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9:35 AM ET, August 12, 2011


 Top News: 
Martin Belam / currybetdotnet:
Riots are an opportunity for long-form data journalism  —  It is easy to think of “data journalism” as being about the automatic computer analysis of large datasets, but good data journalism has story-telling at the centre.  Over the coming days, weeks, and months there is a lot of data journalism …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
A Rogue Tweeter Titillates, Then Vanishes  —  For the last five days, fear has hushed the elevators at Condé Nast.  Few dared say much for fear of having their words appear on a satirical Twitter feed called @CondeElevator, which purported to capture the banalities and inanities …
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
How SeeClickFix Built Revenue Streams From Potholes  —  SeeClickFix started humbly in 2008 — from potholes in New Haven, Conn. But it grew quickly as it mobilized citizens in thousands of communities around the U.S. to flag irritating and sometimes serious 311-type problems in their neighborhoods.
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
A Perp Walk on Twitter  —  Lifting a page from the hacker's handbook, the Greater Manchester Police are naming and shaming rioters on their Twitter feed.  —  “We promised we'd name all those convicted for their roles in the disorder — here we go ...” the police announced …
Alysia Santo / CJR:
Borders' Newsstand Blues  —  Store closings spell trouble for niche magazine titles  —  Just like plenty of other Borders shoppers, Kevin Walter has been getting messages in his inbox from the bankrupt book behemoth, reminding him to hurry in and take advantage of the storewide clearance …
Ken Auletta / News Desk:
The Stain on News Corp.  —  Rupert Murdoch's woes, like the blood Lady Macbeth sees, will not go away.  His positive quarterly News Corp. earnings report may create the illusion that they will, as does news that his newspapers may not have been the only ones in England that hacked into private phones.
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Rupert Murdoch endorses Carey as next in line
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the next recession  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  If the current events of the world are scary for all of us, they're particularly horrifying for news publishers.
Discussion: AllThingsD
William Wheeler / CJR:
Building Haiti's Post-Quake Media  —  While I was reporting in Haiti last year, over the course of a few months, the Port-au-Prince guesthouse where I often stayed—once the dominion of grassroots activists disdainful of reporters—was gradually overrun by journalists.
Jay Habegger / AdAge:
Why Amazon Is About to Become a Force in Online Advertising  —  Expect Other Retailers to Follow, Leveraging Their Data for Sales and Profit  —  Amazon flew under the radar in late June when it announced it was entering the world of advertising by using its consumer data to deliver targeted advertising …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Bloomberg Raids Tina Brown's ‘Newsweek’  —  In another defection from the Newsweek Daily Beast Co., Newsweek general manager Alan Bone was hired away by Bloomberg Businessweek.  As Businessweek's head of international circulation, a new position, Bone will be responsible for launching Businessweek's …
Alex / digiphile:
New digital journalism tools and platforms to connect, present and inspire  —  “It doesn't have to be like this,” said Alexis Madrigal.  “You don't have to write bad stuff to get people to come to a website”  —  Tonight at the August meeting of the Online News Association in D.C. …
CNNMoney Tech Tumblr:
HuffPost/AOL now “aggregating” video as well  —  The Huffington Post tends to be under constant fire for what many call over-aggregating: taking too much content from other sources and making it their own.  It's always been more of an issue with print stories than video, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
Discussion: Nation Now and The Huffington Post
Susannah Breslin /
What a Tornado Taught Me That College Didn't  —  Subscribe to Forbes Get a Free Trial Issue … My college career did not end when I turned in a final exam.  —  It ended as I stood in the seventh-floor waiting room of a hospital, viewing the destruction an EF-4 tornado had wrought on Tuscaloosa less than 24 hours earlier.
Ari L. Goldman / The Jewish Week:
Telling It Like It Wasn't  —  Former Times reporter looks back on coverage of the event, and what went wrong.  —  Twenty years ago next week, on the night of Aug. 19, 1991 — the night that Gavin Cato and Yankel Rosenbaum were killed — my editor called me at home to tell me that riots had broken out on the streets of Crown Heights.
Discussion: Poynter
Andrea Pitzer / Nieman Storyboard:
Gene Weingarten on journalistic ethics: two case studies from his career  —  The final session of last month's Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference offered The Washington Post's Gene Weingarten in conversation with Brian Sweany, deputy editor of Texas Monthly.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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