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April 11, 2013

dapenguinninja says: you think the tumblr editorial team should still be working? that it is an unprecedented layoff?

» SFB says: I wouldn’t call it “unprecedented,” per se—people get laid off all the time, sad as it is—but I do think that it’s a shame because they did a lot to “class up” the joint, so to say. Storyboard stretched out Tumblr’s voice in a way that it needed to be stretched and showed that deep, interesting things can be done with the format in truly engaging ways. But as my friend Josh Sternberg points out on Digiday, that may not be exactly what Tumblr needs right now from a business strategy point. “An editorial outfit is a nice idea, but it’s hardly what the company most needs, which is experienced sales people and a differentiated message to bring to agencies and brands,” he wrote today. “Ironically enough, firing its editorial staff can be seen as a needed step in becoming a real media business.” So from a pure business standpoint, perhaps the move makes sense. But from a cultural and journalistic standpoint, it’s a bummer. — Ernie @ SFB

11:16 // 1 year ago
April 10, 2013
17:24 // 1 year ago
10:26 // 1 year ago
January 18, 2013
storyboard:

How a Gun Control Petition Went from the Tumblr Dashboard to Washington DC
I created the petition “Immediately address the issue of control through the introduction of legislation in Congress” as a knee-jerk reaction in mid-December of last year. It was a way of gaining control over a situation I had no control over. After the awful extent of the Sandy Hook shootings became clear, I felt disoriented. The mind tends to turn toward blame, but the murder of twenty children and six school officials was, and will always be, a hard thing to wrap my head around.
I knew that if there ever were a tipping point for effective gun control, this would be it. So, I wrote a petition. My primary goal was to appeal to both sides of the debate. Writing an incendiary, partisan petition benefits no one. The vast majority of gun owners are people who have the Constitutional right to own one, several, or many guns, and singling these people out was wrong. Simply put, the petition was intended to start a realistic dialogue about guns and their role in the United States. We have a gun problem, plain and simple.
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Great piece by David on his notable contribution to a larger debate — a contribution which took him to the White House this week.

storyboard:

How a Gun Control Petition Went from the Tumblr Dashboard to Washington DC

I created the petition “Immediately address the issue of control through the introduction of legislation in Congress” as a knee-jerk reaction in mid-December of last year. It was a way of gaining control over a situation I had no control over. After the awful extent of the Sandy Hook shootings became clear, I felt disoriented. The mind tends to turn toward blame, but the murder of twenty children and six school officials was, and will always be, a hard thing to wrap my head around.

I knew that if there ever were a tipping point for effective gun control, this would be it. So, I wrote a petition. My primary goal was to appeal to both sides of the debate. Writing an incendiary, partisan petition benefits no one. The vast majority of gun owners are people who have the Constitutional right to own one, several, or many guns, and singling these people out was wrong. Simply put, the petition was intended to start a realistic dialogue about guns and their role in the United States. We have a gun problem, plain and simple.

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Great piece by David on his notable contribution to a larger debate — a contribution which took him to the White House this week.

9:13 // 1 year ago
January 3, 2013
storyboard:

On the Road with Leonard Cohen
Once “the proverbial family table” is set, everyone comes to “feast,” and the meal in question is the music of Leonard Cohen. So says Cohen’s road manager Joseph Carenza III, who has presided over Notes from the Road since July 2010, chronicling the travels of Cohen and company with photograph after photograph.
In the new year, Carenza wants to take that Tumblr to another level. He says that while actually on tour, there was “no way I could honor people’s time and attention,” given all the things he had to do. Now that he has a bit more free time and a slightly more fleshed-out crew, he’s trying to think of ways to reach “outward.”
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Leonard Cohen’s Tumblr is pretty rad if you haven’t read it. Side note: This piece is written by the very awesome Evan Fleischer.

storyboard:

On the Road with Leonard Cohen

Once “the proverbial family table” is set, everyone comes to “feast,” and the meal in question is the music of Leonard Cohen. So says Cohen’s road manager Joseph Carenza III, who has presided over Notes from the Road since July 2010, chronicling the travels of Cohen and company with photograph after photograph.

