Understanding Link Journalism

first_img“Link journalism,” a term coined by Scott Karp, formerly director of digital strategy at Atlantic Media and founder of journalist social network Publish2, refers to sharing and picking up links from other media outlets and bloggers in order to fully cover the story.It’s the antithesis of the traditional media approach, in which a media outlet was expected to offer its own version of a story (even if that version provides little else from stories already out there). On the Web, however, content ownership is a much looser idea. Publishers are starting to grasp that “every page is a home page,” because readers aren’t necessarily coming through the front door but more often directly to stories from search and social networks. But publishers also need to be flexible in recognizing the content they feature on their site needn’t be just their own. The reader doesn’t care where they get the information—as long as they get it. Services like Yellowbrix (used by Foliomag.com) pull stories for a designated topic right to your site (with attribution to the original source). Even the stalwarts of traditional media have embraced link journalism: The New York Times is launching an alternative site featuring stories from competitors while The Washington Post just launched a page called Political Browser that pulls together political stories, video, facts, statistics and photos from around the Web. Smaller Publishers Can be a One-Stop Shop Publish2 is a social network that enables journalists to build their own profile and share their work. The site, which soft launched over the summer, also gives journalists at smaller organizations the means to practice link journalism without dedicating existing staff to finding stories or having to pay fees to an aggregator to do it for them. “One of the barriers to smaller publishers is the infrastructure to do this—how do we get this into the CMS? How do we get people to have time to do this?” says Karp. “The key to what we’re doing is to make linking really easy for journalists to do. This is a way for publishers to incorporate links into what they do in way that’s easy and scaleable.”The core of the system is book-marking, which is familiar technology to even the most Luddite editor. “We’ve tried to make this really simple on the front end,” says Karp. “This is one way they can contribute that’s low friction.” Users choose a standard tag from the drop down menu and under “Common Tags” and write a description of what they’re linking to. This appears in the same window as the article, making it easy to reference. Readers can comment as well. “We want to get journalists link-blogging, which has been around for a long time,” says Karp. “The idea is not just a selection of links but comments on why this is important, why we recommend you read this.”  Publish2 tries to balance the public and private features of this system. Journalists can work in a private sphere where notes will only appear to the user. Check boxes include MyLinkJournalism, MyResearch,  and MyClips. MyLinks serves as the user’s main link page. “The idea is journalists can start building their brands as a filter for their Web,” says Karp. Different Than Other Social SitesPublish2 offers a feature called MyNewsgroups, which Karp says editors can design as an edit system. “This is one point of departure from a consumer application like del.icio.us,” he says. “When we were working with a lot of newsrooms, they said ‘we want multiple contributors adding links. But we want to have full edit control—editing comments, fixing headlines, deleting off-topic posts.’ That’s what the newsgroup is designed for.” Users can create a newsgroup for their market with headlines chosen by staff editors, who can also invite other contributors and editors to join. Editors can also implement a standardized way to present headlines. With MyNewsgroups, every page has an RSS feed from which users can directly publish. Every page also features a widget creator. “The idea here is to create a CMS for links as a way to manage this process on the back-end,” says Karp. “We can have a lot of people contribute with an easy way to manage it. It can also be customized to look exactly like your site.” Early AdoptersMichelle Leder is an award-winning financial journalist and author of the site Footnoted.com, which exposes items that companies bury in their routine SEC filings, and an early member of Publish2. “In my sidebar I link to stories that I think will be of interest to my readers, who tend to be hedge fund/money managers, given the specific nature of my content,” she says. “Unlike a lot of other blogs, I do new reporting based on stuff in the filings, so I don’t spend a lot of time commenting on stories in the WSJ, Times, etc. The Publish2 widget gives me an opportunity to easily link to these stories.”Vewd.org is a site that attempts to connect photographers with high-end magazines.  “This is great tool for me to use to connect readers with others doing same thing I am,” says CEO Matt Blalock. “It’s a great way for me to link to another story. We were linking to a lot of content elsewhere but there’s only so much you can say about another article. This was perfect.” Vewd has linked to sites such as National Geographic and the National Press Photographers Association. Blalock dismisses concerns over links sending the audience away. “They’re going to go away if you’re not offering what they need,” he adds. “In our space, there may be 20 different media outlets pretty much saying the same thing. We need to be the source where they find out about everything, even if we’re not writing about it. That’s link journalism.”last_img read more

