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August 02 2011


5 lessons Lady Gaga can teach the news industry about community building

The original article headline is: "5 Things Lady Gaga Can Teach Marketers About Community Building", but why should journalists and news outlets not profit from the findings as well ...

FastCompany :: Building communities all starts with finding a common thread that brings people together. Experiences help define or typify what a community is all about. A community can be extremely close knit, yet very different when looked at on an individual level. But the commonality is that every community has a soul, and to tap into its soul in a meaningful way unlocks all its secrets. Louis Marino, the author of this article, worked extensively in the music industry. He learned an awful lot about musicians. No, not their hard-living lifestyles and jaw-dropping spending habits. Marino: "I’m talking about their incredible sense of community and loyalty.

Continue to read Louis Marino, expert blogger, www.fastcompany.com

July 29 2011


3rd issue Longshot Magazine: 48 hours for a 60-page book - now with what tools?

The Atlantic :: At 3 pm on Friday, the Longshot Magazine team will begin work on their third issue. 48 hours later, they'll close the 60-page book. Longshot is a crazy project that Alexis Madrigal cofounded with Sarah Rich and Mat Honan about a year and a half ago.

[Alexis Madrigal:] We wanted to marry the networked speed of the Internet with the coherent beauty of print. Amazingly, we realized that almost all of the tools we needed were already available and free; we could create a real, glossy magazine in two days out of nothing but will, goodwill and good luck. So we did.

Experimentation is a major part of the Longshot spirit. "We like trying new things," writes Madrigal. This time they like to share their experience. Here are the tools the team will be using this weekend.

Continue to read Alexis Madrigal, www.theatlantic.com

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Engage, don't bore your readers - "Gamification" of routine tasks and everyday life

mashable :: Can life, and all the menial or routine tasks that come with it, be transformed through game mechanics into an engaging, social and fun recreational activity? Such is the idea behind the emerging trend of “gamification.” Gamification is most often defined as the use of gameplay mechanics for non-game applications. The term also suggests the process of using game thinking to solve problems and engage audiences.

Jennifer Van Grove takes a deeper look at the term, the trend, the mechanics and the real world implications of Gamification.

Continue to read Jennifer Van Grove, mashable.com

July 16 2011


Josh Tyrangiel: in a "culture of rapid-fire news" essays are too long - or will long-form ressurrect?

The Independent :: Last summer, the editor-in-chief of technology magazine Wired wrote and ran a cover story declaring, "The Web is Dead". A year earlier, the then managing editor of Time.com had rung the death knell on long-form reportage journalism. Wired's Chris Anderson claimed that newer, better ways to use the internet – apps, say – were pushing the conventional web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox et al) into terminal decline. Time's Josh Tyrangiel argued that the culture of rapid-fire news on the internet meant that Time magazine's distinctive essays were just "too long" to work on its website. In his view, the web had rendered the entire form obsolete.

Now, judging by an emerging online trend, both theories seem to have awkwardly mutated to produce a wobbly, exciting new truth: narrative journalism, the kind of expertly crafted piece that sprawls over thousands of words and swallows up a whole lunchtime to read, is far from dead.

Continue to read Nosheen Iqbal, www.independent.co.uk

July 14 2011


Storytelling - Augmented reality: Secret Visual Knowledge is a special new graphic novel

I love to get to know new forms of storytelling. It's exciting and alway worth to explore. I'm extremely impressed by the possibilities Augmented Reality offers for the presentation of news as part of reality. But I'm also sure that some might argue that we should first understand the world as it is, before we try to add additional information - and, yes, you're right. I fully agree. For now just browse through the example below.

Wired :: SVK, or Secret Visual Knowledge, is a very special new graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Matt “D’Israeli” Brooker. The limited-run comic, set in the not-too-distant future, tells the story of a secret device that allows its user to see the thoughts of the people he or she looks at. “The story has obvious influences from augmented reality, as these thoughts pop up around people’s heads when viewed through the device."

Via Roland Legrand (thanks Roland!) on Google+ (my first Google+ reference ;-)

Continue to read Bruce Sterling, www.wired.com

July 05 2011


Accountability - Jill Abramson: "In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion"

Poynter :: The most recent game of deleting and changing online news was played last month, when The New York Times removed a quotation by incoming Executive Editor Jill Abramson that said, in part, “In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion. In noting the deletion, some bloggers speculated whether the Times was trying to hide something, presumably Abramson’s worship of false idols. The Times said the line was dropped for a fresher quote.

[Steve Myers, Poynter:] A witness’ account in a developing news story disappears when it’s replaced by the version that appears in the next day’s paper. You remember a story saying one thing – and maybe you blogged about it – but now it says something else.

How news sites could improve accountability by tracking story changes, but probably won’t ...

Continue to read Steve Myers, www.poynter.org

June 27 2011


Short form, and updates every minute - Can liveblogging be monetized?

