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July 31 2012


Journalism and Digital Education Roundup, June 31, 2012

The best stories across the web on journalism and digital education

1. What will J-schools look like in 2020? (Poynter)

2. Graphic novels, e-books on student summer reading lists (Baltimore Sun)

3. Company adds e-books for community colleges, vocational schools (Publishers Weekly)

4. Tablets arrive at rural schools (Austin Daily Herald)

5. 10 tips for live digital reporting (journalism.co.uk)

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July 25 2012


July 30 2011


Digital, iPad & mobile news - success mechanics of the Financial Times

paidContent :: iPad and mobile are becoming of increasing importance to The Financial Times, accounting for 22 percent of web traffic and 15 percent of new subscriptions during the first half of this year. Last year, iPad had been responsible for a tenth of new subs, but the FT appears non-compliant with Apple’s new rules which require all subscription transactions go through iTunes Store, giving Apple 30 percent.

Robert Andrews on Twitter

Continue to read Robert Andrews, paidcontent.org

July 24 2011


"Me too" - New York Times paywall is out of the gate fast 281,000 paying digital subs in 3 months

New York Times | Business Wire :: The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) had an operating loss of $114.1 million in QII-2011 compared with operating profit of $60.8 million in the same period of 2010. 

[Janet L. Robinson, CEO:] The second quarter was a historic one for our Company, as we successfully launched The New York Times digital subscriptions ("metered paywall") and began to see the early effect on our overall financial performance. The positive consumer response to the digital subscription packages is a strong indication of the value that users place on our high-quality news, analysis and commentary. Our digital model exemplifies our growing ability to capitalize on secular trends that show consumer willingness to pay for content across multiple digital platforms.

Financial Data - Digital. The Times introduced digital subscription packages on NYTimes.com and across other digital platforms in Canada in mid-March and globally at the beginning of the second quarter. Paid digital subscribers to the digital subscription packages totaled approximately 224,000 as of the end of the second quarter. In addition, paid digital subscribers to e-readers and replica editions totaled approximately 57,000, for a total paid digital subscribers of 281,000 as of the end of the second quarter.

In addition to these paid digital subscribers, as of the end of the second quarter of 2011, The Times had approximately 100,000 highly engaged users sponsored by Ford Motor Company's luxury brand, Lincoln, who have free access to NYTimes.com and smartphone apps until the end of the year, and approximately 756,000 home-delivery subscribers with linked digital accounts, who receive free digital access.

In total, The Times had paid and sponsored relationships with over 1 million digital users as of the end of the second quarter of 2011.

... and I'm one of them.

Continue to read phx.corporate-ir.net

Discussed - continue to read Ryan Chittum, www.cjr.org

June 12 2011


June 11 2011


Storytelling - The Atavist: multimedia enriched digital magazine experience

Read Write Web :: The structure for The Atavist is similar to a magazine at first glance: create an assignment for a freelance journalist, who goes out and writes a story. However, The Atavist is much more involved in the creation of a story than a traditional magazine publisher. While the writer goes out and gets the core story, The Atavist gathers other media around it and creates a multimedia package for their apps.

As Co-founder Evan Ratliff explained, "we actually have control over the [publishing] environment. We can build our own way of seeing the story." The result is like a combination of documentary and magazine article.

Continue to read Richard MacManus, www.readwriteweb.com

January 20 2011


October 15 2010


SOS! Hackers needed for transglobal ‘Hackathon’ in Birmingham

Emergency announcement: Digital Birmingham is hosting a transglobal ‘Hackathon’ in Birmingham, facilitated by Scraperwiki and in collaboration with hack events in Edmonton [Canada] and Seoul [Korea], with the aim of building a disaster situation app.

When? Wednesday 20th October 2010 – 14:00 to Thursday 21st October 14:00.  We know this announcement comes at short notice but you don’t get notice in a real emergency!

Where? Birmingham Science Park Aston Faraday Wharf, Holt Street.

What will our hackathon be like? It will be slightly different from most hackathons. As we work on our project, we will be sharing what we’re working on with Edmonton [Canada] and Seoul [Korea] as we ‘follow the sun’.

We’re going to spend 24 hours trying to create the blueprint for an app design that can be used in cities all over the world. This will be an application that will help families prepare during a disaster and will list emergency muster points, emergency info, alerts during disasters, and what to do. It will cater for different scenarios: although floods or a Buncefield type explosion are both emergency situations, you don’t handle them the same way. The aim of this app  is to keep people safe, and we hope to come up with a guideline for how it should look – so that app designers around the world can pick up the guideline and run with it.

We will join up with Edmonton [Canada] and the Girl Geeks Hackathon Team at 14:00 on the 20th and set the scene for what we will be doing.  We will have OPEN DATA sets from Edmonton.  We also hope to have a representative from Birmingham’s emergency planning team to talk about real scenarios and how they are dealt with by the authorities and emergency services. After our link up with Edmonton we will break into project groups and start the hack.

Why? This is not abandonware!  Think repository. Think CPAN! The code that is written will not be a temporary sand castle; it will be more like graffiti. This is a chance to work collaboratively with developers from across the world over 24 hrs. Come for 4 hrs or 8 hrs or do the full 24hr marathon and join us for what promises to be a great night.

Who should come? Hackers who are interested in making a difference or insomniacs!  We need coders, designers and creative people. We would also love to have people who are involved in emergency planning and crisis management.

What happens afterwards? The best ideas will be taken up and potentially used as the basis for new product development that could act as an app template for any city in the world.

Who else is helping? The event is facilitated by ScraperWiki, the 4IP funded data start-up behind the UK & Ireland Hacks & Hackers Hack Day tour.

