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Civil promises that you don’t have to care about blockchain to care about what it’s doing
"Civil hasn't launched its CVL tokens ('an ERC-20 token built on the Ethereum blockchain') yet. But let's say, hypothetically, an evil billionaire eventually works the system to violate 'any of the ethical values outlined in the Civil Constitution' (there is a Civil Constitution, Google Docs draft here) — the Civil community could then appeal that act to decision to the Civil Council, which is run under the Civil Foundation, which is led by a newly hired Vivian Schiller; it's an 'appellate body functioning in a Supreme Court–like matter' that will have the power to overturn the community's decision, which could then be re-overturned only by a community supermajority vote — oh, if this all really turns out to be the future of journalism I'll feel bad for writing about it slightly mockingly, but anyway, that’s the plan."
media  journalism  blockchain  civil 
june 2018 by jnchapel
How the Obsidian Collection is bringing Black newspapers to Google
"A lot of this work is already on microfilm, but moving it to an online space will make it easier to access via smartphone, which is the end goal. Obsidian will slog through uploading everything to their own website and meanwhile, visitors will soon be able to head to Google Arts & Culture ..."
media  journalism  newspapers  archives  news-archives  summer-study 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Dear Publishers, if you want my subscription dollars (or euros), here is what I expect
"The biggest mistake of news publishers is their belief that the presumed uniqueness of their content is sufficient to warrant a lifetime of customer loyalty. In thinking this, they choose to ignore the current benchmarks of digital services: intuitively, customers expect nothing less than what they get with Amazon or Netflix. These are now the standard for customer satisfaction."
media  journalism  publishing  subscriptions 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Digital journalism’s disappearing public record, and what to do about it
Report from "Public Record Under Threat: News and the Archive in the Age of Digital Distribution."
media  journalism  archives  summer-study 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Congratulations, sports media: You just got a big business-model subsidy
"... an awful lot of sports reporting is about to move from entertainment information — stuff you read because you enjoy it — to production information — stuff you read because you think it'll help you make money. Whatever your thoughts on gambling — I tend to come down on the side that it's a giant vacuum sucking money out of the wallets of middle- and working-class Americans, ruining a lot of lives in the process, but hey, that's just me — the opportunity for sports journalism is clear."
media  journalism  sports-media  sports-betting  business-media 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Trust and journalism, 2.0
"JTrust was an unpaid starting point, a labor of love well worth the time and effort. It demonstrated the need, the interest and the scope of the work. But such a project can’t go on forever without support. Collecting and curating all of the work being done on trust in journalism is a job. A job someone should be paid to do. With journalism’s limited resources and the urgency of the effort, it’s time for the disparate groups working to bridge the gap between what journalists do and what people trust to turn toward one another and work together. To pool resources and findings and leverage learnings. Surely there’s a pocket of funding out there, a person eager to do this work, and a host site able to accommodate it."
media  journalism  trust  community 
may 2018 by jnchapel
Public record under threat: News and the archive in the age of digital distribution
"Join Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford University on April 13 for ... Public Record Under Threat: News and the Archive in the Age of Digital Distribution. Panels will feature journalists, technologists, librarians, and engineers who will discuss how they are preserving the first draft of history in an era of newsroom cutbacks, ephemeral social media, and disappearing data. Learn how newsrooms are handling the digitization of print content and the preservation of digital-born news. Who makes the decisions? What are the biggest challenges and how are news organizations solving them? The conversation will also address the importance of the public record and how reporters are using and thinking about archives, as well as how their practices and policies will affect access to content in the future."
media  journalism  archives  summer-study 
april 2018 by jnchapel
Digital media and the case of the missing archives
1. "Reasons for mass archive deletion tend to vary. Sometimes it’s a cost issue, sometimes there’s a CMS change, or a redesign, pages get dropped, bylines get lost. Sometimes a website rebrands, or owners change, and the explanation is that the past content no longer fits what they seek to do."

