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4 things sports writers can learn from Eduardo Galeano

Legendary writer Eduardo Galeano of Uruguay died of cancer on Monday at age 74. While he is most well known for his critical books on Latin American colonial history, he also wrote one of the signature books in all of sports literature: Soccer in Sun and Shadow. First published in 1998, it traces the history of soccer as a sport...

Coca-Cola Brings Back Personalized Bottles, With Four Times as Many Names

It was a popular stunt, to say the least. Last year's "Share a Coke" campaign, featuring personalized names on bottles, helped Coca-Cola achieve the largest year-over-year growth in 20-ounce packaging in it history—more than 19 percent. Show More Summary

Not a Fan of the Name 'Fear the Walking Dead'? Here's the Creator's Best Explanation

When AMC recently announced its Walking Dead "companion show" (not a spinoff, the network is quick to note), the name wasn't a hit with every fan. Fear the Walking Dead seemed a bit phoned-in to some viewers, who of course weren't too...Show More Summary

Tracing the origins of modern Internet culture to the BBS world

Where does the culture of the Internet come from? One important origin point, according to Kevin Driscoll: the mid-1970s standardization of phone jacks. While the core technology behind today’s Internet was developed through the U.S....Show More Summary

Newspaper reporter is ‘the worst job of 2015?

Newspaper reporter lands on the bottom of CareerCast’s Jobs Rated list for 2015. Last year, it was #199 out of 200 occupations. Today’s press release says: Newspaper reporter, which displaced lumberjack as the worst job of 2015, has a negative growth outlook of -13.33% and an average annual salary of $36,267. Broadcaster and photojournalist, with … Read More

Foursquare Finally Unleashes Location Data for Cross-Mobile Ad Targeting

Foursquare's taken its share of lumps from industry watchers in recent years about its slow user growth, but critics have never rolled their eyes at the promise of the app's location data. And now the New York-based company is ready to further monetize all of that precise consumer information. Show More Summary

Empire State Development Seeks Agencies to Promote New York

Agencies are getting another shot at Empire State Development's $50 million to $75 million annual economic development marketing program. In the first phase of the mandated search, the New York state agency has issued a request for qualifications...Show More Summary

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Paywalls

Sorry. Haven’t uploaded a new chapter from Geeks Bearing Gifts in two weeks. Busy, you know. So here’s the latest, on paywalls. Uh-oh. The start of it: There is no more emotion-laden topic, no fiercer battleground in the hunt for new business models for news than the discussion of paywalls. I have personally been taken […]

Its journalism is behind a paywall, but The Times of London’s developers embrace open source

LONDON — For Callum Jones, a digital reporter at The Times of London, every morning begins with a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call. Jones is responsible for assembling and sending Red Box, a newsletter from The Times and Sunday Times that delivers a roundup of political news, commentary, and polling every morning. Red Box — which...

Ad of the Day: Sylvester Stallone Brings the Heat in This Ridiculous Ad for a British Bakery

Yo, Adrian! Sylvester Stallone is in this British commercial for Warburtons bakery. Guess he didn't make enough dough in Hollywood. Sly rises to the occasion, though, in this wry-humored spot from WCRS that finds the actor pitching Warburtons...Show More Summary

How Bit + Grain covers North Carolina's culture

To look at its reader engagement on social media — particularly on image-sharing app Instagram — you wouldn’t know that Bit + Grain, a magazine focused on stories about North Carolina, launched just four weeks ago. It has engagement that would make more established local outlets salivate. Show More Summary

BuzzFeed Writer Resigns As Deleted Dove Ad Post Buzzes Into Soap Opera [Video]

When a BuzzFeed writer resigns, it gets, well, buzz. And that’s just what happened in the media industry after a journalist for the site discovered that her post about Dove soap had been deleted, reported The Wrap. Meet Arabelle Sicardi,...Show More Summary

Morning Report for April 14, 2015

News site paywalls don’t work, says Jeff Jarvis. “We should be finding new ways to go serve users where they are rather than making them come to us and then charging them once they arrive.” (medium.com) Freelance travel writer Elaine Glusac likes writing contrarian stories – “like ‘Take your kid to Vegas.'” (chicagoreader.com) … Read More

Montana paper sued by city over open-records request wins in court—and gets its story

In January, we brought you the story of The Billings Gazette, which got a tip about potential mishandling of public money at a Montana landfill, followed up by filing a public records request—and found itself sued by the city. Suing a newspaper simply for asking questions was a notable legal maneuver, but it was also in some sense a nuanced...

This Startup Plans to Sell Advertising in Uber and Lyft Cars

As ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft gain national traction, many have speculated about how brands will tap into the transportation companies' advertising potential. Already, marketers like Starwood Hotels and Chobani have run experiential promos with the mobile players, but James Bellefeuille thinks he has found a more effective business model. Show More Summary

24 Hours in Advertising: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Here's everything you need to know about the last 24 hours in advertising, in case you blinked. Buzzing on Adweek: The Web responds to Hillary Clinton's campaign logo Hillary Clinton announced that she will run for president in 2016 and just released her new campaign logo. Show More Summary

Organic Life Editor James Oseland on Launching a Magazine and Growing Up Punk

Specs Current gig Editor in chief, Rodale's Organic Life Previous gig Editor in chief, Saveur Twitter: @jamesoseland Age 52 Why relaunch Organic Gardening as Organic Life? I felt very instinctually that there is an enormous audienceShow More Summary

It’s a Family Affair at This Website Maker in Williamsburg

Specs Who Jason Jeffries, CEO, and Sarah McLoughlin, creative director What Full-service interactive agency Where Brooklyn, N.Y. A marriage of technology and design describes both Blenderbox's approach to building websites for the likes...Show More Summary

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