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What should the digital public sphere do?
In the context of professional journalism, this amounts to asking what unanswered questions are most pressing to the community served by a newsroom. One could devise systems of asking the audience (like Quora and StackExchange) or analyze search logs (ala Demand Media.) That newsrooms don’t frequently do these things is, I think, an artifact of industrial history — and an unfilled niche in the current ecosystem. Search engines know where the gaps between supply and demand lie, but they’re not in the business of researching new answers. Newsrooms can produce the supply, but they don’t have an understanding of the demand. Today, these two sides of the industry do not work together to close this loop. Some symbiotic hybrid of Google and The Associated Press might be an uncannily good system for answering civic questions.
information  journalism  JonathanStray  KnowledgeSystems 
december 2011 by andrewspittle
Getting it
"But by imitating the best journalism of yesterday without a full understanding of why that journalism was great and what made it so powerful, our industry is slowly amassing an unsettling amount of cargo cult behaviors: we’re imitating a 20th-century writing style and ethical code without the first idea about how these contribute to journalism that is informative, engaging and fair."
journalism  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
Is the WikiLeaks Movement Fading?
David Carr at the New York Times questions the future of WikiLeaks.
journalism  NYTimes  WikiLeaks  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
The NYT == WikiLeaks
The Times doesn’t have an exclusive on intellect. Their readers have quite a bit of it, and can get the information they want even if the Times doesn’t want to provide it. The Times is on much more precarious ground than internet leaking is.
DaveWiner  journalism  NYTimes  WikiLeaks  ScriptingNews  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
My small town news curation experiment
Cool notes from Carlos about what he's working on at the Union Bulletin.
WallaWalla  journalism  ideas  CarlosVirgen  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
Journalism for makers
"The journalism of makers aligns itself with the tiny hotbeds of knowledge and practice where great things emerge, the nascent communities of change. Its aim is a deep understanding of the complex systems of the real world, so that plans for a better world may constructed one piece at a time by people who really know what they’re talking about. It never takes itself too seriously, because it knows that play is necessary for exploration and that a better understanding will come along tomorrow. It serves the talent pools that give rise to our future civic planners, economists, judges, scientists, and leaders — regardless of where in society these people may be found, and whether or not they are already within existing systems of power."
journalism  JonathanStray  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
Making money with media
" I’ve heard people say that it’s embarassing that it wasn’t a newspaper that invented Craigslist. I disagree. If we had, Craig Newmark still would have kicked our ass and still would have stolen our classifieds. Again: if you bundle things, prepare to get unbundled."
journalism  business  from instapaper
november 2011 by andrewspittle
Learn to program, then and now
Really great article about the challenges and approaches to learning code.
journalism  JonathanStray  code  software  from instapaper
october 2011 by andrewspittle
On bundles and blobs
Really great piece about the structure of news.
journalism  from instapaper
october 2011 by andrewspittle
Lead and Gold: Why do journalists love twitter and hate blogging?
Cool article about journalist flocking to Twitter while being so hesitant about blogging.
journalism  Twitter  from instapaper
october 2011 by andrewspittle
The Schmidle Muddle of the Osama Bin Laden Take Down
Some solid questioning of the New Yorker article about the Osama raid.
journalism  world  Pakistan  NewYorker  from instapaper
october 2011 by andrewspittle
A breakdown of the actions and gestures surrounding news.
journalism  blogging  social  from instapaper
october 2011 by andrewspittle
Re the US embassy cables
"People who earn their living as journalists should bend over backwards to be fair to people who play a journalistic role without being paid for it."
DaveWiner  WikiLeaks  journalism  ScriptingNews  from instapaper
september 2011 by andrewspittle
How the NYT paywall is working
"The NYT treated its readers as mature and civilized adults, and outperformed internal expectations as a result. Meanwhile, the WSJ and FT are still treating their readers with mistrust, as though they’ll be robbed somehow if they ever let their guard down a little."
journalism  paywall  NYTimes  business  from instapaper
september 2011 by andrewspittle
4 key pieces of audience engagement missing from Andy Rutledge’s news redux
"News is about stories, and stories are about people. In Andy’s redux, aside from the “hero” image leading the page, the only people’s faces I can see are those of the journalists and columnists. This is a very 20th century view of the news, where the only people you heard from were those with the patronage of the owners of the presses."
design  NYTimes  journalism  from instapaper
july 2011 by andrewspittle
Machine Learning Fairy Dust
"There’s no substitute for good product design. You still have to make something people will want to use and find your way around technical stumbling blocks, not just fill in all the gaps with “ML will solve any difficulties we face”. Because it won’t."
journalism  code  software  from instapaper
july 2011 by andrewspittle
Pimp My Reader
Interesting thoughts on a feed reader for news types.
