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Advice for journalists: how to explain things well - Vox
There are many different ways to do good journalism, but there is no way of becoming a good journalist that does not involve learning, trying, and practicing: doing the work.

Learn a lot about something. Practice sharing it with people in an engaging way. Find and occupy a niche. Then learn more, share more, expand your niche, and keep on learning. Good luck.
advice  blogging  journalism  work  career  social  socialmedia  newspapers 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Copy-paste journalism wants to be free
With computer-generated journalism, the old quote “information wants to be free” is becoming a reality. And it is happening exactly the way Stewart Brand predicted: “the cost of getting it (information) out is getting lower and lower all the time.”
Luckily for journalists, the free part is only half of the quote. It actually begins with “information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable.” As Brand points out, some of the things you read or see can literally change your life.
journalism  media  information  writing  identity  technology  style  reputation  online  blogging 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
The Weird Thing About Facebook: Status Updates Are The Most Memorable Writing You Do | Co.Create: Creativity Culture Commerce
Facebook posts, as well as Twitter posts, are so memorable because they are what Mickes calls “mind ready": unedited and unfiltered. They’re off-the-cuff remarks and thoughts. These words, which flow quickly and easily from your friend’s mind onto his Facebook page, are then absorbed by you with similar ease. But is it really true that to make people remember what you write, you should simply spew?
facebook  research  socialmedia  twitter  writing  memory  language  blogging 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Sepia Mutiny’s Closure Is a Reminder: Blogging While Brown Ain’t Easy - COLORLINES
For Mukhopadhyay, the shift in blogging culture signals a lack of infrastructure for people who want to talk about important issues in ways that don’t generate income. She suggests a progressive startup plan that’s funded by big non-profits and advocacy groups whose campaigns are often supported by bloggers and that can generate income. “The larger activist community needs to come together to figure out how to support our voices, since they matter.”
blogging  race  ethnicity  attention  social  socialmedia  media  journalism 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
The Shrinking of the Non-Social Web - Ben Elowitz - Voices - AllThingsD
When you exclude just Facebook from the rest of the Web, consumption in terms of minutes of use shrank by nearly nine percent between March 2010 and March 2011, according to data from comScore. And, even when you include Facebook usage, total non-mobile Internet consumption still dropped three percent over the same period.

We’ve known that social is growing lightning fast — notably, Facebook consumption, which grew by 69 percent — but now it’s clear that Facebook is not growing in addition to the Web. Rather, it’s actually taking consumption away from the publishers who compete on the rest of the Web.

And just what is the rest of the Web?

