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The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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Newsrooms School Teachers on What Students Should Learn | Mediashift | PBS

Newsrooms School Teachers on What Students Should Learn | Mediashift | PBS | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Journalism changes at a rapid speed, and universities struggle to keep pace. The system for updating curricula is often so bureaucracy-laden that by the time a new journalism tool or skill makes it into the classroom, the next big thing has already been trending on Twitter for months.
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Supreme Court Deals Major Blow To James Risen

Supreme Court Deals Major Blow To James Risen | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A reporter who has been ordered to divulge the identity of the source of classified information lost his bid Monday to get the Supreme Court to clarify whether journalists have a right to protect their confidential sources.
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Hashtag Activism and the Lie of 'Solidarity'

Hashtag Activism and the Lie of 'Solidarity' | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Twitter has come under fire from mainstream journalists and institutional gatekeepers, derided as "toxic" and a "poisonous well." But this opposition to Twitter—to its strengths as a democratizing platform—is as old as media itself.
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Chart of the Day: Women write about family and gender, men cover literally everything else

Chart of the Day: Women write about family and gender, men cover literally everything else | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

"When we talk about gender imbalance in the media, it’s not just about women being generally underrepresented compared to men–it’s also about what topics they’re covering. Are women’s voices present in the media conversations around the full range of important issue areas of the day, or are they still siloed into certain traditionally feminine spheres? Welp, take a look at today’s depressing chart brought to you by Foreign Policy using data from The Op-Ed Project."


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Virginia Woolf & Marguerite Duras consider photographs & recorded voices of the dead

Virginia Woolf & Marguerite Duras consider photographs & recorded voices of the dead | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
VIRGINIA WOOLF Three Guineas, 1938 Photographs, of course, are not arguments addressed to the reason; they are simply statements of fact addressed to the eye. But in that very simplicity there may be some help.
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Especially poignant given the release of the Sandy Hook tapes. (The media should not have played those tapes.)

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:19 AM

Especially poignant given the release of the Sandy Hook tapes. (The media should not have played those tapes.)

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:20 AM

Especially poignant given the release of the Sandy Hook tapes. (The media should not have played those tapes.)

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Hard Evidence: is there still gender bias in journalism?

Hard Evidence: is there still gender bias in journalism? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

"Journalism is changing, and so is the role of women in the workplace. But the two are not always evolving in harmony. Women substantially outnumber men in journalism training and enter the profession in (slightly) greater numbers, but still only a relative few rise to senior jobs. The pay gap between male and female journalists remains stubbornly wide, and older women - especially if they have taken a career break - find it difficult to retain a place in the industry.

 

Women in journalism still cluster around particular subject genres. Historically, they were almost totally confined to “pink ghettos”, but as more women entered the industry, there was an expectation that their opportunities would expand and that they would duly embrace areas that had been traditionally male, like hard news, crime or politics.

 

But a byline analysis of UK national newspapers in 2012 indicates that some areas still have very few women, in particular politics, sport and opinion writing. These findings are also supported by qualitative interview data. There are similar lacunae in the US press."


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Bernadette Barker-Plummer's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:16 PM

Why are some 'beats' still inhospitable to women?  Clearly it is not the topics, women js are equally interested in politics, so maybe it is the practice of journalism in these arenas? Locker room based sourcing in sports? Boys drinking networks in politics? Byline analysis is the starting point, we need to figire out the 'why' also?

malek's curator insight, November 20, 2013 9:02 AM

The digital print skew the picture, given the lower pay to digital writers.

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Public-private partnership: Slate and WBUR team up on a podcast, connecting public radio content to a national audience

Public-private partnership: Slate and WBUR team up on a podcast, connecting public radio content to a national audience | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Boston public radio station WBUR wants to reach a national audience; Slate wants to expand its stable of podcasts through partnerships.

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Are Digital Distractions Monopolizing Reading Time? : Publishing Perspectives

Are Digital Distractions Monopolizing Reading Time? : Publishing Perspectives | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Books do furnish a room, but according to many in the publishing industry, the fear is that emails, online video texts and tweets will prevent them being read.

