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Journalism or free media attention? Peter Mwaura writes in Daily Nation that Al-Shabaab, the group taking responsibility for the mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya earlier this week, "stage managed a propaganda coup. Thanks to the worldwide web." The world media - newspapers, news agencies, and broadcasting organizations -- used information supplied by the Al-Shabaab as news, Mwaura writes. Separately, Al Jazeer ...

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Why news sites that focus on race & culture don’t ban comments

Moderating comments at websites that focus on the topics of race and culture can be time intensive and tough, but it's not as bad as some might think, according to at least two high-profile bloggers who specialize in writing on these issues. Latoya Peterson, owner and founder of Racialicious, a blog that focuses exclusively on race and pop culture, said negative comments on her site are no worse than those ...

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What Soap Operas Can Teach Newspapers About Survival

Those who know me best, know that I'm a total fan girl for soap operas. The juicier, the better. I even created a blog and launched popular social media fan pages honoring As The World Turns, a sudser that was canceled by CBS in 2010. My mother said she went into labor with me while watching World Turns and that's probably where my love for high drama started. But like the news industry -- my other passion ...

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The 20 Richest Members of Congress With Ties To Media & Technology

Each year CQ Roll Call publishes a list of the 50 richest members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; and for the past two years we've reviewed the list to determine how much of these members' largess is connected to the lucrative media and technology sectors. (For context: The 10 poorest members of congress are dairy farmers, lawyers, small business owners and lifetime public servants.) From n ...

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12 Of The Smartest Women of Color On Twitter

Fast Company, the premier magazine about media and technology, put out one of those lists again. This time it's the 25 Smartest Women on Twitter. Though the list is not meant to be exhaustive, it is still severely lacking in terms of diversity. The list, featured in the magazine's "Work Smart" section, was published days after Harvard's Shorenstein Center and Neiman Journalism Lab published a report that co ...

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Free Flow of Information Act: how problematic?

Last week the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Free Flow of Information Act, which prohibits a federal entity from compelling certain 'covered parties' to testify or reveal confidential information and sources. Introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York), it grants privilege for 'covered parties,' with an exception for cases deemed to be critical to national security. It amounts to a federal m ...

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Turn that great idea into a digital film or web series

Hosted by yours truly. The Digital Journalism Task Force will host a Google Hangout with award winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. During the one-hour chat journalists will learn how to turn their digital dreams into reality. The hangout will take place Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. Tracie Powell, Co-chair of NABJ Digital and Vice Chair - Policy, will moderate. More about Stacey Muh ...

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NBC Gives Viewers More of the Same with New Today Show Pick

NBC announced today that television and radio show host Carson Daly would join Matt Lauer and company on the Today Show. The unsurprising move is a likely attempt to shore up the network's falling ratings that accelerated after the unceremonious exit of former co-anchor Ann Curry. But the new hire is also an opportunity for NBC to groom a possible replacement for Lauer and also a missed opportunity for the ...

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Has NBC News Lost Its Way?

NBC News is drawing fire this week from multiple corners. New York Magazine on Sunday published a scathing report on the machinations behind the ouster of former Today Show co-anchor Ann Curry. A day later media observers learned that  the “Peacock Network” promoted an interview with convicted child molester and famed college football coach Jerry Sandusky without initially telling viewers that the interview ...

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