As of 3/30, Google Shared Stuff will be no more. I’m annoyed, because it was an easy bookmarklet-based way to quickly e-mail a link to someone while simultaneously saving it in an easily findable, searchable way.
…So I’d switched back to Furl — which is clunkier but also performed those two key jobs.
"The Toledo Blade has gotten notice in the past year for being one of the eight founding members of the Ohio News Organization, a collaborative in which the stateâ€™s major papers freely share their stories (and now their photos and graphics) with one another. All the Ohio papers have seen major cutbacks in recent years â€” The Bladeâ€™s newsroom staff is about half the size it was five years ago â€” and their willingness to beat swords into plowshares has been a model for other cooperatives around the country among papers with declining resources.
"I interviewed my old boss, executive editor Ron Royhab, about how the sharing has evolved, how it has changed the way newspapers chase stories, and whether there might be a way to monetize the work they do."
NEW YORK, March 16, 2009â€” Hearst Corporation announced today that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (P-I) will become the nationâ€™s largest daily newspaper to shift to an entirely digital news product. The announcement was made by Frank A. Bennack, Jr., vice chairman and chief executive officer, Hearst Corporation, and Steven R. Swartz, president of Hearst Newspapers. The final print issue of the newspaper will appear tomorrow.
Some of the kinds of questions Media Cloud could eventually help answer:
How do specific stories evolve over time? What path do they take when they travel among blogs, newspapers, cable TV, or other sources?
What specific story topics wonâ€™t you hear about in [News Source X], at least compared to its competitors?
When [News Source Y] writes about Sarah Palin [or Pakistan, or school vouchers], whatâ€™s the context of their discussion? What are the words and phrases they surround that topic with?”
The obvious use of this project is to compare coverage by different types of media. But I think a deeper purpose may be served here: By tracking patterns of words used in news stories and blog posts, Media Cloud may illuminate how context and influence shape public understanding — in other words, how media and news affect people and communities.
This is important, because news and media do not exist for their own sake. It seems to me that the more we learn about how people are affected by — and affect — media, the better we’ll be able to craft effective media for the future.
Remember Lynx, the text-only web browser? I used this when I first got online in 1990, because it was so low-bandwidth and all I had was dialup and a 14.4 modem. It's funny to see how today's pages display through this historical lens
T"o take a screen grab on your iPhone with Software 2.0, just hold down the home button, then tap the top button. Your screen will flash white signifying you have captured your screen. The image will pop up in your camera roll in the Camera app or Photos app."
This is a very cool service. If I find something online (laptop or iphone) and I want to read it on my Kindle later (because it's a nice low-overhead reading experience) I can save the paper via my Instapaper account. I have it set up to forward documents saved there to my Kindle. Costs $0.10 per document (Amazon charges), but you can have it generate a digest for everything saved. Neato!
I agree with the complaints here about the mobile delicious site. I get around the bookmarking problem with an iPhone safari post to delicious bookmarklet. But even with that, the actual posting interface is not mobile optimized.
Apps are not enough, however. First of all, some online services I use (like Gruvr or My511, nudge nudge) don’t yet offer iPhone apps. (This is especially annoying if they also don’t default to mobile-friendly site layout upon mobile access, grumble…)
But also, several very cool and useful online services are meant to play nice with the rest of the web.
For instance, I get value from my preferred social bookmarking service Delicious because I can use it to bookmark, tag, and comment on any page I happen to be browsing. And on Twitter I often tweet links to pages I find online. For these services, I want their functionality integrated with my iPhone’s Safari browser (since you can’t run two apps at once on the iPhone, and since the iPhone also doesn’t yet allow cut and past, grumble…)
I agree with much of what she said. However, I do disagree with her about the role of a journalist in the editorial process.
Money wrote that some SEO advice offered to journalists seems:
…overwhelmingly concerned with headlines and how to write better ones for the web. I hate to throw a couple of spanners in the works, but I have never, not once, had to write a headline for a newspaper. That’s the job of a sub-editor; they write headlines, they write the sub-headings and the picture captions and the stand-firsts. I have never had to write a title tag either; that’s the job of the online editor, and they are likely to write the links too. So in many ways the advice given to journalists isn’t really for us, it’s for the production department or the online team.
…That may have been generally true a decade or more ago.
"The brain's center of memory and navigation, once considered too disorganized to decode, may soon be unlocked. Using a brain scanner, researchers were able to determine the location of people standing in a virtual room from the activity in their brains.
"We could read their spatial memories, so to speak," said study co-author Eleanor Maguire, a University College, London, cognitive neuroscientist. "There must be a structure to how this is coded in the neurons. Otherwise we couldn't have predicted this."
"For five years, mathematician David Li's formula, known as a Gaussian copula function, looked like an unambiguously positive breakthrough, a piece of financial technology that allowed hugely complex risks to be modeled with more ease and accuracy than ever before. With his brilliant spark of mathematical legerdemain, Li made it possible for traders to sell vast quantities of new securities, expanding financial markets to unimaginable levels.
"His method was adopted by everybody from bond investors and Wall Street banks to ratings agencies and regulators. And it became so deeply entrenchedâ€”and was making people so much moneyâ€”that warnings about its limitations were largely ignored.
"Then the model fell apart.
"David X. Li, it's safe to say, won't be getting that Nobel anytime soon. His Gaussian copula formula will go down in history as instrumental in causing the unfathomable losses that brought the world financial system to its knees.
"For casual readers of business coverageâ€”that is, most of usâ€”the past 18 months have been a crash course in things we never knew existed but that, we are told, have already done us all irreparable harm. Not only are the problems catastrophic, goes the somewhat frustrating message, but it is already too late to do anything about themâ€”other, that is, than pay for them.
