Getting colleagues on board… TNJN – ICONN conference yields many ideas, possibilities January 22, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
From a gathering of US journalism teachers/academics:
"University of Georgia professor Mark Johnson said, "One of the biggest challenges I've had…is getting my colleagues on board."
The common sentiment among the journalism department is "we really need to do something with online – but not in my class," Johnson said."
Google abandons Print Ads newspaper ad sales service after disappointing results | Media | guardian.co.uk January 21, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
"The Print Ads scheme let advertisers buy space in newspapers and magazines in the same way that Google auctions space through its other services: advertisers picked their ideal spot then submitted bids for space in the publications they had been matched with.
More than 800 publications in the US signed up to the scheme, including The New York Times, the Tribune company, Gannett and the Washington Post.[…]
But it never delivered the level of returns required – particularly for cash-strapped newspapers which had lost vast amounts of classified advertising to websites such as Craigslist and Google itself."
Open door: The readers' editor on … pulling opinion polls apart | Comment is free | The Guardian January 19, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
Take care with news stories based on polls and surveys. Siobhain Butterworth:??"The journalist had missed a footnote which said: "Survey respondents are not representative of all primary and secondary school teachers in England and Wales by subject specialism." It cautioned against statements such as "65% of all science teachers disagree that creationism should be taught".[…]??The British Polling Council's website publishes a journalist's guide to opinion polls, which covers issues such as sample size and methods of ensuring that samples are representative. The BPC checklist encourages journalists to ask who conducted the poll, who paid for it and why it was done."
Digital Doorstepping Done Right January 17, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
Adam Tinworth (RBI) on digital doorstepping, “the practice of media diving into blogs or social networks looking for quotes and interviewees for their stories, particularity in the aftermath of a tragedy”.
He recounts “an example of digital doorstepping done, as far as I can see, right” — using interviewees/quotes found through (RBI’s) Community Care magazine forums [fora?].
Twitter: a step-by-step guide to getting started :: Shane Richmond January 16, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
A useful guide from Shane Richmond at the Telegraph:
"Twitter is not a publishing platform, as I said yesterday, so you can’t simply go to the site and read it. Well, you can but that’s not really the point. To get the most out of Twitter you need to build a network and then start using a few tools."delicious links , add a comment
Great round-up by John Thompson at Journalism.co.uk
Current students, take this as a hint!
6 Sites that are changing the way you follow the news :: 10,000 Words :: multimedia, online journalism news and reviews January 16, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
"Even relatively new news aggregators like Google News seem antiquated compared to these game-changing tools."
These are new to me, except for MemeTracker. Do try to keep up…
Training the new journalist « Advancing the Story January 16, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
Deb Halpern Wenger on an NPR interview with the Dean of Berkeley's J School, Neil Henry:
"The most controversial element of the interview involves Henry’s assertion that more journalists will need to be entrepreneurs. He suggests they won’t work for traditional media companies, rather they will be in business for themselves. Unfortunately, when Cohen tried to press him on whether this would result in “journalism for hire,” Henry really avoided answering the question.
However, he did say UC Berkeley’s j-school is working with the business school to develop courses that might help journalists make money outside the corporate journalism structure."
Journalists — So why aren't you Twittering yet? January 16, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
Robert Niles adds to the momentum:
"Twitter has become what many of had hoped RSS would be, as well as the most vital forum for sharing links with other writers. Throw in Twitter's value as the ideal medium for breaking news, and you're crippling your online publishing effort by not participating."
The Future of Journalism in 560 Words (Four Tweets) « J-School: Educating Independent Journalists January 16, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
From Christopher Anderson, PhD student at Columbia:
"Successful journalism is social; the powerful institutions they watch are bureaucracies. What to do?
Social movements are social, like media, and they watch powerful institutions the same way journalism should and used to.
Therefore, a successful– and moral– future journalism will be place-based aggregations of the struggles of relevant social movements.
And objectivity will not be an attitude of disinterest, but an “objectfulness”– a gathering together of objects (once called “reporting.”)"