The truth about 4K TV refresh rates

first_img 87 Share your voice Back up a second: What’s refresh rate? Refresh rate is how often a TV changes the image (also known as a “frame”) onscreen. With traditional televisions, this was 60 times each second, or “60Hz.” Some modern TVs can refresh at double this rate, or 120Hz (120 frames per second). We’ve covered this before, with 1080p HDTVs, and it’s the same idea with 4K TVs. Certain parts of the world have TVs that refresh at 50Hz normally, with some TVs that refresh at 100Hz. That just depends on the electricity in your country.  For the purposes of this article, 50 and 60 work the same, as do 100 and 120. For my own sanity, and ease of reading, I’m going to stick with 60 and 120, but feel free to read that as 50 and 100 if you’re in the UK, Australia or any place that has 50Hz electricity.  So are these higher refresh numbers just another “more is better!” marketing ploy? Not entirely. Higher refresh rates can reduce motion blur in LCDs and OLED TVs (the only two TV technologies on the market).  What’s motion blur? Glad you asked… Your brain on blur All LCD and current OLED models suffer from “motion blur.” This is where anything in motion, either an object on screen or the entire image (like when the camera pans), blurs and looks softer than if it was stationary. dolphinsharpandblur.jpgMotion blur makes images in motion look softer than stationary ones. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Interestingly, this blur is largely created by your brain. Basically, your brain notices the motion, and makes assumptions as to where that object (or overall image) is going to be in the next fraction of a second. The problem with LCD and current OLED TVs is that they hold that image there for the full 60th of a second, so your brain actually smears the motion, thinking it should be moving, when in fact it’s just a series of still images. It’s actually quite fascinating, but the details are beyond the scope of this article. I recommend checking out BlurBuster’s great article for more info. The motion blur we’re talking about here, despite coming from your brain, is caused by how the television works. This is separate from whatever blur the camera itself creates.  Some people aren’t bothered by motion blur. Some don’t even notice it. Others, like me, do notice it and are bothered by it. Fortunately, it can be minimized.  Antiblurring technologies beyond refresh rate Refresh rate itself is really only part of the solution. Just doubling the same frames doesn’t actually do much for reducing motion blur. Something else is needed. There are two main methods. The first is frame interpolation, where the TV itself creates brand-new frames that are sort of hybrids of the frame that came before, and the one that comes after. This can fool your brain enough that it doesn’t blur the image. Depending how aggressive the interpolation is, however, it can lead to the soap opera effect, which makes movies look like ultra-smooth reality TV shows. Some viewers like the effect, but it’s generally hated by film buffs and others who pay close attention to image quality. There are different levels of this processing, where a little might reduce motion blur some, and not cause undue harm to the quality of the image. Or on the other end of the “dial,” it’s cranked up so that there’s even less motion blur, but the movement is hyper-realistic and for many, distractingly unreal. Some TVs let you choose how much of this processing gets applied to the image, others have just a single setting. More on these settings further down. samsung-unju7100-series-unju657100-09.jpgTV makers use their own terms for antiblurring technology. Sarah Tew/CNET The other alternative is black frame insertion (BFI) or a scanning backlight. This is where all or part of the backlight of the TV turns off (goes black). This effectively means the image doesn’t “hold” in place, so your brain doesn’t blur it. Do it poorly, however, and many people will see the image flicker. The light output of the TV also drops, as it’s not outputting any light for a period of time.  Both of these techniques are what manufacturers use to come up with their “effective refresh rate” numbers. For example, a TV with a 60Hz refresh and a scanning backlight might claim to have an effective refresh rate of 120. A TV with a more elaborate BFI mode, and frame interpolation, might have a claimed effective refresh rate of “540.” There’s no transparency in how companies determine their “effective rate” numbers, but there is at least more consistency than there used to be. It’s also possible these features, when enabled, are bothersome over time. Some people are especially sensitive to a flickering backlight, so you might need to turn these features off. If you’re concerned about that, or notice motion blur, it’s best to find a TV that actually has a 120Hz refresh rate. Bottom line (should you care?) There are two things at play here. The first is simple, and one we’ve said many times before: don’t trust marketing. At least, don’t trust it at face value. Marketing is designed to sell you a product, not give you information about a product. That’s secondary. The second is being able to reduce motion blur. When 120Hz 1080p TVs first hit the market, they offered a noticeable improvement in motion resolution. The technology has only gotten better.  