline Albright and Alberto Ibargüen, CEO of the Knight Foundation. Next to Ibarguen was Marissa Mayer, then an executive at Google. She was co-chair of a commission Knight put together to study the information needs of communities at the height of what seemed like a crisis for news and civics.

 

We need to protect the act of journalism, no matter who?s doing it

In response to some recent events, the Digital Media Law Project took a look today at some landmark legal cases in the history of media protection. They argue that rather than laws that protect journalists, which can be hard to define on an individual level, we need laws that protect anyone engaging in the act of journalism.

The New York Times experiments with native advertising?on two wheels

I?m not even sure ?native advertising? is the right term, exactly; sponsored content works too. But whatever you call it, The New York Times just released an update to its New York City things-to-do app The Scoop that includes a new feature: real-time information on the location and capacity of nearby Citi Bike stations. That?s the new NYC bike-sharing system that debuted yesterday.

 

Who?s reusing the news?

Derek Willis, interactive news developer for The New York Times, wrote a blog post about a different way to use analytics. Willis says he?s interested in tracking and mapping who is citing and quoting the work of major news outlets (like The New York Times).

Tuesday Q&A: CEO Baba Shetty talks Newsweek?s relaunch, user-first design, magazineness, and the business model

A brand guru. That?s what they called Baba Shetty when he was hired away from advertising agency Hill Holliday by The Daily Beast to be the new CEO of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company.

More on the tech side of the Reuters.com redesign

Building on our piece on the Reuters.com rethink, Source went back to get the nerdier details from Paul Smalera. Of note is that it?s all built on an API called Media Connect (see comment below) that generates the content feeds for all its new platforms and products:

Pew?s new data blog fills in the contextual gaps between information and stories

The Pew Research Center launched a new blog earlier this week that?s supposed to provide Pew-quality data and information at a real-time pace. It?s called Fact Tank, and it will be a home for what Pew calls it?s ?unique brand of data journalism.?

 

How the BBC handles responsive images

On BBC News developers? posted about how they handle one of the trickiest issues of responsive design ? how to handle images. How can you web page be smart enough to download big, beautiful images when on a big desktop screen and small, optimized images for a smartphone?

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