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Deadspin and the Mavening of Sportswriting
Let’s All Stop Mindlessly Clicking and Sharing Zombie Links
NBC aims to cover more ground with 2020 embed class
The Urgent Quest for Slower, Better News – New Yorker
What will happen when newspapers kill print and go online-only? Most of that print audience will just…disappear
It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining—And to Start Fighting Back
Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media – NY Times
The Newseum Deserves to Die
The News and How Society Interacts With It@BritishPodcast
The future of journalism in three words: collaboration, collaboration, collaboration

Recommended Listening
The Year that Made Me: Ray Bonner, 1980 – After covering wars, coups and massacres, an award-winning journalist launches his next adventure – running a bookshop, Sydney’s Bookoccino.

The post journalistic world – Digital news platforms are now losing their control over distribution to the goliaths of the online world – Facebook and Google. So what are the implications for the future of serious, civic journalism?

Sarah Ferguson and Australia’s war on transparency – Award-winning ABC reporter’s A.N Smith Lecture in Journalism. Complete lecture

Making journalism public – Veteran US journalists Jay Rosen and John B. Judis discuss how the recent US shutdown augers for the future of both political parties, as well as a look at the role of citizen journalism, and how the media can serve the public interest when the public themselves are now becoming involved in the media.

Open journalism – It’s fashionable and cool but is it also a radical new direction for journalism? And will it become the framework for how we produce and consume our news in the future? We speak to three people doing their bit for open journalism today.

Robo-journalism: news automation is here – There are news stories being published right now which were generated by complex computer algorithms. They’re mostly sport and finance news stories, but how far might robo-journalism take us in the future?

The future of news – In a special report for The Economist on the future of news, Tom Standage writes about the great historical irony at the heart of the current transformation of news. “The industry is being reshaped by technology – but by undermining the mass media’s business models, that technology is in many ways returning the industry to the more vibrant, freewheeling and discursive ways of the pre-industrial era.”

Newsgames – gaming as reporting – When Apple’s Itunes refused to distribute the news-based computer game, Endgame: Syria, it said it was because they don’t allow games depicting real people and real events. So where does this leave newsgames, which aim to bring the news to your gaming console?

The invention of news – This week, the origins of news in Europe. Medieval merchants were the first to formalise a process for sharing political and business information, sparking a variety of modes of news that eventuated in the newspapers we read today.



News of the weird


Access Journalism

Fake News


The Post
The Post – History v Hollywood

Epoch Times

Steve Waldman

Ron’s Essay
That’s all the time we have no longer works when we have all the time in the world if we re-imagine journalism for the 21st century.

Today the story begins anew after the final stop. The conversation continues and sometimes goes viral.

About 30 years ago (1985) Neil Postman wrote the classic Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business which forever changed the way we view ‘news’ and ‘entertainment.’ While journalism as entertainment is currently satirized by programs such as the Daily Show, the topic of what stories are considered ‘news,’ which frames are used to tell a story on the news or editorial page remain off the radar outside of a handful of media criticism programs.

Jay Rosen writes “The outlines of the new system are coming into view. Accuracy and verification, fairness and intellectual honesty–traditional virtues for sure–join up with transparency, “show your work,” the re-voicing of individual journalists, fact-checking, calling BS when needed and avoiding false balance.” (Source)

“Trust production requires a new form of storytelling, one in which meaningful engagement is valued. The top-down ‘insider’ approach is failing to inform us and increasingly failing to entertain us. But have we found the alternative? Professional journalism and investigative reporting appears to be in free fall. Open journalism fails to offer financial incentives for editors and publishers. Sullivan’s take on reporters is most welcome, but it’s a philosophy that should have been embraced a decade ago.”

Nobody Speak

Buzzword Bingo
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Above the fold is the upper half of the front page of a newspaper or tabloid where an important news story or photograph is often located. Papers are often displayed to customers folded so that only the top half of the front page is visible. – Wikipedia

Civic Journalism

Cabot Award

The Future Journalism Project
Melanie Sill


What is the difference between Civic Journalism, Citizen Journalism and Open Journalism?
What is civic journalism?


