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Will online education be a future revenue stream for news organisations? -- from Mercedes Bunz

As news organisations struggle to find new revenue models, education offerings seem to be a very good way to extend the brand and earn extra revenue. This spring, the New York Times will start awarding certificates in conjunction with several universities to students who pay to take its online courses.

Two years ago, the New York Times Knowledge Network was started to enter the market of online education providing courses with its editors and journalists as collaborators and participants in shaping the curriculum. However, as online education mainly aimed at adults has become a profit center the aim now is not only to transfer its expertise of the newsroom but to earn money at the same time.

New York Times Knowledge Network

From DSC:
Very iiinnnttteeerrreesssttttiiiinngggg. Hmm...


NewsCred relaunches: build a personal newspaper in five minutes


Skiff -- the next wave in reading


Thoughts about video editing software -- from Teaching Journalism Online


Digital Journalism Syllabus 2010 -- from Liz Davis
Second semester I will be teaching a new high school course for the first time titled "Digital Journalism." It is an English elective for juniors and seniors inspired by and based on Howard Rheingold's Stanford course of the same title.


Pictory -- San Francisco




10 multimedia books for your holiday wish list -- from Interactive Interactivity Tracy Boyer

  1. Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell
  2. Digital Multimedia by Nigel Chapman
  3. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites by Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld
  4. Information Visualization, Second Edition: Perception for Design by Colin Ware
  5. Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works by Janice Redish
  6. Multimedia Applications (​hing) by Ralf Steinmetz
  7. Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis by Stephen Few
  8. The Smashing Book by Smashing Magazine
  9. Visual Thinking: for Design by Colin Ware
  10. Writing for New Media, Third Edition: Content Development for Bloggers and Professionals by Timothy Paul Garrand


Oregon High School Newspaper Shifts to Online -- from Education Week and The Associated Press
North Eugene High School's half-century-old student newspaper was dealt a crippling blow in 2007 when lean budgets and scheduling constraints forced an end to the journalism class.


Changing journalism classes in high school -- from the Thinking Stick by Jeff Utecht
Two recent articles and other observations have me thinking about the need to restructure journalism programs or school newspaper programs in our high schools. Some interesting ideas and developments lately that if I was a journalist teacher I’d be sharing and discussing with my students.

First from Mashable comes 8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalist which include:

  1. Entrepreneurial and Business Savvy
  2. Programmer
  3. Open-minded Experimenter
  4. Multimedia Storyteller
  5. The Social Journalist and Community Builder
  6. Blogger and Curator
  7. Multi-skilled
  8. Fundamental Journalism Skills

It’s a great read for any student who is thinking of journalism as a career.

Then today on my iPhone I read about AOL braking away from Time Warner to become their own company once again and focus on creating content on the web via their web portals.

Exploring a new, more dynamic way of reading news with Living Stories -- from Google
There's been no shortage of talk recently about the "future of news." Should publishers charge for news online? How do they replace lost sources of revenue such as classified ads? How will accountability journalism endure? And, even more fundamentally, will news survive in the digital era? These are questions we're deeply interested in, and we've been exploring potential solutions. But what's often overlooked in these debates is the nature of the news story itself and the experience of how it's read online. We believe it's just as important to experiment with how news organizations can take advantage of the web to tell stories in new ways — ways that simply aren't possible offline.

"The Living Stories project is an experiment in presenting news, one designed specifically for the online environment. The project was developed by Google in collaboration with two of the country's leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post."

HASTAC: Digital Storytelling


How we’ll be publishing our newspapers/magazines in the future
-- from

Sports Illustrated - Tablet Demo

Student journalists file stories for ABC News
-- from eCampusNews (p. 32 of 35)


7 Reasons why your readers hate your blog -- from

Mindy McAdams's flashjournalism and examples -- Bookmarks on delicious



Brookings: Where has all the education journalism gone?
-- from by Liz Willen
At a time of unprecedented federal involvement and investment in education, coverage of the issue is so lacking it makes up only 1.4 percent of national news coverage, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. The report, entitled: "Invisible: 1.4 Percent Coverage for Education is Not Enough,'' finds scant coverage of critical issues like teaching, learning and curriculum; most stories "dealt with budget problems, school crime and the H1N! flu outbreak,'' according to the report, funded with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Hyperlocal journalism with ipadio? -- from

Hursley Village Info


[Some] Journalists' Education Blogs -- from Hechinger Institute

Seminar for Higher Education Reporters -- from Hechinger Institute
November 20-22, 2009 | Chicago
Higher Education is struggling through tough times while trying to meet President Obama's higher expectations. What questions should journalists be asking?


YouTube Direct

-- from Jeff Achen [for those following changes within the journalism industry]

With the launch of YouTube Direct, it’s clear they now “get” online news video even better than most of us in the news industry. YouTube Direct is a new service that will help news organizations aggregate, solicit and take ownership (in a way) of citizen produced videos of newsworthy issues and events. I just hope news organizations don’t look—or overlook—this gift horse in the mouth. This service will allow video producers, be they citizen journalists or average folks in your community, to upload their videos to YouTube THROUGH your site WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR WEB SITE! News organizations then review the videos and approve or reject them. Once approved, the video appears on your web site. Here are a few responses to questions about...


The One-Minute Journalist Guide To Understanding The Internet -- from Robin Good's blog, by various authors

The One-Minute Journalist Guide To Understanding The Internet


Managing Flow in the New Newsroom -- from WordCampNYC


How an old guy saved online music journalism -- from Wired (UK) by Warren Ellis

ABC News recruits college reporters -- from by Dennis Carter
Journalism students use laptops, advanced editing software in contributing to local and national news broadcasts


Popular College Media Aggregator UWIRE Is Suspended Indefinitely -- from The Chronicle by Simmi Aujla

Posterous powers "storystreaming" at the Pioneer Press -- from Pioneer Press

Photo Journalism 101 (story + images + music + animation = success) -- from Rich Hoeg

Preparing Your Students for the New Era of Journalism: Backpack Journalism and Documentary Film Making -- from > webinars
Is your school keeping up with technology trends? Will your broadcast/journalism and communication students graduate with the technical and creative skills they need to succeed in this fast evolving market?

The convergence of emerging technologies, and the increasing financial pressures faced by all media outlets, requires graduating journalists to have a wider skill set to be marketable. As a result, journalists are not only reporting the news, but writing, shooting, producing, and editing their own work.

Join us for an educational webcast to examine new trends in journalism. Explore the critical technical and creative skills emerging journalists will need as they enter the job market. Hear what experts from the field are looking for in new hires, and what technologies are currently being used. You will also learn how Sony Broadcast and Professional products can help your student prepare for these changes.


