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This & That: The Past Week in Media for April 25, 2013

April 19: From Fishbowl DC: So what was it like to cover the nation’s biggest story of 2013? Boston PD to HuffPost reporters: “Put your hands up — put your f---ing hands up!” … from The Associated Press: LinkedIn, the most popular networking site among U.S. business executives, is sprucing up its app toward a possible positioning as a media content company … from Animal New York: Instead of Rupert Murdoch defending his paper’s erroneous pictures and headlines, here’s the apology which should have appeared in the New York Post.

April 22: From the Wall Street Journal: If so many love what they do, is being a newspaper reporter really the worst job in the United States? … from Jim Romenesko: The Chicago Tribune buys a stack of pizzas for the Boston Globe with the message: “Your newsroom colleagues here in Chicago and across the country stand in awe of your tenacious coverage. You make us all proud to be journalists. We can’t buy you lost sleep, so at least let us pick up lunch.” … from The Awl: Is your social media editor ruining your organization’s well-earned brand?

April 23: From Net News Check: Should metro papers migrate content to paywalls while maintaining free sites? Questions remain about legacy media’s identity and their ability to generate revenue on a ‘Net populated by niche publications, startups and nonprofits … from Politico/Dylan Byers: Reuters fires social media editor Matthew Keys, who believes company “was looking for an out.” … from Reuters/Jack Shafer: When it comes to reporting breaking news like last week’s Boston manhunt, “you’ll discover a vein of feldspar running through even the shiniest gold standard.”

April 24: From Quartz: Ali Velshi says, ”badly-sourced news never starts out as totally wrong information,” but takes on a life of its own on Twitter, bad info’s worst offender … from Wired: While newspapers still offer corrections the old-fashioned way, Mat Honan thinks Twitter should have a correction feature … from The New York Times: A more nuanced stylebook definition for usage of “illegal immigrant” is put in place.

April 25: From Wired: In the wake of embarrassing hacking of feeds from AP, BBC and 60 Minutes, Twitter is working on a two-step security solution it hopes will solve the problem and expects to roll out soon …from Sunlight Foundation: Can you really trust the story you found online or the press release in your inbox? A new tool called “Churnalism” will let you know if content is actual journalism or recycled spin … from Poynter: Doug Feaver spent 36 years at The Washington Post and has no plans to be more than a “reader representative” after paper eliminated the ombudsman position.
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