Clases de Periodismo
Escuela virtual de periodismo digital para América Latina

Newspapers are kind of like memory institutions but not really … because they forget what they were doing two days ago and start all over again

@kamal_hothi #NDFNZ


I’ve been thinking a lot about access lately. Access is seductive. Access means good nuggets from a campaign. Access means your calls answered. Access is safe and secure, because you’re the one at your organization who can always get a comment, a confirmation, or an exclusive interview. But access journalism is barely journalism. And somewhere along the way, out here on the trail, where it is I am right now, I decided that access journalism isn’t worth it.
@KatyTurNBC, Unbelievable

Think about how you consume social media these days. It’s all very disaggregated. It used to be everything I consumed was through my television and my radio. Now I can consume media through my different digital devices and I don’t have to pay my cable bill the way I did before. We’re going to see the same thing with higher education. Maybe I take some courses at the community college … hobble together a new degree that would
Cable Green, 9:30 – 10:00

What readers really want is reporting that gets to the bottom of a story without having to give opposing sides equal weight. They also want reporters to state established truths clearly, without hedging or always putting the words in a source’s mouth.
– Margaret Sullivan, When reporters get personal

In a democracy you need the journalists to have a certain amount of power so that they can get information; so they can quiz politicians; so they can hold them to account. If you can’t get near them you can’t hold them to account.
– Laurie Oakes, Balance of Power

The object of objectivity isn’t journalism; it’s the creation of a sterile environment in which to sell advertising.
Terry Heaton, comment online @TerryHeaton

In February Jon Stewart noted that Fox News had stopped showing President Obama’s widely praised meeting with Republican leaders while CNN and MSNBC had carried it start to finish. Mimicking a Fox anchor, Mr. Stewart said, “We’re gonna cut away because” — humorous pause — “this is against the narrative that we present.”
Jon Stewart’s Punching Bag, Fox News

It may be faster to teach journalism to engineers than to teach technology to journalists.
– Joichi Ito, New York Times outside director feels duty to save journalism

News is something someone doesn’t want printed. All else is advertising.
– William Randolph Hearst

Leaders of old paradigms have the greatest difficulty embracing the new. Why didn’t Gannett create The Huffington Post? Why didn’t NBC invent YouTube? Why didn’t AT&T launch Twitter? Yellow Pages should have built Facebook and Microsoft should have come up with Google. And Craigslist would have been a perfect venture for the New York Times.
– Don Tapscott, Colleges should learn from newspapers’ plight

As far as NPR.org — sure, I want the traffic to increase, but to me the ultimate goal is not just bringing people to this walled garden that is NPR.org.
– Vivian Schiller, Why NPR is the Future of Mainstream Media

Round and round this goes, with the people committed to saving newspapers demanding to know “If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke.
– Clay Shirky, Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable

Journalists have been infantilized throughout the last decade, kept in a state of relative ignorance about the firms that employ them. A friend tells a story of reporters being asked the paid print circulation of their own publication. Their guesses ranged from 150,000 to 300,000; the actual figure was 35,000. If a reporter was that uninformed about a business he was covering, he’d be taken off the story.
– Clay Shirky, Last Call

Newspapers are just blogs that get ink on your fingers.
Stephen Colbert

But, listen, let’s review the rules. Here’s how it works.The President makes decisions. He’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put ’em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration? You know, fiction!
– Stephen Colbert, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Colbert_at_the_2006_White_House_Correspondents’_Association_Dinner

I can’t think of many media companies at all around the world that have successfully yet grappled with the structural changes that are going on in the news media business. The business model that has sustained journalism as we know it and understand it for the past, well depending on which medium you’re looking at, up to the past 200 years, they’re under threat in a way that they’ve never been before, and nobody has yet found a solution. I mean one of the things that occurs to me in this context is that the big media companies are a little bit like the Queen Mary, they’re very hard to turn around. And so I don’t think there’s any coincidence that some of the most transforming new technologies and the use of them, have actually come from little backyard operations, and I’m thinking particularly here of Wikipedia and Youtube and Itunes, all of them, they are having a huge impact on the broad media world, and none of them originated in big media companies, they all originated elsewhere. So it’s very difficult when you’re in an entrenched position. I mean what that tends to mean is it breeds kind of fear and uncertainty and doubt, whereas what is needed is kind of root and branch change, and fresh thinking, and left field thinking, and so on., to tackle some of the changes that need to be made.
– Matthew Ricketson, Media Report (December 2008)

Millions of people read The New York Times online, dwarfing its print circulation of slightly over one million. The problem is that the Times is not, and never has been, in the business of selling news. It’s in the print advertising business. For decades, newspapers enjoyed a geographically defined monopoly over the lucrative ad market, the profits from which were used to support money-losing enterprises like investigative reporting and foreign bureaus. Now that money is gone, lost to cheaper online competitors like Craigslist. Proud institutions that served their communities for decades are vanishing, one by one.
– Kevin Carey, What Colleges Should Learn From Newspapers’ Decline