  • Bill Gentile, independent journalist, documentary filmmaker and professor, American University
  • Larry Engel, producer, writer, director, cinematographer and professor, American University
  • Shari Sentlowitz, education marketing manager, Sony


The accelerating decline of newspapers

Multimedia Journalism
-- from Leslie-Jean Thornton; resource from Innovative Interactivity

Multimedia Journalism


New Skills for Online Journalists

-- from Robin Good

News 2.0: The Future of News in an Age of Social Media -- from CBC News, original link from Stephen Downes
A look at where the News business is going, now that it's everybody's business


The Future of Journalism Blook


Aspiring journalists must specialise, says Malcolm Gladwell. Try stats or accounting… -- from


IJNET’s “Fundamentals of Multimedia Storytelling” series a must-read -- from Innovative Interactivity by Tracy Boyer


Wow! What a great idea!Innovative Substitute Lesson Plan -- from The Innovative Educator by Dana Lawit
When teachers are absent it can send students, classrooms, and sometimes even schools into a tailspin. Any change in routine can cause disruption. One innovative educator at my school, Darlene, has come up with a substitute lesson plan that uses technology to engage students and support the substitute teacher in an effort to avoid disruption. Using a video (see below), the teacher explain the learning objectives of the lesson, provides a model, and even then provides step by step instruction for the student's independent work.

Analysis of 2009 Carnegie-Knight journalism sites -- from Tracy Boyer
I was recently asked to be a part of the 2009-2010 News21 project at UNC. Funded by Carnegie and Knight, this initiative worked with eight participating Universities to push the barrier in terms of multimedia storytelling on a wide range of topics. I finally got the time to look through each project at length, and am excited to hear what you think about my analysis on these inspirational projects.


Three things for newspapers to work on, suggests Google boss Eric Schmidt -- from

Check out the NUMEROUS free resources available for these disciplines

Free resource for journalism


Revamped US Journalism Courses Attract Students -- from
From the Chronicle of HE (Katherine Mangan):
“Many universities report that journalism enrollments are up this year. Over the past few weeks, a lot of these budding journalists have been blogging, broadcasting, and tweeting their way through introductory courses that have been revamped to embrace the digital age.

Applications to Columbia University’s master-of-science program in journalism rose 44 percent, to 1,181, for the class entering this fall, and an investigative-journalism specialty drew more than twice as many applications this year than last year, up from 54 in 2008 to 121 this year.

Elsewhere, applications to master’s programs were up 30 percent at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 25 percent at the University of Maryland at College Park, and 24 percent at Stanford University.”


Related item:
Our increasingly Digital world -- from Educational Origami
The BBC reported this week that Online advertising spending has exceeded Television advertising spending for the first time.


Society of News Design: Jobs


CNN’s iPhone News App is Informative And Empowering -- from Wired's Epicenter by Eliot Van Buskirk
Although a bit late to the party, CNN has made a decisive entry into the mobile news space with a well-designed iPhone app with that costs $2 to download, nothing to use and makes it easier for citizen journalists to file their own video news reports from the field.


Using iPod Nano for video interviews -- from Teaching Online Journalism by Mindy McAdams

Webcasts from Edelman New Media Academic Summit on June 9-11 -- from

New Media Academic Summit


Now printable! Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency -- from Teaching Online Journalism by Mindy McAdams


Preparing your students for the new era of journalism


Preparing Your Students for the New Era of Journalism –  Backpack Journalism and Documentary Film Making
Date: September 15, 2009 | Time: 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern | Sponsored by: Sony

'New York Times' Columnists to Teach Courses Online -- from The Chronicle by Marc Beja

“How to build a portfolio website” series a must read -- from Innovative Interactivity by Tracy Boyer
I recently came across the portfolio site of journalist Emily Ingram, a senior news-editorial and advertising student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Over the summer she wrote a series of blog posts on how to get your own portfolio site up and running, and I would highly recommend it to everyone out there who has put their site on the back-burner. Even better, she makes it so easy that I think my parents could do it, so don’t be scared away from big topics like hosting, FTP, and SEO. Here are the five posts covering everything from choosing your domain name to adding content to the site:

Week 1: Buy a domain and install Wordpress
Week 2: Find a theme, install it and customize it
Week 3: Write first blog post and About page
Week 4: Put up your resume in HTML and PDF formats
Week 5: Add portfolio materials and install plugins


Related item:
Updated tutorials for Audacity (audio editing) -- from Mindy McAdams
I finally revised and updated the three tutorials I use to teach journalism students and professionals how to edit audio using Audacity, a free program that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.


6 X 6 Series: Advice for journalists

The Journalist of the Future -- by Adam Westbrook


Related item:
Top 10 myths about blogging -- from Strategic Inspiration for you by Frank Calberg
On ForaTV, I came across this 6 minute video in which Mr. Scott Rosenberg presents his top 10 myths about blogging.


Social videography – the future of short-term multimedia? -- from Innovative Interactivity by Tracy Boyer
Interesting links mentioned:


Digital journalism and the rise of the touch tablet

-- from Mastering Multimedia blog

Blogroll from Mastering Multimedia blog

Teaching Online Journalism


Smelling a Better Business Model, AP Deploys Its Own Open Content Tracking Microformat -- from ContentBlogger by John Blossom
Associated Press
has taken quite a bit of heat as of late from industry pundits because of its highly visible copyright enforcement efforts, but it has also been looking at ways in which it can leverage emerging technologies to do a better job at building a better business model. It's no secret to AP that there's more money to be made in sweet solutions rather than sour legal tactics, and also no secret that its traditional business model of licensing feeds of content to a handful of select distribution partners is a cumbersome way to develop new revenue streams in the Web era. But what is somewhat surprising is that AP has bypassed a number of technology companies courting them for their services to come up with their own solution to these issues.


Best Practices for Integrating Game-Based Learning into Online Teaching -- from MERLOT
Table 1 : Games for Teaching

COTS Games

“Commercial off-the-shelf games”. Modifiable games such as Neverwinter Nights and Oblivion can be used for a variety of teaching exercises, such as learning American History. The Queensland-based Games in Learning Project lists many potential types of COTS games.


Used in the discipline of Information Technology and computer science to teach students about network security issues.

Dafur is Dying

Used in history, cultural studies, or special topics humanities courses to teach students about war and its consequences.

Food Force

Used in various humanities courses to teach students about world famine issues.

Global Conflict: Palestine

Used in writing and history courses to teach students about journalistic techniques and about the history of Palestine.

Planet Green Game

Used in the discipline of ecology or general earth science to teach students about global ecological issues.

Fantastic Contraption

Used in math and physics courses to teach students basic physics concepts.


Used in the discipline of engineering to help teach students about large infrastructure projects.

Burn Center

Used in the discipline of medicine to help train doctors.

Tycoon (game series)

Used to teach business students resource management and other key business concepts.


A virtual simulation of the U.S. Congress, State legislature and the European union for students in history and government courses.

Hazmat: Hot Zone

Used to train first responders to deal with hazardous materials.



