These are my links for March 23rd through April 13th:
Print is still king – "The fact remains, of course, that not only is online revenue alone insufficient to sustain news operations, but the print operations of our larger newspapers, having lost most monopoly pricing power, are not sustainable either, recession or no recession."
Times embraces return of ‘citizen journalism’ – "The Washington Times' news gathering is about to become a whole lot bigger as the newspaper launches one full print page per day of news stories reported and written by average citizens in local communities. "
Local news is a lost cause on the major social news sites. – "No matter how much effort local bloggers and publishers pour into promoting their work on them, it's a lost cause. The audience there just doesn't care about local news unless its either a weird-news-of-the-day-type item or a big scandal a la Blagojevich. "
Great journalism brings in an audience – "If there is any message for journalism in this it is that a combination of trusted news brand (one a fund manager from New York would send his video) and very good reporting will, as it has long done, bring in the audience."
A formula for measuring news quality? – "It would also be useful if anyone is ever to attempt such a study as it would provide a tool that doesn’t hinge on personal subjectivity and therefore can be used by anyone who participates in the study. So what would go into such a metric?"
Does Google Really Control The News? – "Google isn’t the only one who benefits from all those links. If you want to be known as an authoritative source of news, it is no longer good enough to simply proclaim yourself to be one."
Vimeo is the" YouTube for artistes" – "The Web video site Vimeo goes after an audience tired of the poorly lit basement aesthetic." Nice article with some even nicer examples.
Can the Statusphere Save Journalism? – "Content, and the reporters and journalists who produce it, must migrate to the individual attention dashboard in order to trigger a reaction that reverberates across the social graph and become gathering points for individual tribes." Ham fisted conclusion but the concept – especially the idea of the statusphere – is really seductive
How Google Stole Control Over Content Distribution By Stealing Links – "What Google “steals” from every website isn’t the content — it’s the links. "It’s the links, stupid. And everyone gives Google their links to read — for free!!" This is why journalists need to understand what power there is in linking and being a trusted source of links
Sound control for Canon 5D camera – "BeachTek is happy to announce their new DXA-5D XLR adapter that has been highly anticipated for the Canon 5D Mark II camera" – A box that fits on the bottom of your 5D so that you can plug in some serious mic technology
The Morton Plan – Charge and charge again (and the same online as you would in print) – "I call on all you publishers to decide individually (to ward off the antitrust folks) to charge for Internet access to your newspaper content: Offer your readers the choice of getting their paper online, with the advantages of expanded information and search capabilities, or in print for the same price. A modest premium would give them both. Charge advertisers the same for online or print space, based on print's current cost-per-thousand for advertising"
Who the Hell Is Enrolling in Journalism School Right Now? – "But you’re not going to learn how to exploit it in a stuffy classroom taught by people who got there by working at newspapers." More from the 'school of life' arm of I'm right and don't need to actually check that what I write has any validity – unrelenting arse
True/Slant: A new journalism model? – "True/Slant is the creation of a former AOL and Wall Street Journal journalist. It provides ad-supported pages to more than 60 "knowledge experts" and compels them to write regularly and interact with those who comment as part of their social network"
AP Exec: “To the Untrained Eye it Looks Like We’re Stupid” – “To the untrained eye it looks like we’re stupid. But we’re looking forward to a totally new space, where we have to get ready to do things in a totally different way. We’re trying to be smart business people and we’re trying to stay in business.”
Knight Digital Media Center: News Leadership 3.0 – "With a third of young people saying they get no news on a given day, two just-launched experiments are putting their content on a new Facebook application and using an “Action Team” model to engage young users."
Choose the right medium for your message – There is never any concrete answer, but with the multimedia picker embedded below, you can at least have an idea of which technology will work best to showcase a story or idea.
feednest – FeedNest.com lets you publish any RSS feed (and we mean any feed; yours, techcrunch, cnn, BBC, etc.) to your twitter account automatically posting each new item as they are published. Why would anyone want chocolate in their peanut butter, you ask??? Most people don't
BBC – The Knowledge Exchange Blog – The beeb set up a spot for publishing the findings of collaborative partnerships academics and the BBC funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Research & Development