I have been calling it the “document Web,” based on how Google and other Web architectures view its pages as documents, linked together. But increasingly, it might as well be called the “searchable Web” since it’s accessed predominantly as a reference, and navigated primarily via search.
data  information  search  web  technology  facebook  social  business  attention  blogging  twitter 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
…My heart’s in Accra » Understanding #amina
Part of the post-colonial critique Edward Said offered in “Orientalism” was a recognition of the danger of understanding the Middle East through the frames, accounts and preconceptions of Westerners, who consciously or unconsciously tend to define the Orient as “other”. As a response, we might choose to read western accounts of the Middle East with a critical eye, or to seek out more accounts from people of the Middle East to understand the region. But it’s hard to imagine a more orientalist project than a married, male American writer masquerading as a Syrian lesbian to tell a story about oppression and democratic protest.
middleeast  blogging  media  story  technology  gay 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Huffpo Claims Its Bloggers Aren’t Writers. Is That True? - Jeff Bercovici - Mixed Media - Forbes
If your definition of “professional writer” is someone who earns enough money from writing to live on, then it’s probably true that most Huffpo bloggers aren’t professional writers. But it’s clear that many of of them who don’t meet that definition wish they did, just as a lot of writers these days wish it were easier to earn a buck. For Huffpo to point to their failure to make a living  as proof that it’s not taking advantage of them while contributing to the difficulty of making that living…well, I’d call that a tad disingenuous.
writing  business  online  blogging  journalism  media  freelance 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How journalists are using metrics to track the success of tweets | Poynter.
“The thing is, I am insistent that my tweets be very human-sounding and a genuine representation of myself, so it might sound counterintuitive to make decisions based on data,” Victor told me. “But I don’t think there’s a conflict there, and I don’t think it makes you a robot. Looking at the data is just listening to what your followers are silently telling you.”
data  information  journalism  media  blogging  twitter  news  attention  audience  curation  reputation  business  technology 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Economics of Blogging and The Huffington Post - NYTimes.com
One reason that The Huffington Post gets a lot of criticism for not paying its bloggers is because most people think of it as a publishing company, when really — like Facebook — it is more of a technology company. Whether the content is paid or unpaid, the site is able to generate a comparatively large amount of revenue from it because of things like search engine optimization, and the way that its editors use their page space: a poorly-performing article will all but disappear from the site almost as soon as it is posted, while a strong one can hold its 32-point headline for hours. The Huffington Post, also, makes itself “stickier” by providing an abundance of links to other articles and to social networking tools.
data  blogging  news  journalism  media  newspapers  technology  business  aol  attention  economics 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why The New York Times Will Lose to The Huffington Post | Epicenter | Wired.com
Rather than learning from or trying to emulate HuffPo’s hugely valuable editorial technology, then, the NYT is sticking its head in the sand and retreating to a defensive stance of trying to make as much money as possible from its core loyal readers. There’s no growth in such a strategy. Indeed, the opposite is true: the NYT is making it both hard and expensive to become a core loyal reader. Meanwhile, the open web will become ever more accessible and social, with friends pointing friends to news in a site-agnostic manner. The NYT is distancing itself from that conversation, standing proud and aloof. It’s a strategy which is doomed to fail.
nytimes  journalism  media  newspapers  blogging  attention  social  reading  business  paywall  technology 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
AriannaOL « BuzzMachine
I crosspost on HuffPo — see this post there (how meta can you get?) — because I get more attention from a wider audience.

In the link economy, there are two creations of value and two opportunities to make use of that value: the creation of the content and the creation of the audience for it, via links. HuffPo brings me links to people and for me, it’s worth it to post there. No one — not even the quite persuasive Arianna — is forcing me. I do it out of my self-interest. Huffington Post was smart enough to build a business, a scalable and efficient business, out of that self-interest.

To think that content must be something that is created only by content companies that pay content people to create it is, like or not, outmoded. Content is no longer scarce, people. It is abundant. Google understands that. Twitter understands that. Huffington Post understands that. Sadly, old content people from old content companies still do not. Therein lies a lesson in this acquisition.
attention  blogging  business  aol  creativity  media  google  twitter 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
iPod Touch as the new laptop | PaleoMedia.org
I decided not to lug my laptop to Mexico for this reporting trip. Instead I'm working with my iPod Touch (4th Generation) and an external bluetooth keyboard.

