Yesterday’s News: Online Media, Running Shoes, Hip-Hop, New Books/Shady Marketing, and More

IMG_5360Each night when my wife arrives home she drops a stack of newspapers on our coffee table. She knows how much I still like to flip through a physical paper after spending all day online. The stack usually grows throughout the week until I binge one morning with a cup of tea in pure silence. I usually tear out a few stories that I want to read and put them aside, many times never touching them again. In an effort to keep up on my reading I am therefore creating a weekly post. Each Saturday I will share the stories that forced me to stop flipping and read beyond the headlines. Mind you these are not necessarily the biggest stories (I usually already read those online) or the ones that I should be reading (no assigned homework here). These are the few pieces of journalism that drew me in and informed me.

For reference I am provided with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and USA Today.

S.F. startup Inkling gives e-books a visual punch
Danielle Kucera explores how Inkling is making e-books interactive.

Logging Off To Trace A Web Photo To Its Source
David Carr follows the footsteps of a reporter who does the unthinkable – goes offline to report.

Apps vying to be the Instagram of mobile video
Tim Bradshaw rounds up some of the leading mobile video apps including Vine, Snapchat, and Cinemagram.

Unfriending Big Brother
Tom Shippey reviews Cory Doctorow’s Homeland. I read this after following the Bookish Twitter chat about Homeland this week.

When to Retire a Running Shoe
Gina Kolata probes the mystery every runner faces: when is it time to buy a new pair of sneaks?

Tweet For This Job ­– And It Could Be Yours
Bruce Horovitz examines attempts by companies to recruit using the popular social tool.

Avoiding Violent Images for an Anti-Poaching Campaign
Andrew Adam Newman looks at the World Wildlife Fund’s new ad campaign.

Getting to the Top: How Are Some Authors Landing On Best-Seller Lists? They’re Buying Their Way
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg shines a light on the shady business of buying your way onto the best-seller lists.

A Hip-Hop Moment, But Is It Authentic?
Jon Caramanica assesses recent successes by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Baauer.

Agency struggles to bridge big divide
Peter Fimrite finds out why a name is important to hunters and animal welfare advocates.

Downton’s Not-So-Grim Reaper
Dave Itzkoff gets the skinny on why characters die on the popular show.

To Charm and Make Friends Fast: Share, Don’t Overshare
Elizabeth Bernstein learns why we need to be personal when making friends.

The Boy Wonder of Buzzfeed
Douglas Quenqua examines the accomplishments of Buzzfeed’s editor in chief.

New York Times Co. Selling ‘Boston Globe’
Roger Yu reports on the possible future sale of the nation’s 23rd largest newspaper, among others.

When You’ve Had One Meeting Too Many
Carson Tate examines this life of endless meetings that dominates corporate culture.

New screens require a new approach on TV content (Note: if you can find a working link please let me know in the comments section and I will add it on)
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson examines the shifting landscape of content presentation from media companies given the growth in internet video consumption.


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