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The Journalists Who Refuse To Admit They're Actually Content Marketers

I found myself in a small but meaningful Twitter spat the other day with a very minor – or distant – member of the Royal Family. Tom Parker-Bowles is a food critic and writer and is also stepbrother to the future King.<p>In his newspaper column, he rather casually mentioned that on his way home from a …

Journalism

Push it: A look behind the scenes of a New York Times mobile alert

“It’s been a process to train editors’ and reporters’ brains that this isn’t print. You can go back as many times as you want and add in extra grafs.”<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: This is the first in a series of stories on how news organizations manage their mobile news alerts. Check in each day this week to see …

Journalism

Viewpoint: 8 things you should never say to a journalism major

I’ve wanted to be a journalist my entire life. Now, I’m finally about to start my freshman year at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) and I’m a pre-journalism major. I’m beyond thrilled, but for the past year, I’ve gotten numerous comments and unsolicited advice on my chosen career path. …

Spam has fallen to a 10-year low and is unlikely to make a comeback

There are fewer Nigerian princes on the internet today spamming you in their quest to offload large sums of money out of their country.<p>For the first time in a decade email spam now makes up less than half of all emails, falling to 49.7% in June, according to security company Symantec. Overall, …

Spam

We just sued the Justice Department over the FBI’s secret rules for using National Security Letters on journalists

Reading between the redactions, it seems that Attorney General approval may be required in some circumstances but not in others. But the FBI and DOJ …

German government accuses news website of treason over leaks

For the first time in more than 50 years journalists are facing treason charges, which is being denounced as an attack on the freedom of the press<p>Germany has opened a treason investigation into a news website a broadcaster said had reported on plans to increase state surveillance of online …

Rolling Stone editor to leave in wake of bungled rape story

Will Dana, the managing editor of Rolling Stone, is leaving the magazine just months after the publication of a discredited story about rape on a college campus.<p>Dana's departure, which was first reported by The New York Times, will be Aug. 7.<p>"After 19 years at Rolling Stone, I have decided that it …

Gawker names temporary editors

Gawker named two of its veteran editors Thursday to temporarily take charge of the site.<p>The gossip news site has been wracked with turmoil and departures in recent weeks.<p>John Cook, Gawker's editor of investigations, was named acting executive editor of Gawker. He replaces Tommy Craggs, who quit …

A new app from NowThis wants to reduce the work of finding news to one big red button

Paralyzed by having to choose what news story to turn your attention to next? Tap For News keeps “everything super, super simple” by eliminating that choice.<p>The two-and-a-half year old distributed media company NowThis bears little resemblance to the “social news video startup” that we first …

Top Gear's Chris Evans signs up former Big Breakfast producer

Lisa Clark announced as BBC show’s executive producer, as speculation continues that Jenson Button may join as co-host<p>Chris Evans has signed up an old friend to help him rebrand Top Gear – the producer who worked with him on The Big Breakfast.<p>Lisa Clark, whose CV includes Shooting Stars with Vic …

Netflix is accidentally inventing a new art form — not quite TV and not quite film

As part of my preparation for Netflix's day at the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour, I watched the first episode of the streaming service's new true-crime saga <i>Narcos</i>, which launches August 28. I pretty much hated it.<p>It was an endless barrage of exposition about the rise of …

TV

My ‘True Detective’ Orgy Experience: Brushing Up Against Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell

The porn stars involved in True Detective’s massive mansion orgy sequence open up about what it was like to shoot their decidedly NSFW scenes.<p><i>True</i> …

Killing the comments — what’s next?

Popular Science, Bloomberg Business, Reuters, Mic, The Week, re/code, The Verge, and now The Daily Dot. What do they have in common? They all decided …

A lawsuit over the world’s most popular song just took a surprise twist

Happy birthday to the whole world, free of charge? A contentious lawsuit over “Happy Birthday,” the world’s most popular song, has taken a surprising twist, which could make it more accessible for people to use in commerce and art.<p>Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., the music publishing arm of Warner …