Editors' Headlines of the Week

headlines of the week

Reporter Indicted for ‘Conspiring’ With Anonymous – Politico

Twitter erupted Thursday afternoon with news that Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys had been charged for allegedly conspiring with members of “Anonymous.” The initial news came from a Department of Justice announcement, including that “after providing log-in credentials, Keys allegedly encouraged the Anonymous members to disrupt the website.”

If convicted, he will face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count, which means Keys could be looking at up to 30 years in prison.

How Publishers Can Capitalize on Mobile Trends – Poynter

As tech trends continue to gravitate towards mobile and on-demand technology, more consumers get their news on the go. Poynter’s Tom Rosenstiel offers some suggestions on how publishers can take advantage of this growing mobile market. Suggestions include:

  1. Move aggressively to mobile immediately — don’t wait for revenue to materialize
  2. Mobile deepens engagement
  3. Think app — especially for the phone
  4. Consumers turn to “task-specific” apps, not brand portals
  5. Content must match the strengths and time of day for each platform
  6. Local publishers must act to help local retailers

 

Fox News Connecticut Women’s Day Blunder – Buzzfeed

Shortly after airing, what must have been mislabeled, B-roll footage during a segment about Women’s Day, local Fox News affiliate FoxCT offered an apology via twitter.

 

Food Waste As Harmful As Energy Waste – GOOD

“Forty percent of the food in this country—almost half—is never eaten.” A startling statistic that has far reaching implications. GOOD explores how reducing food waste is an achievable and important goal. Doing so would increase energy independence, improve environmental sustainability, and save businesses millions in unnecessary spending each year.

What the government’s role in this is up for debate, but there is clearly room for improvement.

 

California v Texas in Oil Showdown – Bloomberg

California and Texas have a history of ‘friendly’ economic competition. Be it tech companies, manufacturing industries, or Mexican food, the two states are often at odds over which one is the biggest and most economically successful.

Bloomberg investigates the burgeoning oil industry in California and how it could topple Texas’ dominance over the vital resource, black gold. Texas tea may become an antiquated saying by 2030.

From the article:

“California, even as it seeks to be the greenest U.S. state, stands a good chance of emerging as the nation’s top oil producer in the next decade, helping America toward what once seemed an unlikely goal of energy independence. “

 

Defense Contractor Discovers Cheap, Clean Water Method – Reuters

Desalinization is a costly and highly inefficient process. Yet, engineers at Lockheed Martin may have discovered a cheap and efficient alternative using nano-technology.

Though a final product is still a ways off, high-tech solutions to long-term problems like water security are a key part to securing a prosperous economy.

“The process… would enable filter manufacturers to produce thin carbon membranes with regular holes about a nanometer in size that are large enough to allow water to pass through but small enough to block the molecules of salt in seawater. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.”