Journalism and Web2.0
Have you heard of Futurity? How about The Conversation? In different ways, these sites and others are bypassing the traditional media model – cutting out the journalist middleman and letting researchers speak more directly to the public. In the case of Futurity, which is backed by a growing number of research-intensive universities, university press officers act as mediators with the site posting more-or-less edited "stories" (press releases) that are uncontaminated by any sordid contact with the grubby mitts of the reporting classes. The Conversation, based in Melbourne, is a more interesting hybrid with hacks drafted in to commission and edit contributions from academics. Nine ways scientists demonstrate they don't understand journalism | Ananyo Bhattacharya | Science
Lessons from the Osama bin Laden coverage | Technology One after the other, the news cycles of momentous events keep reshaping the digital information landscape. The latest example of such alteration is the bin Laden story, it just set a new reference point. For traditional media, this raises the pressure yet another notch; they must rethink everything: organisations and processes – as well as business strategies. First, a quick recap of the Sunday 1 May events (all times Eastern Standard Time; add six hours for western Europe and five hours for the UK): 4-4:30pm – 79 navy Seals raid Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Newspaper readership remains strong in smaller cities and towns Readers in areas served by community newspapers continue to prefer the community newspaper as their primary source of local news and advertising according to the 2011 National Newspaper Association research survey. The survey, conducted by the RJI Insight and Survey Center , a program of the Reynolds Journalism Institute, shows that readers prefer the printed copy to the online version, with 48 percent saying the never read the local news online. Since 2005, NNA has done research on how people read and what they think about their local newspaper. Results have been consistent over the years, even as sample and community sizes have been adjusted slightly Other highlights from the research include:
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Dispelling the Darkness with Brand Journalism Brian Solis inShare4 Guest post by Kyle Monson, a former technology journalist and editor at PC Magazine, is Content Strategy Director at JWT. Follow him on Twitter @kmonson You probably already know this, but we marketers are the bad guys in the battle of good versus evil.
Celebrating innovation in digital journalism Journalism is changing fast as media businesses adapt and experiment with ways of gathering and reporting the news in the digital age. Here’s news of two contests we’re sponsoring to help stimulate innovation in digital reporting. IPI News Innovation Contest
A really interesting discussion arose recently about a memo sent to journalists working on a group of newspapers just outside Detroit of what was expected of them in the age of digital journalism and social media. The memo details an extraordinary list of requirements that is well beyond being achievable or even desirable for most news stories or pieces of content. However, it is what some are being asked to achieve as their editors and publishers ask for too much, without putting in place the resources needed to make it happen, to the detriment of the most of important thing which is the story. The memo with its litany of social tasks to be completed is the flip side of journalists doing next to nothing and failing to embrace social media, and using excuses to get out of doing even the most simple of tasks, and as a result failing both themselves and the publication they work for. The memo, “A Reporter with Today’s Tools Should Use Them” was intended as a helpful guide. Is social media killing journalism?
We the Media (by Dan Gillmor) We freeze some moments in time. Every culture has its frozen moments, events so important and personal that they transcend the normal flow of news. Americans of a certain age, for example, know precisely where they were and what they were doing when they learned that President Franklin D. Roosevelt died. Another generation has absolute clarity of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
Former Seattle Times Executive Editor Michael R. Fancher considered the question of whether “The Journalist’s Creed,” written in 1914 by Walter Williams, founder of the Missouri School of Journalism, remains viable in the digital age. “The whole world is watching.” Demonstrators chanted those words in the streets of Chicago in 1968, and many people throughout the world did watch as the story was told through the voices of professional print and broadcast journalists. The 21st Century Journalist’s Creed
So Lets Talk NFL Football. Since my comments about the NFL imploding in TEN YEARS seem to have caught everyone's attention. First of all, why comment on the NFL ? Journalists
Journalist Crowdsources An Article About A Crowdsourcing Company, Hilarity Ensues Adam Penenberg aka The Man Who Took Down Stephen Glass decided to write about Serv.io, a crowdsourcing content farm that allows publishers to request articles for quick publication. They call it “content engineering,” which does not bode well for my job since I have a MA and not an MSc. The resulting article, written with tongue firmly in cheek is an excellent example of the dangers of “content engineering.” Unlike, say, a banking program, content is difficult to engineer. If you’re thorough, writing about a company is a hard slog and if you’re not thorough you need to at least be vibrant. Penenberg’s resulting crowdsourced pean to Servio was, in fact, neither.
The death of journalism and the irresistible rise of the blogosphere. Posted by Pointman on June 17, 2011 · 36 Comments The IPCC has screwed up again. They published a claim last month in their renewables report saying that renewable technologies could supply 80% of world-wide energy needs by the mid-century. What they actually published was an executive summary of the report, not the report itself. The death of journalism and the irresistible rise of the blogosphere. « Pointman's
I have just spent the past three months teaching first-year university students to be journalists. In the same three months, journalists employed at Fairfax and News Ltd have been fighting for their livelihoods, with the help of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. How do we explain this to these students, many of whom have made great sacrifices to do this course? Firstly, we aim to arm them with the skills they’ll need to find employment, and secondly with some strategies – including a final semester lecture by journalist and media expert Margaret Simons titled “hope and despair”, outlining the fall and potential rise of the Australian media. The fall, Simons argues, is due to the business model, not journalism itself. The rivers of gold may be dead, but the hunger for news is greater than ever, she argues. The death of journalism « Jane Cafarella
Extra, extra, read all about it: Internet Murders Newspaper [Inforagphic] Extra, extra, read all about it! The concept of a newspaper was first executed in 1605 by Johann Carlous in Germany. Since then, the medium has changed, though never dramatically. However, as the late 1900s brought on the revolutionary Internet, this once immortal platform began to sweat with fear.
The Guardian Newsblog and the Death of Journalism « The Louse & the Flea Roll 'em: The Guardian's newsblog It is about 1pm GMT and I have been surfing the UK web news sites looking for info about the latest disaster to afflict my homeland: the earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand. Most of the newspaper and TV sites have treated the story in the traditional way: the “inverted triangle”, with the intro giving the essential what, where, when information, then crafting the story with more expository material of gradually lessening importance. It’s how I learnt to structure a hard news story all those years ago when I first started out in this craft and it’s the tried and tested way that’s served journalism well for over 100 years now. For some reason, the Guardian website has decided the old way is no good.
The Death of the Reader | Journalism Ethics Welcome to Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen, your one-stop source for tracking and analyzing ethical issues in your city or around the world. Journalism Ethics for the Global Citizen will keep you updated on ethical issues in the news, while providing informed analysis on issues, as well as book reviews and interviews with leading figures in journalism. You will access a host of resources, from background discussions on the nature and history of journalism ethics to codes of practice and links to ethics experts. The aim of the site is to support the mission of the Center for Journalism Ethics – to advance the ethical standards and practices of democratic journalism through discussion, research, teaching, professional outreach, and newsroom partnerships.
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