RSS  software  journalism  from instapaper
july 2011 by andrewspittle
The post-CMS CMS
Well put rationale behind the future of a news system.
journalism  software  from instapaper
july 2011 by andrewspittle
Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic
"That’s the newspaper business, or at least it was until recently. The average US paper runs more soft than hard news, uses more third-party content than anything created by their own staff, and reaches more people who care about local teams than local zoning. Telling the publishers of those papers to create a digital product so extraordinary that readers will pay full freight is a tacit admission that they do not know how to make such a product today."
journalism  ClayShirky  business  advertising 
july 2011 by andrewspittle
On Attribution and Credit
Smart words from Gruber on why it's important to link and credit your sources by name.
Apple  writing  journalism  blogging  DaringFireball  JohnGruber  from instapaper
july 2011 by andrewspittle
ProPublica’s newest news app uses education data to get more social
A really interesting app from ProPublica that analyzes data released by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Even though it hits just a few data points it is fascinating to compare various districts and schools.
education  school  ProPublica  Nieman  journalism  data 
july 2011 by andrewspittle
When websites stopped being things
Confederated websites are the future. Time to make them awesome.
journalism  design  software  from instapaper
june 2011 by andrewspittle
No journalism on Facebook
"it is not possible to do journalism in an environment where your writing can be taken down if the company hosting it deems it offensive."
ScriptingNews  DaveWiner  journalism  Facebook 
june 2011 by andrewspittle
The article and the future of print
Smart words from Jeff Jarvis about what The Guardian could do to survive.
JeffJarvis  TheGuardian  journalism  business 
june 2011 by andrewspittle
Inspired by If all you want is a CMS, you're doing it wrong
"News sites must do more than tell stories, they must turn readers into customers if they hope to survive."
journalism  business  SeanBlanda  from instapaper
june 2011 by andrewspittle
Who pays for the news media?
"Almost everything else we buy is of far higher quality than it was twenty years ago. The worst car you could buy then was a Yugo… clearly we’ve raised the bar at the bottom. Is the same thing true of your news?"
journalism  SethGodin  business  from instapaper
june 2011 by andrewspittle
Can Bill Simmons Win the Big One?
Fantastic article about Bill Simmons and what comes with being the nation's top sportswriter.
BillSimmons  ESPN  sports  writing  NYTimes  journalism  from instapaper
june 2011 by andrewspittle
The Human Algorithm
"Technology gave us the tools to map these news communities and engage directly with their members. But it is the oldest journalistic skill of all which gives this process meaning and that is engagement. It is the skill most easily overlooked in the rush towards a brand new journalism: the supreme importance of interaction between two human beings."
journalism  reporting  writing  research  from instapaper
june 2011 by andrewspittle
Business Class: Freemium for News?
Great pier exploring paywalls and different approaches to making news a business.
design  NYTimes  business  journalism  from instapaper
may 2011 by andrewspittle
Measuring and improving accuracy in journalism
"The core idea is this: news sources could take an ongoing random sample of their output and check it for accuracy — a fact check spot check. Stories could be checked for errors by asking sources in the traditional manner, or through independent verification by a reporter who did not originally work on the story."
JonathanStray  journalism  software  from instapaper
may 2011 by andrewspittle
Why not link to sources?
A brief survey of why news sites should link out. it makes the reader's life easier.
journalism  DocSearls 
may 2011 by andrewspittle The Amalgamation of Two Rising Trends
Shawn Blanc surveys and how it relates to Flipboard and other news consumption.
ShawnBlanc  reading  NYTimes  iPad  journalism  from instapaper
may 2011 by andrewspittle
Washington Post Live
Interesting use of real world forums from a news organization.
WashingtonPost  journalism 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
Juggling the World, Wearily
A day in the life of the Times' foreign reporters.
