Web Publishing Roll Up: The All Digital Newsroom As dark and gloomy as it may be, the newspaper industry is never dull. As newspapers continue to struggle to see another day, there has been recent speculation about the dramatic shifts poised to take place. As publishers cut back on print editions, sometimes even altogether halting them, they are turning to digital media to carry the load. The Christian Science Monitor, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Denver's Rocky Mountain News and the Tuscon Citizen exist purely in online formats. As we watch print editions disappear, a digital news operation emerges. What shape it will take and how it will thrive remains to be seen. Smaller but Mightier Without a print edition, newsrooms will shrink, inevitably. Yet those who remain will be those who understand and have an enthusiasm for "new forms of media and storytelling". Fewer Journalists, More Bloggers Outing also thinks that reporters will become bloggers, producing several levels of coverage on his/her topic or beat, with no deadlines.
Online communities need leadership: Will journalists provide it, or will someone else? Building a helpful online community requires much more than enabling a comment system for articles or throwing open a discussion board. We teach newswriting and editing in journalism schools, but today’s interactive news publisher also needs to know how to elicit thoughtful, informative and instructive reports from readers who’ve never stepped foot in a j-school. Not to get all “After-School Special” on you, but if you don’t talk to your readers about what to write on your website, someone else will . (Cue scary music.) Do you really want some troll showing your readers how to respond to blog posts on your site? Kidding aside, writing in any interactive environment is an act of leadership. I’ve written before about the ladder of engagement that you should set up for readers on your website. After all, wasn’t the desire to help others through our writing the big reason most of us got into journalism, in the first place? Write what you know Don’t tell us if something’s ‘good’ or ‘bad’
Newsroom Reporters write at typewriters, receive information by telephone from field reporters, wait for assignments, and study various newspapers at desks in the newsroom of The New York Times, in this photo from 1942 A newsroom is the central place where journalists—reporters, editors, and producers, along with other staffers—work to gather news to be published in a newspaper and/or an online newspaper or magazine, or broadcast on radio, television, or cable. Some journalism organizations refer to the newsroom as the city room. The concept of "newsroom" may also now be employed by some Public Relations practitioners, as representatives of companies and organizations, with the intent to influence or create their own "media". Print publication newsrooms Once finished, editors write a headline for the story and begin to lay it out (see publishing) on a newspaper or magazine page. Broadcast newsrooms Changes in newsrooms Newsrooms in popular culture External links
Five Ws The Five Ws, Five Ws and one H, or the Six Ws are questions whose answers are considered basic in information-gathering. They are often mentioned in journalism (cf. news style), research, and police investigations. They constitute a formula for getting the complete story on a subject. According to the principle of the Five Ws, a report can only be considered complete if it answers these questions starting with an interrogative word: Who did that? Some authors add a sixth question, “how”, to the list, though "how" can also be covered by "what", "when", or "where": How did it happen? Each question should have a factual answer — facts necessary to include for a report to be considered complete. Importantly, none of these questions can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no". In the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland), the Five Ws are used in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 lessons. History Rhetoric Quis, quid, quando, ubi, cur, quem ad modum, quibus adminiculis.
7 Things You Should Know About Digital Storytelling Digital storytelling involves combining narrative with digital content to create a short movie. Digital stories can include interactive movies with highly produced audio and visual effects or presentation slides with narration or music. Some learning theorists believe that as a pedagogical technique, storytelling can be effectively applied to nearly any subject. Constructing a narrative and communicating it effectively require one to think carefully about the topic and the audience's perspective. The "7 Things You Should Know About..." series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning practices and technologies. In addition to the "7 Things You Should Know About…" briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution.
Wales - Digital Storytelling Grassroots A grassroots movement (often referenced in the context of a political movement) is driven by a community's politics. The term implies that the creation of the movement and the group supporting it are natural and spontaneous, highlighting the differences between this and a movement that is orchestrated by traditional power structures. Grassroots movements are often at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time to support the local party, which can lead to helping the national party. For instance, a grassroots movement can lead to significant voter registration for a political party, which in turn helps the state and national parties. Movement Grassroots movement procedures to organize and lobby include: History In a 1907 newspaper article about Ed Perry, vice-chairman of the Oklahoma state committee, the phrase was used as follows: "In regard to his political views Mr. Astroturfing Use in sport See also References
Digital storytelling Digital storytelling refers to a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to share aspects of their life story. "Media" may include the digital equivalent of film techniques (full-motion video with sound), animation, stills, audio only, or any of the other forms of non-physical media (material that exists only as electronic files as opposed to actual paintings or photographs on paper, sounds stored on tape or disc, movies stored on film) which individuals can use to tell a story or present an idea. Introduction "Digital storytelling" is a relatively new term which describes the new practice of ordinary people who use digital tools to tell their 'story'. Digital stories often present in compelling and emotionally engaging formats, and can be interactive. One can define digital storytelling as the process by which diverse peoples share their life story and creative imaginings with others. Development and pioneers Components Uses in education
Community management: are we all talking about the same thing? Something interesting has started happening when we go and talk to prospective clients about online community management services. There are various companies which specialise in community management and moderation, and have done for a number of years, but agencies (mostly PR and communications agencies, rather than digital ad agencies) are starting to claim expertise in community management, and to be honest, I don’t think they’re talking about the same thing as we are. It’s causing real confusion client-side. While we both work with online communities, I think we need to be clear about the definitions of what we each do, so we can work together more effectively. Community management is the process of growing, building and nurturing an engaged and active community. This is very different from the process required to manage that community. Community managers are trained specialists, who guide and engage with the members of a community.
Newspapers Are Still Dying, But the News Is Not Going Anywhere Despite newspaper share prices seeing a 380% increase in the last year, don't be swayed by the perceived recovery. The only way for newspapers to survive is by investing resources into innovation online. Experiments are needed that not only challenge and test the behaviors of news consumption with digital and interactive forms of storytelling, but perhaps more importantly, business models are needed that are not limited to a silver-bullet hope that building a wall around their content will save them. With the exception of the few, the chances of pay walls generating revenue from readers who have grown accustomed to free content online are grim. Newspaper companies that continue to treat their websites as a dumping ground for news from their print product will meet their eventual demise. While many in the industry were hoping the decline in ads was cyclical, the ad rebound has skipped newspapers. A Failure to Innovate and Reach A New Audience Impending Death of "Blogger vs.
Why Newspapers Need Community Managers Photo credit: Alana Fisher The term “community manager” has been around for a while. However with the growth of social media in business, it’s turned into more of a buzz term. Do a search online for “Community Manager Job” and you’ll get hundreds, if not thousands, of results. In an insightful post on the Econsultancy blog, they make an effort to clear up some of the smoke about what exactly a community manager is, and what they job really entails. The author summed up the job title and purpose nicely: Community managers are trained specialists, who guide and engage with the members of a community. For our purposes, the “brand” is the newspaper. The strategy development, launching and day-to-day maintenance would all fall to a community manager employed by the newspaper. Econsutlancy breaks down the job this way, which I think is pretty accurate: When looked at this way, a community manager should seem like a must-have position for a news organization.