It's worked really well so far. I upgraded my iPod before I left so that I could make use of the on-board microphone and the bluetooth support that the newest iPods have. I picked up a Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 the night before I left because I like the key action better than the Apple keyboards, which must have been made for graphic designers who can´t speal anyway. And I use a cheap plastic stand for the iPod while I'm typing.
ipod  apple  mobile  technology  blogging  mexico  travel 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Burghound, For the Love of Port, and other great niche wine sites. - By Mike Steinberger - Slate Magazine
It is one part opportunity, one part necessity. Thanks to this global quality revolution, there are more wine-growing areas than ever that merit undivided attention, and the Internet has given wine journalists a cheap and easy platform from which to peddle that kind of particularized knowledge. But because of the Internet, there are also probably more people than ever writing about wine. Anyone with a computer and a corkscrew can be a critic now; offering regional expertise is a way of standing out in an increasingly crowded field.
wine  socialmedia  beverages  attention  blogging  social  drinking  alcohol 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
State of the Blogosphere 2010 Introduction - Technorati Blogging
The significant growth of mobile blogging is a key trend this year. Though the smartphone and tablet markets are still relatively new and most analysts expect them to grow much larger, 25% of all bloggers are already engaged in mobile blogging. And 40% of bloggers who report blogging from their smartphone or tablet say that it has changed the way they blog, encouraging shorter and more spontaneous posts.
technology  blogging  research  online  web 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: DIY Video 2010: Activist Media (Part Three)
Videomakers who work from within social movements tend to see the rise of commercial videosharing sites (and social network sites) primarily as a major opportunity, but one that presents important challenges. Everyone is glad that DIY movement videos are now able to reach vast audiences that were previously inaccessible. At the same time, commercial portals present problems of 1. censorship, 2. surveillance, 3. exploitation, and 4. closed technology design.
video  activism  internet  blogging  online  business  censorship  social  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
San Francisco's New Wave of New Media | 7x7
For publishing to survive, it needs the kind of idealists and experiments that this city cultivates. Inevitably, San Francisco’s expanding new-media test kitchen will produce something that sticks. When it does, you can say you were there.
media  journalism  magazines  newspapers  online  sanfrancisco  blogging  bayarea 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Awl Finds Some Level of Online Success - NYTimes.com
"Writers who work on the Web are taught to flee whenever the guy from business side comes around. But we can build all the nice little audiences we want, somebody has to figure out how to explain to advertisers where the value is."
writing  web  online  blogging  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
eMediaVitals: Vogue's microblogging experiment by Ron Mwangaguhunga
Tumblr, which is rich with photo and video content because of its simple yet refined design interface, is -- theoretically, at least -- the perfect entry point for a Vogue blog. Luxury fashion magazines, particularly those with an iconic photo library like Vogue, are a natural fit for the microblog.
fashion  technology  blogging  magazines  beauty  video  photography 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Bartz On Blogging: “An Extremely Hard Engineering Feat”
Instead of a technology stack, she talks about a “content stack,” with original Yahoo editorial on top, followed by licensed news and articles from other sources, “pro blogging,” and then crowdsourced news and information at the bottom (presumably, that will come from her Associated Content acquisition).
yahoo  blogging  news  journalism  information  media  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why I like vicious, anonymous online comments - Internet Culture - Salon.com
When a person comments anonymously, we’re told, they're putting a mask on. But the more time I spend online the more I'm convinced that this analogy gets it backward.

The self that we show in anonymous comments, the fantasy self, the self we see in the mirror when we fantasize about being tough and strong and feared, the face we would present to the world if there were no such thing as consequences: That’s the real us.

The civil self is the mask.
communication  identity  culture  ethics  internet  psychology  blogging  anonymity  moderation  online  media  public 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
On the Media: Las Vegas Review-Journal lawsuits prompt fair use debate ...
"Fair use" on the Internet would seem to be a use that probes and ponders the original, possibly repackaging or rewriting it, without subsuming it. A fair use calls attention to an interesting story or news flash, perhaps elaborates on it or disputes it, but doesn't replace it.

Two Web journalists who Twittered me on Tuesday independently offered the same rule of thumb —- don't republish more than three paragraphs. Always name your source. Always link to the original.

Reporters and editors get understandably peeved when they see paragraph after paragraph of their work reprinted by competitors — regurgitation so extensive that there's no reason for the reader to seek out the original, even when a link is provided.
copyright  journalism  media  newspaper  blogging  community  reputation  lasvegas  nevada  law  fairuse 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Embrace the Wonk : CJR
These powerful, simple explanations are often married to an almost monastic skepticism of narratives that can’t be substantiated, or that are based in data—like voter’s accounts of their own thinking about politics—that are unreliable. Think about that for a moment, and the challenge to journalists becomes obvious: If much of what’s important about politics is either stable and predictable or unknowable, what’s the value of the sort of news—a hyperactive chronicle of the day’s events, coupled with instant speculation about their meaning—that has become a staple of modern political reporting? Indeed, much of the media criticism on The Monkey Cage is directed at narratives that, from the perspective of political science, are either irrelevant or unverifiable.
politics  power  science  research  blogging  technology  journalism  media  news 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Aggregators, curators, and indexers: There’s a difference, and it matters » Nieman Journalism Lab
For me, the lesson is simple. Anytime you hear someone talk about Google News, The Huffington Post, Gawker, blogging, aggregating, curation, and indexing as if they are the same phenomenon, ignore them. And if they attach that discussion to a set of policy recommendations, without acknowledging the full complexity of what it is people actually do when they aggregate, curate, and index information — well, then you should put your fingers in your ears and run in the other direction.
attention  reputation  technology  media  journalism  information  news  google  blogging 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jesus on a pink motorcycle, knitting hookers, feral dogs, and a beautiful sense of wellbeing.
I no longer wish to change either the world or my own nature. I only wish to live the most authentic life possible.
life  travel  attention  beauty  florida  writing  blogging 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Newsonomics of emerging news video » Nieman Journalism Lab
Before we look at what TEM does for these companies, consider two big numbers here: 10.5 million hours and 10 percent.

