CNN's iReport is totally unfiltered — and it shows. This dreck was on the home page today. It's not even reporting. I think there's a lot to be said for the community model where things have to get voted up to become visible to casual visitors.
"One lesson may be that community policing of content can help bury bogus reports. The Steve Jobs report was submitted to other websites including Digg, says Arnold Kim of MacRumors.com. Digg relies on user input to raise or lower the prominence of stories, and it was users who kept this story off the front page, writes Mr. Kim on his blog.
"By contrast, CNN's iReport is less mediated by human input. The most recently uploaded stories show up on the home page, as well as the "newsiest" stories as determined by an algorithm that factors in user opinions. CNN spokesperson Jennifer Martin says the Jobs story never appeared under "newsiest."
"January will usher in a new Democratic Ascendancy in Washington. And here at TPM we believe we are uniquely qualified to chronicle it. So to that end we are hiring two new reporter-bloggers to be based in Washington, DC, one assigned to the White House and one assigned to Capitol Hill. We plan to be there on the ground and and here in New York, covering it in force, fully, critically and down to the minute.
"Now, the big dailies have dozens of reporters on this story. And the VC-backed internet outlets have not many fewer than that. So we're not going to — and it's never been our plan — to compete on numbers. But we do have you — an audience that is more engaged than that of any other publication covering what we cover. That's not only important in the sense of the general support you've given us over the years that has allowed us to grow to this point. You're also a critical part of our reporting model, our big leg up on everyone else."
â€œPeople are connecting in different ways and on different devices,â€ said Ducey. â€œRadio has done a good job at getting online. Once online, there are new revenue opportunities.â€
Further strategies include planting radio chips into more mobile and consumer electronic devices, and the development of branded online destinations and geodomains. This allows content to be â€œhyperlocalizedâ€ in a way that draws out more of the local flavor that Fratrik argued above.
It should be a natural transition, given some of the similarities it already shares with the Internet and its audience. These include being a free medium that is consumed at home and work by large audiences and that includes locally relevant content.
Online efforts can not only create auxiliary outlets and sources of revenues but can also revitalize the core â€œairâ€ business, added Ducey. Streaming audio is a high-growth area and can be a place to add content such as niche data casting, additional channels and iTunes tagging.
Ah, yet another example of bigotry and misinformation re: polyamory… Not worth fighting, but so common it's just sad…
Event coming up Dec. 3-5 in Columbia, MO. Looks interesting. I can't go, but I'll follow it online.
"A senior-level strategy session designed to blueprint the law, ownership, management, marketing and technology of a shared-user network for user-centric demographics, privacy-protected purchasing and advertising exchange and compensation. Come help make the market for digital information."
"Our journalism is now fully embracing the experiences of our audiences, sharing their stories, using their knowledge and hosting their opinions; we're acting as a conduit between different parts of our audience; and we're being more open and transparent than we have ever been.
"And these things are not on the fringes of what we do: they are fundamental. If you're in any doubt, let me take you on a tour of some recent stories…"
Twitter advice for journalists, as told by Twitter users. Good stuff! A few tips I especially liked:
"wnalyd: Accept the medium for what it is. Donâ€™t ask for an interview on Flickr and make the subject do it over the phone"
"jasonp107 the one thing a journalist CAN NOT do in modern publishing is hide behind a byline. you are out there, so be present."
"paulbalcerak Be as open on your social networks as youâ€™d want a source to be. People donâ€™t like one-way communication"
"andrew_dunn @moniguzman Iâ€™ll toot my own horn and offer this case study of Twitter during Gustav: http://dunnreporter.com/?p=317"
Video journalist Michael Rosenblum explains why a small weekly paper in Yorkshire, England should put video on its site:
"I think you can do much more, once you have made your staff video literate. You can turn your paper into a machine to produce video and digital content for your community, no matter what the platform.
"For example, ITN is in the process of contracting its regional news coverage. It is far too expensive for them. But it isnâ€™t for you. You are already there, covering the regional and local news. You can solve ITNâ€™s problem, and yours at the same time. Deliver the video news to them, as well as to your paper. In fact, you could plant ITNâ€™s regional TV news in your own newsroom, allowing them to close down their studios. There is an appetite for what you do."
"Star turn at the UK Society of Editors conference yesterday was â€˜Video Visionaryâ€™ Michael Rosenblum – the only person on stage all day who seemed to realise just what a hole the news industry was in. He talks about his own experiences in creating video journalism for the web, and makes some very strong points about disruptive technologies in history…"
"Your network connects you to other Delicious users: friends, family, coworkers, even new people you run across while exploring Delicious. It is a "people aggregator", collecting your favorite users' latest bookmarks in one place for you to view and enjoy. You can view and manage your network by going to your Network."
Other useful things to know about using delicious as a community tool:
"A Network Bundle is simply a way to organize the people in your network into groups. For example, you might want to view all your friends bookmarks separately from your coworkers' bookmarks. To create Network Bundles, go to your settings page and click "Edit Network Bundle".
"A Subscription Bundle is a way to organize your subscriptions into groups. For example, you might want to organize your football, baseball, & auto racing subscriptions into a "sports" bundle. This bundle can then be viewed individually, so you can now see all your sports subscriptions but not anything fr. other subscriptions.
Interesting links-post approach. Apparently this stuff comes from Kevin Sablan's Delicious network (people he follows on delicious, kind of like a twitter posse), then gets formatted and edited nicely. Combines the automated aggregation and production with editorial finish. I like it. I wonder if there's any way to make this kind of thing play nice with Twitter, hmmmmmm……