Game used to teach students geography.

Washington Post launches interactive video and comments feature
-- from Innovative Interactivity by Tracy Boyer

NPR's Scott Simon: How to tell a story




News Providers are Embracing the iPhone -- from O'Reilly Radar by Ben Lorica


Inside News Innovations at The Washington Post -- from Innovative Interactvity By Tracy Boyer


What The Future Will Look Like For Journalists -- from paidContent by Jim Spanfeller
Jim Spanfeller is president and CEO of He is also treasurer of the Online Publishers Association and chairman emeritus of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

It is a tough time to be a professional journalist. Newspapers are downsizing or disappearing completely, magazines are failing every day and the ones surviving are getting thinner. Online, the rage is all about aggregation and consumer-generated content. But I firmly believe that in the future we will need more professional journalists than we have today and they will be as valued—or perhaps even more highly valued—than they were 10 years ago.

Will these professionals work for the same institutions that they work for now? More likely no then yes. Certainly some of our current journalistic enterprises will survive and thrive but only the ones that make the transition to a “now economy” that demands “entwined content,” or stories told in prose, video and data all at the same time. The majority of the current kings of content don’t understand these changes or perhaps they do but feel helpless to respond to them. Today consumers wants to know what is happening right now (not 20 hours ago), and they want personal insight into the events. And by personal I do not mean from the point of the view of the writer (although clearly that is part of the puzzle) but rather personal to them. What do these events mean to me? How will they affect my world?

Multimedia Standards -- from the University of Miami School of Communication
This site was created by a group of undergraduate and graduate students in Rich Beckman’s CVJ 521 visual journalism class at the University of Miami School of Communication during the spring 2009 semester. Our aim is to offer insights from top industry leaders on the state of multimedia journalism. We also provide guidelines based on their comments, information about conferences and awards, the ability to submit and critique projects and an in-depth list of resources. All students gathered and edited audio and were involved in the planning and research of the site.

Multimedia Standards

The above site also recommends:


Potentially-useful blogs re: journalism -- from Wire and Lights by Matt Ford


Multimedia Storytelling -- from the Knight Digital Media Center (partnership of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the USC Annenberg School for Communication) by Jane Stevens
What is a Multimedia Story?
A multimedia story is some combination of text, still photographs, video clips, audio, graphics and interactivity presented on a Web site in a nonlinear format in which the information in each medium is complementary, not redundant.

Nonlinear means that rather than reading a rigidly structured single narrative, the user chooses how to navigate through the elements of a story. Not redundant means that rather than having a text version of a story accompanied by a video clip that essentially tells the same story, different parts of a story are told using different media. The key is using the media form - video, audio, photos, text, animation - that will present a segment of a story in the most compelling and informative way.


Can Rupert Murdoch save online news? -- from by James Silver
It’s hardly a hot scoop that the newspaper industry is caught in a perfect storm of haemorrhaging ad revenues and dwindling readerships, exacerbated by a deep recession. Across the US, newspapers are failing and big-name titles teetering on the brink. The Los Angeles Times’s parent company, Tribune, filed for bankruptcy last December; in February, Hearst Corp warned it may close the San Francisco Chronicle, which lost more than $50 million in 2008, if it failed to slash costs or find a buyer; the same month, the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer filed for bankruptcy protection, loaded with $390 million of debt. In the UK, the once-unassailable Daily Mail & General Trust reported a first-half pre-tax loss of £239 million, with operating profit for its national Associated Newspapers titles down 59 per cent, and by 85 per cent at its regional division, Northcliffe Media.

Newspapers are in deep trouble. If they survive, albeit in digital form only, then one event in May this year will surely be seen as a turning point in this narrative. It was late afternoon at News Corporation’s New York HQ, and reporters around the world had called in to hear Rupert Murdoch discuss a pretty dismal set of third-quarter results at a teleconference earnings call.


Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop in New York City -- from MediaStorm

Disrupting News: How Social Networking is Changing How We Get Our News -- from McREL


Related item:

Vibe Magazine Closing: Another victim of the Internet crisis


100 Best Blogs for Journalism Students -- from Learn-gasm
Today’s journalism students are entering an industry that’s facing a crossroads. These days, newspapers and media in general are adapting and growing at a rapid pace, and it’s essential that students keep up, or they’ll be left in the dust. By reading these blogs, you can keep an ear to the ground on the latest developments that matter the most to journalism students.


Media Today -- June 2009


Open-source journalism at its best -- by Charlie Burton at Wired UK magazine blog
The Guardian’s crowd-sourced response to The Telegraph’s expenses splashes is both a creative way for the paper to make its mark on the story and, more importantly, a great example of what online journalism ought to be about. Instead of imitating its print incarnation, an online newspaper should seek to exploit the dynamic potential of the electronic format in exactly this kind of way. With hard-copy versions taking on the longer-form writing and analysis, online and offline can happily coexist, making the most of what their different media have to offer.

Twitter’s Impact on Media & Journalism -- from The Insight Exchange
Consumers today are demanding news as it happens and Twitter is quickly becoming that source of instant information.  But is Twitter Journalism?  And how is this new phenomenon affecting the way traditional media providers capture and deliver the news?  Join us for an insightful session as we discuss the viability of Twitter as a channel, how media is embracing the platform, and whether Twitter is the death of the traditional journalist.

Institute for new Media Studies | School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Report for 2004-2008
Research initiatives:

• Elements of Digital Storytelling
• DiSEL (Digital Storytelling Effects Lab)
• Eyetracking Research Consortium
• Games in the Classroom – GRAVEL
• Playing the News
• Public Records Databases on News Websites
• User Generated Content Analysis


• Digital Technology Center
• Eyetracking Research Consortium
• Knight Foundation
• Games Simulation Training Program
• CLA Info Tech Grant
• Minnesota Job Skills Partnership


• Digital Think
• Textbooks
• DiSEL Research Report 2008
• Website
• Update
• New Media Research Network


10 Ways Journalism Schools Are Teaching Social Media -- from Mashable! by Vadim Lavrusik


UNC launches News21 multimedia project -- from


From Terrible To Terrifying: Newspaper Ad Sales Plummet $2.6 Billion In Q1 2009 -- from; original link from George Siemens

Dan Froomkin: Why “playing it safe” is killing American newspapers -- from Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab; original link from George Siemens

We’re all in a state of despair these days over our inability to monetize our journalism online the way we’ve been used to doing in print.

A big part of the problem is that we’re doing a really poor job of connecting buyers and sellers on our newspaper Web sites. Solving that problem should be the top priority for the folks on the business and technology sides of our business. But some of our shortcomings are purely journalistic. We need to come to terms with the fact that one reason we’re having such a tough time is that we are still fundamentally failing to deliver the value of our newsroom to Internet users.

