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Tribune’s Newsbeat app to stream audio of newspaper stories – Chicago Tribune

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tribune Digital Ventures, a technology unit of Chicago-based Tribune Co., is introducing a new mobile app Thursday to provide audio streaming of newspaper stories, enabling listeners to create their own customized news radio stations. The Newsbeat app aggregates content from hundreds of newspapers and websites, voicing some 7,000 national and local stories each day through announcers and text-to-speech technology.  Available free for iOS and Android devices, the format includes local…

AP removes distinction between ‘over’ and ‘more than’ – Poynter.org

Thursday, March 20, 2014

by Andrew Beaujon Published Mar. 20, 2014 2:48 pm Updated Mar. 20, 2014 4:41 pm Poynter’s Vicki Krueger shares some news from the American Copy Editors Society conference that will rock copy editors to their very cores: AP Stylebook editors said at a session Thursday that “Over” is fine when referring to a quantity; you don’t have to change it to “more than.” The news elicited a gasp, Krueger reports….

Tribune’s Newsbeat app to stream audio of newspaper stories – Chicago Tribune

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tribune Digital Ventures, a technology unit of Chicago-based Tribune Co., is introducing a new mobile app Thursday to provide audio streaming of newspaper stories, enabling listeners to create their own customized news radio stations. The Newsbeat app aggregates content from hundreds of newspapers and websites, voicing some 7,000 national and local stories each day through announcers and text-to-speech technology.  Available free for iOS and Android devices, the format includes local…

Budget thumbs up – national newspapers hail pension reforms – The Guardian

Thursday, March 20, 2014

George Osborne‘s budget gets the thumbs up from the majority of today’s national newspapers, as reflected in front-page headlines. “Pensions and savings joy for all” (Daily Express); “Pension power to the people” (Daily Mail); “You have earned it, you have saved it” (Daily Telegraph); “Osborne helps the aged” (The Independent); “The savings revolution” (The Times); and “Pensions revolution as Osborne woos the solve-haired and savers” (Financial Times). The message in…

We need Congress to fix the FOIA – The Hill (blog)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a critical law for making sure the public has a fighting chance to get copies of records the government might not want it to see. For more than 40 years, people have used the FOIA to uncover evidence of government waste, fraud, abuse and illegality. More benignly, FOIA has been used to better understand the development and effects – positive and negative—of the…

Proposed bill in Israeli parliament would ban distribution of free newspapers – Washington Post

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Jerusalem Post reports on the bill, which would apparently also apply to newspapers that aren’t free but are seen as too cheap: The text of the bill, proposed by MKs Eitan Cabel (Labor), Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu), Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi), Elazar Stern (Hatnua), Ariel Attias (Shas) and Yoel Razbozov (Yesh Atid), says it seeks to “strengthen written journalism in Israel and ensure equal and fair conditions of competition…

What data-driven journalism can tell us about culture, and life – Washington Post

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight site launched on Monday during my orientation here at The Post. And while I was reviewing checklists and getting a tour of the building, other people were publishing skeptical reactions that raise larger questions about Silver’s project, and by extension, efforts at Vox Media, First Look Media and the New York Times that share some of Silver’s premises. (Disclosure: I have friends who work at both FiveThirtyEight…

The Emptiness of Data Journalism – The New Republic

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I wish to say a word or two in defense of “bullshit.” That is Nate Silver’s meticulously chosen term—he does nothing imprecisely—for opinion journalism. “Plenty of pundits have really high IQs,” he announced to New York magazine, “but they don’t have any discipline in how they look at the world, and so it leads to a lot of bullshit, basically.” Referring to the fragment of Archilochus about the hedgehog and…

The problem with data journalism – Quartz

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The recent boom in “data-driven” journalism projects is exciting. It can elevate our knowledge, enliven statistics, and make us all more numerate.  But I worry that data give commentary a false sense of authority since data analysis is inherently prone to bias. The author’s priors, what he believes or wants to be true before looking at the data, often taint results that might appear pure and scientific. Even data-backed journalism…

Opposition Newspaper Editor Accuses Venezuelan Official of Censorship – Mashable

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The editor of a Venezuelan newspaper accused the number two official in President Nicolas Maduro’s government of trying to censor his publication with an illegal defamation suit. Teodoro Petkoff, the editor of the independent newspaper Tal Cual, and a known critic of the current government led by President Maduro, as well as his predecessor Hugo Chavez, asked the country’s prosecutors to investigate Diosdado Cabello, the president of the National Assembly….

CNN, Flight 370 and anti-journalism – Politico (blog)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Michael Wolff nails it: [The missing Malaysia Airlines jet] is just about the best situation that exists for journalism: “missing” stories trump all others for their intensity and stickiness, fueling the imagination of journalists and audiences alike. … Journalism exists to provide information. But what’s really compelling is a lack of information — or what is more particularly being called “an absence of empirical data”. ……

Iranian newspapers drop their guard – Christian Science Monitor

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Under Hassan Rouhani, Iran is developing a more open media climate in which reformist reporters no longer fear for their lives. By Scott Peterson, Staff writer / March 18, 2014 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during an annual rally commemorating anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at the Azadi ‘Freedom’ Square in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 11, 2014. Mr. Rouhani, who defeated a raft of conservative rivals last June, wants…

Booming market for data-driven journalism – USA TODAY

Monday, March 17, 2014

Nate Silver, the 34-year-old statistician and blogger, correctly predicted the presidential winner in all 50 states in 2012.(Photo: Nam Y. Huh, AP) A thousand attendees at an annual conference for data-loving journalists packed the halls of a Marriott in Baltimore earlier this month, reveling in the overflowing job postings and employers’ sudden embrace of their obsession. Data-centric journalism, once the domain of a few computer geeks hunched over in remote…

Happy Sunshine Week: McClatchy, CRP Push on E-Filing – Center for Responsive Politics

Monday, March 17, 2014

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Rupert Murdoch tweets all kinds of crazy over flight MH370 disappearance – The Guardian

Monday, March 17, 2014

Since it came into being more than 800 days ago, the Twitter account of the globe‘s most powerful media mogul has been the source of a range of emotions from anger, to hilarity, to downright confusion. Need a Haiku to cheer you up? Murdoch’s your man: Simplicity so much easier, and both more beautiful and stronger. Leads closer to fairness for all. — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) September 29, 2013 Need…

Startup lures clients with its journalism – San Francisco Chronicle

Monday, March 17, 2014

The common model in media is that advertising funds journalism. But what if journalism is the advertising? Take San Francisco startup Priceonomics, which publishes articles on its website on a range of curious topics, from overpriced diamonds to Mission District gentrification. CEO Rohin Dhar says the goal is “to bring new information into the world” – a very media-company response. Yet his company makes its money building data-crawling…

Stanley: FOIA is important to every citizen – Richmond Times Dispatch (blog)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring is the perfect time of year to celebrate Sunshine Week. This weeklong national initiative began in 2005, and continues to spotlight the importance of open government and the public’s right to know. In Virginia, we have an extra special reason to rejoice and participate in a meaningful way. This week, March 16 to 22, is the kick-off to a two-year study of the most important citizens’ law — the…