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April 28 2012


Lee Rainie: News in a networked world

Pew Research :: At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, Lee Rainie will discuss the Project’s latest findings about how people use the internet, smartphones, and social media tools to get news, share news, and create news.

He will describe how the very definition of news is expanding in the age of “me media.” He will discuss the Project’s new research about how people use different platforms to get news about different topics: that is, they use different media channels to learn about the weather and learn about local government. He will also describe how social networks have become essential transmitters of news and evaluators of the meaning of news in people’s civic lives.


International news council in Madrid: Social media not necessarily journalism’s panacea

paidContent :: Tech giants may have their own views on what journalism should become, but some news organisations are questioning what benefits the social vision of future news can really bring at a time when they’re struggling for business survival … Lunch-stealing?

[Rob Grimshaw:] Facebook will make north of $3 billion in advertising this year. This is not doing anything good for journalism – in fact, it’s destroying it.

Source: FT.com MD Rob Grimshaw told the Paley Center For Media’s international council in Madrid last week; here quoted by Robert Andrews

Continue to read Robert Andrews, paidcontent.org

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April 27 2012


Trending? Stretching the truth of a headline to get clicks

JimRomenesko.com :: From ANONYMOUS (“As a relatively young journalist still trying to make it, I’d ask that you please not use my name”): The Houston Chronicle’s website today has the headline “Member of The Killers commits suicide.” I clicked it, and was linked to a video from E! Interestingly, the AP article specifically says the deceased was not a full member of the band but did appear on tours and performed on albums in 2006 and 2008. In short, it appears a musician who played with The Killers died. That’s different from what the headline said.

This seems to be a trend that I’m seeing a lot lately: stretching the truth ...

Continue to read Jim Romenesko, jimromenesko.com


'Kill the article' - How tech’s giants want to re-invent journalism

paidContent :: “Do we not deserve to rethink the architecture of what a ‘story’ is, the form of presentation and narrative to meet the needs of people who are consuming, not just by articles?,Google’s Gingras, who previously led Salon Media Group and pioneering online community The Well, asked at the gathering. “As Larry Page once said to me,” Gingras relayed, “Why don’t reporters do more footnoting?’

HT: Global Editors' Network via Twitter

"How tech’s giants want to re-invent journalism" - Continue here Robert Andrews, paidcontent.org


Politicians and the press: Are British newspapers a menace to democracy?

The Economist :: BAGEHOT spent today in Singapore on the final leg of a trip watching the British foreign secretary at work in Asia. A future column will discuss Britain's new foreign policy plans, but this week's print column—written from the road—examines a furore back home triggered by the latest hearings of the Leveson inquiry into press ethics. Ripples from the debate about the British press, and its unhealthily swaggering relations with the country's political leaders, reached Asia all week. To my slight surprise, I found myself watching Leveson coverage live at Hong Kong airport, courtesy of CNN.

Why is a row about British domestic press regulation global news?

Continue to read www.economist.com

April 26 2012


IC2012 Madrid: News at the speed of life (live streaming now)

Paley Center :: The International Council, a global forum for leading media and technology innovators and policy makers, will convene an intimate gathering of 60-70 top media executives, front-line journalists, news innovators, and thought-leaders for a summit on ensuring a future for quality news and information.

HT: Wolfgang Blau, ZEIT Online

International Council in Madrid. "News at the speed of Life: Lessons from a Watershed Year in Journalism". Live-Stream: paleycenter.org/ic-2012-madrid…

— Wolfgang Blau (@wblau) April 26, 2012

Continue to read www.paleycenter.org

April 25 2012


Miles Kahn (TwitPic): This entire news segment is a cry for help

This entire news segment is a cry for help. twitter.com/mileskahn/stat…

— mileskahn (@mileskahn) April 25, 2012

HT: @jeffjarvis RT of @brianstelter


Tory MP Louise Mensch calls for subsidies for local newspapers

Guardian :: Tory MP Louise Mensch has called for the government to consider a form of subsidy to support the ailing local newspaper market, arguing that community-level coverage is still far more powerful than a "Facebook campaign and a couple of tweets". Mensch, who led a private members' debate in Westminster Hall on Wednesday, said that "now is not the time to wipe out our local press" as doing so would represent a "threat to democracy".

