Some SXSW-inspired thoughts about online communities, affinity, and the rules of engagement. – I've been thinking a lot about the idea of friends, followers and the like. I'm pondering how affinity, as a concept, ties these things together and whether getting people in the media to buy the concept is a way of getting better community relations. So this post from a while back pushed the right buttons for me. Esspecially the idea that "the end game is the connection, not the transaction."
Appreciating the inverted pyramid – "The inverted pyramid, it runs out, isn’t the devil’s spawn after all. It’s just another tool for storytelling and one that I think editors and reporters may need to spend a little more time exploring." Very true.
Former local journalist in new online venture – News of a local journo setting up a local news site. What caught my eye was (apart from a journo setting up on their own) was the comments about avoiding badmouthing your ex-employer. I agree. You're never going to compete. A competitive collaboration is a better bet
"Introducing Information Architecture at The Guardian" – Martin Belam posts his notes from – "'Introducing Information Architecture at The Guardian', which explained a bit about my role there and how the site is structured." Great stuff and who'd have know there was a wookipedia
Why journalists should learn to code (and why some shouldn’t bother) – "Both sides have valid arguments: learning basic HTML, CSS or other programming languages helps journalists create their own online content and understand the parameters of technical journalism. On the other hand, refusing to learn coding may be more than just stubbornness or old media thinking. " I agree that knowing some html is a good skill. Is it coding? No, I don't think so. Maybe we need to claim it as Online shorthand. Can you tag at more than 100 tags a minute?
Newspapers continue to talk a bad game… – Dan Thornton gets brain ache trying to understand the confused message coming from newspapers and the broader industry as they try and react to digital – "Lumping together so many disaprate businesses into one homogeneous ‘newspapers’ group is always going to result in a bit of schizophrenia, but when you’re attempting to discuss an industry, it’s a bit unavoidable.
10 Exceptional WordPress Hacks – 10 new and totally killer WordPress hacks to make your blog stand out from the crowd. As usual, we won’t just list the hacks alone. In each entry, you’ll find an explanation of the code as well as the kinds of problems that the hack solves.
Overview of live video over the internet – "…there are many low-cost options available right now that should be putting pressure even on dedicated video conferencing businesses and services included in IPTV (Internet Protocol Television)"
‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers – Everyblock gets a look from the NYTimes “In many cities, the local blog scene is so rich and deep that even if a newspaper goes away, there would be still be plenty of stuff for us to publish,” said Mr. Holovaty of EveryBlock.
Canada’s Community Newspapers – "Some of the fastest-growing ethnic communities in Canada—be they South Asian, Chinese, Hispanic or European—still prefer to get a little ink on their fingers while reading the news. Advertisers have started to clue in."
The content cascade: How content will flow in digital news enterprises – "Rather than trying to redefine “the basic unit of news” — it used to be the story; is it now the fact, or the topic, the issue, or what? — and what that implies for the work of journalists, going forward it will be most useful to think about content as a cascade, as in a stream running down a rocky glen, always moving, dividing, uniting, filling pools here and there, constantly finding new niches to fill."
Q&A: Canon helps usher in the video SLR era – "In an interview with CNET News, Chuck Westfall, technical adviser for Canon's professional products marketing division talked about not just video, but also OLED displays, the arrival of rival full-frame SLRs from Sony and Nikon, changing flash card and file format standards, wireless networking, and more. "
Newsplastic: Electronic ink + flexible screens + wireless – "But the possibilities [of e-paper] really start to hit home when you watch these YouTube videos of laboratory-stage e-reader technology. Note that the following video of Plastic Logic's flexible screen is almost 3 years old. "
Local media ownership rules may be relaxed in quick-fix bill – "It is would be consistent that rather than have Digital Britain as a report it is turned into a white paper or bill of some sort. "A change in the competition regime for newspapers does not require legislative change, just a new interpretation by the Competition Commission and OFT of the definition of the scope of the marketplace," the newspaper industry insider added.
Research: Going Web-Only Could Kill Your Newspaper | paidContent:UK – "With the economics of news forcing the likes of Seattle-PI and Christian Science Monitor to abandon print for the web, doubtless dozens of other publishers are mulling the same option. Not so fast – ditching the dead tree could lose publishers the bulk of their revenue and even a sizable chunk of their web traffic, say researchers from London’s City University."
Create your own infographic with a few clicks using GunnMap – GunnMap is an application that allows users to upload their own data, customize the colors and then download the resulting infographic. It seemed too good to be true, so I tested it out for II readers to find out if this could really be the answer for quick-and-easy graphics. Although it has it’s limitations, I have decided that GunnMap is definitely worth checking out.
Former editor to study decline of regional newspapers – "Neil Fowler has been awarded the Guardian Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and will look at the post-war history of local press and more recent developments such as the impact of digital technology and the internet."
Social media is good for you – "Does the rapid stream of news that constant digital connectedness brings us (via social networks and the likes of twitter) make us less compassionate? Does it mess with our moral compass?"
What is Good Journalism? – Richard Sambrook finds a great presentation made up of quotes that try and answer the titular question.
Why top-down syndication is broken – "Greg Elin of the Sunlight Foundation reacts to a presentation by the AP’s vice president and director of strategy Jim Kennedy on a “new model for news consumption,” given via teleconference to the room." Essentially this boils down to 'you have to let us play with you or your model is rubbish' with a detour in to share the process if you're not going to share the outcome.
Herding Cats – "Best of luck to the latest effort to unite the newspaper industry. They'll soon learn that one of the penalties of being the rough draft of history is that you need to be able to learn from that history."
Defending “rule-breaking” journalism – "One of my colleagues, for example, suggested that the post was irresponsible and that such rule-breaking is one of the reasons there is a “credibility gap” between bloggers and mainstream journalists."
Avid Introduces VideoSpin 2.0 – Version 2.0 of avids free video editor. You'll need to pay to get the better codecs but even that is dirt cheap. Only for XP/Vista though
How to Build an Emmy-Winning Videojournalism Department – "It really boils down to making the right choices about what you spend time on. Yes, it is worth months of time to produce 50 video segments – count 'em! – commemorating the 50th anniversary of Motown Records. Crazy, yes, but worth it if you look at the hit count. Yes, it is worth sending a videographer out at 12:01 a.m. to do a clip of disgraced former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaving jail, knowing that everything associated with him goes off the charts. "
WSJ & the Kindle: Puzzling Relationship – "Could this Kindle story be an attempt by the Journal to nudge Amazon in a favorable business direction? The possibility is strong enough that I’m personally very skeptical about the WSJ article’s key claim. Either a more nuanced headline or stronger sourcing would have made this story less of an ethical gray area."
The unstoppable rise of the citizen cameraman – "We've still to discover why a policeman knocked Tomlinson to the ground and why he died a few minutes later. If and when we do, it will be words and not pictures that tell us." Which completely ignores the fact that the two together are so powerful