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The Daily's editor in chief Jesse Angelo is trying to push his staff to up the calibre of their stories, according to an internal memo published in The New York Magazine and reproduced by The Guardian's Roy Greenslade.

"Folks, Egypt is over - time for us to get focused on covering America", the editor of the first tablet-only newspaper wrote.

"We need to get out there and start finding more compelling stories from around the country - not just scraping the web and the wires, but getting out on the ground and reporting".

He urges reporters to find stories other newspapers haven't found, to go where other media haven't been: "Find me something new, different, exclusive and awesome", he wrote.

Greenslade noted that this memo could be nothing more than a normal motivation spur from en editor to his staff, but it's interesting that it arrives just 14 days after the paper was launched.

Angelo doesn't call on staff to simply attract an audience, he asks his journalists to show the world The Daily can count within the papers that set the country's agenda: "Force the new White House press secretary to download The Daily for the first time because everyone at the gaggle is asking about a story we broke. (...) Force the rest of the media to follow us".
He wants news, he wants scoops.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-16 13:41

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How do social networks fit into news gathering?

As Martin Langeveld reported on Nieman Lab, "the traditional social network just doesn't work when it comes to news" as Luke Stangel said.

Luke Stangel is the coufounder and chief marketing officer at Tackable, a Palo Alto-based startup tackling this problem by building a standalone social network that "organizes media on a map."

Tackable is an iPhone app-based social network focused on geotagged news photos and captions.

"The Tackable vision is that when breaking news happens, you'll be able to use the app to zero in on the location on the map, and see whether network members have posted photo, video and comments, without needing to have a previous relationship with those people", the article reported.

Tackable has two iPhone prototype apps live in the App Store at moment: The Spartan Daily (designed for the student journalists at San Jose State's daily newspaper) and a general Tackable app. It's doing alpha/beta testing on both.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-15 17:17

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Traditionally journalism has two types of writers, those who report the news, and those who craft opinion pieces and columns. According to NewsTrust, the three main drivers of a news reporter are factuality, fairness, and valid sourcing. That which drives the opinion writer is being informative, insightful, and writing well. There is overlap between the two, most obviously in being informative and writing well, but NewsTrust still draws a clear distinction in priorities of purpose--something currently up for debate with today's report in the American Journalism Review that new editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, Larry Platt, is generally wanting more news writing with a point of view.

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Ashley Stepanek

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2011-02-10 17:09

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Gawker Media has redesigned its pack of websites with the intention of looking more like newsmagazines and less like blogs, a move that was first announced late last year. The changes implemented on the homepages leave more space for one prominent story, plus a couple of others, with other posts appearing in a stream down the right hand side. The new look is not popular with everyone, it seems.

"This allows us to display big, gorgeous images and videos on the front page of our site," said editor Remy Stern in a post on Gawker.com about the redesign, "and it allows readers to easily scan headlines without having to scroll down the entire page."

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton told the Wall Street Journal in November that he was "bored" with the rigidity of the reverse chronological blog format and the way that the only way to keep a big story, such as Gizmodo's iPhone 4 piece, at the top of the page was to stop publishing for several hours.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-02-10 13:34

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The Press Complaints Commission has published new guidlines for news publications on the prominence they should give to corrections, clarifications and apologies online, Journalism.co.uk reported.

The PCC deals with complaints raised by readers about editorial content of UK newspapers and magazine, both in their print and online editions. Complaints are investigated under the Editors' Code of Practice and when a breach of Code is found, PCC main aim is to find a negotiation for a satisfactory complaint's resolution.

The PCC states that "if the Commission concludes that the Code has been breached (and the breach has not - or cannot - be remedied) it will uphold your complaint in a public ruling. The newspaper or magazine is obliged to publish the critical ruling in full and with due prominence".

