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Vlaams textiel en Oezbeekse kinderarbeid

Apache.be - 8 uur 47 min geleden
Het Vlaams Agentschap voor Internationaal Ondernemen (FIT) promoot de textielindustrie van "post-Sovjetland" Oezbekistan bij Vlaamse ondernemers als "kansrijke sector". Dit terwijl Human Rights Watch in zijn laatste 'World Report' nogmaals de aanhoudende en wijdverspreide inzet van "door de staat georganiseerde gedwongen arbeid in de katoenindustrie" in het Centraal-Aziatische land hekelt. In bepaalde regio's worden bovendien nog steeds kinderen ingezet.
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5 great data visualisation pieces from outside the newsroom

Online Journalism Blog - 10 uur 38 min geleden

Some of the most interesting examples of journalistic data visualisation come not from newsrooms, but from creative agencies or companies. In a post first published on her datavis blog Dinfografia, Maria Crosas Batista outlines 5 of the best examples:

1. The Refugee Project

Interactive map designed by Hyperakt about refugees’ migrations since 1975. It includes historical explanations of some large movements and events to contextualise them.

Data collected from UNHCR Refugee Data and UN Population Data.

Website

2. No Girl Left Behind

Interactive website designed by FFunction for UNESCO about girls’ education in Africa. It analyses schools’ conditions and how a lack of quality education jeopardises their future.

Data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Montreal.

Website

3. Fans on the Move

Interactive website created by Elkano Data for Ticketbis about the number of people across the planet travelling to attend the biggest events.

Data from the popular events for the last three years taken from Ticketbis internal data along with data from partners within the ticketing sector.

Website

4. A day in the Life of Americans

From the American Time Use Survey data from 2014, Nathan Yau explores a person’s daily patterns.

After displaying the data as an interactive visualisation, Nathan depicts the main trends in the morning, the lunch time, getting off work and before going to bed.

Website

Twitter: @flowingdata

5. The Fallen of World War II

Interactive and data-driven documentary (there are two versions) made by Neil Halloran about the human costs of the second World War. It compares these numbers to other wars and conflicts in history.

Data from the World War 2 Casualties Wikipedia Article and The Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP).

Website

Twitter: @neilhalloran

Do you have any other examples? Let me know in the comments or @mcrosasb
Filed under: interactivity, online journalism Tagged: data journalism, data visualisation, Elkano Data, FFunction, Flowing Data, Hyperakt, Nathan Yau, Neil Halloran, No Girl Left Behind, The Refugee Project, Ticketbis, UNESCO
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Carolina Panthers Say Thanks With Full-Page Newspaper Ad

10000 words - zo, 07/02/2016 - 21:30

For Bay Area locals not on social media, the same thank you appears today in full-page form in the San Francisco Chronicle:

This is an extremely classy move by the NFC champs. One that will perhaps only be topped at game time in terms of local popularity by the recruitment of a certain area champion to help with the team entrances portion of today’s Super Bowl.

Speaking of the Panthers and full-page newspaper ads, Business Insider sports editor Cork Gaines has a fun look back this weekend at another similar effort involving a member of the team. The 2012 ad in question ran in the Charlotte Observer.
 
[In the same Super Bowl 50 spirit, our thanks to the FishbowlNY reader who kindly tipped us today about the Chronicle ad.]

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Denver Post Paints a Pretty Picture of Peyton

10000 words - zo, 07/02/2016 - 20:00

How cool is the illustration on the front page of today’s Denver Post?

Alison Borden, the news designer responsible for the illustration, summarizes herself as follows on LinkedIn: ‘I love newsprint. Even when it smudges.’ We imagine a whole host of Broncos fans picking up today’s Sunday edition will feel the same way.

From today’s sidebar about the University of Colorado Boulder grad’s debut drawing for her paper:

“It’s funny because I actually really hate sports,” Borden said. “I call myself ‘asportual.’ But I thought this was a way I could do something for the Super Bowl and help the paper.”

The painting, based off a photograph, took Borden 10 to 12 hours to complete.

Ha ha, love that term “asportual.” In the accompanying front-page cover story, Broncos beat writer Troy E. Renck constructs several artful phrases, including:

Determination rages inside Manning’s mind, leaving him searching for answers when others don’t even see the questions.

