The Guardian is working with a London startup to bring an algorithm-curated print edition to the U.S.
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Robin Good: If you want to question your well-established assumptions about how we may want to satisfy our insatiable craving for news in the age of filters, algorithms and personalization, this is an article I highly recommend you to read.
Jonathan Stray, on NiemanLab, looks into a tough question: assuming we really need to keep ourselves updated via the news, in this age of superabundance of information, "who should see, what, when?".
In his effort, he does an excellent job of clarifying two very critical points, that both journalists and media tend to easily overlook when they try to look at the future of news journalism and its business models:
1) There is more than one audience.
2) The news isn't just what's new.
"...journalism came to believe that only new events deserved attention, and that consuming small, daily, incremental updates is the best way to stay informed about the world.
Piecemeal updates don’t work for complex stories.
Wikipedia rapidly filled the explanatory gap, and the journalism profession is now rediscovering the explainer and figuring out how to give people the context they need to understand the news."
Indeed the context and the level of personalization does determine the usefulness and value of any news service to its end users. Thus,
as he rightly writes, "Journalism could be a reference guide to the present, not just a stream of real-time events." and it is hard not to agree with such a vision.
Mr Stray suggests then the use of three specific criteria to identify which news we should be exposed to. He writes: "Three key words should determine who gets served what: Interest, effects, and agency" and then provides a detailed explanation of the "why" behind these.
Finally, he goes on to suggest that: "...we’ll need a combination of human curators, social media, and sophisticated filtering algorithms to make personalized feeds possible for everyone.
Yet the people working on news personalization systems have mostly been technologists who have viewed story selection as a sort of clickthrough-optimization problem.
If we believe that news has a civic role — that it is something at least somewhat distinct from entertainment and has purposes other than making money — then we need more principled answers to the question of who should see what when."
I agree wholeheartedly.
Must read. 9/10
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Via Robin Good
Guardian Journalist talks about two case studies of modern investigative journalism.
This is an interesting video of a talk by the Guardian's award winning journalist Paul Lewis . When every mobile phone can record video and take pictures, everyone is a potential news source. Lewis talks about two stories that give us a glimpse into the future of investigative journalism .
Paul Bradshaw has written a great piece on Lewis's work in the excellent Online Journalism Blog.
You can follow Paul Lewis and Paul Bradshaw on Twitter @PaulLewis
@paulbradshaw as well as the Lingospot Team @Lingospot
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
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Once it was a journalist's lament that today's newspapers are tomorrow's fish and chip paper, a reflection on the ephemeral nature of news.
A judge in one recent high-profile criminal case wrote a...
I selected this piece by Dino Joannides for Lingospot because it tackles a much asked and frequently tackled answered of "What is Curation?" in the most appropriate manner possible. That is to say, he answers the question with an excellent example of curation, complete with multiple links to articles that prove his points.
Some points that caught my attention:
**Content curation means different things to a variety of stakeholders, be they journalists, editors, bloggers, business executives or marketers.
**Fred Wilson the Venture Capitalist and blogger sees curation as an essential element in today's media landscape as indicated by one of his posts here
**Some argue that curation could actually save media.
**Others have argued that there is a new type of curation that is in effect the New Search.
**Most people inadvertently already act as curators whenever they decide to post a link or video to their social networks to show their friends they have found great or topical content.
He closes by suggesting traditional editors make decisions based only upon content that was produced internally, whereas the newer Curation mixes this with external content. The determination of what is given prominence remains the same.
The difference is that now, this role is undertaken by professional journalists, content marketers, bloggers" or in reality, anyone that publishes online".
What do you think?
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
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If you're serious about content curation or just want to know more about it, you shouldn't miss this.......
An exclusive, live webinar from Social Media Today
October 4th at 12pm EST / 9am PST
Where journalists used to be the trusted agents for reporting on the ground and fact-checking stories before publication, every Web user is now a potential journalist.
And as the deluge of user-generated information gathers strength, finding out what's important to people in their private and working lives becomes more and more challenging. How to sort between truth, half truth and falsehood?
Technical filtering can't (yet) match human capacity to discriminate between useful content and garbage. This is the increasingly vital role of the online curator. The discussion will examine to what extent curation is becoming integral to journalism, and whether bloggers and tweeters can adequately play the the reporting role of journalists.
We'll cover the following questions, as well as your own:
What's the difference between curation and journalism? How does factchecking work in the blogosphere? What are emerging best practices for online curators?
Can the hive mind of the Internet match the formal editorial structure of a traditional news organization when it comes to producing accurate reporting and analysis of current events?
Maggie Fox will host the webinar, her wonderful guests are Steve Rosenbaum and Tom Foremeski. (Bios on the article)