“We want to sound like regular adult human beings, not Buzzfeed writers or Reddit commenters,” new Gawker Editor Max Read says in a memo to the publication’s writers. Words like “epic,” “pwn” and “derp” are no longer welcome on the site. Read also says the word “massive” is “never to appear on the website Gawker dot com.”
The free press gods initially gave us the old testament. Then the news testament rose and took over for about 90 years. Recently the old testament has roared back to life and now we have something close to parity or détente, in which it is recognized that we need both.
The growth of social media as a way to find and share stories, has presented journalists with both challenges and opportunities in the way they connect with the public. The rich supply of text, video, audio and photo updates which surface on social media, particularly in breaking news situations, also means newsrooms are faced with an additional channel of communication requiring effective verification, where possible, at speed.
On Facebook, news is a common but incidental part of the experience, according to a new survey. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults use Facebook, and half of those users get news there. Young people (18- to 29– year-olds) account for about a third, 34%, of Facebook news consumers.
Margaret Sullivan, public editor for the New York Times, writes: Eric Schmitt remembers being surprised when, as a member of a Times newsroom committee on reporting practices, he was given information about what bothered readers of The Times most. It wasn’t political bias, or factual errors, or delivery problems.
BuzzFeed has been named the "most social" publisher on Facebook in aranking of August's most shared online content, with the BBC boasting the best performance on Twitter. The BBC had more than 2m tweets for the 8,016 articles it produced in August - putting them far ahead of Mashable, the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN and even BuzzFeed.
Publishers are struggling to survive in an age when information technologies have revolutionized the press industry. However, cutting costs is not the answer, as it will affect quality and move publishers closer to their own extinction - they are behaving like lemmings, the little, Arctic animals who, according to popular myth, rush together to their death.
Gourmet restaurants don't compete with fast food businesses by cutting costs but by focusing on quality and catering to customers who are looking for a different kind of culinary experience. Why should the news business be any different?
The Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-profit news organization that does what its name suggests, and Public Radio Exchange (PRX), which distributes content to public radio stations, are joining forces to launch Reveal, which they hope will morph into a weekly, hour-long show packed with powerful journalism.
Anyone working in newspapers knows what the three key issues facing the industry are: survival, survival and survival. But, writes Charlie Beckett, as we look around at what’s left after the first digital tsunami of change, this is a good moment to ask if there’s more to a future strategy than ‘not going bust’.
With its community said to be sharing 55 million photos on average each day, Instagram has become a sought-after location for engagement by news outlets. This article looks at two Instagram-focused projects launched in January, including Instafax at the BBC and GuardianCam, the Guardian's 'first truly global-from-the-start social account'.
Outlets from National Public Radio to ProPublica have turned to crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Spot.us to help solve journalism's funding woes and make a bit of online buzz. But is this solution sustainable?
No, crowdfunding is not a sustainable solution, but it can fund investigative reports and other projects.
Mass surveillance of the kind practiced by the NSA produces a chilling effect on journalism, because sources do not feel they can have a private conversation with a reporter. That’s the message of a group of scholars, journalists, and researchers from Columbia Journalism School and the MIT Center for Civic Media, in a public comment to the Review Group on Intelligence and Communication Technologies convened by President Obama.
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.