Raising your Game on Sports Agate

Major League pitcher Jim Bouton once said, “Statistics are about as interesting as first base coaches.” Bouton’s book, Ball Four, helped to revolutionize baseball journalism and caused fans to view the national pastime in an entirely new way.

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Beware the Hacktivists

Journalists, be afraid. Be very afraid. You are targets for cyber criminals who want to steal your personal identities. In fact, you are the prime access points for these so-called hacktivists, who will use your compromised account information to infiltrate your network and attempt to control your media company’s editorial voice.

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Compliant or Complacent?

At first glance, it all sounds so simple and straightforward. Back in 2006, the Payment Card Industry (PCI) – the good folks from Visa, MasterCard, American Express and others – came up with a set of rules to ensure that all merchants maintain a secure environment for processing, storing or transmitting credit card information. A merchant is any company that allows customers to pay for products and services via credit card. Just about every news media company is a merchant.

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Worst Practices in Cybersecurity

Three Things Every News Media Executive Needs to Know. News media websites continue to be prime targets for cyber-attacks. Earlier this month, The Washington Post’s mobile site was hacked by a group claiming to be part of the Syrian Electronic Army. The attack lasted about 30 minutes, and visitors to some section fronts saw messages that said “The media is always lying” before being redirected to a Syrian Electronic Army website.

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One Cheek to Kiss

When shopping for point applications or enterprise software systems, buyers face a familiar dilemma. Best-of-breed or single-source? Is it better to purchase the best components possible and make sure they all work together? Or, is it preferable to work with one supplier who will take responsibility for installing and supporting the entire package?

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The state of paid content: For free, for a fee, or somewhere in between

The great digital content debate wages on. Passionate “information wants to be free” apostles are pitted squarely against the pragmatic “we must charge for content in order to survive” proponents. Others straddle the fence with one leg on either side of the paywall, advocating that some digital content should be free while other types of content should be paid for.

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