links for 2010-06-24

  • "Stearns also asked whether there are stories that don't lend themselves to collaboration, or times when collaboration is a bad idea. I say it depends on if you are ready to do it right. Scott Rosenberg put it better: "It's in the coordination costs."

    "All collaborations have coordination costs and you have to be ready for that. So what are the key elements to coordination costs? Here are some thrown out by the group:

    * Recognition for parties/participants.
    * Communication is key: one person who is tasked with collaboration. It is a significant amount of that person's time. But that was a key element.
    * Ownership of parts of the project.
    * Financial agreements (time/resources/money).

  • "There are a number of new features loaded in iOS4, and the folks at lifehacker have detailed a bunch of them. For me, the most used features are the app folders, multitasking, threaded mail, and improvements in the camera app."
  • "Many editors and reporters understand that a new approach to accountability simply makes sense. So the institutions have begun, haltingly but significantly, to open up. But many individual journalists find themselves at sea when called upon to explain mistakes, defend choices and engage in discussions with their readers and critics. Nothing in their professional lives has prepared them for this. In fact, a lot of their professional training explicitly taught them that all of this was dangerous, unprofessional, bad. They grew up thinking — and some still think — that the professional thing to do, when questioned in public, is (a) don't respond at all; (b) respond with "no comment — we stand by our story"; or if things get really bad © your editor will do the talking.

    "Unfortunately, this means that the typical blogger has more experience dealing with criticism (measuring a reasonable response, managing trolls and restraining the urge to flame) than the typical newsroom journalist."

  • "The London-based Financial Times, a leading global newspaper specialising in financial and business news, has commissioned a South African company to help it crowdsource ideas on how to increase the number of new subscriptions to its online offering, FT.com.

    "The best idea will help to convert FT.com traffic and offline Financial Times readers into paid subscriptions for FT.com. To participate, a user can simply register on The Idea Bounty site, read more about the brief, and send in their most original idea. The winner will receive US$5 000 and the top 10 shortlisted ideas will also be awarded a full annual subscription to the Financial Times."

  • "If we're going to spend taxpayer money in ways that could help journalism, let's make that benefit a byproduct of something much more valuable. Let's build out our data networks the right way, by installing fiber everywhere we can possibly put it. Then, let private and public enterprises light it up.

    "Then we can step back and allow real competition to reign, not the phony facsimile that passes for broadband in American today, a broadband future that the carriers have loudly proclaimed their intention to control at every level. I'm not minimizing the difficulty of making this work; what I'm describing would come with many complications. But this is worth doing, because we simply can't trust our future to the cable-phone duopoly or the relatively weak competition we've seen from wireless providers.

    "The FTC can't do much on its own about making sure broadband works the right way. That's partly the Federal Communication Commission's job. But it's really the job of Congress"

  • "Dan Gillmor argued that the government's subsidy of broadband would be a more appropriate way for the federal government to support journalism than to provide direct payment to establishment media.

    "I agree. Payments to establishment media fund a limited number of existing voices. Expanded broadband coverage – in both geographical reach and availability of more bandwidth to all – would create fertile ground for the growth of many more voices.

    "This is the battle that will be fought in the courts and in Congress over the next months, and years. Will we allow a limited number of broadband ISPs to use their market power to limit the bandwidth that consumers and producers may access? Or will we use the collective power of our government to expand bandwidth to more consumers, to create more entrepreneurial opportunity?"

  • "Centrally manage from this facebook app all the RSS/Atom feeds published in your Facebook Profile and all your Facebook Pages using a flexible and clean tabbed interface."

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