2. "There are plenty of things news outlets could do while they’re still up an running to bring the costs of the archive down later. 'Nobody does them,' says Higgins."
media  journalism  archives  summer-study 
april 2018 by jnchapel
Truth Decay: Report on diminishing role of facts in American public life
From Rand — "This report explores the causes and consequences of Truth Decay and how they are interrelated, and examines past eras of U.S. history to identify evidence of Truth Decay's four trends and observe similarities with and differences from the current period. It also outlines a research agenda, a strategy for investigating the causes of Truth Decay and determining what can be done to address its causes and consequences."
media  journalism  communication  trust  credibility  facts  analysis  trends  truth-decay 
january 2018 by jnchapel
The sportswriter fired for his Trump tweets
"Hubbuch joined a group of sportswriters who have been jolted by events that happened far from their regular beats. Red Smith covered the 1968 Democratic Convention and watched Chicago cops throttle protesters in the streets. After that, his column had a new, unapologetically lefty bent. After witnessing the same carnage, New Jersey columnist Jerry Izenberg considered quitting sports altogether. National emergencies remind sportswriters that they’re sitting out the real news whenever they do their jobs."
media  journalism  sports  sports-media  sportswriters  turf-writers 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Saving the Gothamist archives from journalism's 'billionaire problem'
"Of course, these scripts only solve part of the archiving problem. Certainly, it’s essential that working journalists be able to continue working in the field even if their employer is forced to cease operations. That requires a persistent portfolio—and until that persistence is baked into the Web's infrastructure, this project may be only a temporary path forward. Still, the fact that moneyed interests can take an archive of journalism offline represents a major censorship threat to a functioning free press."
media  journalism  archives 
november 2017 by jnchapel
Google and Facebook have failed us
"Imagine a newspaper posting unverified rumors about a shooter from a bunch of readers who had been known to perpetuate hoaxes. There would be hell to pay—and for good reason. The standards of journalism are a set of tools for helping to make sense of chaotic situations, in which bad and good information about an event coexist. These technology companies need to borrow our tools—and hire the people to execute on the principles—or stop saying that they care about the quality of information that they deliver to people. There’s no hiding behind algorithms anymore. The problems cannot be minimized. The machines have shown they are not up to the task of dealing with rare, breaking news events, and it is unlikely that they will be in the near future. More humans must be added to the decision-making process, and the sooner the better."
media  journalism  social-media  platforms 
october 2017 by jnchapel
Pushing messaging platforms beyond their boundaries
Questions: "How can these help people navigate ongoing new stories? Eventually, there will need to be a directory of these single-source streams. Is there a way to find them via text? How can this be combined with other methods of discovery?"
media  journalism  messaging  bots 
july 2017 by jnchapel
Instant recall
"In discussions with Facebook executives, former employees, publishers, and industry observers, a portrait emerges of a product that never lived up to the expectations of the social media giant, or media companies. After scrambling to rebuild their workflows around Instant Articles, large publishers were left with a system that failed to grow audiences or revenues. Facebook says the adoption of Instant Articles is growing quickly, and that upcoming changes to the platform will lure back some of the major media companies that have abandoned it ... the future of Instant Articles is less certain than ever."
media  journalism  social-media  platforms  facebook  instant-articles 
april 2017 by jnchapel
How journalists can become better interviewers
"A. J. Liebling, a legendary writer for The New Yorker, landed an interview with notoriously tight-lipped jockey Willie Shoemaker. He opened with a single question: Why do you ride with one stirrup higher than the other? Impressed by Liebling’s knowledge, Shoemaker opened up."
media  journalism  interviewing 
february 2017 by jnchapel
Katie Kingsbury on the Boston Globe’s interactive transition graphic
"I do hope people keep returning to it. For one, it is meant to be a good way to showcase our archives for the past three months."
media  journalism  graphics  archives  boston-globe 
january 2017 by jnchapel
It’s journalism’s job to save civics
"Many of us know that media at its best is about social empathy." (Is it?)
media  journalism  society  politics  civics  civil-society  empathy 
january 2017 by jnchapel
Facebook’s problem isn’t fake news — it’s the rest of the internet
"Facebook’s plan for 'fake news' is no doubt intended to curb certain types of misinformation. But it’s also a continuation of the company’s bigger and more consequential project — to capture the experiences of the web it wants and from which it can profit, but to insulate itself from the parts that it doesn’t and can’t. This may help solve a problem within the ecosystem of outside publishers — an ecosystem that, in the distribution machinery of Facebook, is becoming redundant ..."
media  journalism  social-media  platforms  facebook  news 
december 2016 by jnchapel
Podcasting’s coming class war
"The outcome will likely be a worsening of knowledge inequality."
media  journalism  podcasting 
december 2016 by jnchapel
Fake news
"The reason the media covered Trump so extensively is quite simple: that is what users wanted. And, in a world where media is a commodity, to act as if one has the editorial prerogative to not cover a candidate users want to see is to face that reality square in the face absent the clicks that make the medicine easier to take. Indeed, this is the same reason fake news flourishes: because users want it. These sites get traffic because users click on their articles and share them, because they confirm what they already think to be true. Confirmation bias is a hell of a drug — and, as Techcrunch reporter Kim-Mai Cutler so aptly put it on Twitter, it’s a hell of a business model."
media  journalism  social-media  social-network  platforms  facebook 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Facebook, 2016 election
Is it a media company? Meaningless question. "Facebook is obviously an influence company."
media  journalism  social-media  social-network  platforms  facebook 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Facebook employees form task force to battle fake news
"One employee said 'more than dozens' of employees were involved, and that they had met twice in the last six days. At the moment, they are meeting in secret, to allow members of the group to speak freely and without fear of condemnation from senior management. The group plans to formalize its meetings and eventually make a list of recommendations to Facebook’s senior management. Another Facebook employee said while the task force remained small, 'hundreds' of Facebook employees had expressed dissatisfaction with the company’s stance on fake news in private online chats, and wanted to support efforts to challenge that position."

