"The New York Times is now as much a technology company as a journalism company," its executive editor Bill Keller said recently. A glance at the top 10 breaking news sites online shows how seriously that statement must be taken, because in 2009 that list was often led by a tech company rather than a traditional news organisation. AOL News, Yahoo News or MSNBC News attract more US readers than CNN – or the New York Times. Being a big traditional news brand doesn't necessarily bring you success on the web. "What got you to where you are, is not necessarily where you have to go now," says Kenneth KC Estenson, senior vice-president and general manager of CNN.com, when we meet at the Courthouse Hotel to talk about CNN Worldwide Digital. The now renovated Courthouse displays the situation of news organisations perfectly: lots of nicely renovated rooms, but no windows to get what happens outside. How the New York Times and CNN try to keep up with the tech comp
Media Engineers Are Becoming A Reality... Posted by Tom Foremski - January 18, 2010 I have been writing about the need for media engineers since 2005 -- these are people who are part journalist and part software engineer. It seems that it is catching on. Ryan Tate on Valleywag put together a nice list of people that could easily be called 'media engineers' such as: Nick Bilton, New York Times: He might be lead blogger on Bits, the Times tech blog, but Bilton has also worked as a user interface specialist and hardware hacker in the Times R&D lab, helping to develop the TimesReader.
Hack to Hacker: Rise of the Journalist-Programmer - journalismis
Posted by Tom Foremski - August 19, 2005 . . . software engineer era ending There are tens of millions of programmers entering the world's job markets annually. The coming era of the media engineer and media entrepreneur - SV
Journalism Schools Wake Up To Need For Media Engineers Posted by Tom Foremski - May 12, 2009 About four years ago I began writing about the need for "media engineers" a skill set that is part journalist and part software engineer. Software skills should be part of a modern journalist's toolbox. (My first job was as a software engineer 29 years ago.)
MediaWatch: An Example Of Data Journalism Posted by Tom Foremski - October 28, 2009 For several years I've been writing about the need for "media engineers" part software engineer and part journalist. And others have also started to write about teaching journalism to programmers. MediaShift . Can Programmers, Journalists Get Along in One Newsroom? | PBS
MediaWatch: Putting Journalists And Programmers In The Same Room Posted by Tom Foremski - October 26, 2009 Megan Taylor over at PBS' MediaShift writes about the challenges of getting programmers and journalists to work together. MediaShift .
Posted by Tom Foremski - January 26, 2009 Elke Heiss pointed me to this: The Associated Press: Sarkozy offers new help for French print media The French state will help provide free newspaper subscriptions to teenagers for their 18th birthdays, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Friday. But the bigger gift is for France's ailing print media. Searching For a Viable Media Business Model: French Government A
Ten Basic New Media Skills Journalists Need To Know Posted by Tom Foremski - March 31, 2008 Software engineers have to update their bag of skills constantly. They learn new programming languages, new web standards, new development systems, and new lexicons constantly.
The worlds of hackers and journalists are coming together as reporting goes digital and Internet companies become media empires. Journalists call themselves "hacks," someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. Hacker-journalists try and bridge the two worlds. Hacks and Hackers (San Francisco, CA) - Meetup.com