The 10.5 million hours is the number of hours of video content contracted by TEM, under its management. The 10 percent: that’s all it has been able to get to, so far.

So, look at how early we in this news video business. Most of what will be out there in the digital world — on our phones, tablets, desktops and laptops — isn’t out there yet, but will be over the next several years. It may take mid-2011, robust 4G networks to power our daily video usage, but it’s clear where this movie is headed.

What TEM does for content producers is make their assets more easily usable in the digital world.
video  online  blogging  newspapers  news  journalism  economics 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
NYC food blogger Cathy Erway ate in for a year - NYPOST.com
“When you’re cooking for yourself, you don’t need a lot of stuff. You just need a good knife, creativity and a willingness to eat whatever you might mess up.”
food  creativity  cheap  blogging  nyc  economy  relationships  community 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Capitals continue to reach out to fans through social networking - washingtonpost.com
Ted Leonsis: "What's unique and different about us is that most organizations are managed [with the thinking], 'We're bricks and mortar, we're buildings, and we have this Web operation aside us' [...] We're kind of different. We look at the Web as being our basic power plant, kind of like electricity, so the Web and communicating in this fashion is second nature to us now. It's not like we go brochure, television, mail. It's Web, and then everything else. It's social media first, and everything else."
marketing  business  sports  socialmedia  social  washington  hockey  identity  blogging 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Media Outlets Prepare to Charge for Content Online - NYTimes.com
“One of the problems is newspapers fired so many journalists and turned them loose to start so many blogs,” Mr. Mutter said. “They should have executed them. They wouldn’t have had competition. But they foolishly let them out alive.”
journalism  newspapers  media  business  blogging  weblogs 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
City Brights: Zennie Abraham : Local bloggers meet at Berkeley J-School (YouTube video)
The meeting itself, which I did not video as some people don't want to be on camera, started with the idea of breaking into groups around "editorial" concerns and "business" issues, but that was jettisoned because the free-flowing conversation the group established was going really well.
journalism  media  ucberkeley  berkeley  blogging 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
NewsFuturist: The Myth of Regular Readership vs. 15 minutes of fame
Very few visitors are the diehard daily loyalists we imagine come to us for all the day's package of news. The web browsing experience does not involve long, deep stays on one domain.
News is shared via links among social networks and various types of aggregators and organizers.

Each site gets its 15 minutes of fame a month. If you think you can force users to pay for access, can you think of any service you use for 15 minutes a month that you would pay regular fees for? Especially if you could get a similar service elsewhere for free?
newspapers  journalism  media  reading  attention  online  blogging  marketing  business  web 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
8 Valuable Lessons Newspapers Must Learn From Bloggers to Survive
Newspapers are trying to find a model for making money online, but they’re not learning fast enough, not adapting fast enough. Online ads can’t support them, because now the monopoly for publishing news and commentary has been broken, and advertising has been spread out among thousands and thousands of sites.

