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Links for today | Links para hoje

These are hard times for everyone. And as far  as the news business is concerned, things are getting harder and more confusing. I´m feeling a harsher tone in the news about the business and between journalism commentators, teachers, analysts, professionals, that seem all to be characters of a disaster movie. But like any other disaster movie, the focus should be on the survivors. Here are your links for today.

Estes são tempos difíceis para todos. E no que respeita ao negócio do jornalismo, tudo parece mais difícil e confuso. Sinto maior rispidez no tom das notícias sobre o negócio e entre os comentadores do jornalismo, professores, analistas, profissionais, que se parecem cada vez mais com personagens de um filme catástrofe. Mas como em qualquer filme catástrofe, o foco deverá estar sobre os sobreviventes. Estes são os links de hoje.

Thanks Mr Tomorrow and "hat tip" Mo.

via Ethical Martini

When I launched MediaShift in early 2006, I wanted to go beyond writing about all the trends in online media — blogging, podcasting, online video, etc. — and actually do those things myself. Walk my talk. I recently launched the 4-Minute Roundup audio podcast, and today I’m launching a new monthly video roundtable called 5Across that will include 5 people (plus me) in discussion, face to face, about one big topic related to new media.

My goal is to create a comfortable setting for the roundtable, in a spacious place in San Francisco, giving participants the drinks (alcoholic or non) of their choice. The first show was taped last Monday, and the topic was how to make compelling online video. Not so ironically, my goal was to make 5Across compelling video, so there are some interesting moments when people talked about B-roll video (which was used in the edits here), or talked about high-end or low-end video productions. I think 5Across lands somewhere in between those.

Video was hot a year ago, but now, as newspapers gut their newsrooms, the resources devoted to video storytelling are being scaled back.  Many wonder  if video storytelling has a future at newspapers.

I believe it does. In the next several years, newspapers will have to address their viability for survival. Some won’t make it. The one’s that have a life will need to make massive structural changes in order to continue to publish. Online needs to be addressed right now. Denying that online is the future is wasting everybody’s time. The excuse of, “We can’t make enough money online,” needs to be banished from the lexicon of publishers. Figure it out for Christ’s sake.

The focus of my material will be examples of independent journalism start-ups. This, of course, is not a comprehensive list but rather a glimpse at the current landscape, complete with ad hoc categorization. For more extensive collections – with hundreds of examples – see Placeblogger for hyperlocal blogs or the Knight Citizen News Network for citizen media enterprises.

The point I will try to make: now that journalism has become more entrepreneurial, freelance journalists should have an advantage since they have always had to entrepreneurial. As large institutions cut back or close, smaller enterprises are sprouting like weeds forming the next marketplace for freelance journalism.

A few months ago Uruguayan student Maite Fernandez interviewed me about online journalism. I always try to make these responses public for other students who may have the same questions, so here are the answers as transcribed by Maite:

1) How do you think the net affects the transmission of news?

One major way lies in distribution. Print news spent decades setting up a distribution infrastructure (typically delivery vans, vendors/newsagents and paper boys); broadcast news did the same with distribution over time (scheduling and running orders). But online, distribution is networked – and it is done by readers and, to a lesser extent, the journalists themselves. As I’ve written elsewhere, we are all paperboys now.

Quite a few journalists are still a bit suspicious of the idea of “search engine optimisation”. They may have been told, in one or two hasty training sessions, that their glorious, pun-laden print headlines had to make way for boring, literal headlines and standfirsts full of “keywords” attractive to users of search engines.

Of course,”keywords” are words people interested in the content of the article would likely use when searching for the content of the article, and not words people are just likely to type into Google — like poker, viagra, Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears naked.

It’s a good idea to check in with Jay on where journalism is at every once in a while, which is what I did this morning. I’m going to try to do these more regularly with people who are on the Friends Of Dave channel, like Jay. Permalink to this paragraph We start off talking about curmudgeons, then on to rebooting journalism, Meet The Press, the broken government, and everything related. Jay is really smart, spends a lot of time thinking about things I really care about. I thought the interview came out great. Hope you all listen.

The newspaper business is clearly not doing so well these days. Now, the MediaNews Group, which, among many others, owns the Denver Post, San Jose Mercury News, and Oakland Tribune, is trying to revive its business by going back to an old idea that didn’t work in the past and surely won’t work in the future: individualized, printed newspapers that users can print out at home with a proprietary printer.

Journalism education is something I think about a lot, sometimes when I’m in the middle of delivering some journalism education. I tweeted this morning that despite the massive changes in the industry, there will always be a need for journalists and journalism training. Later in the day, I told my students (in effect; I didn’t put it quite this coherently) that while the internet provides a wealth of information and training for those who want to be journalists, the value of the school is the guidance, coaching and feedback that build skill and confidence.

Great long post by brazilian blogger Jorge Rocha about the future of journalism. In portuguese.

Recentemente, um post do Pedro Dória sobre o futuro do jornalismo deixou-me encasquetado. Algumas inquietações acerca do escrito batucaram em minha cabeça, assim como o mantra “o jornalismo morreu”, e passei a dividi-las com alguns caros amigos. Mostro o resultado aqui para vocês, destacando trechos do post do Dória e metralhando perguntas a respeito destes pontos para Alec Duarte, Ana Maria Brambilla, André de Abreu, Conceição de Oliveira, Pedro Markun e Sérgio Leo, que responderam as perguntas que foram mandadas para várias pessoas.

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