[Danah Boyd: "We live in a world shaped by fear and hype, not because it has to be that way, but because this is the obvious paradigm that can fuel the capitalist information architectures we have produced." https://points.datasociety.net/reality-check-de447f2131a3]
media  journalism  social-media  social-network  platforms  facebook 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Our First Amendment test is here. We can’t afford to flunk it.
"Look the situation in the eye; know how bad it is. That’s the pessimism of the intellect."
media  journalism  first-amendment  civil-society  civil-rights 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Journalism’s rural diversity challenge
"You’ve missed so many stories because you didn’t have the diversity and perspective in your newsrooms that would have helped you understand this election better. These reporters exist. You just didn’t pay any attention to them the same way you didn’t listen to rural America. Because they weren’t in the bigger cities and they weren’t in prestige newsrooms. Many of them don’t even have journalism degrees ... [y]ou don’t get to pretend reporters who understand rural, middle class America don’t exist; we do, we just didn’t matter to you before Wednesday morning."
media  journalism  newsrooms  diversity 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Let the interlopers in
"We need diversity of all kinds in the newsroom, especially from places where catching a few classes at the community college can take as much Herculean effort as getting into Harvard. So that means maybe overlooking the empty box by degrees from time to time ... as long as there’s still any little breath left, keep letting in a few losers, some who didn’t even make it to their college finals. We know how to keep going when we look more done than a fish fried in Crisco. We’re not going to die of shock when the world is senseless. And we hold a duality that can come in handy as a reality check."
media  journalism  newsrooms  diversity 
november 2016 by jnchapel
Facebook can no longer be 'I didn't do it' boy of global media
"One unintended consequence of commercially effective social platform design is that it undermines the architecture of knowledge and healthy discourse. Within Facebook, you can set your personal preferences in a way that allows you to opt out of targeted ads. In political campaigns, a failure to understand the ecosystem has untold consequences. Clinton’s campaign was arguably insufficiently clued in to the power of the network of disinformation against her."
media  journalism  social-media  social-network  platforms  facebook 
november 2016 by jnchapel
The only thing that makes the media better is diversity
"Of course, every media outlet will tell you they value diversity. The deeper problem is what places like the New York Times think diversity is. The Times’s approach to diversity is to hire a black person who went to Columbia Journalism School and a woman who went to Princeton and someone who grew up in rural West Virginia who went to Harvard. This is not what diversity means. Elite institutions that can recruit anyone they want often achieve a surface-level visual diversity that leaves in place the fundamental problem of everyone seeing the world in basically the same way. The media needs racial diversity. It needs gender diversity. It needs geographic diversity. But it also needs economic diversity, a diversity of background and class, and this has been a resolute blind spot."
media  journalism  newsrooms  diversity 
november 2016 by jnchapel
What the news media can learn from librarians
"It’s a critical component for news organizations that may wish to collaborate with the public on a project. There needs to be some common understanding of how information will be evaluated and used. It also signals a journalist is open to diverse perspectives and the possibility of changing his or her mind, moving towards what New York Times public editor Liz Spayd calls 'a dynamic relationship that feels more like a conversation.'"
media  journalism  libraries 
october 2016 by jnchapel
Gawker was murdered by gaslight
"It’s a hard story for journalists to tell. Journalists are, despite their political reputation, fundamentally conservative. The only way to keep explaining what’s happening in the world, day after day, is to rely on some basic frames. Cause and effect have to unfold within stable institutions, according to accepted rules. A story that falls outside the everyday frames—The mayor is a crackhead who leaves a trail of violence where he goes, say, or This beloved entertainer is accused of being a serial rapist—requires a radical shift of perspective. Possibly the best and truest part of the movie Spotlight was how much of the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church’s secret sexual abuse came out of the Globe’s own morgue. The paper had already written the story, piece by piece. It just hadn’t read it."
media  journalism  gawker 
august 2016 by jnchapel
Three women’s newsletters on the decline of the glossy magazine
"It is one person’s taste, consistently applied across many creative fields for a long time. It is not going to appeal to everyone but the people to whom it does appeal, it really appeals. I love glossy mags a lot. Every time I read one for free in a cafe, I take a photo of about 10 things. But if I had to choose to consume newsletters or mags, I would probably choose newsletters. It’s just the personal vision that I like rather than a corporate one."
media  journalism  women  publishing  newsletters 
august 2016 by jnchapel
Newsletter editors are the new important person in newsrooms
“It’s a different experience,” Bell said. “It’s like getting the newspaper delivered to you every day. And that changes the way you think about them.”
media  journalism  newsletters 
august 2016 by jnchapel
Boston journalism nonprofit among first publishers to sell subscriptions on Medium
He was never interested in “wasting money on a website.” “I have seen so much money get pissed away,” he said. “As a journalist who has often had trouble paying rent over the years, it’s just killed me to see programmers and developers come in and milk news organizations for tens of thousands of dollars, sometimes for projects that don’t ever come to fruition. I was never in danger of falling into that pit.”
media  journalism  medium 
july 2016 by jnchapel
How five publishers transitioned their sites to Medium
1. "Publishers who’ve signed on with Medium have also signed NDAs ... Medium is covering all migration, development, and hosting costs for the publishers it accepts into its beta program, and is at least in some cases providing individualized tech support and building custom features, again free of charge."

