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  • How to crop photos for Facebook and adapt to the News Feed’s latest algorithm change

    Lost in the noise over Facebook’s crackdown on clickbait last week was another change to the social network that could impact all news organizations: the News Feed algorithm will now favor link posts over photo posts and status updates.

    When you paste a link to an article on your news organization’s page and Facebook automatically generates a preview box containing the story’s headline, a photo and other information, that’s a link post (here’s documentation on making sure the Facebook Crawler identifies the right information for the link preview). Alternatively, Facebook says, “Some publishers share links in status updates or in the text caption above photos.”

    Here’s an example of a link post:

    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

  • Journalists are losing access, but the public still expects the story

    This weekend, Florida International University opened its 2014 football season at home in Miami against Bethune-Cookman University. The game was close, ending when FIU fumbled a field goal attempt that would have won the game as time ran out.

    Pretty good game, I’m guessing. But I’m only going on the six paragraphs that ran on the Miami Herald’s website under a byline: “From Miami Herald Wire Services.”

    The Herald decided not to cover the game. Why?

    Because FIU refused to give a press pass to the Herald’s FIU beat reporter, David J. Neal.

    In a statement issued Saturday and placed atop the Herald’s original story on the flap, FIU said:

    “We did not issue a media credential to the Herald’s beat reporter because of concerns we have brought up to the Herald’s reporter and editors over the past few years about the reporter’s interactions with our student athletes, coaches, and staff and the nature of the resulting coverage.”

    “As far as we can tell,” Managing Editor Rick Hirsch said in the Herald’ story, “David has done a diligent, thorough job of reporting on the Golden Panthers.… Read more

  • Today in media history: ‘The Workingmen’s Picnic’ and other early Labor Day reports

    What was the news coverage like for the first Labor Day celebrations? The Library of Congress and its “Chronicling America” collection gives us some newspaper examples and this description of the first parade:

    On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America’s first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall, past reviewing stands in Union Square, and then uptown to 42nd Street, the workers and their families gathered in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches. This first Labor Day celebration was eagerly organized and executed by New York’s Central Labor Union, an umbrella group made up of representatives from many local unions. Debate continues to this day as to who originated the idea of a workers’ holiday, but it definitely emerged from the ranks of organized labor at a time when they wanted to demonstrate the strength of their burgeoning movement and inspire improvements in their working conditions.

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Glor named weekend anchor at CBS Print
Written by Lou Gulino   
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 23:07

Former WSTM-TV staffer Jeff Glor has been promoted to the anchor desk at CBS News. Glor will serve as the anchor of the Saturday Edition of the CBS Evening News.  Glor worked at WSTM from 1997 to 2003.   Interestingly he will go head to head at the anchor desk with former WTVH  anchor David Muir, who anchors World News Saturday for ABC. 

Here is the official release from CBS News:

Jeff Glor has been named anchor of the Saturday edition of he CBS EVENING NEWS, it was announced today by Sean McManus, President,
CBS News and Sports. The appointment is effective immediately. Glor will continue as a National Correspondent reporting for all CBS News broadcasts.         

 "With his outstanding coverage of breaking news, politics and human interest stories, Jeff has been a valuable addition to our already
impressive group of correspondents," said McManus.  "He is a smart, dedicated reporter who has proven his versatility and talent both in the
field and in the anchor chair." 

Glor has been the National Correspondent for THE EARLY SHOW since March 2007 and has served as substitute anchor for the CBS EVENING NEWS. While at CBS News, Glor has covered many major domestic and international news stories, including President Obama's Inauguration,  Campaign '08, the war in Iraq, the crash of US Air Flight 1549, the  Beijing Olympic Games, the Republican National Convention and the Papal visit.  In May 2008, Glor traveled cross-country for the CBS News "Eye on the Road" series.          

Before joining CBS News, Glor served as the weekend evening news anchor and a weekday reporter for WHDH-TV in Boston, where he reported on the Pope's death from Rome and the hearings on steroid use in Major League Baseball from Washington, D.C.

Jeff Glor was born in Buffalo, N.Y.  He was graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1997 with a degree in journalism
from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

 
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--Tom Brokaw, NBC News

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Mario Rossi, a Syracuse native, started his newspaper career at 17 as a summer-time reporter for The Post-Standard and was still writing columns for the Syracuse Newspapers almost seven decades later.

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