The right way to reinvent ourselves online would be to do precisely what journalists were put on this green earth to do: Seek the truth, hold the powerful accountable, expose the B.S., explain how things really work, introduce people to each other, and tell compelling stories. And we should do all those things passionately and courageously — not hiding who we are, but rather engaging in a very public expression of our journalistic values.

How to Save Media -- from MIT's Technology Review
Newspapers and magazines won't vanish. But they must change.


Why NPR is the Future of Mainstream Media -- from Mashable! by Josh Catone


Online Newspapers Best Content Publishing Strategy: Free Or Paid? -- by Alan Murray

  • The best content publishing model is a mix of paid and free content.
  • The content you don't give out for free will be published elsewhere and you will lose traffic.
  • Do not charge your audience for the most popular content you have on your site.
  • Target your paid content to highly-focused niches.

From DSC:
Those of us in higher ed need to watch what happens to the journalism industry very carefully...because we may also have to face similar challenges.


The Future of the Media: Something More Than Worthless News -- from Dave Pollard
Nearly 15 years ago I was asked to give a speech at a conference of Canadian mainstream media types and 'content aggregators'. I quoted Marshall McLuhan ("Information is always trying to be free") and told them that, in 15 years, if they didn't change, they would be extinct. Specifically I told them that they had to do more than regurgitate stories from the newswires, and that if they wanted to be paid for their work they would have to do something valuable -- either provide information content that was actionable, or provide some service that added value. I described seven ways to add value to information (see chart):

  1. Provide an actionable alert about something new and urgent.
  2. Provide an actionable briefing about something new and important.
  3. Provide the results of a survey of informed people that has never appeared anywhere else.
  4. Provide genuine research that explores an issue in depth and gives readers/viewers a thorough and useful understanding of the issue, and which asks important and provocative questions.
  5. Provide guidance on what the readers/viewers should do about this information (something more valuable than "be on heightened alert")
  6. Provide a gauge or measure by which people can self-assess what they know about an important subject vs. what they should know.
  7. Organize a real-time event where people can engage with each other and with people who know more than they do, about an important subject.

From DSC:
I post this because institutions of higher educaiton are going to need to figure out how they want to add value to the information that's becoming a commodity. We better figure it out...or we will be like the rock in the stream...with water flowing around us...and we, like the journalism industry, will have to go through some major change. Wouldn't we rather initiate the change than have to react to changing circumstances/landscapes before it's too late?


Citizen Journalism: The Key Trend Shaping Online News Media - Introductory Guide With Videos -- from Robin Good, by Chris Willis and Shayne Bowman


New iPod rules touch off heated debate -- from
Missouri journalism freshmen required to have iPhones, iPod Touches, or similar devices--raising concerns about corporate influence

Knight Digital Media Center


Satisfaction with newspapers slips again -- from, by Dale Peskin
Earlier this year, our annual We Media poll with Zogby Interactive showed deep dissatisfaction with newspapers and the leadership of news media. Now, two additional reports show how deep the dissatisfaction runs.


Related item:
The Technorati Attention Index -- from by Jen McLean
The Technorati Attention Index: These are the top sites with highest number of blogs linking to them in the past 30 days. This time around, in addition to rank, we've added Attention numbers. Attention is the number of blogs (not the number of links) that have linked to the site in the past 30 days. Here are the mainstream media gainers and losers in the blogosphere...


U. of Missouri's Journalism School Will Make iPod Touch, iPhone Mandatory for Students -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education
Yet another institution is touting the education-changing potential of yet another device. This time the college is University of Missouri’s Journalism School, which now plans to require that students purchase either Apple’s iPod Touch or its iPhone. Students are supposed to use the gadgets to review lectures. The university chose the devices as the required media players because students are already used to them, Associate Dean Brian Brooks told the Columbia Missourian.

Where is Everyone? -- by Thomas Baekdal
These days, everyone is trying to figure out how to connect with other people. It used to be simply, you just placed some ads in whatever newspaper that was most suited to your product, but now that world is becoming ever more irrelevant. So how do you connect with other people today? And more importantly, how do you do it tomorrow?

In this article, we are going to take a little tour through the history of information - or more specifically where to focus efforts if you want get in touch with other people. It is really exciting time, because we are currently in the middle of the most drastic change since the invention of the newspaper.

We are seeing an entirely new way for people to interact. One that makes all traditional ways seem silly. It is a fundamental shift, and it will completely change the world as we know it. And the best thing about it is that you get to help make it happen.

So join me on this tour of the last 210 years of information + 10 more years into the future.


...then later on ...



Content Nation: Surviving and Thriving as Social Media Changes Our Work, Our Lives, and Our Future




Content Nation: Surviving and Thriving as Social Media Changes Our Work, Our Lives, and Our Future -- by John Blossom




Related posting:
Recession-proof highlights for multimedia enthusiasts -- from Innovative Interactivity by Tracy Boyer

Summary of some of the practical journalism posts this year -- from Adam Westbrook

Nonprofits and foundations – check this out! The tired written project report: reinvented as engaging web video! -- from Story4



Related Posting:
Penn State University Public Broadcasting project 
We live in the Global Location Age. “Where am I?” is being replaced by, “Where am I in relation to everything else?”

Geospatial Revolution Project

Penn State Public Broadcasting is developing the Geospatial Revolution Project, an integrated public media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact. The project will feature a web-based serial release of eight video episodes—each telling an intriguing geospatial story. Overarching themes woven throughout the episodes will tie them together, and the episodes will culminate in a 60-minute documentary. The project also will include an outreach initiative in collaboration with our educational partners, a chaptered program DVD, and downloadable outreach materials.

A Latte With Journalism on the Side -- from the New York Times, by Eric Pfanner
How about an interview with that latte?
Several coffee shops set to open next month in the Czech Republic plan to offer more than the usual array of cafe services. As they sip their drinks, visitors will also be able to surf the Web, get help in building social networking profiles or even chat with reporters working right next door putting together their local newspapers. The newsrooms-cum-cafes are part of a new venture in so-called hyperlocal journalism, which aims to reconnect newspapers with readers and advertisers by focusing on neighborhood concerns at a neighborhood level: think garbage collection schedules, not Group of 7 diplomacy.

Calling All Coders: Journalism Schools Want You To Save The News Industry -- from TechCrunch by Leena Rao
"Northwestern University’s journalism school is offering free scholarships to software developers so they can further hone their journalism skills and possibly integrate the two for a media company down the line (disclosure: I attended this journalism school). The idea of creating programmers who understand journalism is compelling and brings attention to an important trend taking place in the industry."


Future of online news may be 'hyperlocal' -- from


Options for Multimedia Journalists

Multimedia Programs

Graphics from:
API's Visual Journalism Workshop 4/3/09
-- by Tracy Boyer


Journalism programmers - join us on Ning! -- from Innovative Interactivity by Tracy Boyer
Journalist Justin McLachlan started a social network on Ning yesterday specifically for journalists and coders to discuss “how programming and the news can go together.” So far, we have 21 talented developers within four sub-groups: Actionscript, HTML/CSS, Ruby on Rails, and Django.

