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New Journalism Matters

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Ideas and innovations as journalism evolves in the new media age.

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    artshotwell joined the group New Journalism Matters   2 years, 5 months ago · View

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    jacobcaggiano posted an update in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 1 month ago · View

    Some cool mobile apps were built over the course of just two days at the Chicago Hackathon hosted by The Media Consortium.

    The winner that took home the grand prize is an app called Riotstartr, which enables users to organize their own events, track attendance via a GPS-enabled mashup, and then report on what happened

    Read more about the event here:

    http://www.themediaconsortium.org/2010/10/12/7390/

    Learn more about the apps here:

    http://www.themediaconsortium.org/hackathon-resources/

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    brianglanz posted an update in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    ”We commonly call Twitter a “platform,” the better to emphasize its emptiness, its openness, its agnosticism. More properly, though, Twitter is a medium, with all the McLuhanesque implications that term suggests.”

    – Megan Garber of the Nieman Journalism Lab

    Garber asks what ”the new Twitter” means for ”new journalism.” Twitter have updated their interface in a major way, making them more than ever a news media platform.

    Garber observes: ”The Twitter.com of today, as compared to the Twitter.com of yesterday, is much more about information that’s meaningful and contextual and impactful. Which is to say, it’s much more about journalism.”

    See Garber’s article here http://www.niemanlab.org/2010/09/twitter-as-broadcast-what-newtwitter-might-mean-for-networked-journalism/

    and a video about the new Twitter, below

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      jacobcaggiano · 4 years, 2 months ago

      My first impressions are good, but I wish the makeover included cool new ways to interact with lists. Scoble agrees. Here’s his initial take.

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    joecairo posted on the forum topic Anonymous Comments Online: Boon or Bane? in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    I would like to advance the notion of comment sections being a profit center for newspapers. I recently bantied about with a Seattle Times poster who scoffed at my suggestion that comment sections should be subscription only. You should pay to have your say, is my premise. The speech may be free but the platform [...]

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    johnhamer posted an update in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    Tracy Record of West Seattle Blog wrote a very interesting response to the Mashable piece on the Future of Social Media Journalism (she posted on the Journalism that Matters Google group). Here’s what Tracy wrote:

    #1, I’ve long been wishing ”social media” would go away, as a term. (Like
    ”blogger,” and ”blog”-as-a-verb!) Media *is* social and has always been, whether
    the media producers have cared to recognize it or not. Convening conversations,
    reflecting them, etc. It’s just that now the playing field is more level between
    producers and discussers :)

    #2. Very important point about grokking conversation. So many people I’ve heard
    from or met with who are old-media types who know they have to go new-media get
    all freaked out about ”But I don’t know anything about tech, so I guess I should
    take a programming class, right?” News flash – it’s not about the tech. There
    are smart people out there designing all that, making fabulous tools, wonderful
    simple CMS’s like WordPress, etc. I’ve been working online for 16 years and I
    still only speak rudimentary HTML. It’s the conversation skills, stupid, to
    paraphrase presidential prattling of the past. If you WANT to learn advanced
    tech skills, awesome – but worry more about the conversation and the content.

    P.S. ”Comments are content” – when people talk about ”user” contributions, I
    always point to our comments, which particularly in breaking news situations
    truly MAKE the story. But too often people trying to figure out community
    engagement (which I will have the honor of participating on a panel about, at
    Block by Block) focus on ”who can write stories/shoot video/take photos for us
    …” Look at your comment system. Look at any obstacles keeping people from
    participating – whether it’s a clunky registration system, lax enforcement of
    civility rules, or … Clear those obstacles away. You don’t need captcha to
    keep spam out – Akismet beats it hands-down in my experience ;)

    back into the stream,
    TR in WS

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    joecairo posted on the forum topic Anonymous Comments Online: Boon or Bane? in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    “Tracy Record, West Seattle Blog: If they want to, they are certainly welcome to. I absolutely, vehemently, do not believe in requiring it. You are not required to identify yourself when speaking publicly in any venue or forum and I don’t believe you need to be required to do so when speaking online, either”. Well, [...]

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    johnhamer posted an update in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 2 months ago · View

    Great piece on Mashable: http://mashable.com/2010/09/13/future-social-media-journalism/
    It’s a must-read on the present and future of journalism and the new news ecosystem.

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Citizen Journalism vs. Legacy News: A Coverage Gap? in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    How about you @britte, being a Whatcom County blogger, have you broken stories or filled in coverage gaps that have undermined traditional reporting? How do you feel about the roles of both?

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Citizen Journalism vs. Legacy News: A Coverage Gap? in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    I feel obligated to post West Seattle Blog’s founder/reporter Tracy Record’s response to this study when it was brought up in the Journalism that Matters Google Group. I think she makes a strong case for citizen journalism and the gaps they fill, at least in the West Seattle community. “I haven’t found the link to the actual [...]

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    rileysweeney posted on the forum topic Citizen Journalism vs. Legacy News: A Coverage Gap? in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    I would say in Bellingham our main sources of news are from traditional media, but all the juiciest stories are from citizen journalists. We have some very dedicated traditional media reporters in this town but they are few and there is alot that happens. Luckily we have some very busy bloggers that keep you updated [...]

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Anonymous Comments Online: Boon or Bane? in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    @heididietrich just pointed out changes in the comment section of hyperlocal Seattle neighborhood site MyBallard They are using Disqus, which is a system I’ve seen adopted on many other sites as well. It allows users to flag and according to them, has a feature that helps weed out users that impersonate under many names in order to [...]

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Loss of Net Neutrality and its Effect on Journalism in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    It’s good to see all this coverage of a very critical issue.

    I wonder if MSNBC will keep its stance if the NBC/Comcast merger goes through.

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    brianglanz posted on the forum topic Loss of Net Neutrality and its Effect on Journalism in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    From Choney’s piece at MSNBC.com, The Gray Lady might owe GOOG and VZ an apology, see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38576914/ — as she writes there: “Google has been one of the big forces behind the Open Internet Coalition , which supports “network neutrality,” the notion that no Internet content should be blocked, slowed or given preference on Internet networks in [...]

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    jacobcaggiano started the forum topic Loss of Net Neutrality and its Effect on Journalism in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    Net neutrality supporters hold your breath…Google and Verizon “are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.” My spidey senses tell me this could really hurt journalism by raising the barrier of entry for those [...]

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    jacobcaggiano posted on the forum topic Anonymous Comments Online: Boon or Bane? in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    Agreed, it’s definitely not going away. Let’s just hope that the web moves forwards and adopts a more innovative system, such as ranking and credibility indexes that could somehow weed out the bad posts without further taking away what I see as a vital freedom, which is to share information without fearing for one’s own [...]

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    johnhamer posted on the forum topic Anonymous Comments Online: Boon or Bane? in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    Here’s a different take on the anonymous comments issue: http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2010/08/03/in_defense_of_anonymous_commenting Great. It shows us what humanity is really like….as if we need to be reminded of that! This topic isn’t going away. The clear trend is toward more moderation, removal of offensive comments, registration of commenters, etc. The alternative is a further coarsening of our [...]

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    wnc started the forum topic Anonymous Comments Online: Boon or Bane? in the group New Journalism Matters:   4 years, 4 months ago · View

    Most media websites, blogs and discussion groups allow anonymous comments, where individuals can have their say without identifying themselves. Is this a healthy way to encourage free speech and robust debate — or an excuse that lets cowardly commentators rant and rave while hiding behind the screen of anonymity?

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