But if you’re sensitive to motion blur, it is worth checking for a true 120Hz TV. It would be a shame to let all that extra 4K resolution go to waste due to blur. It’s also worth checking reviews for measurements and subjective takes on how the TV handles motion — that’s more useful than any manufacturer-supplied spec. Note: This article was originally published in 2015 but was updated in 2019 with current info and links.   Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he’s written on topics like why all HDMI cables are the same, TV resolutions explained, LED LCD vs. OLED and more. Still have a question? Tweet at him @TechWriterGeoff, then check out his travel photography on Instagram. He also thinks you should check out his best-selling sci-fi novel and its sequel.  Samsung The Frame UN55LS003AF TVs Tags Four great 4K TVs for every budget Now playing: Watch this: Many midrange TVs like this 60Hz Vizio M-Series Quantum are marketed with higher refresh rate numbers. Sarah Tew/CNET Refresh rate is one of the more confusing aspects of TV technology, and TV makers don’t do much to explain it. In fact, they often double it. Refresh rate is a number that specifies how many times per second the image on your TV changes. With most TVs it’s 60, though it’s rare you’ll ever see a TV with that number listed. Instead, manufacturers use different technologies, such as the soap opera effect and black frame insertion, to claim a higher number. Sometimes those claims are justified, sometimes they aren’t.  Higher refresh rate claims with numbers like 120, 240, and higher are common, but not always accurate. In fact, no matter what number you see listed with a 4K TV, no 4K TV has a native panel refresh rate higher than 120Hz. As we’ll explain, though, a number higher than 120Hz doesn’t necessarily mean the claim is false. Here’s the basics: Refresh rate is the number time times per second (written in hertz, or Hz) a TV refreshes its image.Movies are almost always filmed 24 frames per second, or 24Hz. Live TV shows at 30 or 60.Most TVs refresh at 60, some higher-end models at 120. Some older 1080p LCD TVs refreshed at 240Hz.The point of a higher refresh rate is to reduce the motion blur inherent in all current TV technologies.Motion blur is the softening of the image when an object, or the entire screen, is in motion.TV manufacturers use multiple technologies in addition to refresh rate to come up with an “effective refresh rate.”Effective refresh rate means the TV refreshes its image at a lower rate, but might appear to have similar motion resolution as a TV with an actual higher refresh rate.What TV makers sayLet me start with the terms you’ll see on various TV makers’ marketing materials and web sites. Each one calls the TVs motion handling capability something different, and many don’t even mention the term “refresh rate” or use “Hz” at all.lg-trumotion.jpg LG LG: TruMotion LG now lists their TruMotion number, along with the panel’s native refresh rate, as in “TruMotion 240 (Refresh Rate 120Hz)” or “TruMotion 120 (Native 60Hz).” Samsung: Motion Rate Samsung is more upfront than it used to be about this. Its 4K TVs and 8K TVs feature “Motion Rate.” This is, generally, twice the native refresh rate. So Motion Rate 240 indicates a native refresh of 120Hz. In the least expensive of their TVs, a Motion Rate of 60 means a 60Hz refresh. Sony: MotionFlow XR  For most of its 2019 TVs Sony doesn’t list a number on its website, instead it just says “Motionflow XR.” On others it lists a number along with the native refresh: “Motionflow XR 240 (native 60 Hz)” and “Motionflow XR 1440 (native 120 Hz).” Vizio: Effective Refresh Rate Vizio’s Effective Refresh Rate is just double the native refresh rate. It often includes a “Clear Action” number, too, which is triple the ERR (and so 6x the native refresh rate).TCL: Clear Motion Index TCL’s sets say either “60/120Hz CMI” (for the cheapest 1080p models) or “120Hz CMI,” but all of them are actually 60Hz native refresh. The only exception is the 75-inch 6 series, TCL’s most expensive TV, which is 120Hz native.For the most effective increase in motion resolution, you need a native 120Hz refresh television. That said, it is possible to have some improvement even with a 60Hz TV if it uses some other feature, like backlight scanning or black frame insertion, that improves motion resolution. That’s a lot of technical jargon, so let’s tackle it from the beginning. Comments 2:18 Preview • 4K TVs LG Samsung Sony Viziolast_img read more