In the new year, Carenza wants to take that Tumblr to another level. He says that while actually on tour, there was “no way I could honor people’s time and attention,” given all the things he had to do. Now that he has a bit more free time and a slightly more fleshed-out crew, he’s trying to think of ways to reach “outward.”

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Leonard Cohen’s Tumblr is pretty rad if you haven’t read it. Side note: This piece is written by the very awesome Evan Fleischer.

9:30 // 1 year ago
November 6, 2012
It’s a little early to know exactly what we can learn from social media metrics. I think the way we’ll be looking at this stuff will be very different in four years, in eight years, in twelve years. For right now, we’re kind of in an awkward adolescent age … we’re out of the classical innocent era of our youth where you could just call someone on the phone. But we’re not sure what the substitute for that is yet.
With all the recent brewhaha about Nate Silver’s controversial projections for tonight’s outcome, and while we’re all waiting for some legit data to come back from the polls, it seems like a good time to revisit our exclusive interview with Mr. Silver back in September. Enjoy! (via election)

Nate Silver is hiding in a dimly-lit room with an iPad and a MacBook Air, hoping his projections are right. 

(via gov)

19:22 // 1 year ago
July 18, 2012

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Capturing Libya: Through a Hipstamatic Lens

To photojournalism purists, it was pure blasphemy: a prestigious prize, third place for photo of the year, granted to a New York Times photographer who’d used not a 35mm to document U.S. soldiers in Iraq, but simply, his iPhone — and an app called Hipstamatic. Immediately, traditionalists went berserk: “What we knew as photojournalism at its purest form is over,” one photojournalist lamented. Using Hipstamatic in a news report, another commentator proclaimed, was “cheating us all.”

And yet, to Ben Lowy, a conflict photographer who has made a career out of a certain brand of iPhonography — and will debut the first ever photojournalism-inspired Hipstamatic lens with his namesake later this year — the award was a well-needed wake-up call for photojournalism fundamentalists. Last February, Lowy set out to capture the uprising in Libya from his iPhone (alongside millions of protesters who’d document the Arab Spring on their mobile devices) in photos that would fuel reporting from the region in outlets around the globe. In October, Lowy’s Hipstamatic images of everyday life in wartime Kabul were published in the New York Times Magazine, prompting the magazine’s photo editor, Kathy Ryan, to defend their use on the paper’s 6th Floor blog. And since then, Lowy has published an iPhone photo a day — from dramatic images of war to mundane life in Brooklyn — on his Tumblr, captured under the title, iSee.

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That he’s found a home on Tumblr suggests that Tumblr is a place for new approaches.

9:25 // 1 year ago
May 18, 2012
huskerred:

For those who think the political writers on Tumblr aren’t serious about their craft.
He’s referencing this.
This is also my announcement to all of you that on Monday I am starting a full time internship with the Daily Caller. Specifically, I will be interning with and being mentored by  Matt Lewis.
On that note, if you have any juicy tips you feel deserve to be in the national news, feel free to let me know here, on Twitter @BearGreenZ, or by email. I’m more than happy to discuss potentially interesting stories.

Major props to one of our favorite Tumblrs for turning his smart insights into an awesome internship.

huskerred:

For those who think the political writers on Tumblr aren’t serious about their craft.

He’s referencing this.

This is also my announcement to all of you that on Monday I am starting a full time internship with the Daily Caller. Specifically, I will be interning with and being mentored by  Matt Lewis.

On that note, if you have any juicy tips you feel deserve to be in the national news, feel free to let me know here, on Twitter @BearGreenZ, or by email. I’m more than happy to discuss potentially interesting stories.

Major props to one of our favorite Tumblrs for turning his smart insights into an awesome internship.

17:30 // 1 year ago