2. "Medium’s team did everything."

3. "Medium lets you do display advertising, but only as a workaround: You have to hard-code it into stories on an individual basis; you wouldn’t be able to do a large, across-site programmatic display option. It’s a pain, although by hard-coding it in you also are able to get around any sort of adblockers."

4. "Medium does offer Facebook Instant Articles integration now; we haven’t started doing it yet, but it’s something we’re thinking about. They’ve baked it in to be really easy: I can hit a button and all of our stuff will start populating on Instant Articles, if I want it to."

5. "It’s been a tremendous success, from both a traffic perspective and a monetization perspective. Since the move, we’ve seen a 10 to 15 percent lift in overall traffic, and some really strong monetization working with some custom programs with Medium and also working on our own programs."

6. "Advertising is business as usual. The big difference is that we no longer offer banner ads and we’re not working with ad exchanges or networks anymore. We’re more focused on high-gloss custom editorial now. We do content marketing deals and sponsored posts with brands, and we have a few of those deals in the works."

7. "Grantland was on WordPress. The Medium experience has been, honestly, quite enjoyable. When we started working with them, they were transitioning from being an individual platform to working with publishers. Because the group of us who were starting The Ringer had publishing experience, we were able to talk through some of the features we were interested in and about workflow ideas, and then they did all the design work for us."

8. "Medium has the best CMS that we’ve seen, and they’re taking on all of the development operations. The previous iteration of The Bold Italic had a highly custom Ruby on Rails CMS, which was a little bit quirky and not easy to use. Medium has, hands down, built the best technology tools for independent publishers like us. It just made everybody’s job easier."

9. "If you’re considering building on Medium, it’s a simple math problem. Run through all the costs of the publication, the costs of the content, the server costs, etc., and see how much of that you can offset through Medium. I would tell an independent publisher that, if they’re not able to sell national advertising campaigns very easily that they should strongly consider moving over to Medium."
media  journalism  platforms  medium  cms  niches  publishing 
june 2016 by jnchapel
Bill James, true-crime obsessive, on the genre’s enduring importance
"The thing is, you still have to go to sort of disreputable media to follow certain kinds of stories."
media  journalism  writing  culture 
june 2016 by jnchapel
Who owns the news consumer: Social media platforms or publishers?
1. "The sense that the future of news is now in the hands of the technology industry was much more prevalent among those who were least able to access the resources of platform companies."

2. "The most pressing strategic question in newsrooms is how to allocate resources between building a destination and creating journalism that is distributed."

3. "The bad news is that so far there are no clear returns in terms of increased advertising revenue as a result of placing more articles on social platforms. Some publishers reported small increases, while others saw no change at all; we will have to wait for more data before a clearer picture emerges."

