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August 24 2012

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January 23 2012

14:50

Daily Must Reads, Jan. 23, 2012

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung


1. AP CEO Tom Curley, who led company into digital space, to retire (Poynter)

2. Twitter reacts to death of Joe Paterno (Mashable)

3. White House joins Google+ (Los Angeles Times)


4. Apple enters the $8 billion industry of K-12 textbooks (paidcontent.org)



5. Tablet and e-reader sales soar (New York Times)

6. Twitter's Jack Dorsey talks social, SOPA and Asia (All Things D)


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July 31 2011

06:02

Role of Twitter in debt-ceiling debate: "Make a phone call. Send an e-mail. Tweet."

Bloomberg :: President Barack Obama has put his political organization to work on the social network, mobilizing supporters on Twitter Inc. for the Washington wrangling over raising the federal debt ceiling. 

With 9.4 million followers, @barackobama, the president’s campaign Twitter feed, is the third most followed on the service. As the House of Representatives was heading toward a vote on a Republican plan to raise the debt ceiling that he already had threatened to veto, Obama went before White House microphones to urge voters to “let your members of Congress know” how they feel. “Make a phone call. Send an e-mail. Tweet,” he said. “Keep the pressure on Washington.” - Obama was not alone.

Continue to read Kate Andersen Brower | Margaret Talev, www.bloomberg.com

July 23 2011

11:23

When President Barack Obama's press office uses Flickr too often

Politico :: One of the most memorable visual images this year shows President Barack Obama and his national security team in the Situation Room, transfixed by a live video of the mission of Osama bin Laden's takedown unfolding. Like other iconic pictures of this administration, the Situation Room shot was taken by a staff photographer for the White House’s Flickr page. But the administration’s use of Flickr has sparked tension between the White House and news photographers who say the press office uses its Flickr page too often to control images and circumvent news coverage.

[Julie Mason:] For some news organizations, publishing a photo taken by the White House is comparable to pasting an administration press release into a newspaper and calling it news — a concept anathema to an independent press.

A discussion - continue to read Julie Mason, www.politico.com

April 09 2010

12:00

HuffPost, Whitehouse.gov team up to talk student aid

Since it launched this February, HuffPost College has teamed up with 67 partner papers on campuses across the country. Today, the vertical is teaming up with another kind of partner: the White House. The news site and the Obama Administration are co-sponsoring a student-financial-aid-themed “Open for Questions” live chat — which will stream, live, on both HuffPost and Whitehouse.gov between 9:15 and 9:45 EST this morning.

The unofficial star of the show (besides Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes, who will represent the White House during the conversation) will be Amanda Litman, the editor of Northwestern’s North by Northwestern newspaper, whose question — about the Obama Administration’s plans to increase minority enrollment in US colleges and universities — received the most reader votes in a HuffPo-sponsored, Digg-meets-American Idol-style contest. The prize? Asking her question of Duncan and Barnes in person, at the White House.

In some ways, a press-political partnership like the one between HuffPost and the White House (between, you know, a news organization and a presidential administration!) embodies many of the familiar, Brave New World-themed grumblings about the partisanship of online media. In others, though, the partnership is simply a more direct, and more transparent, version of age-old, if quieter, partnerships — press conferences, source relationships, etc. — between the press and the White House.

“I’m hoping, and I think the White House is hoping, too, that this is just the beginning of a partnership between us,” says Jose Antonio Vargas, HuffPost’s Technology & Innovations editor, who oversees HuffPost College. The idea for the chat, in fact, Vargas told me, came not from the HuffPost…but from the White House. Macon Phillips, the Administration’s director of new media (whom Vargas knew from his days covering the 2008 campaign for The Washington Post) had seen the “Majoring in Debt“ series that HuffPost College had produced for its launch; Phillips wanted to reach out to college students through an “Open for Questions” session with the vertical. “It wasn’t us that went to him; he went to us,” Vargas says. “The White House went to us.”

The contest, though, was HuffPost’s idea: Vargas and HuffPost College coordinator Leah Finnegan decided to ask their partner papers to ask questions of their readers. And the readers responded. Some 20 sites from HuffPost College’s network of college newspapers from across the country (including Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, the University of Texas, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and SUNY-Stony Brook) submitted questions. Vargas and Finnegan then culled from the submissions, selecting the top 13 questions, then asked the college editors to to rework the questions as 30-second videos. They then made those videos into a slideshow/poll, which was promoted on the HuffPost homepage.

Within 36 hours, Vargas told me, the slideshow has been shared on Facebook and retweeted some 2,193 times; it had elicited nearly 5,000 comments; and it had received around 150,000 votes. (“That’s like Oscar-dresses-on-Style & Entertainment territory,” Vargas points out.) “The Huffington Post, undeniably, has become a lab for how social media is leveraged,” he says. But will this morning’s White House team-up experiment pay off? We’ll be tuning in to find out.

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