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Links for today | Links para hoje

Columbia Journalism School professor Ari Goldman to his freshman students at on their first day of class.

Goldman, a former Times reporter and sixteen-year veteran RW1 professor, described new-media training as “playing with toys,” according to another student, and characterized the digital movement as “an experimentation in gadgetry…”

1. In an Age of Mass Participation, Make News Easier to Make Together

2. In an Age of Data, We Need Easier to Use Visualization Tools

3. In an Age of Mass Information, Make it Easier to Find and Share Investigative Reporting

“Hyperlocal” is an ugly word.

This fad coinage is meant to represent a new discovery, a new way of thinking about journalism: “Hey, gee, we should do some of this local stuff. People might actually like to read about their home towns.”

“Hyperlocal” is ugly because it attempts to rewrite history, ignoring the noble, once-primary role of newspapers — largely forgotten by journalists and publishers in the past several decades — as the concourse for community life.

chaos_scenarioIf you want an excellent summary of how bad it is in medialand, read Bob Garfield’s excellent overview on Advertising Age before it goes behind the subscription wall (If you’re too late, click here). The sky is falling, folks, and it’s not just for newspapers.

Garfield is the author of the forthcoming book, Chaos Scenario (right), and he’s obviously been doing his homework.

Since it’s so rare to find good journalism-related news these days, I thought I would report one of the positive  things I learned from the College Media Advisers conference last week in New York City.

One of the keynote addresses at this conference, attended by journalism students and their professors/adivsors, was by Brian Storm of MediaStorm, who was also incidentally the speaker at my recent Mizzou PhD graduation. Storm is a funny, irreverent, and new media savvy guy, and his small multimedia production studio produces freelance work for the likes of The Washington Post and National Geographic.

(…) In Storm’s view, if you stick to your values,  you’d be surprised by what just might happen.

For the study, AP commissioned a team of anthropologists to follow 18 young individuals around the world and examine their media habits.

“We looked for just regular people,” said Jim Kennedy, Vice President and Director for Strategic Planning at AP. “The only prerequisite was that we wanted them to be digital consumers.”

Anthropologists quickly found that the digital news diet of this age group was very unbalanced, based mostly on ‘facts’ and ‘updates’ – two characteristics of email news. However, as opposed to some editors’ conventional wisdom, the young consumers “wanted more than that. They wanted to find a path to the back story, and they wanted to find a path to what’s going to happen next.”

Don’t have the cash to go to fancy multimedia workshops? Join the club. Maybe this will help.

Online Degree World published a list of free online courses that cover a variety of topics in online media. Go check it out — There are some interesting courses not related to journalism. But here are some online journalism courses you may find interesting.

Here are websites, blogs, and other online work from other staff members from the former Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. Most are starting new ventures after the death of the print edition. I’ll update the list as other projects go live.

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Primary Education 2.0 | Ensino Básico 2.0

"What's your Twitter again?"

"What's your Twitter again?"

According to today’s The Guardian, there is a  curriculum proposal for the primary school in Britain that wants to make children “familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication.”

Should this be surprising? Not at all. E-skills are basic skills nowadays, and the kids have to learn them. But i can hear the row starting already…

De acordo com o The Guardian de hoje, há uma proposta para o programa curricular do ensino básico britânico que quer familiarizar as crianças com “blogs, podcasts, Wikipedia e Twitter, como fontes de informação e meios de comunicação.”

Devia isto ser surpreendente? De todo. Este tipo de conhecimentos são básicos hoje em dia, e os miúdos têm de aprendê-los. Mas já consigo ouvir a discussão a aumentar de volume…

Children will no longer have to study the Victorians or the second world war under proposals to overhaul the primary school curriculum, the Guardian has learned.

However, the draft plans will require children to master Twitter and Wikipedia and give teachers far more freedom to decide what youngsters should be concentrating on in classes.

The proposed curriculum, which would mark the biggest change to primary schooling in a decade, strips away hundreds of specifications about the scientific, geographical and historical knowledge pupils must accumulate before they are 11 to allow schools greater flexibility in what they teach.

The Guardian

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