These are my links for April 22nd through May 8th:
  • Digital Inclusion: The Evidence — Digital Engagement – A cracking presentation with a huge range of stats on digital inclusion – are we really talking to all our audience when we go online?
  • Teaching Online Journalism » Multimedia journalism teaching: 10 things I learned – Mindy has some great ideas and isnights based on her experiences of teaching multimedia this year
  • NewBizNews: Hyperlocal « BuzzMachine – "For the New Business Models for News Project at CUNY a key model we want to build is hyperlocal. " More from Cuny and Jarvis on possible models for the future of journalism
  • The "Future of Journalism” heard – Not the place you'd expect a round up of the "Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet hearing on the "Future of Journalism," (a great site none the less) but a nice selection of links that would be of interest to all, not just the US.
  • New hyperlocal sites for towns without newspapers – Big(ish) newspaper group stake claim on web shock. "In every town, there will already be a person who writes match reports for football games, businesses who like to talk about their work, churches who host events every week. We want to co-ordinate that activity. " Interesting move by AND but time will tell if it's really hyperlocal or more of the same. The phrase "We want to co-ordinate that activity" doesnt make me confident for the former.
  • NewBizNews: Metro « BuzzMachine – "This is the third of three strategies for a sustainable future of news that we’ll be working on at the CUNY New Business Models for News Project It’s the most complex and the most important: What can fill the void when (I used to say if) a metro paper dies? "
  • David Simon, Creator of Acclaimed HBO Series "The Wire": As Profit Motive Guts Newspapers, Communities Lose Out – A full transcript of Simon's evidence gives a more rounded view of his take on the issues than a lot of the blog talk gave him credit for. I still can't buy the contradition of relaxing anti-trust and 'it was the shareholders that did it' but this is the source stuff – so you cam make your own mind up.
  • David Simon: Dead-Wrong Dinosaur – Gawker do a bit of a job on Wire creator David Simon and his apparently anti-blog sentiment "Simon told the Senate Commerce Committee today bloggers don't go to city council meetings, or know what the hell is going on if they do — a clichéd, out of touch refrain common among newspapermen who can't be bothered to do any reporting on the assertion." It's a shame Simon chose bloggers as his lever to try and force congress to 'save newspapers'. A bit like bankers blaming bank customers. Good ammo but wrong target David.
  • News Corp Q1 results: Ad plunge at newspapers prompts Murdoch online rethink – Lots of interesting things off the back of Murdochs comments, for example, "He suggested that one of News Corp's main newspaper assets, for example The Sun or Australia's The Daily Telegraph could start charging for online access within a year or so." But I also like the throw away statement about audience, facebook and revenue. Why would be interested in audience unless they bring ad revenue!
  • @Google – @Twitter To Start Indexing Links For Search – Santosh Jayaram, Twitter’s new VP of Operations has been speaking at some conference/panel thing. According to Techcrunch, " The most interesting thing is that Twitter Search will soon begin crawling the links that people tweet out and indexing them. This immediately takes Twitter Search, which is still a very basic service, to the next level." I agree. Twitter is fast becoming my new source of interesting stuff and this kind of search will really open things up
  • MediaShift Idea Lab . Journalism’s 3.0 Business Model(s) – Dan Glimour gives over space on Media Shift to Jeremy Pennycook, a graduate student, and an interesting take on the state of the industry " This isn't a knockout punch, no deus-ex-machima to save us, but this is probably closer to reality. It isn't glamorous and it isn't easy, but from the ashes of legacy media, new journalists can arise and rebuild a more agile, vibrant, and diverse industry with the same core values and goals."
  • FIPP 09: Charging for content or e-commerce – how will mags make money? – Roberto Civita joins the GMG's Carolyn McCall in gently introducing the mag industry to the concept of this new fangled online thing and the vexing issue of paywalls. This stuff has to be embraced – "Civita was adamant that magazines will continue and that the industry shouldn’t get hung up on what platform this happens on (”I really don’t think it makes any difference if we’re talking about paper or the new e-papers”) – it’s the quality of the product that matters"
  • When a reporter opens his multimedia toolbox – A google translation of an interview with French Multimedia journo Antonin Sabot.
