the digital media edition – issue 4

January 6, 2011 by  
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10 Predictions for the News Media in 2011

In many ways, 2010 was finally the year of mobile for news media […] In 2011, the focus on mobile will continue to grow […] but the greater focus for news media in 2011 will be on re-imagining its approach to the open social web.

The Power of Twitter in Information Discovery | Both Sides of the Table

It surprises me how many really smart people I meet still doubt the power of Twitter. I think some of this stems from the early days of Twitter when it was presumed that it was a technology to tell people what you ate for lunch.

79% of all U.S. Moms with Kids Under 18 are Active on Social Media

Six Social Media Trends for 2011

MediaShift . How Storify Helps Integrate Social Streams Into Articles

For me, curation is part of the all-important process of telling stories and connecting people around these stories. Storytelling is about involving people, finding out new information and providing context so people can find out why that particular story is meaningful to them. Storify is one of the new curation tools.

10 Trends That Are Shaping Global Media Consumption

developed nations are fragmenting while developing ones are booming. This is as true for TV and newspapers (newspapers!) as it is for online video and mobile phones, the latter of which is poised to become the most ubiquitous media device in history.

Five reasons why Facebook Credits will save newspapers

1. Social gaming is the new crossword puzzle – and it’s worth $6bn worldwide
2. No self-assembly required: let Zuckerberg worry about it

3. Wall? What wall? It may be paid-for, but it’s certainly not hidden
4. Your mum could do it
5. Selectivity breeds success – without subscription, you can concentrate on added-value

The 18 Most Innovative Alternative News Stories Of 2010

As the definition of journalism is changing, so is our understanding of what constitutes a news story.
Technologists, reporters and citizen journalists continued to push the boundaries of innovative storytelling this year.

Twitter to be allowed in courts

Twitter can be used in courts but users will need the judge’s permission first and this could be refused in criminal trials, the country’s top judge said today.

1 Billion Peoples’ Interests Now Tracked by AddThis

AddThis […] announced today that it now offers publishers information about the types of interests their readers and content sharers have demonstrated on the other sites they have visited.

Web Ad Spending Overtakes Newspaper Ad Spending

Online ad spending is about to overtake total ad spending for newspapers.
So says eMarketer, which predicts that Web ad dollars will hit $25.8 billion in the U.S. in 2010, while newspaper ad dollars, for both print and online, will get to $25.7 billion.

Age no longer much of a digital dividing line, says Pew study

New research from Pew indicates that older people are becoming about as skilled online as younger ones.

A Bivings Study: how are US newspapers doing on Facebook?

“newspaper online interactivity report looking at Facebook fan engagement amongst the top 100 US newspapers (determined by circulation).
The aim of the study was to compare large and small newspapers across the United States by looking at the numbers of fans that interacted with the newspaper and amongst themselves via posted content on Facebook Fan pages. “

Nieman Reports issue on beats/rounds

“Beats form the backbone of a newsroom, so what happens when resources shrink, new voices emerge and platforms multiply? Which topics stick around? What new beats emerge? As Twitter cranks up the demand for constant interaction, how do beat reporters handle the daily grind? How do journalists connect with news consumers in a time of information overload? “

Common Sense Journalism: Networked neighborhoods study

“Out of London, an interesting set of documents forms a study of online network neighborhood news sites, how people use them and the impact on those who do use them.
[…] the general thrust is this: “The research shows that they serve to enhance the sense of belonging, democratic influence, neighbourliness and involvement in their area. Participants claim more positive attitudes towards public agencies where representatives of those agencies are engaging online.”

How Twitter and are alike – Dave Winer

1. As a way to share links.
2. As a way to speak your mind.

Saving – Dave Winer

1. The Data
2. The Domain

3. The API

News is Not a Story

Part of on-going series of essays, Local Media in a Postmodern World:
“The belief expressed in this piece is that the concept of “the story” is archaic in a world of real time streams and flows of news, and if we closely examine the word, we find it completely unsuitable for new journalism.”

Are Twitter photos free to use? Not so fast – Lost Remote

“A judge has refused to dismiss copyright claims against AFP, which used Twitpic photos of the Haiti earthquake without permission from the originating photographer. “

Flipboard’s Mike McCue: Web format has ‘contaminated’ online journalism

“The problem with journalism on the web today is that it’s being contaminated by the web form factor.
Journalism is being pushed into a space where I don’t think it should ever go, where it’s trying to support the monetization model of the Web by driving page views. “

How to do better than Groupon in building local advertising market share’s top five journalism bloggers and tweeters in 2010

Top five news, features and blog posts on in 2010 (by page views)

Newspaper Launches Hyper-Local Location-Based Service

“It shows a traditional media outlet again thinking beyond the boundaries of the print edition and even of their website. The opportunities to monetize a locally-relevant LBS (location-based service) are profound. It’s a chance for local advertisers to serve relevant messages to a hip and trendy audience in an emerging platform, but one that is custom to their community.”