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Metallica Fans Rock ‘Too Heavy for Halftime’ T-Shirts

10000 words - zo, 07/02/2016 - 17:00

San Jose Mercury News music critic Jim Harrington states it plainly and clearly at the top of his review of Saturday night’s two-hour Metallica extravaganza at AT&T Park in San Francisco:

Metallica, the biggest Bay Area band of all time, would’ve been the perfect choice to headline the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show.

Yet, the NFL obviously had other ideas…

Saturday night’s concert was promoted as “The Night Before.” But from the stage, Metallica lead singer and guitarist James Hetfield announced the band was dubbing the concert “Too Heavy for Halftime.” Some in the audience had T-shirts to match, thanks to the timely efforts of Metallica’s merchandising crew.

Harrington gives Metallica full marks for rocking out the way they did Saturday night after 35 years and 100-million-plus albums sold:

[Bassist Robert] Trujillo was in constant motion for much of the night, plucking at his instrument in ways that would’ve made his hero — late, great jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius — proud. Hetfield sounded strong on the microphone, especially on the stunning version of “The Unforgiven,” while [drummer Lars] Ulrich was the battery that made the whole thing go.

Yet, [lead guitarist Kirk] Hammett was the most impressive of the bunch, charging “Master of Puppets,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” and other numbers with absolutely electrifying leads.

A hard act for Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars to follow.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Former Northwestern Classmates Duke It Out Over Kings, Sharks

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Bush super PAC the biggest loser in ad wars

Public Integrity - zo, 07/02/2016 - 01:47

For the past six months, political TV ads have extolled the virtues of presidential hopefuls, tore down opponents and in one instance, set pastoral scenes to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel. 

So, which strategy worked? One things for sure: Iowans prefer nice over nasty.

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Twee? Da’s niks. Ik heb er al acht.

Henk Blanken's Blog - za, 06/02/2016 - 20:26
  Mannen praten erover alsof het veroveringen zijn. Scalpen aan hun riem. Krassen in de kolf van hun geweer. ‘Ik heb er nu twee,’ hoorde ik een nog jonge man enigszins bedremmeld zeggen tegen een omvangrijke Oost-Groninger die het allemaal al een keer of wat had gezien. ‘Tien,’ zei hij – en liet toen een […]
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‘Hoofdredacteur Telegraaf kille saneerder’

Villamedia Nieuws - za, 06/02/2016 - 18:34
‘Hard, extreem zakelijk en afstandelijk’, dat zijn de kwalificaties van oud-hoofdredacteuren en senior-redacteuren van de Telegraaf - samen het ‘seniorenconvent’ vormend - voor de huidige hoofdredacteur Paul Jansen. Schrijver van een brief…
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Los Angeles Times Adds Some Youth to the Angels Beat

10000 words - za, 06/02/2016 - 17:30

When OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano deemed Pedro Moura (pictured) “Best Reporter” in the alt-weekly’s 2015 Best-of issue, he ended his praise with the following:

Be warned, Orange County Register editors: Moura is a rising star destined for Grantland or Vice Sports unless you treat – and pay – him well.

Arellano was half-right. On Friday, the Los Angeles Times announced that it is the outlet that has snagged Moura away from the paper. At the Register, Moura covered both the Dodgers and the Angels. For the LAT, he will be the Angels beat writer:

Moura is a native of Santa Clarita and a graduate of USC. He speaks Portuguese and conversational Spanish. On the Angels beat, Moura is taking the baton from one of the best: Mike DiGiovanna.

DiGiovanna’s amazing run as Angels beat writer has spanned 20 years and, outside of two seasons covering the Dodgers in 2002 and 2003, he has been front and center on every major Angels story, setting a standard for excellence and professionalism.

DiGiovanna will continue to cover the Angels, Dodgers and, soon, Rams.

For those asking: I’m not going anywhere. Will be covering some #Angels, #Dodgers games, writing about baseball, some #Rams stuff, etc.

— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) February 5, 2016

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Vice Is About to Stir Up the Euthanasia Debate

10000 words - za, 06/02/2016 - 16:45

In the Vice News vertical “Right to Die,” the most recent current story involves the December 2015 legalization of euthanasia in the province of Quebec and the first subsequent Canadian patient put to death legally by a doctor. The item was written by Rachel Browne, who moved over to Vice Canada from Maclean’s magazine.

