January 2010 Archives
January 31, 2010
January 29, 2010
January 23, 2010
Kevin Anderson on why people participate in online communities and share content on them:
I can tell you why I bother. A global culture of participation has been, for me, key in meeting one of Maslow's hierarchy of needs: Belonging. Originally participatory culture was something I did in my spare time because their was no place for it in my professional work, but co-creation in journalism has been one of the most richly rewarding aspects of my career.charman-anderson.com, Generosity and post-scarcity economic media models: Why I love participatory culture, Jan 2010
Lots to think about in that post, especially about the way traditional media people, who have a different attitude to creation and sharing than most people, misunderstand motivations for participation. More myopia?
From an article about Kodak's difficult decade:
Even though they talked about being in imaging and memories - their financial base was still in film, and even though they could move conceptually, they could see no way to move economically (and I suspect that many of us sitting around the Kodak board table at the time would have come to similar conclusions).creativedisruption.net, Creative Disruption, Jan 2010
Much for publishers to learn here...
- On Makers and Managers - good look at the tension between these two roles that should be familiar to most people in journalism
- The Death of Tag Clouds - this has been creating some debate internally at RBI. I still like 'em, but I never thought they were a navigation tool, just a visual means of displaying the "aboutness" of the site.
- Why Tumblr is Kicking Posterous' Ass - insightful post on the difference between an engineered website and a designed one.
- Jeff Jarvis's Cockeyed Economics - some good economic theory around paid content in here
- The Value of Blogging - anyone familiar with my job title knows that I'm contractually obligated to value blogging as a journalistic endeavour - but this post enumerates some of the reasons well.
- Posterous, the iPhone and Microjournalism - great account of using the iPhone and Posterous to report from abroad using a mobile device.
January 22, 2010
January 19, 2010
Personally, I find this an outdated debate but I fear it will go round-and-round until the idea that people can have a 'virtual life' and a 'real' one as two separate things is finally, belatedly put to rest.
January 18, 2010
It's all very well talking about building a social media strategy and the growing need for entrepreneurial journalism, but there are lots of journalists out there - good, hard news journalists with skills we as a profession don't want to lose - who are being left behind. So, a plea to those who were there: please don't run before the rest of us can walk.
And that's all very sweet and lovely - but it's very, very dangerous. Because if those people who are pushing at the edges of online journalism - the spaghetti throwers, as George Brock put it - slow down and wait for the rest of the industry to catch up, we might as well just lie down in a grave and, as a profession, die now.
This is myopia. This is only seeing the traditional publishing ecosystem, and not all the new things that are competing for our audience's time and interest (and our advertisers' cash). It's not just the social media journalists and traditional journalists in this equation. It's the untold thousands, maybe millions, of people who are using these tools to publish and consume materials. We're in a huge battle for attention, and if we're not in the places where people find interesting content, if we don't understand how people are consuming content in this new publishing environment, and creating news and journalism generally in ways that match that demand, we're history.
Sorry, Fleet Street Blues, but we can't wait.
January 14, 2010
- Be great! - Niche websites work, they can capture audiences. All of our content is exclusively written by professional journalists - it's about high-quality content.
- Search engine optimise - 5,395 pages - 75% of traffic comes from Google.
- Know your market and products - make sure you know who your advertisers will be and target them with research, clear suite of products. Keep clear differentiation between ad and ed.
- Establish a clear sales strategy - Either divide your role to focus on sales some of the time, or get a professional. Make the process as easy as possible - and provide great reporting.
- Forge partnerships - work with radio and print. Syndicate your content in a controlled fashion - but cash is almost always better than a contra deal.
- Compromise your model - stick to the plan
- Be afraid to stand up for yourself - lots and lots of problems with plagiarism. 25 organisations have plagiarised 200 individual infringement.
- Spend all your time on Twitter - make sure your social media activity is bringing you an audience and money.
- Rely on UGC - think this decade will see a resurgence in professional journalism
- Stop moving forwards - Redesign coming, iPhone app, franchise model for sites...
January 13, 2010
Shot at 720p at 60fps.
The camera has, as one might expect, somewhat underexposed the footage, but that's pretty common with snowy situations. I could have fixed most of that in iMovie, but I decided not to, for testing purposes. The camera shake isn't too bad, given that the footage is hand-held in cold conditions, and could be stabilised even more in iMovie, if I'd wanted.
That all said, I'm reasonably pleased with the results. It's that bit more complex than the Flip HD models, and that does slow you down on occasions, but the results are usually worth it.
I need to give it a test run with an external microphone next.
January 12, 2010
For me it would be mobile + reliable travel news. I would happily pay to download an iPhone app from my local paper that has: reliable data on what services are running on the bus routes; which trains will be affected by the bad weather; and which parts of town aren't worth attempting to walk through.
- News International starting to block paid-for aggregators from crawling its sites. The paywall cometh...
- Which Flip should I buy? Nice analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the various pocket video cameras.
- Should publications host blogs for their community? Almost certainly. We need to get over teh fear of uncontrolled content and stop ghettoising "reader blogs", though.
- Demand Media is coming to the UK. Be afraid. They do SEO-driven content better than you, whoever you are. Better think of a new strategy...
- A hyperlocal news ebook.
- Paul Conley has some gloomy predictions for B2B media. (Note: he's talking about RBI in the US)
- 5 Sources of Thinking on New Journalism
January 8, 2010
- Some predictions for 2019
- Horrible neologism of the week: twilebrity
- Google beefs up its social web team
- Students! Are your journalism tutors up to scratch?
- The first five paragraphs of this post had me chuckling. I've seen people do all of that.
- And your resolution for Monday? Make more of Freedom of Information requests.
January 7, 2010
- Blog or Bog Off - preach it, brother
- We're all technologists now - gadgets are in the mainstream
- Journalism start-ups should think mobile first - there are more mobiles sold per year than there are computers in use. Thank about what that means...
- There's only one secret to building your social media presence (apparently)
- Mashable has dozens for you...
January 6, 2010
- Life as a modern journalist (and why it's like a box of wine)
- How to sound like a moron when talking about social media (many journalists find this easy)
- Has a tipping point been reached in social media discussion?
- Is it the Year of the Paywall?
- Maybe not.
- Signs that TV and radio are using bloggers in preference to newspaper columnists for election punditry [Warning for the sensitive: link to Guido Fawkes]
January 5, 2010
...but dismissing the history of newspapers and broadcasting would be a huge mistake
- 10 things every journalist should know in 2010
- Kevin Marsh writing about the end of journalism "as we know it".
- Local paper uses a community politics idea to encourge engagement on its site.
- Marc Reeves examines the reasoning behind his new hyper-local blog.
- Here's Jay Rosen talking about dealing with audience atomisation. (Shame on Media140 for limiting embedding of that video)
- And how's this for a magazine concept on a tablet device?
January 4, 2010
- Stop using my in-box as a to-do list. Maintain in-box zero and capture tasks elsewhere.
- Read more. Last year I was so busy doing that I almost stopped consuming information. This year I'm going to spend more time in my feed readers, and in books and magazines. Reading is an integral part of blogging and I need to make it a regular (and guilt-free) part of my routine.
- Write more. The corollary of the above. Too many blog posts of all stripes went unwritten last year because they weren't "urgent". I'm one of those people who can best define their thinking by writing it out. I need to do this more.
- Take some breaks from the office. In recent years I've slipped into the habit of being in the office from dawn to dusk. Compare that with this blog in 2004, when it was full of photos and observations from lunchtime walks. I need the break, the exercise and the thinking space.