March 2009 Archives
March 31, 2009
March 30, 2009
A fascinating way that twitter streams can be use to support traditional content.
It's getting harder for national courts to control stories...
A survey of business models used online
"Matt Mullenweg says that OpenID and OAuth will be in upcoming versions of WordPress, possibly WordPress 2.8." - WIN
Ah, satire: "Apparently, it's very simple. The more you self-reference, pick feuds and talk about the failure of TimesSelect, the better you're doing. If you make it sound like you're the one who figured out newspapers are dying, you win."
Sarah, the lucky so-and-so, has had a Flip Mino HD to play with,
A sea change in political coverage: "How did it happen, in the absence of any media coverage? The answer is that political reporters no longer get to decide what's news. The days when a minister gave briefings to a dozen lobby correspondents, and thereby dictated the next day's headlines, are over. Now, a thousand bloggers decide for themselves what is interesting. If enough of them are tickled then, bingo, you're news."
"There is an easy formula for doing it wrong: publish attention-getting bullshit and pull stunts to generate mindless traffic. The entire quote-unquote “pro blogging” industry — which exists as the sort of pimply teenage brother to the shirt-and-tie SEO industry — is predicated on the notion that blogging is a meaningful verb. It is not. The verb is writing. The format and medium is new, but the craft is ancient."
March 28, 2009
March 27, 2009
March 26, 2009
If this goes ahead, it will have a huge impact on how the next generation of readers view our businesses
March 24, 2009
I first met Lisa Jardine in a small interview room on the Queen Mary campus in Mile End. She expressed absolute delight that I wanted to switch from a degree in physics to one in English literature - not because I was abandoning physics, but because I didn't see an interest in both in incompatible. A little over three years later, I met her for the last time, on stage, as I was awarded my degree.
"I didn't expect to do this well," I said, as my 2:1 was awarded.
"I didn't expect you to, either," she said with a huge smile.
I doubt she recalls either event - after all, dozens of students pass through her doors every year - but the two, and the time I spent studying under her in the time between, have been a huge inspiration to me. Here was a woman who had little time for the traditional boundaries between art and science, who seemed to see them all as part of the human endeavour.
Nature looks at the phenomenon of scientists becoming science bloggers
Redundant science journalists boosting the science blogosphere?
Makes me laugh, again and again and again.
Do the US newspapers want special treatment by google?
March 23, 2009
Community by the Numbers:
March 19, 2009
- You have to build trust with contacts - and that can mean not running stories instially to build the relationship
- It's not a 9 to 5 job - contacts will often need to talk to you out of hours - and beware phone records that can expose your relationship
- Keep close to the subs working on your story - don't let them rewrite in a way that removes vital nuances.
- Don't overstate the case - and beware of coming over as the journalist stereotypes, as that can undermine your credibility in readers' eyes
- His blog is invaluable - the number of tip-offs he gets as a result exceeds his ability to cope with them
- Forums can be an invaluable source of stories or information from them - and you can ask for information
- Don't be a repositary for secrets - we're paid to write not to know things. Persuade them - work with them - to get their permission to publish
March 18, 2009
With a bit of luck, this will allow me to find alternative solutions to recommend to our journlaists or point the way to changes we need to make in the IT kit we provide or allow. For example, I participate in a chatroom that recently moved from AIM to Jabber. And we don't currently seem to have an approved Jabber chat client at work. So, for the time being I'm using the Meebo web-based IM service to work around that. Will it be a good long-term solution? I don't know. But it's interesting finding out.
March 17, 2009
Interesting examination of how decoupling journalism from its current means of delivery might reshape it completely.
March 16, 2009
Take the Pew Research State of the News Media 2009:
Uh, bleak you say? How so?
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.
There are growing doubts within the business, indeed, about whether the generation in charge has the vision and the boldness to reinvent the industry. It is unclear, say some, who the innovative leaders are, and a good many well-known figures have left the business. Reinvention does not usually come from managers prudently charting course. It tends to come from risk takers trying the unreasonable, seeing what others cannot, imagining what is not there and creating it. We did not see much of it when times were better. Times are harder now.
Oh. Right. That sort of bleak. OK.
Now, to be fair, it doesn't actually state that the US news media is dead in the water. It just implies it, with a couple of knowing winks, and possibly a dig in the ribs.
Thanks to Kevin for bringing that little ray of sunshine into my life.
But that wasn't an end to it. Oh, no.
March 14, 2009
More evidence that better journalism is being done outside traditional outlets than within them…
Guilty of all of these, bar number 7. Need to get myself a frakking plushie murloc, stat.
How rich user profiles can be very, very useful.
March 13, 2009
But what WSJ.com used to do was to offer a backdoor to free content for another class of consumer: the social media maven. Paying subscribers could make content free to others by clicking on an icon that created a URL for a free version of the story that they could use for blogging or to submit to sites such as Digg or Yahoo Buzz. The deal was essentially this: these often influential word-of-mouth generators could trade reputational and attention credits for free content. The content would be part of the online conversation, not walled off behind a paywall, and presumably some fraction of those who followed the links to free content would recognize the value in the premium content around it and subscribe. A very nice Freemium model, in other words.And that strikes me as a really bright way of charging for some very high-value content without completely isolating it from the conversation on the web. Most of the models I've seen involve the journalists choosing which elements of content to free up. The idea of allowing the paying subscribers to do it, so they can link it/discuss it on their own blogs is compelling - provided, of course, that you have a base of social media active people in your readership.
March 11, 2009
March 6, 2009
First of all, we have a blog for MIPIM 2009 up and going, albeit in basic form. MIPIM is the huge property trade show that happens in Cannes in France annually. Popular property industry rumour suggests that it brings more money to the town than the film festival does. It'll prove a fertile ground for the EG folks to experiment with, I'm sure, but for now it's given over to two members of the industry who are riding to Cannes.
Also just launched is the first episode of the Estates Gazette podcast, produced by EGi's multimedia reporter, Helen Roxburgh, with a little help from Mr Big Biofuel Blog. It's not in iTunes yet (give us a week or so), but you can snag it from the Estates Gazette podcast site.
Oh, and one of my colleagues bought me a belated blog birthday cake:
Is Facebook set to open up over the next year?
Is the aggregation of activity model in danger of breaking?
March 5, 2009
March 4, 2009
And that's because my job has changed a little. While I'm still overseeing the whole of RBI's blogging, I'm now spending a significant chunk of my time with one of its titles in particular - Estates Gazette.
Yes, in one of those twists of irony, I've been seconded back to the title I was seconded from in the first place. So, today has been a busy one, catching up with old friends, meeting new colleagues and frantically lining up the virtual ducks for a couple of launches due tomorrow.
But no doubt you'll hear all about that both here and on EGi: Behind the Screen, where I'll be blogging about what we're doing as we do it.
Change. I love it.
March 3, 2009
I'm at the Social Media influence 09 conference in London this morning. Lots of interesting stuff cropping up, but I did like Robin's use of Twitter as a back-channel during the Enterprise 2.0 panel. The technology failed in the end, but the idea is sound.
Even if my first appearance on the screen was discussing a panelist's tie...
March 2, 2009
- Userpics on comments are bigger! They also have little icons on them to show if the commenter is using an outside service like OpenID, Livejournal or Vox to sign in. If you don't want to use any of the sign-in services, but want a pretty comment icon, get a Gravatar.
- People using outside authentication service now get the "subscribe to comments via e-mail" option. Should have done that ages ago, sorry.