4. "Platforms now must consider significant issues ranging from broad questions of free speech to how to preserve and maintain the integrity of archived material. We have heard growing concern over the opacity of algorithmic and editorial systems that distribute a much more personalized version of news and information, but we do not yet have the right framework to regulate such systems."
media  journalism  platforms 
june 2016 by jnchapel
Editing: We’re using the wrong tools
"... the news industry really needs to take the open-source ethos seriously, and come up with editing tools of their own that can be translated to newsrooms of all sizes and directly integrate with major CMS platforms like Drupal and WordPress, that remove another sunk cost from their bottom line at a time when they’re having a hard enough time just keeping journalists on the pavement."
media  journalism  content-management  cms  collaboration  tools  open-source 
may 2016 by jnchapel
How to build audiences by engaging your community
"This report is not a social media guide, a technical manual or a primer on marketing yourself or your stories. This is about how journalists can genuinely collaborate with audiences to improve their work, not simply to promote it. To the extent that certain technologies and promotional strategies help strengthen your work, we will address them. But this report was written with a point of view: Collaboration is not about what your audience can do for you, but what you can do with your audience."
media  journalism  community  audience  engagement 
may 2016 by jnchapel
On leaving the Guardian: Dreams of digital journalism
"... there is an opportunity to go further and to provide a richer experience for content with strong semantic metadata: reviews browsable by work, creator or similarity, travel articles by type or destination, key opinion pieces on a given topic. Structure also applies to each individual piece of content: others have argued that the future of news is not an article, or certainly not as the serialised blob of information we are used to today. Structured recipes demonstrate the benefits of a domain-specific content model; can we do the same for news or features? Can we compose our journalism to easily answer questions readers come to get answers to? Can every term or concept in an article link into further context to deepen understanding, like Wikipedia does?"
media  journalism  digital  development 
march 2016 by jnchapel
NPR social media desk Facebook publishing times analysis
"For the next part of the analysis I compared posts published between 7PM-6AM (off-peak) to posts published between 7AM-6PM (peak). I found significant differences across all four metrics. Posts published during peak hours (7AM-6PM) reached more people and received more impressions/link clicks/consumers per post." [But the conclusion to draw isn't necessarily that peak hour posts are best.]
media  journalism  social-media  platforms  facebook  publishing 
march 2016 by jnchapel
Facebook is eating the world
"To be sustainable, news and journalism companies will need to radically alter their cost base. It seems most likely that the next wave of news media companies will be fashioned around a studio model of managing different stories, talents, and products across a vast range of devices and platforms. As this shift happens, posting journalism directly to Facebook or other platforms will become the rule rather than the exception. Even maintaining a website could be abandoned in favor of hyperdistribution. The distinction between platforms and publishers will melt completely."
media  journalism  social-media  platforms  facebook  distributed-media 
march 2016 by jnchapel
Brandopolis
"Good content can be remixed and repurposed for many channels, to the point that it may be indistinguishable from social media. A white paper can become a ‘top ten tips’ blog post, and each tip can be an individual tweet, plus infographics can be pulled from the data and then shared on Facebook or used in the inevitable SlideShare presentation ... et cetera. Good content should always be pushed to the appropriate social channels, and there are usually ways to make content social in itself, such as enabling comments on a blog. In a lot of cases, it’s pointless to distinguish between ‘content versus social,’ or to silo the two away from each other."
