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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 
yesterday by allaboutgeorge
Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as news source | Pew Research Center
One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.
social  socialnetworking  media  journalism  newspapers  news  information  internet  online 
2 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Reality of Being a Black Journalist Covering Local D.C. News
“Some black people move through life without being conscious of their own racial makeup and how the world sees them, but I can’t do that.”
journalism  media  washington  writing  identity  news  newspapers  race  ethnicity  publishing 
9 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Inside the Murder of Javier Valdez, the Ríodoce Journalist Killed by the Sinaloa Cartel and El Chapo
“When you don’t live the tragedy of losing a journalist, you think this is an evil that will just happen to someone else, to someone else’s family but not to yours,” she said. “In the end, we are a big family of victims in this country.”
journalism  mexico  newspapers  crime  drugs 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Otis R. Taylor Jr.: Looking serious while black: Reactions reflect some troubling attitudes
I'm not angry.

But that's the perception some readers have of me based solely on the photo that accompanies my column. I know this because since my column debuted in this space exactly two years ago today, I've received a steady stream of emails and handwritten notes imploring me to smile.
identity  journalism  newspapers  sanfrancisco  black  photography 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The pain and joy of the side hustle - Columbia Journalism Review
“Journalists are the most underpaid people in the knowledge economy, when you think about credentials and skills and people who can understand and analyze data, write stories, self-motivate, interview people, design,” Flood says.
journalism  work  jobs  writing  employment  career  publishing  media  newspapers 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
This article is worthless – Andrew Dunn – Medium
"Chasing page views is a losing battle. Building a stable of committed, enthusiastic subscribers is the only way to sustain a news product in the Internet era. Journalists who are able to help do this will become increasingly valuable."
journalism  audience  writing  media  newspapers  news 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Twitter
RT : A shout-out from the US Department of Justice to and newspaper . 📰
newspapers  journalism  from twitter_favs
march 2016 by allaboutgeorge
The Poetry of Headlines - Lingua Franca - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Newspaper headlines, as I said last week, are prose poetry. Not only do they have distinctive grammar and diction, they also have a tightly constrained form and even more tightly constrained content. Compared with a headline, a sonnet is a piece of cake.
newspapers  media  poetry  writing  creativity  search  editing  design 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Modern Luxury | San Francisco magazine | An Unholy Union?
During his long—and some would say checkered—history as a newspaper executive in Canada and the United States, Vogt, along with his private-investor friends, has shown a willingness to hunt almost anything that moves. In his first few months here, Vogt made it known that he was interested in a few Bay Area newspapers owned by Media-News Group, but they weren’t for sale. He tried to buy the Tracy Press and two smaller titles out of bankruptcy, only to be outbid by a company in Texas. And his group made the final cut to buy the Santa Rosa Press Democrat from Florida–based Halifax Media Group last year before losing out to other investors.
newspapers  bayarea  journalism  media  sanfrancisco 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Live chat now: 5 reasons mobile will disrupt journalism like the Internet did a decade ago | Poynter.
Regina McCombs: Responsive design is the first step. A mobile strategy is figuring out who you want to be as you grow into the mobile space -- not just playing catch up, but actually making plans, understanding mobile users, developing products that work best on mobile, not just replicate what we already do an other platforms.
mobile  journalism  media  technology  newspapers  internet  disruption 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Five ways media companies can build paywalls around people instead of content — paidContent
Here’s one suggestion: Why not monetize individual writers? Doing do could build stronger relationships with readers that would create more long-term value, and possibly even prevent some star writers from going the Andrew Sullivan route.
newspapers  paywall  identity  journalism  relationships  business  media 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Google’s Richard Gingras: 8 questions that will help define the future of journalism » Nieman Journalism Lab
While technology holds great promise, it’s important to recognize that while technology has value it has no “values.” Technology, in and of itself, is not the solution. Yes, it can provide the means for solutions, but it is up to us to determine how to make it so.

We need to rethink every facet of the journalism model in light of the dramatic changes in the architecture of the news ecosystem. I’m not suggesting that everything must change, but a comprehensive rethinking is a necessary and valuable intellectual process.
journalism  media  newspapers  news  google  content  narrative  writing  reporting  work  data  search  social  design  innovation 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Journalism has a future: Helping communities tell their stories | ZDNet
I’ve written many times that the future of journalism is in helping communities, which includes businesses, to tell their stories. Media literacy is important but that’s just one side of the coin: knowing how to produce and publish digital media is just as important, maybe more.

