Bookmarks for May 8th through June 5th

These are my links for May 8th through June 5th:

  • OUP Dictionary Team monitors Twitterer’s tweets – Ahh. Metamediajournalism. Apparently " A recent study out of Harvard confirms Twitter is all vanity" erm. Yes. and….
  • The Birmingham Mail’s Gareth Barry letter: why so late on the web? – A lot of praise for Birmingham Post editor Steve Dyson for engaging with Jo in the comments on this subject. What it does is give the most open example I've seen in a while of the judgment calls needed around a 'web as well' strategy
  • Obama speech: An analysis – The BBC try adding analysis to the speech. I think this works well but it would be better with an option to comment/engage with each one as well
  • Tips and thoughts for journalists from Bloomberg’s former multimedia editor – Last week (Thursday May 28) Bloomberg’s former multimedia editor, Abhik Sen, spoke to journalism students at City University on a range of topics. Some good points. I especcially like – think flavour not facts. But I'm not sure I agree that the telegraph story is as good an exemplar as he would like.
  • How open are your lines of communication? – Alison Gow lays a challenge down – of sorts. "I'd love reporters to spend a week where none of their stories were featured in the newspaper – they would only be able to get their information out online, via a blog, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, a wiki – hell, they could even arrange a meeting at a local cafe and talk to people – anything but the printed page. I think it would be an eye-opener for everyone involved"
  • Help Me Investigate: Paul Bradshaw on Crowdsourcing Investigative Reporting – Ryan Sholin talks to Paul about his new website helpmeinvestigate
  • What hyperinterest Web pages would look like – A follow up to a previous post with more flesh on the bones
  • Mass audience for news is dead – "Imagine a news Web site that’s a portal to everything people used to read in newspapers plus a bunch of things that newspapers were never able to provide. A cool idea, I think, but first it requires newspapers to embrace two provocative ideas:

    1. The mass audience is dead.
    2. The product of newspaper Web sites is not news."

    Lots to ponder here but, for me, the real point to mull over is number 2. Should we be asking if a newspaper website be about news

