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Archives: November 2013

Giving Thanks For Journalists Missing Abroad

jamesfoleyLast Thanksgiving, reporter James Foley was kidnapped in Syria and has not been heard from since. The one year anniversary passed last week on November 22, but in case you missed it, now that you have some downtime you should follow-up on his story.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, over 30 journalists are missing in Syria this year. Worldwide, 17 journlists have lost their lives.  While you’re giving thanks this season, keep our colleagues in mind. If you want to help, you can always support the CPJ here.

Photo by Manu Brabo via FreeJamesFoley.org

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As POLITICO Branches Out in Print, Harper’s Enters the Mobile World

politico_01In a somewhat counterintuitive twist, POLITICO, which has budded into an authority on Washington-based politics since its digital inception in 2007, has launched a print magazine.

And in contrast, a much older high culture, arts and trends magazine (the second-oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S.) — Harper’s Magazine — has finally entered the mobile arena with an iOS app.

POLITICO Magazine isn’t the organization’s first dabbling into print — it publishes a decent-sized daily newspaper on Capitol Hill happenings (but that can also be read online). Still, the mag, which will be published six times a year, promises to fulfill a different need.

Editor Susan B. Glasser cites a need for contextual, deeply-reported stories as the organization’s reasoning for incurring the cost and time necessary to produce a print product.

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Ebyline Launches WordPress Plugin To Pay Freelancers

ebylineEbyline, a platform that connects publishers and freelancers, has recently added a WordPress plug-in to their built in payment system.

Allen Narcisse, co-founder and COO, explains how simple it is:

The idea is that you use WordPress because you want to manage your CMS and all of your authors are organized within WordPress. It brings some of the best part of our services into it. Either the author or an admin can authorize the payment and the payment just goes to the freelancer. And then by going into our platform later, you can get a bigger picture of what you’ve spent over time.  Read more

What If JFK Was Assassinated Today? How The News Would Cover It

The assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy was a pivotal moment for the nation — and the nation’s news teams. And in nearly every area of life, a lot has changed since the charismatic leader died 50 years ago today. One of the most pronounced shifts is in the news gathering and reporting process.

In honor of this pivotal historical moment, several news organizations have taken the chance to, in a sense, rewrite history by covering the event again in real time using modern reporting tools.

So what if JFK had died today? Here’s how some news organizations would cover it:

cbs jfk coverage
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Weekend Reading: “A Journalist’s Guide to Reading Financial Statements”

financialreportsNothing strikes more fear in my being than numbers. Especially big ones that need to be multiplied and divided and turned into percentages (see? That probably doesn’t even really make sense). I take a Socratic approach to my mathematical ignorance: I admit I know nothing. it can’t be just me either — which is why NPR has so much success with it’s “Planet Money” podcast, and journalists like Matt Yglesias and Felix Salmon have so many Twitter followers. They get it and they know how to explain it, without dumbing it down.

It’s important to know what they’re talking about — which is why I’ll never forget the seventh circle of hell  my required “Media Economics” class in graduate school, where we were taught how to read financial statements, read finance minded books, and eventually create our own start-up and pretend we were pitching to VCs.

With that in mind, I share this white paper with you, released by Sageworks this week. It’s a very useful overview of how to read financial statements as a reporter, and uses Twitter’s IPO for examples. It’s not just for tech reporters, either. Journalists should know how to read the numbers, examine trends, and call bullshit — or at least be able to project what companies are up to according to the numbers.

You can download the paper here, for free. If audio is more your thing, there’s an hour long tutorial and video you can listen to here while you prepare your turkey brine this weekend.

Do you have any other good resources for journalists? Share them in the comments or tweet @10,000Words with your weekend reading.

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