How can the newspaper industry adapt? Well, they’ll either have to figure that out quickly, or they’ll die.
blogging  newspapers  journalism  media  business  online 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Fallacy Of The Link Economy | paidContent
People will argue that the scrapers create value by pointing to many obscure stories that captured the imagination of linkers and got unexpectedly high traffic for a very obscure site. Fine, but was that site able to monetize the jump in traffic? And, how likely is that site to create a sustainable business by consistently winning a surfing game of serendipity?

Others will say that the site that gets linked to can keep the user using the site. But the opposite is happening – users are being trained to increase their usage of (and thus value to) the linker rather than the creator.
media  journalism  internet  economics  attention  web  online  blogging  newspapers  television  radio  ap 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Introducing GrowthSpur - Recovering Journalist
There’s no upfront cost to local sites for a GrowthSpur partnership. Our revenue model is a service fee on the advertising revenue we help you with. In other words, we make money if you make money.

How much money? We believe, based on our research and experience, that a well-run, sophisticated local site can bring in more than $100,000 a year in revenue from advertising, e-commerce and other sources. GrowthSpur exists to help local entrepreneurs achieve that level of success—and more.
journalism  business  news  media  entrepreneurs  local  online  blogging  marketing 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Is There Really A 'Piracy' Problem For Newspapers? | Techdirt
Like music "piracy" the issue isn't "parasites" or aggregators "free-riding." The problem is the originating sites not adding enough value to make it worthwhile to visit them, rather than using one of these other (still tiny) sites. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: if you're a publisher, and someone paraphrasing your content is enough to keep people away from your site, you're not doing a very good job adding enough value on your site to get folks to visit.
newspapers  news  blogging  copyright  creativity  attention  web  media  journalism 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A news entrepreneur lives her obsession and makes it pay | Knight Digital Media Center
I left my job as a reporter/blogger/columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News in January 2009. Now I work for myself as a blogger at BargainBabe.com, which helps people save money on everyday expenses. In almost six months of working for myself I’ve learned a few things.
entrepreneurs  media  journalism  blogging  identity  social  business  work  news  marketing 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Associated Press: As Web communication shrinks, so do links
And while several of them started out as side projects, some of their creators believe they can make money off little links. At least one claims its users can profit, too.
twitter  blogging  web  online  communication 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Micro-presence: changing the 'status' quo | Social Business | ZDNet.com
Although there may not be much value for business in the consumer social networks that are dominating the Internet today, business is a very social enterprise. It is only a matter of time before the right tools, the right culture and the right uses come together to create value for managers and employees alike.
business  social  presence  attention  blogging  twitter  work  jobs  corporations 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Still A Newspaperman » Blog Archive » On being unemployed
Regardless of the reasons — resignation, layoff, firing — unemployment is tough, tough on the pocketbook, tough on the ego. And it is boring.

Most of my friends and colleagues recognize that we won’t be doing in the future what we have done in the past. I accepted months ago that I would not work in a newspaper newsroom again. The challenge now is to persuade potential employers that our skills — substantial skills built up over many, many successful years — can transfer to different but related career paths.
work  jobs  journalism  media  newspapers  blogging 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
After newsroom layoff: It’s a mystery » Nieman Journalism Lab
"Google is the enemy of newspapers. Agree or disagree?" "Google doesn’t kill newspapers. People kill newspapers."
google  newspapers  media  novels  books  journalism  online  blogging  twitter  social  public  losangeles  writing  fiction 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MinnPost - Braublog: Twin Cities newspapers: At the e-edition epicenter
Because additional "copies" cost nearly nothing to make and distribute, e-editions have replaced home delivery in collapsing newspaper towns. To save money, the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News dumped their four least profitable editions (Monday-Wednesday and Saturday), offering customers the e-alternative.
Media News Group, which owns the Detroit News — and the Pioneer Press — may be the nation's most aggressive e-edition marketer. But while poor gasping Detroit has received most of the e-edition attention lately, the Motor City has nothing on St. Paul.
According to my review of spring Audit Bureau of Circulations figures, one in five weekday PiPress papers sold isn't on paper — it's an e-edition. That's the nation's second-highest percentage, behind the Memphis Commercial Appeal (more on them later), and ahead of the Wall Street Journal.
medianews  news  media  journalism  newspapers  minneapolis  minnesota  blogging  detroit 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Editor and Publisher: New 'WSJ' Conduct Rules Target Twitter, Facebook
The use of social and business networking sites by reporters and editors of the Journal, Newswires and MarketWatch is becoming more commonplace. These ground rules should guide all news employees' actions online, whether on Dow Jones sites or in social-networking, e-mail, personal blogs, or other sites outside Dow Jones.
media  journalism  social  ethics  twitter  facebook  newspapers  blogging  news 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Can A Blog Make Facts Matter? | The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
Ideally, blogs and newspapers form a helpful nexus. But both can and will evolve to save the old civic function of the press.
blogging  newspapers  press  journalism  media 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift Idea Lab . Life After Newspapers: One Reporter Takes on the Island of Alameda | PBS
I've found covering local news to be a lot more challenging than I expected, and in some respects a little more challenging than covering an issue beat.

