Journalism agenda: A CIA agent sentenced to 42 months for leaking to NYT… – Peter Maass – May 11, 7:53 AM – Alexandria, VA — Jeffrey Sterling, a CIA agent convicted of sharing classified information with a New York Times reporter, was sentenced today to three and a half years in prison, a significantly shorter term than had been expected.
Google’s friendship pact in Europe

Google Signs a Friendship Pact with Euro Publishers

When you’re writing about how place — be that a neighborhood or a city —affects a child’s chances of getting out of poverty, location is obviously central to the story. So when the team at The Upshot wanted to put together a companion interactive piece, they set out to answer the question many readers would ask:What does that look like where I live?

A little over a year ago, a group of public radio-minded podcast producers banded together with an idea: to combine their powers to grow a shared audience and develop a better business model for fledgling audio entrepreneurs.

The Media Industry Prefers Penis

A not-totally serious look at how The Verge, BuzzFeed, and the New York Times use words like “penis” and “vagina” (and “cat” and “dog”)

1. P v. V

I had a stray idea and decided to chart how often web pages that contain the word “penis” appear on media websites like The Verge, BuzzFeed, and theNew York Times, in comparison to the number of web pages on those sites that contain the word “vagina.” Here is a highly suspect chart showing the ratio of “penis” pages to “vagina” pages, using the search results from (more below).

Social media has strengthened the authority of the BBC

…ice reflected how such changes, and their consequences, were commonly viewed by intelligent comment journalism. The overwhelming presumption was that the coincident emergence of digital technologies, and the empowerment of ‘the individual’ that they facilitated, would unleash historic forces on the mainstream media, not only compromising hitherto successful revenue models but even attenuating the relationship between producer and audience. The other side of the coin Almost a decade later, it is

Millennials are watching 40 minutes less traditional TV every day than they were two years ago.


The video, posted to the BBC Azeri service’s Instagram account last month, showed explosions, soldiers standing in formation, and aircraft flying into battle. It was footage that people all around the world had been clamoring to see: the trailer for Ulduz müharibələri.


A new NYT Now: All the aggregation you enjoyed before, now for free

The latest version of NYT Now, The New York Times’ aggregation-fueled smartphone app, is out today and, for the first time, it’s free to all users.

Though rumored and discussed for some time, it’s still a significant shift for the company, which originally launched the app as a cheaper alternative to a full Times subscription, specifically focused on younger, more smartphone-centric readers. At $8 a month, it was about half the price of the cheapest digital subscription to the Times.


BuzzFeed’s answer to measuring social sharing? Pounds

BuzzFeed wants to find a better way to weigh its viral success, and it wants to convert clicks to Pounds.

At the NewFronts presentations in New York today the company unveiled its new proprietary system for analyzing how content races across the the web — and sharing that information with its advertisers. Specifically, the “Process for Optimizing and Understanding Network Diffusion” is meant to shed a little light into the hidden corners of the social web. BuzzFeed has said that 75 percent of its 200 million monthly users are visiting the site through social media, so it would only make sense the company would want to better understand the patterns and habits of social sharing.

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