Edward R. Murrow’s storied radio broadcasts from the London blitz might seem as distant from today’s animated GIF onslaught as caviar from Cheetos. But Chris Dixon, who led Andreessen Horowitz’s $50 million investment in BuzzFeed, believes the past is littered with examples of novelty in media being mistaken for lack of quality. Murrow himself, Dixon

The New York Times’ Mike Isaac was the first to report late Sunday night that BuzzFeed had raised $50 million in new venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz.

If nothing else, at least now we know why @pmarca posted all those tweetstorms about the potential future of media: http://t.co/bN4VzfL4RT

— Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) August 11, 2014

Will someone explain to me how social distribution of your content makes your company primarily a “tech company”? http://t.co/VIdylzTRrU

— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) August 11, 2014

The Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group on 12 August 2014 at 16:44PM

Heather Ford gave this talk at Wikimania in London on Sunday warning Wikipedians about the fact that they are by no means a completely ‘neutral’ resource and that they suffer from a ‘homegrown’ bias that results from different points of view…

AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

Hurriyet Daily News

An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator were killed Aug. 13 when ordnance left over from the Israeli-Hamas war exploded
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19 Pulitzer winners call on US Justice Dept. to end its pursuit of NYT reporter James Risen

Boing Boing

Today, a total of 19 Pulitzer Prize winners have issued statements in support of journalist James Risen and in protest of the Justice Department’s attempt to force Risen to testifyagainst his sources.

Media wars over Gaza: why British broadcasters are still failing in their scrutiny of Israeli officials

open Democracy News Analysis – by Justin Schlosberg

UK media may indeed suggest the bombardment of Gaza is disproportionate but the idea that Israel’s offensive is a response to Hamas rocket attacks is all too rarely questioned.
AP Journalist Killed in Gaza

Mashable!

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip — An Associated Press video journalist was killed in an ordnance explosion in the Gaza Strip, together with a Palestinian translator and three members of the Gaza police.

NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting

The Intercept by Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman

The new headquarters for National Public Radio (NPR) on North Capitol Street in Washington (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The New York Times is thinking about new ways to compete with free by charging less

Nieman Journalism Lab by Joshua Benton

At Digiday, Lucia Moses notes a new possible New York Times pricing tier:

The New York Times is considering a cheaper version of its digital subscription as it continues to look for ways to get more revenue out of consumers.

According to a survey sent to readers this week, the new offering would give users 30 articles a month for $8, over 45 percent lower than the current cheapest offering. Now, for readers who hit the paywall at 10 articles, digital access starts at $15 a month for access to NYTimes.com and Times smartphone apps.
Full monty journalism – Assange, Greenwald and Snowden

open Democracy News Analysis – by John Lloyd

Liberal journalism has always depended on leaks. But changes in technology combined with recent events have opened up a new schism in how journalists approach the state and notions of objectivity.

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