While Reddit’s amateur sleuths tend to draw groans or worse for their sloppy crowdsourcing efforts (misidentifying the Boston Marathon suspects comes to mind), an English blogger has carved out a vital place in the news cycle with his meticulous and tenacious crowdsourced reporting.
The photo is a bit too much, but I am honored to have been profiled by the publication… they even had it as the front page cover story at one point. Read More>
The article led to me hosting a live Q&A chat: Innovation Uncensored New York: Google Glass And The Future Of Journalism
What happens when new media stops being new?
A look at the six most popular newsletters on TinyLetter and what they’re doing right.
So you want to start a newsletter. The medium is having a moment, a phenomenon even the New York Times' esteemed media critic has noticed. The time to jump on the bandwagon, before brands take over and ruin everything, is now.
But how? Fast Company spoke with TinyLetter, the platform of choice for newsletter writers, about what aspiring email tycoons can learn from its most popular emailers.
These are the six most popular and influential personal newsletters, in no particular order, according to TinyLetter’s internal numbers.
"We came up with the idea, printed out a few options along these lines, and put it on [executive editor] Dean Baquet’s desk. He smiled and said, ‘That’s brilliant, I love it.’"
In places where only cell-phone footage can tell the story of a crisis, video experts are stepping in to make sure the footage is real.
This month developers at Amnesty International are rolling out a website that can train anyone to be a forensic expert to help analyze citizen videos.
Matt Lauer asked GM CEO Mary Barra how she can manage to be a leader and a parent at the same time, something he’s never asked a man.
“As the publishing landscape expands across multiple devices and multiple platforms, it raises a few key questions. Are pageviews still the best metric? More importantly, do they tell the whole story to advertisers? Today, a handful publishers would argue that the pageview is increasingly becoming a dated notion.”
“We’re marrying technology with editorial judgment.”
The Breaking News (breakingnews) app is the first app to really go out and find its news audience, but there will be more.
“I studied journalism at NYU, which was a f**king waste of money,” she told Cosmopolitan’s Jill Filipovic. “You don’t have to study journalism to be a journalist.”
"Their [vicemag] tone absolutely resonates with the Call of Duty audience. That’s all we asked for—apart from tying it into the premise of the game—just tell the story and let the insanity of the reality speak for itself.”
On Thursday, Facebook announced FB Newswire, a tool aimed at helping journalists “find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.”
The resource is powered by Storyful, which finds and verifies breaking news shared across social networks.
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“Psychologists have some theories. The leading one is known as the “information-gap” theory. George Loewenstein, of Carnegie Mellon, believes that curiosity proceeds in two basic steps: First, a situation reveals a painful gap in our knowledge (that’s the headline), and then we feel an urge to fill this gap and ease that pain (that’s the click).”
Join Fast Company staff writer Chris Gayomali for a live Q&A with University of Southern California journalism professor Robert Hernandez and documentary director Hannah Roodman as they discuss Google Glass’ potential for journalists. The chat will take place on today at 1PM (ET).
“Readers don’t seem to really care about what organization they’re getting their news from, or what device format they’re reading on; what matters, really, is the news itself.”