Finding people to challenge editors is one of several tips John Robinson offered in praise of ideas by new media thinkers promoting transparency in reporting and the power of new technologies to change how journalism is done.
A writer at the Columbia Journalism Review has taken aim at what he sees as the real reason for the media industry's problems: "future of news" visionaries, who he says are hurting more than they are helping.
With more Americans reading their news online than ever, and with print circulations continuing to decline in part because of the Internet, the Newspaper Association of America has decided to fight fire with fire, launching a six-week digital and social media campaign to promote the importance of newspapers, according to CNN. With the ad campaign tagline of "Smart is the New Sexy," one ad reads, "Be able to find Iran on a map. Know what city council is up to, because a little depth looks great on you," reported NPR. An upcoming election, not to mention the world financial crisis and revolutions and protests in the Arab world, mean newspapers are more important than ever, the New York Times pointed out. “Who wants to go to a cocktail party and not know what’s going on in the world?” said Mike Hughes, president of the Martin Agency that created the ad campaign, as quoted by the NY Times. “You’ll be sexier if you’re current with what’s going on in the world.” The Quad-City Times in Iowa has taken the campaign to the next level, offering gift cards to readers who post the most "liked" response on Facebook about why the Quad-City Times makes them smart and sexy. The Newspaper Association of America is trying to get readers engaged with the campaign, encouraging them to upload videos on Facebook or post comments to Twitter using the hashtag #smartsexy. (Knight Center)
"Remember when a single investigative reporter with the temerity to demand a decent living... could pull the curtain back on one of the most powerful and secretive organizations on the face of the earth?"
These days are not over, argued Dean Starkman, Editor of the Colombia Journalism Review's business section this week (he cites The Guardian's Nick Davies and his work on breaking the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World as a contemporary example) but they are in danger.
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Sonar allows you to see which of your contacts are nearby. It could be a particularly handy way for journalists attending press conferences, events and meet-ups to find out if there are key people in the vicinity.
One of the biggest challenges for any presenter is how to cope with breaking news - when the running order is abandoned and the presenter is asked to carry the programme, through an ever-changing situation.
This can be an exciting opportunity but it's a daunting experience for a new presenter.
In this video BBC presenter Jane Hill shares her know-how: how to deal with interviewees when there is little time for a briefing from your producer, and how to keep the audience updated with the details of an emerging story.
"Keeping notes of what your interviewee is telling you is a key point, as in a few hours, while still on air, you may forget the details," she says.
Jane also gives some very practical tips on how to carry the story when you have very little information, as well as coping with the stream of gallery noise in you ear.
Participatory Journalism, a new book charting journalist’s attitudes towards user participation in online newspapers, began as a small research project funded by a Finnish foundation. The final result is a ten-country study of what the authors label “participatory journalism,” a term they suggest “comes closest to capturing both the processes and effects of ordinary citizen’s contributions to gathering, selecting, publishing, distributing, commenting on and publicly discussing the news that is contained within an institutional media product.” Researching Journalism page editor Lisa Lynch spoke to Alfred Hermida, a BBC veteran and digital media pioneer who is now Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, about how the book’s eight authors assembled their research and what emerged over the course of the study.
A new study reveals that while student media presence remains strong, only one-third of schools surveyed have any online student media. Additionally, schools that are smaller and poorer or have large minority populations are more likely to have no student media.
The study by the Center for Scholastic Journalism is one of the most extensive national counts of American public high school student media ever conducted.
The data suggest many scholastic media programs are neither exposing students to the media landscape they will confront once they graduate from high school, nor teaching students the skills they need to succeed in a multimedia world.