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‘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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New York Daily News Hires Web Editor

The New York Daily News has hired a replacement for Scott Cohen, its Digital Editor who left last week. Capital New York reports that Colin Myler has brought a fellow Brit aboard: Ted Young, formerly the editor of the Daily Mail’s website, will be the Daily News’ new web editor.

“I am thrilled that a journalist of Ted’s outstanding ability is joining us to guide our expansion plans for our online operation, both locally and nationally,” Myler said in a memo obtained by Capital New York. “I know he is looking forward to working with the great team of journalists who have done so much to establish such a successful site.”

Young is expected to start in June.

New York Daily News Loses Digital Editor

Scott Cohen, the Digital Executive Editor of The New York Daily News, is leaving the paper. According to The New York Observer, Cohen is headed to Vocativ, a startup that bills itself as an “innovative news platform focused on social and political change, the economy and tech.”

It’s been an odd month for the tabloid. It started with James Dolan accusing the Daily News and Mort Zuckerman of extortion. Then, about a week later, veteran staffers Melissa Grace and Tom Zambito exited the paper. And — just yesterday — Colin Myler, the Daily News’ Editor-in-Chief, was hit with allegations that he tried to intimidate British investigators while he was editor of News of The World.

We would say that Zuckerman can’t wait for March, but we think drama will always be hovering over the paper, no matter what month it is.

The Daily News Shuffles Managing Editors

One way Kevin Convey, the Editor-in-Chief of The New York Daily News, is keeping the heat off of him is by issuing sweeping changes at the behest of Mort Zuckerman. According to the New York Post, early this week Convey called seven of his top editors into his office and told them that there were going to be changes on the Daily News’ masthead, and from now on there would be only three Managing Editors.

The new Managing Editors that were named in a memo Convey sent around later included Senior Executive Editor Bob Sapio, Senior Managing Editor of Digital Scott Cohen and Senior Editor of Convergence Adam Berkowitz. The odd changing of titles has led to a bit of chaos at the paper:

Since two of the editors, Sapio and Cohen, already had titles that suggested they were above the rank of managing editor, the memo was rather perplexing to insiders. Also, the inclusion of Berkowitz seemed to confirm fears throughout the newsroom among the old guard print reporters that their status was being diminished and the digital side is being given more clout. ‘There is a real battle internally between old media and new,’ said one source.

With movement at the top of the Daily News, we wouldn’t be surprised if there are a lot more changes on the way.