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Chicago sites too isolated for a healthy news ecosystem, report finds

"A new report has found that the components of Chicago’s news ecosystem may be too isolated to keep local communities adequately informed…

"Linking Audiences to News: A Network Analysis of Chicago Websites was just released by the Chicago Community Trust. It’s the outcome of an effort to understand a local news ecosystem by using webcrawler software to analyze how over 400 Chicago-area local news and info sites interconnect via hyperlinks.

"CCT found that “almost 80% of the sites studied received few if any links from other sites—so that no matter how good their content, they are unlikely to be found by users unfamiliar with those sites.” " (Knight Digital Media Center).

Report: http://sbalink.me/kB3eSz
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Shafer: Patch, the hyperlocal website from AOL, is totally off-putting

Slate's Jack Shafer gives a pretty resounding hammer smack to Patch and hyperlocal news, declaring "social news trumps hyperlocal news." He cites a very bleak Business Insider modeling exercise from a few months ago.

On social v. hyperlocal, he says: "Hasn't it always been so? We're always more interested in what our friends and family are doing than we are about plans to add a curb-cut to a neighbor's property. Besides, for users who tune their Facebook accounts to include neighbors, schools, curmudgeons, and other sources, they get a stream of hyperlocal news in addition to the usual social news they desire. And because they know many of those sources, they're able to assess the truth value of that "news." "
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e-Reader ownership surges since last November; tablet ownership grows more slowly

e-Reader ownership surges since last November; tablet ownership grows more slowly | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
Pew says e-book devices are growing at a nice clip, outpacing slower-growth tablets. Also, for the first time, laptops are now as popular among adults as desktop computers.
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What I learned from the Facebook Page experiment – and what happens next | Online Journalism Blog

A UK journo's learnings from a month tending to a Facebook page as a substitute for his blog. Among them:
+ It seems to suit emotive material.
+ It requires more effort than most blogs.
+ t's hard to find things later.
+ It's part of a network strategy.
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Time with mobile apps now higher than time spent with desktop web, report says

Time with mobile apps now higher than time spent with desktop web, report says | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
"Our analysis shows that, for the first time ever, daily time spent in mobile apps surpasses desktop web consumption. This stat is even more remarkable if you consider that it took less than three years for native mobile apps to achieve this level of usage, driven primarily by the popularity of iOS and Android platforms. Let’s take a look at the numbers."
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For you young-uns, a sound and site you probably never heard or saw in a newsroom.

(HT @yelvington)
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Public Focused on Economy, Media on Weiner Scandal | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Public Focused on Economy, Media on Weiner Scandal | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
A pretty big disconnect last week between the public's interest, and the media's coverage. Weiner? One word summarizes public interest: shrinkage.

Full details on the disconnects from Pew. http://sbalink.me/j77nlk
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Study: Less Than Half of Top Websites Optimized for Mobile Web

In a study of some of the top sites on the Internet, mobile performance consultants Blaze found less than half of the top destinations in the United States were optimized for smartphones

Of the Alexa 500 top sites on the in the U.S., 40% were optimized for smartphones (42% iOS, 38% Android). Yet, when it comes to Android, those 200 sites overwhelmingly returned the same page to both a smartphone and a tablet, meaning that developers have not rendered Android specific versions of their sites for Android tablets.

Full details at Blaze. http://sbalink.me/jasY7f
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On the Internet, nobody knows you're a guy

Slat'es Jack Shafer on "The lessons of the fake lesbian bloggers."
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Sometimes, you can predict the future

A 1982 report commissioned by the National Science Foundation is pretty impressive in its predictions about the social impact of what was then known as "videotext," including privacy issues. It even predicted social networks. New York Times story from 29 years ago today: http://sbalink.me/lXLEf1 (HT @romenesko)
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Online takes a slightly higher Weiner road

Online takes a slightly higher Weiner road | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
Online sites devoted slight more newshole than print to Conressional scandals, slightly less than network TV, but gobs more than the cable channels.
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4 ways content management systems are evolving & why it matters to journalists

Matt Thompson and friends explore the trusty -- yet sometimes rusty -- CMS and how it's morphing into a CME (Content Management Ecosystem.)
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Our business model problem is not free vs. paid. It's a deficit of imagination

http://t.co/XrJ7Hq4? Washington Post managing editor: Our business model problem is not free vs. paid. It's a deficit of imagination.
Jun 11 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

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WashPost Managing Editor:

"Free is indeed very expensive. But, what the prolonged and knee-jerk debate about free vs. paid inside our news organizations shows is that we still have what led us here in the first place: An imagination deficit. Rather than apply an ‘all or nothing' approach focused, perhaps wrongly, on just our Web sites, we should be willing to make creative bets on our business model. We continue to make what is being consumed--in large quantities. It is time we figured out how to make it easier, more engaging and useful.

