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Archives: July 2011

Longshot Magazine Announces “Debt” Theme, 48 Hours Remain — And A Chance At $2,000

Today a noon Pacific time, the crew at Longshot Magazine in NYC announced the theme for this issuedebt!

From their announcement:

Yes, we know Washington politicians are also staying up all weekend, debating this figment of the Congressional imagination called the debt ceiling. Forget about that. Or co-opt it. The theme is bigger than their squabble and more interesting than their rhetoric.

That means that from this moment, you have exactly 24  hours to submit your reporting, poetry, photography, and graphics to be printed into issue No. 2 of Longhot Magazine. Again, you have until tomorrow, Saturday, July 30 at noon PST to submit your stuff. Read more

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How Voice Tagging Could Change the Media Landscape

It’s clear that video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo have had a huge impact on the news industry. The Pew Internet & Americal Life Project just reported that 71 percent of Americans use video-sharing sites and it’s nearly impossible to find a news organization that doesn’t include video on its website.

But video is so 2010. I recently came across, a site still in beta, that lets you tag and share a 30-second audio clip. It was pretty neat. Within minutes of using the site, and without needing any new software or know-how, I recorded a clip wishing my little brother a happy birthday and posted it on Facebook.

After playing around on the site, I started thinking about the untapped potential of voice tagging. Read more

Social Media and Online Community Posts From Around The Web

Every Friday I post links to a few of the blog posts that I read during the week that I found interesting and insightful.

Included in this week’s round-up is a case study on the new Mayo Clinic online community; a discussion about whether social can only be considered a feature; how The Fresh Market uses social media; and how to drive social engagement around events.

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Tool of the Day: Newsbeat


Chartbeat, the real-time monitoring tool for websites, recently announced the release of Newsbeat, a publishers’ version of their analytics service. With input from The New York Times, Forbes, and other publications, Newsbeat’s service will allow content creators, editors, and producers to view real-time engagement with their website in order to create a modern, evolving and adaptive newsroom.

Newsbeat has a series of videos which beautifully illustrate how the service works and the set of features which can help newsrooms accurately track their audience’s involvement. The service takes in all the data from your website, runs it through their algorithms, and outputs a great dashboard view of charts, tables and graphs to show traffic sources, performance, visits, engagement, Twitter activity, and more. Users can also sort incoming data by section and by author for further granular control. Newsbeat’s algorithms also include a viral prediction system which will alert a user when a particular story is gaining traction so the organization can react accordingly. Chartbeat and newsbeat consistently track more than 3 million simultaneous users across multiple sites, so the service is guaranteed to work regardless of the size of your organization.


Each of Newsbeat’s three tiers includes a free 30-day trial which covers unlimited domains and unlimited sections, as well as a 30-day history of overall site traffic. Check out the video tour and transform your news organization’s website today!

Get News Fast And Simple With OneMinuteNews

Got a minute? Then you’ve got time to catch up on the latest news of the day thanks to the crew at OneMinuteNews.

Founded by former MTV ad executive Doug Greenlaw, the bulk of OneMinuteNews’ content (and their primary draw) are small, minute-long news reports on the top stories of the day in the fields of technology, entertainment, lifestyle, and sports. In a time where 140-character tweets can often constitute the basis for a news story, OneMinuteNews delivers news in a fun, informative, and personable delivery, as you can see below.

Users of OneMinuteNews can search for news via topic or correspondent, and will soon offer RSS feeds for content as well as advertising, mobile applications, and a sports scoreboard. The correspondents also keep an active group Tumblr where they add longer form entries, and where users can leave comments. OneMinuteNews is partnered with news aggregator HyperVocal, a site which dubs itself as “post-partisan Internet Sherpas, groundskeepers of rationality, and arbiters of reality and pseudo-nonsense.”

You can follow OneMinuteNews at their website or on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.