State of the News Media 2012

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The Pew Research Center recently released their State of the News Media study for 2012, and, believe it or not, it’s not all bad news!
The annual study is an analysis of the health of journalism in America. This year’s study includes special reports on the impact of mobile technology and social media on news. Lets dig in and see what they say! Seguir leyendo “State of the News Media 2012”

El periodismo en los tiempos de la red

The Guardian y el cuento de los tres cerditos. El periodismo en los tiempos de la red. Más fuentes, bidireccionales y en tiempo real para poder ofrecer “the whole picture”. Si quieres, claro.On open journalism

Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert – video

This advert for the Guardian’s open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the Three Little Pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper’s front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion

Vale la pena verlo.

The rise of visual journalism – Why infographic thinking is not a fad

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Interesting video interview here with designer Francesco Franchi, from Italy’s Intelligence in Lifestyle magazine, who talks about “infographic thinking” and “visual” journalism”.

Franchi says that “visual” journalism” combines the graphic and narrative, which he describes as a “representation and an intereptation of reality to develop an idea”.

It is timely contribution to the infograpic and data journalism debate.  What Franchi says is that these can often lack “infographic thinking” or to put another way a full expression of the idea that that the graphics claim to represent.

Intelligence in Lifestyle is the monthly magazine of Italian financial newspaperIl Sole 24 ORE. Seguir leyendo “The rise of visual journalism – Why infographic thinking is not a fad”

The Inverted Pyramid Of Visual Design

In one second the user should understand generally where they are
—largely driven by visuals and functionality.
If we can keep people for 10 seconds, they should understand our primary message.
If they stay for two minutes, some secondary messages should be getting through.
All this feeds into a call to action.
Kristina Halvorson

Journalists use the inverted pyramid style of writing to quickly convey the most important information of a story to readers. It works because no matter how far into an article someone reads the most important information gets through.

The more you read the more detailed information you get, but no matter where you stop reading the main message has been conveyed. Can web designers do something similar visually?

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In defence of bloggers – we’re not inadequate & pimpled

2857126034 bbafbb76ca In defence of bloggers   were not inadequate & pimpledAndrew Marr has been a hero of mine for a long time. Unfortunately the shine completely fell off this week, when he denounced bloggers as ‘inadequate, pimpled and single’ , while citizen journalism also gets the benefit of his boot, being described as ‘the spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night’. The rant doesn’t end there, which was carried out against bloggers, at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. This is an incredibly unfortunate episode – the significance of which shouldn’t be underestimated. When someone this influential in the media industry speaks out with such vehemence against bloggers, it’s something you sit up and take notice of.

The single biggest problem with Andrew Marr’s argument, is that he dismisses bloggers in total, as if ‘blogging’ is the unifying factor and therefore we all operate in the same way. This is completely illogical, as if by becoming a blogger, you are immediately like all other bloggers. Compare a Mashable to a Wiggly Worms blog and you see where his argument really falls down ; they are completely different from each other. A blog is a means of producing content, it is a form of content in itself. It really is time to get away from the idea of ‘bloggers’ being one and part of the same crowd. It is really no different to criticise bloggers, than it is is to criticise writers outright. Any point that Andrew Marr might have had is unfortunately lost in this. But putting this misunderstanding to one side, is there any validity in his arguments against citizen journalism? Seguir leyendo “In defence of bloggers – we’re not inadequate & pimpled”

Is page reading different from screen reading?

Thanks to Maryn McKenna for tweeting David Dobbs‘s Wired article: Is page reading different from screen reading? Excerpt (but read the whole article):

I revise effectively both onscreen and on paper, but I revise differently on paper. I work more at a macro scale. I’m more sensitive to proportion and rhythm and timbre. I see spaces and densities better: the clumps where the prose has grown too dense, the wandering of the path where I ramble, the seams that need to be closed, the misaligned joint that I suddenly realize — yeah; there it is! — is where that paragraph from three pages ahead belongs.

As Jonah asks, Why? Is the manuscript’s physicality giving me a greater sense of physical proportion? Does the act of pressing slickened grooves into the page with my fountain pen somehow invite a corresponding mental penetration? Is the curved, flexible rigidity of five sheets in my hand sharpening my awareness of texture? Or perhaps the slowness of my pen relative to the speed of my typing favors this more structural approach — big cross outs, sections circled and moved wholesale, massive reorganizations planned with quick scribbles in the margin — over the finer-grained tweaks and cutting-and-pasting the keyboard seems to encourage. Seguir leyendo “Is page reading different from screen reading?”

Have a Journalism Startup Idea? Pitch it to Poynter

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Posted by Jeremy Caplan (¹)

The ingredient list for a journalism startup once began with ink, presses and trucks. Now the recipe often starts with a domain, a niche and a strategy. The decline in launch costs has helped inspire a boom in journo startups. But just because it’s easier to start something doesn’t mean it’s easier to succeed.

What many journalism entrepreneurs need most is a path to sustainability. The Poynter Institute can help, thanks to 35 years of journalism training experience and a generous grant from the Ford Foundation.