Freedom of speech is worthless if you don’t know how to make it heard. Newspapers know how and they can teach that know-how to others.
newspapers  media  journalism  education  community  story 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Gay Talese: What I Read - Business - The Atlantic Wire
There's only so much you can devote in any one day to reading. But you must read. That's why I feel I must read the newspapers first. Why? Because I really want to know what is going on. But I don't have more than one main paper that I can rely upon, and that is The Times. That is the paper of record and the paper of significance. It does the best job of any paper in the whole world of covering the world. And of covering the world of the artist, and of covering the world of the athlete, and of covering the world of the interior decorator, and the statesman, and the politician, and the politician that sends pictures of himself nude to some women who don't even know him. These worlds are reflected everyday by the writers and columnists, and shaped by editors who are top analyzers of the news.
newspapers  reading  attention  writing  journalism  media 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Jason Calacanis: "Blogging Is Dead" & Why "Stupid People Shouldn't Write"
"The concept of journalism is going away," Calacanis said. "It is not enough to be a writer. You need to be a writer and an expert."

Calacanis brings up the idea of local news as something that people do not care about. In that vein, he thinks that AOL local news effort Patch, which the company has poured millions of dollars into, will ultimately fail. Instead of just the news of a local McDonalds being built, people want how much that new franchise will cost, what benefit it will have for the local economy etc.

"People bring up the edge case of the local town meeting," Calacanis said. "Who gives a f***l? Nobody cares anymore."
news  hyperlocal  journalism  media  newspapers  patch  business  attention 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Long way from hot metal: the changing face of newspapers
Production journalism then was a cumbersome, time-consuming process that depended less on subeditorial speed and efficiency than it did on the whim of a host of workers who thronged the composing room, busy as the occupants of an ant farm: linotype operators to set the stories; pieceworkers to cast the headings; gravure workers to process and mount the photographs and artwork; compositors to make up the pages and proof them. All in a space of steel, metal, lead and wet paper that looked like a cross between a hospital kitchen and an armaments factory, and smelt like a cross between a foundry and a weather shelter for saturated dogs. (The wet paper, by the way, was for page proofs — the dampness improved the absorbency as a giant roller rumbled over the page forme.)
journalism  media  newspapers  ipad  apple  nostalgia 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why The New York Times replaced its Twitter ‘cyborg’ with people this week | Poynter.
“The metrics went up considerably and almost immediately after switching from automated to personal. We’ve seen the same effect with several other accounts.”

