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The history of using 'quantum' to mean 'really big'

Verizon offers "Even faster FiOS Quantum Internet" speeds. Duracell has a new Quantum alkaline battery. James Bond had his Quantum of Solace. Any number of companies have "quantum" in their names as well. The implication is that "quantum" is something big and powerful, with a hint of science behind it. That's a fairly recent development. As a noun, for most...

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen

Ten months after the Committee to Protect Journalists issued its scathing report "The Obama Administration and the Press," journalists and potential whistleblowers continue to face unprecedented surveillance and legal jeopardy. The report,...Show More Summary

Animated news site gives US expansion a second try

Three years after abruptly clearing out of New York City, Next Media Animation is back for another shot at the US market. The Taipei-based animated news specialists, well known for their dramatized depiction of Tiger Woods’ car crash,...Show More Summary

Jobs day is a party on Twitter

Look no further than Twitter around 8:30 am on the first Friday of each month to watch the media echo chamber, well, echoing. It’s a regular ritual for financial and economics writers, who publicly count down the minutes until the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly jobs report. The cocktail they serve followers is one part data, one part...

After murders raise questions about parole supervision, LA Times sues for records

Registered sex offenders Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, are accused of raping and murdering four women in the fall of 2013—while being tracked by GPS devices they were required to wear as a condition of their federal probation and state parole. The crime has raised new questions about the effectiveness of California’s parole supervision. And now the...

Multiple news orgs made Ebola outbreak data data visualizations this week, and some succeeded more than others

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, already considered the deadliest in history, led several news organizations to turn to the numbers and data visualizations to tell the story. The Telegraph gets a LAUREL for its mixed map and timeline graphic that also effectively differentiates between five known strains of the virus throughout its history. Show More Summary

Why one editor won't run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation's top economist

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — “I won’t be running anything else from Stephen Moore.” So says Miriam Pepper, editorial page editor of the Kansas City Star—and not just because she’s retiring this week. Pepper’s no-Moore stance comes after her...Show More Summary

No, 'journopreneurs' are not killing journalism

Corey Pein seems to think that digitally savvy journalists have a collective case of Stockholm syndrome. "In their long and seemingly hopeless search for answers, journalists have internalized the abusive rhetoric of the 'disruption'...Show More Summary

Premium offerings for reader engagement look an awful lot like news literacy

Last week, Slate published a piece [$] called "Skip the Commentary, Find the Reporting," by its national correspondent, William Saletan, on how he keeps up with news from Israel and Gaza. It gave a rundown of news available in English from various perspectives, as well as a round-up of what Slate has published on the topic lately. Saletan wrote, "This...

With launch of i100, viral sites continue to spread

i100 looks very familiar. The new website from UK newspaper The Independent has “curiosity gap” headlines (“The most uplifting body image message you will see today”), clicky YouTube videos (“The spectator who popped a wheelie alongside Tour de France winners”) and listicles (“The 9 best worst things you can buy from the Ukip gift shop”). There is a dynamic list...

There are 6,300 state-level races this year. CPI staffs up to track the money flow.

Thirty-six states will elect governors this year. Forty-six states will host legislative races. And then there are the dozens of judge, attorney general, state treasurer, even state school superintendent positions that are up for grabs. All in all, there are more than 6,300 state-level races around the country this year. That's a lot of campaigns and, more than ever, a...

Contently launches an investigative nonprofit and a foundation

Contently, a self-described "storytelling platform," launched an investigative reporting publication Wednesday along with a center that the three-year-old outlet plans to use to train young journalists in longform. Called More Summary

Notes from Chilecon Valley

When the news blows up in Mexico City, Dulce Ramos is on the case. She is editor in chief of Animal Politico, a digital media startup that began as a Twitter account. In a country known for "disappearing" reporters who look too closely at drug cartels and government corruption, Ramos, 33, feels that it's her duty to cover stories that...

The NYT's new paywall products flounder

The New York Times's expanded paywall offerings are off to a poor start, and its three-year run of higher circulation revenue may be at an end. The Times's digital-subscription strategy has been a huge success since it launched in March 2011, tallying 799,000 subscribers by the end of last month. But the high growth rates for the $195-a-year product, which...

What's the matter with South Carolina?

When it comes to secrecy in South Carolina, less more is more. In the last 90 days, the state Supreme Court has ruled that autopsy reports are medical records that may be kept secret; that public agencies are not required to post an agenda for a regular meeting; and that a state judge must close a hearing that will determine...

Stories I'd like to see

This column, a regular feature, was originally published on There are so many gaps in the reporting about the effort to use economic sanctions against Russia to get President Vladimir Putin to pull back support for the Ukraine separatists that it makes sense to devote my whole column this week to listing them. Of course, it's a lot easier...

In a tabloidized world, tabloids struggle

Pranksters’ mysterious swap of American flags for white banners on the Brooklyn Bridge last week seemed made for tabloid glory. With most details of the incident still unclear, the New York Post and Daily News had plenty of room to maneuver. And they didn’t disappoint. “HIPSTERS SURRENDER,” the Post’s cover blared from newsstands the next morning. “This time it was...

Your head will spin: Uses of 'naught,' 'aught,' and 'ought'

If someone says "I know aught about football," the amount of knowledge could be a lot or nothing. That's because "aught" can mean "everything," or "zero." In British English, it often means "all," as in "for aught I know, football uses a round ball." In the US, it more commonly means "nothing." Garner's Modern American Usage says that was originally...

Girl's foul-ball injury raises a question: When should the media withhold a name?

MIAMI, FL — When a 6-year-old girl was hit in the face by a foul ball and seriously injured during an Atlanta Braves game in 2010, the story seemed straightforward, if tragic. But four years later, the story has forced Atlanta reporters to consider a complex ethical issue: when, and whether, to withhold the identity of a subject. It’s a...

The Guardian experiments with crowdsourcing translations

Speakers of English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, or Arabic can explore the Guardian's new multimedia project on World War I in their native language. Those who are not might hope that someone will volunteer to translate the piece--anyone with proficiency in a language that the project, launched Wednesday, does not currently feature, can send the team an email and...

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