Scraperwiki provides a platform that allows programmers the ability to develop, store, and maintain software scrapers for the purposes of extracting and linking data.  In addition ScraperWiki provides ‘views’, that allow private individuals, researchers, journalists and commercial organisations the ability to interrogate and cross-reference public data in a simple and meaningful way.

Other (important) stuff! We will feed you and give you lots of coke, pizza and refreshments – we will also have beers at the end to celebrate.

September 14 2010


Digital Journalism: Ethics and ethos

Twitter through up an interesting link to NYU’s  Journalism Handbook for Students: Ethics, Law and Good Practice. I was particually taken with their Ethics pledge which all students are expected to sign or “The final grade for a student registered in a journalism course will not be submitted to the Registrar”.

It begins with:

As a New York University journalism student, you are part of a community of scholars at a university recognized for its research. A scholar’s mission is to push forward the boundaries of knowledge; a journalist’s mission is to serve the public by seeking out and reporting the facts as accurately as possible. Good journalists and scholars share a commitment to the same principle: integrity in their work.

By signing this ethics pledge, you agree to maintain the highest standards of honesty and foster ethical behavior at all times. Anyone who fails to uphold these ethical standards has committed a serious violation of this agreement. Penalties can range from an F on an assignment to a failing grade in a course to expulsion, depending on the decision of the instructor in consultation with the Institute’s Ethics Committee.

Serious stuff.  The idea that an ethics comittee within an institution would consider, and rule upon,  proffessional ethics outside of the purley academic is challenging but, I think, right. Behaviour like Plagiarism is cited as the kind of behaviour that breaks the pledge and could get you hauled up.

Now we take plagiarism serioulsy but it’s an academic issue, there are serious punishments, but academic none the less. The ethics comittee oversees research activity. We also hammer home the Society of Editors code of conduct etc.  But I’d love it to be more directly asssociated with the professional ethics of journalism – more proffession based.

Defining a digital journalist.

The pledge chimed with me as I’m updating my Digital newsroom class for this year. The class handbook includes a page that outlines the ‘module ethic’:

This module is not about defining a digital newsroom.

This module looks at the way digital and online practice affects newsrooms
and how that, in turn, changes and develops individual journalism practice.

We will explore this by :

  • Looking at the context in which digital and online practice has
    developed and how that has changed newsroom practice
  • Looking at the tools used and evaluating how they can be used to
    create content.

You will use one to inform the other in a way that suits your practice.
As you do this module there are two things to keep in mind.

  • We are platform agnostics: You can be a newspaper, radio,
    magazine, TV or online journalist and still be digital
  • We are consumers and providers: Think about what it takes to
    produce the content you use everyday.

But most of all, remember: You are a digital journalist!

Whatever their motivation for getting in to journalism, whichever media they see themselves working in, understanding how digital tools and practice can fit in to their practice is what being a digital journalist is all about. That last bit is a given whether they like it or not.

I can’t get students to sign-up to it and if they ignore it there is no ‘ethos panel’ but at least we start from a common ground.

Image credit: WCN247 on flickr

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September 13 2010


OJR: News publishers should look to the e-book model

As online publishers seek new ways of making money from digital news, Robert Niles suggests that news outlets could benefit from using the e-book rental model.

Writing on the Online Journalism Review website, Niles suggests they should capitalise on a model which he says has grown by 71 per cent in the last seven years in the US, especially when it comes to publishing in-depth journalism.

Every year, some top newspaper enterprise reporting projects end up as books. What if some newsrooms flipped the development cycle, and initiated some of their more extensive enterprise reporting projects as e-books, available for sale or for rent?

(…) That makes sense to me. Even as my consumption of news online has sated my appetite for the commodity news I can find in a printed newspaper, I still keep buying books and magazines for longer, more detailed narratives. I happily pay for that content in print because I can’t find an alternative that’s better or cheaper (or both) online.

See his full post here…Similar Posts:

August 18 2010


BBC Dimensions: Making the news more geographically relevant

The BBC has launched ‘Dimensions’ – an interactive map prototype which aims to ignite a public interest in history and the news by making it geographically relevant to an individual.

The technology uses the address of a user to show the scale of an event in history, such as the recent oil spill in the Gulf, and applies it to a map of the user’s home and vicinity.

Discussing the technology, which currently “sits by itself”, BBC commissioning executive Max Gadney says the tools are being considered for use on BBC History and News pages.

When I took over the online History commissioning job, I knew that we would need a mix of traditional, trusted BBC content with some attention-grabbing digital stuff to get people to it.

It’s easier said than done. Many technologists and designers are not really interested in history. Like much of the audience they were turned off by dull lessons at school. Our challenge was to make it relevant to audiences.

See his full post here…Similar Posts:

April 20 2010


State of the digital media universe in Canada

This comScore briefing on the digital media landscape in Canada has valuable data about what Canadians go online.

The presentation delves into social media, video and mobile.

(Via Newslab.ca)

January 05 2010




People still expect miracles.

But newspapers cannot, a must not, expect any miracles from Cupertino.

What the Appple iSlate means for newspapers is this:

1. You need to embrace multimedia content production and multiplatform distribution.

2. You must be where, when and how your readers want you, or you will miss them.

3. You need to reach new readers, more audiences and unique communities if you want to stay necessary and relevant.

4. Your advertisers want more targeted messages.

5. You need a 24/7 not a 16/5 fully integrated multimedia newsroom operation.

6. You content output must be better, faster and more unique than ever.

7. Words matter but WebVideo rules.

8. Brilliant design presentation will be a must.

9. Typographical excellence will make the difference.

10. And it’s time to invest in quality content, digital creativity, multimedia talent, and innovation.

Welcome to the future!

November 26 2009

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