I look forward to utilizing Ning to connect with and learn from journalists who are embracing programming concepts to further storytelling. Therefore, I encourage all II readers to join!

Ning is an extremely simple interface for forums, discussions and group activity. So far the group looks extremely promising after reading the forum “What’s your expertise?” You don’t have to be a coding expert though - just excited to learn.

So, jump on over to Ning and introduce yourself. I look forward to conversing with you further over there!

4/29/09 -- a news feed for your block


Anticipate changesNewspaper Industry And Online Business Models: Jeff Jarvis On Why Newspapers Are Doomed To Fail. Quickly. -- from Robin Good's Latest News by Jeff Jarvis
The crack in the newspaper industry egg is very deep. The prospect that newspapers are doomed to fail is not anymore an hypothesis. The scarcity-based, top-down, mass-distribution business model adopted so far by the newspaper industry has no hope to survive or extend its agony in the new digital content distribution marketplace.

Pioneering independent journalist Jeff Jarvis, addresses, in an hypothetical keynote to the Newspaper Association of America, newspaper executives and their heavy responsibilities in determining the sad state of affairs in which the newspaper industry now lays. Their key strategic mistakes having been:

  • Failure to re-organize itself and adapt to changes in the media economy.
  • Reliance on inefficient advertising platforms for too long a time.
  • The blaming of search engines and news aggregators for "stealing" content and providing nothing in return.
  • Having missed to reach and engage young generations, losing future audience.

From DSC: This is a perfect example of why we need to examine current trends -- let alone future trends and changes -- and develop game plans on how we want to and/or need to respond to such trends.

4/20/09 - how tos and Advanced Videojournlism and storytelling -- from [IM] VIDEO JOURNALISM & THE OUTERNET

From DSC:
I don't have any thoughts one way or another on this next link, but thought I'd post it anyway:

Why we should embrace citizen journalists -- from Innovative Interactivity by Tracy Boyer

asdfFox News And MySpace Launch uReport (Not To Be Confused With CNN’s iReport -- from

FOX News and MySpace are partnering to launch Fox’s citizen journalism social media platform on MySpace, called uReport. MySpace members can share citizen produced content with the MySpace community, as well as have the chance to be featured on FOX News. FOX News and MySpace are both owned by News Corp.


Cronkite School of Journalism -- from Apple
“One of the problems with journalism education in the past has been we’ve tried to keep up with a changing industry,” says Christopher Callahan, Dean, Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University. “What we’re trying to do is not to keep up. What we’re trying to do is get ahead, and to help lead the industry.”


I guess I’m saying that at a time when traditional routes to journalism careers are being questioned, exceptional journalists can create their own destiny. Their future is in their notepads (or laptops), ready to escape from paper to online and the real world. The connection with readers, once established, multiplied, and fed, is seductive and unquenchable. Personality, motivation, determination, and the ability to embrace risk and venture into unchartered and unpredictable territory is the only way to champion change and influence the direction of professional adventures.


According to Paper Cuts, a Web site tracking the newspaper industry, more than 120 newspapers in the U.S. have closed since January 2008 and at least 21,000 jobs at 67 newspapers have vanished. I’m sure that the number is much more dramatic now. To get a real time glimpse into the bloodshed, The MediaisDying on Twitter also maintains a running public account of all media properties as they announce layoffs, closures, and firings.

What eludes publishers is the very thing that can save them: the new model for not only surviving the evolution, but also thriving in the future ecosystem of publishing and connecting content with audiences—where they congregate online. The new media economy will embrace a shift in content creation and revenue generation from a top-down model to a bottom-up groundswell.

Above quotes from "Can the Statusphere Save Journalism?" -- TechCrunch by Brian Solis


Houston We Have a Problem -- from Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech by Dean Shareski
Smarter people than I have written about this article by Clay Shirky but this quote hit me like a ton of bricks. This clearly points to the need and urgency to rethink many things we’ve always understood.

Google to newspapers: your demise is not our fault -- from RSS by John C Abell

He addressed head-on publishers' criticisms that Google unfairly makes money from other people's content, reminded the news executives that they have the option to keep their stories out of the search giant's mix, and told them — as nicely as he could — that they stopped innovating online more than a decade ago [emphasis DSC].

Social Journalism: Past, Present, and Future -- from Mashable! by Woody Lewis


Visual Journalism Program at the University of Miami's School of Communication
[Emphasis below by DSC]
The Visual Journalism program emphasizes the convergence of digital media, combining photography, print design, web design, new media and video into a program that embraces the power of visual storytelling. Students learn through a hands-on approach to multimedia authorship and collaborative creation of new media.

Coursework includes Photography, Multimedia, Web Design and Electronic Media Production. Faculty members are award winning professionals who lead their fields. SoC facilities and equipment includes a wide range of digital photography tools, computer imaging and 3-D graphics capability, non-linear digital editing and post production sound, large digital format printing, digital audio and related multimedia tools.

Visual Journalism students have many opportunities to intern or work part-time within the Greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale area as well as throughout the US and around the world. The program offers study abroad opportunities and has relationships with Visual Journalism organizations, institutions, and companies in Ecuador, Prague, Darhmsala, Barcelona, and other global geographical centers. Alumni of the program include award-winning journalists with Time Magazine, Agence France Presse, AP and leading newspapers and web sites.


Wilmington: 'Press Gazette to close' -- from Press Gazette (UK)

Wilmington statement: We are sorry to announce the closure of Press Gazette magazine [emphasis DSC]. For 43 years Press Gazette has been the leading magazine for the UK journalism profession. Wilmington Group plc bought Press Gazette out of administration in 2006, since when we have invested significant sums each year to try to develop the magazine and to bring it to profitability. Unfortunately Press Gazette, along with much of the profession, has suffered from a declining market during these years and its losses have increased. We have therefore been forced to conclude that the market required to sustain a commercially viable Press Gazette magazine no longer exists. The last hard copy edition of Press Gazette will therefore be the May edition which will be published in April.


Teaching media during a perfect storm of change -- from by Philip Fine
The exponential growth of multimedia use has journalism departments around the country reacting, with profs feeling optimistic for their students' prospects


Rural digital storytelling: PlaceStories -- from Liberal Education Today by Bryan Alexander
PlaceStories offers another case of digital storytelling, aimed at communities. The collaborative site aggregates digital content from Appalachian Mountain contributors, currently organized into three projects. The communities are in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, with Virginia coming up...

Student-Produced News Media, How Complex Have Their Online Efforts Become? -- Rick Sykes, Professor, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant

News Commentary Curation Distribution -- from eLearning Technology by Tony Karrer


The post The Future of the News Ecosystem pointed me to the Stephen Johnson Picture shown above. While I don't necessarily believe that things are nearly so linear, it is a good picture of the kind of flow, enhancement, filtering that happens.