NYTimes  journalism 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
The Twisted Psychology of Bloggers vs. Journalists: My Talk at South By Southwest
"For people in the press, bloggers vs. journalists is an elaborate way of staying the same, of refusing to change, while permitting into the picture some of the stressful changes I have mentioned. A shorter way to say this is: it’s fucking neurotic."
blogging  journalism  JayRosen 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
What the NYT Pay Wall Really Costs
Khoi Vinh writes about the real costs of the New York Times paywall.
KhoiVinh  NYTimes  journalism 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
How blogs have changed journalism
Great interview with Felix Salmon about how blogging has changed journalism.
blogging  journalism  FelixSalmon  writing  publishing 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
Sizing Up the New York Times’ Paid-Access Plan
Jason Fry writes about the New York Times' pay plan and how it's only a first iteration.
NYTimes  JasonFry  journalism  business 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
The publishing industry needs a lightweight, open, paid syndication technology
"What I am trying to create is a fluid content marketplace which allows innovation in content packaging, filtering, and presentation. There is no guarantee that such a market will pay publishers anything like what they used to get for their content, and in fact I expect it won’t. But nothing can change the fact that there is way, way more content than there used to be, and much of it is both high-quality and legally free."
JonathanStray  journalism  search  software 
april 2011 by andrewspittle
How to Track the Future of the Music Industry
Marshall Kirkpatrick gives a bit of insight into how he's tracking the future of the music industry via Twitter. This type of journalism-hacking is brilliant. The information is out there if you can put the effort into collecting and sorting it.
MarshallKirkpatrick  music  journalism 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
To build a digital future for news, developers must be able to hack at the core of old systems
"All this talk about a digital future, about moving journalism onto the web, about innovation and saving journalism is just talk until developers are allowed to hack at the very core of the whole product."
data  journalism  NiemanLab  MattWaite 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
North Korea’s Digital Underground
What journalism looks like in North Korea. Fascinating read about how information slips and moves through the margins.
journalism  TheAtlantic  information 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
Comments on NYT paywall announcement
"The mistake is not viewing this from the other end of the communication pipe. Listen to to the pitch from the other guy's point of view."
DaveWiner  journalism  business  ScriptingNews 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
Build something or STFU
"So, memo to journo-bloggers: Less talk, more walk. Build something or STFU. When that urge to run to Wordpress so you can tell us your thoughts on paid content or aggregation or community strikes you, stop yourself and spend that time actually creating something that does what you say."
innovation  inspiration  journalism  MattWaite 
march 2011 by andrewspittle
Media 2.0 101: The tactical use of beachheads
There are 5 beachheads that must be established in order to successfully reinvent media. Attacking everything head-on is a recipe for disaster and will allow outside groups the ability to innovate and supplant incumbents.
journalism  DocSearls  innovation 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
Cast locally, stream globally
"Here’s a great idea for local TV news departments: start streaming, 24/7/365, on the Net."
DocSearls  journalism  business 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
The Sad Story of Illustration on the Web
"In fact, in digital media, illustration is missing in action, and its absence is palpable. I can’t think of a single, regularly publishing, large-scale digital publication that uses original illustrations prominently, much less pays illustrators a working wage for their efforts."
design  KhoiVinh  illustration  journalism  art 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
On the oversaturation of news sources
In other words, you aren't going to create the innovative journalism company of the next 10 years by finding additional sources. You'll do it through reinventing the consumption experience, finding new ways to engage users, and curating the really valuable content.
LaurenRabaino  journalism  innovation  business 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
Wait, everyone! TBD’s not dead, but changes coming with TV takeover
6 months after it's founding TBD may not be dead but it's certainly not thriving.
TBD  journalism  NiemanLab  business 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
The Great Cyberheist
A totally fascinating story about how Albert Gonzalez mislead the United States Secret Service and eventually stole over a hundred million credit cards. He was even able to hack into the point of sale devices used by stores.
journalism  crime  software  NYTimes 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
My Prediction: A Great Student Press WordPress Migration
College Publisher's update to their terms of service and pricing plan is going to drive many news organizations to WordPress-based sites.
WordPress  CollegeMediaMatters  CollegePublisher  journalism 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
Answering student questions about journalism and technology in Leeds
Martin Belam discusses some of the questions posed to him by students and digital media.
journalism  MartinBelam  TheGuardian 
february 2011 by andrewspittle
An FAQ for my semantic journalism essay
Dan Conover gives more background for understanding his outline for a semantic content management system for journalism.
journalism  DanConover  software  content  knowledgemanagement 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
What is news when the audience is editor?
