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An “overwhelming majority” of Huffington Post editorial workers asked management Tuesday to voluntarily recognize that they’ve joined a union, the Writers Guild of America, East. Word of a unionization move at the high-profile digital media company surfaced in early October, and Arianna Huffington indicated back then she was agreeable to voluntarily recognize a union if the majority so desired. Now what the union characterizes as most of the roughly 350 editorial employees, most of whom work in New York City, have signed up with the union, which represents about 4,000 media workers. Those include writers on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” writers-producers in non-fiction TV and network radio and TV copy writers. Voluntary recognition would mean avoiding a formal election process on whether the union was the collective bargaining representative of the workers. Tools: Permalink Related:  Journalism:Industry News

Newspaper Sites Generate Big Traffic In Q4 Newspaper sites generated an average monthly audience of over 105 million unique visitors -- 62% of all adult Internet users -- during the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a study from comScore and the Newspaper Association of America. Newspaper Web sites generated a tremendous amount of traffic during the fourth quarter of 2010, drawing an average monthly audience of 105.3 million unique visitors -- 62% of all adult Internet users, according to a study from comScore and the Newspaper Association of America. The study also found that newspaper sites continue to attract key demographics, reaching 58% of 25-to-34-year-olds and 73% of individuals in households earning more than $100,000 a year on average throughout the quarter. Visitors to newspaper sites also generated an average of 4.1 billion page views each month, spending nearly 3.4 billion minutes browsing the sites during the quarter

Vers les monnaies libres : une alternative décentralisée au système monétaire capitaliste, par @zoupic Billet invité. Depuis août 2007, je suis la crise du subprime au jour le jour. J’ai cherché de blog en blog des possibilités, des solutions concrètes pour sortir de ce système. Après avoir longtemps cherché, être parti du plus bas : l’individu, et être monté jusque dans les sphères de la spéculation financière et du casino de haut vol, j’ai trouvé une possibilité d’évolution dans laquelle j’ai choisi d’investir mon énergie et mon temps : les monnaies libres. Le yin et le yang Les systèmes monétaires mondiaux sont tous interconnectés, l’argent comme un fluide se répand et se déplace pour aller dans les niches où il sera le plus rentable, perdant à la fois la notion de sens et d’éthique. Si la mondialisation et l’unification des monnaies avait un but de performance et de simplification, il est nécessaire aujourd’hui de reconnaître et d’accepter que ce système ne fonctionne pas convenablement. Les monnaies libres, outil de démocratisation de la monnaie Entrez dans le flux, faites tourner

How Entrepreneurial Journalism Will Change Our World January 24, 2011 | 4 Comments Think about the best article you read last year. The hard hitting, excellently researched, insightfully written article that you just couldn't put down. Now think about how much money you spent to read it. Over the past few years, every time I spoke at a gathering of local newspaper professionals at the American Press Institute (API) or participated in a journalist-centric event from an organization like the South Asian Journalism Association (SAJA), the signs of worry in the industry were clear. Entrepreneurial Journalism describes a field of media where journalism is the underlying discipline upon which to create content-based businesses and services that can make money. A New Generation Of Entrepreneurial Journalists. This is a link to an interesting panel discussion from the Carnegie Journalism Educators Summit last year about the future of Entrepreneurial Journalism as well, for those who are seeking more context and information.

Video Professor Tries To Bully Washington Post, Fails (via @arrington ) Video Professor continues to be angry that I called them a scam in my original Scamville post. They’ve gotten nowhere reaching out to me directly (more on that below), so now they’ve tried complaining to the Washington Post, which has syndicated our content since 2008. The Washington Post stood firm beside us today and kept our original post as written. Essentially Video Professor is arguing that they didn’t have the chance to respond to our post before we published, and that in general we aren’t behaving very journalistically. One of my favorite habits of journalists is that they refuse to state an opinion. The story the journalist writes has the look of objectivity but really it’s just the same as if the journalist wrote what she or he meant, directly, in the first place. I prefer to just skip all that nonsense and get right to the meat of a matter. The Video Professor Scam What you see when you first hit the site depends on how you got there – directly or via an advertising partner.

5 Key Truths About Mobile News Consumers Smartphones are ushering in the next wave of news consumption. These devices present an exciting opportunity for the news media to go mobile, putting endless information and the possibility of engagement in the palm of every consumer’s hand. But what characterizes the new mobile news consumer? How does he or she interact with news? And how can that shape the still-forming mobile news medium? I’ve laid out several key characteristics of mobile news consumers below. 1. 2. access, and that’s what they expect the news media to deliver. 3. 4. 5. Patrick Mork is chief marketing officer of GetJar, the world’s largest open mobile platform. Related

Internet deviendrait-il la matrice d un nouveau système féodal? (via @argus27 @ChrisDovetta @pplambert)) Internet serait-il en train de devenir la matrice d’un nouveau système féodal, où une poignée de grands seigneurs exploitent des légions de serfs ? Et non cette société de pairs tant célébrée ? On avait déjà l’impression ces derniers temps, en se baladant sur le Net, d’une foule de gueux faisant la manche en ligne, histoire de récupérer quelques sous auprès des généreux internautes afin de réaliser un film, sortir un disque ou financer une ascension au Népal. Une pratique en pleine expansion appelée crowdfunding , sorte de palliatif honteux de la «culture libre» et de l’économie du don : un pis-aller pour financer la création. Ce dont l’internaute se doute moins, c’est qu’il est lui-même exploité, souvent à son insu. Une exploitation soft et sans douleur, parfois même consentie en échange de services gratuits ou de menues compensations financières, selon le système du crowdsourcing . Le système Recaptcha tient également du crowdsourcing.