In a few weeks, on the fourth season of Vice’s HBO series debuting tonight, that same general topic will be explored. From Huffington Post media reporter Michael Calderone’s chat with Shane Smith:

Smith said the third episode of the season, “Right to Die,” is like “nothing like I’ve ever seen on TV, let alone on our HBO show.”

“I’m haunted by it,” Smith added later. “I’m mesmerized by it… I just can’t stop thinking about it.”

That’s a heck of an endorsement. Biased, yes. But given all the potent Vice content Smith has ingested over the years, for one to cut through and have that sort of residual impact says a lot. There’s no preview info yet on the HBO Vice website for Episode 403, which will premiere Saturday Feb. 20.
 
[Screen grab via: vice.com]

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Twitter’s algorithm changes make it key that journalists take control

Online Journalism Blog - za, 06/02/2016 - 14:08

New Twitter algorithm: 5 facts you need to know https://t.co/HxIUoaAfEY #RIPTwitter pic.twitter.com/FRyRvnjUkL

— Barbara Maseda (@barbaramaseda) February 6, 2016

For some time now Twitter has been flirting with abandoning the reverse-chronological ordering that attracted so many journalists to the service.

Having already introduced “While you were away…” tweets a year ago, and the curated “Moments” storylines 4 months ago, the suggestion is that it may finally be ready to make the leap to a Facebook-style “what we think you’ll like” timeline.

This may be initially opt-in, but then so, once upon a time, was Facebook’s algorithm.

I’m not one of those old users who are inevitably crying about the death of Twitter. We all change as we get older, and Twitter is no exception: once an always-on special companion, now it is a more occasional big crowd encounter.

Journalists love information to be as new as possible; but mass market users may not. And Twitter, like Facebook, is increasingly more of an editorial product than a tool.

If you miss the young Twitter, start dating Slack.

But mature Twitter can still be great. You just need to make more effort.

If and when Twitter introduces a more algorithmic timeline, there is a simple option: use lists.

As soon as you go beyond following a few hundred accounts on Twitter, you need lists anyway (I wrote about this as long ago as 2009). The thinking behind this is outlined in “Follow, Then Filter”: from information stream to delta.

Lists are your way of codifying ‘I find this interesting’ rather than leaving that decision to an algorithm (by the way, you can create these in Facebook too). And ultimately, as journalists we shouldn’t be delegating source selection to a third party.

Of course, this relies on Twitter not ‘algorithmifying’ lists, but let’s assume for the moment that this is going to be the case…

Related:
Filed under: online journalism Tagged: algorithm, lists, twitter
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The Power of a Restaurant Critic’s Tweet

10000 words - za, 06/02/2016 - 06:00

Indian restaurant Babu Ji, located on Avenue B just north of East 11th Street, is a smash hit. Just a few weeks after Claudine Ko wrote an item for the New York Post headlined “Is This Restaurant Really Worth the Wait?,” locals answered with a resounding “yes” by standing outside for upwards of an hour for a table during the record-breaking Jan. 22-23 blizzard.

That tidbit and more is laid out this weekend in Australian newspaper The Age. Before moving from Melbourne to New York in late 2014, Indian chef Jessi Singh and his wife Jennifer operated three successful restaurants Down Under (one of which was also named Babu Ji). They opened their Alphabet City locale in May 2015 and benefited very quickly from the power of social media:

“We had three quiet days,” says Jessi Singh. Then Adam Platt, the critic from New York magazine, arrived. He enjoyed Singh’s goat curry with blackberries, the hung yoghurt kebab and the potato croquettes in pineapple sauce.

“He tweeted about it and that was it,” says Singh. “We had a line down the street the next night and no quiet days since.”

The Age article includes an interesting comparison of the pair’s track record in Australia relative to their meteoric success in New York. Meanwhile, in a year-end look at 2015’s “Best New Restaurants,” the aforementioned Platt led off alphabetically with Babu Ji, which is open for dinner nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
 
[Image via: babujinyc.com]

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Residents of minority communities decry dumping of toxic coal ash

Public Integrity - za, 06/02/2016 - 01:39

Evoking the contaminated-water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights showed concern and compassion Friday for residents of polluted communities who maintain they are victims of environmental racism.