Online Journalists Express Uneasy Optimism about their Industry -- from the Project for Excellence in Journalism
Online news is a rapidly changing media platform. Are Web journalists optimistic about the future of their business? How are these news people adapting to new technology? Is the Internet altering the fundamental values of journalism? These questions and more are answered in a new survey of online journalists produced by PEJ and the Online News Association.

The Wounded U.S. Newspaper Industry Lost $7.5 Billion in Advertising Revenues Last Year -- from TechCrunch by Erick Schonfeld

Review: Detroit Free Press's Digital-Only Newspaper Delivery -- from by Mary Hayes Weier
This was the first day that my local daily newspaper, the Detroit Free Press, "delivered" an online-only edition. The execution was a bit clunky and confusing. But after slogging through it, I'm left with a sense of hope that daily newspapers might live on in digital form. I share with you my experience--your local newspaper could be next.


Journalism and New Media -- from TechTicker by Mike Bogle; commenting on article from ABC News entitled "Journalism students 'don’t read papers'"


The Future of Newspapers and Print Publishing -- from Where is it going?


4 Michigan Markets Will Lose Daily Newspapers, as Ailing Industry Tries to Cope -- from NYT > Technology by Richard Perez-Pena
The 174-year-old Ann Arbor News will shut down and become primarily Web-based. Three other publications will publish print versions three days a week.

Newspapers: 5 Ways to Avoid Extinction -- from Mashable! by Woody Lewis


A Web Site’s For-Profit Approach to World News -- from the New York Times

Overseas reporters have been a casualty of budget-chopping news organizations, leaving an opening for the online start-up GlobalPost. But at a time when many news executives are exploring nonprofit business models to keep specialized reporting flowing, GlobalPost, which made its debut on Jan. 12, is intended to be a moneymaking venture.

With 65 correspondents worldwide — drawn from a surfeit of experienced reporters eager to continue working in their specialties even as potential employers disappear — GlobalPost has begun offering a mix of news and features that only a handful of other news organizations can rival.

Recent articles, free at, included reports on Thailand’s Islamic insurgency and Indian yogis worried about the financial crisis.

That ad-supported reporting is only one part of the GlobalPost business plan. If it is to succeed, it will depend in part on how many people sign up for a separate paid section of the site, which was to have been available in test mode beginning last week but is now expected to go online in the coming days.

Called Passport, it offers access to GlobalPost correspondents, including exclusive reports on business topics of less interest to general audiences, conference calls and meetings with reporters, and breaking news e-mail messages from those journalists.

Passport subscribers, who pay as much as $199 a year, can suggest article ideas. “If you are a member, you have a voice at the editorial meeting,” although the site will decide which stories to pursue, said Charles Sennott, a GlobalPost founder and its executive editor. He said Passport is meant to “create a feeling of community” for subscribers who might otherwise see newsrooms as “impenetrable and fortresslike.”

2009 NPPA Multimedia Immersion Seminar -- original link and quote from
This even is an intense, five-day, hands-on training experience for visual journalists looking to expand and grow their multimedia skillsets. Our focus is on mixing photos, video and audio content and editing them into multimedia presentations.

NPPA's Convergence 09


Craig McCaw bets on the news -- from
Wireless pioneer backs news aggregator 1Cast. Can the Web video site reverse his losing streak?


Long Distance Mom: Solving Journalism's Mess -- from by Elizabeth Coffman
Journalism is in crisis. Or, to be more specific, the funding for journalism is in crisis. Many of you know the story by now:

Newspapers Death Watch

Chicago Journalism Town Hall

Also see:
Legends of the fall -- from, by Dale Peskin

The Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education

The sessions were part of an effort to evaluate the function of journalism schools in an age of new media and the public's declining faith in the fourth estate: the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, which in 2005 enlisted top institutions in the country to bolster their curriculums with interdisciplinary studies and expose students to different areas of knowledge, including politics, economics, philosophy and the sciences. The initiative, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, also works with journalism schools to incubate selected students working on national reporting projects.


Changes continue in the world of journalism



10 Ways Newspapers are Using Social Media to Save the Industry -- from Mashable! by Woody Lewis

Could Customized Newspapers Bring Readers Back? -- from the New York Times, by Tim Arango

UNC Multimedia Boot Camp for Web Journalists

UNC student reflects on importance of multimedia programming
-- from Innovative Interactivity, by Tracy Boyer

Grace Koerber's Energy Interactive
Grace Koerber’s Energy Interactive

UNC multimedia student Grace Koerber blew me away during the SND portfolio review when she showed her latest multimedia interactive — a class project from Donny Lofland’s multimedia programming class. Having taken this class several years ago, I am impressed by the breadth of programming knowledge that multimedia journalists are now being asked to learn. Of course I could always preach about the importance of this skill set, but I asked Grace to give us an outside perspective. Below, she writes about her experience learning how to program, this project, and how she feels programming will help her as a journalist.


Yahoo’s Newspaper Consortium Keeps Growing -- from TechCrunch by Erick Schonfeld


What we’re talking about when we say “beatblog.” Our definition. -- from BeatBlogging.Org by Jay Rosen
A beat blog in the expansive sense is any blog that sticks to a well-defined beat or coverage area, whether it is the work of a single person or a team, whether it is authored by a pro or an amateur journalist. A beat blog can be part of a large site, or it could stand on its own. Normally, the beat is explicit and obvious from the home page of the blog, but it is possible for a beat blog to have an “implicit” or unusual beat that isn’t immediately apparent to a casual user. Content-wise, a beat blog presents a regular flow of reporting and commentary in a focused area the beat covers; it provides links and online resources in that area, and it tracks the subject over time. Beats can be topical (like, which is about natural resources and the environment) or narrowly geographic (West Seattle blog) or both (Atlantic Yards Report) or activity-related (Family Life, which is about “raising a family.”) When beat blogs are part of a pro reporters work, the best ones are not incidental to the reporter’s work but an integral part of it; sometimes the blog is the main platform for the beat.



INTEGRATED MULTIMEDIA [IM] VIDEO JOURNALISM & THE OUTERNET -- Videojournalism, and innovatory story telling from ex BBC, C4 News Producer, Int. award winner, lecturer/trainer, RTS juror and Phd student David Dunkley Gyimah

Public listening, online and offline - what the public sphere needs? -- from Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold

Another student from my digital journalism class, Anthony Weeks, has written a provocative post about the role of “public listening” in general, and in the online public sphere:

While I have said that public listening is less an act and more a credo, there are several examples of public listening in action that are worthy of consideration. The examples demonstrate that listening can be an end, as well as a means. Moreover, the very act of listening, in a public way, is an active, engaged, and motivated process, not just a passive default because of the lack of something useful to say. The listening allows “everyperson” to be the author, and the listeners become the channel or medium through which the “everyperson’s” content is broadcast.

