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4:28 PM, December 4th, 2013

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The Obamas’ dog Sunny knocked over a little kid today and is now grounded. (GIF via @intelligencer)

:(

Update: Sunny may not have actually made contact with the kid (plus there’s a happy ending)

Update 2: We have visual confirmation of the hug, via Buzzfeed (at the bottom). It is adorable. Hugs are the best. 

3:04 PM, October 23rd, 2013
ATTENTION ALL NEW YORK CITY-AREA COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH AN INTEREST IN JOURNALISM AND/OR SOCIAL MEDIA AND/OR THE INTERNET!
We are looking to bring on an intern. Hopefully you are looking to be an intern? Maybe we’re a match?
The social media team at The Daily Beast wants YOU to come help us with Tumblr, Twitter, the Facebooks, “breaking news,” cats, the YouTubes, and all that jazz. You’ll be writing tweets, managing our Facebook page, playing around with Instagram, pitching stories, helping moderate comments, and making sure certain stories hit the right communities. 
Start date: ASAP. You make your own schedule, but we’d love to have you in our newsroom a few days a week. Whatever works.
Inquire within by sending a letter of intent w/ a resume, a description of your experience, or a few links that show us you know what you’re doing. Note: this is for school credit.
E-mail us here.
[Pic via a Google search for “interns gif,” even though it’s not really a gif.]

ATTENTION ALL NEW YORK CITY-AREA COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH AN INTEREST IN JOURNALISM AND/OR SOCIAL MEDIA AND/OR THE INTERNET!

We are looking to bring on an intern. Hopefully you are looking to be an intern? Maybe we’re a match?

The social media team at The Daily Beast wants YOU to come help us with Tumblr, Twitter, the Facebooks, “breaking news,” cats, the YouTubes, and all that jazz. You’ll be writing tweets, managing our Facebook page, playing around with Instagram, pitching stories, helping moderate comments, and making sure certain stories hit the right communities. 

Start date: ASAP. You make your own schedule, but we’d love to have you in our newsroom a few days a week. Whatever works.

Inquire within by sending a letter of intent w/ a resume, a description of your experience, or a few links that show us you know what you’re doing. Note: this is for school credit.

E-mail us here.

[Pic via a Google search for “interns gif,” even though it’s not really a gif.]

3:36 PM, July 2nd, 2013

newsbeastlabs:

Today we published our first “Daily Beast Feature.” It’s called "Death by Indifference" and, through text and videos, it tells the story of history’s fastest-spreading HIV/AIDS epidemic taking place in Russia.

Read more about how we made the feature

See the feature itself! 

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3:40 PM, June 21st, 2013

Have you seen our very cool Gitmo force-feeding interactive? Here’s our NewsBeast Labs post about how we did it (featuring some choice quotes from me): 

newsbeastlabs:

Yesterday, we published an illustrated guide on force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay. Here’s how we made it.

The hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay has been consistently in the news for months but with little action on the part of the Obama administration, there havn’t been many new developments to report. Abby Haglage, one of our staff reporters, wanted to brainstorm ways we could tell this ongoing story in a fresh way.

Clarisa Diaz, our NewsBeast Labs Summer Fellow and current graduate student in Design and Technology at Parsons, Abby and I started reading the recent coverage. We all came to the conclusion that force-feeding had been mentioned a great deal — organizations such as the UN and the American Medical Association have denounced it in this circumstance — but none of us had a clear idea as to what this process was really like from reading these stories. So how do we show that?

After some discussion, a step-by-step animated walkthrough showing the force-feeding process detainees undergo, based on the Gitmo standard operating procedures, seemed like the most effective way to tell that story. To finish off the meeting, Clarisa suggested instead of merely having buttons walkthrough, we time it to the reader’s scroll — which is something my deskmate Sam Schlinkert would refer to as “next level.”

Continue reading…

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2:08 PM, May 2nd, 2013
newsbeastlabs:

This week, we’re super excited that our project This Is Your Rep On Guns was nominated for a Data Journalism Award in the Data-Driven Application category.
As we wrote about a couple of times on this blog, we have been tracking all 530+ representatives’ positions on gun control, updating it when news happens, and publishing their statements automatically via our Twitter robot @YourRepsOnGuns. 
It’s been a very fun project and one we hope that has been informative. We’ve received a number of emails from readers tipping us off to local articles and they’ve sent in letters from their rep explaining their position on gun control. 
If you want to help us be able to do more projects like this, there’s a People’s Choice component of the awards where you can vote for us. 
If you like the project and want to give us your vote, you can find us here. We’re only 70 votes away from first place! (Sometimes the site asks you to also log in to Facebook, but nothing gets posted from your account, we’ve checked.)
Thanks for the help these past few months!
 
