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Archive for October, 2008
Tags: blogging, copyright, ethics, media law, photos
From today’s class … download the PowerPoint to get access to the links.
Yesterday the School of Journalism at CUNY held a summit on envisioning new business models for news. Here is the slideshow from CUNY professor and BuzzMachine blogger Jeff Jarvis (a familiar name for this class, he of “networked journalism” and “do what you do best and link to the rest,” among other ideas):
Yes, the perils of newspaper design. “Is this what the bailout looks like?” a reader suggests at Boing Boing.
Tags: citizen journalism, global, videos
Too often we consider the concepts of this class within the scope of the United States only, but how is something like citizen journalism perceived and practiced beyond our borders?
Here’s a take from Al Jazeera English. While the piece discusses some U.S. elements—such as the Mayhill Fowler incident you read about in my book chapter on the future of citizen journalism—it has more of a global feel to it.
There are two parts to the program; both are below:
Tags: citizen journalism, Jay Rosen
Catching up here on some things we’ve already covered this semester. Remember this quote by Jay Rosen?
When the people formerly known as the audience employ the press tools they have in their possession to inform one another, that’s citizen journalism.
Here’s the full post on the matter: A Most Useful Definition of Citizen Journalism. It’s packed with interesting links, so check it out and go deep.
(p.s. I’ll soon post my PowerPoint on the subject.)
Download a copy of the PowerPoint here so you can follow the links inside. We didn’t get to the final part on future directions for journalism, so I highly recommend that you give this a closer look.
Also, since these ideas came up in our discussion, here are links to Chris Anderson’s 2004 article on the Long Tail and his more recent piece on the “economics of free” — as well as his blog, which sheds new light on both. We might come back to these ideas after the midterm; they’re too good and important to ignore.
Tags: hyperlocal journalism
For Monday, now that we have some time before the midterm is due, let’s revisit hyperlocal journalism, which is perhaps one of the most central concepts of this course. We need to understand what uber-local news is, how it’s done, and when it succeeds … and when it doesn’t.
There’s quite a bit of reading here, but it’s worth it. Ready?
Start with the basics. This entire Nieman Reports issue (see the “is local news the answer?” collection of articles) is a great resource on the subject, but don’t worry—just pick one or two of these pieces that looks most interesting to you, to whet your appetite.
Next, let’s consider the case of Rob Curley. First, read this rather breathless profile of him from 2006 (and catch examples of his work); then, catch up with this postmortem of hyperlocal’s “flop” at the Washington Post. Curley and many of his friends are now at the Las Vegas Sun, where almost overnight they’re turning a little-known news org into a flagship example of really cool online journalism.
Finally … as we consider the struggles of Curley, Backfence (see my post earlier this week), and others, we need to understand how and why hyperlocal, for all its promise and potential for “saving” newspapers, so far has failed to develop a sustainable business model (but, then, what has in online journalism!?). As this American Journalism Review piece noted:
The failure of Backfence may offer no greater lesson than the old one about pioneers being the ones with arrows in their backs. New ventures fail all the time. But it could also sound a cautionary note about the present–and immediate future–of hyperlocal news sites. As big-media companies and entrepreneurs alike rush into the hyperlocal arena (see “Really Local,” April/May), it’s worth pausing and asking: Is there a real business in this kind of business? So far–and admittedly it’s still very early –the answer is no.
I know this is a lot of information here … so let’s synthesize it. For Monday, please respond with your take on hyperlocal journalism, focusing particularly on the lessons learned for making it more successful and sustainable in the future.
Again, here’s the “trailer” for Jeff Howe’s new book that we watched in class today:
And the PowerPoint I shared:
(By the way, I’d suggest you download the full PowerPoint so you can follow the many links I threw in there to examples and such. Might be a good resource for you.)
For more on crowdsourcing, check out Jeff Howe’s blog … OJR’s guide to crowdsourcing journalism … and, perhaps best of all is this excellent “spotlight” from Louse Thomas that culls many of the best links on this subject. This series on crowdsourcing and journalism also is an invaluable resource. Check ‘em out!