While defined are the rules for the due prominence publication in print - over 80% of texts negotiated through the PCC appear on the same page as, or on an earlier page, than the original article, or in a designated corrections column - online publication has still not been clear. The new guidance goes in this direction of clarification.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-10 12:39

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Third-party journalistic content producers: newspapers' partnerships, outsourcing of news production, the use of newswire news, news aggregators... Is it getting too complicated?

Readers want newspapers to be an authoritative source of news, as well as providers of original content. The Internet allows everyone to find news everywhere, from any sources available. Newspapers' strong point is their ability to provide more in-depth coverage and to put a sort of a "quality label" on content, as a result of the history and the trustworthiness behind the newspaper's brand.

However, newspapers do not always have the time and the resources to go in deep in every story that could be worthwhile. Beside the bylines of newspapers' staffers appear then bylines and tags that readers might not always be able to recognise and value.
Writing about content provider partnerships that are unfamiliar to readers, Arthur S. Brisbane, The New York Times' public editor, said: "The Times's inclusion of the new providers, though, makes sense journalistically and economically. Attracting an audience, in print and in the expanding digital universe, requires ever more content and at a manageable cost. But managing this expansion carries risks".

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-09 15:33

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While WikiLeaks is apparently looking to enlist the help of 60 news organisations around the world to cover the secret US diplomatic memos, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has written a long article for the paper's magazine detailing how the NYT and other papers have been working with the whistleblower. The New York Times has also recently suggested that it might launch its own leaking system.

This is the sort of thing which Al Jazeera just created, in the form of the Al Jazeera Transparency Unit. The Qatar-based news organisation just received a large number of confidential papers documenting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from the last decade via an unrevealed source, and this seems to have inspired the launch of the Transparency Unit, which aims to facilitate leaks of all kinds of documents, promising the possibility of secure submissions, and thorough vetting and authentication.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-01-27 13:35

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"Where's the money, Lebowski?!" 200 union workers, reminiscent of the European nihilists in the Coen brother's classic film, "The Big Lebowski", stormed into a private Mortgage Bankers Association conference in DC last Wednesday demanding answers, not from "The Dude", but from PulteGroup, one of America's largest homebuilding companies. Their question: "Where is the $900 million?"

Huffington Post blogger, Mike Elk, was dismissed on Thursday for his role as the culprit behind this stunt, having shared his media accreditation with a union leader in order to provide him, and subsequently 200 workers, access to the event.

Elk, a young freelance labor journalist, justifies his risky decision, writing, "I had seen labor struggles get ignored by the mainstream media. Recently, a publication canceled a story I wrote about a town that tried unsuccessfully to use eminent domain to save a factory from closing. The editor said that 'it was simply not that interesting of a story if the workers couldn't save the factory.'"

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Paul Hoffman

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2011-01-26 16:58

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Another major diplomatic leak has struck, but this time, it's not from WikiLeaks. Al Jazeera has obtained almost 1,700 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, from an unrevealed source. The diplomatic correspondence, dubbed The Palestine Papers, comprises "memos, e-mails, maps, minutes from private meetings, accounts of high level exchanges, strategy papers and even power point presentations," Al Jazeera said.

The news organisation has been given access to the 1,684 documents over the last few months and has "taken great care over an extended period of time to assure ourselves of their authenticity." The documents date from September 1999 until September 2010 and are almost all in English, the language of the negotiations.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-01-24 12:21

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The US Federal Communications Commission has approved the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal on Tuesday 18 Jan and has endorsed, at least in principle, a proposal to forge new partnership between at least four NBC TV stations around the country and local non-profit news outlets, Poynter reported.

Last December, Comcast said that if FCC would approve its merger plan with NBC, it would establish partnerships between "locally focused" non-profit news organisations and at least five of the ten NBC television stations that it owns. As the New York Times reported, the announced partnership will be modelled on an existing relationship between KNSD, the NBC-owned station in San Diego, and voiceofsandiego.org, a public-service, non-profit news organization that focuses on in-depth and investigative reporting. KNS and voiceofsandiego.org have been sharing content, fact-checking politicians and promoting each other's Web sites.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-01-20 14:07

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