Public Listening Project

Begun in 2002, in the buildup to the war in Iraq, two friends—Dan Iacovella and Trey van Nostrand—developed the revolutionary idea that citizens needed a forum in which to express their thoughts and beliefs, without judgment or condemnation. As a team, they ventured out to the commuter train station, each clad in a t-shirt bearing a provocative question. One wore a t-shirt that read “What’s your opinion?”, and the other wore a t-shirt with the question of the day (like “Should we have gone to war in Iraq?”). Citizens of all political parties, beliefs, and opinions were welcome to come up to Dan and Trey to express their views. What did Dan and Trey do, in response? They listened.


From DSC:
Do not underestimate the disruptive impact of technology.

Rocky Mtn News closes … is this the beginning to an end? -- from Innovative Interactivity blog

Rocky Mountain Press Closes

New Dean Will Leap Into Journalism's Reinvention

He comes to the school at a time when journalism is changing rapidly. It is decentralizing from traditional sources to the hands of countless individuals able to record video or send text with cellphones and BlackBerrys. Newspapers are closing, and many media outlets are sharply downsizing as readers move online.

"Everyone is looking at it in horror," interim dean Lee Thornton said of the layoffs and newspaper closures. "It's just a drumbeat, isn't it? It's frightening. Yet our applications here at Merrill are up. Students want to come to journalism."

Klose said he doesn't know yet where people will get their news in coming years. "It's like the early days of radio," he said. "There was a tremendous amount of feverish invention, trial and error that went on in the 1920s and 1930s. . . . The outlets or platforms are unclear now -- they're being invented."

Innovative Interactivity: Multimedia Journalism


Old News Organizations Hook the Public With New Media -- from by Veronica Zaragovia
At a time when newspapers are hemorrhaging employees and questioning their survival, they are adopting a more stable role in the community through new media - namely, citizen journalism. Newspapers are helping communities connect, reach out, learn more about their resources through their sites. The goal is to foster a way to make the community dependent on the service, like allowing citizens to connect at any hour. They could exchange tips, or, for example, resources for young professionals to establish roots in their new city.

Podcast: Conducting meetups/office hours to connect with readers -- from

Rewiring the brain of a multimedia journalist -- from by David Dunkley Gyimah
Multimedia embraces technology, artistry and media. You’ll debate around the houses about where and when it was first used, but I’m opting for a contemporary peg from the works of F.T Marinetti and the manifesto of he futurist cinema 1916.

When Marinetti says:

“We shall set in motion the words-in-freedom that smash the boundaries of literature as they march towards painting, music, noise-art and throw a marvelous bridge between the word and real object.”

He might as well have been speaking about multimedia, though this statement is attributed to Cinema.

Integrated Multimedia Journalist


Cover It Live

We supply the software, you keep your readers.

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Niche social networks can be a great tool for journalists -- from BeatBlogging.Org by daniel


Screencast: How to use RSS and Google Reader for journalism -- from


The Printed Blog


Journalism Education's Broader, Deeper Mission -- from PBS' Idea Lab

Jane Stevens: Mini-metros will replace metro newspapers -- from

Jane Stevens predicts residents of at least one metropolitan area will wake up sometime with the next 12 months and realize that the daily newspaper that they received news from for years is no longer there.

In its place “mini-metros” will form where metros once reigned supreme, Stevens said. These mini-metros will be niche products run by a small team that focus on part of a metro area. These products will focus heavily on core local issues like schools, government, roads and health. Perhaps the biggest change from the metro model will be how these mini-metros will incorporate beat blogging as part of their core product.

They won’t just report on the community — they’ll be apart of it. Input and information from citizens will be vital to the success of these mini-metros. They’ll be built around a collaborative model.

What’s in it for journalists on Twitter?
-- from, by Patrick Thornton

Here is what Twitter can help journalists and content creators with:

  • Find sources - Twitter is a great place to meet potential sources. The more public and accessible a person is, the more likely a potential source is to volunteer information. Dave Levinthal of The Dallas Morning New said this about beat blogging and social media, “all the sudden you’re a conduit for information and tips.” You do want information and tips, don’t you?
  • Discover stories - I’m always discovering people to interview for stories. How? I only follow journalists and people writing about social media and Web tools with the @MsBeat Twitter account. I get a constant stream of information that helps me do my job. I also have a search of “beat blogging” in my Tweetdeck and Summizer programs. This allows me to track every time “beat blogging” is mentioned. In fact, is an incredible tool for searching on a topic or event. It’s great for getting people’s thoughts in real time.
  • Connect with people — Twitter is not just all about finding sources and discovering stories. It’s also about connecting with people. Twitter is home to some very thoughtful conversations. #hashtags are a good warning that something bigger is going on. Twitter can help you think about new topics and get mental juices flowing while you discuss and debate topics in real time. 
  • Crowd source — Because I’ve connected with people and built a good network on Twitter, I am able to ask questions like, “Does your newsroom offer social media training?” and get meaningful answers. These answers directly lead to content. Oh, and more content.

2/6/09 was launched in 2009 by a small group of newspaper executives to support a constructive exchange of information and ideas about the future of newspapers. While we acknowledge the challenges facing the newspaper industry in today’s rapidly changing media world, we reject the notion that newspapers—and the valuable content that newspaper journalists provide—have no future.

Unlike websites that feature negative, gloom-and-doom stories about newspapers, this website will be devoted to insightful articles, commentary and research that provide a more balanced perspective on what newspaper companies can do to survive and thrive in the years ahead. We invite you to email us at with questions, comments, articles or resource links.

From DSC:
I agree that newspapers and journalists can -- and often do -- provide valuable content. However, I find it interesting that this small group of newspaper executives are now concerned about "negative, gloom-and-doom stories"...hmmmm...where was that concern before when things did not directly speak to -- and address -- them and their situations? They didn't seem to mind spreading the gloom and doom, fear, uncertainty and doubt-based articles as long as it served their profits...funny how that works, isn't it?

But, seriously, I am supportive of this project and I didn't post this to dog this project. In fact, it points out the disruption that is going on now in their industry, while it also illustrates the power of Web 2.0-based tools to collaborate and exchange ideas and information. As I've said before, education is next...or at least on deck.


100 great blogs to inspire better beat blogging -- from

PC Mag has a list of its 100 favorite blogs

How to Save Your Newspaper -- from, by Walter Isaacson

How to save your newspaper


What's the Best Business Model for Newspapers? -- from Harvard Business Review, by Dan Gillmor

Endowing Newspapers: What Are We Saving, Anyway? -- from Center for Citizen Media , by Dan Gillmor


To HIS Glory! Neat newspaper generator from Miguel Guhlin


Announcement from Pew Excellence in Journalism now watching blogs -- from Informal Learning Flow
Pew’s Research Center for Excellence in Journalism has now added a weekly new media report on what the ol’ blogosphere is blathering on about. That’s you and me, sister. Or what most people indexed by Technorati and Icerocket are talking about, anyway. For example, we seem to have focused a lot on Obama’s inauguration. (Wasn’t that three months ago? Time doesn’t fly when the Republicans are insisting on their old partisan ways.


