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Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
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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If you’re worried about Facebook hosting news content… you’re already dead.

If you’re worried about Facebook hosting news content… you’re already dead. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
But if we can acknowledge some hard truths, we will all be okay.
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I'm not sure I agree with everything Will Federman says, but I do agree with the points about branding and the BuzzFeed example.

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Journalism in the Age of the Accidental News Junkie

Journalism in the Age of the Accidental News Junkie | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Dado Ruvic/Reuters Young Americans care about the news, honestly they do, but their discovery path typically winds through social media feeds, not through newspapers, news sites, or televised news coverage.

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To all the young journalists asking for advice....

To all the young journalists asking for advice.... | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Dear budding journalist,

Thanks very much for your email! I’m always happy to meet just about anybody, and would love to find some time to have that coffee with you.

Of course I’m also very flattered by the lovely things you said about me, and about how you’d love to have a career in journalism where you might be able to do the kind of thing that I do.

But you won’t. The job I’m doing now was inconceivable when I was your age, and, similarly, if you’re lucky enough to have done well in this industry by the time you’re my age (I’m 42), then you’ll almost certainly be doing something which almost nobody today could foresee....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 26, 2015 10:53 PM

Felix Salmon takes a somewhat discouraging but realistic look at the prospects for journalism. One thing for sure, it will continue changing quickly and always be evolving and it is most definitely a "calling" and not a ticket to big-money.

Marco Favero's curator insight, February 27, 2015 6:49 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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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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Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk

Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Can anyone be a data journalist? Simon Rogers on what we can learn from a 1977 diagram
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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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A Lot of Top Journalists Don't Look at Traffic Numbers. Here's Why.

A Lot of Top Journalists Don't Look at Traffic Numbers. Here's Why. | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Most journalists don't like chasing traffic -- or at least, they won't admit to it. Is that snobbery, arrogance, or a smart business decision?

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Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's curator insight, March 31, 2014 6:47 PM


"There's another reason that some journalists don't get obsessed with traffic, and it has nothing to do with snobbery and everything to do with business. It's that they've learned that chasing traffic for the sake of traffic can be a fool's errand." - Dan Lyons


Traffic numbers are only valuable if you use them to make your content as valuable and relevant to your audience as possible. 


A great article!

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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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Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence - Committee to Protect Journalists

Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence - Committee to Protect Journalists | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Coverage of rape can bring journalists swift and unpredictable repercussions, but it can also change attitudes. By Frank Smyth... (Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence | a must-read analysis. #AttacksOnPress.

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How breaking news is breaking us: The rush to report Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death

How breaking news is breaking us: The rush to report Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

News of a celebrity's death can now spread across Twitter before the family's informed. That doesn't mean it should.


Philip Seymour Hoffman died yesterday. This was the first and only thing we were told. Arguably, we were told too soon. The news came via a tweetfrom the Wall Street Journal, preceded by that all-too-familiar word, “Breaking.”


But aside from the text of the tweet itself, there was no additional reporting to verify the announcement. That would come approximately 17 minutes later. In the interim, the news went viral. Online publications were willing to believe the Wall Street Journal before it posted a news brief to corroborate its tweet, but prefaced its own writeups and retweets with disclaimers like, “no confirmation yet, but …”


Readers were also reticent as they sent the news further into the world, asking, “Is anyone else reporting this?” Some expressed their hopes that the news was a hoax....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 5, 2014 1:42 AM

Salon looks at the challenge of reporting celebrity deaths and the speed of the internet with the need for closer consideration of ethics. It's an important debate.

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, February 5, 2014 2:55 PM

Breaking news spreads faster than the speed of being sensitive to the lives of those it actually affects.

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Alabama Court Hammers Blogger Again As NY Times Flubs Libel Story

Alabama Court Hammers Blogger Again As NY Times Flubs Libel Story | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
An Alabama judge imposed a 90-day sentence this week on corruption-fighting Alabama blogger Roger Shuler, whom authorities have jailed indefinitely for alleging a sex scandal involving a prominent attorney.

 

At right, Shuler, now 57, is shown puffy-faced in his mug shot following his arrest Oct. 23 in his garage in a suburb of Birmingham.  

 

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported Jan. 12 on the threats to civil rights law posed by the libel case underlying Shuler’s jailing. The Times headlined the story, Blogger’s Incarceration Raises First Amendment Questions.

 

The Times story sought so hard to be balanced that it underplayed the court system's outrageous confiscation of Shuler's rights -- and the looming impact on the public.

 

Among the harms, the kangaroo court proceedings set back the state's image more than 50 years to the time of the segregationist Jim Crow era when libel and contempt of court proceedings were used to crush the civil rights movement.

 

Today, many should fear living and doing business in a state operating under one-party rule enforced by a court system aggressively deployed by its political leaders to operate in a lawless manner.


...In view of the apathy of much of the media regarding Shuler's dire circumstances, national coverage in the Sunday edition of the nation's most influential newspaper was a net positive for Shuler and other advocates of the First Amendment.


Bu neither Robertson, a native of a nearby Alabama community, nor his selected experts featured in the article conveyed to the public the appalling danger of a court system operating so lawlessly. Under de facto direction from the state's highest court, the system is on its way to destroying a journalist without a trial and other due process safeguards that the American legal system theoretically requires...

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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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28 Newspaper And Magazine Layout Disasters

28 Newspaper And Magazine Layout Disasters | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
How not to edit a publication.


Luke Lewis shares 28 great editing and layout fumbles.


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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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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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The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum

The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:09 PM

Makes sense to me.

Julie Groom's curator insight, October 23, 2013 4:48 AM

Curating - how to manage it. And curation experts already exist - they're called Librarians!

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The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum
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9 Trends Journalists Must Know About To Keep Their Careers Going

9 Trends Journalists Must Know About To Keep Their Careers Going | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

The news business is changing fast — again. That’s because the ad business is changing fast — again. Or is it because Facebook FB -1.54% is changing the ad business, or because Twitter and Linkedin are changing the news business. Day by day, the big social sites look and act more like media companies, delivering all manner of content and advertising. Next up: with a combined audience of 1 billion, what role will Yahoo YHOO -0.91%, a portal, and Tumblr, a social blogging network, play in this media puzzle?

 

One thing is clear: news organizations and their journalists must jump into this free-for-all — or be hopelessly left behind.

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