  • Ridiculous or Radical? Idea #1: Stop making video – "I know it’s heresy to say it. But are we wasting time concentrating on video journalism?" I say no but agree that it has to have its place.
  • YouTube River Diverted Into The Google Social Ocean As Well – You could link Youtube and google together "but starting today, if you sign up for a new YouTube account, you automatically get a Google account to go with it." Might be a less frustrating way to sign up for a google id!
  • Top 10 Tools of the Social Media Swiss Army Knife – "social media is essentially a Swiss Army knife. And a Roman legion of social media experts can't tell you more about social media than a simple Swiss Army knife can. Social media is a tool."
  • Emily Bell on The Future of Journalism – "Emily's topic was Journalism Ten Years From Now – a massively contentious topic as advertising revenues and print circulations plummet, editorial staffs shrink, new digital and social media platforms spring up everywhere and knowledgeable amateurs with blogs provide an increasing number of alternative, authoritative information sources."
  • Find journalism links to share on Twitter – How do you find links to share with your followers on Twitter? If your followers are interested in journalism, Kevin Sablan has one easy way.
  • Seth’s Blog: Thinking about business models – A business model is the architecture of a business or project. It has four elements: 1. What compelling reason exists for people to give you money? (or votes or donations)
  1. How do you acquire what you're selling for less than it costs to sell it?
  2. What structural insulation do you have from relentless commoditization and a price war?
  3. How will strangers find out about the business and decide to become customers?

Seth Godin thinks about how the four fit together and which elements are important for new media

  • A confab with Matt Thompson: Noodling the future of context – Matt Thompson is a 2008-2009 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and his work and input in to a recent think tank debate in Washington DC generated some interesting points on dealing with news "in context".
  • Does Anyone Trust the Media? – eMarketer – People around the world do trust the media, but to varying degrees. Thanks to @markmedia for the pointer to this study of 'trust' in the media around the world. The use of the definition "online news" concerns me a little as that could include newspaper websites. But it makes for interesting contrasts
  • My 21 Tips for Starting a Successful Blog | The Wardman Wire – Darren Rowse at Problogger has posted about things that potential bloggers (”Pre-Bloggers”) need to think about. This article is Matt Wardman's response to this article and top 21 points for pre-bloggers to think about. Very interesting it is to.
  • Online first journalism – "It’s time for some short-takes: stuff I find interesting around the blogosphere for journalist bloggers" A nice round up of blogging jouno related stuff.
  • Gimmick or utility? News connections – Mindy has mixed feelings about the Washington Post's cute Evri widgets "I feel divided about these. On the one hand, they are fun to play with. They make me curious, and I click on them. On the other hand, I don’t think I have ever clicked one of the story links below the graphic — which would seem to be the reason the graphic exists."
  • 7 Harsh Truths about running online communities – "The ultimate harsh truth is that your users will be talking about your website, services and products, whether you want them to or not. The only question is whether you want to engage in that discussion."
  • 3Rs of Blogging – Redirect, Reuse, Recycle – "In today’s world, we pay a lot of attention toward ways to minimize waste of any kind. The 3 Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) have become rallying cries for those hoping to maximize our use of limited resources. " A great article about making the most of missing and underperfomring blog posts. There is also a promise of, what looks like, a great new wordpress plugin to help
  • World’s Best Headlines: BBC News – Jakob Nielsen likes the BBC headlines "Precise communication in a handful of words? The editors at BBC News achieve it every day, offering remarkable headline usability"
  • The value of a newsletter – Craig McGinty says that "If there is one thing I stress to any website owner big or small it is the importance of offering a newsletter service." and he has a graph to prove it. Well thought out support for the value of newsletters from Craig.
  • 85 Resources to Pass the Time During Your Next Furlough – Another mega list of resources to wade through. Why not do 2 a day towards your five-a-day of web upskilling
  • Town halls hit back in council newspapers row – Don't blame us for your problems say council leaders. When it comes to the council run newspapers are killing regional newspapers fight they say that "Councils do not operate their own publications to jeopardise the future of the local paper. As the LGA's research shows, most magazines are only distributed a handful of times a year and are not significant competitors for advertising revenue.
