1. My friends over at Circa have built one of my very favorite iPhone apps for reading and following the news. They’re now looking for Android users to sign up for a beta, so if you’re of the Android persuasion please do get on that.

     

  2. The New York Times switched to publishing timely stories on Facebook while its website suffered a prolonged outage Wednesday. BuzzFeed and Gawker similarly used Tumblr last year when its main sites were taken offline by Hurricane Sandy-related damage. In all cases, the outlets used Twitter to point readers to the backup platform of choice.

    The lesson here: News outlets can use social channels as a backup in times of crisis. 

    Edit: As my friend Brian Fung points out at WaPo, moving to social channels comes at a steep financial cost — so it’s best to get those servers up and running ASAP.

     

  3. My in-depth explanation of DNI Clapper’s legal rationale for the NSA’s PRISM Internet surveillance program.

     

  4. "And in a telling sign that even the North Koreans don’t expect war, the national airline, Air Koryo, is adding flights to its spring lineup and preparing to host the scores of tourists they expect to flock to Pyongyang despite the threats issuing forth from the Supreme Command."
    — 

    "Analysis: NKorea threat may be more bark than bite," Associated Press / Jean Lee

    The most cognizant breakdown of the North Korea situation I’ve seen yet.

     
  5. jordan-cohen:

    Me at work.

    This here is why tablets were invented.

    (Source: ohmybuster)

     

  6. "On Thursday night, I moderated a boisterous debate between Andrew Sullivan and BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith about making money in journalism. Actually, those terms require some clarification. By “moderated” I mean passively refereed and by “discussion” I mean relentless verbal slugfest."
    — 

    Derek Thompson’s write up of Thursday night’s bru-ha-ha between BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and Andrew Sullivan.

    I consider myself lucky to have been in the audience for what I consider a long-overdue critical look at native advertising. I respect the experiment that is BuzzFeed and its ad model, but many of Sullivan’s criticisms rang true to me, particularly the PlayStation 4 example. Sullivan, though, is an outlier: his entirely reader-supported model wouldn’t work with a site like BuzzFeed, where the content isn’t as unique nor supremely high-quality as it is on The Dish.

    However, I also don’t think ad-supported sites should just go off and die (not the least of which because I work for one). It would’ve been great if Sullivan was asked for his solution for sites where The Dish’s new model just wouldn’t work, because I doubt he would have one. Having said that, I do think it would be wise for advertising products to be more clearly labeled on certain sites and for editorial to be part of the conversation in what advertisers get to do and when they get to do it - such communication would’ve saved BuzzFeed any editorial embarrassment over the Sony situation.

     
  7. gifhound:

    Mayor Cory Booker rescues dog left out in the cold in Newark. Superhero.

    He’s got ASPCA in the bag.

     

  8. 13WHAM News, a Rochester, New York television outlet, was recently acquired by Sinclair Broadcasting. Sinclair told all 13WHAM talent it “owns” their social media accounts. 

    Rachel Barnhart, a 13WHAM reporter with 11,000+ Twitter followers and a following all her own, retained ownership of her personal accounts and arranged it so she could start separate Sinclair-“owned” accounts. 

    "You will see minimal changes in my existing social media accounts, which I can still use during work hours," wrote Barnhart in a blog post emplaning the situation. “However, during breaking news or when I am live tweeting an event, I may share posts from my station account or refer you to my station pages for more information. The station account will be much more 13WHAM-specific. This arrangement allows me to continue reporting and sharing news on various platforms. 13WHAM News remains supportive of my social media activities and has played a large role in my success”

    I’m glad Barnhart was able to work out some arrangement here - the idea that a media company can “own” its reporters’ online presences is ludicrous in an age where individual reporters’ brands are as important as those of the media outlets for which they work. 

     
  9. kantrowitz:

    jaredbkeller:

    taylorlorenz:

    News tweets

    I just…I can’t. 

    Community managers unleashed!

    And it’s only Tuesday.

     
  10. "The Daily Show" investigates investigative reporting. This takes a turn for the absolutely awesome at approx. 4:00.