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Jessica Roy

23-year-old writer, journalist, recent NYU grad and media junkie.

Wall Street Journal Brings WSJ Live Content To New YouTube Channel

In a press release distributed today, The Wall Street Journal announced that it would bring its WSJ Live content on-demand to a dedicated YouTube channel. Previously available through iPad and Internet TV devices, WSJ Live “ brings influencers and decision-makers live news and on-demand video directly from 2000+ reporters across the globe.” The new YouTube channel will host replays of WSJ live content immediately following airing.

The launch also coincides with a new lifestyle program, “Off Duty,” with content presented daily based on the Journal’s Saturday paper, WSJ Weekend. Airing daily at 6 p.m. ET, “Off Duty” will be hosted by reporter Wendy Bounds, and according to the press release, “will bring to life many of its namesake’s features, as well as other culture coverage from the Journal – from food to fashion, music and movies, travel to tech.”

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Twitter’s Reaction To The State of the Union In One Compelling Infographic

Last night, President Obama gave the 2012 State of the Union address, and Twitter users immediately took to the platform to livetweet their #SOTU reactions. Over at the Washington Post, Eric Wemple provides some interesting reasoning as to why Twitter is the perfect tool to complement live TV. His main argument is that Twitter is ideal for capturing the minutia–reaction shots, jokey asides–without interrupting the overall flow of the event. Twitter users seem to agree, considering the sheer amount of people tweeting about the event last night.

Twitter has put together an infographic to illustrate last night’s activity on the site, including this whopping number: 766,681 users tweeted between 9:05pm and 10:40pm with a State of the Union-related hashtag. Congress jumped in on the action, too: there were 548 total tweets from congressional members during the speech.

Check out the full infographic after the jump.

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HuffPo Poised To Rival Cable News With Upcoming Huffington Post Streaming Network

The Huffington Post continues to position itself for world domination with a soon-to-launch 24-hour online news network poised to rival cable networks like CNN and Fox. The channel, which Forbes reports will be called The Huffington Post Streaming Network (HPSN), will bring the work of HuffPo’s editorial staff to video, with popular columnists and reporters offering analysis on various news topics throughout the day. According to Forbes, “The idea, according to sources, is to harness the considerable editorial talent of the 320-person Huffpo newsroom while at the same time fulfilling rising advertiser demand for premium video content.”

One interesting aspect of the yet to be announced project is that it will feature on-air editorial meetings, further breaking down the wall between journalist and reader and allowing readers access to the inner workings of the HuffPo editorial vision.

With cable subscriptions continuing to drop, it should come as no surprise that online news companies like AOL-HuffPo are poised to steal their market share. But for now, HPSN is still in its infancy. The channel is set to preview on February 2nd at AOL HQ in Manhattan.

New Nieman-Berkman Fellowship Announced For Innovative Digital Journalism Research

A new fellowship announced today as a joint venture between the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society offers the chance for one distinguished candidate to spend a year at Harvard conducting research on the advancement of digital journalism. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig to us!

“The fellowship was created to addresses the critical need for fresh ideas and research in news reporting,” said Ellen Tuttle, Nieman’s Communications Officer. “Candidates for the new yearlong fellowship will be asked to propose a specific course of study or project relating to journalism innovation and journalism’s digital transformation.”

The winning candidate will spend the 2012-2013 academic year researching their proposed course, and will be allowed access to all available resources at Harvard and the surrounding area.

The application deadline is February 15, 2012, so get to work!

More information on the fellowship can be found at Nieman.

Spool Lets You Save Articles And Videos For Personal Offline Use


There are a host of tools out there that allow you to save articles of interest to read at a later time, but Spool takes a different approach. The San Francisco based startup, which just secured $1 million in funding, focuses primarily on offline content consumption, with a strong emphasis on the belief that users should be allowed to save personal copies of web pages and videos for private use.

According to AllThingsD, Spool “isn’t just a storage service. Users can store links for their own private use, and also in the process send them to one or more of their Facebook friends.” By downloading the Spool plug-in for your browser, as well as the app for your mobile device, you can simply click the Spool browser button to have videos and articles automatically sent to your phone for viewing, even without an Internet connection. Another neat feature is that Spool automatically converts Flash videos into HTML 5, making it easy to view videos on your mobile device even if it doesn’t support Flash.

Spool’s co-founder, Avichal Garg, told AllThingsD that he likens the service to a “Path for content,” and believes users should be allowed to save a copy of  websites and videos for personal use.

You can sign up for an invite to Spool at their website.

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