  • Social Bites – Like Sound Bites But Different – I missed this, but I like the idea. Not sure making tweets so structured is something to sweat over but the concepts and motivation are spot on "A social bite is a short piece of text to describe an article, post or idea which is easy to understand and easy to distribute through viral networks. A social bite must still carry the post’s message and goal but in a way that quickly impacts with users in essence"
  • Jeff Jarvis: Advice for specialist journalists – Adam picks up a post from Jo Geary with video of "Jeff Jarvis – associate professor at City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, Guardian columnist and author of Buzzmachine.com – speaking at SXSWi 09."
    Jeff suggests that journalists need to establish personal connections to an audience in order to survive the current industry turmoil.
  • Journalists must change thinking to change industry | Save the Media – “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein. When I read this Einstein quote (which was posted in an office at my kids’ elementary school), I thought: Wow! Einstein could have said this today about the newspaper industry.
  • TV3.0 Journalism and political challenges of TV in the digital age – A (google)translated version of a German academic paper on internet TV and USG
  • Yet another ‘why journalists should use Twitter’ post – It may be 'yet another' but Alison always brings something extra to the table – "So, while the Twitter canon is extensive enough without me adding to it, I thought I'd lay out why I think journalists should use Twitter. Just in case my J-student needs some extra ammo…"
  • graphic designr » Creating graphics with Google Docs – This short, easy how – to on the way you can create interactive graphics using google docs is one of a number of short intros to core technical skills for journalists
  • The Mainstream Adoption Curve – A nice graphic that illustrates the way that the new, fast becomes the old
  • Five things a ‘complete journalist’ should know today – "a quick list of 5 basic tech skills that college journalists should possess to enhance their chances for career success"
  • How to turn online social networking into real-life relationships – "The following tips for expanding your network and contacts in a digital environment will help you translate those online connections into lasting real-world relationships."
  • FLYP : A multimedia magazine – behind the scenes – Flyp has some presentation problems – the page VS. multimedia screen paradigm needs work – but the content is good and this article puts some flesh on the people behind it.
  • High Time We Set the Record Straight on Newspaper ‘Myths’ – "Let's set the record straight: Newspapers still enjoy considerable readership and deliver strong results for advertisers. More Americans read printed newspapers than watch the Super Bowl. More Americans read printed newspapers than own dogs. Newspapers and their Web sites reach a larger audience than ever before." Yes, all god points but it's still not an excuse to rest on your laurels
  • Video Viewing Exceeds E-mail Use, Nielsen Reports – Can this be true! "Visitors to video sites now exceeds users of Web-based e-mail, according to a report released today by The Nielsen Company. The study reports on monthly unique visits to various Web sites and online applications. "
  • 64 Things Every Geek Should Know – LaptopLogic.com – Lots of (what to most will be) uber geek stuff. Like how to bypass website blocking – "What is a horrific situation for an average computer user is a simple irritation for an everyday geek. To bypass a website block/filter, simply enter that websites IP address in instead of the actual site address. "
  • New Voices: New Voices Invests in Eight Hyperlocal News Sites – "Eight hyperlocal community media projects from across the United States have been selected as this year’s New Voices grant winners. Each will receive up to $25,000 in start-up funding over the next two years."..and man, won't they be closely watched
  • Multimedia toolkit: 55 sites you should know about – A great resource
  • Introducing The Long News – "[T]he idea behind The Long News: to try to identify news stories whose significance seems likely to grow, rather than diminish, over time."
  • The 25 Basic Styles of Blogging … And When To Use Each One – An interesting presentation on the types of blogging with some 'values' attached to each
  • The OJB guide to open news APIs – part 1: Guardian, NYT and Daylife – "In the first of a series, Peter Clark, founder of Broadersheet, takes a look at three of the leading APIs for people looking to build news-based web projects and mashups."
  • Twitter Quickstart Guide – "…don’t know quite how to get started with this Twitter thingy, this post is for you. (It’s also for anyone else who wants to get into the warm, scented waters of Twitter, but hasn’t; or those who have signed up but are not yet fully addicted. You know who you are…)" A nice intro
  • Proof that council papers are competing with local press – "the net effect, of course, is to undermine the commercial local media still further, reducing income from advertising and causing sales to fall."