This Week’s Headlines: New AP Stylebook, NYT Inks Deal with Hulu

This week brought an interesting mix of social media news and more serious headlines out of Syria. A look at the headlines that caught our eyes this week:

  • The First Pinterest-Enabled Magazine: Plenty of magazines have Pinterest-enabled websites, but with its June issue, House Beautiful became the first to create a Pinterest-enabled print publication. Thanks to an invisible watermark printed in the magazine’s pages, readers can scan pictures with their smartphone and pin the images to their Pinterest boards. We’ll be interested in seeing how quickly readers catch on and whether other lifestyle publications follow suit.
  • Now playing: The New York Times signs on to Hulu to reach a new audience for its long videos: The NYT will soon join news outlets like ABC News and the Wall Street Journal on popular video site Hulu.com, posting short documentaries on the Hulu site as part of a content licensing agreement. Ann Derry, head of the Times’ video department, says the paper’s new Hulu channel will help raise awareness about the paper.
  • AP uses itself as an example in Stylebook’s social media chapter: The Associated Press released the new AP Stylebook on Wednesday, and it includes the AP’s own guidelines on retweets. The AP’s strict stance on not writing tweets in a way that express personal opinion is controversial, and some journalists have criticized the AP for not mentioning this controversy in the Stylebook.
  • Syria Sees No Need for Journalists to Investigate Massacre: Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, says there is no need for journalists and freelance writers to investigate last week’s massacre in the village of Houla, because the Syrian government is conducting its own investigation. He said that Channel 4 News, which produced a video report on the massacre, should have shared its information with the government rather than releasing the video the public and urged reporters not to “base your information on reports.”
  • Penguin, Macmillan respond to DOJ in e-book price fixing suit: Two major publishers have filed responses to the Department of Justice’s e-book price fixing lawsuit. In their responses, Penguin and Macmillan both say many of the conversations mentioned in the lawsuit are not relevant to e-book pricing.

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Susan Johnston is a Boston-based freelance writer whose work appears in Bankrate.com, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, MediaBistro.com, Parade Magazine, and SELF, among other places. She is the author of The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets and blogs at The Urban Muse.

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