“I see the specter of Flint in the communities that are represented by our panelists,” Patricia Timmons-Goodson, vice chair of the commission, said via teleconference at a hearing that focused on the dumping of coal ash. “In your communities, like Flint, there is knowledge of the dire health consequences of many of these toxic products.” 

Flint’s nearly 100,000 residents have been exposed to elevated levels of lead after water from the Flint River corroded the city’s pipes. Some residents complained about the tainted water for two years before elected officials and regulators were compelled to act.

“Poor communities become saddled with decisions made by policy makers, politicians and others who frequently take the past of least resistance – that’s with the politically  un-empowered, those who have the least access to the justice system and to the ballot box,” Commissioner Michael Yaki said via teleconference.

Residents of Waukegan, Illinois; Uniontown, Alabama; and Florence, South Carolina, told the commission they were worried about leakage from coal ash pits and landfills. Coal ash is a byproduct of coal-fired power generation and contains harmful metals including arsenic, chromium, lead and mercury.

Dulce Ortiz, who lives near a coal-fired power plant in Waukegan, said she feels her concerns are being ignored by state and federal officials.

“How are companies allowed to do this in my community time and time again?” she asked.

A Center for Public Integrity investigation last year examined how the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights handles discrimination complaints from communities. The Center found that the office has dismissed nine out of every 10 claims and has never once issued a formal finding of a civil-rights violation.

The commission began investigating the EPA last year and in January held a hearing to receive testimony from a trio of agency officials, including Velveta Golightly-Howell, head of the Office of Civil Rights. On Friday the commission heard testimony on the health effects of coal ash as well as comments from coal industry executives and advocacy groups such as Earthjustice.

Commissioners are mulling a visit to Uniontown and possibly another community to see firsthand what residents have described. The commission is slated to issue a report with its findings and recommendations in September.

Ideally, community members said Friday, they would like to see funds set aside for site cleanups, more facility closures – and to simply have their concerns taken seriously.

“I love Alabama; it’s a nice place to live,” said Uniontown resident Esther Calhoun, who lives near a large landfill that takes coal ash. “But I’m just telling you, the system is broken. Discrimination is still there. And if you’re black, your voice will hardly ever be heard.”

“Ms. Calhoun,” Timmons-Goodson said, “I’ll say your voice is being heard loud and clearly today.”

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RD Recap: Changes at CBS; A Departure at Harper’s

10000 words - vr, 05/02/2016 - 23:14

Les Moonves moves up at CBS Corp. The CEO and president takes over the chairman spot from Sumner Redstone, who’s seen his role reduced in recent years. “I am honored to accept the chairmanship of this great Company,” Moonves said in a statement. “I want to thank Sumner for his guidance and strong support over all these years. It has meant the world to me.” The stock spiked on the news. Meanwhile, Philippe Dauman is the new executive chairman at Viacom, replacing Redstone. Dauman had been president and CEO of the company. “In choosing a successor to Sumner, the board considered the need for seasoned leadership in this time of unprecedented change, Philippe’s business experience and unparalleled knowledge of Viacom and his long-term vision for the company,” said William Schwartz, a Viacom board member, in a statement…

Ellen Rosenbush goes back to the top of Harper’s after a spell as editor at large. The reason? Christopher Cox, who replaced her just three months ago, was fired by publisher John MacArthur following a fight about a cover redesign. The move “came as a complete surprise,” Cox says, which is fair, considering the fanfare he received when hired. Still, the move isn’t totally unprecedented in the long, rocky history of its editorial decisions… Maxim loses publisher Kevin Martinez after two years… Condé Nast Traveler poaches Mark Lloyd, Peter St. John and Parker Bowab from The New York Times. The trio will work on the ad side…

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

10000 words - vr, 05/02/2016 - 21:00

Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.

  1. Journalism Student Decides New York Times Is Not for Her
  2. David Granger Out at Esquire
  3. CQ Roll Call’s News Head on Covering Congress, Iowa’s Unreliability and Trump
  4. Jezebel Wins DiCaprio-Pope Headline Contest
  5. 2016 Ellie Award Winners

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Envisioning an #OscarsSoRight Moment

10000 words - vr, 05/02/2016 - 20:00

At the 1998 Golden Globes, a clip shown for HBO’s Don King: Only in America featured Ving Rhames as the colorful boxing promoter saying the following:

“March 8, 1971… Ali, Frazier… My new birthday. That’s when it hit me. Don’t know why some things hit you at one time and not the other, but they do. And then wham, bam… I had what I like to call an epiphanistic experience of pure religiosity.”