Facebook's Growing Role in Social Journalism A Facebook-only news organization? It was only a matter of time. The Rockville Central, a community news site in the Washington, D.C., area, will move all its operations and news coverage to its Facebook Page starting on March 1. This risky move by the site's editor, Cindy Cotte Griffiths, highlights Facebook's growing role as a platform for journalists to use for social storytelling and reporting. When it comes to journalists using social media, Twitter has been the go-to platform for real-time reporting and reaching out to sources, largely because it's a public platform and most of its content is accessible. But with Facebook continuing to scale and in some ways becoming more public, it offers journalists an arsenal of content types beyond 140 characters and an alternative destination to connect with new sources of information. A 500+ Million-Person Directory of Sources "There hasn't been any query that we haven't gotten good sources for," Peralta said. Social Storytelling

La Silicon Valley est-elle en danger? Depuis qu'elle s'est imposée, la terre entière (à commencer par les locaux) se demande combien de temps Silicon Valley restera la capitale du monde high-tech. La question est soulevée cette fois – avec une acidité très British - par Hermione Way de TheNextWeb. Une pique qui, peu après le 4 juillet, ne pouvait que susciter une réponse exacerbée du PR de la région Sir Robert Scoble soi-même. Venue d'Europe il y a 9 mois, Hermione a visité 200 startups. Il se passe plein de choses à Silicon Valley mais tous ces gens qui s'affairent ne se préoccupent plus que de gagner de l'argent et vite. C'est un modèle génial pour les investisseurs qui récupèrent leur mise en un clin d'œil. Silicon Valley est en fait victime d'un nouvel accès de la vieille mentalité californienne de "ruée vers l'or" et souffre de tout ignorer des problèmes du monde réel ou des problèmes réels du monde. Gourou des réseaux sociaux et chantre de la région, Robert Scoble s'est dépêché de rameuter ses fans sur Google+.

On The Media: This Week The newsonomics of U.S. media concentration The rise and potential fall of Rupert Murdoch is a hell of a story. It is, though, closer to the Guardian’s Simon Jenkins’ description Tuesday, “not a Berlin Wall moment, just daft hysteria.” Facing only the meager competition of the slow-as-molasses debt-ceiling story, the Murdoch story managed to hit during the summer doldrums. Plus it’s great theater. Is it just imported theater, though? We have to wonder how much the cries of “media monopoly” will cross the Atlantic. Certainly, the tales of News International’s ability to strike fear in the London political class are chilling. The question of media concentration here is tricky, complex, and a profoundly local question. As to what kind of local reporting we get, we see powerful forces at work, shaping who owns what and how much. That said, the question of media concentration, or what I will call the newsonomics of U.S. media concentration, will be fought out on two battlegrounds in the U.S. So this is how our time may play out.

A Cocktail Party With Readers I haven’t been tweeting long enough to judge its merits. But I note that some Times writers and editors have become prolific at it, sending out thousands of tweets to thousands and, in some cases, hundreds of thousands of followers. For them, the online service, which allows you to transmit 140-character messages and links, has emerged as a vast medium of information exchange. Is this a good thing, I wondered, or an epic waste of time? After all, if you aren’t one of Twitter’s 200 million account holders worldwide, you don’t see any of this material; it’s certainly not doing you any good. Twitter devotees at The Times tell me the benefits are real. David Carr, media columnist for The Times (who, as of Friday, had notched 12,062 tweets and 304,154 followers), said Twitter frequently puts him ahead of the news curve: “Twitter is my default news feed.” Patrick LaForge, editor for news presentation (15,708 tweets, 11,859 followers), goes a step further. There are risks, though.

How Paywalls Are Changing News Organizations' Social Media Strategies The recent launch of The New York Times paywall has prompted debates about the viability and fairness of paying for news online. Are publications unrealistic about subscription prices? Should the community rally to support journalism? But the biggest question that lingers in an everyday web reader's mind is much simpler: "Will clicking on this link bring me to a story?" Accessing news articles from social media, blogs and other sites has become increasingly common, making an unexpected paywall an unpleasant reader experience. "Social media editors may suddenly find they can't share their paper's best content via Twitter without reader backlash," says Chris Snider, a multimedia journalism instructor at Drake University. The social media efforts of these sites differ greatly depending on what access is permitted by the paywall. The Dallas Morning News The site's community growth is no longer seeing the moderate upward trend it had before the premium content initiative, he adds. Conclusion

Why Curation Is Important to the Future of Journalism Josh Sternberg is the founder of Sternberg Strategic Communications and authors The Sternberg Effect. You can follow him on Twitter and Tumblr. Over the past few weeks, many worries about the death of journalism have, well, died. Despite shrinking newsrooms and overworked reporters, journalism is in fact thriving. The art of information gathering, analysis and dissemination has arguably been strengthened over the last several years, and given rise and importance to a new role: the journalistic curator. The concept of curating news is not new. But with the push of social media and advancements in communications technology, the curator has become a journalist by proxy. “Curation,” says Sayid Ali, owner of Newsflick.net, “gathers all these fragmented pieces of information to one location, allowing people to get access to more specialized content." Curation as an Intermediary Andy Carvin, senior strategist for NPR who runs their social media desk, finds meaning in the word "media."

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