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Journalismus bei TMZ und Buzzfeed, die Verblendung des Donald Trump-Anhängers und die Geburt von Boko Haram.


The Digital Dirt via The New Yorker

After guards responded to the incident in the lobby, several surveillance officers gathered and wondered aloud if a tape of Rice and Palmer could be sold to TMZ—the Web site that, since its inception, in 2005, has taken a merciless approach to celebrity news.

At around 4:30 A.M., one of the surveillance officers, sitting at a monitoring-room computer, reviewed footage from a camera that faced the elevator and, using a cell phone, surreptitiously recorded the screen. The officer then called TMZ.

Digital Digging: How BuzzFeed built an investigative team inside a viral hit factory via Poynter

When Alex Campbell introduced himself as an investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News two years ago, his sources were often confused. BuzzFeed? What was that? Could he please spell it? „My colleagues would make fun of me for how many times I would spell out B-U-Z-Z-F-E-E-D on the phone,“ Campbell said. „You got people who didn’t really understand where you were from.“

The next step: Moving from generic analytics to editorial analytics via Nieman Lab

A new report finds wide gaps in how different news outlets are using analytics to drive their editorial strategy: “Analytics can be about more than having a big screen with numbers that go up and down.”

Africa’s Defense Industry Is the Most Corrupt in the World via War is Boring

But what happens if you mix some real incentives to bulk up your military with a lot of money and support from external donors like the United States to some of the most authoritarian and secretive governments in the world? You get a lot of corruption, according to the international watchdog group Transparency International.

The Power of Buying Less by Buying Better via The Atlantic

According to a recent survey commissioned by the British charity Barnardo’s, a majority of women’s garments are worn a mere seven times before being pushed to the back of the closet or tossed into the garbage.

The Flare Path: Debriefs Dan Dimitrescu via Rock Paper Shotgun

Well, lots of math, physics and engineering do really set you up for playing and designing simulation games, but the truth is I was not that good a student, and I probably forgot more than I learnt. I was working at the same time, which may pass for an excuse if you look at it from the other side of the ocean. With a fisheye lens. Dirty one, too.


Sex, Boyhood and Politics in South Carolina. via This American Life

Im Visier der Taliban: Ein Feature über afghanische Helfer in deutschen Diensten via ARD Radiofeature

Join us or die: the birth of Boko Haram via The Guardian