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April 8, 2010, 6:15 p.m.

Links on Twitter: BBC World Service expands mobile content in Africa, Columbia launches engineering-journalism program, Mediaites traffic grows 50%

Display advertising campaigns could drive as much as 50% of retailer traffichttp://j.mp/cWj2CW »

That @CaliforniaWatch readers-via-fliers experiment? http://j.mp/ce1GNL @ProPublica’s tried it, too http://j.mp/5gBu0L (Thx, @AmandaRMichel) »

When History Channel and A&E upped ads by 20% in early rollout of TV Everywhere, viewers still watched http://j.mp/clTCZR »

“In nearly every beat, the Times already has two reporters in place for each one of the Journal’s.” http://j.mp/cMtQMt »

Separate, “super-charged”: @huffingtonpost launches “Twitter edition” to focus more on real-time news http://j.mp/8XUJw9 »

Mediaite’s traffic grew by over 50% between Jan and Feb; site’s ME credits video curation, Drudge http://j.mp/9SbMep »

New Columbia engineering-journalism program hopes to produce the “cross-disciplinary ninjas of the future” http://j.mp/9m3NJ2 »

Jobs on iPhone multitasking: “We weren’t the first to this party, but we’re going to be the best.” http://j.mp/34if6u »

USA Today outsources new “Travel TIps” section of its site to content farm Demand Mediahttp://j.mp/djdN5u »

As Twitter grows, its lack of filters is becoming a hindrance, says @nickbiltonhttp://j.mp/anGZ20 »

WSJ Pro–providing deeper, specialized info for biz users–launches today on wsj.comhttp://j.mp/LsDTH »

NYT’s food blog, Diner’s Journal, now features a Publish2-powered “What We’re Reading” widget (via @ryansholinhttp://j.mp/1gchb »

BBC World Service expands its mobile content reach in Africahttp://j.mp/al6ux4 »

 
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Why are digital newsrooms unionizing now? “This generation is tired of hearing that this industry requires martyrdom”
“These are professional-class jobs paying working-class wages, and these people have working-class worries about being downsized, laid off, cast aside in a market that is really stripped down.”
The New Humanitarian (no longer an acronymed UN agency) wants to move humanitarian crisis journalism beyond its wonky, depressing roots
“It’s one thing to have been an internal information center for an international NGO. It’s another thing to become a full newsroom, and an independent newsroom at that — it’s not a switch you turn on and off.”
Research from Canada suggests journalists’ creed can withstand government support
Social psychologists have demonstrated a significant link between people’s behavior, their values, and the norms of their milieu, and that they feel rewarded when they act consistently with their beliefs.