“You see, you had all these young black fighters getting their heads beat in for a bunch of rich white promoters. Rich, white men like Bob Arum. Not a brother in the bunch!”

“Now in nature, that’s what they call a black hole. And nature abhors a black hole, baby. Yes sir! I didn’t serve time… I made time serve me.”

When it came time to hand out that year’s Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, the category presenters were Alan Rickman and Jada Pinkett Smith. It is of course Smith this season whose articulated feelings kicked the #OscarsSoWhite juggernaut into high gear.

So here’s what we’re thinking. On the night of Sunday Feb. 28, when Sylvester Stallone inevitably wins Best Supporting Actor for Creed, he will have arranged to have Idris Elba in the wings. And as part of his acceptance speech, he will call Elba on stage and share the moment.

It would be a twist on the Ving Rhames-Jack Lemmon golden handoff that occurred Jan. 18, 1998, one that would allow everyone in the Dolby room to exhale and cheer. Coincidentally, Pinkett announcing with delight the name of Rhames as the winner came just a few weeks after she had married Will Smith (on New Year’s Eve, 1997).

We are humbly proposing a boxing-drama moment to boxing-drama moment; one that does not need to involve Stallone giving over his statuette to Elba (as Rhames did with Lemmon), but rather just framing the great performances of his four fellow nominees and one, symbolic other to defuse this awards season’s false non-equivalency. If this happened, it would unfold 62 years after the first NTSC color televisions were sold to the American public.

A writer can dream for a sequel to their all-time favorite awards show acceptance speech, right?

Previously on FishbowlNY:
In 1996, #OscarsSoWhite Was a People Magazine Cover Story

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Croatia - RSF correspondent's assailants charged nine months later

Reporters Without Borders - vr, 05/02/2016 - 17:39

Zeljko Peratovic, a leading Croatian journalist who was badly beaten and nearly strangled in his home near the central city of Karlovac by three men in May 2015, has just been notified by letter that the Karlovac county state attorney has closed the murder attempt investigation for lack of evidence. But the three men who were arrested the day after the attack and then quickly released have been placed under investigation by the Karlovac municipal state attorney for attempted grievous bodily harm, home invasion and material damage. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) takes note of these charges and urges the Croatian authorities to pursue the proceedings to the end, so that those responsible for this brutal attack on Peratovic are brought to trial and convicted.

RSF's Croatia correspondent and winner of a 2014 investigative journalism prize awarded by the Association of Croatian Journalists (HND), Peratovic was traumatized by the attack and has been in hiding ever since. His assailants, who were complete strangers to him, accosted him outside his home in the village of Pokupska Luka on 28 May 2015. After insulting him, they chased him inside, beat him up and tried to strangle him. The authorities subsequently identified them – two of them with same name - as Vladimir Čunko, born 1950, Vladimir Čunko, born 1977, and Zihnija Grahović, born 1966.

Peratovic was hospitalized with multiple injuries, including head injuries, after the attack, and continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the HND all condemned the attack and urged the Croatian authorities to arrest and try the perpetrators. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe described the attack as “unacceptable” and an alert was registered with the Council of Europe.

“Nine months later, the Croatian authorities have still not condemned this attack and the local judicial system is taking a long time to do its job, namely to try the alleged perpetrators, who are meanwhile as free as birds,” said Alexandra Geneste, the head of RSF's EU-Balkans desk in Brussels. “This impunity is intolerable. Croatia has a duty to do everything necessary to protect its journalists. Media freedom is the linchpin of democracy. Flouting this fundamental freedom is unworthy of a European Union member country.”

Peratovic believes the attack was linked to a series of articles he has written about a corruption case dating back to 2010, in which Karlovac's mayor is reportedly implicated, or to his coverage of the ongoing trial in Munich of a senior official in the Yugoslav security services, who is accused of involvement in the murder of a Yugoslav émigré in West Germany in 1983.

When Peratovic received death threats a few years ago, the authorities opened an investigation and then shelved it. Various judicial proceedings began being brought against him in 2009 including charges of defamation, violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation and “revealing information liable to disturb public order.” He was acquitted in 2011.

