Showing posts with label Journalism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Journalism. Show all posts

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Web 2.0 Summit 09: "Discussion: Whither Journalism?"

via O'Reilly Media

John Battelle (Federated Media Publishing)
Martin Nisenholtz (The New York Times Company)
Marissa Mayer (Google)
Eric Hippeau (The Huffington Post)
Robert Thomson (The Wall Street Journal)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Warum brauchen wir arrogante, besserwissende Chefredakteure und Journalisten

als Vormünder und Gatekepper mit Tausende von uninteressanten Artikeln, in oft sinnfreier Zusammenstellung und Darbietungsform? Und wir sollen die dafür Verantwortlichen auch noch bezahlen, wo wir doch alle unsere 'Soziale News Filter' haben, die wir auswählen und als Freunde sehen können?

Chris Anderson diskutiert auf die Herausforderungen der Presse durch das Internet und die sozialen Medien. Gedankensplitter:

Media und Newsmedia sind die Barrieren, die sich den Nutzern in den Weg stellen, ihn behindern

Wofür nach News suchen? Sie kommen zu uns via Twitter, per eMail, RSS und in Konversationen

Klar lese ich auch viele Mainstream Artikel, aber immer nur dann, wenn sie mir von meinen Freunden (und sozialen Filtern) empfohlen werden

Das Problem mit diesen Artikeln ist ja auch nicht wie sie entstehen, sondern wie sie gepackt und zugeteilt werden. Und die guten sind absolut in der Minderzahl zu dem was insgesamt angeboten wird

Und wo ist das Web-basierende Business Modell? Mehr / lesenswert

Monday, March 16, 2009

The State of the [US] News Media Report 2009

"The State of the News Media 2009 is the sixth edition of our annual report on the health and status of American journalism ..." presenting aggregated and original research on US Cable TV, Local TV, Magazines, Network TV, Newspapers, Online and Radio

Index 2009 | Chart Index

From the Intro:

"This is the sixth edition of our annual report on the State of the News Media in the United States.

It is also the bleakest.

Much of what we have noted in the past holds true. The old media have held onto
their audience even as consumers migrate online. In 2008, audience gains at
sites offering legacy news were far larger than those for new media. The old
norms of traditional journalism continue to have value. And when you look at the
numbers closely, consumers are not just retreating to ideological places for news.

The problem facing American journalism is not fundamentally an audience
problem or a credibility problem. It is a revenue problem & the decoupling,
... , of advertising from news ..."

Later Note about two Special Reports by the Project for Excellence in Journalism

Citizen-based Media

New Journalism Ventures

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We should search and innovate models for paying reporters

rather than resuscitating old models for employing publishers ... or 'Why Small Payments Won't Save Publishers' by Clay Shirky - recommended read -

Jeff Jarvis on Buzz Machine Can journalism go with the flow?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

More Cloud Computing, more Cloud Journalism?

Lisa Williams ( contemplates about journalism is moving away from the dedicated news organization [newspaper] model and moving more and more toward an on-demand service model, similar to Amazon’s EC2 service ..

“EC2 isn’t storage. It’s compute cycles, the raw power of a server as it does what computer programs do: serve Web pages, generate maps, whatever. You use EC2 as an insurance policy. Instead of buying powerful servers just in case you get a ton of traffic or new users one day, EC2 lets you buy compute cycles like you buy electricity: a lot when you need it, a little when you don’t. Services like these are generally called cloud computing because when you draw a diagram of your nifty new system, you’ll represent these third party services as a cloud — opaque, because you don’t care what’s in them, just that you get reliable utility from servers and storage that are ‘in the cloud.’”