How a small Arkansas TV station uses Facebook, Twitter to drive audience to newscasts, website | Poynter.

1. Get everyone involved.
2. At a minimum, post items four or five hours before the news begins to push to the newscast.

3. Find an internal social media guru, and let that person lead the charge.
4. Make sure your website is updated often, and the stories also get shared on the appropriate social media.

1860s map shows slavery populations in the United States

Ten newsroom New Year’s resolutions for 2011 – Lost Remote

1. Build a mobile version of your site.
2. Get an app version of your site.

3. Do a Skype video remote.
4. Innovate, Fail, Innovate Again.
5. Give Your Team “Innovation Time Off.”
6. Send Your Digital Media Pro to a Seminar or Convention
7. Clean Up That Site!
8. Embrace Continuous News
9. Expand Your Social Media
10. Engage Your Audience

Scraping for Journalism: A Guide for Collecting Data – ProPublica

65% of internet users have paid for online content | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project


Nearly two-thirds of internet users – 65% – have paid to download or access some kind of online content from the internet, ranging from music to games to news articles to adult material. Music, software, and apps are the most popular content that internet users have paid to access or download, although the range of paid online content is quite varied and widespread.

If an App Is Your Content Strategy, You Are Doomed

“Venture capitalist Fred Wilson makes exactly this point in a blog post Thursday, in which he argues that the economics around mobile platforms such as the iPhone and the iPad — and other tablets, presumably — will likely come to look a lot like the economics of the web itself, in which closing off access to content via paywalls and walled gardens has not proven to be a very successful long-term approach (with a few notable exceptions such as The Economist and the Wall Street Journal).”

Forecasting the Mashup of 2011 — The Media Equation –

So let’s stipulate that the sky is falling and will continue to do so. Rather than look back at the creative destruction that has taken place, I thought it would be worthwhile to click on the future. Here, in no particular order — because the way forward is paved with chaos — are some of the developments you and I will be talking about in the coming year.

Why digital newsstands stink – FortuneTech

“For one thing we know that Apple has sold a lot of iPads — somewhere in the order of 13 or 14 million in nine months.
We also know — thanks to last week’s Audit Bureau of Circulations numbers — that iPad magazine sales have gone in the opposite direction. Wired’s collapse from 100,000 iPad copies in June to 23,000 in November was most dramatic”

Google Digital Newsstand Aims to Muscle In on Apple –

“In recent weeks, these people say, Google has told publishers it would take a smaller slice on any sales they make of Android apps than the 30% cut Apple typically takes on iTunes sales. Google has also proposed giving publishers certain personal data about app buyers to help with marketing related products or services.”

MediaShift . Your Guide to Hyper-Local News

Three-year-old post (Dec 2007) from MediaShift, but interesting to look back and see what has, or hasn’t, been implemented in great suggestions for “methods for collecting hyperlocal news”.

Information is Beautiful makes Debtris

New Daytum iPhone App Makes Beautiful Charts & Graphs About Your Life

HTML5 and Visualization on the Web

‘Converged’ journalism and building online communities

Ed Walker presents some notes, along with his powerpoint presentations from two conferences:
– NCTJ: Being a ‘fully converged’ journalist
– News:Rewired: Building an online community from scratch

Disrupting the Traditional News Syndication Model

Four predictions for how traditional news syndication will be disrupted in 2011:
– Social network for news distribution
– Human editorial judgment redux
– Free content disrupts again, but differently
– News organizations take back control

Hyperlocal voices: James Hatts, SE1

This week’s Hyperlocal Voices interview looks at the long-running SE1 website, which boasts half a million visits every month. Despite being over 12 years old, the site remains at the cutting edge of online journalism, being among the first experimenters with the Google Maps API and Audioboo.

Crisis-Mapping Platform Ushahidi Announces Crowdmap:CI, “Check-ins With a Purpose”

“Sometimes users just want to drop quick notes that represent data points allowing them to enter details later. For instance: the locations of wells while touring a rural village, or potholes around a metropolitan city, or simply dropping pins while on a vacation for the memories of where to return to. Crowdmap:CI is an attempt to make this data entry process quicker, allowing users to focus on location first, and everything else later.”

