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Huffington Post Seeks Teenage Bloggers to Not Pay. The Blog That Peter Wrote. Wile E. Coyote and Print Publishing — The Tragicomedy of Desperate Measures. Image via Wikipedia.

Wile E. Coyote and Print Publishing — The Tragicomedy of Desperate Measures

Now Can We All Agree That The “High Quality Web Content” Experiment Has Failed? It’s hard to imagine anything more perfect than Slate’s decision to lay off its respected media critic Jack Shafer.

Now Can We All Agree That The “High Quality Web Content” Experiment Has Failed?

Not perfect in a good way — I count myself amongst Shafer’s legions of fans — but perfect in the way that Alanis Morissette not understanding the meaning of ‘Ironic’ is perfect, or the way that a safety inspector falling out of a tenth story window would be perfect. “I tolllldddd yyoooouuu sooooooo…” I mean, what better illustration could there be of online media’s woes than an ezine laying off its media critic because the economics of web content don’t support a writer of his stature and specialism? At least Shafer can take some satisfaction in the fact that his departure is in and of itself an absolutely perfect piece of media criticism: Jack Shafer as both medium and message. Slate’s admission that, even with a minuscule staff of 60 and the financial “might” of the Washington Post company, it can’t make money from online content is also perfect.

…and he’s right. AND YET. Twitter and Facebook riot restrictions would be a mistake, says Google chief. Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has criticised David Cameron's proposal to limit the use of social media sites during civil unrest in the wake of the riots that took place across England earlier this month.

Twitter and Facebook riot restrictions would be a mistake, says Google chief

Schmidt, speaking at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival on Saturday, said that such a move was likely to backfire, highlighting how when the Egyptian authorities turned the internet off to try and quell unrest earlier this year it merely "enraged the citizens and got them to leave their homes to protest". Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet. Last Saturday I presented to students taking part in the brilliant Young Journalist Academy.

Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet

The topic was “New Media” (not my title) and the primary aim was to get them up and running with their own blog and learn to publish online. However, I also knew it would be the perfect opportunity to gauge just how aware a group of bright, 16 and 17-year-olds were on the issues of web privacy and of just how easy it is to track down information about people online. The case study I included shocked them, especially when it came to Facebook privacy. PC Richard Stanley. The Curious Case of Istyosty – When is a Proxy not a Proxy, General Legality and the Moral Highground « Rev Dan Catt's Blog. Skydebate: the @Louisemensch @johnprescott @paullewis social media #riot debate. The New  Precision Journalism - Preface.

Preface The original Precision Journalism was written in the 1969-1970 academic year while I was the happy guest of the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City.

The New  Precision Journalism - Preface

By Martin Robbins @mjrobbins. SPOS #265 - Journalism And The New Media With Jay Rosen. The Twisted Psychology of Bloggers vs. Journalists: My Talk at South By Southwest. Pew: Nonprofit journalism doesn’t mean ideology-free. Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism is out with a new study this morning that looks at the new universe of nonprofit journalism — and tries to get beyond the ProPublicas of the world to see who else is producing journalism under the legal structure of a 501(c)3 exemption.

Pew: Nonprofit journalism doesn’t mean ideology-free

After all, remember, “nonprofit” signals a tax status, not a belief system or a commitment to any particular ideals, journalistic or otherwise. The study found more than a little ideology lurking under that IRS umbrella. Of the 46 sites examined — 39 nonprofit and 7 commercial as a control — around half “produced news coverage that was clearly ideological in nature,” the researchers report. Pew had the expected nice things to say about the usual nonprofit rock stars, like ProPublica, the Texas Tribune, MinnPost, and California Watch. When the Internet Thinks It Knows You. Maybe 'New Media' Needs a New Metaphor. Saturday I attended a couple of workshops about "New Media" ("Experiments in new media: Beautiful failures and startling successes" before lunch and "Rebooting science journalism: Adapting to the new media landscape" afterwards.)

Maybe 'New Media' Needs a New Metaphor

Together they convinced me that neither revolution nor evolution are the right metaphors for the impact of digital media. A better model for what's happening in our profession is a forced migration. Old niches (like "science beat reporter" or "science writer for magazines") are drying up, so we're stampeding into new media. Not because they're better than our old watering holes in print and radio and TV, but because we have no choice. You Can Stop the Social Media Hype: Business Collaboration News « Don’t trust anyone who says they’ll reveal the “secrets of social media.”

