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January 14 2011

23:13

4 Minute Roundup: All Hail the Verizon iPhone!

The iPhone is coming, the iPhone is coming, the iPhone is coming... to Verizon. After an endless string of complaints from users about dropped calls on the AT&T iPhone, Verizon finally is offering relief with its own iPhone, due out next month. The downsides of the new Verizon iPhone include that it's on the CDMA network, and not a new 4G network, and doesn't do global voice roaming. I talked with CNET's Nicole Lee about the pluses and minuses of the new Verizon iPhone.

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Background music is "The iPhone Blues," an adaptation by Mark Glaser of "Phone Booth" by the Robert Cray Band. Performed by The Temps.

Here are some links to related sites and stories for the podcast:

Consumer Reports offers scathing critique on Verizon iPhone 4 at Consumer Reports

With Verizon's iPhone, a rare example of customers getting what they crave at the Washington Post

Verizon iPhone is 'Ultimate Threat' to Android, Report Says at PC Mag

Is Verizon IPhone Too Late For Apple? at MediaPost

A Few Points to Think About Before You Grab a Verizon iPhone at Huffington Post

Amazon Says No Plans to Carry Verizon iPhone at PC Mag

The Verizon iPhone 4: Promising, but likely to be short-lived at Consumer Reports blog

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about the Verizon iPhone:




What do you think about the iPhone on Verizon?survey software

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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January 07 2011

23:19

4 Minute Roundup: Is Consumer Electronics Show a Big Waste?

In this week's 4MR podcast, I consider the gargantuan Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It offers an orgy of gadgets and new technology, but how much of it is worth our time and will become influential and game-changing? I talked with CNET editor at large Rafe Needleman, who is at CES this week, to get his defense of the show and how it's bringing in massive traffic for CNET.

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Listen to my entire interview with Rafe Needleman:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories for the podcast:

The Most Worthless Week in Tech at Slate

Special CES Coverage at CNET

Ford Unveils Focus Electric in New York and Las Vegas at the NY Times

@CES: Hollywood Digital Czars Rain On Smart TV Parade at PaidContent

Samsung Teams Up With Comcast, Time Warner, Hulu to Bring TV to Multiple Screens at AllThingsD

CES - Ultraviolet digital movie downloads to launch in mid-2011 at LA Times

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about how important CES is:




How important is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)?customer surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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December 17 2010

23:39

4 Minute Roundup: Yahoo Prefers Delicious Sale to 'Sunset'

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Social Media content on MediaShift is sponsored by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, a program offering innovative and entrepreneurial journalists the resources of Stanford University and Silicon Valley. Learn more here.

In this week's 4MR podcast, I look at the controversy surrounding Yahoo possibly closing down social bookmarking site Delicious, which it bought five years ago. An internal slide was leaked showing Delicious was on the "sunset" list (to be closed), but after an outcry on Twitter and other social networks, Yahoo said it would look for an outside home for Delicious, meaning it could open the way for a sale. I talked with ReadWriteWeb co-editor Marshall Kirkpatrick about the future of Delicious, and even photo-sharing site Flickr in the wake of chaos at Yahoo.

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Listen to my entire interview with Marshall Kirkpatrick:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

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Here are some links to related sites and stories for the podcast:

Yahoo Trying To Unload Del.icio.us, Not Shut It Down at TechCrunch

Yahoo Has Hit Rock Bottom And Is In Absolute Disarray at TechCrunch

What's Next for Delicious? at Delicious blog

R.I.P. Delicious - You Were So Beautiful to Me at ReadWriteWeb

Now Yahoo! Says Delicious Will Live On...Somewhere Else at ReadWriteWeb

Painful or not, Yahoo is doing what it needs to do at GigaOm

Yahoo! hopes purchase of 'social media' company Del.icio.us is del.ight.ful weapon vs. Google from Business 2.0 in 2005

Delicious entry on Wikipedia

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about the future of Delicious:




What should happen to social bookmark service Delicious?customer surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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December 10 2010

22:50

4 Minute Roundup: Minorities, Young People Lead in Twitter Use

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast, I look at the recent survey results from Pew Internet on Americans' use of Twitter. The research group found that 8% of American use Twitter, with 2% using it daily. That use is even more pronounced among Americans aged 18 to 29, and among blacks and Hispanics. I spoke to Pew Internet senior research specialist Aaron Smith about the survey results and how Twitter use compares to social networking use.