“I think sites like GlobalPost, and many others I could name are the first inklings of ‘journalism in the cloud.’ Just as many tech outfits have figured out that it’s too expensive to have too many fixed assets, many news outlets are faced with the fact that they can’t support the same number of foreign correspondents or beat reporters. The fundamental experiment that these sites are running, each with their own protocol, is this: How can we make journalism happen where it’s needed, when it’s needed, and then redeploy elsewhere when things change?” more

via / more from Amy Gahran on

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Middleberg/SNCR: Social Media & Journalists Survey Reveals Generational Gap

by Jennifer McClure

journalists across all age groups and beat assignments are rapidly adopting social media tools into their everyday work

- 71% use Wikipedia
- 68% of all respondents use blogs to keep up on issues or topics of interest
- 48% of all respondents use LinkedIn
- 46% use blogs to research an individual organization
- 45% use Facebook to assist in reporting

Key findings among youngest versus older journalists:

- 100% of Millennial respondents (i.e., 18-29 year-olds) believe new media and communications tools are enhancing journalism, versus 40% in the 50-64 demographic
- 87% of 18-29 year-olds believe bloggers have become important opinion-shapers, versus 60% of 50-64 year-olds
- 87% of 18-29 year-olds confirm that new media and communications enhances the relationship with their audience, versus 42% of 50-64 year-olds


Prelimary findings by Don Middleberg & Jennifer McClure
(2008 SNCR Research Symposium presentation, ppt format)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

OJB: Blogging Journalists Survey Results by Paul Bradshaw

Paul shares on OJB the results of his survey on how journalists with blogs feel their work had been affected by the technology - 200 blogging journalists responded, from 30 different countries.

Already Online
Blogging journalists pt1: survey results pt.1: context and methodology

Blogging journalist pt2: Blogs and news ideas: “The canary in the mine”

Blogging journalists: pt3: Blogs and story research: “We swapped info”

Blogging journalists pt 4: Blogs and news production: “I think in hyperlinks, even when working in print”

Still To come
- Blogs and news production : “I think in hyperlinks, even when working in print”
- Post-publication: “You’ve got to be ready for that conversation”
- Blogging and the audience relationship: “The best stories are a result of incredible conversations”
- Discussion and conclusion: “The writing on the wall”

If you are interested to get (over time) the whole story use his tag blogging-journalist. Or even better, for all interested and/or active in Online Journalism, subscribe to OJB's blog feeds, if you haven't done so already.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Representative Journalism - One Kind of the Future of Journalismus

You have a cause, can bring in / organize a participating community and provide founding - hire a professional journalist ad go

Anyone can be a fully engaged, dedicated publisher ... like in the good old days!

via / at PJnet Leonard Witt

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

New on My Blogroll: (Journalism)

Matt Thompson explains his ideas and why:

"Although many use the terms "news" and "journalism" interchangeably, I think that journalism also encompasses something much more important — context. News certainly has its place. But I aim to use this site to advance the discussion of how we can better use the Web to deliver context in journalism."

Until recently, newspaper editors defined news as “important developments over the past 24 hours” ... more

Check it out (wo)man!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Newsquest axes sub editors in London and give reporters an up to 31-point job description

Patrick Smith wrote on

"Staff ... were told that sub-editors would be replaced by multimedia journalists, responsible for writing news and features; subbing and designing pages; shooting video; taking pictures; working the new content management system; blogging and writing news stories online; processing pictures for print and for the web and looking after trainees."

"The job description for Newsquest London's new senior multimedia journalist position includes the following points
- Editorial duties...including writing, uploading, editing, subbing, photography and video.
- Maintaining a presence in local communities while meeting changing content and production demands.
- Contribute fully to productivity of editorial team, regularly contributing ideas and subjects for multimedia content including news, features, photographs, picture galleries, videos, blogs and campaigns.
- To act as mentor to trainee journalists and perform duties of other editorial managers on a temporary basis.
- To demonstrate knowledge of the area, local issues and key influencers.
- To engage with an expanding network of contacts.
- To actively encourage community generated content in print and online, including blogs, commmeents, videos and photographs.
- To attend a variety of events, including evening and weekend events where appropriate.
- To ensure that all relevant benchmark and productivity targets are met consistently.
- To respond quickly, with multimedia options considered, to breaking news stories in or out of office hours, either personally or by alerting the relevant manager.
- To consistently demonstrate advanced subbing, design and production-related skills.

via / more

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Journalist's Take on the challenge of Social Media - save Your Ass

Actually, I have no idea why (and how) journalism should save the world. And I am not so sure either, whether I find this desirable at all. But journalism is an art, an hopefully useful set of skills, so let them join in and network.

