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Tumblr is a microblogging platform created in 2007 by David Karp and Marco Arment and owned by Yahoo. Tumblr is often referred to as a “microblogging” service because its features are designed for simplicity. Though the blogs offer users background themes and other design options, Tumblr is not as customizable as platforms like WordPress or…

Justin Ellis    Feb. 2, 2011

It’s been interesting to watch how different outlets curate their coverage of the political turmoil in Egypt. As we’ve already noted here, some, like Mother Jones, have gone the route of an informal and accessible explainer; others, like the Huffington Post, are aggregating what they can find. Still others, like NPR’s Andy Carvin, have seemingly dedicated their Twitter accounts to updating news on Egypt. All of this is to be expected as major news organizations try to do what they do best: help readers make sense of what’s happening in the world.

But it’s not just news organizations and individual journalists doing that. You can also find noteworthy coverage on Tumblr’s Egypt page. It’s a real-time example of Tumblr’s curated tag pages, a new feature the company rolled out about a month ago. The feature lets a group of editors (Tumblr users) select the choicest cuts from their feeds for public consumption. The pages originally broke down into areas like fashion, design, long reads, and a general news page. The Egypt page is a step beyond that, an on-the-fly means of developing a news channel from the minds and links of users.

Twitter    Dec. 7, 2010

Why The Onion is franchising and what it means for its web and print presence http://nie.mn/h2OLZD » Don’t expect to be able to game our paywall like, ahem, other newspapers, says NYT digital head http://nie.mn/dGt69y » Reconsidering Patch: Success means a new approach to local journalism, failure means a cautionary tale http://nie.mn/dQC1l3 » WaPo on…

Hourly Press    Nov. 22, 2010

Tim Berners-Lee: Analyzing data is the future for journalists Kids, the web, and attention: what yesterday’s NYT front-pager left out Medill School of Journalism changes its name to… well, you’ll see WordPress: now into the content-curation game Study: Popularity does not equal influence on Twitter Scott Rosenberg: Why Murdoch’s iPad “paper” will be DOA Did…

Mark Coddington    Aug. 6, 2010

[Every Friday, Mark Coddington sums up the week’s top stories about the future of news and the debates that grew up around them. —Josh] A newbie owner for Newsweek: This week was a big one for Newsweek: After being on the block since May, it was sold to Sidney Harman, a 92-year-old audio equipment mogul who’s…

Twitter    July 12, 2010

For your Instapaper queue: “How journalists create myths and legends, not least about themselves” http://j.mp/a4phIe » You saw the auditions http://j.mp/av64KX…now see the cast list: JRC has selected its ideaLab staff http://j.mp/apJ5bS » Remember Newsweek’s Tumblr guy? http://j.mp/91WdbW He’s leaving the mag to work for…Tumblr http://j.mp/c7Eo5P » Desperate times, etc.: Detroit papers team up to…

Megan Garber    May 7, 2010

The Awl put it best: “For sale: Perennial runner-up weekly publication in dying media segment. $0 or best offer. Includes funny Tumblr.” The Tumblr in question? Newsweek’s. Yes, Newsweek‘s. The “foul-mouthed” and “Gawkeresque (old Gawkeresque)” cousin of newsweek.com — the site that, in response to this week’s news of the magazine’s sale, announced: “Look, We Don’t…

Twitter    March 8, 2010

Now that it’s passed the billion-pageviews-a-month benchmark, Tumblr sets its sights on revenue generation http://j.mp/ct94iv » Media exec on the problem with online video: “It’s hard to justify $75 CPMs on Hulu and other big properties” http://j.mp/dz4zEK » “Be ready to shift gears often”: Our @martinlangeveld‘s white paper on publishers’ iPad strategies http://j.mp/djfrb4 » Meet Mediagazer, Techmeme’s new…

Twitter    Nov. 23, 2009

Nice. Newsweek has a Tumblr, and it looks good, links out http://tr.im/FBtW (HT @bigboxcar) » Speaking of news orgs on Tumblr, @NYT_JenPreston says the NY Times is getting in on that “very soon” http://tr.im/FBAJ » RT @bigboxcar: We have a tumblr, too. Not nearly nice as Newsweek’s http://minnpost.tumblr.com | Us, “too!” http://niemanlab.tumblr.com » NYT tries a “living article” for global…

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Mark Coddington    Aug. 15, 2014

Press freedom and citizen journalism in Ferguson: The ongoing tensions in Ferguson, Missouri this week that followed a police officer’s killing of an unarmed black teenager became a major story about the media as well. Two reporters were arrested without any apparent justification Wednesday night, and numerous others were tear-gassed or shot with rubber bullets…