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I tweeted today that “Twitter did/did not break news” is the new “bloggers vs journalists” - a tired old trope that gets periodically trotted out. It was this dreary ReadWriteWeb piece about the origins of news of Whitney Houston’s death that provoked it.
“WHO KILLED THE newspaper?”
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THERE IS A great historical irony at the heart of the current transformation of news.
The business environment for newspapers continues to be grim. Pew recently reported that advertising revenue rebounded in 2010 for all forms of media, except newspapers. * This might just be a matter of transitioning from print to digital revenues but for the fact that the market values a print reader far more than a digital one.
The future of their business looks a lot more like TechCrunch than The New York Times. Love it or hate it, that’s the truth.
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Is the most up-and-coming job in journalism — the social media editor — a permanent position at news outlets, or a transitional role?
A friend asked me to post an explanation of what I meant when I said at PDF09 that “transparency is the new objectivity.” First, I apologize for the cliché of “x is the new y.” Second, what I meant is that transparency is now fulfilling some of objectivity’s old role in the ecology of knowledge.
It’s easy to imagine that some day, in the not too distant future, paper distribution of news will become obsolete. It seems that in most concept videos about consumer electronics in the future, a person is featured sitting at a kitchen table, coffee in hand, swiping through the morning’s news on a transparent, flexible display. Prompted by the iPad revolution, I’m sure many people have already traded paper and ink, for glass and pixels to consume the news.
Cash registers should be whirring happily this holiday season with sales of Apple's iPad, Amazon's Kindle Fire and other computer tablets. If the wave of buyers behave anything like those who went before, they'll be spending a lot of time on their new gadgets following the news. But how best to capture, and profit from, the latest digital phenomenon?
If you’re not familiar with the monthly Carnival of Journalism , it’s worth knowing about because it plugs you into a conversation amongst other journalists.
Newspapers Becoming Video-Centric as Visitors Learn to Watch The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are becoming increasingly video centric as visitors become more familiar with watching clips -- and as editors provide compelling content, according to the top video editors at both publications. In response to my question, "Why do visitors hit the play button," here are the reasons as explained by Ann Derry, Editorial Director for Video and Television for The New York Times and Shawn Bender, Editorial Director for Video for the Wall Street Journal Online.