April 5th, 2013

Wired reporter, Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman), conducts an interview with wanted American jihadi Omar Hammami exclusively through direct messages on Twitter in 'There's No Turning Back': My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist.

The story also demonstrates another example of how national security experts are leveraging social networks like Twitter to engage security threats.

Hammami engages with American security professionals who ask him about his current views on jihad, and he jumps into their discussions of counterterrorism. There’s a notable absence of rancor, and even some constructive criticism, however inadvertent. When Hammami criticized State Department initiatives at confronting extremists like him online, he said those efforts came across as tin-eared. [J.M.] Berger and Hammami have an extended, public colloquy about the justification and the efficacy of using violence to pursue jihad. All this comes leavened with Star Wars references. Berger wonders if this sort of collegial jihadi-counterterrorist dialogue is “the wave of future, when everyone’s on Twitter.”

Read more: 'There's No Turning Back': My Interview With a Hunted American Jihadist | Wired.com

February 11th, 2013

State of the Union 2013: Pew Research Tip Sheet | Pew Research Center

A handy list of  facts from Pew Research on 10 topics that Obama will likely touch on in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

January 29th, 2013

Introducing Truth Teller

The Washington Post has just debuted a news application that will fact-check videos and speeches as they happen. Cory Haik, Executive Producer for Digital News and former ONA Board member, describes how the new project will help those following politics who don’t always know when politicians are misrepresenting facts. 

Our solution is Truth Teller, which aims to fact check speeches in as close to real time as possible. Truth Teller is a prototype of a news application built by the Post with funding from Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund. The prototype, built in three months, is a big step toward real-time fact checking…

What you see in the prototype is actual live fact checking - each time the video is played the fact checking starts anew. It needs more technical work and we need more facts, but it works and we’ll keep working on it. Can this be applied to streaming video in the future? Yes. Can this work if someone is holding up a phone to record a politician in the middle of a parking lot in Iowa? Yes, we believe it can.

Read more: Debuting Truth Teller from the Washington Post; Real-time lie detection service at your service (not quite yet) - Knight Foundation

December 18th, 2012
December 14th, 2012

 Crowdsourcing campaign spending: What ProPublica learned from Free the Files

We started Free the Files as we do with any major data project — asking ourselves what story we wanted to tell (how dark money spending was impacting the election) and what information we had available to tell it (thousands of PDF files).

But turning the files into something reportable would require manual review of each document, a crowdsourcing challenge compounded by the fact that we had no idea exactly how many files we would be dealing with. Every day volunteers reviewed hundreds of files, and every day we downloaded hundreds more from the FCC web site. It was like starting a race without knowing when you’d hit the finish line. 

Read how ProPublica made Free the Files successful, how they tracked the project, and how they made it fun on Nieman Journalism Lab

November 21st, 2012

The Israeli Air Force targeted and hit the building housing Agence France Press reporters in Gaza on Tuesday, November 20. The tweet above is from Paul Danahar, the BBC’s Middle East bureau chief.

The Huffington Post writes:

It is the third Israeli attack on a media building in three days. Each time, Israel has said it was targeting Hamas personnel, but the strikes have affected journalists from many international outlets — which have invariably held their offices in the same buildings Israel says Hamas is using — and been condemned by press freedom groups. Israel has also controversially said that it does not consider anybody working for Hamas-affiliated organizations to be legitimate journalists. On Tuesday, it killed three Palestinian reporters for Hamas-linked outlets by hitting their cars with missiles.

The Telegraph has compiled more live tweets from international journalists in Gaza City during the air strike, including journalists from the BBC and Agence France Press. They also noted that the Israeli Defense Forces were using their Twitter account to warn journalists to stay away from Hamas, claiming the group will use journalists as “human shields.” 

November 16th, 2012
November 12th, 2012
For places like BuzzFeed and HuffPost Live, the recently launched streaming video network from The Huffington Post, the challenge is emulating the style, but not necessarily the substance, of traditional media. For BuzzFeed, that means setting up bureaus and putting reporters on the trail. For HuffPost Live, that means reports from the field, check-ins with bureaus, and empaneling a group of experts.

Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith discusses their record traffic on election night with Nieman Lab’s Justin Ellis. 

Read more: Election night, trends and strategies from The New York Times, CNN, Buzzfeed and more.

(Source: poynter.org)

November 5th, 2012

Documenting the Vote 2012 | Citizen Media Law Project

The Citizen Media Law Project has created a guide for journalists who will be reporting from the polls this election. Know your rights as a reporter and the boundaries you must observe in order to respect voters’ privacy. 

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