For one, you have to be able to speak intelligently on everything from education policy to municipal finance to, in my case, environmental cleanup issues. And people are so invested in these local issues they aren't shy about letting you know when they think you've messed up -- in the most personal and derogatory terms possible, I might add.

That's another thing that I think was a shock for me in moving from print to online - the shift in what your readers want and expect from you in terms of their psychic needs (which shift from information to attention-getting, sometimes) and the kind of engagement they anticipate. I figure it'll take a lot of work for me to fine-tune that engagement level.
journalism  alameda  media  medianews  eastbay  bayarea  blogging  online  entrepreneurs  writing  parenting  wordpress 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
AP: Study: Technology can overwhelm even 20-somethings
Another one-fifth of the mobile-attached users feel quite differently. These people, according to Pew, are the "Digital Collaborators." They not only are comfortable with technology, but they also are enthusiastic. They also tend to be male, but in their late 30s.

Horrigan said Digital Collaborators more likely have elevated into jobs that require collaboration across distance.

"The live a professional lifestyle that draws them to digital resources," he said. "They are lunging ahead with less fear and hesitation."
aging  technology  blogging  mobile  work  career  information  data 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Chips Quinn Scholars | Resources | What I Learned
The Poynter seminar taught me that copy editing can no longer focus on words alone. Acts of journalism exist in a hundred mediums, from newspapers to videos to blogs to podcasts to tweets, and everything in between. No one can work proficiently in all of them, but each of us can benefit from learning another one or two.
copyediting  journalism  newspapers  news  media  education  twitter  blogging  writing 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Chicago Reader | What's Black and White and Dead All Over?: Notes on journalism’s past, present, and future prompted by the Chicago Journalism Town Hall | By Whet Moser
Do the math. If you buy the Creative Loafing chain, which owns the Reader, you get Rolodexes, a bunch of dated computers, dated software, and a name. Essentially you’re buying a logo, a URL, some archived content, and a giant fucking IOU.

So, sayeth this smart person: it’s much cheaper to let them die and hire the people, who have the knowledge and the contacts and who actually represent the name. (If you want to be all Web 2.0 about it, call the new thing the Rdr or the Twib, though I guess you won’t have to italicize it. We do not put on airs in the glorious future.)
media  journalism  blogging  ethics  google  blogs  chicago  economy  newspapers 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Daggle: Behind The Scenes Of The Greg In Hollywood Launch
My good friend Greg Hernandez, a veteran Hollywood reporter, was laid off from his job at the Daily News last Monday. In the week since, it's a been an all-hands-on-deck rush to get him established on his new blog, now up at Greg In Hollywood. Below, a look at how it all came together, with a focus on the many details you have to consider when getting a new blog (or web site) up and running.
news  media  journalism  newspapers  losangeles  hollywood  blogging  howto  advice  seo  marketing  online  gay 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Seattle Paper Advances Plans to Turn Into Online-Only Publication - WSJ.com
Many of the journalists being asked to work for an online-only P-I are young and have experience blogging and covering breaking news, staffers say, a sign of the direction the P-I may take as an online-only publication.
newspapers  online  blogging  media  journalism  business  hearst  corporations  seattle  washingtonstate 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pew Internet: Twitter and status updating
As of December 2008, 11% of online American adults said they used a service like Twitter or another service that allowed them to share updates about themselves or to see the updates of others.

