“Fuck New Media”, Shooting by Numbers
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…”
Three Modest Proposals for Online Journalism’s Future, TechPresident (via PontoMedia)
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
The imperative of localism and local news, Howard Owens
“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.
Media Apocalypse Foretold, NewspaperDeathWatch
If 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.
Serious, Long-Form Multimedia Journalism that WORKS, The Changing Newsroom
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.”
Free online video and multimedia courses, News Videographer
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.
P-I Websites, Eat All About It
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.