"One veteran editor described news judgment to me as “tribal,” i.e. publication dependent and essentially arbitrary — which is of course at odds with theories of “objective” reporting."
JonathanStray  journalism  information 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Rethinking how news themes work
Great ideas from Justin Tadlock about how a WordPress news theme could and should work.
design  WordPress  code  software  journalism 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
The progression of the public
"We find the publics we wish to join based not merely on gross labels, generalizations, and borders drawn about us—red v. blue, black v. white, nation v. nation—but instead on our ideas, interests, and needs: cancer survivors, libertarians, Deadheads, vegetarians, single moms, geeks, even privacy advocates. We finally tear down the elite of the public few and each become public people in our own right. . . ."
JeffJarvis  BuzzMachine  journalism  privacy  publishing  Facebook 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Carnival of Journalism: Universities for information in communities
"Does this all sound familiar? It’s like a blog network of the academia breed. If it really takes off and becomes successful, monetize the university blogs and do a rev-share, in which you can start to pay some of those people within the university who continue to provide unique content, which brings in more readers, which brings in more money, etc."
LaurenRabaino  journalism  CarnivalofJournalism  information  college  knowledgemanagement 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Universities as hubs of journalistic activity
Daniel Bachhuber's thoughts on universities and journalistic activity. For the Carnival of Journalism.
CarnivalofJournalism  DanielBachhuber  journalism  knowledgemanagement  learning  information 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Standards-based journalism in a semantic economy
Standards-based journalism with a semantic content management system is the future. Totally stellar essay.
Xark  journalism  strategy  content  software  DanConover 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Introducing Technically Media
Sean Blanda introduces Technically Media and what his goals are for the organization.
SeanBlanda  journalism  business 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Dear Keith Olbermann
"if what you're interested in is power to influence public opinion, and becoming more relevant over time, not more niched over time -- if being influential is what you're about, they really did you a favor."
DaveWiner  ScriptingNews  KeithOlbermann  journalism 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
The journo-programmer
Dave Winer's tips on merging journalism and programming. Great stuff.
education  journalism  DaveWiner  ScriptingNews  code  software 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
RSS dead for newspapers? Not at The Guardian it isn't
RSS is alive and thriving at The Guardian. 8000 plus topic feeds can attest to that.
TheGuardian  RSS  journalism  software 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Come Join the Carnival of Journalism!
David Cohn is back with his carnival of journalistic fun.
journalism  social  writing  DavidCohn 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Dave Winer's streaming feed of WikiLeaks coverage.
journalism  politics  RSS  DaveWiner  WikiLeaks 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
By the numbers, American journalism failed to inform voters
"So the burning question that the World Public Opinion study leaves me with is just this: why wasn’t it a news organization that commissioned this survey?"
JonathanStray  journalism  data 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Half-formed thought on Wikileaks & Global Action
More thoughts from Clay Shirky about WikiLeaks and its role as a stateless/international organization.
journalism  politics  ClayShirky  WikiLeaks  world  JayRosen 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
3 News Foo themes that continue to resonate
"Long-form content, the importance of context, and rebuilding trust emerged as important topics at the first News Foo."
journalism  oreilly  inspiration 
january 2011 by andrewspittle
Does journalism work?
"Journalism without effect does not deserve the special place in democracy that it tries to claim."
information  journalism  inspiration  JonathanStray 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
"Wikileaks is the press, but not the press as we have known it. This is the press of the 21st century, the press that comes after we’re all connected. Suddenly, all of the friendliest computers have become the deadliest weapons, and we are fenced in, encircled by threats – which are also opportunities."
WikiLeaks  journalism  politics  MarkPesce 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
"One of my favorite write-ups is from Heads start rolling in WikiLeaks affair. Let’s see: A German bureaucrat fired for leaking internal discussions to the US. A Swedish diplomat feeling really bad for similar reasons. Berlusconi in hot political water. The Georgian ambassador to Rome implicated in the Berlusconi mud. The leader of the Moldovan Communist party exposed in what seems like a perfectly routine attempt at parliamentary bribery.

Isn’t that awful. Losing sleep? Me neither."
politics  WikiLeaks  world  journalism 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
College Publisher to start charging and supporting WordPress
Lauren's thoughts about the surprising move by College Media Network to support WordPress installations.
LaurenRabaino  WordPress  journalism  CollegePublisher 
december 2010 by andrewspittle
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