Wild NY Times Claim: ‘Political Violence Is Relatively Rare in Britain’

2017-03-22-SkyNews-London_Attack Former CNN journalist Peter Hamby spotted the New York Times making a whopper of a claim on Wednesday in their coverage of the suspected terror attack in London. Correspondents Katrin Bennhold and Stephen Castle wrote the Times article that Hamby excerpted in his Tweet. There was a much more recent attack on a member of the British Parliament than the 1979 incident cited by Bennhold and Castle. MP Jo Cox was stabbed and shot to death in June 2016 by a white supremacist. The two Times reporters also neglected the decades-long campaign by the Provisional IRA against the British government. The nationalist terrorist group conducted major terrorist attacks in Britain in 1982, 1984 (where they tried to assassinate Margaret Thatcher), and 1989. The organization also conducted bombings in the 1990s until the Good Continue reading "Wild NY Times Claim: ‘Political Violence Is Relatively Rare in Britain’"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: March 22

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. Google Overhauls Policies After Uproar Over YouTube Videos (Mark Bergen / Bloomberg) 2. Twitter Launching Live Video API (Josh Constine / Tech Crunch) 3. Adobe is Now Officially an Ad Tech Company (Lara O’Reilly / Business Insider) 4. This is the Story Behind The New York Times’ Most Famous Tweet (Which is 10 Years Old Today) (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab) 5. Meet the Swedish Newspaper Editor Who Put an Algorithm in Charge of his Homepage (Felippe Rodrigues / Storybench) 6. Two Ad Agency Creatives’ Quest to Take Down Biased News (Tanya Dua / Digiday) Get the Daily Must Reads in Your Inbox!

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Word up! This is the story behind The New York Times’ most famous tweet (which is 10 years old today)

In March 2007, New York Times developer Jacob Harris had some spare time and decided to create a Times account on a fledgling service that is today the preferred communication platform for the president of the United States. Harris set up @nytimes and wrote the code that powered it in an afternoon. “Using twitter’s APIs, I was able to get headlines from the New York Times feeds to my cell phone with only an idle afternoon and a few lines of Ruby,” he wrote later. The account ran off an RSS feed of the Times’ top stories, tweeting out just the headlines. By the middle of March, it had accrued all of 72 followers, most of whom were either Harris’s friends or other developers.

How Newsrooms Are Innovating, from VR to Chatbots to Reaching Across the Political Divide

Experimentation and adaptability are the keys to charting a new path for digital publishers, said experts from Vice News, the New York Times, Quartz and other innovative newsrooms at a discussion last week in New York City. Take metrics, for example: A decade ago newsrooms were trying to get as much traffic as possible, but publishers now know big numbers don’t necessarily equate to big engagement. “Scale for scale’s sake is pretty much over,” Vice Editor-in-Chief Ryan McCarthy said. “What I’m seeing is that the most valuable relationship you can have with your audience is a habitual one … so we’re focused on getting people back to our website, not raw size.” McCarthy said he thinks ad models will eventually value repeat visitors. Arkadium — which creates interactive content for publishers, with the goal of increasing brand loyalty and engagement — hosted the event. CEO Jessica Rovello asked the panelists
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Discors wants people to pay for news via a low-priced subscription that crosses multiple publishers

When we last wrote about the app Discors, back at its launch in 2015, its strategy was to provide users additional context around the news by featuring commentary from contributors from places such as universities and think tanks. But the company quickly realized that the concept wasn’t going to work. “It was going to be very difficult to get people to pay for that,” CEO and cofounder Basil Enan told me. So, in true startup fashion, it pivoted. This month, the company launched a revamped version of its app that moved away from highlighting individual contributors and instead lets users access commentary and analysis from publishers such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist for a monthly price. A subscription to the app costs $4.99 per month. The main screen of the Discors app lists stories by topic — such as
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Today in Stupid: Feminism is Intersectional Enough to Include Convicted Terrorists but Not Zionists?

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Bustle Politics Editor Emily Shire ignited a firestorm last week after The New York Times published her op-ed, Does Feminism Have Room for Zionists?

The piece was an eloquent exploration of whether the present feminist movement in the United States had a role for Zionists, or those who believe in Israel as a home for the Jewish people. While Jewish and Zionist feminists have long played an integral role in U.S. feminist causes, the rise of intersectionality has created rifts within the current  “vagina hat era” incarnation of the movement.

“We want to dismantle all walls, from prison walls to border walls, from Mexico to Palestine,” reads the platform for the recent International Women’s Strike.

The practical result of this rift was the heated denunciations Shire has faced from various quarters of the far left. In a recent interview with The Nation, feminist and Palestinian rights activist Continue reading "Today in Stupid: Feminism is Intersectional Enough to Include Convicted Terrorists but Not Zionists?"