  • Increase in UK online display advertising activity – "Online display advertising activity in the UK has increased year-on-year despite the current economic climates, figures from Nielsen Online for the first quarter of 2009 are suggesting."
  • Journalists are ‘egomaniacs’, so pay walls won’t work – More interesting to me, in this round up of a recent conference is the view of Alan Murray from the WSJ that "the mix of classic training and new multimedia is not conducive to great reporting". Some interesting tidbits in this.
  • Blog Archive Help Me Investigate and game mechanics – Paul Bradshaw reveals that his new venture- helpmeinvestigate – -is really all just a game. A serious game.
  • Why Can’t PR Do Digital? – OK it's aimed at PR people but isn't getting out in to your community and pushing the value of journalism a little about PR too?
  • 50 Great Examples of Data Visualization – A cracking round up of all kinds of visualization goodness
  • Why Twitter may never sell – A great article about why Twitter may never sell itself to a Google or Microsoft.A lesson for newspapers?: "If you don’t want to be a platform, I don’t know what you should be aspiring to be."
  • The Top 6 Game-Changing Features of Google Wave – I'm still not quite sure what it does but it sounds like plenty of people are ready to load it with tests as soon as it appears
  • Topsy – A website that searches Twitter. If you search for a term the results will be tweets that contain your search term and a little bubble that tells you how many other people tweeted that term or a link. A neat way to find people tweeting about a subject but it needs a bit of playing with to get the vibe of it
  • Three ways to become a good Documentary Journalist – Making the case for a different type of journalism and documentary Kurt Lancaster crits Jigar Mehta's piece in the NYT "It’s not breaking-news, a political analysis, nor a unraveling of a crisis, but there are three reasons why I think this is a strong piece, reflecting three elements of strong documentary journalism"
  • Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology – “The bottom line is that whoever acquires Twitter will in essence take possession of an army of millions (soon to be tens of millions) of humans who are actively, accurately, and enthusiastically meta-tagging pages.”
  • Whoever aquires twitter… – “The bottom line is that whoever acquires Twitter will in essence take possession of an army of millions (soon to be tens of millions) of humans who are actively, accurately, and enthusiastically meta-tagging pages.” – great qote
  • Four observations about charging for news that are often overlooked Nieman Journalism Lab – An essential addition to the paywall debate. Seward's last point is particularly good – "Even if pay walls are the future of newspapers, they aren’t the future of news." Think about what you are 'saving' here
  • Social media success doesn’t start with ROI – David Meerman Scott makes some good points about ROI in this post from David Spark. No answers to what should replace it but that doesnt make the comments any less valid.
  • Facebook Pages vs Facebook Groups: What’s the Difference? – A nice article on the differences between pages and groups. As more newspapers get turfed off their profiles this could be useful
  • Subscriptions Only Work "Selling Weird Porn," Says Arianna Huffington – The huffster makes a good point but if people want news like people want porn they why not!
  • Publishing an online newswire – A nice little post about the ways to use Publish2. The comments are equally as good for ideas
  • So Long Sections? – Essentially this article is talking about the joys of the semantic web as it would apply to a more familiar concept 'sections'
  • The convicts in the News – The reality of website journalism in France reported at Le Monde "The logic is to be the first to upload information to be tracked by Google. "Most of us were inexperienced and had no school of journalism," she recalls. If we wanted to make a phone call to verify the information, let us do. But that was not what we wanted. The most important was to work at full speed. " It does loose a little in translation but interesting stuff
  • ITV’s CRR should be updated, says OFT – "The Office of Fair Trading has today advised the Competition Commission to consider updating CRR, the mechanism that protects advertisers from ITV1 abusing its dominant position in the UK TV ad market." This seems like a good idea and a really, really bad idea in equal measure. On the one hand you give back ITV the opportunity to generate more revenue but you introduce a scary president for online video ads no?
  • Audio reporting tool Audioboo experiments with paid-for account for ITV | Journalism.co.uk Editors’ Blog – I don't know why but I hold a special place for audioBoo. I suppose it was the first web2.0 kind of app that I witnessed created, grow and develop(purley online you understand I had nothing to do with building it) that I used and thought this is an instant 'yes' for journos and the media. Now the 'how do they make money on this' question gets answered – "This Saturday ITV.com is planning to use the tool as part of its FA Cup Final coverage: fans using the Audioboo iPhone app will be able to submit their audio reactions to the site." Great stuff. This years coveritlive goes network!
  • So Much For Twitter’s Trending Topics To Indicate Breaking News – Robin Wauters bemoans the missed chance we have with Twitter's trending topics "We already know Twitter can be quite the source for breaking news, but critics have in the past correctly pointed out that one should be aware of the fact that the mob isn’t always right, and unverified claims on the micro-sharing service – often from a single user or even a single message – can quickly lead to false or incomplete stories circulating rapidly and viciously until the dust settles and the truth surfaces." I see the point but as for the use for breaking news it just illustrates the need to be part of it, building your own networks rather than simply skimming trending topics. But I think the point about the users of twitter taking a bit more care is well made. Use it or lose it some may say.
  • 20 Free Buzz Monitoring Tools – A list of free tools to track the social media chatter
  • Professor Todd Gitlin’s Keynote speech on journalism – "What I do know is that journalism is too important to be left to those business interests. Leaving it to the myopic, inept, greedy, unlucky, and floundering managers of the nation’s newspapers to rescue journalism on their own would be like leaving it to the investment wizards at the American International Group (AIG), Citibank, and Goldman Sachs, to create a workable, just global credit system on the strength of their good will, their hard-earned knowledge, and their fidelity to the public good. " 'nuff said
  • Semantic technology gains publishing foothold – Well, one technology in particular -OpenCalais. What is it? It's" a Thomson Reuters project to improve electronic publishing by adding computer-readable labels to content, has attracted the attention of several media publishing organizations, including CNET. " One of number of semantic technologies around this article is one of many that makes me think this was a good move by Reuters
  • The golden age of data journalism – Mr Anderson asks what we need to do to get a UK version of all this open gov goodness happening elsewhere in the world "We probably don't need to tell readers of the Datablog that it's the golden age of data journalism, but we'll give you some ammunition for the next time you have to convince data sceptics. "
