July 14, 2014
Guy on the right gave the guy on the left his seat, then they got to talking.
“Thank you…are you a lawyer?”
“[Laughs] No.”
“You almost fooled me, but you don’t have a tie…Being a lawyer is hard. Being a _teacher_ is hard.” (at Delancey Train Station : j,m,z)

Guy on the right gave the guy on the left his seat, then they got to talking.
“Thank you…are you a lawyer?”
“[Laughs] No.”
“You almost fooled me, but you don’t have a tie…Being a lawyer is hard. Being a _teacher_ is hard.” (at Delancey Train Station : j,m,z)

July 12, 2014
On his way to steal your girl, riding the B63.

On his way to steal your girl, riding the B63.

July 7, 2014
Gannett’s CMS overhaul; data journalism in J-schools

Inside Gannett’s enormous CMS overhaul
USA Today completed the transition Sept. 29, 2012, but Gannett’s dozens of other properties are still being converted. -Poynter

"…Gannett chose to update  the user interface for its more than 120 local and national news websites, bringing them all onto one company-wide design that would more prominently feature photos and multimedia and allow editors to customize the user experience for computers, tablets, and phones.

"Gannett sought to customize the experience for users who actually did view its sites on tablets and phones. It wanted an easy way for editors to serve up device-specific content. For instance, a user of a TV station’s iPhone app might see different information from somebody browsing the station’s website on a desktop computer."

You had to be able to open up a computer on a hood of a police car outside a hostage situation and be able to file and update your coverage in real time.”

"To drive revenue, Gannett wanted its redesigned websites to accommodate ‘high impact advertising’– larger, more colorful ads that would be integrated into the site design and harder for users to ignore. In addition, the company wanted its new back-end to support better ‘semantic tagging,’ so that it would more accurately match advertising with the content on each page."

To help build newsroom support for the new system and assure it would meet journalists’ needs, a handful of editorial personnel were temporarily reassigned to work with the Presto team and provide feedback on the system as it was being developed. Reporters, editors, photographers, and others were embedded with the development team for stints ranging from two weeks to several months…the embedded journalists helped the designers better equip Presto for fast-moving news situations, when stories often are written and published one sentence or one photo at a time.”

The company’s goal is to equip all its journalists to publish and update their stories singlehandedly.”

"At the more than thirty newspapers and TV stations that had completed the changes by March 2014, the company reported that page views increased 37 percent, the number of unique users went up 16 percent, and digital revenue rose 15 percent from a year earlier."

"First, Gelman said Gannett started the project not by shopping for and demo-ing content management systems, but by making a list of what the company wanted its new system to accomplish. That made it more likely the system would meet its newsrooms’ needs, rather than be loaded down with flashy functions that looked good in a demo but served little purpose."

Before managers select a system, they should put serious thought into what functions are most important – whether that’s displaying multimedia, simplifying the newsroom workflow, improving tagging functions, or something else.

Tumblr launches ‘Dashboard Confession,’ similar to Reddit AMAs
"Tumblr has a new weapon up it’s sleeve to attract major TV talent who are looking to promote themselves and their work on social media." -Lost Remote

YouTube begins publicly shaming ISPs for slow video
The company is doing so with a somewhat subtle “Experiencing interruptions?” notification. -Quartz

Why Byliner may have failed as a longform journalism project"…it does show how hard it is to try to find new ways to succeed in publishing in a digital world.” tl;dr: People don’t want to pay for longform when there’s so much of it for free. -Gigaom

We should stop calling people ‘users’
Facebook’s product design director
, Julie Zhuo, writes based on a Facebook town hall speech by Mark Zuckerberg. She also favors “experience” in place of “product design.” -Medium

How J-schools are tackling data journalism demand
With employers increasingly demanding data skills, schools are paving the way for data education programs.” -Poynter

"…the trend of universities beginning to hire more instructors focused on data courses will intensify in coming years.”

"…journalists who do not have the skills to evaluate data are missing out on telling more well-rounded, interactive web stories.

The hiring in journalism is in data journalism. There’s no doubt about it, people with those skills are being snapped up.”

What students are being told about data journalism
The truth is that data is arguably the single most important trend in media work today.” -PBS

Don’t forget to track competitors
Without knowing what the competition is up to, you run the risk of making mistakes you could have easily avoided, or missing out on untapped markets and niches. You won’t know if what you’re doing has been done, and – if it has – you won’t know if it was a success.” -MediaBistro

June 24, 2014
Are engagement minutes king?

Why publishers should take a harder look at engagement minutesAs Upworthy points out, the number of times a piece is opened or shared doesn’t always indicate the degree to which users are viewing it in its entirety. Similarly, just because a user clicks on a piece of content doesn’t mean she’s going to read it all the way through.”

Facebook announces “improvement” to how it ranks videos in News Feed
"In fact, twice as many people now watch videos on Facebook compared to just six months ago….The improvement we are making today considers whether someone has watched a video and for how long they watched it…This change only applies to videos uploaded to Facebook directly by individuals and Pages.

Brands have a difficult time responding to users
"[A]
pproximately 70 percent of customer service complaints made on Twitter are ignored80 percent of social media responses took an average of 12 hours.”

BBC News is experimenting with a subreddit for itself

June 6, 2014
#BeforeAndAfter #TedsLastDay Bloody Brits. (at Beer Gardens in Battery Gardens)

#BeforeAndAfter #TedsLastDay Bloody Brits. (at Beer Gardens in Battery Gardens)

May 24, 2014
This place never disappoints for free entertainment, intended or otherwise. (at Union Square Ny)

This place never disappoints for free entertainment, intended or otherwise. (at Union Square Ny)

May 19, 2014

Watch and weep.

May 17, 2014
Pretty good weather. (at Bethesda Fountain)

Pretty good weather. (at Bethesda Fountain)

May 17, 2014

Beautiful sounds. (at Bethesda Arcade, Central Park)

April 27, 2014
An ice cream sandwich, an IPA in a mason jar and a view. What more do you want? #LIC (at Gantry Plaza State Park)

An ice cream sandwich, an IPA in a mason jar and a view. What more do you want? #LIC (at Gantry Plaza State Park)

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