media  journalism  content  content-strategy  content-marketing  branding  marketing 
march 2016 by jnchapel
News as collaborative intelligence
"In a new paper from Tom Rosenstiel, the paradoxical state of news in the digital age is weighed not in a manner of whether we are better off or worse, but instead in better understanding what is better, what we are losing, and what we can do about it. Technology has created the potential for a new kind of journalism, one that is richer, more compelling, and more accurate than what was possible before. Rosenstiel finds that the real crisis of American journalism is local, where the decline is most severe and where robust journalism is most needed."
media  journalism  collaboration 
february 2016 by jnchapel
Solving journalism’s hidden problem
"In this paper, Rosenstiel details one such effort to create new, more useful analytics—a project he piloted at the American Press Institute (API) in partnership with 55 publications. Rosenstiel and his team developed a new tagging system that allows publications to collect useful data by having editors tag stories by their true topic (not by dozens of tags meant to attract readers); by story type; and by a menu of other characteristics that might matter to them. The tagging system has enabled publications to learn things about their output they didn’t know before, like how they approach each of their beats, and what their audiences do and do not respond to."
media  journalism  analytics 
february 2016 by jnchapel
How BuzzFeed thinks about data
"Knowing what you’re trying to do or learn is the first step in figuring out what metrics to look at. (In business speak, I would say: Identify your KPIs in advance.) We don’t use the same metrics for success on all platforms. We don’t use the same metrics for success for all kinds of videos. We don’t use the same metrics for success for all kinds of articles, or for all of our Facebook pages. It would be easier if we did! But we are trying to learn and achieve different things with each platform and video/post type. The same is true with our advertisers. Each advertiser has its particular goals (e.g., maybe one is more interested in scale while another is more interested in DR), and metrics should reflect that."
media  journalism  metrics  buzzfeed  data  analytics 
february 2016 by jnchapel
The next step: Moving from generic analytics to editorial analytics
"If journalists do not engage, the development of data, metrics, and analytics will continue to be entirely shaped by advertising, commercial, and technological priorities ..."
media  journalism  editorial  analytics  marketing 
february 2016 by jnchapel
With a bet on a platform strategy, BuzzFeed faces business challenges
"But BuzzFeed must navigate a thorny transition, as it seeks to follow the Silicon Valley credo of upending your business before others do so for you. In less than 10 years, the site has become the fifth-biggest news site based on desktop and mobile traffic, ahead of The New York Times and Fox News, according to SimilarWeb. But traffic to its owned properties, desktop and mobile, is flat, according to comScore. The company has pulled back on its torrid hiring pace. Two people with direct knowledge of the company’s finances said it missed its revenue growth goal last year."
media  journalism  distributed-media  platforms  business-media  buzzfeed 
february 2016 by jnchapel
Drop dead? Not the newly relevant Daily News
"These covers can now reach more people than they ever did on the newsstand. The problem is that readers don’t have to pay to see them. For all of the attention The News’s recent front pages have drawn, it’s unlikely that they — or perhaps anything — can rescue the paper from its precarious financial position. It’s a familiar story. The News’s circulation has been plummeting for years; it sits at about 241,000 on weekdays. It seems far-fetched to imagine that the paper will ever capture enough digital advertising to offset the declining revenue from its shrinking print base."

