Tag Archives: media

Hopeful portrait on future of one of world’s great newspapers

JIM TUCKER, June 17: A new documentary offers a hopeful portrait of an American institution – the New York Times –  struggling in a time of change and difficulty. READ MORE>

BBC developing app for reporters to use in the field

JIM TUCKER, June 17: The BBC is developing an app that will allow its reporters in the field to file video, stills and audio directly into the BBC system from an iPhone or iPad. READ MORE>

Where we’ll all be going for our news – mobile devices

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JIM TUCKER: MOBILE devices – aka cellphones – are where we’ll all go to get our news in the foreseeable future.

So, Jim, you’ve finally caught up, I can hear the “wired” saying. Martin Hirst (News 2.0) will be laughing out loud.

Truth is, I’ve been using a Nokia N95 since 2008, mainly because it cost a fortune and it had a very good camera for stills and video. There seemed no need to change.

Hmmm, how things have moved along in three years.

Although the N95 still performs admirably as a phone and camera, I took a punt and bought the latest Nokia super-phone, the N8, last month, and…WOW!

Having had some downtime to explore it over the past few days (I usually spend man flu time reading or sleeping), I’ve discovered a whole new online world.

It’s my first brush with touch phone technology, which has taken a bit of adjustment, but now I’ve got it sorted (removing the protective film from the front and the camera helped), I’m amazed at how even someone with my dodgy old eyesight can manipulate the screen to read anything (who needs an iPad?).

This baby does everything – phone, texts, email, still and video camera, web browser, radio receiver, music player, social media, live TV monitor, GPS, etc. Pretty much everything you can do on a PC (although editing pix and vids might be stretching it).

It has three home pages, which I’ve loaded with RSS feeds from all the major news outlets in the world.

That was an interesting mission, by the way. For ease of RSS loading, Stuff beat everyone. I gave up on NZHerald, it was so clunky, which suggests the people running that site have yet to notice the revolution that’s upon us.

I can do Facebook on the phone with relative ease, altho my drift into short word forms – like texting – has already brought one complaint from a colleague who reckons I can’t spell.

And I’ll say this for Nokia – the manuals in both print and on the device are easy to follow. I’ve avoided reading manuals for years because they are usually badly translated and incomprehensible.

So, the big question: how will this affect journalism and the teaching thereof?

For a start – clever headline writing, intros that sing and strong images are going to be more important than ever.

Story extracts will need to be very reader-friendly if they are going to attract distracted browsers into the full texts.

Journalism teachers will have to monitor their students online habits to find out where they get their news, and then look at the popular sites to see what they’re doing to attract people.

As always, the textbook that best informs is what’s happening in the news media itself.

For a luddite, I’m damned excited about it all. Just hope the eyesight holds up long enough to see the full effects of what’s going to happen.



New York Times gets ready to charge online readers

WALL ST JOURNAL: THE New York Times is preparing to introduce multiple subscription packages for access to the paper’s website and other digital content, kicking off the biggest test to date of consumers’ willingness to pay for news they’re accustomed to getting free. READ MORE>

Google taking steps to block content farms

SEARCH ENGINE LAND: Google has fired a warning toward “content farms” — you’re in our anti-spam sights in 2011. READ MORE>

That message was made loud and clear in Matt Cutts’ blog post today, a post in which Google also says its search quality has improved due to new spam fighting techniques.

Cutts points out that Google has already taken steps against content farms (which he defines as “sites with shallow or low-quality content”), pointing out the so-called “Mayday” update and other algorithmic tweaks made last year. But he also promises a renewed effort in 2011:

Top journalist talks about the future of journalism

ARABIC INTERNATIONAL DAILY: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s lead reporter Angus Stickler is interviewed by Asharq Alawsat.

While delivery methods may change via online or hard copy, there will always be a place for strong impartial journalism. I will always buy my preferred …

How ‘satellite journalism’ played its part in coverage of Tunisia

ALJAZEERA: THE Listening Post programme discusses the impact of “satellite journalism” on the unrest in Tunisia. SEE HERE>

Some journalism schools picking up diversity challenge

PACIFIC SCOOP: Journalism schools around New Zealand are recognising the need to offer specific education to diverse ethnic groups in order to attract them to the industry, writes AUT student Olivia Caldwell. READ MORE>

This ‘journalist’ ought to be toast

TOP NEWS.COM: How to butcher a perfectly good yarn – the perils of online churnalism. Thanks to Mike Flyger for alerting us to this gem. READ MORE>

Who will get my news dollar?

NOTES FROM A TEACHER: When he is finally forced to start paying for news online, where will he spend his dollar, asks Canadian media commentator Mark Hamilton. READ MORE>