“What we’ve seen by measuring it closely,” he said, “is that human-powered feeds do much, much better than automated ones, by any relevant metric.”
twitter  social  technology  media  journalism  newspapers  attention  audience  communication  online  presence  reputation 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why Are We Still Consuming News Like It’s 1899? | benhuh!com
I am trying to create a dialog to raise awareness to solve this problem. This project’s goal is to create discussions around how and what we can do to solve the problems we face with news presentation today. I’m no more qualified to lead this discussion than an average news junkie. It’s been too long since journalism school and I don’t work in the news, but I would like to bring together great minds and passionate people around this problem.
journalism  media  newspapers  news  technology 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Hackers Who Keep the Washington Post Running - Simon Owens - Technology - The Atlantic
"You tend to deal with things as they come up," he said. "There are a lot of short-term needs but you find common problems over time and you try to predict the things that you can. From there the one-off stuff isn't going to be relevant every time; you don't want to take this hammer and treat everything like a nail and make the conversation or the story into what you already have, so it's better to try to pull in systems that can back it and do what the right thing is for every project."
technology  newspapers  media  language  journalism  software  development  washington 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Engagement, shovelware, magic bullets, and expanding the idea of journalism: Six themes from ISOJ | Mark Coddington
As expected, this year’s International Symposium on Online Journalism (my first) was an illuminating collision between the academic and practical sides of journalism — I’m sure most everyone left with a full set of ideas for newsroom initiatives, research projects, and the like. But if any of them are like me, they probably also find it difficult to properly process and mentally organize 40 presentations over the span of two days.
journalism  media  newspapers  social  business  twitter  research  conferences  community  aggregation 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Whats the role of media for sports teams ? « blog maverick
Newspaper: Newspaper has to be in the room. I know this is counter intuitive to some, but it is a fact. Why ? Because there is a wealthy segment of my customer base that does not and will not go online to find out information about the Mavs.  If I don’t have a PRINT beat writer and /or PRINT columnist showing up and writing about the Mavs, both sides lose.  So congrats Eddie, DP and friends. You are safe to dance another weekend.
newspapers  media  journalism  sports  dallas  basketball  social 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Call it the Frank Rich Discount: The Sunday New York Times moves from premium product to loss leader — and the best deal for digital access » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
Want the digital bundle? Subscribe to the Sunday paper, get the digital bundle for (less than) free — but have the Sunday Times delivered to a local library instead of your house. Or a community center, or a nursing home. Or, if you’re feeling cheeky, maybe directly to a recycling center, or a Boy Scout camp for kindling? That moves the Frank Rich Discount from win-win to win-win-win.
library  newspapers  nytimes  media  journalism  attention  paywall  business 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The 'gamification' of news, and how it can be relevant | Old Media, New Tricks
Imagine a reader using her smart phone to open your news app while she’s sitting at a coffee shop. Instead of just the latest, or even hand-picked top stories, appearing on the main page, what if it had a section that showed news that was relevant to the area around that coffee shop? What if the “game” were that users get points for reading the news about all sections of the city (as they travel and check your stories, a map fills in, showing they saw the latest news for that area)? The game mechanic added in could also just be to show which of their Facebook friends had read the same stories, at the same location. So when you log into the app at that coffee shop, it tells you that three of your friends read the news from your site from that same shop. Users could also leave comments on the story that are location-specific or just a tip about the coffee shop (which could be displayed next to your news organization’s review, which also could appear thanks to location tagging).
news  media  newspapers  information  data  journalism  social  location  games  attention  community  mapping  presence 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: iTunes subscriptions won’t stop free news
The best a publisher can hope to do with iTunes or any other system is to capture payments from the relatively small number of individuals who are too busy, too oblivious or too ethical to pay for content instead of scrounging it for free.

This is not to say newspapers and other publishers don’t deserve to be compensated for the investment they make in reporting the news. But the reality that publishers have to accept is that the marketplace is bigger than they are.
music  news  itunes  apple  media  journalism  newspapers  business  technology  free 
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
Not Every Journalist Can Be an Entrepreneur
Most of the people I know in the news biz, and most of the students I teach, want to be reporters because they love to write, or get a charge out of chasing a big story, or are crusaders wanting to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, and so on. Not many get into journalism to make a lot of money (if they did they'd be fools anyway.)
business  journalism  media  newspapers  entrepreneurs  work  identity 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Dean Singleton's New Partners
Alden owns a stake in Freedom Communications, which owns the Orange County Register. Since it shares a few markets with MNG, speculation is rife that a merger of some sort is in the works. But Alden seems to be everywhere. It scooped up a portion of the Tribune Company — which owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the Hartford Courant – and which just came out of a nasty bankruptcy process. It has a hand in the Journal Register, which owns the New Haven Register. And in Philadelphia this past year, it was part of the group that yanked the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News from their management group in bankruptcy court.
Last June, Michael Oneal of the Chicago Tribune wrote about the sudden appearance of huge private equity firms in newspapers, snatching up bits once owned by families and more conventional corporations.
business  newspapers  media  journalism  medianews  deansingleton 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Doc Searls Weblog · What if Flickr fails?
So I think we need to do two things here.

First is to pay more for what’s now free stuff. This is the public radio model, but with much less friction (and therefore higher contribution percentages) on the customers’ side. In ProjectVRM (at the Berkman Center) we’re working on that with EmanciPay. Here’s a way EmanciPay will help newspapers. And here’s our Knight News Challenge application for doing the same with all media sources. You can help by voting for it.

