Twitter for Newsrooms… A journalism roundup

Posted by on June 29th, 2011
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Twitter for Newsrooms as a relationship-building guide

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Justin Ellis
One of the most novel things about Twitter is that, from the beginning, they let the audience discover the best ways to use it. From hashtags to retweets, many of Twitter?s best features bubbled up from users, and journalists have developed, by trial and error, our own special tricks for writing and sourcing stories and drawing eyeballs to our work.

TfN# : Twitter for Newsrooms

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Florence Pichon
Twitter launched a guide for journalists yesterday. Twitter for Newsrooms (TfN#) is a basic explanation of how Twitter works and how it can be useful for journalists. It walks users through a range of Twitter’s functions, such as searching, following, Tweeting, and applications like Tweetdeck. The guide seems like more of a retrospective step, designed for the last print-only stalwarts that have not adapted to social media.

Alternative models to monetize digital content

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Florence Pichon

Magazines will fare better than newspapers in the struggle to monetize digital content, according to a report released by Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The annual outlook on entertainment and media predicts that newspapers’ digital subscriptions will not compensate for decreasing circulation revenues.

The newsonomics of Reuters? Americanization

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Ken DoctorEditor?s Note: Each week, Ken Doctor ? author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news ? writes about the economics of news for the Lab.
News quiz: Which company can claim the largest journalistic workforce in the world?
As you ponder the globe?s premier news organizations ? from the Times, the Journal, the Post, and the Guardian, to the BBCs, NBCs, ABCs, and NPRs, to the Bloombergs, AFPs, and APs ? you?re getting closer to the right answer.

Is live-blogging serious journalism?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Florence Pichon

In an effort to understand the changes to the NHS, The Guardian created a series of blog posts starting last April following the injection of the private sector into the National Health Service. The daily blog posts were updated routinely, aggregating podcasts, expert commentary, and government statements.

Social Media Creates New Avenues for Connecting Journalists and Sources

from MediaShift
The true value of a reporter can be measured by the number of contacts in his or her address book, I’m told, and one of the most important priorities for a journalist is to establish a wide network of sources, which can later be used to produce solid and trustworthy reporting.

The Necessity of Data Journalism in the New Digital Community

from MediaShift
This is the second post in a series from Nicholas White, the co-founder and CEO of The Daily Dot.
It used to be, to be a good reporter, all you had to do was get drunk with the right people.
Sure, it helped if you could string a few words together, but what was really important was that when news broke, you could get the right person on the phone and get the skinny. Or when something scandalous was going down somewhere, someone would pick up the phone and call you.

Is the distinction between news and opinion softening?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Federica Cherubini
The New York Times, in a letter reported by Joshua Benton on the Nieman Lab, announced that starting Sunday June 26 the Week in Review section will be reinvented, being renamed Sunday Review and offering new features and a new way to present analysis and opinion pieces.

Steven Rosenbaum: Curation, community and the future of news

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Steven Rosenbaum
Editor?s Note: Our sister publication Nieman Reports is out with its summer 2011 issue, ?Links That Bind Us,? which focuses on the role community plays in journalism. We?re highlighting a few entries that connect with subjects we follow at the Lab, but go read the whole issue. In this piece, Steven Rosenbaum writes about the increasingly important role of journalists as curators.

The NYT promises to intermingle news and opinion

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Joshua Benton
If you?re a Sunday New York Times subscriber ? say, if you?ve taken the Frank Rich Discount ? you may have seen a letter from Times editors in yesterday?s paper detailing changes in the Week in Review section, which is being renamed Sunday Review. One section jumped out at me:

Why do data journalism skills matter?

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Florence Pichon

In the world of constant technological innovation, journalists report on new web tools and Internet phenomenon without really understanding the data behind it or who to contact for a better understanding.

The Guardian adopts “digital-first” strategy and prepares for US site

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Teemu HenrikssonGuardian News & Media (GNM), the publisher of The Guardian, announced yesterday that it would become a “digital-first” organisation. Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of GNM, and Andrew Miller, chief executive of Guardian Media Group (GMG), revealed outlines of a “major transformation programme”, which would push operations at The Guardian “beyond the newspaper, shifting focus, effort and investment towards digital, because that is our future”.

?The Drupal of dataviz?: Overview, AP?s News Challenge winner, wants to make sense of big document sets

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Megan Garber

When WikiLeaks released its Iraq War Logs last year, it unleashed upon the world, and particularly upon newsrooms, 391,832 individual documents. If a single reader were to tackle that document set, says Jonathan Stray, interactive technology editor for the Associated Press, it would take about three years of full-time work simply to read through the information contained within it. That?s factoring in a very ambitious consumption rate of one minute per doc ? and factoring out the additional work of finding patterns and standouts in the text, writing about them, and otherwise putting the documents into meaningful context for readers.

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