Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The Atlantic’s new website

The Atlantic has been considered a leader in print-to-digital transformation. It has just unveiled its next step — a real-time web magazine. For deets and commentary on the redesign, see this Nieman Lab article — The Atlantic redesigns, trading clutter and density for refinement.

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Wed, April 22 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Statistics vocabulary tutorial for journalists

The HarvardKennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy has produced a nifty backgrounder called Statistical terms used in research studies; a primer for media.

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Tue, April 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

‘Leave it in the ground’ notables make an Earth Day statement

From the Guardian (“Earth Day: leading scientists say 75% of known fossil fuels must stay in ground“): Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide […]

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Tue, April 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Jon Stewart’s exit interview with the Guardian

Jon Stewart, who will be departing as host of The Daily Show later this year, spoke with the Guardian (“Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show“) about why he’s leaving behind a job he loved for 16 years.

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Sat, April 18 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions continue upwards trend

From CP via CityNews (“Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions continue slow climb: Report“): The latest emissions inventory from Environment Canada shows the country’s overall greenhouse gas output climbed 1.5 per cent between 2012 and 2013, continuing a slow, but steady, upward trend since the global recession of 2009.

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Fri, April 17 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Patti Smith in concert, 1979

That Eric Alper has posted a full-length concert video of the Patti Smith Group performing at the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey more than 35 years ago. Enjoy.

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Thu, April 16 2015 » Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off

One year of #BringBackOurGirls

On April 14, 2014, fighters from the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram attacked a girl’s school in the northeastern city of Chibok. But rather than slaughter them, they kidnapped 277 girls, some as young as 12. While dozens of the girls have escaped, more than 200 remain missing. It is possible that they will never […]

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Tue, April 14 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

The short lifespan of the average news article

Long tail, schmong tail. News stories are highly perishable. News articles have median lifespan of 2.6 days according to @parsely – The Data Behind the Average Article Lifespan — Rachel Nixon (@rachelnixon) April 14, 2015

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Tue, April 14 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Soul singer Percy Sledge passes on

Another soul great has passed away. Percy Sledge died at his home in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday. He was 74. Here is a recording of his most famous hit, When A Man Loves A Woman, released in 1966: See this Pitchfork article (“‘When a man loves a woman’ singer Percy Sledge has died“) for […]

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Tue, April 14 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off

Quebec, Ontario sign cap-and-trade deal on carbon emissions

Canada’s two biggest provinces by population signed a letter of intent Monday on a deal that would see them work together to cap carbon emissions, hopefully helping in the fight against global warming and climate change. For more on how cap and trade systems work, see this Globe and Mail explainer (“Cap and trade explained: […]

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Mon, April 13 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off