EQUIPPING YOU FOR THE FOURTH REVOLUTION IN JOURNALISM Yet again, journalism is undergoing radical change. James Harding, the BBC's director of news and current affairs, speaks of a fourth revolution in journalism. First there was print, and then came the first three revolutions: • Radio • Television • Online Each caused radical upheaval in their turn. The fourth revolution, which is taking place right now, is being caused by mobile technology. The brand new 2nd edition of Multimedia Journalism is designed to help student journalists join that fourth revolution.
“ In a “Science Friday” episode from 1994, host Ira Flatow wondered about the future of the newspaper. “Should it stay the way it is? Should it become more user-friendly online?R…”
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Interesting look at what we got right, and wrong, when predicting the future of our industry in the last century. Did we screw ourselves by giving our content away on line? This insight from the post: "Some analysts argue that newspapers' 'original sin' in the digital era was failing to charge for access on the web. I wonder if, instead, it was failure to build the sort of platform that would provide that access in a variety of money-making ways."
“ Two particular questions have been haunting newsrooms’ strategy conversations, causing severe moral dilemmas and destabilizing the industry…”
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Good stuff in here on the dangers of using metrics to underpin/usurp editorial judgement: "The more newsrooms play out this metrics scenario — further attempting to measure audience desires by the limited number of stories they offer — the more their offerings narrow as they try to zero in on the ever-changing magic formula to attract the clicks and dollars (cents). But less variety has never made for a healthier democracy."
David Carr was onto something two years ago when he proclaimed that newsletters were still alive and well. Noticing the sudden surfeit of briefings jockeying for attention in the world's inboxes, The New York Times media columnist declared that newsletters, "an old-school artifact of the web that was supposed to die along with dial-up connections, […]
A leaked manual intended for Facebook employees working with its trending news module shows that while algorithms play a big part in the social network’s curation of events, it’s the human editors that have the final say. Published today by The Guardian, the document also says that human editors can inject topics into the trending bar manually to either replace another topic or to add a new one. The guidelines state that editors can only manually add topics that are already appearing in its ‘review’ and ‘demo’ tools, even if it’s deemed newsworthy. The surfacing of the document is sure to… This story continues at The Next Web
We studied over 14 million tweets and two million Facebook updates from more than 100,000 accounts. Here's what w
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The post shows video is underused: "the data shows that video is still underutilised by many brands. On Facebook, video gets three times as much engagement as any other kind of content, but in the 7 posts that brands share on Facebook per week, far less than 1% are videos. Of the remaining 99%, 80% are links and 19% are photos."
Twitter will soon allow users to include more content in their tweets, even without increasing the platform’s 140-character limit. Specifically, Twitter announced four new features coming to the platform over the coming months, including two tweaks to the way a tweet’s character count is measured. First, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character limit, so users can add more words to their replies without removing usernames from a conversation.In addition, media attachments such as photos, GIFs, videos, polls and quote tweets will no longer count toward a tweet’s character limit. This feature was originally rumored by Bloomberg earlier this year. Next, Twitter will introduce the ability for users to retweet and quote tweet their own tweets. Finally, Twitter is removing the need for users to place periods before usernames when they want replies to be viewed by all of their followers. Instead, Twitter said, “New tweets that begin with a username will reach all of your followers … If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.”... See it on Scoop.it, via South African Social Networking News
There was a point, three weeks into Poynter’s first crowdfunding project, when we wondered just what we’d gotten ourselves into. Coming off a week with few donations, nine days to go and $6,000 short of our all-or-nothing goal, we asked ourselves why we had taken such a public risk when we knew the project could […]
In February, Facebook began rolling out live video streaming capabilities to users worldwide – meaning that there’s bound to be someone streaming video of themselves somewhere on the planet at any given point in time. At its F8 developer conference, the company unveiled a number of new features for Facebook Live, including reactions, comment replay and filters. But the most useful of them all is this interactive map that shows you streams that you can tune into in real-time. It certainly beats waiting around for people to begin streaming stuff in your news feed, and gives you a chance to… This story continues at The Next Web
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Could be useful for identifying live eye-witness streams from breaking news stories
A few weeks ago I started writing a post about Snapchat for journalists. It ended up so long that I decided to turn it into a small ebook. But I thought I'd split that original draft - just under half the length of the finished ebook - across a number of posts here on OJB.…
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