Two other individuals have been charged in connection with this attack: Zeljko Safar (suspected by Peratovic of being the instigator) and Alan Horvat. They are accused of threatening to kill the attack's only witness, Franjo Požgaj. They are also accused of death threats “against a journalist” after the attack. The “journalist” happens to be Peratovic. A death threat is punishable by 6 months to 5 years in prison under Croatia's criminal code.

Peratovic has decided to appeal against the county state attorney decision to drop the murder attempt charge.

Croatia is ranked 58th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

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Kardashian Architectural Digest Cover Draws Criticism

10000 words - vr, 05/02/2016 - 17:20

The newsstand cover of Architectural Digest’s “Celebrities at Homes” issue, featuring Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, has come under fire.

According to WWD, Condé Nast artistic director and Vogue editor Anna Wintour did not like the styling of the cover, which led to “tense moments” with AD editor Margaret Russell. Fans on AD’s Instagram were also upset, calling the cover “tasteless and disappointing,” among other things.

An AD spokesperson defended the Kardashian cover, telling WWD “Margaret Russell chose to do two covers, a celebrity-driven one for newsstand to introduce the magazine to new readers, and another featuring a beautiful interior for our subscribers to enjoy.”

We don’t know what everyone expected. It’s a celebrity-centric issue; the Kardashians are celebrities. Maybe find another target for your anger.

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The New York Times’ new Slack 2016 election bot sends readers’ questions straight to the newsroom

Want more election coverage right in your company’s Slack? On Friday, The New York Times rolled out NYT Election Bot, which anyone can add to their Slack channel to receive “live results and updates on the 2016 elections from The New York Times. You can also submit questions to the newsroom by using the command /asknytelection.”

We were also looking what we had done in past cycles with live Q&A’s during debates, where you would type your question into a form that was part of our liveblog page. We are trying to see how something like this would connect with readers more where they’re at. Certain types of people are already using Slack to chat with their friends. Quartz just had that piece about using Slack to manage communication with family. This is us looking at Slack in a much broader way: Between Slack and Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, there’s increasing use of these types of tools in daily life in ongoing, permanent ways. So what does it mean for the Times to have a presence in those arenas as well?

The question we’re still getting our heads around is: What is useful to a person or a group of people who have their own room and are talking about things, like a debate or primary or caucus, who would benefit from some amount of automation from the bot, but also some kind of human-like integration? And how could that be two-way?

We also have to figure out what the reporters have time to do. How can they participate alongside all of the other things they’re doing in unfolding news situations, like when returns are coming in on a primary night? Can [a Slack bot like this] be useful and time-saving in some way, or is it just another thing they’re trying to juggle? That’s what we’ve been grappling with lately.

We haven’t crystallized what we’re committing to, and we haven’t decided how to present the value of this to readers. We’re just practicing a bit in public. We’re having friends and family install the bot, and having them think through what they’d want this to do, if they have the TV on and are following our coverage and other people’s coverage.

There’s also the fact that it’s a bot. Another place where the graphics desk has played around with bots and bot personality is with the 4th Down Bot. A lot of the tweets were human-written at first, and it’s become more automated over time, but we’re trying to sort out that dimension.

Does it makes sense to have results come in on a regular basis, the way you get traffic on the eights? Or should it be when there is some sort of major update that actually is more relevant? The first feels more bot-like, the second feels more human-like. We’re still at the very early stages of figuring out how to strike that balance.

Also, the people who are willing to even be chatting about something like a primary or caucus night on Slack are a little more of an insider audience. We’re using this as a way to explore the idea for much larger events later in the year.

Photo at 2014 Slack executive retreat by kris krüg used under a Creative Commons license.

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Maxim Publisher Moves On

10000 words - vr, 05/02/2016 - 16:22

Maxim publisher Kevin Martinez—who came aboard just two years ago—has left the magazine.

In a statement to the New York Post, Maxim said the split was amicable. “We agree with Kevin that the right decision was to move on,” said the spokesperson.

This is just the latest move at Maxim, which can’t seem to steady a rocking ship. Early last month, Maxim owner Sardar Biglari decided to name himself editor in chief of the magazine too. So we’ll give you one guess who the new publisher is.

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