Twitter and similar services have been most avidly embraced by young adults. Nearly one in five (19%) online adults ages 18 and 24 have ever used Twitter and its ilk, as have 20% of online adults 25 to 34. Use of these services drops off steadily after age 35 with 10% of 35 to 44 year olds and 5% of 45 to 54 year olds using Twitter. The decline is even more stark among older internet users; 4% of 55-64 year olds and 2% of those 65 and older use Twitter.
media  blogging  social  research  socialnetworking  twitter  statistics  facebook  demographics  internet  status 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Editor & Publisher: Forget Micropayments -- Here's a Far Better Idea for Monetizing Content
I think that Keller and other newspaper editors, struggling to survive a nasty downturn in print revenues and unable to find a way to adequately replace them on the digital publishing side, would approve of the Kachingle approach. That is, if they can get their minds past the hurdle of the payment for their content being voluntary, and that their content payment is mixed up in the big pile of money with all sorts of publishers, down to the pajama blogger. Otherwise, the Kachingle approach addresses Keller's concerns about stifled traffic, search engines and fleeing advertisers.
journalism  media  newspapers  business  blogging  news  internet  money  nytimes  blog 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Overheard in the Newsroom
Do you have an overheard in the newsroom you’ld like to share? Use the form on the right or shoot an email to overheardinthenewsroom [at] gmail.com and we’ll get it posted.
journalism  media  newspapers  news  blogging 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Contemplating the Consumerist sale and the adpocalypse
In conclusion, the online advertising experiment in which so many of us have engaged is really only ten years or so old. Those who say that it's "mature" are not only mistaken, but they drastically underestimate what a true break the web is from the offline media that came before. We've had a few hundred years to learn to monetize print, over 75 years to monetize TV, and, most importantly, millennia to build business models based on scarcity. In contrast, our collective effort to monetize post-scarcity digital media have only just begun.
marketing  online  media  magazines  newspapers  blogging  television  economics  business 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Similarities and Differences Between Indian and Chinese Social Media Users | Gauravonomics Blog
Out of the next billion Internet users (and the next billion mobile users), a substantial number will come from emerging economies like India and China, which are also the two most populous countries in the world. Therefore, to understand the future of new media, it’s important to understand how new media is being used in India and China.
india  china  social  media  internet  blogging  demography  technology  mobile 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Ars Technica: Mapping the blogosphere with spinning brain of colored dots
[...] In examining the salience of the range of issues relevant to farm legislation, for instance, Kearns discovered that "school lunches" were a popular topic of searches, but not a terribly hot topic among bookmarkers. Articles about cap-and-trade markets for carbon emissions were frequently saved by wonks, but generated relatively little community discussion.