You Can Stop the Social Media Hype: Business Collaboration News «

There are no secrets of social media. Signs O' The Times. Here is a picture taken by an entity who wishes to be known as Rufus T.

Signs O' The Times

Firefly, communicated to me (with permission) by my friend Mr D. M. of Leeds. "I thought you might like this sign for your collection," said Mr. Kanye West, media cyborg « Snarkmarket. Tim Maly’s #50cyborgs project is unfolding this month, 50 years after the coining of the term “cyborg.”

Kanye West, media cyborg « Snarkmarket

Here at Snarkmarket, our Tim has already contributed. Here’s my addition. So, I love Tim Maly’s kickoff post: What’s a cyborg? It’s fun, revelatory, provocative, and it uses design to tell its tale. Rectifying Asymmetries — Experts Are Battered From All Sides, But Are We Any Smarter. It’s not easy being an expert these days, it seems. Every time you turn around, there’s someone challenging you, raising an objection, making a point. And the proliferation of channels has the potential to not only thin your message but level the playing field with antagonists. But are experts worth defending from the onslaught of the new information economy? In an article earlier this summer in the New York Post, David Freedman, obviously pimping his book “Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us–and How to Know When Not to Trust Them,” talks about the pace of change in the medical literature in particular, assigning a reliability problem to a high-churn publishing environment in which frequent, novel findings are prized over infrequent and/or non-novel results.

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Transparency is the new objectivity. 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. Outside of the realm of science, objectivity is discredited these days as anything but an aspiration, and even that aspiration is looking pretty sketchy. New rule: Cover what you do best. Link to the rest « BuzzMachine. Try this on as a new rule for newspapers: Cover what you do best. Link to the rest. That’s not how newspapers work now. They try to cover everything because they used to have to be all things to all people in their markets.

The internet is messy, fun and imperfect, just like us. Last October 23rd David Weinberger gave the 2008 Bertha Bassam Lecture at the University of Toronto. Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On. The reboot of journalism. Rebooting The News. Quote and Comment. What would scholarly communications look like if we invented it today? I’ve largely stolen the title of this post from Daniel Mietchen because I it helped me to frame the issues. I’m giving an informal talk this afternoon and will, as I frequently do, use this to think through what I want to say. Needless to say this whole post is built to a very large extent on the contributions and ideas of others that are not adequately credited in the text here.

Let the Adaptations Begin! Image by Kalwa via Flickr. Taking science journalism “upstream” « through the looking glass. Today I spoke at Science Online London as part of a plenary panel session curated by David Dobbs and also featuring Martin Robbins and Ed Yong on “Rebooting” (aka the future of) science journalism. This is the typed-up version of my talk, along with links and extra bits of context. A quick guide to the maxims of new media. Culture, Anarchy and the Conceptual Value of Links. No easy way to be free. Last year I was asked by a friend and colleague to contribute an article to a special journal issue she was co-editing that would be dedicated to personal genomics. PubCasts for Journals « Geet Duggal. To practice a presentation I recently gave on a paper, I recorded myself speaking (an odd experience). NYC J-Schools Take Divergent Paths on Training, Hyper-Local.

Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at The Hamster Wheel.


Radiohead Contemplates Digital Realities — Parallels for STM Publishing. How to save science journalism. On Friday I gave this lecture to the Dutch Association of Science Journalists (VWN) in Amsterdam, at Science centre NEMO, for their 25th anniversary party. Govert Schilling, for the association, had asked me to talk about the future for science journalism at a troubled time. Big subject: so I started with a provocative title, "The internet will kill you... or save you". The Future of Social Media in Journalism. This series is supported by Gist. Gist provides a full view of the contacts in your professional network by creating a rich business profile for each one that includes the most news, status updates, and work details.

See how it works here. Why Are Viewers More Aggravated Than Ever With Our Reporting? Betaworks and The Times Plan a Social News Service. Online Journalism or Journalism Online? There is a difference. “A completely new model for us”: The Guardian gives outsiders the power to publish for the first time. Some Newspapers Shift Coverage After Tracking Readers Online. » Open Foo: sharing practice, social movement and technology Circle of Complexity. Web 2.0 Expo NY: Clay Shirky ( It's Not Information Overload. It's Filter Failure.


Top Ten Ideas of '04: Open Source Journalism, Or "My Readers Know More Than I Do." Online - Making Sense of News.