Associate Professor Sue Ellen ChristianNewspapers in Transition -- recent interview on WMUK with my sister, Associate Professor Sue Ellen Christian (Isacksen)

This piece addresses the significant disruption occurring throughout the newspaper industry at this point in time. For many years, my sister worked for the Chicago Tribune, whose parent company recently filed for bankruptcy after losing $121 Million (these stories from the New York Times).

From DSC: My sister is an excellent reporter, who was seen frequently on the front pages of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the Detroit Free Press. But no matter how good one is, there are forces at play that are bigger than any one person or organization. Technology -- and specifically the Internet -- has had an enormously disruptive effect on the newspaper industry; and education/higher education may very well be next in line...or is at least currently "on deck." It will take some time to change, but not as much time as we might think.

print journalism and the future of the humanities -- from digital digs by Alex Reid
I've been reading a good interview with Clay Shirky in the Columbia Journalism Review (Part I & Part II). When the interview gets down to the nitty-gritty of failing newspapers, Shirky makes the following observation about journalists:

If there’s any lesson in all of this, it’s that you can breed an entire generation of really smart people to not think about existential threats to the business if you want to. We happen to be in an environment where, I think, it’s really damaged the print journalism world’s ability to think through the problems, because half the house hasn’t been invited into the conversation until just recently. Right? You know, I’m going to assemble all my print journalists and I’m suddenly going to tell them that the Chinese wall is down, here’s the problem we face, and 10 percent of you are laid off. It’s just not the deal they signed up for. The deal they signed up for was, “We will never have to care how the money is made.” And that whatever the advantages there in the flush years—I think that’s what made this crisis seem even more existential. And, as I said, from my point of view, it’s fifteen years too late, because the talent was encouraged never to think about the revenue.


50 Ways for Writers to Find Article Ideas -- from, by Susan Johnston


Watch and Read Citizen Journalist Reports from the Inauguration Tuesday -- from Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer


Online Journalism Blog

Model for the 21st century newsroom pt.6: new journalists for new information flows



From DSC:
The world continues to get smaller





News Literacy ProjectThe News Literacy Project is an innovative national program to mobilize journalists to help middle and high school students sort fact from fiction in the digital age.

The project’s primary aim is to give students the tools to be smarter and more frequent consumers and creators of credible





Ellen Hume on the Future of Journalism -- from MIT
From the Christian Science Monitor's Centennial Conversation. The full playlist, including more clips of Ellen Hume, Mark Jurkowitz, Doug Smith, and Sree Sreenivasan is available here.


Journalism vs. blogging: the present and the future -- from ZDNET's iGeneration Blog, by Zack Whittaker


Stop The Presses … [Digital Daily]  -- from All Things Digital by John Paczkowski

"The Internet has overtaken newspapers as a source of national and international news. That’s the axiomatic conclusion of a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press that proves irrevocably what anyone with even a passing interest in the news business has known for some time now."

Societies or companies that expect a glorious past to shield them from the forces of change driven by advancing technology will fail and fall
(emphasis DSC). That applies as much to my own, the media industry, as to every other business on the planet. Power is moving away from the old elite in our industry — the editors, the chief executives and, let’s face it, the proprietors. A new generation of media consumers has risen demanding content delivered when they want it, how they want it, and very much as they want it.

- News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch

From DSC:
This quote applies to education as well. The disruptive affects of the waves from Internet-related technologies have started to crash in on the beaches of higher ed already...and will continue to do so for years to come. the waves of the ocean, we don't know when they will be stirred up, just that they will be stirred up at some points...and we can't stop it. Instead, we need to prepare to embrace such waves of change. Better to be on the front/top side of the wave than trying to swim up the back of one...

Also see:
Internet Overtakes Newspapers As News Source
Biggest Stories of 2008: Economy Tops Campaign


Tactics of a smart newspaper


Murdoch: The Future Of Newspapers Goes Beyond Dead Trees -- from


Newspaper website design

Newspaper Website Design: Trends And Examples -- from Smashing Magazine by Steven Snell


Election news drives traffic to both tradition and new media sources -- from Liberal Education Today, by Bryan Alexander
A mix of new media and traditional journalism sites won election day traffic, according to Hitwise. This could serve as an information literacy example. With two leading news portals factored in (Yahoo and Google News) by TechCrunch, the leading destinations look like...

Internet overtakes newspapers as main source of campaign news -- from Corinna di Gennaro
[Cross-posted on Berkman's Internet & Democracy blog]

Center for Future Civic Media at MIT

Grass Roots: Digital Journalism in the Nation’s Birthplace of Aviation
Joe Murray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University


I've Seen the Future of News, It's the Newsfeed -- from Steve Rubel


Here are my choices for The Best Visually Engaging News Sites:


NowPublic Citizen Journalism and intellectual property -- from Wes Fryer


Searching for the ideal StoryChaser camera -- from Wes Fryer


Nieman Watchdog

The Nieman Watchdog Journalism Project at Harvard University is concerned with helping "the press ask penetrating questions, critical questions, questions that matter, questions not yet asked about today's news." It's a very laudable mission, and for anyone concerned with these matters, their website will be one worth returning to numerous times. Along the top of the homepage, visitors can investigate sections that include "Ask This", "Showcase", "Commentary", and "Discussions". In the "Showcase" area, visitors can learn about their online tools for journalists (such as "The History Commons"), take a look at recent Nieman reports, and read some self-reflective works on the future of investigative reporting. "Ask This" raises a number of timely questions, including tax reform, debt problems, and nuclear weapons. Lastly, the "Blog" area offers up expert opinion and editorial pieces from Nieman staffers and affiliates, and the pieces here address everything from civil liberties to the world of talk-show hosts.

Jay Rosen has written article that I could quote 1000 times.  It's called National Explainer: A Job for Journalists on the Demand Side of News.  It focuses on the huge success of an episode of "This American Life" called The Giant Pool of Money, which serves to explain the US mortgage crisis.

This episode has been downloaded 50,000 times more than any other episide.  Why?  Because the producers (Ira Glass and Alex Blumberg) focused on explanation instead of information.

When we talk about our videos, we often say things like "Our goal is to make people care about something.  That's the hard part.  If they care, they'll go learn the specifics.  It's not about how it works, its about developing an interest."  It was exciting to this same sentiment about The Giant Pool of Money. 


Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources -- from Pew Research Center for the People & the Press


College Media Network