The New York Times has shut down the India Ink blog. When it was launched in September 2011, the newspaper called it its “first-ever country-specific site for news, information, culture and conversation.” Its shutdown follows the closure of The Lede blog in May. The New York Times blog I miss most is The Booming blog which was targeted at baby boomers. It appeared for the last time on February 4. [Read more...]
The public and the media both expect journalists to get their facts right, but is the concern for accuracy resulting in boring news?
Alain De Botton seems to think so.
According to him, journalists need some of the skills of writers who can get readers to read and relate to their stories.
In his book, The News: A User’s Manual, he finds reason for public indifference to foreign news.
The news has to be more compelling, he says, to interest readers and viewers. [Read more...]
Hail the online Permanent Library. Now you can read even content deleted from the internet if you have already saved it on Pocket. What surprises me is the news about Pocket’s new features is completely silent on its precursor. Is public memory so short?
Pocket Premium, the newly launched paid version of Pocket, gives you access to what’s being called a Permanent Library. The Pocket blog says:
Permanent Library automatically stores a copy of the articles and web pages you save. This means the content you care about is safe and always available, even if it changes or is deleted on the Web. From the moment you upgrade to Premium, both new and existing items in your list and Archive become a permanent resource.