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Articles by Andrew Phelps

Andrew Phelps is an assistant editor at The New York Times and a former staff writer at the Nieman Journalism Lab. Follow @andrewphelps on Twitter.
Cake featuring the likeness of Nick Denton
July 10, 2012
The Gawker Media emperor, ever dissatisfied with online dialogue, seems to think Kinja is working.
iTunes 4.9 screen shot
June 28, 2012
Podcasting pioneer Dave Winer asks whether the field needs a reboot.
Screen shot of Apple's Podcasts app for iOS
Podcasts get promoted/demoted on iOS devices, getting their own app but losing the exposure of iTunes.
Felipe Heusser's balloon cam
June 20, 2012
“A channel guide for the entire Internet,” the site would guide users to breaking news happening around them.
Droplet demo
June 20, 2012
At this year’s MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, two back-to-back presentations wowed us with new ideas.
Behavio mockup of photo with smart metadata
June 18, 2012
The Knight News Challenge winners are building an open-source framework to simplify mobile data collection and processing.
ellington-django-cms
June 15, 2012
The company laid off engineers working on Ellington, a CMS built on Django.
Reporters' Lab stylized 'R' logo
The head of Duke University’s tools-for-journalism initiative is moving to The New York Times.
Ad for the first cheeseburger pizza ever
June 11, 2012
The machine-like blogger has generated huge traffic numbers for Gawker — paying the pageview bills so other writers can focus on less viral work.
A younger Tom and Ray Magliozzi
June 8, 2012
Tom and Ray Magliozzi endure, 35 years on, because they act like no one but themselves.
Read Never
Save for “sadistic news consumers,” readers may prefer less content, not more. At least they say they do. News.me is adjusting in that direction.
Andy Bowers (center) at a live taping of the Political Gabfest at Grinnell College in 2011. Foreground, left to right: John Dickerson, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon
June 4, 2012
Their conversational tone pays off both in user engagement and in added impact for advertising.
A 404 error on Sina Weibo
May 30, 2012
An MIT student is working to detect patterns in the disappearance of thousands of weibos from the Chinese Internet.
Keys on computer keyboard spelling "geek"
May 29, 2012
Adding metadata to hyperlinks, finding stories in ordinary datasets, providing context for impossibly big numbers.
Horse with jaunty gallop
Journalists should always be hacking, trying to tell stories in surprising new ways.