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Posts Tagged ‘Neal Ungerleider’

‘Data Ninjas’ Help Vocativ Journalists Mine the Deep Web

Getting to the bottom of the “unindexed, un-Google-able Web” (a.k.a. deep Web) is a time-consuming, multilingual operation. To support the efforts of journalists in that direction at Vocativ, the company relies on a half-dozen specialists it likes to call “data ninjas.”

That tidbit and several others can be found in Fast Company writer Neal Ungerleider‘s fascinating look at the two-year-old digital news agency. The company is headed by Scott Cohen, formerly digital executive editor of the New York Daily News:

Cohen says that the six “ninja” analysts currently at the company work with journalists on a 1.5:1 or 2:1 ratio, and he emphasizes the analysts’ multilingual background. At the moment, Vocativ’s analysts speak Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Mandarin, Persian, Russian and “even a bit of Hausa.”

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Israeli Paper Airbushes Women Out of Picture


Former FBNYer Neal Ungerleider pointed us to a story from Israel that the country’s ultra-orthodox paper, Yated Neeman, airbushed two female cabinet members out of a picture. Many publications ban pictures of women because it’s a violation of female modesty. The pair were replaced by two men who are not cabinet members.

UPDATE: A reader wrote in with the following note — “Only 1/2 true. The other woman is the wife of the ousted president who’s appealing a conviction on rape and sexual harrassment charges.”

Former FBNY Editor’s Letter from Israel

Former FishbowlNY editor Neal Ungerleider (currently you can find him here) who moved to Israel at the end of July to start a long-planned MA program in Israel writes to say the current hostilities between Israel and Gaza are hitting pretty close to home (literally) but that he is fine.

Sorry for the group email but I wanted to get in touch with everyone just in case.

So it looks like Beersheva is now within range of rockets from Gaza. Two rockets just hit near my apartment — we heard them land audibly and saw the ambulances bringing injured to the hospital.

I’m okay and everyone in the apartment complex is safe. Both rockets (Higher-powered Grad rockets) hit within densely populated areas in central Beersheva. One exploded directly opposite a kindergarten — I’m just happy this happened at night and not at day.

It’s increasingly obvious there will be a ground invasion here — soldiers are being called up and many students at our university have gone on duty this week. Things are a bit quiet and my thoughts are with the soldiers and the civillians on the ground in Gaza. This situation is a mess and… hell… what can I say?

But I’m safe and am getting the real Israel experience, apparently.

All the News That’s Fit to Imitate?*

plagiarism600pxw.jpgApparently there is not enough news to go around. Twice already this week someone has brought to our attention similar articles being published in different papers by different writers. The first example comes to us from former fishbowlNY’er Neal Ungerleider who points out that both USA Today and the Times of London ran very similar pieces on Iraq’s newly revived heavy metal music scene, two weeks apart. The USA Today article ran on Oct. 30 while the Times piece ran more than two weeks later on Nov. 16. As Neal points out, it’s understandable that the two would cover the same event, but curious that they quote the same sources, also this paragraph rings awfully similar:

USA Today:
Throughout the two-hour show, the crowd thrashed about, a sea of sweating bodies and banging heads.

Times of London:
Sweating fans thrashed, writhed and banged heads. Heavy metal was back, alive and kicking, in Baghdad.

Meanwhile! Peter Feld points out similarities between The Atlantic‘s story on the Obama girls choosing a school, and the one that ran a week later in the New York Times‘ this weekend (Jeff Goldberg noted it also).

*We are sort of imitating Feld’s hed here.

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