links for 2008-11-25

  • "Think about news as its constituent components, not in the bizarro news world we live in, think about news in the actual world. The components are: sources, facts, ideas, opinions, readers.

    "The challenge of the news industry, to the extent that there is one, is to connect the first four items with the last item. I don't think you need a reporter and editor to do that. I don't think they were doing their jobs anyway, they were being very selective about what sources, facts, ideas and opinions we could have.

    "I want it all, and I don't want anyone saying what I can and can't have. Permalink to this paragraph

  • "The energy team at Google has been analyzing how we could greatly reduce fossil fuel use by 2030. Our proposal – "Clean Energy 2030" – provides a potential path to weaning the U.S. off of coal and oil for electricity generation by 2030 (with some remaining use of natural gas as well as nuclear), and cutting oil use for cars by 44%."
  • "There is no paucity of African content in the offline world. Africa is home to some of the world’s richest musical traditions, oral histories, and physical heritage. The second piece of good news is that mobile phones are likely to be gateways to the internet in much of the continent. The challenge is how to migrate this wealth of content from the offline to the online world.

    "If Africans are going to get online en masse, they need a reason to go there and they need to see themselves, their values, and their stories when looking through the online prism. With the availability of Google MapMaker in Africa, we’re already seeing that people are creating their own content and populating base maps with layers that are meaningful and useful to them. That is exciting. Whether its stories, pictures, or data on budgets and literacy rates, I hope we can give people a stake and a reason to get online and participate in the information society."

  • A heartfelt tribute to the virtues of traditional journalism from the Washington Post ombudsman. But my colleague Dave Poulson of MSU tweeted about this: "will [good reporters] survive platform change? Should they?"

    Damn good question.

  • Jeff Jarvis: "It’s fair to expect me to put forward scenarios for the future of news. In a sense, that’s all I ever do here, but there’s no one permalink summarizing my apparently endless prognostication. So here is a snapshot of – a strawman for – where I think particularly local news might go. What follows is just a long – I’m sorry – summary of what I’ve written here over time and an extension of the one model I think we need to expand coming out of the conference, where one lesson I took away is that news – on both the content and business side – will no longer be controlled by a single company but will be collaborative."
  • "API;s summary quotes by name only the meeting’s business consultant/facilitators. The few CEO views referenced in the report are anonymous. So, sadly, we don’t know who made this suggestion:

    "'…there were a few calls for radical rethinking of newsrooms. One (participant) suggested hiring experts, such as a scientist or a bank regulator, in place of some reporters, to highlight expertise.'

    "Would the author of that suggestion please step forward?…"

  • "In case any of the 50 news executives attending API's secret conference are interested, here’s Jane Stevens’ 10-Point Webcentric News Organization Roadmap to Success…"
  • "Like much-criticized PayPerPost for blogs, German/UK startup Be-A-Mapgpie will pay you to insert advertisements into your Twitter stream. It’s not clear if Twitter will object to this. Their terms and conditions don’t specifically exclude it, but an amendment may be in order. Users may not be so forgiving though. I imagine anyone who starts to use this will see a sudden decline in followers rather quickly."

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