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Check ! (.pdf)

Check ! (.pdf)

Andy Dickinson set up a check list for news contents, to be used during the  research phase. It’s great for begginers and people, who like me, have the memory span of a goldfish. I found this other list at Regret the Error, the last website where we want to see our work published, that provides an item checklist for different aspects of the story. Helpful!

Andy Dickinson fez uma lista de verificação para conteúdos noticiosos, para ser usada durante a fase de investigação. É excelente para novatos e para pessoas como eu que têm a memória de um peixinho dourado. Vi esta outra lista no Regret the Error, o último site onde queremos ser publicados, que dá uma outra checklist para vários pormenores da notícia. Muito útil!

The Times is way ahead of the Boo-Hoos. It’s got religious discipline (just ask Jayson Blair) and rituals (attending an editorial-board meeting). “Victory Over Horseshit” would be a worthy motto for any paper, but “All the News That’s Fit To Print” could have come from Cotton Mather. As for “tenets to guide one’s daily existence,” the Times ethics code bars some reporters from wearing campaign buttons, seeking public office, or participating in protest marches. This is citizenship celibacy.

It’s bad news for journalism trainees but a logical outcome of digital technology. The Telegraph’s Digital Editor Ed Roussel has told Sheffield media students that there will be fewer jobs for journalists who simply replicate information available from elsewhere. Instead resources will go on top names who add value. Routine news will be gathered from agencies like PA and Reuters.

In Jeff Jarvis’ words, “do what you do best and link to the rest”. The Telegraph has been a leader on new technology-driven production practices. It hosted blogs and created a ‘360 degree’ newsroom and last month announced it was ‘outsourcing’ sub-editing.

For the journalism students this looks like bad news. There will be far fewer routine jobs.

The problem with new media is that it a generational definition. New media is “new” to my generation and beyond. The Internet didn’t exist when I went to university 20 years ago. We barely had computers.

But to the 18-year-olds in my class, new media is not new. To them, it is just media.

The term “new media” reflects the difference between digital natives and digital immigrants.  To the immigrants, this is a new land, full of strange and confusing wonders.

To the natives, it is simply the world they know.

Twitter and similar services have been most avidly embraced by young adults. Nearly one in five (19%) online adults ages 18 and 24 have ever used Twitter and its ilk, as have 20% of online adults 25 to 34. Use of these services drops off steadily after age 35 with 10% of 35 to 44 year olds and 5% of 45 to 54 year olds using Twitter. The decline is even more stark among older internet users; 4% of 55-64 year olds and 2% of those 65 and older use Twitter.

The use of Twitter is highly intertwined with the use of other social media; both blogging and social network use increase the likelihood than an individual also uses Twitter. Twitter users and status updaters are also a mobile bunch; as a group they are much more likely to be using wireless technologies — laptops, handhelds and cell phones — for internet access, or cell phones for text messaging.


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2 Responses to “Links for today | Links para hoje”


  1. 13 de Fevereiro de 2009 às 12:14 pm

    Thanks for the mention Alex. I saw the regret the error thing too and thought it was helpful. Mine was thinking more about making sure that gathering content was done in a way that made online part of the process.

    Glad to know someone else has a goldfish memory as well :)

    • 13 de Fevereiro de 2009 às 12:36 pm

      Yeah, i often mixed things up, i need a notebook to jot down all the details. Once i started interviewing a guy on the phone and one minute later i forgot his name (i was still asleep to tell you the truth), but i had my notes beside me. Your list is great to visualize the process and understand it. Thanks for sharing it :)


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