"Despite their soaring valuations, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter don't create much, if anything at all, by way of original content. And, for that matter, neither do Google or YouTube. They simply make it easy, useful and engaging to their audiences. These are incredibly disruptive times and one thing is clear to me: There isn't time or room for incrementalism at major news organizations."

http://www.forbes.com/2011/06/10/forbes-india-why-free-is-very-expensive.html
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Tablet owners read print newspapers, magazines less often

Tablet owners read print newspapers, magazines less often | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
"People who use an iPad or other tablet device read printed newspapers, books and magazines less than they used to, according to a recent study by Forrester Research.

"Almost one-third (32 percent) of tablet owners say they read printed newspapers less often, according to the market research company’s survey of 210 U.S. adults who own tablets. Interestingly, 8 percent said they read newspapers more often now, while 60 percent said there was no change." (@jeffsonderman / Poynter)
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Twitter for Newsrooms.

It looks pretty light on a quick trip through, but here's a "Twitter for Newsrooms" guide from Twitter that was launched today. (And in classic Fail Whale tradition, the site is extremely slow to load, and sometimes won't load at all this afternoon).
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Brava Jim Brady

Enjoying Jim's Brady's sensible Tweetsream in reaction to Erik Wemple's WashPost "revisionist history" piece "Could newspapers have saved themselves." Here's a Storify of @jimbradysp tweets.
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Data, community dominate word cloud on Knight media innovation grant winner

Data, community dominate word cloud on Knight media innovation grant winner | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
A quick word cloud Squared put together from the narrative about Knight Foundation media innovation grants announced on Wednesday. Top words:

* Data (20)
* Community/communities (18)
* Information (16)
* Journalists (13)
* Platform (11)
* News (11)
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Guardian News & Media to be a digital-first organization

The strategy: "Move beyond the newspaper, shifting focus, effort and investment towards digital, because that is our future".
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Understanding Copyright And Licenses

A very basic, but helpful, primer for online publishers from Smashing Magazine.
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Righthaven Copyright Troll Lawsuit Dismissed as Sham

"In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthaven LLC. The judge ruled that Righthaven did not have the legal authorization to bring a copyright lawsuit against the political forum Democratic Underground, because it had never owned the copyright in the first place"

Said Kurt Opsahl, attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation: "This kind of copyright trolling from Righthaven and Stephens Media has undermined free and open discussion on the Internet, scaring people out of sharing information and discussing the news of the day. We hope this is the beginning of the end of this shameful litigation campaign."

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'He moves his elbow and content comes out'

Some great lines by David Carr about fellow NYT media writer Brian Stelter, in an interview with Aaron Sorkin pegged to the upcoming opening of the film Page One, in which @carr2n and @brianstelter are featured.

SORKIN: There is this quote of yours in the film: “I still can’t get over the feeling that Brian Stelter was a robot assembled in the basement of The New York Times to come and destroy me.” …

CARR: …But he has become such an asset. We collaborate a lot. The robot part is that he moves his elbow and content comes out. While he’s chatting, he’s also tweeting and blogging—and, you know, I’ll think that’s cute, and then the next day he’ll be on the front page with a synthetic piece about the analytics of television or new media, which he also covers. If Brian wasn’t such a decent guy, I would actually slip something into his food or quietly suffocate him with a pillow.


HT @CKrewson for link to Sorkin/Carr interview.
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» NATO’s Newest Bombing Tool: Twitter

"NATO officials conducting air strikes on forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi don’t have soldiers on the ground to spot for the warplanes and armed drones overhead. (Well, at least not officially.) But they do have a barrage of tweets about Gadhafi’s troop movements in beleaguered cities like Benghazi and Tripoli, all of which come in handy when picking out targets.

" “We get information from open sources on the Internet, we get Twitter,” British Wing Commander Mike Bracken told AFP. Another NATO official attested, “Twitter is a great source.” "
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Squared is lonely on his new Facebook page

Squared is lonely on his new Facebook page | Online News Squared | Scoop.it
C'mon. Like me. You can do it.
http://facebook.com/onlinenewssquared
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Eight lessons on Facebook news publishing

The founder and publisher of a Maryland local news site that moved lock, stock and barrel to Facebook shares what he's learned with Poynter. (Squared has long preached about the need to fish where the fish are; this is a classic example of exactly that).

“Facebook is where people, by and large, have decided to go for their first-stop online community activities, Which begs the question: Why have a separate site, and try to drag people away from Facebook? Why not go where they are?”

Among the lessons:

* Your work may reach more people.
* You can reach new people.
* You can build relationships more quickly.
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