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Archives: October 2011

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Steve Jobs, Coldplay, and a Haunted Hayride

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we dance like Chris Martin, get spooked by Angela Merkel, and talk to Siri about the Steve Jobs biography. Oh, and the world’s population increases.

For more videos, check out Mediabistro.tv, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

USA Today Opens APIs To Commercial Use

News organizations collect lots of data, and are increasingly allowing the public to access that data via APIs. Free access to the APIs is seen by news organizations as a form of serving the public’s interest.

But, there’s been a catch: The usage of almost all of these APIs is restricted to noncommercial use.

For example, the terms of use of The New York Times‘ developer network (which contains some of the most robust APIs around) states:

You shall not … use the NYT APIs for any commercial purpose or in any product or service that competes with products or services offered by NYT.

In the eyes of the Times, this constitutes commercial use:

1. Selling New York Times content or data in any application.
2. Charging a subscription fee for any New York Times content or data.
3. Selling any application built with one of our APIs.

(An exception is made for the Times’ Campaign Finance, Congress and NY State Legislature APIs, which use public data.)

But seeing an opportunity, USA Today earlier this month announced that they were going to open up three of their APIs to commercial use. Read more

Three Career Tips from the Bottom/Middle of the Masthead

Most of us strive to make it to the top of our chosen professions. It’s not easy to get there, however, so it never hurts to take some tips from those that are already at “the top of the masthead.” This past week, The New Yorker profiled Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times.

Based on that interview, Forbes blogger Victoria Pynchon came up with this great list of “Ten Career Lessons from the Top of the Masthead.” She lists items such as, “don’t hide your creativity under a bushel” or “be a black belt infighter.”

Pynchon’s list made me think of the other end of the spectrum: Those of us who aren’t at the top of our field, but are either in the beginning or somewhere in the middle. Here are five things I think would be included on that kind of list of career tips. Read more

#protip: Train Employees To Be Smart Social Media Users

If you’re in a position where you’re the person who is developing your employer’s social media strategy, odds are that you’ve encountered people within the company who wish to have some role in the company’s social media presence.

The problem, however, is that they might not know how to update and maintain those communities effectively.

In order to ensure that the people within the company are up to speed on best practice, there are a few things that you can to do to ensure the success of the page, the people who are maintaining it, and the overall strategy.

Read more

ONA Announces Election Of Three New Board Members

The Online News Association on Thursday announced the results of its annual board of directors election. Three new members were elected: John Keefe, Juana Summers and Burt Herman. In addition, incumbent board members Christine Montgomery, Jim Brady and Meredith Artley were re-elected.

Keefe is the Senior Editor for Data News & Journalism Technology at WNYC in New York. “For nine years, he has guided the station’s news operation and grown its capacity for breaking news, election coverage and investigative reporting,” according to a news release.

Summers is a national political reporter for POLITICO. A recent graduate of the University of Missouri, she previously reported for the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Herman is the co-founder and CEO of Storify, a very popular tool that allows journalists to create stories out of social media. He previously reported for the Associated Press.

Montgomery is chief digital officer for the Center for Public Integrity, Brady is the editor-in-chief of the Journal Register Company and Artley is Vice President and Managing Editor, CNN Digital.

The newly elected board members will begin their terms in January 2012.

Congrats to all those elected!

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