The NJ News Co-op

“a co-op to support the emerging local news ecosystem in otherwise-deprived New Jersey.
The idea is that the scattered, independent members of that ecosystem need help to (1) curate and share the best of what they do across all media and get them more attention; (2) organize them to create collaborative works of journalism; to train them in skills from journalism to new media to business; and (3) begin to fill in the blanks that the ecosystem and the market leave with beat reporting and investigations.”

Is Quora the biggest blogging innovation in 10 years? — Scobleizer

Infographic on the power of WordPress |

FAQ: Data journalism, laziness, information overload & localism | Online Journalism Blog

“the following questions from a journalist, and my answers, were worth publishing in case anyone has the same questions:
Q: Simon Rogers, Editor of the Datablog, said that he thinks in the future simply publishing the raw data will become acceptable journalism. Do you not think that an approach like this to raw data is lazy journalism? And equally, do you think that would be a type of journalism that the public will really be able to engage with?
A: It’s not lazy at all, and to think otherwise is pure journalistic egoism.”

24 hours in the life of social media

TED Curator Chris Anderson on Crowd Accelerated Innovation

“I believe that the arrival of free online video may turn out to be just as significant a media development as the arrival of print. It is creating new global communities, granting their members both the means and the motivation to step up their skills and broaden their imaginations. It is unleashing an unprecedented wave of innovation in thousands of different disciplines: some trivial, some niche in the extreme, some central to solving humanity’s problems. In short, it is boosting the net sum of global talent. It is helping the world get smarter.”

Why Google Dropped Groupon and Local Just Doesn’t Scale

“Mr. Kedrosky: I don’t care about specials in a three-block area of Brooklyn. I just don’t care. So yes, there’s definitely a billion-dollar hyper-local ad market but the right way to see it is there’s a $15,000 local ad market. There’s a whole bunch of many, many small markets. The whole idea of many companies or people is to get 1% of a giant number, but local doesn’t work that way. “

Journalism in the Age of Data

Social Media Marketing: Facebook + Twitter Aren’t Enough

Finding the time to keep up with social media

Life after Delicious

A collection of links talking about the death of Delicious, and figuring out how to move, save, preserve content.

Quora info articles

A small collection of articles about Quora – so hot right now.

How to Hire Coders

Start early; Stalk them; Understand them; Pimp yourself; Qualify them; Look at alternatives.

Blog Design 101

a resource – keep up to date

Everything the Internet Knows About Me (Because I Asked It To) – Digits – WSJ

Fantastic look at how patterns of behaviour are represented through your online social graph.
“Zach is outreach editor for The Wall Street Journal, where he helps manage the newspaper’s relationship with companies like Twitter and Foursquare. Below, he explains one way that he makes use of those and other services.”

What happens to print journalists after they lose their jobs?

Of the 140 staff made redundant at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 82 responded to her survey during November and December. 18 months on from the loss of their jobs at the P-I in March 2009, here’s what she found:

OJR: Journalism’s problem isn’t the internet or advertising, it’s attitude

“What’s the biggest problem facing the journalism industry? The online explosion of content and competition, jobs cuts, the advertising crisis? According to the Online Journalism Review’s Robert Niles, there are too many journalists who are “wallowing in a culture of failure” and he urges more to step off of the familiar pathway in journalism.”

Getting Text Out of an Image-Only PDF – ProPublica

“When a PDF contains just images of text, as they do in scanned documents, then the problem isn’t just how to convert them into neat tabular data, but how to extract any text, period. In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to write a program to extract the data into tabular format.”

Courtney Love’s Tweets Lead to Unique Defamation Showdown

Should “celebrities, like the news media, be liable for what happens if they intentionally put untrue and damaging statements” on social media?

“a medical expert plans to testify that even if Love’s statements were untrue, her mental state was not “subjectively malicious” enough to justify the defamation lawsuit. That claim — something akin to an insanity defense for social media — suggests that Twitter was so appealing and addictive for Love that she had no appreciation for how the comments she posted would be received by others.”

The Game Layer on Top of the World

 “Valedictorian is just a status level. If we called a valedictorian a White Knight Paladin Level 20, people would work a lot harder””

Is Twitter planning to discontinue support for RSS?

January 5, 2011 by  
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Is Twitter planning to discontinue support for RSS? Would there be any benefit in doing that?

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