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How Did an Independent 100-Person Agency Score 8 Cannes Lions? Real-Time GIFs, Mostly

Independent San Francisco-based agency Heat made a big first impression at Cannes this year, winning not only its first Lion but its first eight Lions. With a team of close to 100, the agency, which says it doesn't typically submit work to costly competitions like Cannes, decided 2015 would be its winning year. Show More Summary

A program in New Jersey is trying to get people to care about local news through community organizing

In all the conversations around the changing nature of the news business, the advocacy group Free Press thinks one group has been left out of the conversation too often: consumers. As a result, the group has launched News Voices: New Jersey, an 18-month pilot program that will use community-organizing tactics as part of an effort...

The New York Times is publishing on WhatsApp for the first time, covering Pope Francis

That unique confluence of New York Times readers, pope watchers, and WhatsApp users must have been excited on a recent June morning when The New York Times announced it would be experimenting with the messaging app to deliver updates on Pope Francis’ visits to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay. The tour began yesterday when the Pope...

Women's World Cup Final Draws Record-Breaking Audience to Fox

The United States' 5-2 win over Japan to capture its third Women's World Cup title drew a massive audience to Fox on Sunday night, scoring a 15.2 overnight household rating from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen. The 15.2 rating—the game peaked at an 18.3 rating—is the highest metered market rating ever for a soccer game in the U.S. Show More Summary

Scratch Magazine was profitable, but it’s still shutting down — here’s what its founder learned

Scratch Magazine, an online publication about the relationship between writers and money, isn’t shutting down because it failed to do what its founder, Manjula Martin, wanted it to do. Scratch turned a small profit in 2014. About 1,000 people paid to read its stories. But that wasn’t enough, Martin wrote in her editor’s note in...

Ad of the Day: Coca-Cola's Minimalist Can Promotes a World Without Labels

Coca-Cola has toyed with its packaging once again, this time to join the global movement for equality and tolerance—by removing its own label off its products to promote a world without labels and prejudices. Dubai-based agency FP7/DXB,...Show More Summary

Adweek Daily Brief: Under Armour honors Misty Copeland

Under Armour honored Misty Copeland with a sweet surprise after the American Ballet Theatre named her their new principal dancer. Plus, the Clio Sports Awards honor the best work in sports marketing and advertising, recognizing brands including Gatorade and Nike. Show More Summary

A photojournalist finds new purpose

It was the longest David Guttenfelder had been away from North Korea in four years. Last June, the Iowa native and former chief Asia photographer for The Associated Press joined National Geographic and returned to the US to start the second act of his career. Across two decades at the AP, Guttenfelder lived in Tokyo, New Delhi, Nairobi, and the...

The scrutiny of reporters who cover rape

On May 6, Jon Krakauer arrived in Missoula, Montana, to attend what was billed as a “public forum” about his new book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. In the book, Krakauer presents the stories of multiple rape victims and their struggles to find justice through different judicial systems, including the University of Montana’s University Court....

The history behind the chocolate hoax

How much chocolate does it take to fool a journalist? Turns out not much. Earlier this month, Peter Onneken and Diana Löbl, a pair of documentary filmmakers from Germany, and John Bohannon, a biologist and science journalist based at...Show More Summary

Understanding a misplaced modifier

Some grammar-checking programs will highlight something and warn you that you have a “squinting modifier.” Squeeze your eyes almost closed and you can see why it’s called that. Take a sentence like “Journalists who misuse modifiers often...Show More Summary

Twitter harassment by the numbers

Reporting, Reviewing, and Responding to Harassment on Twitter: A new report by the nonprofit Women, Action and Media (WAM!), which was granted authorization by Twitter to receive and assess reports of harassment on the platform, escalating the most serious ones to Twitter. Show More Summary

The invaluable service of TrollBusters

Michelle Ferrier loved being a columnist with the Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida. She established a real connection with her audience, she says, built around a fly-on-the-wall view into her African-American family life. Then, two years into the gig in 2005, Ferrier started receiving a series of letters. Show More Summary

The cultural boundaries around expression in the US

A little theater in Washington courts controversy and financial ruin when it dares to present Arab perspectives on Israeli and Middle Eastern history. A Michigan school superintendent peremptorily removes a book from a high school English curriculum, igniting protests, after one parent complains about an explicit sexual passage. Show More Summary

Finding empathy online

Almost since the dawn of digital media, a meta question has hovered over us: Will the power of journalism diminish as people start reading everything on their phones, tablets, and laptops? Will digital readers be able to concentrate on what they read? Will they develop the same connection and level of empathy for the people and ideas in stories when...

How screens make us feel

Print and online readers of a heart-wrenching true story display equal empathy and emotional engagement, regardless of the medium in which they read, according to a study conducted by the Columbia Journalism Review and the George T. Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism. Show More Summary

The new importance of 'social listening' tools

The tipoff came in a tweet. In an April meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, a tragically buttoned-up affair, the subject of the day was tariff policy. It would have remained an event only of concern to the most deeply wonky of Beltway insiders, had Pat Roberts, the senior senator from Kansas, remembered to silence his phone. Roberts had...

Khadija Ismayilova gets the last laugh

Even after Khadija Ismayilova had spent several months in prison—an event human rights organizations call “retribution” for her investigative reporting on the regime in Azerbaijan—Ismayilova had not lost her sense of humor. In a letter...Show More Summary

The cult of Vice

On the first Friday in May, a line of advertising and media people stretched down New York’s West 22nd Street, waiting to hear from Shane Smith, the 45-year-old bearded and bearish co-founder of Vice. One of the media world’s most flamboyant ceos had an announcement to make. The occasion was the Digital Content NewFronts, a corporate event where media companies...

You'll Find Virtual Gaming in Every Corner of EA Sports' Headquarters

EA Sports has, for decades, been responsible for some of the most popular games on the planet. The Electronic Arts spinoff company counts wildly successful series like Madden NFL, FIFA and NBA Live in its product lineup. We took a tour...Show More Summary

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