Some days are slow news days. Others are like today. So, in a desk-clearing effort, here is a quick wrap of some of the more interesting news that has caught my eye.
- The front page isn’t what it used to be Some reflections on the changing habits of readers online. All that work to create the perfect front page and many of them may not actually see it.
- 50 tips for budding journalists An entertaining (and useful) list for anyone with plans to wrangle their way in a newsroom somewhere in the world. But remember: Always leave a note when going underground. Just in case.
- Are you following a bot? How do you know if the people you’re following on Twitter are real and not just robots? You don’t. That’s the conclusion from a recent social engineering experiment in New Zealand which showed that with a clever bit of programming and targeted responses even bots can build up a following on social networks. Fascinating stuff.
- Behind the Post’s redesigned website The Washington Post’s ombudsman provides insight into the trials and tribulations of deploying a new content management system at the Post.
- David Levy and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen on the future of journalism beyond America’s borders The majority of discussions on the future of media are dominated by the US. Here we get an insight into the European market.
- How The New Yorker Learned to Stop Worrying About Facebook and Love the Weak Tie This week The New Yorker tried out a new strategy: the “like-gate”. Facebook fans were given exclusive access to an essay by Jonathan Franzen. All they had to do was “like” The New Yorker’s Facebook page.