I like the sharing of opposite points of view. Please bust my chops whenever you want. Controversy drives traffic and is good for the site.
– Conversation


New York Times / Innovation Report

“At The New York Times, far too often for writers and editors the story is done when you hit publish,” said Paul Berry, who helped found The Huffington Post. “At Huffington Post, the article begins its life when you hit publish.” (p24)

Elsewhere on the Web
Citizens’ media gets richer – OJR

Citizen Journalism: To Profit or Not to Profit? – Poynter
11 Layers of Citizen Journalism – Poynter

Project Censored
You – Time Magazine
Think about it
Maramushi’s Newsmap takes news feeds from Google News and creates a visualisation based on the popularity of stories.

Noticias de Periodismo – Argentina
Rhodes Journalism Review (South Africa)





Social Media Policies

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Migration Myths
Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Migration Edition (At Home)
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Breaking News
Hashtag: #BreakingNews

Google Media Tools

The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web

When we launched Comment is Free in Australia in May, we learned from the successes and mistakes we’d made in the UK over many years. So right from the beginning, we treated our users with respect: launched the article at an appropriate time for their lives, not a time that suits newspaper deadlines; asked the writers to engage with the commenters, with editors and other Guardian colleagues; did light-touch moderation; explicitly solicited readers’ views; profiled interesting commenters; commissioned interesting commenters; used Twitter as a place to find writers; engaged with comments on other platforms too, particularly Facebook; and treated both praise and protest with consideration.

Colbert Report: Murdoch’s Media Empire Might Go Down the Toilet

Sponsored Content, aka Native Advertising


Jay Rosen
What’s Radical About the Weblog Form in Journalism? – PressThink
The Media Company I Want to Work For – PressThink
Notes on the Media Company I Want to Work For – PressThink

We’ll leave it there: Jay Rosen on political journalism – If journalism kept up with Jay Rosen’s ideas, it would be continually re-inventing itself. One of the best-known proponents of ‘citizen journalism’, Rosen’s current pre-occupation is with political journalism.

Thank you for an authentic conversation. As a long-time fan of Jay Rosen, I was keen to see how his ideas are received on the other side of the Pacific. Philip’s conversation was an actual conversation. This broadcast stood in stark contrast with LateLine

TONY JONES: I’m wondering if you’re perspective is peculiarly US-centric; in other words, it doesn’t take into account the differences when there’s an independent public broadcaster as there is here in Australia or in Canada or in the UK, for example.

JAY ROSEN: Well, the strength of the ABC is certainly an advantage Australia has over the US, but you tell me, Tony, do you not see any of these things happening in the Australian political system?

TONY JONES: We could do this by you asking me the questions, but it is probably better to do it the other way around. Let me put that to you, though …

This is not meant to demonize Tony Jones, but what was the guy thinking? Jay asks a question and Tony closes the door. Philip Adams showed more grace, perhaps due to the recent conversation with Pierre Ryckmans. Thank you, thank you. It’s a good host that allows him or herself to be questioned and perhaps even disrupted by the guest.

UNESCO/Press Freedom
Twitter: @UNESCO
Hashtags: #openaccess #livevideo #pressfreedom

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Future Journalism
Future Journalism Project explores disruption, opportunity and innovation in journalism. The recipe for doing so can be found here.

Appearances-Realities / Arguments-Facts
Skyful of Lies and Black Swans
The new tyranny of shifting information power in crises
by Nik Gowing
The study highlights how in a moment of major, unexpected crisis the institutions of power – whether political, governmental, military or corporate – face a new, acute vulnerability of both their influence and effectiveness.
Download online
Recommended listening: Late Night Live Conversation

Skyful of Lies and Black Swans

Buzzword Bingo: Information Doer

want to receive news from friends
how do we prioritize and contextualize

environmental journalism citizen journalism
environmental journalism citizen journalism


Kirby Delauter

Streisand Effect

Matt Pearce

Investigative TV

4 Corners

60 Minutes

CBS Interactive
Follow Us

Core Media



All of the above. Typically Google News, Twitter, Facebook and about a dozen sites for specialized topics and news in different languages

open journalism
Buzzword Bingo: Open Journalism recognizes what's newsworthy runs along a two-way street #buzzwordbingo #socialweb


Bus Plunge and Phatic Journalism

Artwork / Cue Yourself
Journalism = Investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends to a group of people formerly called the audience - Economist




The Value of Communication = El Valor de la Comunicación

Open Journalism


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