Alastair Otter

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Five things Jeff Bezos should do to reinvent the sinking ship that is the Washington Post

Advertisement<p>19 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / George Kelly<p>There’s been a metric ton or so of digital ink spilled over Amazon (s amzn) CEO Jeff Bezos and …

Five news sites can now embed public Facebook posts

<b>Credit: Image by owenwbrown on Flickr. Some rights reserved</b><p>Just as news sites and blogs can embed a tweet or Instagram picture, public Facebook posts …

How to turn everyone in your newsroom into a graphics editor

A newly open-sourced tool from Quartz makes it easy for newsrooms to build quick, attractive charts from datasets on deadline.<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: Back in May, I noted this Quora discussion on how Quartz creates visualizations — charts, mostly — of data so quickly off the news cycle. The answer involved …

I Just Bought A Newspaper!

Last night, I did something I very rarely do: I bought a newspaper.<p>I very rarely buy newspapers because I very rarely have a need for them: I generally can find all the news and information I want for free online. Also, newspapers leave stacks of paper all over my house that I have to dispose of …

Journalism

Of digital riptides and original sin — was the decline of newspapers inevitable?

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user Zarko Drincic<p>At the Brainstorm tech conference on Wednesday, several media-industry heavyweights talked …

BBC News reaches new mobile traffic milestones

News consumption on the go<p><b>Credit: Image by Thinkstock</b><p>BBC News received more traffic from mobile phones than from desktop computers on two weekend …

Journalism

Advice for editors: Lead your staff in learning data skills

<i>This continues a series on advice for new top editors in Digital First Media newsrooms.</i><p>Part of the culture change you need to lead in your newsroom …

What media companies can learn from Facebook’s unbelievable mobile growth

Just last summer, Mark Zuckerberg was hammered with questions about mobile monetization – which was zero – and he promised to improve Facebook’s …

The rise of the personal franchise site in news

Yesterday the buzz in newsland was all about Nate Silver’s decision to move his FiveThirtyEight.com franchise from the New York Times to ESPN. (Good …

Is Flipboard a partner or a competitor for publishers and content creators? Yes

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user Mathias<p>Flipboard has always had a somewhat double-edged relationship with the publishers who create the …

Mike McCue

Longform Journalism is Alive and Well, Say Co-Founders of Byliner, Atavist

Over the weekend, I found myself at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, Texas. It was my first trip to the gathering, even as a …

HBO's The Newsroom is an homage to everything that's wrong with TV news

You could be forgiven for thinking that journalists hate The Newsroom because we are unbearable, self-centered nitpickers who think the show doesn't …

Video debating site hopes to help banish trolls from net

Even devout fans of social media sites and online comment forums acknowledge there is a dark side. The great freedom of speech these platforms afford …

How to: get started in data journalism

Expert advice on starting to turn statistics into stories

Journalism

The readers' editor on… starting up a wider conversation on Twitter

Social media are now an integral part of the way journalists are trained and work. One of the most popular tools in the box is Twitter – as tens of …

10 Ways Journalism Schools Are Teaching Social Media

<i>Vadim Lavrusik is a new media student at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is @lavrusik on Twitter and blogs at …

How Al Jazeera English gathered data to map Syria's rebellion

Data was collected by Al Jazeera English's Syria expert who made hundreds of phone calls to rebel groups<p><b>Credit: Image by Skeddy in NYC. Some rights</b> …

Report hails '$1 trillion' apps market, but most downloads are still free

Making money from smartphone and tablet apps is a tough business. That's why there are so many "apps monetisation" conferences, consultants of …

Two Stats That Explain Why Apple Is Getting Into Streaming Music

Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard released their annual mid-year report on the state of the music industry. The data shows that streaming music and digital downloads are moving in opposite directions.<p>If you want to know why Apple is launching a streaming music service this fall, look no further than …

Big names among Independent leavers

<i>Updated 2pm:</i> Several of The Independent's best-known journalists are among those due to leave the paper following the paper's decision 10 days ago to …

Guardian chief exec Miller rejects metered paywall model and says no more redundancies planned

Uniquely among UK national newspaper publishers, Guardian News and Media has avoided compulsory redundancies.<p>And speaking in the wake of annual …

organize, read and share what matters to you.

Feedly connects you to the information and knowledge you care about. We help you get more out of you work, education, hobbies and interests. The …

With the Death of <i>AJR</i> in Print, What's in Store for Media Commentary?

Wednesday the <i>American Journalism Review</i> broke the news that it’s going to quit publishing its print magazine.<p>Starting this fall (the date isn’t …

Gigaom | Check out Slate’s cool tool for better Twitter headlines

Advertisement<p>A headline that works on a website or in a print publication often isn’t the best headline for getting a story shared on social media. …

Why I work in a newsroom

Six years ago, I googled “journalism”.I was a software architect, working on enterprise systems that optimized global email systems, simplified the …

Can Photojournalism Survive in the Instagram Era?

An Afghan soldier protects his face from a dust storm.Balazs Gardi / Basetrack.org, Creative Commons.<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our …

Reading news through gestures: New York Times to release Leap Motion app

<i>The New York Times</i> has shown that it's not shy about embracing young technology. The newspaper of record was quick to produce its own Google Glass app, and now it's been revealed that the <i>Times</i> will have a gesture-based Top News app ready when Leap Motion launches on July 22nd. <i>TechCrunch</i> reveals …