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Archives: December 2013

In rough chronological order, and with a pinch of design inspiration from BuzzFeed. Joshua Benton
“If journalism is to matter, we can’t just raise big topics. We have to spread them, and then sustain them.” Dan Gillmor
Plus: 60 Minutes produces a friendly story on the NSA, the ethics of holding stories, and the rest of the week’s journalism and tech news. Mark Coddington
“Our interests are temporal, as is the news cycle. But those two don’t always align perfectly.” Amy Webb
“We have some serious firepower to throw at problems — and far too often, we have no idea if those problems already have good solutions.” Staci D. Kramer
“Finally, some Latin American newsrooms will start understanding that news nerds — developers coding in the public interest within media — are an essential part of quality reporting.” Miguel Paz
“For all these reasons, if we don’t change the editorial model, our print product becomes just a compilation of old news, known stories, and heard comments. Dead bodies. Forensic journalism.” Juan Antonio Giner
“Driven by FiveThirtyEight’s steadiness in the 2012 presidential election headwinds, today we seem to ask more questions about finding the best algorithm, model, or statistic.” Tiff Fehr
“Writers need to find readers wherever they are, and as more media is produced on mobile devices and the process of consumption begins to look more and more like creation, this will become obvious.” David Jacobs
“Reporters are not trained to talk about the holes in their reporting. But in a stream of constant updates, adding notes of caution can have much value.” Alfred Hermida