Dabangg 3 Story details of Salman Khans movie leaked pictures videos from

first_imgDabangg 3 story leakedInstagramSalman Khan has started shooting for Dabangg 3, and already some interesting details about the story of the movie have apparently been leaked.According to Bollywood Hungama, Salman will not just be seen as a cop in Dabangg 3, but also as a local goon. The publication stated that the plot of the upcoming movie will showcase the journey of Chulbul Pandey’s character before becoming a police officer.According to the entertainment portal, Dabangg 3 will portray Salman as a good-hearted local goon before becoming a cop. Not just Salman’s character, antagonist Sudeep’s role will also have an interesting flashback.The villain will be introduced while narrating Chulbul’s past life. The publication also stated that Dabangg 3 will be completely different from the previous instalments, and showcase a cat and mouse chase between Salman and Sudeep’s characters.The Dabangg 3 team is currently in Madhya Pradesh shooting for the first schedule of the film. Some videos and pictures from the sets of the film have also surfaced on the internet.While Salman himself has shared a candid picture, apparently from a song sequence in the movie, some other pictures and videos from the set have been leaked on social media.Being directed by Prabhu Deva, Dabangg 3 will retain Sonakshi Sinha as heroine. It is still not clear if the film will have any other female lead. Arbaaz too will have a pivotal role like he had in the previous two parts of the franchise. Meanwhile, Salman has a strong line-up of upcoming movies. He will first be seen in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat this Eid. Later he will start shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah. The superstar had also recently announced the making of third part of Tiger series. Salman is certainly having a promising stock of films in his kitty.last_img read more

Fashion Blogger Neha Voras determination and passion helped her carve a niche

first_imgNeha Vora is a popular fashion and lifestyle blogger who made mark for herself on her own terms. In a very short span of time, with her grabe understanding of fashion and styling, Neha carved a niche for herself in the fashion industry and blogging world.A BMM-graduate from Mumbai, the journey for Neha hasn’t been a cakewalk. When she decided to venture in the world of fashion blogging and trying out different outfits and dresses, there were quite a people who didn’t think well of it. However, she didn’t let any of this discouragement affect her and walked on the path to fulfill her passion and interest.As she had a good knowledge of how social media works which she learned during her internship days, she knew how to go right in creating a big name for her. She started her own blog and runs two business, The NV Element & NV Digital.About her blog, Neha Vora shared, “From playing dress up since childhood to transforming it into my business and my passion, who knew I’d come this far along. I still remember the judgements and statements passed when I posed in front of the camera. I still remember those voices telling me what a trivial thing it was to be standing there looking like a doll. But I also clearly remember my own heart beating so fast, my stomach fluttering with butterflies inside, and my smile beaming through my face. I knew I had to play dress up, come what may! I may have come far along but there are so many things unaccomplished, so many things undone, so many things inspiring me each and every moment to create. I had so many thoughts and ideas inside me that I knew that I had to create a space where I am ‘me’ in my very own skin and sense.”Neha tells that at The NV element, one gets to see content meeting interesting visuals. It’s a place that inspires one to wear a tweed jacket with a silk skirt or whatever one feels suits their personality. She is always updated about the latest trends that helps her and her followers in always being in style.About NV Digital, Neha said, “Well, you could say I wear many hats. Apart from blogging and constantly creating content for my social media spaces, I also assist other brands create great content and imagery. In short, I run a full-fledged digital media marketing business alongside. I believe in expanding my skills, talent and knowledge and thus I couldn’t just stick to my own blog.”NV Digital helps brand reach their target audience and make them an interesting space on social media. It has been 4 years since Neha Vora started her business and with all the success and positive response, she has a bigger vision for her work ahead.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

