Yesterday was a big one for newspaper companies

The Journal Register Company, which is running a forward thinking project focusing on newspaper production, reached an important landmark yesterday, and published their newspapers using open source tools. Read about it from Jeff Jarvis and on the Journal Register’s blog about the project they have appropriately titled, “The Ben Franklin Project”. The work that The […]

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Google News adding human editors to promote serendipity

Good move on Google’s part. Nieman Journalism Lab: “Google News experiments with human control, promotes a new serendipity with Editors’ Picks” Mashable: “Google News and Why Human Editors Still Matter” Previously: Techmeme: “Guess what? Automated news doesn’t quite work.”

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Sean Blanda on Remixing the News

eMedia: Remix the News: “Remix the News: what news can learn from Last.fm and Pandora”: “there is no service that adequately customizes content to my tastes based on previous reading” A good read with some important ideas. The only thing close I can think of is Google Reader’s recommendations which are based upon my clicking […]

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There can never be enough journalists like Bill Moyers

Recently my friend and coworker Arpit Mathur passed along a critique of journalism’s sorry state using the leaked iPhone story as evidence. The sad thing is that we might be amidst some kind of golden age for journalism and are largely unawares. For evidence, visit sites and services like ProPublica, NPR.org, McClatchyDC, THe Center for […]

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Two from the Boston Globe on the Need for Better Filters

Boston Globe: Joe Keohane: Imaginary fiends: In 2009, crime went down. In fact it’s been going down for a decade. But more and more Americans believe it’s getting worse. Why do we refuse to believe the good news? Boston Globe: Easy = True: How ‘cognitive fluency’ shapes what we believe, how we invest, and who […]

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