- How WaPo got an 142% increase in reader comments through community management
- Great timelapse video of Toyko
- Facebook IPO analysis
- Great BBC Radio4 documentary on deaths in police custody
- The anti-payday loan lobby starting to land some blows
On this day in 1979, Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned home after 14 years in exile. This morning, the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran reenacted the very important moment in their country’s history with a very bizarre ceremony — and a cardboard cut-out of Khomeini. Read more.
[Image: Mehr News Agency
In related news, my cardboard cut-out of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini went missing three days ago … and now we all know the culprits.
Today in fodder for upcoming Sacha Baron Cohen movies.
New York Police officers continue to interfere with photographers and reporters trying to cover news, and a New York Times photographer who was prevented from shooting an arrest at an Occupy Wall Street rally last weekend said police had reason to hide their actions from the press.
The department’s treatment of reporters in the field has been so bad, media outlets say, that 13 news organizations signed a second letter to the New York Police Department from a New York Timeslawyer on Wednesday, demanding responses and follow-up after their first scathing criticism of the department’s handling of the press. The new complaint to police comes after two officers prevented Times freelance photographer Robert Stolarik from photographing a protester’s arrest at Sunday’s rally in support of Occupy Oakland, the letter says. The letter, which Capital New York posted in full, cites a Times story that reported “officers blocked the lens of a newspaper photographer attempting to document the arrests.” […]
We’ve reached out to the New York Police Department for comment, and will update this account when they respond.
Capitalists against the Super Rich
Great edition of BBC Radio Four Analysis tackling how the Conservative party has responded to the financial crisis (or not).
‘A lot of its activity is punting money for its own sake rather than for the benefit of mortgage holders or business,’ Jesse Norman MP. ‘There are probably there are some financial services that we do not want to be in.’
“Raju Narisetti does not seem like the kind of guy who settles. “I’m a big believer in newsrooms being in a permanent beta stage,” he told me recently. His Twitter bio hits inspirational notes (“Everything seems impossible until it is done”), but until a few days ago, it also included a sentence inspired by the French Revolution: “So follow me if I advance, kill me if I retreat, avenge me if I die advancing.”
Others can parse whether his most recent move — from managing editor of The Washington Post to managing editor of the WSJ Digital Network — counts as an advance, a retreat, or something else entirely. Narisetti, 45, is a Wall Street Journal alum and will help fill a void created with Kevin Delaney’s departure to The Atlantic.” Source: Nieman Journalism Lab