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Pew's Aaron Smith:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

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After our phone interview, I asked Smith why he thought minority use of Twitter was so high compared to whites. Here's his response via email:

"There are a lot of factors possibly at play, but a big part of the story is that these groups are both younger as a whole than whites, and also more likely to access the web using a phone or other mobile device. Obviously Twitter was built with the mobile environment in mind, so to the extent that these groups are oriented around mobile access to information, they make a nice match with the service."

Here are some links to related sites and stories for the podcast:

8% of online Americans use Twitter report at Pew Internet

Who's Using Twitter? Some Surprising Answers at PC World

8% of Americans Use Twitter and More Stats You Need to See at Huffington Post

8 Percent of American Internet Users Go to Twitter, Report Says at NY Times Bits blog

Twitter use strongest among US minority groups - study at the BBC

There's a whole Internet outside of Twitter, so don't forget it at Zombie Journalism

5 Interesting Facts from Pew's Twitter Study at The Atlantic

Here are some of the responses to our recent poll question what people think about WikiLeaks:

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Also, be sure to vote in our poll about how you use Twitter:




How do you use Twitter?online survey

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

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December 03 2010

23:12

4 Minute Roundup: WikiLeaks Under Attack, Dropped by Amazon

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast, I talk about the recent release of secret diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, and how it is viewed by governments, journalists and free speech advocates. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted in Sweden for possible sex crimes, Amazon dropped hosting the documents, and the site has had trouble staying online due to hacker attacks. I spoke with NYU professor Jay Rosen about his views on WikiLeaks, the networked nature of information sharing, and the potential for local WikiLeaks.

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Jay Rosen:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here's a longer discussion of WikiLeaks by Jay Rosen in a recent video:

Jay Rosen on Wikileaks: "The watchdog press died; we have this instead." from Jay Rosen on Vimeo.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

State's Secrets - Special Report at NY Times

Swedish Court Confirms Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder at NY Times

WikiLeaks site

Despite Attacks, WikiLeaks' Swedish Host Won't Budge at Forbes

Bill aimed at WikiLeaks introduced at UPI

The War on WikiLeaks at CBS News

WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks at the AP

Amazon explains WikiLeaks cutoff - Not because of feds at the Seattle Times

Amazon and WikiLeaks - Online Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest Intermediary at the EFF

Online, the censors are scoring big wins at Salon

Here are some of the more entertaining responses to our recent poll question about new names for Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism:

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Also, be sure to vote in our poll about who you think about WikiLeaks:




What do you think of WikiLeaks?online survey

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

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November 12 2010

21:18

4 Minute Roundup: Newsweek-Daily Beast Merger; Slate Hurting?

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast, I discuss the recent merger announcement between Newsweek magazine and online publication The Daily Beast. The deal becoming finalized was first reported by Nick Summers, a former Newsweek reporter now at the New York Observer. I talked with Summers about the challenges Newsweek has faced, and his back-and-forth online with Slate's Jacob Weisberg about the current state of Slate.

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Nick Summers:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Observer Exclusive - Newsweek and Daily Beast to Merge at NY Observer

New Details Emerge on Newsweek-Beast Merger at NY Observer

Daily Beast, Newsweek to Wed! at Daily Beast

Newsweek, The Daily Beast Combine at Newsweek

Jacob Weisberg Was a Web Pioneer. But He Doesn't Much Care for What Works on the Web Now. Can Slate Recover? at NY Observer

Press Clips - The New York Observer's New Disclosure Problems at the Village Voice

Weisberg - NYO wrong; Slate's going gangbusters in memo at Romenesko

Slate's Traffic Is Gangbusters, Except When It's Not at NY Observer

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about who you think is the winner in the Daily Beast-Newsweek merger:




Who will come out the winner in the Daily Beast-Newsweek merger?customer surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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October 30 2010

00:49

4 Minute Roundup: Sunlight Foundation Tracks Money in Politics

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I talk with Sunlight Foundation's Ellen Miller about their efforts to track down the biggest donors in this year's election races. On Election Night, they will run their Sunlight Live platform that will give details on who has donated to whom as live video shows the winners and losers. Miller also talks about Sunlight's recent $1.2 million grant from the Knight Foundation.

