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Is the Golden Age of Tech Blogging Dead?


Jeremiah Owyang, an industry analyst with the Altimeter Group, believes innovative tech blogging is done with

He identifies four trends that include corporate acquisitions that stymie innovation (eg., AOL’s takeover of Techcrunch and Engadget), talent turnover of the major tech blogs (eg., people are growing up and moving on from the Mashables of the world), audience desire for smaller and shorter analysis (eg., why read a blog when you can interact on Twitter, G+ and hello, Tumblr), and the simple fact that the medium has matured with not many able to make a living through blogging alone.


The New York Times R&D Lab Explores How Content is Shared

OWNI published its thoughts on the ten most creative digital projects of 2011. Included is work from MIT’s Media Lab, independent artists and scientists, design firms and open collaborations.

Above, we have Cascade from the New York Times R&D department.


Cascade is a by NYTimes R&D department that allows precise analysis of the structures that underlie sharing activity on the web. Initiated by Mark Hansen and working with Jer Thorp and Jake Porway (Data Scientist at the Times) the team spent 6 months building the tool to understand how information propagates through the social media space. While initially applied to New York Times stories and information, the tool and its underlying logic may be applied to any publisher or brand interested in understanding how its messages are shared.

Take some time to click through to watch some inspiration.

(Source : futurejournalismproject)

Decapitated journalist in Mexico used online social network site to report anonymously on violence


Via the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas:

The body of a decapitated journalist was found on the morning of Sept. 24 in a roundabout in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, reported the GlobalPost. The female journalist was identified as María Elizabeth Macías Castro, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Primera Hora.


I worked with the awesome David Charns yesterday on this piece about the government using Tumblr.

You may have seen the State Department’s Tumblr but there are others who are joining up, too. The National Archives runs a few (Document of the Day, the Exhibits Tumblr, and one about Our Presidents). One of my favorite things yesterday was meeting up with the ladies who blog from the National Archives and talking about funny documents they have. Did you know they’ve got the Jell-O box used in the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg trial? One woman said she came across documents from the Civil War listing the health of every horse in every regiment for EACH WEEK of the war. Crazy.

Anyway, the whole article is up on The Daily Caller. And thanks a million to Mark Coatney, the Peace Corps Tumblr people, everyone from the National Archives, and the folks. 


On the occasion of our fifth anniversary, way back in 2003, the National Post put together a series of front pages, wondering what they would have looked if we’d been around in previous ages. They’d been long forgotten until a dusty poster turned up under a reporter’s desk and now revived here. (Pages by Rob Mckenzie and Kagan McLeod)

Previous: National Post, 1929
Previous: National Post, 1867
Previous: Medieval Post
Previous: Imperial Post
Previous: Prehistoric Post

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