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The New York Times liveblogged last night’s GOP debate directly from Slack. If you weren’t satisfied simply watching the spectacle that was the first Republican presidential debate last night (debates, if you count the “kiddie table” event for low-polling candidates), you might have relied on one of the many liveblogs out there seeking to recreate the noisy atmosphere in Cleveland, fact check candidates’ claims, and offer up context and background for a stunningly large field.

The New York Times liveblogged last night’s GOP debate directly from Slack

To speed up its blogging process, The New York Times experimented with publishing posts from political reporters Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Confessore to its liveblog directly from Slack (the all-purpose team messaging app/virtual water cooler/meeting room). The chrome plug-in, built by San Francisco-based Times developer Michael Strickland, allowed reporters to write posts in an internal Slack channel. Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists. On September 26, 2014, a group of students departed the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College for a protest in Iguala, Mexico, about 80 miles away.

Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists

They never arrived. What happened on the road to Iguala remains a mystery, but we know that at least three students were killed and another 43 are missing. The government’s official story is that the 43 students were killed after being handed over to the Guerreros Unidos cartel on the orders of the mayor of Iguala. But investigations conducted by the Mexican publication Proceso and the U.S. publication The Intercept paints a darker picture of complacency at higher levels of government. The incident was emblematic of broader fears and frustrations with violence and corruption in Mexico and sparked a wave of ongoing protests across the country. Facebook Expands Instant Articles Program, Includes Washington Post. Last spring Facebook started hosting stories from the New York Times, BuzzFeed and other publishers directly on its iPhone app — a move that generated much chatter and hand-wringing about the Future of Media.

Facebook Expands Instant Articles Program, Includes Washington Post

Since then, Future of Media chatterers have moved on to other topics, and it has been hard to see much evidence of Facebook’s “Instant Articles” project. This has led some people to conclude that the project is a non-thing. Not so, according to Facebook. Tianjin blasts: 'It was like the end of the world' Residents of the Chinese port city of Tianjin have described in detail the shocking blasts of Wednesday night and the devastation across their city on microblogging network Weibo and other forums.

Tianjin blasts: 'It was like the end of the world'

The BBC tracks how the story unfolded through their eyes. The moment of the explosion Tianjin residents living near the site of the accident were the first to share footage. What USA Today Sports learned covering the Final Four on Periscope and Snapchat. There’s no shortage of ways to reach new audiences — the challenge is figuring out which are worth investing time in and what to do with them.

What USA Today Sports learned covering the Final Four on Periscope and Snapchat

At USA Today Sports, where I work, two platforms we’re trying to better understand and implement into our strategies are Snapchat and Periscope. The latter launched just two weeks ago, right before college basketball’s Final Four. Snapchat’s new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile news. You may have missed it in the #snowpocalpyse that wasn’t, but Snapchat unveiled a new feature called Discover Tuesday that puts news into the ephemeral chat app so popular among American teens and young adults: Here’s Wired’s story on it: At launch, Snapchat is working with ten media partners, including CNN, ESPN, and National Geographic.

Snapchat’s new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile news

These companies will release a new edition of Discover content every 24 hours, featuring both videos and articles hand picked by their staffers. Raw images, social media challenged legacy media in 2014. How Is Social Media Changing Journalism? For News From Syrian Battleground, a Reliance on Social Media. Western journalists are struggling to cover what the world has so far seen largely through YouTube.

For News From Syrian Battleground, a Reliance on Social Media

But while some television news crews have been filing reports from Damascus, the dangers of reporters being killed or kidnapped there — as well as visa problems — have kept most journalists outside the country’s borders and heightened the need for third-party images. For News From Syrian Battleground, a Reliance on Social Media. A Major Data Breach, the Media Spotlight on Victims of Tragedy, and More. Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction. 2013's Complex Social Media Landscape in One Chart. How the Internet won and abortion rights lost in Texas.

This afternoon, as the viewers gradually trickled in to the Texas Tribune's YouTube livestream of State Sen.

How the Internet won and abortion rights lost in Texas

Wendy Davis's attempt at a 13-hour-long filibuster, many people wondered why they'd seen so little news coverage of the event. Commenters noted they'd only heard of Davis's longshot gambit from Facebook and Tumblr, not from their regular news sources. Hours and hours later, "all the major news networks [were] covering a broken cruise ship. " But on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, Wendy Davis was all anyone, anywhere, could talk about. More: The tweets from Wendy Davis’s filibuster A Twitter user caught a rule 31 senators missed. Live updates of Boston Situation [Part 2] : news. Live blog: Bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Findbostonbombers: Reddit vs. the media in search for Boston bombing suspects. Behind the Scenes in Covering Boston. Google Person Finder Locates Missing at Boston Marathon Explosion. Google Person Finder, a tool the company built following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, has been activated for use following the deadly Boston Marathon explosions Monday afternoon.

Google Person Finder Locates Missing at Boston Marathon Explosion

Shortly after launching, the Person Finder homepage says it's tracking about 800 records. As the tool is being populated, you can either search for someone or share information about someone's whereabouts. Andy Carvin: The Middle East revolutions one tweet at a time. NPR’s Andy Carvin tweets an Egyptian man’s secretly streamed video, capturing violence in real time - BlogPost. Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 05/16/2011 May 16, 2011 01:52 PM EDT TheWashingtonPost By Eric Athas Demonstrators burn an Israeli flag near the Israeli embassy in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, May 15.

NPR’s Andy Carvin tweets an Egyptian man’s secretly streamed video, capturing violence in real time - BlogPost

Citizen Journalism. Twitter: Just Had Its CNN Moment. Erik Hersman on reporting crisis via texting. A conversation on TED.com: What is the importance of building transparency in news media, and what would like to see? Any risks? In Baring Train Crash Facts, Blogs Erode China Censorship. For News From Syrian Battleground, a Reliance on Social Media. In Severe Weather, Experts Look to You for Ground Truth.

Amy Freeze is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist for WABC-TV in New York City. After a forecast is delivered on TV, all you can do is wait. The confidence for a forecast grows when there is confirmation — when someone provides proof that the atmosphere is behaving as expected. Meteorologists traditionally wait for storm-spotters outside the area to offer reports that the storm is on track. But now it’s getting easier to verify that even earlier. That's because the weather-watching generation has taken to Facebook and Twitter to report real-time evidence.

The Atlantic Opens Up Editing Room to Public. The online publishing arm of The Atlantic opened its editing room to the public in an ongoing experiment Wednesday. Readers are invited to pitch stories and give feedback on existing articles, as well as observe the pitching and editing process — something that usually takes place in chatroom client Campfire — between full-time staff. Instead of Campfire, The Atlantic Wire has moved operations to an open comments thread. "As with many web news operations, The Atlantic Wire is mostly edited via terse messages in a group chat room. Editors and writers spend the day logged onto Campfire pitching story ideas, exchanging links and keeping everyone up to date on the news of the day. 11 Hollywood directors discuss Ebert's impact. Is the internet rewriting history? 30 September 2011Last updated at 05:31 By Catrin Nye BBC Asian Network Pupils in London and Liverpool air their views to Demos senior researcher Jamie Bartlett Osama Bin Laden is not dead; 9/11 was an inside job; and police were slow to tackle this summer's rioters as an excuse to lock up a whole raft of young black men.