Yahoo! Crowdsources the American Unemployment Crisis

Yahoo! News took an interesting approach to telling the story of unemployment in America, using a specially-created Tumblr blog to crowdsource and publish stories.

Wall Street Journal launches Facebook social news app

Discovering and reading the news is now an inherently social experience, and more and more people are getting their news directly through their friends via social media. The Wall Street Journal has launched a new social news sharing application on Facebook that attempts to take advantage of this and do so in a few creative ways.

Panoramic photos of Joplin before and after tornado

What a great use of a simple web tool to illustrate a story in a new and interesting way: The New York Times uses panoramic images from Google Maps Street View to show two locations in Joplin, Mo. before and after the devastation.  Pan around either image to see how the scenes compares before and after. Check […]

12 great tips for digital media startups (from Startup 2011)

Silicon Alley Insider’s Startup 2011 conference this week covered all the hot topics in entrepreneurship, from pivots to bubble talk, and left a pretty positive vibe about the New York startup community, capped by NYC Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne telling Silicon Valley to “Bring it on!” Here are 12 of the best tips and […]

Startup to launch Associated Press competitor

Publish2 today announced the launch of the Publish2 News Exchange, “a platform aimed at disrupting the Associated Press monopoly over content distribution to newspapers.”

How 50,000 Sites Are Using Facebook’s Social Tools

More than 50,000 sites have installed its new social plug-ins, such as the “Like” and “Recommend” buttons. There are three main ways sites are using the new tools, ClickZ says.

Huffington Post launches ‘Twitter Editions’

The Huffington Post has launched new sections of its website called “HuffPost Twitter editions” that incorporate Twitter feeds and HuffPost stories in an effort to create a more “real-time” news experience on the site.

Slate launches reader collaboration project

Slate has launched the first in a series of projects aimed at harnessing “the collective intelligence of our readers for the good of Slate and society,” called “The Hive.” The first such project asks readers to “come up with compelling and useful ways for Americans to use less energy in their homes and save money.”

The Incredible Potential of Location-Based News

ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick thinks the potential for location-based news is huge. He points to the deal announced this week by Canadian newspaper chain Metro, which is partnering with location-based social network Foursquare to deliver location-specific editorial content from the paper’s website to users’ phones when they check-in near a spot Metro has written about. Great […]

Video: Knight Ridder tried building tablet e-reader

Knight Ridder may be gone now, but it was ahead of the curve when, 16 years ago, Roger Fidler worked on a tablet e-reader and even built a prototype. Bryan Monroe, who used to work for Knight Ridder, wonders in this Huffington Post piece whether the newspaper industry would be in such dire straights had […]