Related: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/01/how-the-daily-news-became-twitters-tabloid.html
media  journalism  newspapers  new-york  tabloids  business-media 
january 2016 by jnchapel
Better as a tweet
"Why would your interview subject, who is on Twitter, talk to you for a post that you’ll be putting in a text box on Twitter?" And more likely questions in a post-10K tweet world.
media  journalism  social-media  twitter 
january 2016 by jnchapel
How one blog helped spark The New York Times’ digital evolution
“If it were 100 years ago, this would have lasted for 50 years, but the way technology changes and the way reader nature changes every five years now, its lifespan was just so much shorter,” New York Times metro editor Wendell Jamieson told me. “That doesn’t mean it wasn’t an important bridge, but it’s a different industry than it was when City Room launched. It’s truly the post-blog era ..."
media  journalism  blogging 
november 2015 by jnchapel
Sports talk (re: Grantland)
"... unquestionably Lowe has empowered cutting-edge basketball analysts to seek a wider audience, whether by retweeting their articles or referencing their work on air. A community of basketball writers has emerged in the last few months—Nate Duncan, Danny Leroux, Jonathan Tjarks, Seth Partnow, and Arturo Galletti, to name just a few—that seems like the next phase in sports journalism. These writers have calibrated their work to appeal to a specific sector of the sports viewing population—more committed than the casual fan, more probing than the obsessive fan, and lacking the expertise and free time of the egghead specialist." [Also the voice/angle I tried with Railbird.]
media  journalism  pop-culture  sports-media  grantland  voice 
november 2015 by jnchapel
Grantlangst: Fear of a world without meaningful content
"... the audiences in demand of intelligent takes no longer achieve the necessary economies of scale to sell ads against.... The death of Grantland provides a necessary historical landmark on the timeline of online media. The site was an anomaly, clouding the lessons that many of the most successful, acquire-able content farms learned in the growth-hacking boom since 2013. Niche blogging doesn’t work anymore. Neither does reporting or longform. A strong point of view and eloquent pieces aren’t scalable. The bots and longtail internet users who drive pageviews these days don’t care about expertise, passion, or even perfectly assembled words. Your unique point of view won’t be discovered and you won’t be paid above market content farm wages."
media  journalism  niches  scale  grantland 
november 2015 by jnchapel
Twitter thanks you for your service
"If developers overestimated their worth to Twitter, so have journalists and the companies they work for."
media  journalism  social-media  platforms  twitter  moments 
october 2015 by jnchapel
Twitter's Moment
"What’s most interesting, though, and most exciting, is understanding how it is that Twitter can pull this off: the company doesn’t need stories from publications because it has nearly all of the originators of those stories already on its service. In other words, if the Internet broke down newspapers to their component stories, Twitter breaks down stories to their component moments, and those moments are chronicled not only by normal people on the ground but by the best news-gatherers on the planet."
media  journalism  social-media  platforms  twitter  moments 
october 2015 by jnchapel
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