Adventures in Social Media
Around the town
“OMG @OneDirection’s new song leaked!” might sound like something a giddy tween would tweet, but it was actually tweeted by the Daily News’s official account.
Then there was this gem: “Teacher fired after taking teens for penis piercings. There’s a picture of him going all: ¯\_( )_/¯”
And this one too: “Is this _really_ why @TaylorSwift13 said STFU at the VMAs?”
Like, OMG! If that doesn’t sound exactly how a 93-year-old newspaper ought to talk, the struggle to find a Twitter voice is not unique to @nydailynews.
Good morning. Why does the American media suck so much? That’s the question that Ron Unz, publisher of The American Conservative, asked earlier this month. His answer? Liberal bias, of course.
But Conor Friedersdorf, the libertarian columnist at The Atlantic, has a more complex answer. Much of the reason that American media organizations fail to accurately cover important stories on a combination of audience interest and business pressures; cable news infotainment is more common than well-researched 10,000-word magazine pieces because most Americans prefer the former. (The American Conservative/The Atlantic)
So, just how much traffic did Mother Jones receive to their website after publishing their blockbuster video of Mitt Romney?
“The traffic melted the needle of our live meter,” said Monika Bauerlein, an editor at the liberal magazine, when we reached her this afternoon. “Our metric software just couldn’t keep up.”
“But you know, online publishing metrics are kind of voodoo anyway,” she said.
Ms. Bauerlein noted that the video has gotten 2.4 million views – that they know of.
Occupy Wall Street
Videos recorded in the last month or so apparently caught Mitt Romney speaking perhaps a bit too frankly to a captive group of donors. The covertly-recorded videos, spotlighted by the liberal publication Mother Jones, reveal that the Republican nominee has a more controversial view of a significant percentage of the American electorate than has perhaps been heard from him before.
Mother Jones‘s David Corn didn’t shy away from presenting the videos with a dash of cloak-and-dagger theatrics:
Last night, demonstrators who arrived in midtown to protest a Barack Obama fundraiser found themselves corralled into a “free speech zone” on 53rd Street and 7th Avenue. Reporters–like Josh Harkinson from Mother Jones and Meg Robertson from MSNBC –were not allowed near the penned-in demonstrators, despite Commissioner Ray Kelly‘s recent orders that the NYPD was to play nice with journalists covering OWS. This directive came after the events of the November 14th raid of Zuccotti and the Day of Protest on the 17th left 26 reporters arrested.
Washington Post funny man and two-time Pulitzer winner Gene Weingarten answered questions over e-mail for Mother Jones‘s Michael Mechanic. They discussed Mr. Weingarten’s methods, his childhood in the Bronx and the relationship between laughter and anxiety.
On learning to be funny growing up in the Bronx:
I was small and weak and Jewish Read More
A small team of writers, editors, designers and programmers spent the weekend in Mother Jones‘ offices in San Francisco attempting to bring the magazine industry up to speed by producing an issue start-to-finish in 48 hours.
The team behind 48 Hour Magazine announced a theme for the issue (“Hustle”) on Friday at noon Read More
Twenty newspapers, magazines and nonprofit organizations have become new partners with DocumentCloud, a data archiving project created by journalists and developers at ProPublica and The New York Times. The Atlantic, New Yorker, Mother Jones, MSNBC, WNYC and The Washington Post are among the publications that will submit documents, files and other data into Read More
Eight months ago, after more than 14 years working as a digital-media business developer at News Corp., Daren Benzi left his job and joined a relatively unknown company called Plastic Logic, based in the same neighborhood as Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. The company is building what they hope will be a Kindle Read More
“I think my bureau will be almost as big as the Time magazine bureau,” David Corn was telling The Observer on Monday afternoon, a kid-in-a-candy-store excitement in his voice. That morning, Mr. Corn—whose name for years has been synonymous with the Washington coverage of the country’s most prominent magazine of the left, The Nation—had been Read More