Make your pitch to Poynter.

Enter Poynter’s competition for online startups and you could win the Poynter Promise Prize. Two winners whose ideas best advance the journalistic ideals of The Poynter Institute (“standing for journalism, serving democracy”) will receive up to $10,000 each in contracted accounting, legal, research or promotion work, plus coaching and mentoring by Poynter faculty and our Ford Fellows in Entrepreneurial Teaching.

Winners will spend up to two weeks this winter at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Fla., receiving guidance on their journalism — and business — idea. Then, over the next six months, we’ll continue to coach the venture.

We’re looking for projects that would benefit most from incubation and whose progress might yield insights for other journalism startups around the country. Your business must already have initial funding, even if it is your own money. You must have an idea for a sustainable business model. You must be willing for Poynter to share our work together so that this project can be both a laboratory and a showcase for lessons learned.

Enter your pitch today. Here’s how:

Create a video by Tuesday, Oct. 12, that describes the news product or service you’re building. E-mail with a link to the video. Include in your message the name of your project and your name and contact info.

Keep your video to under three minutes and tell us the basics of your business idea:

1) The problem/opportunity you seek to address
2) Your solution, or your idea
3) Who else is doing this
4) Your planned revenue streams
5) The skills and credentials of you and your team. Seguir leyendo “Have a Journalism Startup Idea? Pitch it to Poynter”

The Rise of Page View Journalism

In the early days of newspapers, success and advertising was measured by total circulation. The ability to measure how many people were reading just the business section, lifestyle section, or sports section didn’t exist. As more consumers switch their news reading habits to online consumption, our ability to track which section and pages are being read has improved. However, this enhanced tracking has a dark side: the rise of page view journalism. Simply put, page view journalism is the deliberate creation of stories that are designed to increase page views. It often results in an increase of low quality, high volume reporting and off topic stories.

people will have to reach the conclusion that there is some quality news that is worth paying to have access to …

While page view journalism is often attributed as the primary cause of demand media style content, the fact is it’s so pervasive now that it has almost become the norm. Look at the homepage of Techmeme on any given day and you’ll see an increasingly large number of websites trying to siphon off some of that traffic by “reblogging ” the top stories of the day, adding little or no value to the discussion. While rebloggers are at the lower end of the food chain, page view journalism also occurs at the top. Techcrunch, for example, covers with voluminous detail almost every story that is even slightly connected to twitter. It wouldn’t surprise me if MG Siegler did an expose on how Mary in the AP department at Twitter killed the staple market by switching to paper clips. Don’t laugh…it’s not that far fetched.

Want an example of how to lose your focus? Check out Mashable, a site that regularly stretches to cover things like  Tiger Woods and Fashion Week in an effort to bolster page views. The king of page view media is the Huffington Post, which reblogs, over-covers everything, and has gone off-topic so much it no longer has a main topic.

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Helping Journalists Become Hackers and Entrepreneurs

Journalism schools are useful for many things, including research into ethical standards, traditional skill development, and so on — but increasingly, some journalism schools are focusing just on building their students’ digital chops and entrepreneurial spirit alongside interview etiquette and the correct use of the off-the-record comments. One of the most recent projects in that vein is called Local East Village, a joint venture between the New York University’s journalism school and the New York Times that launched on Monday.

The website describes the venture as an attempt to “help foster a journalistic collaboration with a third partner, our neighbors in the East Village,” and to “give voice to its people in a wide-reaching online public forum and create a space for our neighbors to tell stories about themselves.” As NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen — who helped create the project — notes in his blog post about the launch, the area of the city that the site aims to cover is already well-covered by local blogs, but the LEV site states that it hopes to bring the “academic and intellectual resources of NYU [and] the vast journalistic experience and high professional standards of The Times.” It also adds that:

We hope, too, to provide innovation: For years now the lines between those who produce news and those who consume it have become increasingly blurred. And so we hope to bring our readers even more into the process of producing news in ways that few other sites have tried before.

One of the most interesting features of the project is what it calls the “Virtual Assignment Desk,” which is an application — essentially a plugin for the WordPress blog-hosting platform, which the site uses to publish its content — developed by a team led by Daniel Bachhuber, who is the digital media manager for the City University of New York graduate journalism school. The plugin makes it easy for anyone who wants to contribute to the site to see what stories or events need to be covered, so that they can volunteer. Readers can vote on the topics or news stories they want to see covered as well. Seguir leyendo “Helping Journalists Become Hackers and Entrepreneurs”

Blogging And Mass Psychomanipulation

If I ever write another book it will probably be about one of three topics. The first is the truth about how the press and journalism really works – the sausage making – to show just how much of a beautiful, subjective and chaotic mess it all is. The second idea is to talk about how perfect blogging is, with its constant feedback loop, as a training ground for mass psychology and manipulation. The third idea I’m keeping to myself for now, but it’s more startup focused.

It’s the second one that’s been on my mind lately. Mostly because it’s become pretty clear to me that any blogger worth her salt could start, say, an extremely successful militant religious cult.

