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Reports on traditional news outlets, such as print and broadcast struggling to be financially viable. are nothing new. In a previous blog post, I quoted a statistic from IBM that claimed 90 per cent of all data has been created in the last two years alone.
With the rise of social media and the ability for anyone with access to a computer to create a blog, the supply of possible news sources has exploded since the web gained mainstream acceptance years ago.
The public’s demand for content and news has dramatically increased. However, the exponential growth in supply of news sources such as social media, 24-hour news channels, and everything in between, has created a glut of information effectively driving down the value of real news. This is essentially a supply-and-demand problem. Combined with disruptive technology and better methodologies for advertising, traditional media outlets have been forced to make changes to the ways in which they report and monetize news content.
The fact that it is more difficult than ever to decide who qualifies as a “journalist” may make for a confusing media landscape, and it may trouble some professional journalists and media outlets, but in the long run we are better off.
The best thinking about journalism’s future benefits from its being in touch with technology’s potential. But it can get in its own way when it simplifies and repudiates the intelligence of journalism’s past.
That is happening, to a degree, in a discussion gaining momentum lately that journalism should now largely move beyond fact gathering and toward synthesis and interpretation.
The NSA story is just the latest case that shows the importance, and the elusiveness, of simply knowing what has really happened.
In a Nieman Journalism Lab post, Jonathan Stray made the case recently for moving beyond facts, or what might be called The Displacement Theory of Journalism. “The Internet has solved the basic distribution of event-based facts in a variety of ways; no one needs a news organization to know what the White House is saying when all press briefings are posted on YouTube. What we do need is someone to tell us what it means.”...
Like television, Twitter and newspapers go together. Not only as a place to break the biggest live stories of the day, but as a way to connect newspapers to their readers and extend relationships with advertisers.
For Linda Grant, managing director of the UK’s free national newspaper @MetroUK, Twitter not only provides a window into the lives of the paper’s readers; it contributes to the bottom line.
Grant (@UrbanLinda), who has been managing director of Metro since 2011, spoke to Twitter (full video below) about how she uses the platform and recalls the moment it struck home that the way news was being reported was changing. That moment was a summer afternoon two years ago when news of the tragic death of singer Amy Winehouse broke.
“The first time it really drove home the power of Twitter and how things had changed was on a late Saturday afternoon when I saw a Tweet saying that Amy Winehouse had died. The speed at which that story unfolded and the way in which I felt it reported live by the power of the network I was on, rather than broadcast media, really blew me away and signalled to me that things had changed,” Grant recalls.
Twitter has long been part of Grant’s routine. She uses it to see what readers are saying about Metro, which distributes 1.3 million copies each weekday morning, in terms of customer service and as a way to grow the paper’s relationship with readers.
Sharing quality content with their audience, engaging with readers below the line and building their brand, these are just some of the tips for new journalists shared at a journalism event today.
Speaking at the NCTJ's Journalism Skills Conference at Bournemouth University, a panel were asked to give advice to journalists, particularly those entering the field.
The panel featured Peter Bale, vice president and general manager of CNN International Digital; Pete Clifton, executive producer for MSN UK; and Liisa Rohumaa, a journalism lecturer at Bournemouth University...
The sale of the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos is just the most recent episode in the decline and fall of professional journalism. By selling out to a mega-billionaire without any newspaper experience, the Graham family has put a priceless national asset at the mercy of a single outsider. Perhaps Jeff Bezos will use his new plaything responsibly; perhaps not; if not, one of the few remaining sources of serious journalism will be lost.
The crisis in the English-speaking world will turn into a catastrophe in smaller language zones. The English-speaking market is so large that advertisers will pay a lot to gain access to the tens of millions of readers who regularly click onto the New York Times or the Guardian. But the Portuguese-reading public is far too small to support serious journalism on the internet. What happens to Portuguese democracy when nobody is willing to pay for old-fashioned newspapers?
