Journalism roundup: Churnalism, Boston explosions aftermath…

Churnalism: discover when the “news” you’re reading is a press-release

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow


Syrian Electronic Army takes credit for hacking AP Twitter account

from FP Passport

After the Associated Press tweeted, “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” it literally took only seconds for people to debunk the bomb scare.


Tsarnaev Brothers’ Impact on U.S.-Russian Counterterrorism Cooperation

from RAND: Commentary by RAND Staff

Unfortunately, since 9/11, the ups and downs in U.S.-Russian counterterrorism cooperation have mirrored the unsteady relationship between the two countries, writes Andrew S. Weiss.


Pathologizing Islam and Pax Americana

from by tabsir

by Timothy P. Daniels, The Islamic Monthly, April 22

Twitter is reportedly testing two-factor authentication following multiple hacks on user accounts

from The Next Web by Ken Yeung


Reddit Apologizes for Boston Marathon ‘Witch Hunt’

from Mashable! by Sam Laird


How the Media Failed in Its Coverage of the Boston Bombings

from Mashable! by Quartz


Boston Police Schooled Us All on Social Media

from Mashable! by Yael Bar-tur


Manhunt Turns Ustream Into a Crowdsourced CNN

from Wired Top Stories by Ryan Tate

The manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was one of only a handful of landmark moments in the history of six-year-old online video startup Ustream.


Web App Tracks Breaking News Using Wikipedia Edits

from iRevolution by Patrick Meier

A colleague of mine at Google recently shared a new and very interesting Web App that tracks breaking news events by monitoring Wikipedia edits in real-time. The App, Wikipedia Live Monitor, alerts users to breaking news based on the frequency of edits to certain articles. Almost every significant news event has a Wikipedia page that gets updated in near real-time and thus acts as a single, powerful cluster for tacking an evolving crisis.


The newsonomics of recycling journalism

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Ken Doctor


The newsonomics of Pulitzers, paywalls, and investing in the newsroom

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Ken Doctor

Bio-hackers, crime journalism, and socialstructing the future

from Boing Boing by Marina Gorbis

Heroes’ Creator Tim Kring on Redefining TV

from The Next Web by Paul Sawers


Is the press too big to fail? It’s dumb journalism, stupid

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin, whose latest book is Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street, offers a little survey of American print journalism on the way down, without a hint of romance in sight.

Everyone knows this story, though fewer and fewer read it on paper.  There are barely enough pages left to wrap fish.  The second paper in town has shut down.  Sometimes the daily delivers only three days a week.  Advertising long ago started fleeing to Craigslist and Internet points south.  Subscriptions are dwindling.  Online versions don?t bring in much ad revenue.  Who can avoid the obvious, if little covered question: Is the press too big to fail?  Or was it failing long before it began to falter financially?


#ISOJ 2013: How News Organizations Can Adapt to Digital Disruption

from MediaShift

Traditional news organizations need to embrace the disruption brought by digital culture — or they risk becoming obsolete.


Breaking news pragmatically: Some reflections on silence and timing in networked journalism

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Mike Ananny


The Great Potential (and Challenges) of Citizen Videos Uncovering News

from MediaShift

At the National Conference on Media Reform earlier this month, a topic I heard repeated in panel after panel was the diversity of voices. Media consolidation, industry cutbacks, and political repression are among the threats to reporting on and by independent and diverse perspectives around the world.

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