Going beyond anecdotes

You don’t need to be able to write code to become a successful data journalist. But what is essential is an editor who understands what you are doing, can ask the tough questions and appreciate the power of data journalism.

Former NYT lawyer to press: wake up to press freedom threats

James Goodale has some harsh words for the Obama administration’s treatment of the press.

UK readership: Mail Online still most-viewed news site, but only Guardian increased daily web audience

Recently-released reports show that Daily Mail’s combined print and digital circulation dominates that of other British publications, but The Guardian was the only major publication to significantly increase daily web viewers for the month of February.

WaPo’s blogging quota isn’t unreasonable, but it could be bad for content

Journalists were outraged at the internal job announcement for Washington Post Style blogger that Poynter posted Tuesday. The description says the position requires early mornings and occasional late evenings, and the “tenacious” new hire need post “at least” 12 times per day.

Daily Variety retires after 80 years

Another one bites the dust: Hollywood’s entertainment bible Daily Variety printed its last edition Tuesday after suffering from a lag in ad revenue and tough competition.

‘Send to Kindle’ button launched: Publishers should monetize read-later apps

Amazon launched a “send to Kindle” button for blogs and news sites Tuesday, further expanding the prevalence of read-later apps such as Pocket and Instapaper. With TIME and The Washington Post already sporting the new feature, news publishers should develop strategies for monetizing the increasingly popular apps.

Russian Minister of Communications to journalism students: Big Brother is watching you

In a controversial speech given last month in Moscow, Deputy Minister of Communications and Mass Media Alexei Volin stepped eerily close into 1984 territory.

NewsCred hooks New York Times, secures $15m funding

Licensing and syndication service NewsCred recently added The New York Times to its list of 2,500 publishing partners and raised $15 million in its second round of funding, the company announced Tuesday.

Listly and Flattr make improvements

Online start-ups Listly and Flattr have recently updated their formulas, allowing for broader and easier access.

Pakistani suspect arrested in associated with murder of WSJ’s Daniel Pearl

Pakistani officials recently arrested a suspect in the murder of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal bureau chief whom Islamist militants beheaded on camera in 2002. Militant Leader Qari Abdul Saeed, also known as Asadullah, was captured Sunday in Karachi, the same city where Pearl was killed, according to The New York Times.