  • Headlines and Deadlines: The end may be nigh but you don’t have to keep telling me… – If you run in to Alison Gow then have a chat – she's a planet brain on this digital stuff – but she offers some advice for topics to avoid I'm very interested in what people have to say about the future of news – whether they think the newspaper industry has a future or not – but I'm just not engaged by people wanting to drone on about, for example, the Journalists bad, Bloggers good debate.
  • The Life and Times of A Twitter Link – A marketers view in some respects but interesting none the less. "The moral of the story is that twitter is like any social event you've ever attended. You can't expect the person you've just met to know what you told someone in a previous conversation. So get involved, have fun and make connections with your consumers."
  • Where to Stalk Journalists on Twitter – A nice post that does exactly what it says on the tin. A round up sites that list journalists and journo orgs on twtter
  • GonzoCamp report: An emerging role for journalism when mixed with technology – Some simple but interesting ideas from GonzoCamp. A lot of semantic thinking but I especially like the “nutrition label for your journalism” idea of whose-news.com
  • Twitter poses risks for papers – Other Views – MiamiHerald.com – It's certainly an attractive idea – that twitter ups the risks of leaks from the newsroom. The basis of the argument? that "Technologies never brag about what they don't do; they're too busy wowing us with their tricks to admit to their failings." Of course the reality is that things like twitter claim nothing of the sort. The users do. It is always down to the user to control their use and if journos are leaking then it says everything about the culture they sweat in than the platform they use to express their frustration
  • An view on the Future of Journalism from oz – It's a union view so there is the usual bashing of "bedroom bloggers" but the video intro is interesting and the report, some interesting insights. Given that these guys did a world tour to get the best insights it would be an interesting read for anyone.
  • Digital Inclusion, Social Capital and Digital Barn Raising – Digital Engagement – A great roundup of ideas and projects to help grow hyperlocal and grass-routes community projects "As someone said, we are very good at talking about these issues, and maybe piloting … but not at taking entrepreneurial action and scaling up. I certainly remember similar discussions 10-12 years ago when I think that there were in fact more local online communities in the first flush of enthusiasm for the Net." Some interesting stuff here.
  • Confessions of a former online producer – Interesting 'essay' musing on the practice and future of newspapers and local journalism "Unless local users conscientiously seek and support local substantive journalism with money, real local news will continue to be spotty at best, barely afloat in a sea of nearly-naked celebs."
  • Why journalists deserve low pay | csmonitor.com – Shameless (or should that be sinful) linkbait for the Christian science monitor that is generating a lot of linking. "Journalism must innovate and create new means of gathering, processing, and distributing information so it provides content and services that readers, listeners, and viewers cannot receive elsewhere. And these must provide sufficient value so audiences and users are willing to pay a reasonable price. " Shame they don't allow the debate on comments – that would add value
  • TimePress – Put Your Blog Posts in a Time Line with this WordPress plugin – This plugin could be a really interesting addition to a newspapers kit if using wordpress blogs. Perhaps a dedicated sports blog that could track to a timeline of the teams performance over the year. It also includes twitter integration.
  • When the Times Wire crackles » Nieman Journalism Lab – Zachary M. Seward uses google reader and an earlier version of the Timeswire to track the NYTimes' publishing cycle. Interesting
  • Times Wire – The New York Times – I like the way the user can chose the streams. Nothing radical you may think but how many newspaper sites have you seen with a single page of tens of RSS feeds. This might be a less daunting option.
  • Newspapers: There is No Magic Bullet – "There is no magic bullet. In fact, most of the bullets just listed are of the dumb-dumb variety (as opposed to dum-dum, nitpickers). They reflect the thinking of executives and journalists who don't really understand the business of journalism, the reality of the new Internet-driven world, or what consumers are looking for these days."
  • Roy Greenslade: How council-run newspaper journalists defend their jobs | Media | guardian.co.uk – The news that council papers have NUJ type journos working for them gives Greenslade food for thought. He's been clear on his thoughts about council newspapers "But I have not given any thought to the journalists who produce the material for such publications. You have to admit: they do have a point." I think this is a pretty shoddy admission. Perhaps it was convenient to assume it was all PR bunnies. Or maybe this fuss was about protecting jobs and not journalism or democracy?
  • In defence of council-run papers – A letter from 14 NUJ members An obvious but overlooked facet of the council newspapers are evil debate – they employ proper journalists and pay a decent wage. But FleetStreetBlues lays down a challenge – "Now let's hope the East End Life team use that same fire and passion when covering the next Tower Hamlets council meeting. Remember, it's not the council bosses who pay your wages. It's the taxpayers.
  • Facebook Remains Stubbornly Proud Of Position On Holocaust Denial – Not being a regular facebook user I have missed this storm over their stance on 'free speech' – "Facebook is apparently done talking about Holocaust denial for now. A couple of groups that got more out of hand than the rest were taken down, but the company’s policy of permitting the groups on the site remains. " Michaels point is that there is free speech and then things that are just plain wrong. A hard logic to sustain even if the gut says it's right. A difficult topic but a principle that would trouble anyone moderating forums and comments as we all find our own level as to what is an acceptable level of free speech in a community.
  • Three ideas to make newspaper pay walls work – "Newspaper publishers need to get round the table and launch their own PayPal. It’s the only way it can work. I should be able to use the same account for every single newspaper on the planet. Or, at the very least, in the UK. But really, the planet. A PayPal for newspapers would be a revolution. It means I can keep track of what I’m reading, and spending, and not have to worry about signing in to 30 different sites."
  • Guido’s Plan to Save the Indy – Guy Fawkes’ blog – Uber politico blogger Guido Fawkes suggest a way to save the Indie. "The Indy should therefore enthusiastically embrace the socially liberal Notting Hill Cameroons, in all their weed tolerating, groovy green glory. Become the modernised news brand that Cameroons are not embarrassed to be supported by…"
  • Murdoch’s Secret Plan to Charge for Content – "According to a knowledgeable source, the team is said to be “looking at hardware” to deliver the content in a “user-friendly way”—a prospect that will surely catch the attention of the developers of Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader."
  • Non-For-Profit Isn’t A Business Model For Newspapers – "the reason why they have a decent shot at surviving isn’t because of that philanthropic support—it’s because of their entrepreneurial spirit and lean cost structure, two things most newspaper companies are lacking." It's the mindset not the money that is important.

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