-Michael

Hey look, our team got nominated for an data journalism award!
Here’s the original interactive (seriously, check it out). And here’s where you can vote for us! 

newsbeastlabs:

This week, we’re super excited that our project This Is Your Rep On Guns was nominated for a Data Journalism Award in the Data-Driven Application category.

As we wrote about a couple of times on this blog, we have been tracking all 530+ representatives’ positions on gun control, updating it when news happens, and publishing their statements automatically via our Twitter robot @YourRepsOnGuns. 

It’s been a very fun project and one we hope that has been informative. We’ve received a number of emails from readers tipping us off to local articles and they’ve sent in letters from their rep explaining their position on gun control. 

If you want to help us be able to do more projects like this, there’s a People’s Choice component of the awards where you can vote for us.

If you like the project and want to give us your vote, you can find us here. We’re only 70 votes away from first place! (Sometimes the site asks you to also log in to Facebook, but nothing gets posted from your account, we’ve checked.)

Thanks for the help these past few months!

 

-Michael

Hey look, our team got nominated for an data journalism award!

Here’s the original interactive (seriously, check it out). And here’s where you can vote for us

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12:40 PM, March 7th, 2013

motherjones:

theatlantic:

In Burma, the End of Censorship Means a Scramble to Figure Out Journalism

The country’s media will be free to print daily newspapers for the first time in five decades starting on April 1. But first, they have to learn how.

Read more. [Images: Jake Spring]

What we’re reading, East Coast lunch edition.

Very cool. 

11:40 AM, March 7th, 2013

newsbeastlabs:

It was the Monday morning news meeting and all we could talk about was Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong-un, and Vice Media. It was the strangest story of the week, and utterly riveting. But there was more to it than what had already been reported.

The Vice show is funded by HBO, which is owned by Time Warner, which has a boatload of shareholders. Vice Media itself has a whole range of wealthy investors, including former Viacom CEO Tom Freston and The Raine Group, a who’s who of one-percenters. Meaning: a lot of people stand to benefit from the hospitality/propaganda machine of the one of the world’s most notorious dictators.

Reporter Caitlin Dickson started looking at the various connections, using LittleSis.org, an online database that tracks the social connections among the powerful—politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, hedge funders, etc. LittleSis is a project of the nonprofit Public Accountability Initiative and a great, easily-searchable, user-friendly source for reporters. You can search people and companies, find out how they’re connected to each other and to whom they donate money.

Check out the screenshot for an example, and the story for the final product. Caitlin was on deadline pressure so was only able to scrape the surface on the Vice story, but there’s no doubt much more to mine.

-Paula Szuchman, deputy managing editor

This is how our team followed the VICE/Dennis Rodman/North Korea money trail for this story.

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12:33 PM, February 6th, 2013

Can we trust Zoe Barnes knowing that she’s a… a… double-spacer? (h/t @bzcohen)

4:29 PM, November 27th, 2012
newsweek:

Here’s a gif of Shaq smooching Michael Moynihan.

Always the professional. 

newsweek:

Here’s a gif of Shaq smooching Michael Moynihan.

Always the professional. 

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10:14 PM, November 14th, 2012
Where we as journalists really do have a significant power is this gatekeeping business…we are in the lighting business.
Nick Kristof (via newsweek)
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1:33 PM, October 22nd, 2012
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5:02 PM, August 21st, 2012

shortformblog:

After President Obama publicly debuted the White House’s home-brewed honey ale — aptly named White House Honey Ale — at a campaign stop last month, reporters and home-brewers alike have begged for details on the recipe. After a campaign on the White House’s “We The People” petition website failed, a Reddit user decided to take a more direct approach. Pictured above is an excerpt from a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act, asking that the White House release the recipe to a home-brewer with non-commercial ambitions. Do you think it’ll work? (Photo via Reddit user imatexasda) source

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9:06 AM, August 18th, 2012
Yeah sure you can use my name. I don’t have anything to be afraid now I think lol
An email your Tumblrer received from one Joel Cruz, an undocumented 24-year-old living in Visalia, California after I asked him if I could use his real name for this piece. 
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