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The real danger of social media

I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and have concluded that the danger of social media isn’t just what is said there about you. The real danger of social media is what you don’t say there about yourself.

Obviously danger can lurk in social networks and blogs.

The creator of Napster – also formerly president of Facebook – complained bitterly when social media noted that he paid millions in fines to settle a government complaint over construction work he had conducted on a site planned for his wedding in a protected forest. He criticized the “rehashing and regurgitating of nonsense news, contrived to tell whatever seems to be the most sensational story…”

Similarly there is danger in how news media use social media.

When news broke of the school shootings in…

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If China is important to you, Sina Weibo is important to you.

One thing journalists really hate is to be told by their editors that they have “buried the lead.”

It means the point of the story is not obvious from the first few paragraphs, and that the “lead” or premise of the story is buried too far down in the story.   

As always there is a lot of news right now about China. These are all important stories.

But look closely here, because none of these stories directly affects you or me:

  • A strike by journalists at a newspaper to protest censorship over their stories.
  • The government tightening control over the Internet and of Western media.
  • The air pollution that is literally off the charts and besieging everyone in Beijing.
  • The challenges facing Yum Brands, particularly in its lucrative KFC unit, in…
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Newspapers capture moments in history

Keep today's front page someplace safe and dry. Go to the nearby supermarket, drug store or newstand/newspaper box and buy extra copies. Newspapers around the country tore up their front pages on severe deadline last night and captured a point in time you will want to remember in the years to come. Here are a some of the resulting front pages, some from around the world. Here is some more.

Say what you want about newspapers' struggle, but they do one thing better than any other medium: They capture history, one sliver at a time.

Yes, you can get fantastic coverage of Osama bin Laden's death at a variety of news web sites. But can you easily preserve the news in images you can show your children, your grandchildren?

Yes, Twitter broke the news of bin Laden's…

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The New York Times loses a reporter, the Huffington Post gains an opinion

The world of journalism is crumbling! It’s turning on its head!

Actually, website-based journalism is simply growing up.

Business and economy writer Peter Goodman, one of the New York Times’ top writers, is taking his talents to …wait for it….the Huffington Post.

Yes, Goodman is leaving the “Gray Lady” to work for one of the world’s edgiest, fastest growing major media websites, where he will be the business and technology editor.

In a blog post, Catharine Taylor of MediaPost.com calls the move “ More Significant Than You Think.”

Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz is more measured in his post, calling Goodman’s decision “the latest sign that Web sites can compete on an equal footing with media giants.”

Like most coming of age…

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Do you want the Upshot or the double-dip?

Do you prefer the Upshot (new media)  or the double-dip (old media)?

Both have made splashes in the journalism world recently.

Yahoo! News recently launched its news blog, The Upshot featuring a team of reporters, and perhaps more importantly, a new algorithm-based search engine that will help direct the reporting team’s focus. Here is the low-down on The Upshot.

The double-dip involves a controversial paywall the newspaper in Lancaster, Pa., has instituted. In essence, the Intelligencer Journal-Lancaster New Era paper is charging non-subscribers $1.99 a month to access online obituaries, if they wish to read more than seven obituaries a month. Grieving families pay for those obituaries with the expectation they will be available to whomever can access the…

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