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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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The challenge of that fold
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The Washington Post: another profitable year
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Did I really read that much?
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The Guardian changes more than just the format
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Are vulgar words now part of a journalist’s styleguide?
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The new New York Times campaign
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The good news about paying for content
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Prof. Miguel Urabayen (1926-2018): Tribute to a grand maestro
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Fire & Fury: Here’s a cover that tells more of the story
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End of print edition for Montreal’s La Presse
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Happy New Year…..I am back, sort of
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My prediction for 2018: we will write, edit & design for mobile
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Best wishes for the holiday season!
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Every year should be year of the audience
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The Post Most: curated content as easy as 1-2-3
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The power of a comic
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Those European ePapers Continue Growing
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Journalism students and print (not a romance)
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The nuances of using ragged right type
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Monocle’s habit-forming daily briefing
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2018: More digital everything, more of the Trump factor
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That time of the year to think what next
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Apple goes romantic
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E-mail newsletters can be a real seductive hook
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An e-newsletter with visual appeal
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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
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A New York terrorist attack on the front pages
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