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Listen to my entire interview with Ellen Miller:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Sunlight Foundation

Sunlight Live on Election Night

Sunlight Foundation to build 'National Data Apps' with Knight grant at Poynter

10 Projects That Help Citizens Become Government Watchdogs at PBS MediaShift (2009)

Sunlight Foundation Mixes Tech, Citizen Journalism to Open Congress at PBS MediaShift (2007)

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about how social media is affecting politics:




How will social media affect the U.S. midterm elections?online surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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October 23 2010

00:12

4 Minute Roundup: Hard News Pays More than Celeb Stories?

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I look at new research from Perfect Market that shows news sites earning more "revenues per thousand page views" (RPM) for serious stories about immigration and Social Security than stories about Lindsay Lohan. Is this finally proof that hard-hitting journalism will pay off online? I talked with Perfect Market exec Sheigh Crabtree to learn more about the study and how Perfect Market helps publishers get more value out of their archives.

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Listen to my entire interview with Sheigh Crabtree:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here's the findings on RPM from Perfect Market:

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Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Traffic Bait Doesn't Bring Ad Clicks at NY Times

The 10 Most Valuable News Topics Of Summer 2010 at Business Insider

Hard news brings in more revenue than celebrity news, according to Perfect Market at Editors Weblog

Quality journalism translates into higher CPMs at Marketing Vox

Hard News Pays Better Than Fluff -- or Does It? at GigaOm

Celebs Are Loud, But Hard News Pays at CJR

Perfect Market's Vault Index Summer 2010 at the Perfect Market blog

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about how you would describe the iPad:




How would you describe the iPad?online survey

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

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October 16 2010

00:18

4 Minute Roundup: A $100 Million Expansion for Public Media?

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I look at the ambitious plan by American Public Media honcho Bill Kling to add more than 300 new reporters and editors to four local public radio newsrooms, at a funding cost of $100 million. These new reporters would be digital-first and focus on text and multimedia before radio. I spoke to Ken Doctor, who wrote a detailed article about Kling's plan recently.

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Ken Doctor:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Public Media's $100 Million Plan - 100 Journalists Per City at Newsonomics

More details on Bill Kling's $100 million, 100-journalists-per-city public-media plan at MinnPost

Hundreds of Well-Paid Media Jobs (Could Be) Coming to Your City! at Gawker

WBEZ, News Giant? at Chicago Reader

Report - Top Public Radio Stations Developing Plan To Increase News Staffs at AllAccess.com

MPR's Bill Kling Steps Down - And Up - From Public Radio at Newsonomics

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about Skype adding Facebook functions:




Skype + Facebook = ?online surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

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October 09 2010

00:56

4 Minute Roundup: AOL Buys TechCrunch; Knight Updates News Challenge

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I look at the recent shopping spree by AOL, including buying tech news blog TechCrunch for more than $30 million. PaidContent founder Rafat Ali tells me what TechCrunch needed to do to finally seal the deal. And I also talked with Knight Foundation's director of digital media, John Bracken, about recent changes in the Knight News Challenge contest for next year's entrants.

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Listen to my entire interview with Rafat Ali:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

AOL Tried To Buy TechCrunch Twice Before at Business Insider

AOL Officially Announces Acquisition of 5Min at MediaMemo

AOL Will Buy TechCrunch, Mike Arrington and All at ClickZ

AOL Acquires TechCrunch at PaidContent

AOL's Wild Acquisition Day Concludes With Thing Labs, Maker of Brizzly at PaidContent

5th Knight News Challenge Opens For Entries Oct. 25 at Knight Foundation

Knight News Challenge '11 focuses on new areas at Lost Remote

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about AOL buying TechCrunch:




What do you think about AOL buying TechCrunch?survey software

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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September 17 2010

20:53

4 Minute Roundup: New Twitter Makes Room for Ads

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I look at the newly redesigned Twitter.com, now with a double-pane view, embedded photos and video, and infinite scroll. Some folks say this means Twitter is more of a media company, getting people to pay more attention to its website, where it could serve up more ads. I talked with tech pundit and blogger Robert Scoble, who said he likes the redesign and thinks third party Twitter app makers will need to innovate to survive.

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Listen to my entire interview with Robert Scoble:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Meet the new Twitter.com from Twitter

A Better Twitter at the Twitter Blog

The good and bad of Twitter's new design at Scobleizer

New Twitter - Why It is Important for You at Fast Company

New Twitter shows the Web isn't dead at CNN.com

Twitter Revamp Appears Better for Businesses at PC World

Twitter as broadcast - What #newtwitter might mean for networked journalism at Nieman Lab

Twitter Is a (Reluctant) Media Company at Media Memo

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about the new Twitter:




The new redesigned Twitter.com is ______.online surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

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September 10 2010

23:35

4 Minute Roundup: NYU's Jay Rosen on Rethinking J-Schools

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I do another special report for our "Beyond J-School" series, this time an in-depth discussion with NYU's Jay Rosen, who has been taking a new approach to journalism education. Rosen told me more about his Studio20 program, using an arts metaphor, and its work in helping to launch the new hyper-local site for the East Village in conjunction with the New York Times.

