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“Journalism moves fast…philanthropy moves slow.” Press Forward’s director wants to bring them together
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Dec. 15, 2008, 6:44 a.m.

Morning Links: December 15, 2008

— CBS is planning to relaunch its as a “better Hulu” — meaning it’ll have Hulu‘s streaming video and a community around it, discussing the shows. A reminder that good content is great, but people talking about your good content is better.

— William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, uses the language of “curation” — oft-used when people talk about aggregation sites like Huffington Post — to describe what he does for the print edition of his mag:

My role is probably somewhat unique because of the uniqueness of the magazine, so in a sense I am a museum curator. I am somebody who consumes an enormous amount of media every week and I am reading constantly. I read on the commute to work. I wake up and start reading newspapers. I get several newspapers at home. I am reading all day long. I think my role is really to identify what the big issues and controversies are at a given time and to select for readers some of the most provocative or provisional thinking about those issues, to stimulate people and give them different ways to consider familiar news.

— Scandal (or “scandal” — your call) on Gannett’s “mom blogs”: allegations of male Gannetteers posing as women to start conversations.

Joshua Benton is the senior writer and former director of Nieman Lab. You can reach him via email ( or Twitter DM (@jbenton).
POSTED     Dec. 15, 2008, 6:44 a.m.
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