‘What were not doing is putting a newspaper on Snapchat’ — New York Times joins Snapchat Discover

April 25, 2017

… brand new to Snapchat. Times journalists and digital editors began seeing the potential back in 2013, when the app launched Stories. When Stories came out I had this epiphany: New York Times reporters are storytellers so NYT could have a channel showing that. Having that kernel of the thought to getting the Times on Snapchat was definitely quite a journey, said Talya Minsberg, social strategy editor at the New York Times. In 2015, the Times wasnt new to social, at all. It had a Facebook Page …


Congress invited to light up for a 420 ‘joint session’

April 19, 2017

Smoke weed with your elected officials.Image: Sean Gallup/Getty Images The same group that offered a free joint to Inauguration Day attendees is puff, puff, passing along the free cannabis to Capitol Hill workers. To properly celebrate 420 in the nation’s capital, on Thursday from (high) noon until 4:20 p.m., the pro-marijuana group DCMJ is handing out two free joints to members of Congress and congressional staffers, interns, and other workers and credentialed journalists. The group will …


Turkey’s democracy died today

April 18, 2017

… tendencies were already in stark display. Years before, Turkey had already imprisoned more journalists than any country, as it does today. And that was just one of the signs that liberal, pluralist democracy was not Erdogan’s cup of tea. While much of the country still looked forward to seeing Turkey draw closer to the liberal, modern West and join the European Union, Erdogan fired up the crowds with nationalist, anti-Western rhetoric. The President and his agenda are a big hit with about …


Model shares Instagram of her cellulite to show ‘how bloody natural it is’

April 13, 2017

… girls in my class who seemingly had none, and whose bodies looked, to me, nothing less than perfect,” writes Howard on Instagram. A post shared by Charli Howard (@charlihoward) on Apr 9, 2017 at 12:49pm PDT “Whenever I opened magazines, the models and celebrities I saw didn’t have cellulite either – and if they did, they were shamed in the tabloids because of it, or knocked off their perch by nasty journalists who probably have it themselves. (Note: fuck …


Snapchat now lets you search a million different Stories

April 1, 2017

… for sure, had Stories first. The product launched back in October 2013, beginning first with My Stories that allowed individual Snapchat users to stitch together individual photos and videos that would last only 24 hours each. Snapchat released Our Story in June 2014, which opened up geofences around particular areas and allowed Snapchat users to submit to a story that was then curated. Snapchat entrusted its employees, including professional journalists, to create Stories around particular …


Local publishers say Facebook is actually listening to them

March 8, 2017

… wasn’t surprising to publishers. “It took us that long to get with Google. About 10 years ago, Google was like, you give me your archives and we’ll digitize them,” said Rusty Coats, executive director of the Local Media Consortium. In January, Facebook announced the “Facebook Journalism Project,” an initiative to collaborate with media outlet and provide new tools and training for journalists. In the week prior, Facebook hired Campbell Brown, former NBC and …


Donald Trump Says He Will Not Attend Annual White House Correspondents Dinner

February 26, 2017

… mediahand-wringing over the dinner may be a tired genre, as the event has long been an insular and clubby affair between newsmakers and Beltway journalists. Jeff Mason, White House Correspondents Association president, acknowledged Trumps announcement.We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession, Mason said in a statement. The first …


The Super Bowl showed everyone just how little they know about probability, and really, math

February 8, 2017

… people making bad decisions. Not coincidentally, this is a concept that Michael Lewis is helping popularize through a book. “Numbers are very good at tricking us and making us believe in certainty when actually the numbers themselves aren’t expressing certainty,” Matlin said. Shoot the messenger Four years after Silver helped make data journalism mainstream, the mystique’s been shattered. Silver (and plenty of other lesser-name brand data journalists) drew the ire of …