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Global Survey: Blogging journalists, two cultures collide

By Lauren Drablier

In a recent survey, 200 blogging journalists from 30 different countries were interviewed about the effects of blogging on the process of journalism.  According to the survey, respondents came from all sectors of the news industry; almost half worked in the newspaper industry, and one third were online-only or freelance……..

Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:Why I Blog The truths of blogging are provisional, its ethos collective and messy, says Andrew Sullivan. It brings writer to reader in a way that is visceral, even brutal…


Your Guide to Political Polling Sites

In pollster

From time to time, I’ll give an overview of one broad MediaShift topic, annotated with online resources and plenty of tips. The idea is to help you understand the topic, learn the jargon, and take action. I’ve already covered presidential campaign videos online, citizen journalism, online privacy and various other topics. This week I’ll look at political polling sites.

France: A failing newspaper industry

By Lauren Drablier

French newspapers are struggling under a system that is no longer working.  Le Figaro and Le Monde have recently made cuts to their staff, while two other papers, Les Echoes and La Tribune were recently sold.  Most others are struggling to make money.

Opinion: "Link economy will shift the balance of power and wealth"

By Lauren Drablier

The big news lately has been mainstream news organizations such as The New York Times and TheWashington Post, beginning to link to outside sources.  However, according to Publishing 2.0, few are talking about what impact this will have on the web’s "link economy."

Opinion: Tips on how to reinvent the newsroom

By Lauren Drablier

In a recent article, Next Newsroom outlines a few things that can be done to reinvent the newsroom:

‘Paperless’ paper

Reading your newspaper could be about to change

Why People Consider Journalists Lower Than Dirt, Part 83,704

By Dan Gillmor on Media Criticism

Dean Reynolds, CBS News: Reporter’s Notebook: Seeing How The Other Half Lives – From The Road: Maybe a front-running campaign like Obama’s that is focused solely on victory doesn’t have the time to do the mundane things like print up schedules or attend to the needs of reporters. But in politics, everything that goes around comes around.

This is a threat to punish Obama with negative coverage because his staff is not as, whimper, attentive to reporters as it should be. Because the candidate has a fuller schedule that leaves less time for “relaxing,” as the journalist says.

US: Is linking to outside news sites the future?

By Lauren Drablier

News providers have recently begun linking to outside news sites on their web editions, this marks a significant shift in attitude towards recommending rival sites as alternative sources of information.

Opinion: A Power shift in the media

By Lauren Drablier

According to Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, there is a shift in the balance-of-power of journalism; the power is shifting in favor of new media. Barber believes the "mainstream press lost touch with its audience at the very moment when technology, via the Internet, was dramatically lowering the barriers to entry."

10 reasons why newspapers won’t reinvent news

A list of reasons that newspapers won’t (can’t?) reinvent news.

The culture of newspaper management is a dysfunctional relic of a low-bandwidth, monopoly era. It still hasn’t adapted to the lessons of Web 2.0, it’s generally beholden to a short-term stock price instead of a long-term re-investment strategy and it simply refuses to accept that you can’t expect 20 profit margins in a competitive market. Instead of leading, it is a legacy anchor.

Journalists Consider Risks, Conflicts of Running Personal Blogs

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Implementing strategies developed by millions of office workers who have honed the practice of flipping from computer solitaire to spreadsheets at the first sign of a lurking supervisor, I hid my blog from my co-workers. I had been a blogger for nearly four years by the time I entered the newspaper industry in 2006, and when I later accepted a reporting job at The Smithfield Times, a small Virginia newspaper, I had been blogging for half a decade.

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