Continue to read Mark Sweney, www.guardian.co.uk


Why don’t people trust the media? The answer of a political scientist

The Monkey :: Recently Jay Rosen and Ezra Klein discussed the causes of declining trust in the media. In my recent book, Why Americans Hate the Media and Why It Matters, I explore the causes and consequences of declining media trust. I agree with much of what Jay and Ezra have said. But I would also disagree on a few points and state the other points somewhat differently.

HT: Jay Rosen

Awesome! Political scientist @jonmladd takes up my trust puzzler: Why Don’t People Trust the Media Anymore? His answer: bit.ly/IbtaGx

— Jay Rosen(@jayrosen_nyu) April 25, 2012

Continue to read John Sides, themonkeycage.org

April 23 2012


Inside Forbes 'sustainable" model for journalism: It's 4:30 pm

Forbes :: For the last 22 months, FORBES has been aggressively building a new, sustainable model for journalism as technology continues to disrupt the media and advertising industries. We now have 1,000 content creators — staff reporters, authors, academics, topic experts and business leaders. They all use our tools to publish content and establish their individual brands on our platform. We are a disruptive force in our own right.

Lewis DVorkin of Forbes calls it "editing for talent." Find good contributors, give them good tools, set them free. onforb.es/Jsvgkv

— Jay Rosen(@jayrosen_nyu) April 23, 2012

Inside Forbes by an insider - Continue to read Lewis D'Vorkin, www.forbes.com

April 22 2012


John Tiffany, co-director of the National Theatre’s exploration of the threat to Scottish journalism

Hearld Scotland :: They were the Huddersfield Daily Examiner and the Sunday People, papers my mum and dad still read. We weren't a broadsheet type of family. I suppose we were a little proud of that fact, in the way that northern English families tend to be proud of who they are (and who they aren't). At about 13, I had a paper round and that gave me a more tangible reason for hating posh papers: they were much heavier, adding something vengeful to my Sunday morning hike.

When I came to university here in Glasgow, I fell in love with newspapers. This is a country built on many proud industries, some of which were in deep decline when first I walked across the city, passing closed factories and the shipyards' frozen cranes. But the newspaper industry was lively.

"In praise of the press" - Continue to read John Tiffany, www.heraldscotland.com


Comprehensive round-up of the ethical issues: Reporting the Anders Behring Breivik trial

Journalism.co.uk :: As the world's media gathers in Oslo for the trial, now in its fifth day and ongoing, much of the press find themselves in a troubling catch-22 situation. On one hand, huge public interest means that journalists must respond with an appropriate amount of coverage and analysis. However, fears have surfaced that this intense media glare is what Breivik was hoping to achieve. Although the first day of the trial was widely broadcast and reported on, the debate on media restrictions has dominated coverage.

Ethical issues - Continue to read Tabby Kinder, www.journalism.co.uk

April 21 2012


'Survival is success': Journalistic online start-ups in France, Italy, Germany

Reuters allows registered users to download this report for free.

Reuters :: All around Europe, new journalistic ventures are launched on the internet even as legacy media like newspapers and broadcasters are often struggling to adapt to a new communications environment. This report is the first to systematically assess how they are doing. Based on analysis of nine strategic cases from Germany, France, and Italy, it shows that the economics of online news today are as challenging for new entrants as they are for industry incumbents.

Continue to read reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk

April 19 2012


Market-sensitive economic data: U.S. Media orgs will have to use government equipement

Bloomberg :: The U.S. Department of Labor said it can’t promise journalists they will be able to transmit market-sensitive economic releases at exactly the same time under changes resulting from the first review of procedures in a decade. The agency ordered media organizations to remove computer software, hardware and communications lines they have installed at the department to transmit news on data such as the unemployment rate and consumer prices. Instead, reporters will have to use government equipment, software and Internet connections.

Continue to read Meera Louis, www.bloomberg.com

April 18 2012


Ofcom: Press self-regulation could work

Guardian :: Newspaper proprietors and editors hoping to stop David Cameron introducing statutory regulation of the press won support today from the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. In a paper submitted (PDF download link) to the Leveson inquiry, the TV and radio regulator said reform of press regulation can be achieved if the body which takes over from the Press Complaints Commission is set up with a more robust framework and the power to impose proper sanctions on errant newspapers.

