WSJ Social: When news apps want to steal your face

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I read about WSJ Social, the newspaper’s experiment at providing a socially driven version of itself entirely inside Facebook, and thought, hey, I should check it out. So I Googled “WSJ Social” and clicked on Since my browser was already logged in to Facebook, I was immediately confronted with a Facebook permissions screen. I […]

My next chapter: Grist


After a wonderful couple of years writing Say Everything and another great couple of years building and launching MediaBugs, I’m returning to the world of editing: Starting today, I’m the executive editor of, the pioneering green news website with the irreverent attitude. It wasn’t entirely clear to me, after I left Salon four years […]

Recent work: NY Times’ 9-year-old terror error; local news ethics; Wikipedia

Sometimes your labor on a bunch of projects comes to fruition all at once. Here are some links to recently published stuff: Corrections in the Web Age: The Case of the New York Times’ Terror Error — How did a 2002 error in the New York Times wreck a KQED interview in 2011 about John […]

Three pillars of trust: Links, revisions, and error buttons


The journalism industry ships lemons every day. Our newsrooms have a massive quality control problem. According to the best counts we have, more than half of stories contain mistakes — and only three percent of those errors are ever fixed. Errors small and large litter the mediascape, and each uncorrected error undermines public trust in […]