Yesterday, RBI held its first internal innovation fair, organised by my boss Karl Schneider, amongst others. I was only able to attend briefly a couple of times, but I grabbed some pics while I did:
There’s no doubt that the number of traditional journalism jobs is shrinking, and shrinking fast. I struggle to think of a single publishing company that hasn’t had layoffs or title closures in the last few years.There is, suggests David Meerman Scott of the WebInkNow blog, an alternative:
You went to J-school to learn how to tell a story in words and images. Yes, the employers who traditionally hired your skills are shrinking fast. But there is an entirely new world out there for you to consider. Please keep an open mind about this.
I’m not talking about PR and media relations here. This isn’t about writing press releases and trying to get your former colleagues to write or broadcast about you. Instead, I’m talking about creating stories as you are now, but for a corporation, government agency, nonprofit, or educational institution instead.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the evolution of blogging, its interaction with social networking, and the role of content-based community on the web in recent weeks. These three posts really chimed with some of my conclusions:
- Stephanie takes on two evolutions of blogging she really dislikes: blogazine-style blogs (where I agree with her) and partial posts on the front of the blog (where I disagree with some points)
- Jeff Jarvis teases out the key points in the clash between the commenteriat culture of the internet and the control mindset of journalists
- Do the new class of “miniblogs” or tumblelogs need to differentiate themselves more?
…turning something you love as a hobby into your job, is that sometimes it leaves you no time to do the thing you love.
So, The Times and Sunday Times will be behind a paywall from June.
- It’s built on the Salesforce.com cloud computing platform
- It’s being post-moderated by the Telegraph’s moderation team via user reports
- The debates will be integrated into the rest of the election coverage
- Journalists will be encouraged to “dip in and out”
- You start a debate with an idea – and the hope is that they’d be more idea-y than comment-y
- It’s not aggregating activity elsewhere, but a thing unto itself. You can push debates out to Twitter in a fairly basic way.
- Will follow Telegraph’s general moderation policy: nothing illegal, nothing which is a direct attack on another person
A really nice example of how the Sunday Times/Dispatches investigation used the web to give credibility to its sting operation on those dodgy Labour politicians.
Mainly to save me from losing them when my old PC is taken away and humanely destroyed, to be replaced by a brand new PC to drive my mad…
- Social software doesn’t really matter – As social technology goes more mainstream, we need to focus less on the technology (and especially brand warfare) and more on the people
- Your New Community Won’t Change Its Habits – A nice articulation of the key reason why your new community software won’t stop people using Facebooki and its ilk.