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Jay Rosen, touching on student expectations, and the mistake of news organizations in not using J-schools as R&D labs in the past:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Special Series - Beyond J-School at MediaShift

Studio20 on Tumblr

The New York Times' Latest Hyperlocal Site Will Launch On Sept. 13 at the Business Insider

Times Comes to Town, Sweating in Its Gown at Capital New York

The Local - East Village

The New York Times, NYU's Carter Journalism Institute to Launch News Site to Cover East Village at NYU

After helping ruin the East Village, NYU turns its attention to covering it at EV Grieve

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about the new Ping social network:




What do you think about the Ping social network in iTunes?customer surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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September 03 2010

23:51

4 Minute Roundup: Helping Journalism Students Get Tech Skills

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I talk about MediaShift's Beyond J-School series so far, including the stories on teaching social media, the 5Across roundtable and Jen Lee Reeves' take on getting j-students over their fear of technology. I talked with Reeves more about how she is asking her students this semester to pay $36 each for Lynda.com courses on learning the basics of Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash. Reeves talked candidly about her students and their fears of failing with technology.

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Jen Lee Reeves:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Special Series - Beyond J-School at MediaShift

How to Conquer Journalism Students' Fear of Technology at MediaShift

Making a Change at Jen Lee Reeves' blog

Reporter's Guide to Multimedia Proficiency by Mindy McAdams

How Do I Teach Students to Integrate Multimedia Tools into Storytelling? at Poynter

AEJMC - Teaching Social Media in the Classroom at Reportr.net

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think the biggest change is in journalism schools:




What's the most important change for journalism schools?customer surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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August 27 2010

23:36

4 Minute Roundup: Google Offers Free Calls via Gmail

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I look at the recently launched free phone service from Google through Gmail. Undercutting Skype and other VoIP services (not to mention landlines), Google is letting people call from their computer to anywhere in the U.S. or Canada for free, and charging low international rates. What's in it for Google? I spoke to tech pundit and Computerworld contributor Mitch Wagner to learn more.

Check it out:

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Listen to my entire interview with Mitch Wagner:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Call Phones from Gmail at Google

Six Things Google's Free Phone Service Can't Do at NY Times

Gmail call feature a ringing success, a million times over at Christian Science Monitor

How to make calls using Gmail at CNET

Google reportedly adding voice calling to Gmail at Computerworld

Gmail Voice Is About Future Search, Not Free Calls at Gizmodo

Gmail's now in the phone biz. Trouble for carriers down the road? at Sprint Connection blog

Google continues the assault on the price of a phone call at Washington Post

Google adds free phone calls to Gmail, wow at Seattle Times

Google Voice phone booths Dr. Who might love at News.com

Google introduces Gmail-linked phone service at SF Chronicle

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think the future of the landline will be:




What's the future of the landline telephone?Market Research

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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August 21 2010

00:24

4 Minute Roundup: Facebook Places Wants to Be Turned Off

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In this week's 4MR podcast I look at the recently launched Facebook Places location feature. While the social network touts it as a great way to tell your friends where you are in the physical world, others worry about the privacy implications. In fact, the most popular stories on the subject are telling people how to turn it off. I talked with Gawker staff writer Adrian Chen about his take on how Facebook could have made it easier to turn Places off.

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Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Facebook Places

Who, What, When, and Now...Where at the Facebook blog

The First Thing You Should Do With Facebook Places - Don't Let Other People Tag You at Gawker

Facebook Places Privacy Controls Get EFF Approval at eWeek

Why I'm Not Using Facebook Places at Jolie O'Dell's blog

How to Disable Facebook Places at Huffington Post

How To Disable Facebook Places at ReadWriteWeb

Facebook Adds Location Check-Ins Through Foursquare, Gowalla, and Yelp at LifeHacker

How to Disable Facebook Places at LifeHacker

Facebook gets its hands on check-in startup Hot Potato at SocialBeat

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about Facebook Places:




What do you think about Facebook Places?survey software

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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August 06 2010

23:39

4 Minute Roundup: Politicians Don't Want Wikileaks Protected

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In this week's 4MR podcast I look at the recent move by U.S. senators to amend a Federal journalist shield bill to exclude Wikileaks. Many lawmakers are angry at the whistle-blower site for sharing thousands of classified documents about the Afghan war. But what does this mean for a possible shield law, which already passed the House and a Senate committee? I talked with MediaShift legal analyst Rob Arcamona about the move by senators and whether the U.S. could really hold Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange accountable.