"In looking back on how we got here, the business press assumes a tone of rueful omniscience, as in this late-2007 New York Times piece on regulatory laxity under Alan Greenspan: "Had officials bothered to look, frightening clues of the coming crisis were available." Of course, the clues the Times cites in the very next sentenceâ€”the ceaseless research of the North Carolina-based Center for Responsible Lendingâ€”were available had anyone bothered to look. So, a reader might well ask, why didn't the media?"
"One can think of several possible explanations for this failure. For one thing, the Wall Street collapse represents not only a story on the Journalâ€™s home turf but also the disintegration of its motivating vision. The paper that champions â€œfree people and free marketsâ€ is, I think, having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that free markets have just failed free people in a very big way. It has also, I imagine, been hard for the Journalâ€™s troops to concentrate as they undergo a wrenching change of ownership and begin to adjust to new marching orders from the Murdoch regime.
"…Thereâ€™s a lesson here in the limits of the daily journalism world view. Sometimes the heart of the story lies beyond â€œone personâ€™s tale.â€ Sometimes, as Felix Salmonâ€™s fascinating piece in the latest Wired â€” The Formula That Killed Wall Street â€” shows, it lies with a mathematical insight. Sometimes we need to turn to demographics, or history, or science."
Scott Rosenberg, Susan Mernit, and lots of other smart people chatting at the Mar. 11 Public Media Collaborative meeting, Berkeley.
Last night I attended a meeting of the Bay Area Public Media Collaborative. I’m impressed by how this group is pulling together significant and diverse energy and talent.
The point? To “bring together bloggers, journalists, technologists, media and environmental justice folks, community organizers and activists from around the Bay area to explore and discuss social justice and emerging technology issues in a way that links theory and practice.”
"The Public Press exists to publish materials that are too specialized or too controversial to interest conventional publishers. While more and more new titles are published each year — more than 200,000 in 2004! — some of the more worthy stories, ideas, theories, and opinions languish due to lack of commercial* appeal."
"Media Cloud is a system that lets you see the flow of the media. The Internet is fundamentally altering the way that news is produced and distributed, but there are few comprehensive approaches to understanding the nature of these changes. Media Cloud automatically builds an archive of news stories and blog posts from the web, applies language processing, and gives you ways to analyze and visualize the data. The system is still in early development, but we invite you to explore our current data and suggest research ideas. This is an open-source project, and we will be releasing all of the code soon."
Media Cloud is a massive data set of news â€” compiled from newspapers, other established news organizations, and blogs â€” and a set of tools for analyzing those data. Some of the kinds of questions Media Cloud could eventually help answer:
â€” How do specific stories evolve over time? What path do they take when they travel among blogs, newspapers, cable TV, or other sources?
â€” What specific story topics wonâ€™t you hear about in [News Source X], at least compared to its competitors?
â€” When [News Source Y] writes about Sarah Palin [or Pakistan, or school vouchers], whatâ€™s the context of their discussion? What are the words and phrases they surround that topic with?
As Berkman Fellow Ethan Zuckerman put it, itâ€™s an attempt to move media criticism and media analysis beyond the realm of the anecdote â€” to gather concrete data to back or contradict our suspicions.
"Social media gives any business an interactive channel to communicate with its current and future customers. For newspapers, that channel can increase the chances of survival in a market where commoditized information has diminished the value of individual brands. Here are ten ways newspapers are using social media to save the industry."
"News outlets across the country are cutting staff, sections, and print editions, but science and environment blogs continue to multiply, even among â€œold media.â€
"Three that have sprung up in recent months are, in particular, worth pointing out for their efforts to expand the bounds of what a â€œWeb logâ€ is and what it can do. The News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware has launched AllGreenToMe, an interactive blog that mixes database citizen reporting and print-edition science news stories. The Christian Science Monitorâ€™s third science blog, Discoveries, acts as an extension of its print coverage, featuring full-length reported articles. Last but not least, the National Journal invited dozens of politicians, energy company CEOs, and environmental group leaders to join an online discussion of contentious topics in Washington, D.C. for their Experts Blog."
"When asked about possible future features for Twitter, he reportedly said that one of the things being considered is an extension that lets people know whatâ€™s happening in their immediate vicinity. That would basically mean that Twitter could actively ping users about local events that are going on in their neighborhood, in real-time, based on the location theyâ€™ve indicated. As an example, Williams says users could be alerted to the fact a fire is burning a few streets away from where Twitter knows (or thinks) they are."
"Literacy is like heroin – itâ€™s habit-forming. The more people try out the habit, the more likely they are to retain it. Exposure to books breeds consumption of books, which is good, because the act of reading requires deliberate commitment. This is important to keep in mind, particularly for those who wish to arrest the publishing industryâ€™s current implosion before it becomes more like the razing of Carthage than the decline of the British Empire."
"If there were ever a time that called for unconventional thinking, it would be now. So, it may seem particularly prescient that a founder of what may be the fastest growing company in the nation was invited to the White House. Williamâ€™s company Twitter is poised to play a growing role in igniting an economic recovery – once it unveils its revenue model. The millions of business users flocking to his social media network suggest it has the potential."
"It's the best marketing tool I've come across in my career. When coupled with the right tools and sites, it's the most cost effective marketing that exists today. I just hope that most companies donâ€™t catch on to this too fast."
"How do journalists learn about SEO? Many of them will Google the term to find out what it's all about and how it will impact on their writing skills. When looking at the kind of advice there is for journalists online, it seems clear that many commentators from the journalistic side of the fence misconstrue what SEO is about, while SEOs themselves seem to be clueless about what journalists actually do, and about what writing responsibilities they have."