Second is to develop self-hosted versions of Flickr, or the equivalent. Self-hosting is the future we’ll have after commercial hosting services like Flickr start to fail. Fortunately, self-hosting is what the Web was meant to support in the first place, and the architecture is still there. We’ll have our own Flickrs and Zoomrs and Picassas, either on servers at home (ISP restrictions permitting) or in a server rack at the likes of RackSpace. But somebody needs to develop the software.
newspapers  media  journalism  business  technology  radio  flickr  photography  online  software 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times Film Review - The Daily Beast
Rossi captures this new-old-media struggle in his footage, most notably through Times TV reporter Brian Stelter, a former blogger who was hired when he was 21 (he’s now 25), and who is shown fuming over the fact that not all of his colleagues have Twitter accounts. Stelter laments that some of his peers “discover” stories that he’s read about hours ago on the social networking site.
omg  wtf  journalism  media  newspapers  documentary  film  cinema  movies 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The shakeup at MediaNews: Why it could be the leadup to a massive newspaper consolidation » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
The tip of the iceberg of consolidation shows in rumors of a possible merger between Freedom and MediaNews. This would be of strategic value particularly in California, where MediaNews already controls about 26 percent of the newspaper market by circulation through its California Newspaper Partnership created by Singleton and Lodovic. MediaNews, Gannett and Stephens Media Group all contributed newspapers to the partnership, in which each firm holds a proportionate equity stake and profit share, but which is controlled and managed by MediaNews. Combining MediaNews and Freedom would add another 7 percent, bringing the total to 33 percent. Antitrust is unlikely to be a big hurdle, since the MediaNews and Freedom holdings compete only at territorial margins and the continuing decline in newspaper revenue and circulation is a sufficient argument for the need to consolidate.
newspapers  media  journalism  medianews  bayarea  deansingleton  business 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Consolidation Considered for MediaNews, Freedom Communications - WSJ.com
MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of more than 50 daily U.S. newspapers including the Denver Post, is eyeing a merger with Freedom Communications Inc. and possibly several other newspaper companies, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Affiliated Media Inc., MediaNews' holding company, filed for bankruptcy protection a year ago and emerged in March under the ownership of dozens of lenders including the investment firm Alden Global Capital. Alden also is part of a group of lenders that now owns Freedom Communications, which publishes the Orange County Register. Freedom emerged from bankruptcy protection last April.

The person familiar with the matter said Alden wants to roll at least some of its various newspaper hodings into a single company. Alden was part of a group of financial firms that emerged last year as the winner of the auction of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. [...]
medianews  news  media  journalism  newspapers  california  business  deansingleton 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Searching for Sustainable Habits in Journalism « Groundswell
There is not going to be one business model, the future of news will be diverse and multifaceted, but there will be some core practices and habits that should infuse what we do. I believe these new news habits can help create a more sustainable journalism.
journalism  media  newspapers  online  attention 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Readers With Plenty to Say - NYTimes.com
Having opened Pandora’s box of comments, The Times now faces a huge challenge meeting reader expectations. Some of the problems could be fixed, I believe, by more communication from The Times — more frequent and prominent explanation of things like comment cutoffs.

But the larger problem is capacity. The Times needs to supplement its comment moderation staff to meet the demand, either with more people or additional analytical tools, or both.

Failing that, it will not capture the full value, and loyalty, of an engaged readership that isn’t content merely to read.
comments  community  nytimes  reading  newspapers  moderation  attention  behavior  business 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Internet Now as Popular as TV, Survey Shows - Digits - WSJ
So what are people doing less? Listening to the radio and reading things like newspapers and magazines offline, according to the survey. (We at Digits guess they might be spending less time doing other things too, like “going outside.”)
radio  newspapers  media  magazines  television  online  research  technology  shopping  business  attention 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Debate over journalism's required skills gets heated
I do not believe programming replaces a story. Never has, never will. When was the last time you had a driveway moment with a database?
But, also, when was the last time you were able to understand the weight of 251,287 cable dispatches without a database?
Those are made possible because of different, yet equally important, skills. And thankfully, regardless of your answer, we don't have to choose.
journalism  newspapers  media  online  data  information  technology  news 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Three signs your newsroom isn’t ready to cross the digital divide | Knight Digital Media Center
I am startled these days to hear that some newsrooms are still doing digital as an add-on to their print operation. While I get that the print newspaper is still the cash cow (albeit one that is slimming down), newsrooms that want to have a future need to get cracking on building for a digital future. That may mean shoving aside many vestiges of print times now gone.
newspapers  online  news  future  leadership  technology  mobile  media  journalism 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Better-Off Online - Pew Research Center
Those who fall in the top earnings category are also the biggest consumers of online news sources, with 80% of higher-income internet users (74% of the general population) seeking news on the internet.

