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Uncertain Future for AOL’s Patch

hyperlocal picBy now, most media pundits and journalism wonks have all but concluded their somewhat premature postmortems on what exactly went wrong at Patch, AOL’s network of local news and information sites.

Although the company’s problems had been mounting for several years, the combination of major layoffs and a recent story in the New York Times that led many to believe Patch was “winding down,” served to put the already embattled company squarely in the media’s cross-hairs. Read more

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Required Reading for the Digital Newsroom

There was a huge media event this weekend, and I’m not talking about the Oscars. It was when NASCAR took to YouTube and had a fan video of a crash taken down, in the name of the DMCA.

The posted video, showing parts of the crash not viewable in the official NASCAR version,  stayed down, although copies of it circulated on sites like Deadspin. Later, Google put the videos back up; NASCAR must have realized what a silly, corporate idea ti was to block the video just as news of the crash broke.

 The DMCA, and intellectual property online, is one of those looming questions surrounding digital journalism. I found myself embroiled in a lighthearted, but serious debate with another tech-minded friend about who was right in this case and its implications. Both of us found ourselves quoting and recommending books to each other by the end of it when we decided to agree to disagree. And it reminded me of how many really good, insightful books there are about copyright and digital culture that should be “required reading” for anyone with an email account.

In the name of a mid-winter Thursday, here are a couple to curl up with this weekend:

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Video: The Impact Of Twitter On Journalism

PBS Arts Off Book put out this interesting, short video this week with some thoughts from a few leading minds in the digital journalism sphere (including Mark Luckie, the 10,000 Words founder and current manager of journalism and news at Twitter). The subject is all about how Twitter has impacted journalism and journalists’ role in using the service to source news and be a source of news. I wanted to pass it on because some of the points the speakers (Luckie, Jeff Jarvis, Craig Kanalley and Chris Anderson) brought up were important to think over, including the role of journalists as the filter for Tweets/breaking news and also the importance of realizing a lot of sources and people aren’t on Twitter or Facebook. Anyway, it’s only about 5 minutes long. Watch it.

Twitter’s Erica Anderson Shares Best Twitter Practices For Newsrooms

BOSTON — Following a number of recent high profile hackings of newsroom Twitter accounts, Twitter’s Erica Anderson on Friday shared tips to prevent future hackings from happening—and what to do if your account is hacked.

Speaking at the 2011 Online News Association Conference, Anderson (@EricaAmerica), Twitter’s manager of journalism content said there are three simple steps to take to prevent a hacking:

  1. Associate your Twitter accounts with a work e-mail address, and not a personal one. Personal ones can be broken into due to missing password questions, and Twitter accounts can be compromised that way. Corporate e-mail accounts are more secure, she said.
  2. Use strong passwords that are at least 10 characters and contain both uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Anderson noted that all passwords that Twitter employees use are computer-generated.
  3. Always enable HTTPS, which will soon be enabled by default.

If your account is hacked, Anderson said to immediately file a ticket with Twitter. She also said to have an emergency plan in place, to ensure word gets out that tweets from your account are from hackers and should be disregarded. Read more

Why Banning Social Media in the U.K. is a Bad Idea

My jaw almost dropped to the floor when I heard David Cameron, the U.K.’s prime minister, suggest banning social media in the aftermath of this week’s riots.

Cameron believes the looters and rioters used social media, mainly BlackBerry messaging and Twitter, to coordinate their movements and propel the riots, which have resulted in five deaths, thousands of arrests, and an anxious public. He plans to meet with these companies and others “to discuss their roles during the violent outbreaks.”

“Free flow of information can be used for good, but it can also be used for ill.  And when people are using social media for violence, we need to stop them,” were Cameron’s controversial words.

Simply put, this is not a good idea.  Read more

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