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Archives: December 2011

Fake NYT Email Address Spams Users About Home Delivery

Around 1:30pm EST, I received an email from the address “” regarding a recent cancellation of home delivery. I thought it was strange, since I’m not a home delivery subscriber, and chalked it up to a simple mistake. But according to the NYTimes’ Twitter account, the email is in fact a fake. “If you received an email today about canceling your NYT subscription, ignore it. It’s not from us,” tweeted @nytimes shortly after the email was sent.  The Times’ SVP of Corporate Communications, Robert Christie, added, “We are investigating emails, please contact Eileen Murphy for full comment:”

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Confused by SOPA? Five Multimedia Explainers

Unless you live under a rock, it’s pretty hard to ignore the buzz that the Stop Online Privacy Piracy Act (SOPA) has generated in the last few months. The controversial bill, along with its companion bill, Protect-IP Act (PIPA), intends to fight copyright infringement and piracy but has turned into a bitter battle between old and new media.

Everyone has covered the controversial bill, from more traditional media outlets such as the Washington Post and the New York Times to tech blogs such as ArsTechnica, TechCrunch and Gizmodo. Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the bill’s main opponents, posts about it frequently on Twitter and Reddit has successfully lobbied boycots of SOPA supporters.

Let’s be honest. Just because you’ve heard of the bill, doesn’t mean you actually understand it. SOPA is, after all, incredibly complicated. Well, you’re in luck. There’s a ton of articles explaining the bill. Even better, there’s some wonderful interactives ones.

So while Congress is on its winter recess — the House Judiciary Committee won’t pick up debating the bill until after Congress returns — why not take some time to check out the pieces below? Just a note: Most oppose the bill.

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Microsoft Unveils New Social Network

Microsoft is joining the increasingly crowded social media market, recently going public with Not to worry — this is not Microsoft’s attempt to take on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

So what exactly is, pronounced social? In short, it’s a social network geared at helping students interested in social media. Microsoft describes it as “a research experiment for students focused on combining web browsing, search, and social networking for the purposes of learning.”

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A list of seven journalism related end-of-year roundups

This is the time of year news organizations pump out end-of-year “Best Of” lists highlighting the top stories from readers or editors. I wanted to pass on a few of my favorite end-of-year best lists related to journalism and news. Please submit your favorites I missed in the comments, so we can all enjoy it.

The 20 Unhappiest People You Meet In The Comments Sections Of Year-End Lists

This list from NPR made me physically LOL when I first read it. It’s spot on when it comes to the reaction you see in the comments sections of many stories, not just the year-end lot. It’s appropriate fodder to start with as you wade into other year-end lists.

Top 10 Longreads

The Longreads founder pulls together his team’s favorite of the longform stories and articles this year. Bonus: Readers submitted their own best of 2011 lists as well. These should keep you busy until next year’s list comes out.

The year in media errors and corrections features Osama/Obama, Giffords

Regret The Error is always one of my personal favorite end-of-year roundups. It makes me feel better about any errors I may have let slip when I see the truly colossal oopsies that made the air or print. This year’s listing — including never-to-be-lived-down classics like “Obama Bin Laden is dead” — doesn’t disappoint.

The 50 Funniest Headlines Of 2011

From a “horse herpes outbreak” to “meatball sandwich horseplay” Buzzfeed’s roundup is amusing even if it’s impossible to be all-inclusive. It’s probably not surprising that a surprising number of these have to do with food or animals, is it?

The Ten Worst Media Disasters of 2011

In case you’re more a fan of the worst lists than the bests, here’s a round-up of media moments some important people would like to put behind them as they head into a new year. Read it and resolve not to make this list next year.

Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2011

If you enjoy CSPAN and CNN as much as the not-news shows on that other C-channel — Comedy Central — then this list will make you grin. It’s the top 10 funny stories this year from “political comedian” Will Durst.

The Year in News 2011

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism says the economy topped the 2011 news cycle, taking up some 20 percent of the news hole — up from 14 percent in 2010. Mideast unrest came in a distant second, followed by the 2012 Presidential election. Read the full study to see what else rounded out the top stories of the year based on coverage.

Finally, if you haven’t had enough, Fast Company made an amazing mashup of 2011 best and worst lists. It’s a bit overwhelming but more than a bit worth grazing.

Pro Tip: Check Out YouTube’s Creator Playbook

Finding success on YouTube can often be a difficult thing to do. There are tons of different variables that can make or break your video — whether it’s a 15-secon d clip or something you consider a masterpiece.

Luckily, YouTube itself is here to help. They’ve produced a little-known bible for content creators, the YouTube Creator Playbook.

This is not a playbook for beginners. It includes tips for engagement, uses terms like “tent-pole programming” and gives a detailed look at YouTube’s analytics package. Read more