However, the higher-income households have not abandoned traditional media altogether; they also turn to print and television, especially for local news. Asked about various platforms where they might get the news on a typical day, 76% o those from higher-income households watch local and national news shows on television, 51% of this higher-income group said they get local news from a print version of a newspaper, and 22% read a print version of a newspaper for national news.Still, the online news consumption patterns of this more well-off group stand in stark contrast to those living in the lowest income households.
wealth  diversity  reference  internet  web  technology  usa  research  mobile  media  newspapers  journalism  news 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jonathan Stray » What’s the point of social news?
[...] For me, the core idea of social news-gathering is that the audience is, or could be, an extension of the news organization’s source network.

Hopefully, a newsroom knows about interesting developments before anyone else, and then verifies and publicizes them, but that’s getting near impossible when anyone can publish, and when virality can amplify primary sources without the involvement of a media organization. We don’t know yet very much about collective news-gathering, but there are promising directions. It seems like maybe there are two broad categories of breaking news: public events that anyone could have witnessed, and private events initially known only to privileged observers. [...]
news  twitter  facebook  social  media  newspapers  journalism  authority  reputation  communication  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
open letter to newspaper photographers | Redlights and Redeyes
What you need to do, Newspaper Photographer, is a few things. Right now. Trust me. I’ve done it.
newspapers  business  photography  inspiration  freelance  diy  journalism  media  news 
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
Poynter Online - The Biz Blog - USA Today's "Radical Restructuring" Means End of Newsroom Integration, Universal Desk
Part of the lengthy internal research that led to the changes, Hunke said, was a conclusion that USA Today and other newspapers may have gotten off track trying to woo young audiences or women with a something-for-everyone approach. He has concluded that the print edition should now mainly target an older, general news audience, who favor a traditional presentation.

By contrast, Hunke said, early data on digital tablet buyers indicate that they skew 10 to 15 years younger than the typical print reader. That suggests both a different style of presentation and a different content mix.
journalism  editing  business  media  news  tablet  ipad  newspapers  gannett  marketing 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
So, You Want To Be A Wire Service Photographer? - Feature Story - JPG Magazine
Lately, you've been practicing with that new digital SLR/kit lens combo and are ready to try your hand as a professional. No wimpy children's photography for you, no way. No stodgy wedding photography, either. Ixnay on the corporate workay also. No, you dream of being a camera slinging, press-pass wearing, always on-the-run wire service photographer, travelling the globe on assignments ranging from entertainment to news to sports. So–march right in to your boss's corner office and turn in your two weeks. You're destined for the big time, just chomping at the bit to see your credit in magazines at newsstands around the world.

Well, go ahead, get out of your chair! What are you waiting for? Take a picture of your boss on the way out as a memento! You'll show her!
photography  freelance  advice  media  newspapers  magazines  work 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Art Review - Art and News, Intersecting at the New Museum - NYTimes.com
The idea behind the exhibition — print journalism as a visual and existential phenomenon — is timely, and specific enough to be addressed and illustrated through art. Is the phenomenon intrinsically ephemeral or monumental? Is it truth telling or illusion spinning? One asks the same questions of art.

One also asks: Who has the power to write the news, or make art, and by extension to create something called history? What are the similarities between newspapers and museums? To what degree are both responsible for providing social information as well as entertainment?
art  newspapers  nyc  museums  creativity  history  information  social  power 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Smartphones bring mixed blessings for newspapers | Media | guardian.co.uk
The report found that men were almost 50% more likely to access the mobile internet using some form of app than women. About 46% of men who access mobile media use an app to do so, whereas just 35% of women do. Overall about 70% of UK users of mobile internet devices did so using a traditional browser, similar to the percentage for PCs – with 55% also opting to use an app.