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

After Afghan War Leaks, Revisions in a Shield Bill at NY Times

Wikileaks editor interrogated by US border police at the Independent

WikiLeaks and a journalism shield law at the L.A. Times

Schumer, Feinstein Support Prosecution of WikiLeaks at NRO's The Corner

Latest Attempt To Create Federal Journalism Shield Law May Carve Wikileaks Out Of The Protections at TechDirt

Schumer Aims to Exclude Wikileaks From Media Shield Bill at FoxNews.com

Senate Tweaking Shield Bill In Wake of Wikileaks at Broadcasting & Cable

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about Wikleaks:




What do you think about Wikileaksonline surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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July 30 2010

23:35

4 Minute Roundup: Kindle Gives Amazon More Bang for Less Bucks

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In this week's 4MR podcast I look at the surprising success of the Amazon Kindle e-reader in the wake of the hit Apple iPad tablet. While many people expected the iPad to impact the e-reader market, instead the major players cut prices and Kindle sales tripled in the past month. Plus, Amazon announced a new line of Kindles that will cost even less -- with no touch screen or color. Book publishing veteran and MediaShift contributor Dan Brodnitz talked with me about Amazon's successful sell-everywhere strategy.

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Listen to my entire interview with Dan Brodnitz:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Amazon's new $139 WiFi Kindle for pre-order at Amazon

Amazon debuts new Kindle design, with Wi-Fi only version at MarketWatch

Amazon - Kindle Sales Growth Tripled Since Price Cut; E-Books Pass Print at PaidContent

Amazon sells out of Kindle at CNET

Tablets Are On The Rise But Don't Count Out E-Readers - Or Amazon at PaidContent

What does Amazon.com's rosy ebook news mean? LA Times' Jacket Copy blog

Amazon Mobile Sales Topped $1 Billion In Past 12 Months at PaidContent

Wasn't the Kindle supposed to be firewood? at CNET

Amazon - Kindle titles outpacing hardcovers at CNET

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you the future holds for the Kindle:




What's the future of the Amazon Kindle?online surveys

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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July 23 2010

23:05

4 Minute Roundup: The Problem with Content Farms

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I give an overview of "content farms," sites such as those from Demand Media, Yahoo's Associated Content and AOL Seed that produce massive amounts of content for low pay. While there have been issues with the quality of content from these sites, they often provide "good enough" how-to information for people searching for it online. Blogger/journalist Jason Fry has been a critic of content farms in the past, but now takes a more nuanced view of them, saying he's more worried about how they affect readers and searchers than the journalism business.

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Listen to my entire interview with Jason Fry:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Writers Explain What It's Like Toiling on the Content Farms at MediaShift

Your Guide to Next Generation 'Content Farms' at MediaShift

Beyond Content Farms series at MediaShift

Hey, Demand Media! Get Off My Lawn! at Reinventing the Newsroom

Comment by Demand Media writer about getting $100 per day at MediaShift

The 'Craigslist Effect' Spreads to Content as Free Work Fills Supply at AdAge


Content 'Farms' - Killing Journalism, While Making a Killing at The Wrap

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about content farms:




What do you think about "content farms"?Market Research

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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July 10 2010

00:45

4 Minute Roundup: Time.com Restricts Access to Print Stories

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

In this week's 4MR podcast I look at the move by Time.com to restrict access to its print stories online. Rather than set up a pay wall, Time shows abridged versions of print stories and asks you to subscribe to the print magazine or get its $5 iPad app edition instead. That has critics howling. I also talked with PaidContent co-editor Staci Kramer, who considers Time's strategy a "condom" between online visitors and the print magazine.

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Listen to my entire interview with Staci Kramer:

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Background music is "What the World Needs" by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Time's big new paywall at Reuters

Time Magazine putting up a paywall to protect print? at Nieman Lab

Time Magazine Dons An Online Condom at PaidContent

Time magazine remains free online, but offers less content at SFNBlog

Time Takes a Step Away From Free Web Content at NY Times Media Decoder

In Which Time Inc. Rides on the Wall of Death One More Time at Newsweek

Time Magazine Walls Off Its Web Site: Will You Pay Up? at MediaMemo

Time Inc.'s Web Paywall, Explained at MediaMemo

Also, be sure to vote in our poll about which pay walls you think will succeed (if any):




Which pay wall has the best chance to succeed?survey software

Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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4MR is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com.

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June 25 2010

23:03
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