Interesting announcement from Ghost: they have…

Interesting announcement from Ghost: they have created a $45,000 journalism development program “to help build new and exciting publications”. They are looking for 3 teams to work with for the next year, and will be offering financial and technical support. The $45,000 is in Ghost(Pro) credit, along with access to their internal tools, data, and…

It’s time to ditch download counts on WordPress.org and get real stats

I’m grumpy today. Clickbait journalism annoys me, and WordPress security related clickbait journalism especially annoys me. Ars Technica, PC World, ZD Net, and TripWire are just a few sites that reported over a million WordPress sites were susceptible to being hacked after a vulnerability was discovered by Sucuri. Except, you know, that it’s not true. The…

New journalism
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New journalism

Bloggers and journalists are experimenting with new models of monetization and independent publishing. One of the pioneers of subscription-based independent blog-based journalism just called it quits, but we should still laud his pioneering effort, not call blogging dead (again).

Post formats are slowly dying, and that’s okay
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Post formats are slowly dying, and that’s okay

Post formats were introduced in WordPress 3.1. They were, and still are, little more than an organizational feature that allows themes to support ten custom content formats such as asides, links, quotes, video, and audio. They are just a taxonomy — similar to categories and tags — and are restricted to whatever the active theme…

Aesop, a Medium-esque “story engine” for WordPress
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Aesop, a Medium-esque “story engine” for WordPress

Aesop is a self-described “story engine” for WordPress. The plugin boasts “components designed for rich storytelling experiences.” Basically, it creates an admin interface that allows a site owner to create interactive stories, similar to those popularized by projects like Medium 1.0 and a number of big news agencies like The Washington Post and The New York…

Meet Joshua Benton, Director of Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab
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Meet Joshua Benton, Director of Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab

Joshua Benton runs a small newsroom of four full time staff. They publish around fifteen items a week on Nieman Lab, their WordPress based website. Their newsroom is different than most newsrooms though, because they mostly publish about other newsrooms. The Nieman Journalism Lab was started by Josh in 2007, and today is a highly…

Welcome to the small leagues: On WordPress and journalism
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Welcome to the small leagues: On WordPress and journalism

A friend and former coworker of mine really likes the word “webmaster”. Because it’s a hilarious word. It suggests that this person has control over the web in general, which is pretty pretentious. However, traditional webmasters have long had a place in the workplace. Today, I stumbled upon a conversation between Marc Andreesson, of the…

The collision of journalism and digital technology

The collision of journalism and digital technology

Riptide is “an oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, from 1980 to the present.” It is a collaborative project of interviews and an essay between Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the Nieman Journalism Lab. In Riptide, John Huey, Martin Nisenholtz, and Paul Sagan interview sixty one influential…

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