Steve Ricketts, the Orange head of mobile commerce and marketing, said that one reason for the preference for mobile browsers over apps was because in the UK brands and retailers had made significant investment into developing websites that were easy to use via a mobile phone.
mobile  newspapers  research  men  women  technology  media  journalism  marketing  business  shopping 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
CNN's research says 27% of us share 87% of news links | Media | guardian.co.uk
"Though recommended news seems highly unpredictable, we've have identified a number of key drivers and key motivations, so we do have some ways of understanding what people share and why they share," he said. "There's more engagement in emotional terms with content and advertising in the recommended scenario, as opposed to randomly consumed content advertising, and brands that are around recommended stories also benefit from stronger recognition and recall."
news  media  public  attention  journalism  newspapers  social  marketing  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
AOL May Acquire More Media Properties - PCWorld Business Center
Referring to the role of the journalist working for a Patch site, Gounares said it was like that of a village "shaman" or town crier who makes sense of what is happening in the community, and conveys that to the reader.
patch  journalism  media  newspapers  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Boston.com: Globe to offer two websites: one free, one pay
"Our research shows that Boston.com currently attracts several different types of users. Some are readers whose main interest is breaking news and things to do, while others want access to the entirety of The Boston Globe,” Mayer said. “These two distinct sites will allow us to serve both types of readers with maximum effectiveness, while continuing to provide advertisers the large engaged audience they have come to expect from Boston.com.”
newspapers  media  journalism  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why Media Companies Shouldn't Accept Apple's Subscription Plans (by @baekdal) #publishing
You are no longer selling newspapers; you are selling news. Content that cannot be limited to specific devices.

The job for media companies is to make highly valuable news articles, and monetized that in a way that doesn't limit, but enables.

For subscriptions that means; one subscription = use everywhere.

Not Apple's, "subscribe to an iPad only version, and give us 30%, loose direct contact with your audience."

My suggestion to the companies currently in talks with Apple is simple. If you cannot convince Apple to allow you to use your own subscription models, in your own apps, forget about the App store.

Create an amazing rich-media HTML5 web app instead, and use offline storage to allow people to read it on the go.
newspapers  media  magazines  ipad  apple  journalism  business  technology  marketing  attention  publishing 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
AP announces editorial guidelines for credit and attribution
It’s important to note that we shouldn’t use facts from a non-member news organization, even with credit, so frequently that we appear to be systematically and continuously free riding on that organization’s work.

Crediting other organizations when they break a story and we match or further develop it:

If organization X breaks a story and we then match it through our own original reporting, we should say something like this: “The secret meeting in Paris was initially reported by X.”

This policy applies to spot stories as well as enterprise and investigative pieces.
ethics  journalism  media  news  attribution  newspapers  online 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jay Rosen on the media: Seven questions for Jay Rosen | The Economist
Look: the alternative to chasing clicks is building trust and an editorial brand. "What people want" arguments don't impress me. I think anyone with a half a brain knows that you have to listen to demand and give people what they have no way to demand. You have to listen to them, and assert your authority from time to time, because listening well is what gives you the authority to recommend what is not immediately in demand.
listening  attention  journalism  media  newspapers  authority 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Collaboration culture in news: No room for pettiness | Knight Digital Media Center
“It suggests equivalency, collegiality. The other news outlet, they’re not in a position just yet to be breaking anybody’s rice bowl. But the attitude above me is: well, who wants to help them get there?”
journalism  media  newspapers  hyperlocal  news  social  friendship  behavior  community 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The web isn't killing newspapers, advertisers are - CNN.com
The funny thing about Google is that it has tried to master almost every sort of business. It's investing in windmills, it's investing in mobile phones, it wants to lay cable for high speed internet connections, just to name a few. Yet, for all the businesses it has tried, there's one it says it has no interest in: print content like newspapers.

The reason? Making money on newspapers, and getting advertisers interested in spending again on print publications, has even the big brains at Google stumped.
journalism  media  newspapers  online  google  marketing  search 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
News organizations need mobile-first strategy « Pursuing the Complete Community Connection
We need to figure the best ways to deliver news and conduct commerce effectively on mobile devices: text messages, email, mobile applications, tweets, easy-to-use mobile web sites, podcasts, location-based news and commercial information.

