My Life Offline (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought) Everyone wants to know how my month offline was. They ask it casually, like “How’s work going?” or “What’d you do this weekend?” How the Internet is Affecting Traditional Journalism [SURVEY] In a survey conducted over May and June this year, PR network Oriella asked media moguls how the Internet was affecting their business, their publishing formats and even the quality of the content issuing forth from their newsrooms. In a survey of 770 journalists across 15 countries, the company determined that, while media creators are slightly more optimistic than they were last year about maintaining revenues vis-a-vis the rise of online ad budgets, many are still worried about whether traditional media formats can succeed in the long run. "Concerns about the viability of journalists’ traditional media channels (print, radio or television) have intensified," the report reads. "When asked about the future of their respective publications, over half of those polled believe that these channels may well fold and be taken off the market... This is a sharp rise from last year, when only one in three journalists surveyed believed this would happen. [img credit: joshuatree]
Journalists Become Trainers & Coaches for Local Communities PPF Media has been getting a lot of international attention lately for its hyperlocal news project in the Czech Republic that is built around Starbucks-style "news cafes" in local communities. CEO Roman Gallo provided an update Friday at the 2015 Newsroom Conference, and the project seems to be working. Thirteen weeks after launch in four Czech regions, circulation of the paid-for weeklies is growing, as it web traffic. And the cafes are quickly becoming a centre of community life, with meetings, concerts, dance lessons and other events organised for local residents. Editorial staff sit in the middle of the cafes, without walls or doors, allowing regular interaction with local residents.
11 productivity tips that creative types already know Creative types get typecast as meandering goal setters for a reason. They tend to meander. We resist structure (even tho’ we crave it it.) We relish spontaneity (even tho’ we’re intrigued by five year goal setting plans.) We tend to be driven by inspiration (when we’re not obsessed with looking good on paper, or to our parents – who still can’t figure out how we make a living.) Brodie/Stevenson - Zanele Muholi Brodie/Stevenson is pleased to present a solo exhibition of photographs by Zanele Muholi. Faces and Phases is an ongoing series of black and white portraits that focuses on the commemoration and celebration of black lesbians' lives, and challenges the public's perceptions of female and male identity. Muholi embarked on the project in 2007, taking portraits of women from the townships to offer positive imagery of black lesbians, who are often featured in the media as victims in the aftermath of episodes of violence. In 2008, after the xenophobic and homophobic attacks that led to the mass displacement of people in South Africa, she decided to gradually expand the series to include photographs of people from different countries.
70 Percent of Journalists Use Social Networks to Assist Reporting (via @palpitt ) According to a new survey from Middleberg Communications and the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), as reported in PRWeek , 70 percent of journalists said they use social networks to assist in reporting (compared to 41 percent last year). This is a huge spike in one year, though it shouldn’t surprise any of us with all the lists of journalists using Twitter and other social networks. The survey also found that 69 percent of respondents go to company websites to assist in their reporting, while 66 percent use blogs, 51 percent use Wikipedia (wow), 48 percent go to online videos (double wow), and 47 percent use Twitter and other microblogging services (would have guessed higher on this one). A big part of this shift has to revolve around journalists having less help to do their jobs, while being required to produce more content across various formats in near real-time.
Emerging into the Light A deadline met: such relief. You would think that after so many years I might have mastered the art – not of writing – but of putting myself in a position to write. Many writers are, like me, fascinated by process. Political Ticker: Obama speech to school children: ‘You make your own future’ Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama Back to School Event Arlington, Virginia September 8, 2009 The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.
Big Brother’s Big Brother » Article » OWNI.eu, Digital Journalism Wikileaks has pushed the definition and question of transparency to its limit and beyond, releasing hundreds of thousands of leaked documents about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through media organizations including the Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, and OWNI, a French site devoted to digital journalism that built a crowdsourcing tool so readers could cull through the docs to find important bits. The U.S. government screeched indignantly about the leaks, calling them illegal and dangerous. But then, the leaks revealed government actions that are or should be illegal. Who holds the higher ground? The media organizations Wikileaks worked through said they redacted names and published only documents that would not endanger individuals.
32 Years In the Life of Alison by Jeff Radcliffe by aloa Tue, 11/24/2009 - 16:23 I should have posted this a long time ago, but at the time i saw it it did not impress me that much. Jack Radcliffe photographed his daugther Alison from her birth in 1975 until 2007. This exhibition contains 32 years of very emotional black and white pictures of the process of a girl growing. This collection reminded me of the Noah Video where he takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years and put it into a video. Please visit Jack Radcliffe's wonderful website: for more pictures.
Teaching Twitter at J-school A new course offering from DePaul University in Chicago will teach journalism students how Twitter can be used in the newsroom. The class's objective will be to instruct future journalists how to sift through all the information that is available through social media sites like Twitter, specifically as it relates to uncovering breaking news and verifying the authenticity of amateur sources. The course will be taught by alumnus Craig Kanalley, a digital news intern at the Chicago Tribune and founder of the web site Breaking Tweets, which manually aggregates tweets related to news stories. Not surprisingly, Kanalley's students will also be contributing to Breaking Tweets. While an entire course dedicated to Twitter seems a bit excessive, there are certainly plenty of lessons to be learned for journalists using the microblogging site.
Laura Barton: Music for bus journeys In the stagnant days between Christmas and New Year, when the streets were empty and the sky was hungover, I sat on the bus listening to George Pringle's Carte Postale on repeat. Through the bus window the city was the colour of stale vase water, and as the corner shops of Hackney and Dalston and Islington floated by I listened over and over to Pringle talking about her "detailed scientific investigation into light reflected on glass". Carte Postale is a young woman's rumination upon cigarette ends, Streetfighter 2 and shoes that stick to nightclub floors, and boasts the superlative lyric: "You've never been up at 4am with the fear/ You've never lain on your bedroom floor half-blind you'd never love the girl who wakes up perspiring beer." It strikes me as a perfect bus journey song. I like my bus journey songs to have something of a narrative; "cinematic mini-epics" as Pringle might put it.
Please Update Your Bookmarks: TechCrunch.com is now HuffingtonCrunch.com Wow – things are sure moving fast tonight. Following this evening’s big news, we’re hearing from multiple sources that, effective tomorrow morning, TechCrunch.com will be renamed HuffingtonCrunch.com. Please update your bookmarks.