Journalism roundup: “Social Journalism on the Rise

Social Journalism on the Rise

The way we get our news and how news is reported has changed drastically in the past decade, and with social media comes a rise of social journalism that is once again evolving the current state and future impact of journalism.

f there’s a news outlet you would expect to be ahead of the curve in digital media, it might be Wired. The San Francisco-based magazine of technology has been at it longer than just about anyone; it launched back in 1994, with completely different content from the print magazine. Its creators, whose efforts were chronicled by Kyle Vanhemert on the occasion of the site’s 20th anniversary, were among the first to try and shape what a successful digital news business might look like.

Learning from mobile-first markets

My book celebrates African innovation, and doing more with less. It’s in that spirit that I offer two related predictions for news in 2015: First: A push to target global audiences. Second: Product lessons from “mobile-first” markets.

The current impasse between news publishers and Google is in some ways inevitable. But what we need to remember is that news is a special product that deserves special consideration. Without it, the voting publics of our democracies could not stay informed, writes William F. Baker, Ph.D.

Pressthink – Follow JR – Dec 19 – These notes were inspired by recent events at the New Republic and First Look Media, articles like this one, and some not-for-publication talks I’ve had lately with young staffers who were troubled by what they saw happening at their place of
The tech reporter is expected to be sentenced by a judge today in a highly controversial case brought by the Justice Department. Read the rest
Adiós a la edición española de Google News. Imagen del Blog de Enrique Dans con licencia CC BY 3.0Farewell to the Spanish edition of Google News. Image from Enrique Dans’s blog with CC BY 3.0 license.
Spain’s Google News Shutdown Is a Silly Victory for Publishers

Trying to stick it to Google is an understandable impulse, a resentment fed by the company’s monolithic influence over the web. But all the Google News shutdown in Spain really shows is how powerless traditional publishers really are.

News in a remix-focused culture

We aren’t ready for Vine.

Hell, we weren’t ready for Tumblr.

Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers?

Our friends at Journalist’s Resource, that’s who. JR is a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and they spend their time examining the new academic literature in media, social science, and other fields, summarizing the high points and giving you a point of entry.

The fall and rise of the news bundle

The bundle is dead; long live the bundle. But this isn’t the familiar 20th-century package of paper and ink. It’s a bundle that lives as code, often assembled by other bits of code, and almost invariably run by people who write code, not words.

News organizations get serious about research

I have a confession to make: What you are about to read is as much a plea as it is a prediction. But in the spirit of the holiday season, I trust you will not shy away from reading an analysis written from a place of hope.

More gonzo, less paywall

Newspapers are not done experimenting with paywalls. This is unfortunate, because valuable energy is wasted on figuring out how to charge for content rather than producing content readers will want to pay for.


Native helps pay for the news

2015 will be the first year where native advertising programs will be in place at nearly every serious news organization.


It turns out computers have a built-in “uncanny valley” (that creepy feeling android robots generate when they kind of look human). Just like we don’t want robots too human-shaped — we want them to know their place — it turns out we aren’t too happy when our computers go from “smart” (as in automating things and connecting us to each other or information) to “smart” (as in “let me make that decision for you”).

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