Monthly Archives: August 2006

When sources scoop you

Mediabistro features a story today on how a reporter interviewed a blogger and found the entire e-mail exchange posted on said blogger’s site before the publishing of her story. Take heed scribes, for as Mediabistro’s Greg Lindsay writes: “So, the … Continue reading

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Closer scrutiny for media’s web stats

The New York Times reports on‘s troubles with determining how many users visit the site and who they are, a trend I predict is likely to increase in coming days with other media outlets. All evidence suggests that advertisers … Continue reading

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Has your blog post gone awry?

Copyblogger has a nice, concise list of tips on how to recognize when your blog post is quickly going down in flames. While these tips follow the basic, timeless tenets of good writing, well, even good writers often forget said … Continue reading

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Editorial board rocks the vote with video

Big kudos to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for posting full videos of the editorial board’s interviews with Florida’s gubernatorial candidates. The page features the entire interview with smaller clips broken down by topic (I’m sure THAT was fun to edit). … Continue reading

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Scarborough: Online readership growing

Web readers can account for up to 15 percent of a newspaper’s audience, according to a recent study by Scarborough Research. The study analyzes the percentage of readers who only read the paper, readers who read both and readers who … Continue reading

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The ethics of hunger

The New York Times‘ Michael Wines has written a compelling piece on how journalists deal with the crushing poverty they encounter in the course of their reporting. Wines essentially argues that it is ethical to provide help to people after … Continue reading

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Google strikes with map coupons

The New York Times reports on how Google is now allowing businesses to upload coupons for free onto its Google Maps service. The acrimonious lede, which I confess I enjoyed, goes: “Google is expanding its local directory business using the … Continue reading

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Photo doctoring hall of fame

Check out this Web page with a great list of infamous doctored or manipulated photos. The site makes for a great set of examples for pointing out what are some unacceptable uses. Photos on the page range from clone stamp-happy … Continue reading

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The fix is in: blurry photos

CNet reports on a shiny new statistics-powered method for fixing images that are blurred from camera shake. And it takes a whiiiiile (like 15 minutes), according to the article. Here’s a description of the method: “The technique is based on … Continue reading

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My kingdom for a sat phone

Paul Conley spins a great “when-I-was-your-age” yarn about his encounter with a stubborn payphone in 1986 while trying to file a story for NPR. In order to send my interviews to D.C., I had to connect my tape recorder to … Continue reading

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What lurks beneath AOL

There’s a Web site up now where you can poke around the searches of millions of AOL users, information that was accidently released to the public. Check out Google hasn’t indexed it as of this writing. Using some computer-assisted … Continue reading

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TV station citizen journalism

Check out this TV story about how TV stations are getting into all the citizen journalism rage. (via Online Journalism Blog) Being that there are only so many folks out there with cameras, it seems as if though media … Continue reading

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