May 2009 Archives
May 31, 2009
"The new motto should be: “Get playful, get experimental - or stay behind.” and applies especially to companies and organisations." Ooooooh, yes.
May 28, 2009
The creator blogs for Computer Weekly.
May 27, 2009
May 26, 2009
The one big danger of social media, I think, is also its strength - its ability to connect you with like minds. If you don't move outside the tight circle of people just like you, you can start seeing things in a distorted way, leading to a bubble mentality. This is one reason I value being married to a social media sceptic. Perspective is important, and sometime you have to step back to get it.
I've yet to open my feed reader, which is likely to be a place of horror and despair after 5 days away from it, but I'm glad I took the break.
Sorry for the unannounced silence, but I'm back in business.
May 20, 2009
Christian Payne: Geri Jackson (sp?) - evicted from Zimbabwe, broadcast into the country. Blocked. Now texts into there. 400k texts a month. One third of population left, but leave a mobile there to communicate with family. How get free texts into Zimbabwe?
Paul Bradshaw: Distribution is now journalists' responsibility. Can you organize users to cover events?
Simon Grice: setting up a local news site. At a local level, people are interested in things that happen where they live. Unique opportunity for local news to harness this medium to serve audience.
PB: tools and services around news
SG: local ads
JG: no-one has the answer. We don't sell content, we sell audiences. Audiences follow you because you have something to say. We need to look again at what people want from us.
SG: We need to rethink what localization means, when you don't have a fixed distribution base.
PB: Need to create a newsroom without walls. Connected journalism.
JG: For traditional journalists, social media are a scary lot. Taking meetings face to face cements online relationships.
CP: I'm glad the advertising model is lying kicking and screaming in the gutter.
PB: Publishers not throwing enough money at innovation.
SG: Publishers not looking at the innovation in startups.
- Beat reporting (content search, geolocation)
- Early warning of events/news
- Real time content/reporting
- Traceable sources for leads and interviewing
- "can you help" - audience interaction
- Promo tool (content marketing)
- Expertise archive
Not sure that I agree with all five points made in here, but they're certainly thought-provoking.
May 19, 2009
And I come across this a lot. Journalists are genuinely surprised when their new blog or newly-launched forum aren't instantly innundated with hordes of readers. In fact, I remember a Daily Telegraph political reporter expressing this very shock at an event Shane Richmond hosted a couple of years back.
May 18, 2009
May 17, 2009
May 15, 2009
Now, we might be lacking Terry Wogan this year, so can I recommend a whole different kind of coverage for you? Mr Ewan Spence, a mad Scotsman whom I've run around New York and Paris with (but never anywhere in the UK, strangely), is over in Moscow reporting on the thing, in an online, new-media kind of way. In fact, he's been doing so all week, so you can head over to his site to get your preparation done for tomorrow night's Eurovision extravaganza.
And just to whet your appetite, here's his 50 Fun Facts about the Eurovision:
"What I think she's saying is that readers have been used to paying something to receive the news in a convenient format. I would argue that if you take away the format, paper, then you take away the reason to pay." - So can we create a new reason?
Wow. The WSJ completely missed the point here.
This shift towards digital learning on journalism course could have interesting side-effects.
Nice summation of the reasons commenting goes bad on many mainstream media sites
Stumbling blocks for paywalls (mixing my metaphors nicely, there)
May 14, 2009
Can we all collectively get over this whole "blogs are rubbish" thing now, please
One of my photos used under a Creative Commons licence on Lifehacker
May 13, 2009
- Easy to use
- Can start using it without the IT department getting involved.
- It's a broadcast tool - designed for large audiences.
This could change everything. Or be an embarrassing mess…
May 12, 2009
Key quote: "We have a strong position that makes it relatively straightforward for us to have a subscription model, and I don’t see any reason why that can’t be replicated in other categories like consumer categories, for example. But you have got to have that quality and uniqueness." And how much journalism really falls into that category?
Sounds like essential reading for journalists looking to become entrepreneurs...
Vast picture library from the magazine goes online. Fascinating.
The revenue crisis in publishing is pushing pay walls back onto the agenda - this is a good, level-headed take on it.
May 11, 2009
May 8, 2009
However, if we are looking at north vs south, one thing stands out: when it comes to blogging, the south wins hands down,and the south-east in particular.
The main reason is because this corner of the capital has, frankly been ignored by the rest of the media for decades. The Tube network barely touches it, so it may as well not exist to the kind of closed-minded north/west London media type who gets a nosebleed more than a mile off the Underground system. I get as pissed off as anyone with tedious misrepresentation of south-east London in the media, and most of it's down to sheer laziness and ignorance. The South London Press (no coverage east of Deptford) aside, local media's a bit of a joke so it's quite easy to tell a story that, simply, isn't being told.
Prediction: we'll see more "reverse" social networks in the next year, where existing services gain social features
This looks great. I run a couple of blogs on Typepad and I can't wait.
May 6, 2009
Karl is fond of sharing the story from his days as editor of Computer Weekly. They had a guest editor for one issue, who sat in on various editorial conferences, an eye-opening experience for him. Much of the material in those discussions never made it into the magazine - and that seemed like a loss to him.
I've long wanted to see us do a real "behind the scenes" blog, sharing the though-processes behind the creation of an issue with the readers - and involving them in that process. Arena does exactly that for a very specific section of the FT, and does it pretty well. At the moment comments on posts vary between around 20 down to none. But it's an interesting experiment, and I wonder how long it will before other titles follow suit.
Breakdown of the key characteristics of online communities, and its distinction from an affinity group.
Aggregation will play an important role in the future of telegraph.co.uk
A useful look at aggregation workflows using Publish2
Ah, I recognise every single one of these archetypes.
May 5, 2009
For print newspapers to continue to exist at all, their production must become radically more efficient, and for journalism to thrive, energies and efforts must be redirected at digital media and new products.Once upon a time, I was a feature editor, before I accepted the editorial development job for the whole company. I'm not sure I agree that the job is entirely gone just yet - it needs to evolve into a wider "in-depth" content role, producing content for both print and web. But yes, expecting to hold a features editor job until retirement will only work if you're retiring in the next few months.
If you are a wire editor or features editor, your odds of surviving in such a position until retirement are slim to none. Those jobs are obsolete. We can not save a system in which thousands of people sit around reinventing the wheel in parallel processes all around the country.
Depressing news of the day - the big three US business magazines are in a bad financial place.
Let's hope they find a route out of this,
[via Adrian Monck]
May 1, 2009
If I'd had my MacBook with me, I'd still have used iMovie and edited it much more tightly. Trimming clips isn't that easy in the Flip's own software. But in terms of getting good stuff up quickly, the Flip hits the spot...