Charlie Beckett wrote a book on Networked Journalism. It is called

Super Media
Saving Journalism so it can save the world

ISBN: 978-1405179232

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why We Must Save Journalism So that Journalism Can Save the World.
1. "Help! Help! Who Will Save Us?": The New Media Landscape.
2. "Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No! It's SuperMedia!": Networked Journalism.
3. "Will Nobody Do Anything to Help?": Networked Journalism and Politics.
4. Fighting Evil: Terror, Community, and Networked Journalism.
5. We Can All be Super Heroes: Networked Journalism in Action: Editorial Diversity and Media Literacy.

It is, as Adrian Monck, head of the Department of Journalism and Publishing, City University, London says, a serious, accessible introduction to the challenges facing contemporary journalism, intellectually and professionally. And Jeff Jarvis, blogger and professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism likes it because it favors the idea and practice of networked journalism. Richard Sambrook, BBC News that 'This important book charts a course through journalism's current crises of Trust, Economics and Technology and points to a way of reconnecting with a broad social purpose.'

So I pass on their recommentation more

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

News Site that sends their users 'away' might do the right thing

to get the love back from their readers.

From Scott Karp at Publishing 2.0

Common 'understanding' ...
News sites are reluctant to send readers away by linking to third-party content. First, you shouldn’t send people away or else they won’t come back to your site. Second, a page with links that sends people away has low engagement, which doesn’t serve advertisers well.

The truth 'understanding'
A News site who sends it's users all the time to third party sites and provides lots of links gets the most engagement and highest timeshare ...

more The vs. 29 other news sites
Btw., Drudge is one of largest referrer of traffic to many news sites on the Web

Business and consumer publisher also trapped in this wrong perception and belief that their user have the greatest possible benefit by remaining on their site - so they prevent users to give their love back to the site for a great service not delivered. Users need at least one referrer in each category - ideal for B2B, if the want to play the lead role.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Transforming American Newspapers (Part 2)

by Van Crosbie (Part 1)

General Interest publications had their best days. Editors must un-learn, must be de-conditioned to seleced and mix

- stories which they think everyone 'should be informed'
- stories that they think have the greatest common interest

and publishers should stop

- defining what they deliver within one (for all) fix given structure & determined by a given income
- match (reduce) efforts & cost, to a given income

more - recommended read

Zu Part 1:
Kommt der plötzliche Tod der Gattung Tageszeitungen?

Also interesting and somewhat connected Jeff Jarvis on
Are editors a luxury that we can do without?
debate about the "?" on BuzzMachine

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Study: The Changing Newsroom

More than 250 newspaper participated in this study, by Tyler Marshall and the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism on the direction news business takes between financial pressures, threaten from the web and change of news consuming patterns ...

most papers have reduced the space, resources and commitment devoted to a range of topics

Other findings:
- 85% of the dailies surveyed with circulations over 100,000 have cut newsroom staff in the last three years, while only 52% of smaller papers reported cuts.