Any blogger will tell you how frustrating the early days are. Getting someone, anyone, to link to you. Your first comment! etc. And as your audience grows you are introduced to the first rule of anonymous human behavior – it’s dark and brutal, and reminds me how thin the veil of civilized behavior really is. If there is something nasty that can be said, someone will say it. Over and over. Seguir leyendo “Blogging And Mass Psychomanipulation”

The WikiLeaks Debate: Journalists Weigh In

WikiLeaks and potential imitators could be game changers for the relationships between journalists and the governments and companies they cover. The merits or dangers of those changes are, however, big points of contention for both the organizations that have experienced leaks and the journalists who cover them.

While it’s tough for anyone to speak about WikiLeaks with total authority, we turned to four diverse thinkers in the field: A varied group of experienced journalists with something to say.

Their insights could help the rest of us find the proper perspective on this new development in media and technology. Read on for four takes on what WikiLeaks means, and let us know your own thoughts in the comments below.

“WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped”

“WikiLeaks is not a news organization,” said Marc Thiessen. “It is a criminal enterprise.”

Thiessen is a conservative political commentator who has written articles for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, National Review and USA Today, and his August 3rd op-ed in The Washington Post titled “WikiLeaks Must Be Stopped” is one of the most scathing indictments of WikiLeaks in a mainstream publication.

Thiessen, who served as a speechwriter for U.S. President George W. Bush, views WikiLeaks through the lens of national security. He is of the opinion that WikiLeaks’ ethics are simply nonexistent.

WikiLeaks’ collection and publication of confidential military data “arguably constitute material support for terrorism,” he said. He believes the administration of President Barack Obama not only has the right, but the responsibility to track down founder and spokesman Julian Assange and throw him in prison; then shut down his entire organization.

The post said that WikiLeaks has already exposed over 100 friendly informants and one U.S. operative, whose lives and families could now be in danger.

With at least 10,000 more documents still unreleased, Thiessen considers this an issue of national security and believes that the United States should take whatever action is necessary to prevent those documents from being released, even if it means infringing on international laws that might protect Assange and his associates. Seguir leyendo “The WikiLeaks Debate: Journalists Weigh In”

How the Internet is Affecting Traditional Journalism [SURVEY]

Jolie O’Dell

In a survey conducted over May and June this year, PR network Oriella asked media moguls how the Internet was affecting their business, their publishing formats and even the quality of the content issuing forth from their newsrooms.

In a survey of 770 journalists across 15 countries, the company determined that, while media creators are slightly more optimistic than they were last year about maintaining revenues vis-a-vis the rise of online ad budgets, many are still worried about whether traditional media formats can succeed in the long run.

“Concerns about the viability of journalists’ traditional media channels (print, radio or television) have intensified,” the report reads.

“When asked about the future of their respective publications, over half of those polled believe that these channels may well fold and be taken off the market… This is a sharp rise from last year, when only one in three journalists surveyed believed this would happen. Nearly one in six confirm this has already happened to their publication.” Seguir leyendo “How the Internet is Affecting Traditional Journalism [SURVEY]”

Content Licensing: Why Al Jazeera Chose To Release Some Of Its News Video Content Under A Creative Commons License Link

During my stay at the International Journalism Festival, which took place in Perugia, Italy, last week, I ran into Donatella Della Ratta of Creative Commons who I had not seen in ages. She was very kind and shared with me a story, which I found immediately interesting and worth some extra coverage. Creative Commons had made a partnership with Al Jazeera and since then it has been releasing some of its own news video material for free (broadcast video quality) to anyone interested, under a full CC license.

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Media Relations is not Public Relations

Subset_superset I’ve had discussions with quite a few people in the last few months who are confused about the role of Public Relations in the new world of the Web.

These discussions frequently begin when someone asks me this common question: “Is PR dead because of social media?”

The frequency of this question leads me to the conclusion that there is a great deal of confusion around what is Public Relations really is.

Public Relations: How an organization engages with its publics.

Somehow along the way many PR professionals have lost sight of what “true PR” is and have insisted on only caring about mainstream media. They’ve confused the superset (public relations) with the subset (media relations) and therefore insist that PR is only about mainstream media.

Media relations: Working through journalists to reach your publics.

What people need to realize is that these are different activities. Media relations is still valid as a way to get attention. Of course it is not dead. Who doesn’t want to be quoted in an important outlet?

There are so many other ways to communicate with your publics.

PR is about reaching your audience. There are many more ways to do that than just via the media: Brand journalism, YouTube videos, blog posts, ebooks, charts, graphs, photos, a Twitter feed, a presence in Foursquare and so much more.

Of course, these days mainstream media takes cues from what’s hot in social media so a focus on social media can influence journalists too.

Added bonus for reading this far is my career advice for PR pros:

Public Relations professionals will need to decide if they want to be a public relations expert (helping people reach their publics through mainstream media and social media) or if they want to specialize in the narrower focus of media relations (limit your skills to just mainstream media).

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