Journalism.co.uk :: Liveblogging platform ScribbleLive claims to have come up with four different ways that news organisations can make money from liveblogging, a form of reporting described by Matt Wells, blogs editor of the Guardian, as “native to the internet”. Liveblogging is a format that enables live coverage of events and breaking news stories. The article length is usually less than 300 words and updates are published within minutes.

Is it possible to make money with liveblogging? "Yes," says ScribbleLive.

It is interesting how incredibly sticky the liveblog audience is, particularly for true liveblogs that are updated minute by minute,Mark Walker from ScribbleLive, told Journalism.co.uk. With people staying for a long time, some for half an hour or more, and ad rotation at a rate of one per minute it is easier to generate a higher CPM.

Four ways to monetize liveblogging - continue to read Sarah Marshall, blogs.journalism.co.uk

June 12 2011


Visual storytelling - New Zealand one year ago: 10,000 photos for a Christchurch timelapse

lukaskaupenjohann | vimeo ::  - lukaskaupenjohann shot this timelapse together with some friends on his exchange year in New Zealand. They took more then 10.000 photos and put them all together to this timelapse movie. "It was a great way to view this beautiful city and we had the opportunity to get shots from some pretty cool locations."

Christchurch-Timelapse from lukaskaupenjohann on Vimeo.

Tue, Jun 1, 2010 07:10 EST

Visit his VIMEO channel for more lukaskaupenjohann, vimeo.com

June 11 2011


War and peace - Sebastian Junger on Tim Hetherington's death

Los Angeles Times :: Last Oscar season, author Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington walked the red carpet together. Barely two months after the Oscars, on April 20, Hetherington was killed in a mortar attack in Misurata, Libya, where he was covering the rebel uprising against Moammar Kadafi's regime.

[Sebastian Junger:] War remains one of humanity's master narratives.

In the months since, Junger has resolved to pull back from combat journalism. "I'm not going to do any more front-line reporting, because I don't want to put my wife through what I went through with Tim," he said during a recent stopover in Los Angeles to promote the new paperback edition of his 2010 book "War,"

An interview by Reed Johnson, www.latimes.com

June 02 2011


Donald Mahoney: Internet journalism after content farms or "What time does the Super Bowl start?"

Some Blind Alleys :: On February 6, 2011, the Huffington Post published what has become one of the most infamous and emblematic stories of the internet journalism age. The story concerned the starting time of Super Bowl XLV. Its headline was: “What Time Does The Super Bowl Start?” and it still owns the top Google ranking for the query.

Consider this overly obvious, if oddly formal intro sentence: “Super Bowl 2011 takes place on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time and 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time.”

The sentence defies the perception that news in the digital era must be as direct and succinct as possible.

"What time does the Super Bowl start? Or, internet journalism after content farms" - continue to read Donald Mahoney, someblindalleys.com


The news article no longer make sense to mobile users for consuming news

Business Insider :: Mobile technology is pulling apart the centuries-old format of the article. News and analysis are getting a divorce. There is nothing sacred about the article for the transmission of news. It is a logical way of packaging information for a daily print run of a newspaper and a useful format around which to sell display advertising. It has survived into the Internet age for reasons of tradition and the absence of better formats. We have come to accept it as a fundamental atom of news communication, but it's not.

[Jonathan Glick:] Given faster, easier alternatives, the article no longer makes sense to mobile users for consuming news.

Continue to read Jonathan Glick, www.businessinsider.com

May 30 2011


“Article” or traditional news story still necessary? - Jeff Jarvis: it's a byproduct of the process.

Buzzmachine | Jeff Jarvis :: The accepted wisdom of journalism and its schools was that storytelling was our real job, our high calling, our real art. Ain’t necessarily so. The accepted wisdom of blogging has been that now any of us can do everything: report and write, producing text and audio and video and graphics and packaging and distributing it all. But Jeff Jarvis can also see specialization returning with some people reporting, others packaging. He asks: "Can we agree to a new accepted wisdom: that the most precious resource in news is reporting and so maximizing the acquisition of facts and answers is what we need?"

[Jeff Jarvis:] So what is an article? An article can be a byproduct of the process.

Continue to read Jeff Jarvis, www.buzzmachine.com

May 28 2011


Brian Stelter, NYT - Disaster reporting, Twitter's strength and "what I've learned in Joplin"

GigaOM :: In his Tumblr post Brian Stelter, New York Times reporter, describes how he was woefully under-prepared for reporting on the aftermath of the recent tornado in Joplin, Missouri, U.S. It was also his first disaster for the newspaper.

Among other things, he didn’t even bring a pen, and his shoes got soaked within hours of being in the tornado-struck region. On top of those issues, Stelter also writes about how the cellular telephone system was almost unusable because of the damage, so he resorted to sending virtually everything via text message, and to posting his observations about the effects of the disaster on Twitter.

What can we learn?

Continue to read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

Brian Stelter on Tumblr thedeadline.tumblr.com

Brian Stelter on Twitter www.twitter.com/brianstelter

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