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From here and there: what the email basket brings

Don’t know about you, but I mark a lot of material I read for “further study”. Here are some of those items today. Enjoy.

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Facebook, transparency and Liz Spayd

My friend Liz Spayd,  a former public editor of The New York Times, and with whom we had the pleasure of working while she was editor in chief of the Columbia Journalism Review, has been hired by Facebook as a consultant  to help manage the company’s efforts around giving users more “transparency” into the popular social network makes decisions.

Liz is the right person for the job. Her columns while public editor at The Times were always direct, transparent, and, often even controversial.  Through her efforts, Facebook may reveal more about itself.  While we don’t expect Facebook to be as revealing as the millions who use it (this is a social network which often acts as confessional for many), we also think that Liz’s presence will bring a sense of journalistic authority to Facebook, and, maybe we get to know more about what makes Facebook so successful and how its management makes decisions that ultimately affect all of the social network’s users.

Wishing you the best of luck, Liz.


Poynter appoints new president


Neil Brown, editor and vice president of the Tampa Bay Times, was named president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Brown comes to Poynter, an organization with which I have been associated for decades and still serve as a member of the Poynter Foundation, with vast journalistic experience.  He also arrives at a challenging time for the Institute as well as for other journalistic training centers, with an ever changing industry , great demands on newsrooms, and questions of transitioning from print-centric to digital first organizations, while monetizing the effort.

During Brown’s tenure leading the Times news staff, the paper has won more national and state awards than at any time in its history, including six Pulitzer Prizes in the last eight years. He also launched, the fact-checking website that has been replicated nationally and inspired similar efforts worldwide.

Here is wishing Neil much success.

Graphic Design for Film


“Imagination doesn’t compare to our real life design history”: Annie Atkins on the art of graphic design for film


The Guardian’s new foundation


The Guardian today announces the public launch of, a new nonprofit to support quality independent journalism around some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Set up by the Scott Trust, will raise funds from individuals and foundations and direct them towards projects that advance public discourse and citizen participation around issues such as climate change, human rights, global development and inequality.



Digital Media North America



This two-day event, organized jointly by WAN-IFRA and the News Media Alliance (NMA), will provide a unique opportunity for North American news media executives to hear and discuss digital revenue strategy from the world’s most advanced media companies.

I will be one of the speakers for this conference in New York City.


TheMarioBlog post #2688

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So 2017 was really NOT the year of video……
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The New York Times: the Spanish weekly
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Paywalls, storytelling highlight Latin American conference
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In Argentina: the hot topic is “paywalls”
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The NY Times’ Jobs Classified: Really?
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At The New York Times: a kids section on Sunday
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“I read it on Facebook.”
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The flow of a breaking new story in the mobile era
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When content hits the spot
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When hierarchy makes a statement
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When the advertising wraps around
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New Hebrew fonts from Typotheque
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Favorite branding logos? No surprises
Blog Post11.01.2017—7am
A New York terrorist attack on the front pages
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White (space) is the new trend for print
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Turkey: the jailing of an art director
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Need a job?
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The Economist & Snapchat Discover: Respecting young audiences
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The Wall: Get ready for the prototypes
Blog Post10.25.2017—5am
The New York Times’ website redesign: less is best and, please, sign in
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At The Washington Post, The Lily hits its own chords
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The Lily: new Washington Post product hits its own chords
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Coloring opinions
Blog Post10.20.2017—1am
Digital Media Conference: First Day highlights
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Speaking today at the North America Digital Media Conference
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Long narratives still have a coveted place
Blog Post10.17.2017—1am
Some good print-related news
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Digital Transformation: no newsroom is too small to attempt it
Blog Post10.13.2017—12am
WAN IFRA: the best of digital awards
Blog Post10.12.2017—12am
Taking your brand to where the young audience is: Instagram
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Multitaskers consume more media
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Germany’s Sūdkurier: workshops for digital transformation
Blog Post10.09.2017—1am
In Spain’s El Mundo: native ads
Blog Post09.29.2017—1am
For newspaper publishers, not much to sing about?
Blog Post09.28.2017—1am
Interesting reference about new digital story formats
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It’s a new mobile-focused redesign for
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Three things that caught our eye
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Paywalls & newspapers: from leaky to hard ones, and in between
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Mexican earthquake: front pages tell the story
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Saying adios to The Village Voice in print
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