Myth-busting: a tale of two shooters
Dec15

Myth-busting: a tale of two shooters

When I saw that the Montgomery County Pennsylvania shootings were trending in Australia, I discovered a tweet that sent me down a content analysis trail. In that exploration, I spent more time on “television” news sites in a day than I normally do in a month! From Storify: [View the story “Myth-busting: a tale of two shooters” on...

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Who covers your state legislature? A disturbing report from Pew Research, if you care about democracy
Jul22

Who covers your state legislature? A disturbing report from Pew Research, if you care about democracy

It’s well-known that digital disruption has wrecked havoc on the nation’s newsrooms. What’s less documented is how that disruption has played out on specific types of news and in specific geographic areas. Pew Research Center has analyzed number of full-time reporters covering state politics in every state. Using population as the relational variable, they’ve identified which states have a high...

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Memo to news orgs: tell us when you update stories
Feb02

Memo to news orgs: tell us when you update stories

The New York Times threw fuel on the “damn liberal media” fire this weekend with its coverage of the ongoing Christie/Port Authority “Bridgegate” mess, a hybrid local and national story. Based on tweets and screen captures, the New York Times changed the lede on the story, Christie Linked to Knowledge of Shut Lanes, within an hour of its initial publication. However, the website timestamp presents no evidence that...

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Make it stop! End click-bait headlines now
Jan23

Make it stop! End click-bait headlines now

Updated 24 January 2014: Got Chrome? Then check out Downworthy: a hyperbolic headline project. The tweet showed up in one of my journalism groups. 14-year-old girl stabbed her little sister 40 times, police say. The reason why will shock you. http://t.co/5ZFqHFrviw — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 23, 2014   Most were appalled. Click-bait: a tweet, Facebook status or hyperlink written in such a provocative manner as to make...

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Digital business models: a retrospective and maybe a class (or keynote)
Jan15

Digital business models: a retrospective and maybe a class (or keynote)

Digital information breaks the premise of classical economics: that of divvying up scarce resources between competing actors.  I need your help! Should I develop a class or keynote speech on this topic? Read on for details … I’ve been thinking about our zero-sum game model of economics this week because I’m finally (finally!) reading Yochai Benkler’s The Penguin and The Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs Over...

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