Whatever your role in your media organization, consider how you would change your work, your priorities and your thinking to support a mobile-first strategy. This will either be our future or our next squandered opportunity.
business  community  innovation  iphone  journalism  media  mobile  news  newspapers 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Patch vs. MediaNews: One Little, Instructive Story | Newsonomics
The story quality is one thing; the ability to SEO and draw community comment may be another. That’s an emerging gulf worth paying attention to.
journalism  local  search  media  medianews  danville  newspapers  attention  patch  contracostatimes 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
SimsBlog: If Newspapers Cease to Be, There Will be Two Causes of Death
Why is social media so powerful?

Two reasons. Trust: we don’t send our friends crap to read. Relevance: we’re more likely to have common interests with our social network and therefore our links are more likely to be relevant.

Ah, trust and relevance. Sound familiar?
community  newspapers  socialmedia  socialnetworking  social  journalism  friendship  media  attention 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Koretzky: Working at the National Enquirer Is Just Like Working at Any Other Newspaper -- But Weirder
The system is simple: Attack celebrity stories with all the vigor of The Washington Post uncovering Watergate.

And it is good reporting. The Enquirer follows the paper trail -- I bet it requests more public documents on a monthly basis than most "respectable" newspapers in this country.

You don't have to like the National Enquirer. But if you're a journalist, you should appreciate the way it does things. Because it's very similar to the way you do things.
media  journalism  newspapers  celebrity  business  copyediting 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tyler Brûlé, Media Maverick - BusinessWeek
"People are intrigued by how we manage to charge 50 percent more for subscriptions," he says. "Partly, the subscription gives people access to some Monocle extras, the website archive, and so on. But it is really based on the idea that people want to belong to something that says something about them. ... People will choose what denim they want to wear, and they will choose what newspaper they want to buy, and they want other people to be aware of that, too. Until an iPad is backlit, no one will have any idea that you read Der Spiegel or the Guardian or whatever."

To back this belief, Brûlé is planning a one-off newspaper in the summer full of essays and reportage, all printed on luxurious paper. "[...] Would you take an iPad to the beach? To the pool? No. It's too precious. You can leave your newspaper on your towel and no one will nick it. And the thing about good newsprint is that it actually gets more tactile with a bit of sun and moisture."
magazines  publishing  identity  ipad  newspapers  europe  media  marketing 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Little Paper, Big News « Digital First
From harnessing the Crowd to better plug into local content that works to exploring the Cloud to publish on all mediums in an open-source environment, JRC is pushing hard to make our transformation both complete and successful.
editing  innovation  journalism  media  newspapers  copyediting 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Breaking News: The Top 5 mistakes newspaper make when news happens « Breaking News
It ironic that our strengths - our staff, equipment, professionalism, high journalistic standards - all work against us in the early stages of breaking news. We're flooding the zone, gathering information, checking it, making decisions about the importance and depth of the story , while ordinary folks just want to see what's going on, share what they know and learn what they can.

The relatively impoverished newsrooms of the placeblogs means that they HAVE to tap the community for the first stage reporting.

We NEED to.
journalism  news  newspapers  media  community  attention  flickr  social  socialmedia 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Inside the mind of the anonymous online poster - The Boston Globe
While news organizations debate scrapping anonymity, the ground may be shifting beneath them. With all of our identifying information getting sliced, diced, and sold, by everyone from credit card companies to Facebook, is there really such a thing as the anonymous Web anymore? Consider this demonstration from the late ’90s by Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Latanya Sweeney. She took three commonly available data points: sex (male), ZIP code (02138), and date of birth (July 31, 1945). Those seemingly anonymous attributes could have described lots of people, right? Actually, no. She proved they could belong to just one person: former governor William Weld. She tells me that 87 percent of Americans can now be identified with just these three data points.

Maybe the best approach to getting people to behave better online is just reminding them how easy it is to figure out who they really are.
journalism  media  newspapers  online  community  anonymity  comments  public  communication 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Learning the web: Lisa Williams’ guide for journos, Part 1 | Knight Digital Media Center
“Too many people who start new ventures that are entirely web-based are far too willing to say, ‘Oh, I’ll just hire someone to handle the technology.’ If dry cleaning was your business, you’d be very interested in how dry cleaning works! When you hire a web developer, you should be literate enough to understand what you need, what you’re buying, and assess the quality of what you’ve paid for. These are basic business skills; you will fail without them.”
education  journalism  kdmc  technology  media  newspapers  data  information  web  diy  howto 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . Why Journalists Should Learn Computer Programming | PBS
I'm still just a beginner, but I feel that this perspective provides you with an acute awareness of data. You start looking for data structures, for ways to manipulate data (in a good sense) to make them work for your community.