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Working at Vice Media Is Not As Cool As It Seems

Working at Vice Media Is Not As Cool As It Seems | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Vice Media is one of the hottest media properties in America. It's the counterculture empire that even Rupert Murdoch could love. Vice's founder, Shane Smith, has speculated his company could raise tens of billions of dollars. So why are its employees so broke and pissed off?
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Intelligent Content: Soon your media will know you better than you know yourself

Intelligent Content: Soon your media will know you better than you know yourself | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Though tablets and ebook readers are now mainstream, the revolution in the way they display content – and how that content will be generated dynamically – is yet to come.

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One note from the article regarding content curation:


Curation will guide content

Some argue that readers no longer want curated content, however we believe people always have and always will look to trusted sources for guidance, and that’s where books and magazines will continue to add value.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, April 10, 2013 10:45 AM

..the revolution in the way tablets and ebook readers display content ....

jspellos's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:45 PM

The content curation movement keeps growing.

Cees Franke's curator insight, April 11, 2013 3:29 AM

Het algoritme wordt (en is het soms al enigszins)  de nieuwe curator ...

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Reporting on ROSE: A Journalist’s Work In Phoenix

Reporting on ROSE: A Journalist’s Work In Phoenix | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

We often have cause to complain about media coverage of sex work, but we haven’t had occasion to talk about how good stories can be edited into inadequate ones as they travel from reporter to final outlet. The fate of Jordan Flaherty‘s story about Project ROSE (Reaching Out to the Sexually Exploited) is a great opportunity to look at what happens when a journalist tries to show the public the whole story but is met with resistance from his employer.


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The Need for Listening and Empathy in Journalism - Engaging Empathy

The Need for Listening and Empathy in Journalism - Engaging Empathy | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Two weeks ago, I saw Ira Glass talk about how stories enable us to see ourselves in the lives of others.  “The story is a machine for empathy,” Glass has argued elsewhere. “It is a really powerful tool for imagining yourself in other people’s situations.” Here, Glass is concerned not only with what stories to cover, but how to tell those stories. If we want to begin better reflecting the lived experiences of our communities we need to tackle both.

 

A year ago, Andrew Haeg left his work in public broadcasting to develop what he called an “empathy engine” to help journalists better engage and understand communities. In a blog post announcing his new project, he quotes Jose Antonio Vargas’ keynote at the 2012 Online News Association conference. Vargas said that journalism “has given me the biggest gift that anybody could ever give me […] the gift of empathy. Of seeing and listening to people who may not agree with me and who feel different than I do.”

 

So the question of empathy has two facets: empathy in the newsroom, and the empathy our stories foster in our readers. What connects these two elements is the act of listening.

 

by Josh Stearns


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How Does Media Consolidation Limit Your Media Choices? #infographic

How Does Media Consolidation Limit Your Media Choices? #infographic | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
How Does Media Consolidation Limit Your Media Choices? #infographic Frugaldad via Businessinsider Guest post by Yin Wu I look 4Ward to your feedback. Keep Digging for Worms! Author: Bill - Dr. William J.
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ToyotaVoice: How Print-On-Demand Is Transforming Self-Publishing

ToyotaVoice: How Print-On-Demand Is Transforming Self-Publishing | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Thanks to the advent of self-publishing, crowdfunding and e-commerce, indie artists of all kinds are launching their creative careers as solopreneurs...


...“When you make something easier to do, people do more of it,” wrote Thompson. “‘Print-on-demand’ publishing is about to do the same thing to books. It’ll keep them alive—by allowing them to be much weirder.


”By ‘weirder’ Thompson means more individualized and diverse. And he was correct. Bowker has reported increases in the numbers of book titles published overall for years, despite decreases in titles published by traditional publishers. The bibliographic information clearinghouse reported the growth has been ”driven almost exclusively by a strong self-publishing market.”...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 4, 2013 5:30 PM

Maybe ebooks aren't killing publishing after all? Weird huh? 

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 10, 2013 1:57 AM

Weird is beautiful. ...Profitability, well... Perhaps the beautiful worry less about such things.