How a Metafilter member caused the New York Times to pull down altered photos

new york times martinAdam Gurno does not have any particular expertise in photography or digitally altering photos, other than the fact that he has several kids and occaisionally uploads their pictures onto his computer. But when the Minnesota computer programmer was perusing through a photo slideshow at the New York Times’ website, one of the images caught his eye. Gurno has been a member of the Metafilter community since 2005, and yesterday during …

Gawker to publish Russian translation of buried GQ story critical of Vladimir Putin

gq storyEarlier today, NPR’s David Folkenflik filed a reportdetailing GQ’s efforts to bury and hide a feature-length article critical of Vladimir Putin. Titled “Vladimir Putin’s Dark Rise to Power,” it’s the result of war journalist Scott Anderson’s research into several bombings that ended with hundreds of deaths in 1999 in Russia. It quotes an anonymous KGB official connecting Putin to the bombings.

“But instead of trumpeting his reporting,” Folkenflik reported. …

6% of Huffington Post’s front page stories contain original reporting from the site

huffington postThere has been vibrant discussion recently about the Huffington Post’s contribution to journalism and whether it truly is the future of newspapers. In a New Yorkerpiece last year, Eric Alterman reported that the site’s owners were “convinced that they are ready to reinvent the American newspaper.” It was recently announced that Arianna Huffington had been honored with a “lifetime achievement” award for journalism. It has faced constant criticism over …

New study shows some correlation between free ebooks and higher print sales

john hiltonThose who have advocated the release of free ebooks to boost print sales of book titles have been perennially dogged by arguments that they rely too heavily on the anecdote. That is, they tend to hype singular cases of success — the wayward example of a book’s sales rocketing after the viral spread of its ebook counterpart online — without considering the myriad of other factors that may have been …

Is journalist burnout on the rise?

You’re a newspaper journalist. Your editor doesn’t care that your sources won’t call back, she needs that story by 10 p.m. You rarely get to see your kids before they go to bed because that government meeting you’re covering drags on until late at night. You file a story about a complicated issue and you just know the next day some expert is going to call in and point out …

The Creative Commons Confound: Whether releasing your book for free will help boost your sales

When Nick Mamatas’s novel, Move Under Ground, was first published, he had the kind of publicity that most small press authors don’t get. A major men’s magazine printed the first chapter as an excerpt. He had positive reviews in The Village Voice,Booklist, and The Believer. He ran a semi-popular blog to give its release extra press. But despite all this, the book only sold moderately …

An internet activist’s war against police brutality

“I’m not a cop hater.”

Carlos Miller felt the need to tell this to me after we’d spent nearly 20 minutes talking about his blog’s role as an internet refuge for those who have been blighted by the law and have the video evidence to prove it. Naturally, as someone who has become semi-famous for exonerating American citizens from bogus charges — charges often brought about through deliberate abuse perpetrated …

Strange Bedfellows: Bloggers from the left and right team up with the ACLU to fight telecom immunity

The saying goes that “politics makes strange bedfellows,” and this axiom is especially appropriate to describe the new coalition that has formed to fight “telecom amnesty” legislation. So appropriate, in fact, that the group has adopted the phrase into its title.

Several left-of-center bloggers, Ron Paul activists, and the ACLU joined forces recently to wage a multi-phase offense against so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats, several of whom are accused of acquiescing …

Liberal blog traffic up 18% from last week. Conservative blog traffic up 16%

traffic statsLiberal blogs saw an 18% increase in traffic this week compared to last week while conservative blogs saw an increase of 16%.

The survey of 10 liberal blogs and 10 conservative blogs found that liberal blogs experienced an increase of 1,634,933 page views this week and conservative blogs showed an increase of 1,761,430. The increase in part could be due to reported heavy internet traffic during the presidential inauguration.

For …

The Politics of Digg

Understanding the complex network that drives stories to the front page

digg logoLast Wednesday at about 11 a.m., tech journalist David Cohn was perusing his RSS reader when he came across an article titled “Measuring the ‘Colbert Bump.” The piece summarized the analysis conducted by a political scientist who wanted to quantitatively measure the effects a politician would see if he were to appear on Comedy Central’s The Colbert