Someone seeking to generate interest in the Farm Bill, then, would need to focus on a different aspect of the legislation depending on the specific form by which the message was meant to spread. A good candidate for a keyword-targeted search ad might be a poor topic for a viral video. [...]
social  information  data  marketing  video  farming  environment  blogging 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Real Advice Hurts | 43 Folders
Next time you find yourself staring at another re-packaged post about all the “resources” for becoming great at whatever you’re theoretically excited about, ask yourself for specific evidence — things you can point to that you’ve done or made — that reflect the improvement all those thousands of tips and resources brought you.
writing  humor  blogging  gtd  advice 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Knight News Release Workshop | Knight Foundation Communications Portal
"You do good work. You want people to know about it. But how do you spread the word? This Web site will show you, with a step-by-step guide to creating a media plan and writing a news release. [...]"
online  news  howto  nonprofit  public  publicrelations  media  newspapers  television  radio  email  blogging 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jacob Morgan Marketing: How do You Repair a Negative Online Presence?
"Let’s say you’re using google alerts or serph and you find a blog post talking about how much your product sucks, what do you do? Here are a few steps that you can use to help fix your reputation."
reputation  online  blogging  google  marketing  identity  social  ethics  business 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Blogging For Dollars: When bloggers blog bloggers, is the result blather -- or better?
There will always be a factchecking squad on the Internet. But I think the reblogging craze will fade over time, as the Web's writers learn the deep satisfaction of telling one's own story for the first time — not repeating someone else's for the nth.
blogging  internet  journalism  technology  apple  mobile  cellphones  story  writing 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Six Apart CEO: Down Economy Boosts Blogging | Epicenter from Wired.com
"When you don't know where else to invest," he explains, "you invest in yourself." Which is kind of a slick way of saying that when you get laid off or your company goes under, it's a good time to build your personal brand by blogging. Or, for that matter, if you suddenly find yourself with a lot of time on your hands, you might blog to fill the empty spaces. "You look for a way to reassert control," Alden points out. "That's a reason blogging surges in down times."
blogging  economics  finance  marketing  internet  work  jobs  diy 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Domainr
"There’s a whole world of domains out there—hundreds at the top-level and even more beyond—Domainr helps you explore them all. Some of our favorites are cr.yp.to, itha.ca and jish.nu."
web  blogging  internet  world  names  online 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Advertising - Newspapers’ Web Revenue Is Stalling - NYTimes.com
"[...] Large papers like The Washington Post or The New York Times can sell premium ad space on, for example, a newspaper’s home page, for $15 to $50 for every thousand impressions. But these and other papers of all sizes have increasingly relied on middlemen — known as ad networks — to sell less desirable space, typically for around $1 for every thousand impressions. The networks usually charge advertisers double that or higher, industry insiders said.

While some publishers rely on ad networks, others are devising strategies to avoid them. [...]"
newspapers  business  corporations  marketing  media  online  blogging  local  nytimes 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Mainstream News Outlets Start Linking to Other Sites - NYTimes.com
"It’s a change in mindset. We’re looking at the fragmented local market and saying, ‘We’re going to provide a destination where you can come and search across different segments.’ ”
newspapers  media  journalism  usa  blogging  web  online  news  attention  reputation  local  aesthetics 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New York Press - MATT TAIBBI - Shoveling Coal for Satan
"Everyone in the commercial media, and that includes Hitchens, knows what his real job is: feeding the monkey. We are professional space-fillers, frivolously tossing content-pebbles in an ever-widening canyon of demand, cranking out one silly pack-mule after another for toothpaste and sneaker ads to ride on straight into the brains of the stupefied public."
journalism  writing  nonfiction  news  media  ethics  creativity  blogging 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'What's Wikipedia?': Bristol's Tricky Googles himself | Music | The Guardian
"The internet is like walking into a room in your house you never knew was there and, like, it's full of thousands of people who have been listening to everything you've been doing and saying the whole time! Scary."
internet  music  reputation  identity  uk  blogging  google 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interview with Tawnell Hobbs on how beat and live blogging help form closer connections with users | BeatBlogging.Org
“You don’t realize you’re not getting it until you have a blog like this,” she said. “Before, I thought I was kind of getting it. Until we put this blog up, I didn’t realize we weren’t getting as much as I thought we were.”
journalism  blogging  media  newspapers  social  education  dallas  texas 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Narcissists Can Be Identified By Their Facebook Accounts - Psychologists | Scientific Blogging
"Observers used three characteristics – quantity of social interaction, attractiveness of the individual and the degree of self promotion in the main photo – to form an impression of the individual's personality."
psychology  facebook  social  yasns  blogging  education  identity  photography  beauty  health 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - Al's Morning Meeting - NPR's Andy Carvin on the Role of Social Media in Gustav Coverage
"If you treat them as an audience -- treat them passively -- don't expect to get much more from them than letters to the editor. But the public can act as your bookers, your fixers, your librarians, your engineers and even your producers if you can give them a vision of what you want to accomplish together and the space they need to go do it."
media  journalism  socialnetworking  hurricane  twitter  npr  wiki  social  public  blogging  internet  library 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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