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Nine ways scientists demonstrate they don't understand journalism. Have you heard of Futurity?

Nine ways scientists demonstrate they don't understand journalism

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. There's nothing wrong with these sites. If you're a scientist or just a science nerd, this should surprise you. So why doesn't it work? Below are some common criticisms and requests that science journalists receive from researchers.

Lessons from the Osama bin Laden coverage. One after the other, the news cycles of momentous events keep reshaping the digital information landscape.

Lessons from the Osama bin Laden coverage

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. 7:24pm – A former navy intelligence officer name Keith Urbahn, currently Donald Rumsfeld's chief of staff (we all discovered the former defense secretary indeed has one) shot this tweet: In Washington's political game, this is a way to say: We, too, are in the know, we maintain our own network of sources within the military. Within one minute Keith Urbahn's shout was retweeted 80 times. 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.

Newspaper readership remains strong in smaller cities and towns

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. Tech Research & Development. 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.

Dispelling the Darkness with Brand Journalism Brian Solis

Follow him on Twitter @kmonson. 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.

Celebrating innovation in digital journalism

Here’s news of two contests we’re sponsoring to help stimulate innovation in digital reporting. IPI News Innovation Contest. Is social media killing journalism? 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.

Is social media killing journalism?

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.

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. The 21st Century Journalist’s Creed. Former Seattle Times Executive Editor Michael R. 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, a crowdsourcing content farm that allows publishers to request articles for quick publication.

Journalist Crowdsources An Article About A Crowdsourcing Company, Hilarity Ensues

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. He notes: Basic facts were accurate; anything that required interpretation, however, was ripe for abuse. The death of journalism and the irresistible rise of the blogosphere. « Pointman's.

The death of journalism and the irresistible rise of the blogosphere.

The death of journalism and the irresistible rise of the blogosphere. « Pointman's

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. That was published a full month later. The death of journalism « Jane Cafarella. I have just spent the past three months teaching first-year university students to be journalists.

The death of journalism « Jane Cafarella

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.

Extra, extra, read all about it: Internet Murders Newspaper [Inforagphic] Extra, extra, read all about it!

Extra, extra, read all about it: Internet Murders Newspaper [Inforagphic]

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. The Death of the Reader. What Does The New Business Model For Journalism Need To Be? Social media: The next frontier for journalism.

A new phenomenon means sweeping changes are in store for traditional journalism: Social media are beginning to outpace mainstream media in disseminating news. Reporters sent to the field find that news has broken over Twitter and Facebook long before they arrive on the scene; and when gathering eyewitness accounts, all they need to do is check for steady streams of tweets and wall posts. Survey shows how business journalists rely on social media. B2b social media marketing is a lucrative area online as the potential wins are so high, but many brands are still figuring out which are the best platforms for focus their efforts on.

While you have focused b2b social networks like LinkedIn, the eyeballs are on Facebook and Twitter and a combined strategy is often the best way to source leads through social media. Intrinsic in this is business journalism, as an increasing amount of journalists are using social media tools to source stories and build contacts. Journalists issued new social media guidelines: focus on Twitter. The Associated Press yesterday announced a new update in their social media guidelines for journalists, and this time they are focusing particularly on Twitter. SEO and Journalism. Search engine optimization (SEO) makes journalists groan. They bristle at the idea of ‘stuffing keywords’ into their copy while managers who often don’t understand SEO are desperate for the extra traffic good search rankings could bring. But the truth is that there are many parallels between SEO and journalistic writing and that SEO really can be a journalist’s best friend.

Facebook: Journalists' friend or foe? By Peter Lauria, contributor A new Facebook effort aims to help journalists use social media. But other motives may be at work. The writer as content curator. Photo courtesy National Gallery of Art You know that old saying, 1+1=3? Well, that’s the idea behind content curation, which I touched on briefly in yesterday’s post on why it’s important to include links in blog posts. Curating content – some people call it aggregating content – means assembling links to news stories, photographs and other storytelling elements in a way that adds value to what’s already out there on the subject (while still giving credit to the original sources).

Think of it as the value-added reseller model of news – take another organization’s basic reporting and add something original to it that makes it more relevant to a particular audience. Future of Media: Curation, Verification and News as a Process: Tech News and Analysis « What happens when journalism is everywhere? When the Arab Spring demonstrations were under way in Egypt’s Tahrir Square and reports were streaming out through Twitter and Facebook and text messages and cellphone videos, it was easy to feel superior to the Egyptian government. YouTube: a treasure-trove for professional journalists and curators.

Beet.TV interviewed Olivia Ma, manager of YouTube News, about how professionals and non-professionals are using YouTube to communicate on world events. The site was founded 6 years ago as a distribution platform to share videos, and this forms the basis for what the website does still today: YouTube does not vet uploaded material. As a platform, the website is more and more used to share videos from significant events around the world. This is largely because a growing number of people carry with them video-enabled mobile phones with the possibility to upload video on the Internet, making them potential citizen reporters. According to Ma, people seem to be most motivated to communicate via YouTube in countries where media presence is weak. People living under repressive governments seem particularly motivated to surpass hurdles designed to prevent uploading videos.

Who are the UK’s 100 most influential journalists online? How the five journalists with the greatest online influence use social media. How to: get to grips with SEO as a journalist. How to... searching with Google. Wall Street Journal Launches WikiLeaks-Style Site: WSJ SafeHouse. WikiLeaks has more than proved how a safe file submission process can help uncover troves of important information. Now, the Wall Street Journal is implementing a similar model. On Thursday, the paper launched WSJ SafeHouse, a WikiLeaks-style whistle-blower site. Why Curation Is Important to the Future of Journalism. Center for Digital Ethics and Policy.

The Future of Social Media in Journalism. How Journalists Can Leverage Facebook's New Features. The Role Of Curation In Journalism. Should Shield Laws Protect Journalists? Or Journalism? Journalism Opportunities Aren't Drying Up, They Are Just Changing. Storify Collects Strands of News on the Social Web. Social Media Tips From Nick Kristof's Community - 4 ways content management systems are evolving & why it matters to journalists. Why The New York Times replaced its Twitter ‘cyborg’ with people this week. Survey: Mobile News & Paying Online. Meet Facebook's Journalist Ambassador (Yes, We Said Ambassador)