After 25 years in and around journalism, my understanding of media changed with one table in the "2009 State of the News Media Report" by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism. Time Magazine and Newsweek each saw ad pages drop 19 percent in 2008, it said, while Motortrend gained 24 percent and Car and Driver increased 4 percent. If two auto magazines could grow their business in the very year that Chrysler and GM were headed towards bankruptcy, then specialized coverage had to be the most exciting place for a career in journalism.
UK communications and media regulator OFCOM has come out with another mammoth piece of research, this time the international communications market report, covering the UK, US, Australia, France, Italy and Germany.
Some (mainly about Britain being a national of online shopaholics ) of it has already been covered in the mainstream press, so I’ve tried to dig out ten findings that didn’t get so much of an airing. These include ones that look at how social media has replaced traditional media as a news source
1 – Ofcom’s research confirms Forrester’s earlier claims that social media is reaching saturation point. 78% of American, 75% of Australian and 70% of UK Internet users have set up social media profiles.
Since the invention of media (the book, the record, the movie...), there's been a pyramid of value and pricing delivered by those that create it: Starting from the bottom: Free content is delivered to anyone who is willing to consume...
One of the sessions at news:rewired – media in motion will look at how newsgames and gaming mechanics are being used in journalism.
Shannon Perkins, editor of interactive technologies at Wired.com and who created Cutthroat Capitalism, a game where the player puts themselves in the position of a Somali pirate, will be coming over from the US to speak at news:rewired. In a Journalism.co.uk podcast he said a reader should “develop a deeper sense of the underlying themes of a story” by playing a game.
Another speaker presenting in the newsgames session at news:rewired is Bobby Schweizer, a doctoral student at the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Newsgames: Journalism at Play. He will also be joining us from the US. Here is a list of 10 newsgames to give an idea of how games can be used in storytelling.
Data journalism was high on the agenda of this year's News World Summit in Hong Kong. Day two of the conference started with a half an hour session called "The data journalism lesson." The conference website describes the session as follows:
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We’ve got two weeks to cover with this review, but since one of those weeks was dominated for many us by football, family, and post-turkey stupor, it’s a relatively quiet period to catch up on. Here’s what you might have missed:
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