“How do you establish trust and confidence? One way is by communicating a vision of where you are going, what you are doing and what you believe. If people sense a lack of confidence or ability, they will not respect your place as a leader.”
Pretty good tips on how to safeguard your online content in the event of your death. Hey, shit happens!
About a cool podcasting service I just started playing with. Nice to see somebody applying social networking to podcasts in a smart, constructive way. Makes it easy to share custom sets of feeds, too.
About time! Global Voices Online finally cracked Technorati’s list of the 100 most popular blogs. Way to go, Ethan, Georgia, Rebecca, et al!
Hmmm… maybe if college students were learning more about content management systems and what they can really do, college media might not be so much in peril…
Jack Vinson points out that there’s a fundamental difference between collaboration and integration
YES! YES! Collaboration is the way forward for companies in the news biz! “Techcrunch calls outside.in a competitor of EveryBlock. I think collaborator is more like it. It’ll take more than one company to rebuild the local newspaper from the ground up.”
I don’t often get engaged in mass-action campaigns (nothing against them, just not my style), but I think I will do something for this one over the weekend. This “telecom immunity” bill under consideration by Congress is cracked!
Oh, so true about the computer systems of many govt. agencies: “When programmers translate policy into code, they often misinterpret it.”
|My Mediafly profile currently contains these news headline podcasts.|
Yesterday I offered some tips about making news podcasts smart. Today, Contentious reader Carson commented, “You should create a public profile on Mediafly.com to allow people easy access to those feeds. Or, take their public RSS aggregated feed and put it on your blog, then people just need to sign up for one feed instead of all of them.”
Great idea, Carson! Thanks!
I hadn’t known about MediaFly, so I just checked it out. It is indeed a really useful tool for sharing podcasts. (Yet another example of my community collectively being much smarter and better connected than I am — perhaps my main motivation for blogging.)
So I just created a public profile on MediaFly and moved all my news headline podcast subscriptions over there. It seems to work well with my iTunes.
Anyway, here’s the feed for my collection of favorite news headline podcasts, if you want to check them out: feed://mediafly.com/RSS/Users/agahran/MyQueue/news
That’s probably the easiest way to get them all at once. Keep in mind that I try out new podcasts periodically, so the shows in that feed will vary somewhat over time.
Whadya think? Does this work for you?
|Axel Rouvin, via Flickr (CC license)|
|Dreamweaver class for journalists? Might as well be…|
A colleague is teaching an interactive storytelling course at a big-name and very, very expensive journalism school. I asked him which tool they’ll use to build the class project, a webzine (really a package of online feature stories, it sounds like, not a periodical). His answer: Dreamweaver.
This stuns me. Why, why, why use Dreamweaver for a journalism project?
I’m serious. Look over the feature list on the Dreamweaver site. Dreamweaver is a great Web design and development tool. It’s fine if you want to create a slick corporate site, or a site to support an ad or advocacy campaign, or a free-standing, fairly static micro-site.
But Dreamweaver is NOT a content management system. From what I understand it doesn’t even play nicely with content management systems. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s almost totally irrelevant to the practice of journalism. Here’s why…
|See how simple podcast show notes can be?|
(NOTE: I just published this on Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits, which is mainly read by mainstream journalists and journalism educators, but I thought Contentious readers might find it interesting, too.)
Like many net users, I get a lot of my news via podcasts. I’ve sampled several news podcasts and have settled on a few favorites as my current primary daily heads-up on the top stories: AP Newsbeat (1 min.), Denver Post All News (8-10 min.), NYT Front Page (5 min.), NPR News (5 min.), WSJ What’s News (3-4 min.) — and, of course, The Onion Radio News (1 min., a complete story, not a summary). Occasionally I also listen to BBC Newspod but that’s rare, since it typically runs 35-40 min.
(UPDATE Jan 24: If you want to subscribe to my favorite news headline podcasts all at once, I created a Mediafly public feed for them.)
That may sound like a lot, but since I listen to them while I’m doing other things (cleaning, cooking, e-mail, exercising, etc.). It’s actually pretty efficient, especially since I like to see how different news orgs are choosing stories on any given day. And I’m not alone in that — most news junkies follow multiple news venues daily.
There is a problem, though: None of my favorite news podcasts exercise their full potential for engagement. But used wisely, a good headlines podcast can support any news org’s bottom line.
If you want to get more direct benefit and mileage from your news podcasts, here’s my advice…
I haven’t been able to verify this yet, but it’s interesting: “News service Reuters is to aggregate content from small- and medium-sized publishers on its website, and sell the ad space around it using vertical advertising created by Adify Corporation.”
Snark much? “Acknowledging that “some blogs” reported potential major layoffs at Yahoo (YHOO) over the weekend, the NYT follows up two days later with its own version of the story — which is almost the same.”
“I took all the online job descriptions on JournalismJobs.com from this year, omitted the non-technical words (like “editor”, “seeks” and “self-starter”) and built a tagcloud out of the rest. Here’s what it looks like…”
“Yet another shock wave through the battered publishing industry. Wal-Mart is believed to be responsible for generating more than 20% of all retail magazine sales in the US. One magazine exec said it might actually help magazines that made the cut.”
The problem with any blogging ethics code, I think, is that a blog is just a tool that can be used many ways. The ethics depend on how you plan to use it. “Possibly a better idea, though open to abuse, was a â€œscience blogging ethics code wikiâ€
“This would be a great idea if AT&T didnâ€™t insist on a two-year-contract with the SIM card. As a customer, why would you sign up for a two-year contract and forgo a free (or highly subsidized) handset that you can sell on eBay.”
Intriguing new effort: “improve local news by giving reporters access to people they don’t talk to often enough: each other. This is the place to talk to the expert in the next cubicle, which happens to be three towns over â€” or across a continent.”
Another cool idea: “Picture it as a mashup of Twitter and Digg, where reporters are constantly answering the question â€œWhat are you working on?â€ in a broad way so as not to tip off their competition â€” or editors. ;)”
“Using a problem-solving method called the Cascades algorithm, prof Carlos Guestrin and his students compiled a list of the best 100 blogs to read to find the biggest news on the Web as early as possible.”
“Hereâ€™s the deal: Putting the news behind a paywall as early as, say, AOLâ€™s heyday – or earlier if you prefer – would have actually served to accelerate the rise of blogs, citizen media, and flight away from news-on-paper.”
One of my favorite sources of entertainment are moments that are simply beyond parody, like William Shatner’s 1978 dramatic interpretation of Rocket Man, complete with video effects…
Oh wait, maybe it’s not beyond parody…
At last! A review from someone who’s actually used one of these mythical beasts! Now what I really want to see is a review by someone who paid for it and has put it through its paces in the field.
|The search tool Tweetscan may be one way to find spontaneous gatherings of local Twitter users.|
A few days ago, it occurred to me that it might be nice if there was an online tool or service that would facilitate local “tweetups” (informal, spontaneous gatherings of local Twitter users). Right now, tweetups start when one person in a town or city proposes one — like: “How about a Tweetup at The Cup in downtown Boulder this afternoon, 2pm?”
…But this approach mostly works to assemble Twitter users who already know or follow each other. What about if you want to get together with local Twitter users you don’t already know, or who don’t follow you? Since I’m a big believer in serendipity, I’d love a tool like that. Knowing that there’s no such thing as a truly original idea, I checked on the logical domain for such a tool, Tweetup.com.
There’s nothing there yet, just a placeholder page. I e-mailed the domain owner to ask of their plans for this domain, and here’s the response I received this morning…