- quite often distinguished, high-salaried and complacent veteran reporters and editors are replaced by a generation of young, versatile, tech-savvy, high-energy staff

- disrupted between accuracy, depth and journalistic standards vs. speed, multimedia and interactivity nearly half of all journalists are equally worried and excited about the new rules and chances at the same time

recommended read at

On the same report at the ReadWriteWeb from Marshall Kirkpatrick
Newspapers Shifting Coverage Local As Online Challenge Grows

Other 'newsroom' postings on this blog

Friday, July 18, 2008

A Newsroom Reorg Report: Spokesman

A reorganization plan to further The Spokesman-Review’s goal of producing news that best serves our community, given current personnel ... (PDF)

via Journerdism / more at Nick Eaton (Stories on the Run)

Gerade sehe ich beim Kollegen Pitz einen Verweis auf die Magisterarbeit von Angela Kauer die sich mit dem 'Sein und Schein' von Newsdesk Reorgs am Beispiel der Mainzer Allgemeinen Zeitung befasst und dafür mit dem HMS-Medienpreises 2008 ausgezeichnet wurde ... mehr bei Bernd Pitz

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Reorg Newsroom: Tampa Tribune like

Mindy McAdams has a report on the Tribune staff meeting last Tuesday: layoffs 21 (11 immediately, 20 later; nearly one fifths) - I really wonder, why old 'news service organization' don't understand, how much more chances they have to serve their 'constituency' better and hope this 11 people will be a tough competitor to the Tribune in the future ...

Why I am sharing it here? Because I think that the Tampa Tribune has managed to overcome some hurdles traditional newspaper try to avoid (as long as they can) by doing a reorg of the newsroom that earns this name. The new structure

Audience editors — keep in touch with what the print, TV, online audiences want/need

Reporting section (all the reporters for print, TV and Web are mashed up

- Deadline reporting — for breaking/daily news
- Data — specifically for database stuff
- Watchdog, investigative reporting
- Personal journalism — stuff for people’s every day lives like weather, health, entertainment
- Grassroots reporting— citizen journalism

plus a
'Finishing' team for print, TV and online
to determine what stories should be covered and with what medium

and, yes I nearly forgot, the also have managing editor

via / more at teaching online journalism

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Future for Web Publishers

Part one of Jeff Jarvis's seminar to the Guardian as part of the Future of Journalism series (39:47 Minutes) and The Guardian is generously sharing it with the rest of Us.

Addendum - Jeff shares now his 10 question on his Blog BuzzMachine:

Part two is now online
It's a Link Economy, Stupid

In part two of his seminar Jeff argues that links are worth more than content

See / watch all other speakers, lectures and reports on the still ongoing Guardian's Future of Journalism Conference, here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Age of the Mass Media is Just That An Age

"It doesn't have to last forever", said Jay Rosen at the World Economic Forum in January 2004 explaining, that we are in a process reinventing the communication techniques of an earlier era, when a learned elite exchanged knowledge and opinion via private correspondence and technology makes it now possible to extend that exchange to a broad audience.

Leonard Witt points to this quote after reading Richard Pérez-Pena's report in the New York Times (23-June-2008)

Papers Facing Worst Year for Ad Revenue

"Analysts and newspaper executives find themselves revising their forecasts downward every few months, unable to gain a stable footing on a sinking floor. Papers have cut costs by shedding thousands of workers, eliminating some distribution routes and printing fewer, smaller pages, but profit margins continue to shrink ..."

I find it somehow strange, that newspapers executives and journalist are morning together about the danger of losing a cultural achievement and guarantor of democracy and blame the Internet and the previous so called readers to do all evil to (them and) our culture. On the other hand newspaper executives and investors seem to applaud, every time they can reduce staff, down size the newsroom, down size the paper, reduce the number of pages, 'losing' (getting rid of under-) paid circulation to safe cost and increase profit (but for how long?).

They execrate their 'readers' and the Internet for an F.O.C. culture and deliver their news on paper cheaper (and much below costs) than most / any Telco’s to your doorsteps and keep whining aloud (and only then), if their financier-advertiser move on because they have better ways to communicate with their existing and future clients.

Please wake up and adapt you revenue model. Whether you are in the paper business, investment business, advertising business, news business, in journalism, do it and do it good!
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