Continue to read Lisa O'Carroll, www.guardian.co.uk

April 17 2012


Reuters Institute hosts a debate taking stock of the crisis in British (U.S.) journalism

Capital New York :: In the short time during which The Leveson Inquiry in Britain has been investigating the practice of phone-hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News International employees, the revelations have been as shocking as the resignations have been numerous. Unscrupulous editors, crooked reporters, bribe-accepting policemen, corrupt government officials, the head of Scotland Yard, the News of the World itself: all participants in and casualties of this historic scandal.

What does this mean for the international journalistic community?

Continue to read Lauren Kirchner, www.capitalnewyork.com

April 16 2012


.@BreneBrown Online criticism? I am strong, but I'm not immune. It hurts. Like hell.

If you're a passionate writer or journalist and if you've enabled comments on your blog or news site, prepare yourself (if possible at all). As Brené Brown, a vulnerability researcher at the University of Houston freely spoke about herself, you might be strong, but no one is immune and it will hurt if people start to attack you.

Ordinary Courage :: Earlier this morning CNN ran an op/ed that I wrote on authenticity and risk-taking. In a collaboration with TED, they also posted my 2012 TED talk on shame. Ironically, the essay is about the how difficult but important it is to show up and let ourselves be seen and the TED talk focuses on how gender norms are used as shame tools.

I knew there would be discussion and disagreement - especially because I talk about the word authenticity - a loaded term now that it's been coopted and overused. I knew some people would hate it and other people would find fault with my writing or my argument. These are all risks that I'm willing to take because I believe in my work.

But I'll be honest with you, I'll never get used to the cruelty and personal attacks (online).

Hat tip: Mathew Ingram, GigaOM (see below)

THIS. @BreneBrown on why we should boycott sites that allow abusive comments j.mp/HJ6Pzp (cc: @swissmiss)

— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) April 15, 2012

Continue to read Brené Brown, www.ordinarycourage.com

April 13 2012


Fox News' Roger Ailes lectures young journalists: I think you ought to change your major

Herald Sun :: Fox News chief Roger Ailes offered more than a few words of advice Thursday in a room filled mostly with young journalists, starting with a recommendation that elicited at least a few eye rolls: “I think you ought to change your major.” Too many aspiring journalists want to affect politics or are on a mission to “change the world or save the world,” the chairman and chief executive officer said, speaking before a few hundred people in UNC’s Carroll Hall. The talk was part of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture Series.

Continue to read Melody Guyton Butts, www.heraldsun.com

"I think you ought to change your major," a summary by Julie Moos, www.poynter.org


How to engage a subscriber community: Lessons from the Times, Financial Times

journalism.co.uk | Podcast :: Ben Whitelaw, communities editor at the Times and Rebecca Heptinstall, community manager at the Financial Times, discuss how subscribers use comment facilities to interact with journalists, the ways to recognise the value of subscriber through greater interaction and involvement in feedback and what community engagement really means both on the news website and on social media platforms.

Listen to the podcast here Rachel McAthy, blogs.journalism.co.uk


Are there ways news organizations can adapt to better serve young people? @zephoria

news.me interviewed Danah Boyd (@zephoria), a professional Internet researcher for Microsoft, Harvard, University of New South Wales, etc. An interesting read backed by her research findings.

news.me :: Are there ways news organizations can adapt to better serve young people? - (Danah Boyd:) General news is not relevant to young people because they don’t have context. It’s a lot of abstract storytelling and arguing among adults that makes no sense. So most young people end up consuming celebrity news. To top it off, news agencies, for obvious reasons, are trying to limit access to their content by making you pay for it. Well, guess what: Young people aren’t going out of their way to try to find this news, so you put up one little wall, and poof, done. They’re not even going to bother. That dynamic ends up really affecting those who already are ill-informed. ...

The folks @newsdotme interviewed me about my news habits: bit.ly/Izq2BZ

— danah boyd (@zephoria) April 12, 2012

News.me on Twitter

News habits - Continue to read the interview here - blog.news.me

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