These are my links for June 5th through July 27th:
Journalism should look to collaboration, not charity – Jeff Jarvis is pretty free with the word charity here. Is it the charity that supports the organisation? Is the work of unpaid bloggers, citizen journos and UGC charity work? Why does it have to be a business model? Surely charity and profit are different? But there is an uncomfortable truth in here – charity will be a big part of the way new operates in future.
SourcedFrom / Plugin for WordPress – This looks interesting "Make your WordPress posts/pages available for re-publishing to other WordPress sites using our open-source (free) plugin for WordPress. "
6 Sites that are changing the way you follow the news – Nice round up of news tracking tools – "The way we read the news is changing, so it only makes sense that the way we follow the news should change as well. Even relatively new news aggregators like Google News seem antiquated compared to these game-changing tools."
Audience VS. Traffic – Patricia Handschiegel ponders the reality of measuring and attracting audience. For Pat it's all Bad analytics and baner numbers; smoke and mirrors "Newspapers are dying because they did not put enough real time into truly developing audiences for their sites. Guess who is next.
Attributor: Program the Web – Roy Greenslade pointed me to this service. I think we'll see more of this. Think penny aggregate legal action working on the same model as aggregate advertising. I'm wondering how good their algorithm ninja skills are to make it really work on pics and video. But I can see execs looking at this as a packaged solution and being swayed.
MyReporter.com – Ryan Sholin pegged this 'ask your local journo a question site " as one of his favorite Knight Batton sites. It's a nice idea that keeps a local focus and taps in to the ephemera of daily life well. Innovative more for what it makes the publication do rather than what it does, but interesting none the less
A Tale of Two Formats | lo-fi, hi-style – Kirk Mastin shoots a little feature with a hi-qual cam and a flip (actually taped to the other camera) You can see the same film back to back in his video and it pretty much proves that it isn't what you shoot with but who's doing the pointing. Good post.
Charging for Access to News Sites – "Undeniably, there is money to be made in digital publishing with free reader access, but whether that revenue leads to profits depends upon the scale and scope of the organization. The potential revenue does not appear to be of the magnitude that will support the massive operations of existing news organizations."
Free Final Cut Pro Video Tutorials – Lynda.com are offering "nearly three hours of free video training content for Apple’s latest release of Final Cut Studio." Great stuff
Paper Is Still the Medium, in Britain, for the Big Scoop – The NYT takes a look at UK newspapers (and our relationship with scoops and the web) with an envious eye. "Tim Luckhurst, a former editor of The Scotsman and now a journalism professor at the University of Kent. “I think that makes British journalism a little more like blogging.”"
In the news cycle, memes spread more like a heartbeat than a virus – A very sensible take on the recent memetracker study that is in danger of cementing the usual erroneous received wisdom on blogs and mainstream media. The report really shows that it's more "a series of handoffs between blogs and mainstream media." Collaborative rather than parasitic and one where that collaboration is often only acknowledged from by one party
About – Multimedia Standards (Beta) – A cracking resource from "a group of undergraduate and graduate students" at the University of Miami. Worth a look is The Grid – a matrix of media clips from thinkers and doers in multimedia
The plural of anecdote is not data – Replace intern with work-experience student and you get some idea of why the hype around the story of a 15 year old telling old men what young people like and don't is worth some thought. This article by Suw is 'good' think.
Time lag of different media sites on reporting a story – "[T]he CNN Political Ticker tends to report a story/quote 19.5 hours before it reaches the peak. And 56 means that the CNN Political Ticker reported 56 out of top 100 most important stories/quotes" – An interesting research study
Lack of Web Traffic May Be Reason for Froomkin’s Dismissal – The story of one journalists journey from one mainstream publication to another (yes the huff is mainstream) which I think a bit of a 2+2=5 article that uses one sensible point and conflates that with another to produce a post that will have curmudgeons and web geeks equally foaming.
Study Measures the Chatter of the News Cycle – A genuninly interesting study but. of course, the spin on this is the way MSM drives blogs but it's still dissapointing to see the more important and potentially bigger issue of stories sourced from new media (and I would like this to be more than blogs) and how that is referenced in the MSM.
10 Web Apps To Build The Next Big Thing Without Writing Any Code – "Ever wished that someone would overlay some data that fascinates you on a Google Map? Ever have an idea for a new desktop widget to take the computing world by storm? Well, no matter what your skill level is, there are tools out there in the world that will help you realize your dreams just by dragging-and-dropping what you need and in the order you want it?" Here are ten apps that will let you do just that. Some I had heard of, some not. All are worth some investigation
8 Reasons journalists need a curation system – "The growth of life streams means that “those who can filter out what’s important will matter more,” according to web strategist Jeremiah Owyang. CUNY Professor Jeff Jarvis’ makes a similar point that “every minute of a journalist’s time will need to go to adding unique value to the news ecosystem: reporting, curating, organizing.”
