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Death and The Social Web

On Monday, September 21st, the Tow Center and the Dart Center will host a panel discussion examining the issues raised by death on the social web.  

Should audiences be protected from these images? Does responsibility differ for news organizations versus the social platforms? What can we learn from history about similar ‘moment of death’ images, and how does culture play into what is acceptable or not?

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Image Truth/Story Truth

On Friday, October 16th, the Tow Center, the Brown Institute and photographers Nina Berman and Gary Knight will host a one day conference bringing together industry professionals, academics, cultural theorists and historians to discuss the changing nature of photojournalism and documentary photography in the digital age. 

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On Beginning a Huge, Complicated Data Journalism Research Project
Meredith Broussard

As a Tow Fellow this year, I will be creating a software system to help journalists detect campaign finance fraud. The software, which I call a Story Discovery Engine, will look at campaign finance filings and will alert journalists when irregularities exist. Each irregularity is potentially the basis for a story.

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Interview: Sarah van Mosel, New York Public Radio
Vanessa Quirk

When we blog online, we have our fingers on a plethora of data points: number of visitors, returning visitors, unique visitors, click-through rate, and geographical location. Podcasts, good old-fashioned mp3s, hardly provide any information at all. However, podcasting is a digital medium and, according to Sarah van Mosel, it’s only a matter of time until podcasting embraces its full digital potential.

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Announcing our New Tow Fellows
Claire Wardle

Today is a very exciting day for us, as we’re announcing a new group of 31 Research Fellows.  The fellows are based around the world and will be researching a wide-range of projects at the cutting-edge of digital journalism.

The projects will be in four main research areas: Computation, Algorithms and Automated Journalism; Data, Impact and Metrics; Audiences and Engagement; and Experimental Journalism, Models and Practice.

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Digital News Report, 2015
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

NewsLynx: A Tool for Newsroom Impact Measurement
Michael Keller and Brian Abelson

The Traffic Factories: Metrics at Chartbeat, Gawker Media, and The New York Times
Caitlin Petre
Claire Wardle on Social Media and the Shooting in Virginia
Sky News Tonight

Why the Media Can't Tell You Everything About the Ashley Madison Hack

Here's what the New York Times' 1 million subscriber number means
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