When covering a story, you'll think in terms of data and interactivity from the very start and see how they can become part of the narrative. You'll see data everywhere -- from the kind that floats in the air thanks to augmented reality, to the more mundane version contained in endless streams of status updates. Rather than being intimidated by the enormous amount of data, you'll see opportunities -- new ways to bring news and information to the community.

You probably won't have time to actually do a lot of the programming and data structuring yourself. But now you're equipped to have a valuable and impactful conversation with your geek colleagues. A conversation that gets better results than ever before.
computing  data  diy  html  journalism  media  science  information  newspapers  radio  television 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
7 Ways Journalists Can Use Foursquare
With all the recent hype, journalists and media companies are itching to find their own ways to use location-sharing apps to bolster their trade. You can get started with the following seven tips, then share your own ideas in the comments.
social  journalism  media  local  socialmedia  location  newspapers  reporting  geolocation  twitter 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
OJR: Robert Niles: The 4 parts of an optimized online news site
You might have noticed that I haven't offered any suggestions how to blend these four core components. That's up to you. An optimal website is better than the competition, not one that matches or duplicates it. All I hope to do here is to inspire you to think about how might better optimize your publication to reach the growing, thriving audience that your publishing business needs.
design  news  journalism  online  media  internet  technology  business  attention  newspapers 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Government data: People love it, say Pew, Texas Tribune | Knight Digital Media Center
“This is perhaps the best argument I can think of for more use of (and access to) more data. Data is journalism; journalism is data. It’s truly a brave new world.”
data  journalism  newspapers  media  information  government  politics 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jim DeRogatis talks about leaving the Chicago Sun-Times - Minneapolis / St. Paul Music - Gimme Noise
"My basic theory about the way our beloved biz is going to shake out is I think there's going to be tweets, and there's going to be those great articles in the New Yorker about an 1856 expedition over the North Pole in a balloon and you say 'I dunno if I'm interested in this', and then 7,000 words later, because that first paragraph was so good and it sucked you in, you wish it hadn't ended. There's going to be great long-form journalism and there's going to be headlines. Those of us in dead-tree newspaper print, we're in the middle, and I don't think the middle is going to be there much longer."
journalism  media  newspapers  futurism  chicago  music  rock 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Going on the record: Civic engagement is for journalists, too! | Knight Digital Media Center
My closing thought for this series is: Civic engagement really IS for journalists, too. We’re definitely affected by government policy and transparency. We have legitimate interests. And if we don’t speak up in civic processes, on the record, our views won’t really count.

So put aside any cultural qualms about “getting involved.” This is a story journalists are living and working, not just covering. This is our story. If we don’t claim a leading role, we’ll be relegated to the background. Ultimately, communities would pay the price for our reticence.
journalism  media  future  politics  government  transparency  activism  newspapers 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Engagement: A job for every journalist | Knight Digital Media Center
Among emerging roles for journalists and news organizations, engaging online communities around news and information is vital. Here are some leads and encouragement for journalists and newsrooms who want to give it a try
journalism  media  attention  newspapers 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
When Newsroom Diversity Becomes an Ideology - Conor Friedersdorf - Metablog - True/Slant
It matters a great deal that we read writing by people from different racial and ethnic communities, by women and men, and by any other identity group whose cultural experiences one hopes to better understand. Ta-Nehisi Coates explains one black perspective better than any white guy could — and John McWhorter explains another one, and WEB DuBois still another. Typical newspaper writing is perhaps the written format where folks from any background are least able to meaningfully bring their perspective to the work. Let’s be honest, the average newspaper story is fleeting, merely adequate in its writing, and produced on such a tight deadline that merely getting the facts correct is difficult enough.
newspapers  diversity  power  jobs  work  writing  media  journalism  washington 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
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