from Mashable! by Vadim Lavrusik
Rupert Murdoch. $30 million. 100 journalists. Steve Jobs. News Corp’s daily news iPad app, The Daily, which will be introduced to the public in early 2011, definitely has the hype. But behind the buzz, the real question everyone is asking is, “Will The Daily sink or swim?”
from Mashable! by Ben Parr
An article by Chadwick Matlin in the Columbia Journalism Review discusses the “Faustian bargain” news organisations make when they make use of plentiful slideshows online.
Having worked at The Big Money (part of the Slate Group), Matlin describes the publication’s quest for pageviews on its site in May 2009 and how its prayers were answered with the arrival of the capability to produce slideshows, which earn a page view for every click, and allow multiple ads to be displayed.
Newspapers are downsizing and going out of business. Major broadcast, satellite and cable news organizations are outsourcing and closing international bureaus. The credibility of commercial journalism is at an all time low. And with these events comes the constant tearful drumbeat by media commentators that ?the media are in crisis? and lament that this is supposedly bad for democracy.
Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team have a lot to celebrate this year. According to Mashable, Facebook is the single most popular website in the United States accounting for one out of four page-views and 10 percent of all internet visits.
Last week, Google announced that it had created new metatags for Google News that would help identify original stories and consequently, which publication got the scoop. The initiative aims to tackle the fact that hundreds of articles will often appear based around one story, and seeks to credit original stories with higher rankings in Google News search results. This change in ranking won’t happen immediately: Google first wants to gather enough data to test the method’s effectiveness.
When I first read that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, predicted that data analysis will be the key tool for the future of journalism, I was slightly demoralized, thinking that journalism is transforming from an art to a science. After all, writing to me has always been an outlet for creativity and expression, so I viewed the Web mogul’s hypothesis as a degradation of journalism, that reporters would become too bogged down in numbers, data sets, and statistics and forget the big picture, the human element of stories. I mean, what do you think when you read a quote from Charles Arthur’s article in The Guardian saying that Berners-Lee deems it necessary for successful journalists of the future to “know their CSV from their RDF, throw together some quick MySQL queries for a PHP or Python output”?