7 Numbers To Better Understand The 2018 Texas Elections

first_imgERIK HERSMAN / FLICKRThe 2018 primary election is just six weeks away. Early voting starts in less than a month.Texans will go to the polls to elect hundreds of officials to represent them this year. Up for grabs are the governor’s mansion, a seat in the U.S. Senate and some of the most powerful statewide offices.All of Texas’ congressmembers are up for election — same, too, for the entire Texas House of Representatives and half of the Texas Senate. And then a bunch of local, county and judicial posts will be on the ballot.To help you prepare, here are a handful of key dates and numbers to know.Dates to knowFebruary 5: The last day to register to vote in the Texas primary election.February 20: The first day of early voting in Texas.March 6: The primary election to select party nominees.By the numbers128: The Dallas County Republican Party filed a lawsuit on Friday to kick 128 Democrats off the primary ballot in the county. The local GOP says Democratic Chair Carol Donovan didn’t sign required forms for 128 of her party’s candidates, including stalwarts like State Sen. Royce West and Rep. Eric Johnson, both Democratic candidates for District Attorney, and contenders in state legislative districts that Democrats think they’ve got a good chance of flipping. Democrats called the lawsuit shenanigans and said Republicans are resorting to dirty tricks because they can’t win outright in most Dallas County races.$43 million: That’s how much money Gov. Greg Abbott had in his war chest at the beginning of the year to fund his campaign for re-election. He had a major head start on potential Democratic challengers, and the sum is orders of magnitude above their fundraising hauls. Andrew White, a Houston businessman and the son of a former governor, raised more than $219,000, including a sizable loan he gave to his campaign. Longtime Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez raised just $46,000.8: Eight congressmen won’t seek re-election this year. Five planned on retiring at the end of their terms. Two aren’t running again after scandals: Republican Reps. Joe Barton of Ennis and Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi. Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke is stepping down to run for Senate. It’s rare for this many seats to be open in Texas, and lots of people are jockeying to win them.48: The number of women running for Congress in Texas. Twenty of those women are running for the eight open seats. That ups the chances that Texas will elect a new woman to Congress for the first time in 22 years. Right now, both of our senators are men. Only three of the 36 members of Congress representing Texas are women.22: The number of Democrats and Republicans running to replace retiring Rep. Lamar Smith. It’s the most crowded contest to replace an outgoing congressman, but others, like the district left empty by Joe Barton’s retirement, aren’t far behind. There are 18 people vying to win that seat, which represents Arlington, as well as Navarro and Ellis Counties.14: Just 14 percent of registered voters in Texas cast a ballot in the last gubernatorial primary election in 2014. General election turnout that year wasn’t terribly impressive either: 34 percent of registered voters voted. Texas’ anemic turnout is even poorer when factoring in the millions of Texans who are eligible to vote, but not registered. 6: The March primary election is just six weeks away, on March 6. Early voting starts in less than a month. And the deadline to register to vote is two weeks away. Sharelast_img read more