How Drudge drives more traffic to news sites than Facebook

It’s surprising to many that Matt Drudge’s site,, drives more traffic to news sites than any other web property besides Google. That’s right, even with the growth of Twitter and Facebook, his simple site still drives more than they do to major news sites, and as a result, he helps set the news agenda. […]

Can SEO’s and Journalists Really Be Friends?

Search engine optimization (SEO) makes journalists groan if my experience of a busy newsroom in a national paper is anything to go by. Journalists will bristle at the idea of ‘stuffing keywords’ into their copy, while managers who often don’t understand SEO themselves rail about falling circulation figures and the need to get the extra […]

Smoking Gun: Still hot after 11 years

PBS MediaShift looks at The Smoking Gun, which recently found that an L.A. Times story about the shooting of Tupac Shakur relied on forged documents, leading the paper to retract its story.

Creating a ‘Primary Place’ for Citizens Online

How one public radio station used citizen media to improve its coverage of the 2008 presidential elections.

Behind CNN’s New Citizen Media Site

arlier this month, CNN launched a new site dedicated to user-generated content that is unmoderated — basically, a news version of YouTube. The site, currently in “beta” or test mode, can be viewed at Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services, answered some questions about the new site.

Behind the scenes: Interactive town meeting map

New Hampshire Public Radio has launched a smart experiment that gives the town meeting tradition a digital twist, creating an interactive Town Meeting Map for this week’s ballot initiatives. The map includes information that individual towns submitted and related discussions, and so far about 100 of the state’s 200 towns are participating. Jon Greenberg, Executive […], partner

Behind’s redesign

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