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Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K display risks making your web pages a little heavier

Apple just announced a brand new iMac with a Retina display — Apple’s term for a display with pixels small enough that they can’t under normal use be detected by the human eye. Retina started on the iPhone, graduated to the iPad, then moved to the MacBook Pro — but now it’s moving to Apple’s...

Breaking up the pledge drive: Boston’s WBUR wants to build a new model for public media funding

embership is having a moment in the world of media. Companies like The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times among others are attempting to develop new sources of revenue or deeper relationships with readers through a variety of affiliation programs. The idea: A tighter bond between audience and publisher will pay...

Here is the new batch of Visiting Fellows at the Nieman Foundation

I’m very happy to point you toward the new group of Visiting Fellows here at the Nieman Foundation, of which Nieman Lab is a part. Regular Lab readers will spot several people who’ve appeared in (or written) stories here in the past. Go here for the full press release; the winners are listed below. A...

Events, a speakers bureau, and education partnerships: 8 projects at news nonprofits get funded

Back in April, we told you about a new grant program that funds small innovation projects at nonprofit news organizations. The INNovation Fund — awkward capitalization courtesy of its home at the Investigative News Network, though the money comes from Knight — gave out $236,280 to eight projects in that first round of grants. Well,...

AMC Gets Big Piece of BBC America for $200 million

AMC is taking over BBC America, buying a piece of the U.K. broadcasting property for a reported $200 million. The deal gives control to AMC, but BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1 percent stake in the cable channel. The companies will invest in BBC productions, and AMC will enjoy free rein pursuing U.S. Show More Summary

Ken Doctor: How interim is everything about the Orange County Register?

Lots of words come to mind to describe Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register. The best one may be the title that’s been given to Kushner’s successor as CEO and publisher: interim. Can we call the announcement of casino executive Rich Mirman as Kushner’s replacement a surprise? Hardly. That’s a word that’s gotten an exhaustive workout...

Oh Well, So Much for The Avengers Trailer Driving SHIELD Viewership

It was a great plan while it lasted. To boost ABC's flagging Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel planned to debut the trailer for next May's The Avenger's: Age of Ultron film during next week's episode—but that changed last night. Wednesday evening, a version of the trailer with low-quality sound but comparatively high-resolution visuals hit the Web. Show More Summary

Knight Prototype Fund announces funding for 18 new projects

Eighteen projects aimed at improving journalism or media are each receiving $35,000 in seed funding from Knight Foundation as part of the latest round of funding from the Knight Prototype Fund, the foundation just announced. (Disclosure: Knight also funds Nieman Lab, though not through the Prototype Fund.) The grant recipients range from the Harvard Library...

Spike Lee Captures the Passion and Personality of Mo'ne Davis in This Stirring World Series Ad

The upstart Kansas City Royals are one of the great underdog stories in recent sports history, a fact further highlighted by the 7-1 pummeling the team received at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series. Show More Summary

TV's 10 Worst Time Slots: Can Any Show Survive?

If a TV series is placed in a terrible time slot and no one is around to watch it, does it make a noise in the ratings? Of course not, which is the conundrum of network TV scheduling: Every show, no matter how good or bad, is ultimately at the mercy of its time slot, especially when it’s put in one of the spots that routinely repels audiences. Show More Summary

When Not Whacking Zombies, This TV Star Is Lurking on Reddit

Specs Who Steven Yeun Age 30 Claim to fame Stars as Glenn Rhee on AMC’s The Walking Dead (Sundays, 9 p.m.) Base Los Angeles Twitter @steveyeun What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I turn on the computer and I’m probably on Reddit straight away. Show More Summary

I’m rooting for Fears to own the Ebola beat

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HBO Will Finally Offer a Cable-Free Option Next Year

HBO Go has finally done what subscribers have been begging for since the announcement of the streaming service: It's dropping the cable-subscription requirement. A streaming network, offering access to Game of Thrones and other massively...Show More Summary

Is it ever okay to name victims?

In 1990, The Des Moines Register took the rare step of naming a rape victim in a series that won the following year's Pulitzer Prize for public service. The Pulitzer committee wrote that the series prompted "widespread reconsideration...Show More Summary

Morning Report for October 24, 2014

Facebook and Twitter use cheap labor in the Philippines for “content moderation.” One worker says he was offered $312 a month to monitor Facebook posts. ( Detroit News moves out of a home that’s “too big, too hard to heat and too expensive to maintain.” ( AD) It’s the 300th day that … Read More

Morning Report for October 23, 2014

New York Times reporter Richard Perez-Pena says he’ll be “stunned” if even 100 colleagues apply for buyouts. ( Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg wishes Dave McKinney had just gone back to work “instead of pouring...Show More Summary

James Risen on secret sources, joining Twitter, and going undercover

For more than seven years, James Risen has been locked in a legal battle with the US Justice Department, facing potential jail time in his effort to protect an anonymous source from his 2006 book, State of War. Over that seven-year span, press–government relations have continued to sour, and the Obama administration has pursued more criminal leak investigations than...

The biggest threat to press rights may be a failure to understand them

It’s a cliché to say so, but we’re at a moment of transition for American journalism. The digital disruption that has challenged the newspaper industry and other legacy publishers has also created opportunities for independent journalists and startup news organizations. Show More Summary

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter's resignation

CHICAGO — It would be hard to overstate the sense of shock and dismay among journalists here, a day after Dave McKinney, former statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, stepped down from the embattled yet feisty paper. “I’m convinced this newspaper no longer has the backs of reporters like me,” McKinney wrote in his resignation letter to Michael Ferro, chairman of...

Top journalist quits the Sun-Times: Paper 'no longer has the backs of reporters like me'

CHICAGO — Dave McKinney, Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, rocked the political and media world here yesterday—not by penning a hard-hitting story, as he has often done throughout his 19-year career at the paper, but...Show More Summary

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