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"Publish a climate change-related news story, and be ready for pointed attacks, long knives, and brutal dismissals. And expect accusations of political bias and conspiracy. Thatâ€™s still the rule for the nationâ€™s veteran environmental and science reporters, despite changing attitudes on climate change from the public at large."
"Even when using a very weak definition of 'friend,' we find that Twitter users have a very small number of friends compared to the number of followers and followees they declare. (A friend here is defined as anyone who a user has directed a post, or '@username,' to at least twice.) This implies the existence of two different networks: a very dense one made up of followers and followees, and a sparser and simpler network of actual friends. The latter proves to be a more influential network in driving Twitter usage since users with many actual friends tend to post more updates than users with few actual friends. On the other hand, users with many followers or followees post updates more infrequently than those with few followers or followees."
Interesting resource for managers of federal web sites. "Webcontent.gov is a practical guide to help you manage your agency's website. Everything you need to know as a web content manager is here, including:
* information about federal website requirements
* guidance on how to fulfill OMB's web policies
* common web content practices
* staffing and governance issues
* website design and usability
* performance measures
"12 Politicker political news sites around the country, including PolitickerCO.com in Colorado, were shut down and their reporters unexpectedly laid off Friday morning. The sites, billed as â€œInside politics for political insiders,â€ covered news in 17 states and are owned by the Observer Media Group, based in New York.
"The PolitckerCO.com siteâ€™s disappearance also means even fewer reporters will be covering Coloradoâ€™s statehouse, following a trend that has seen the number of Capitol bureau reporters cut nearly in half in recent years."
A smart setup on the back-end CMS allowed the Spokesman Review to quickly pull together this thorough topic page. According to Assistant Managing Editor – Digital Media Ryan Pitts: "The database has tagging enabled on all content assets, so we can use a common keyword and a page like this comes together automatically. You can toggle among the different content types – hit the "blog posts" button, for example, and it pulls together what's basically an
aggregated blog from across *all* our blogs, consisting of any posts on the topic.
"This lets us highlight specific pieces of coverage on the cover page, and put a "complete coverage" link to the tag page that's made automatically. That way we can focus far more on actually gathering and producing the content, and don't have to spend nearly as much on packaging it.
"Using a common tag also means that the "related content" boxes on each individual story or video page get populated automatically."
Video interview with Scott Lewis of Voice of San Diego on impact and online journalism
"Allow me to suggest that the U.S. news industry's collective failure to accurately portray the world over the past decade has done as much, if not more, to drive readers to the Internet than any inherent attractiveness of this new medium.
"The desires for fairness, balance and objectivity are worthy goals in newswriting. But not when they lead to news reports where truth is "balanced" with lies, facts "balanced" with spin and well-informed skepticism "balanced" with mindless cheerleading.
"Without one, a news organization cannot stand out. It can't inspire the public with leadership that it does not provide. Nor can it protect the public with clear direction that it refuses to offer. …the news industry must become far more active, learning from online colleagues like Josh Marshall and Markos Moulitsas, who are not afraid to make the connection between news reporting and civic activism."
By Jed White, Aussie-turned-boulderite: "This is a place to share items and comment about how to improve content management systems and software."
…And Oh Man, is this needed….