The blogosphere can't be expected to take up the slack. First-class reporting on national and international affairs isn't for amateurs. It requires lots of training and lots of contacts and lots of expenses. It also requires reporters with the well-honed capacity to write for a broad audience -- something that eludes the overwhelming majority of academic specialists and think-tank policy wonks. And it requires editors who recognize the need to maintain their organization's long-term credibility when presenting the hot-button news of the day. The modern newspaper created the right incentives, but without a comparable business model for the new technology, blogging will degenerate into a postmodern nightmare -- with millions spouting off without any concern for the facts.
We can't afford to wait for the invisible hand to come up with a new way to provide economic support for serious journalism. To be sure, the financial press has proved moderately successful in persuading readers to pay for online access; and mainstream media are now trying to emulate this success. But if tens of millions of readers don't succumb to the charms of PayPal -- and quickly -- now is the time for some creative thinking.
For starters, it would be a mistake to rely on a BBC-style solution. It is one thing for government to serve as a major source of news; quite another to give it a virtual monopoly on reporting. This could mean the death of critical fact-based inquiry when a demagogic government takes power -- this risk is especially great in small language zones, where outside media can't take up the slack.
Enter the Internet news voucher. Under our proposal, each news article on the web will end by asking readers whether it contributed to their political understanding. If so, they can click the yes-box, and send the message to a National Endowment for Journalism -- which would obtain an annual appropriation from the government. This money would be distributed to news organizations on the basis of a strict mathematical formula: the more clicks, the bigger the check from the Endowment.
Jeff Bezos’s acquisition of the Washington Post is another sign of how the mass media industry is shifting back to an earlier model — and if anyone can figure out how to make that model work in a digital age, it’s probably Jeff Bezos.
To cultivate a loyal audience in today's media environment, newspapers must do more than simply churn out stories.
Editors and their newsrooms should create usable products, like data-driven news and information tools, to serve their readers, said Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein at the World Editors Forum in Bangkok during his master's class for editors.
Data journalism is “no longer just entertainment and no longer just voyeurism but creating decision-making tools based on news reporting,” said Arenstein, according to the International News Media Association (INMA). Here are a few tips for newspapers getting started with data journalism, gleaned from INMA's summary of the session:
First, it was the Web. Now, mobile is the “second tidal wave of change about to collide with the news industry,” said Cory Bergman, general manager of Breaking News, a mobile-first startup owned by NBC News Digital.
As more consumers access news on their mobile devices, news organizations are seeing traffic to their websites from desktop computers flatten or decline. And in some regions, such as many parts of Africa, users are leapfrogging the Web altogether and going straight to mobile.
Although many newsroom leaders believe a “mobile, too” approach — a focus on mobile in addition to other platforms — will be enough, that mentality is shortsighted, Bergman said in a recent Poynter Online chat.
Joining Bergman to discuss the news industry’s transition to mobile were Poynter’s Regina McCombs and Damon Kiesow, senior product manager for mobile at the Boston Globe and Boston.com.
"Take a typical stressful situation, such as losing your job. You could say that the hardship of being unemployed could be depressing and stress-inducing, and thus kill any attempts at creativity. Understandable. However, if you see losing your job as freedom from the restrictions of your previous job, suddenly everything starts to look a little different. Instead of it being a negative, "I have no job" it becomes a positive, "Now I am free to explore new things"."
Un numero crescente di giornalisti nel mondo si considerano ‘’digital first’’ e vedono i social media come una parte importante del loro lavoro.
Lo ha accertato una Ricerca sul giornalismo digitale svolto da Oriella PR, un network internazionale che riunisce 16 agenzie di comunicazione, attraverso un sondaggio compiuto interpellando 553 giornalisti di 15 paesi.
Come segnala Paid Content,
- il 59% dei giornalisti coinvolti nello studio hanno usato twitter nel 2013, contro il 47% del 2012;
- l’ uso di Twitter è molto alto nei paesi di lungua inglese, mentre solo un terzo dei giornalisti tedeschi, invece, hanno un account su Twitter.
Business Insider Facebook Will Launch A News Reader At June 20th Press Event TechCrunch The upcoming death of Google Reader and the addition of hashtags signal Facebook will likely launch a news reader at the June 20th press event it's just sent...