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Alex Blumberg's Startup finds new opportunities in podcast advertising

When I meet radio producer Alex Blumberg, he is wearing the tennis shoes that his wife made him change out of for a meeting with a business investor in episode one of Startup. That's Blumberg's new podcast about how he is starting his own podcast business (he is aware that it's meta). Despite the shoe change, that first investor meeting...

4 lessons on how Americans consume political news

The political information reaching voters becomes all the more important as midterm elections loom. At the same time, news organizations — niche and mainstream alike — have amped up their coverage both from inside the Beltway and on the campaign trail. Show More Summary

Stop trolling your readers

The newest trend in headlines is flat-out trolling readers. For awhile, the "curiosity gap" was the headline style of choice, meant to entice readers into clicking by omitting a key piece of information. But fewer people are falling for those Upworthy-style headlines. Show More Summary

A different take on Syria

In weekly dispatches, readers of The Syria Report have been tracking the implosion of the war-torn country by the numbers: The country will begin importing beef from The Netherlands; olive oil production is expected to drop by half this year; wheat supplied by Syrian farmers is at historical lows. It's one of the few steady voices on macroeconomic and business...

Sonic storytelling

In August, when documentary filmmakers Pacho Velez and Dan Claridge began shooting a film about a drag-racing track in upstate in New York, they were divided about what story they wanted to tell. While Claridge kept his camera on his uncles, twins who run a dry cleaner by day, and drag-race cars by night, Velez placed microphones around the edge...

How xenophobia is driving the Ebola narrative

A recent Newsweek cover story showed a photograph of a gorilla accompanied by an inaccurate headline that contaminated bushmeat could bring Ebola to the US. Four weeks later on Fox News, Keith Albow, a member of the network's Medical A-team, accused President Obama of failing to protect us because "His affiliations are with Africa...not us. He's their leader." And these...

Washington Post's partnership with local papers draws encouraging early results

Back in April, we asked whether a new partnership program between The Washington Post and regional papers around the country—in which print subscribers to participating local papers get free digital access to the Post’s website and apps—might...Show More Summary

The California Sunday Magazine sets out to win the West

After many months of eager anticipation in media circles, The California Sunday Magazine launched Oct. 5 with a print run of more than 400,000 copies. Just don’t call it a “print launch” to Douglas McGray, the co-founder and editor in chief. “None of us see this as a print launch,” he said, a little over a week after the first issue...

Why media probably shouldn't name Ebola victims

By the time the video of Nina Pham was released last week, most Americans were likely familiar with her name--and the fact that she is one of two nurses diagnosed with Ebola after treating victim Thomas Eric Duncan. In the video, uploaded by Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, where Pham was working when she contracted the disease, the nurse smiles through tears...

How common descriptors fall out of favor

Once upon a time, as far back as 40 years or so, language pedants would not use "hopefully" to mean anything other than "in a hopeful manner." Many others, though, used it to mean "it is hoped," and wouldn't stop, to much derision from the traditionalists. "Hopefully" had become what Bryan A. Garner calls a "skunked term." As explained in...

We Need to Talk is part of the solution

To say that We Need To Talk, CBS Sports Network's new show with a cast of all women, picked a perfect launch date might understate the timing. The show made its debut on September 30, right as the sports world around it had exploded thanks to the NFL's fumbled handling of the domestic violence case involving Baltimore Ravens running back...

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter's integrity

In a piece late last month, Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein criticized Adam Feuerstein, a reporter at TheStreet, for his negative coverage of a DC-based biotech company called Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO). Feuerstein's...Show More Summary

Media changes course on Ebola

On October 10, two days after Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die from Ebola on US soil, news directors of Gannett TV stations discussed on a conference call how to stop the spread of a contagion. The actual virus had killed only one person here, but judging from Gannett viewer feedback across the country, media hysteria...

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers

Like a number of other Gannett newspapers, The Tennessean of Nashville is asking employees to re-apply for their jobs as part of a major restructuring that is meant to create a “bold new structure” for the newsroom, as executive editor Stefanie Murray described it. Show More Summary

Political coverage falls short in Kentucky senate debate

All politics is local, as the old saying goes. But if Monday’s Kentucky Senate debate is any indication, the same can’t be said of political media coverage. Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes made national headlines during the debate for again declining to share how she voted in previous presidential elections. At the same time, however, the Washington press corps...

Covering a closed-off candidate

CHICAGO, IL — If the Chicago Tribune’s editorial endorsement is any indication, Bruce Rauner is getting his message across. Rauner is the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois, and he was always likely to get the backing of the right-leaning Tribune editorial board in his campaign to unseat the incumbent Democrat, Pat Quinn. But when the endorsement came out Oct....

Stories I'd like to see

1. Ebola and malpractice tort reform: As we all now know, the death of Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was preceded by what might have been a fatal mistake made by emergency-room doctors or nurses at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Although he showed up at the hospital complaining of Ebola-like symptoms and reportedly told a nurse that he...

Twitter should ditch its new algorithm and teach news feed building

Last month, Twitter announced plans to roll out a new kind of feed next year that will filter what users see. The change, according to CFO Anthony Noto, is aimed at helping to bring interesting and useful content to users stymied by their raw feeds. While the plans are controversial to early adopters of the platform, the fact is that...

Why you use your 'logon' to 'log on'

Time to start work. So you "log on" to your computer, using your "logon" or "log-on," or your user name. The latter is a noun, the former a verb, and they have not yet fused into one word for both forms. Here's what The Associated Press Stylebook says: login, logon, logoff (n.) But use as two words in verb form:...

Des Moines Register prepares for a 'very stressful' newsroom restructuring

It’s a time of transition at the Des Moines Register. Along with other Gannett newspapers, Iowa’s largest daily has begun a process of newsroom reorganization that will bring some pain. New reporting jobs are being added even as other positions go away, but a number of longtime staffers will likely find themselves out of a job at the end of the...

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