4iP | 4iP invests in Mapumental – "Mapumental is mySociety’s new travel map project. Mapumental takes the nation’s bus, train, tram, tube and boat timetables and turns them into a service that does vastly more than imagined by traditional journey planners."
Source of UFO scare revealed – A nice follow up to a local story that proved a real hit for the local paper. What caught my eye on this though was the demand for an attribution if the local press picked it up. The bitter voice of experience or freelancer testing the way the local press work. Whatever it is I hope the press respect it.
Innovations In News – See new multimedia and data projects from Slate and the Washington Post and "get behinds the scenes information on how the different projects were created."
The Fundamental Training Need :: The Scoop – "yeah, teach those CAR and multimedia skills. Have everybody Twitter. But please, let’s find a way to address the fact that for many journalists, Microsoft Word is the primary tool for organizing any and all kinds of information" I think the best way to do that is to teach them CAR and all that stuff and wean them away.
YouTube – reporterscenter’s Channel – "The YouTube Reporters' Center is a new resource to help you learn more about how to report the news. It features some of the nation's top journalists and news organizations sharing instructional videos with tips and advice for better reporting."
How To Save The Newspapers, Vol. XII: Outlaw Linking – "Of all the misguided schemes put forth lately to save newspapers (micropayments! blame Google!), the one put forth by Judge Richard Posner has to be the most jaw-dropping. He suggests that linking to copyrighted material should be outlawed." And let's not kid ourselves that execs all over the world have not thought this would be a good idea
What all local news websites need: A Welcome mat | Dan Mason – Dan Mason looks at how easy it is to connect on news sites "To be fair, local websites have travelled a huge distance in the last two years, with committed journalists doing their best against the odds. But this exercise brought home how ‘media; is truly only half the story now and forever. ‘Social’ comes first. No relationship. No journalism. No business."
What Are The New Obligations Of Readers? – Chris O'Brien resists the guilt trip and asks should it be the repsponsability of the audience to follow the comments in a story. A comment suggests that it should be the journo who updates the story based on comments. The truth is somewhere in the middle but the idea that it's the sole responsibility of the commentators to carry a story forward after being served it by the journo is didactic and lazy.
Moving pictures – Web video is more intimate than television and more immediate than
print. You've likely got your viewer's undivided attention for the
three minutes it takes to watch your film. What are you going to show them?
How to Search Twitter – A nice round up of simple ways to use google to search twitter. Using the Site: keyword and wildcard for searching profile and favorites for keywords is a simple but always worth being reminded on the simple. Great stuff.
Plane crash – This story of how a day out turned in to an exercise in mobile reporting is a great example of how technology has opened the door to on the spot content gathering. And of course its great that no one died
NUJ stimulus plan to save local news – This is serious right? "Tax breaks for local media who meet clearly defined public purposes. Create incentives for investment in quality local journalism that is rooted in our communities." Who decides what is quality?
Making money from content online – presentation | Online Journalism Blog – Paul Bradshaw shares a recent presentation on making money online. As he says " It’s intentionally provocative – and I’m sure you’re intelligent enough to read the real points I’m making here" but the truth is, they don't call it the blindingly obvious for nothing. Sometimes this stuff just needs saying and it's great that Paul is around to say it.
Best RSS feeds for information graphics – Nicolas Rapp has a stunning collection of RSS feeds for all things data and visualisation. Just subscribe, organise and get visual goodness in your in box everyday.
Journalism beta = lazy reporting – When journos err its an honest mistake. When bloggers do it's gossip and rumour. It's all down to intent you see. Proper journos always intend the best. More of the gnostic journalism school of old media defense strategies.
How the web changed the economics of news – in all media – Paul Bradshaw realizes that in "Listening to news executives talk about micropayments, Kindles, public subsidies, micropayments, collusion, blocking Google and anything else that might save their businesses, it occurs to me that they may have missed some developments in, ah, well, the past ten years. For those and anyone else who is interested, I offer the following primer on how things have changed." Jolly good it is to.
The Media Business: THE END OF JOURNALISM? – Robert Picard thinks that "Many of the voices and opinions, however, misunderstand the nature of journalism. It is not business model; it is not a job; it is not a company; it is not an industry; it is not a form of media; it is not a distribution platform.". What is it then Rob? "journalism is an activity."
"It’s SunTalk Wot Won It" – Martin Belam looks at the impact different regulations have on the different media covering UK elections