Tag: russia

by Julie Keck

1. Russia wipes opposition sites from the Internet (Max Seddon / BuzzFeed) 2. Plex opens up Chromecast to everyone, adds automatic camera upload (Janko Roettgers / GigaOm) 3. Survey of nearly a thousand web pages looks at interactive features for news (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) 4. Everyone wins with copyright takedown notices — except [...] more »

by Angela Washeck

What began as a story about the world’s most elite competitors proudly representing their nations in Sochi has taken a twist in an entirely different direction. Yes, it’s the narrative of Sochi’s apparent miserable state — the stray dogs overwhelming Olympic Park, the degenerate conditions of rooms in the Games’ hotel block, the fact that [...] more »

by Claire Groden

First, cable company Charter Communications made a run at buying Time Warner Cable. That ended up being a prelude to cable and media giant Comcast swooping in to buy Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal. The combined firm would serve 30 million pay TV subscribers (Comcast would divest 3 million subscribers it would [...] more »

by Devin Harner

The following is a commentary by PBS MediaShift contributor Devin Harner. Just as the noise over Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times on September 11 died down came the news that John McCain responded in kind with a pretty much universally panned op-ed in Russia’s Pravda, or, more properly, a Russian Pravda. As Politico [...] more »

by Madeleine Bair

“Say hi to your mom,” a young bully says to the 15-year-old boy his posse has surrounded on a park bench. “You will be an Internet celebrity.” The chilling taunt comes 4 minutes into a 20-minute Russian YouTube video of homophobic harassment that went viral last week. It is the most chilling reminder that as [...] more »

by Danny O'Brien

Russia’s State Duma has passed a number of new laws in the past week, all seemingly aimed at reining in civil society and criticism of public figures. The bills would re-criminalize defamation and impose limits and labels on NGOs. They follow last month’s introduction of excessive fines for unauthorized protests. Government Crackdown Heightens One of [...] more »

by Rosa Ramirez

As the most high-profile international collaboration, WikiLeaks offers some interesting lessons about working with news organizations abroad. But it can be difficult to untangle those lessons from the drama that surrounded the story. And frankly, very few media organizations could pull off a similar effort. But there’s another international collaboration that has some lessons to [...] more »

by Laura Parkinson

JEREZ DE LOS CABALLEROS, SPAIN — When I first got to Spain, my Spanish students immediately asked me if I was on Tuenti. Like most Americans, I had never heard of it. Once I learned that it was another social network, I figured I didn’t need it. First of all, I had a Facebook page, [...] more »

by Roland Legrand

“We’d like to write blog posts, but don’t have time.” That’s the oft-heard lament in newsrooms. More and more traditional journalists recognize the benefits of blogging and social media, but many just can’t figure out how to add them to their existing workload. I have a solution that seems to work in our newsroom. When [...] more »