The future is coming into focus. There is such clear momentum around a set of emerging behaviors that we can, without a doubt, project the exponential growth of raw unfiltered data.
Think of it like Moore’s Law for content. The speed, scale, and number of distinct elements of produced content will double every 24 months. Call it Rosenbaum’s Law — unless you know of someone who’s quantified the growth before today.
To be clear, the reason for this growth is that we’ve allowed three things to merge into one. As each of us enables more wearable technology and devices that invite us to ‘check in,’ we fill our personal channel with data. Our location, our weight, our order from Fresh Direct, our “Likes,” our Yelp reviews, our Instagram photos. This is raw data — unfiltered data — of little interest to anyone other than our close friends. But as Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and others have increasingly defaulted our posts to “Public” visibility, we each add meaningfully to the volume of raw data on the web.
Personal essays have never been more popular online. Sarah Hepola, Salon.com’s personal essay editor, thinks she knows why: “People have always been drawn to personal narratives. It’s one of the fundamentals of storytelling: Through your story, I better understand my own. As human beings, we like to see others fail and hurt and triumph.”
It’s not just random blogs that publish these confessional articles anymore. Digital (and some traditional) news sites are getting in on it too. Salon is a perfect example of such a site. Since its inception in 1995, it has gained a reputation for being a reputable source of information about news, politics, pop culture and everything in between. But it’s that ‘in between’ category that, in recent months, has really gotten the public’s (and the Internet’s) attention. Personal essays now garner hundreds of comments a piece. Controversial topics (and click bait headlines) have become the norm. And it’s not just Salon — outlets like The Daily Beast, Time and Slate all use similar tactics in the race for traffic.
Over the past 10 months, my job at the Global Editors Network gave me the opportunity to be touring the most renowned newsrooms all over the world to organize journalism hackdays where teams of journalists, designers and developers competed in the development of innovative journalism tools, content and apps.
From the New York Times to India Today, via Zeit Online, NOS in Holland, Clarin in Argentina and many others, it’s been an incredible trip to different journalistic cultures. And it’s not over, as I’m just back from 24.com in Cape Town and The Guardian in London, with the next stop at Gruppo L’Espresso next week, and back to Paris at Le Parisien the following week…
Given how important opinions are to social media, it is important for Digital First journalists to understand what they mean for journalism.
A group of Digital First Media journalists have been discussing several aspects of opinion journalism this year. This is the first in a series of posts sharing the group’s advice to Digital First newsrooms, opinion pages and individual journalists. The group members are listed at the end of this post.
Opinions are an important and vibrant part of social media, and DFM opinion journalism efforts need to make effective and extensive use of social media. To guide these efforts, we present a few general principles and some specific recommendations:
What is data journalism? What potential does it have? What are its limits? Where does it come from? Paul Bradshaw (Birmingham City University) and Mirko Lorenz (Deutsche Welle) say a bit about what is distinctive about data journalism.
Leading data journalists tell us why they think it is important and what their favourite examples are. Finally Liliana Bounegru (European Journalism Centre) puts data journalism into its broader historical context.
After several months of hard work, the Data Journalism Handbook is almost ready to be released. The handbook will be launched during the School of Data Journalism at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, next week.
The handbook is a free, open source reference book for anyone interested in the emerging field of data journalism. The book will be made freely available online under a CC BY-SA license so anyone can read, copy, share, redistribute and reuse it under the terms of this license. Additionally a printed version and an e-book will be published by O’Reilly Media.
DataDrivenJournalism.net is dedicated to providing anyone interested in getting started with data driven journalism with a collection of learning resources, including relevant events, tools, tutorials, interviews and case studies.
How can you contribute to a healthy journalism ecosystem?
Picture a news and information ecosystem that not only informs, but also engages, inspires, and activates. Imagine journalism that helps us navigate through uncertainty, contextualizing conflict and struggle within aspirations and hope.
Envision telling stories of possibility, highlighting diverse voices, using diverse forms, and engaging with each other around them.
An in-depth analysis of how media organisations and individuals are dealing with user-generated content online in the paper “Newsroom Curators and Independent Storytellers: Content curation as a new form of journalism”, written for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
Huffington Post UK and the Guardian share tips on managing online communities at the Association of Online Publishers autumn conference
Speaking at the Association of Online Publisher's autumn conference today, Joanna Geary, currently digital development editor at the Guardian but soon-to-be news partnership manager for Twitter, and Carla Buzasi, editor in chief at Huffington Post UK, shared their insights into community development.
1. Keep a community team for the long-term
2. Be sensitive to the varying needs of different communities
3. Don't make assumptions about audience interests
4. Be active in engaging individuals from groups not already involved in the site
At some point, probably every Facebook page administrator Googled some variation of the following questions: when is the best time to post on Facebook?; how often should I post on Facebook?; or how can I increase Facebook engagement?
In the current media ecosystem of Twitter, News of the World, and a failing news economy, how can your newsroom maintain credibility while everyone else seems to be losing theirs? Aidan White, Director of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), insists the answers to maintaining a journalism worthy of democracy’s highest ideals can be found by reassessing ethics standards – a task which is much harder to implement in practice.
A routine board meeting became the biggest story of last week’s UNITY convention after the National Association of Hispanic Journalists President Michele Salcedo refused to allow a student journalist to live tweet during NAHJ’s open board meeting.
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
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