Paul Bradshaw asked, and got lots of interesting responses…
Someone is auctioning his Twitter account, with followers, on eBay. No kidding.
Another wordpress hack to watch out for….
Wow, so happy to see that my friend Ying’s book, “Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party,” about growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, is doing so very well! Congrats, Ying!
Tips for staying organized and stress-free from Google CIO Douglas Merrilll. Incidentally, I was tickled to see a guy being as intensively phsyically described as women usually are. Fair play!
Further to my earlier point that preparing today’s j-school students (undergrad and grad) mainly to work within mainstream news orgs does them an increasingly grave disservice, Rick Edmonds noted on Poynter.org today:
WASHINGTON — After years of mildly reassuring numbers tracking the size of newspaper newsroom staffs, the latest American Society of Newspapers Editors’ annual census leads with a bombshell. Fulltime professional news staffs fell by 2,400 last year, a drop of 4.4% to a total of 52,600.
It was an even larger decrease than the 2,000 drop-off in the recession year of 2001. Since the census is completed as of the end of 2007, the tabulation does not include hundreds more buyouts and layoffs already imposed in 2008.
Still think it’s fair to focus almost exclusively on preparing tomorrow’s journalists to work in yesterday’s media, while acting like the business of news isn’t really their business?
Part of the job: “Oversee the gathering and organisation of the user-generated content submitted to the Herald Group’s series of community websites. The group currently has 24 ultra-local websites up and running, 12 more will be launched next Monday.”
By predilection, I’m mostly a “snacker” — albeit a voracious one, and I devour some topics wholesale. But I’ve played all these other roles in various projects.
“Subject matter experts who dive through mountains of digital info and distill it down to its most relevant, essential parts. Digital Curators are the future of online content. Brands, media companies & dedicated individuals can all become curators.”
“Some of our favorite Boulder haunts that offer WiFi access have begun to restrict sending email via Outlook or Mac Mail, essentially blocking SMTP ports. Seems some jerk â€” or series of jerks â€” decided to use these public WiFi points to send spam.”
I’ve always been fascinated by disclaimers, they’re so Kafkaesque (in terms of both bizarreness and paranoia). Now if only more disclaimers were so frank and prominent…
(Thanks to Michael Kirk for the tip.)
OK, this isn’t my personal idea of cell phone nirvana, but I love it when designers start fantasizing…
Thanks to TechGRL for the tip!
David Ardia: “We’ve been following the subpoena issued to Kathleen Seidel in the Citizen Media Law Project’s Legal Threats Database, but thought it was time to throw our support behind Seidel and post about this egregious attempt to chill online speech.”
Strange Italian copyright provision: “allows the use of copyrighted works for educational purposes so long as theyâ€™ve been â€œdegradedâ€ in some fashion. Movement called â€œdegradareâ€ that seeks to degrade and thus free works of art from copyright”
Kim Dushinski recommended this as a way for experts to get media inquiries.
My friend Margie Kriz just did a great overview of the many problems with the EP….
How to tell whether that person who just started following you on Twitter is a spammer or not.
Aha, maybe I do have an evil twin after all!…..
“Summize offers include language filtering, keyword search filters, and a â€œreplyâ€ link with every message in the search results.”
A good example of how not to present a live blog — the content is fine, but the format, ugh…. No permalinks for posts, no feed…. How do they expect anyone to follow this?
Excellent article by Mallary Jean Tenore. (And I’m not just saying that because she quotes me in it.) Don’t miss the comments.
“We ended up putting together a small 6-pages document, “Tips for conference bloggers”, that anyone can freely download and use.”
Useful info for anyone curious about firmware updates on Nokia phones.
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|Journalism sudents need the right tools — and skills — for the kinds of careers and opportunities they’re really going to be making for themselves.|
Picking up on my post yesterday, Univ. of Florida journalism professor Mindy McAdams challenged me (and her other readers) to translate my quick list of what j-schools should be teaching into a something more testable and measurable that could be translated into a curriculum.
Here’s my first shot at that:
- Content management systems (including blogging tools): First, I’d have the students run a group blog on a topic of their choosing for a year to get comfortable with the content and commenting apects of blogging. (A group blog is likely to get more activity and discussion than individual blogs.) This blog should be based on an expandable, customizable tool like WordPress. Then the students should be taught the basics of information architecture, and from that figure out how to expand or customize their blogs to deliver or integrate new kinds of content or services. This could be as simple as finding and installing WordPress plugins to add features, or integrating content from other places (such as Flickr or del.icio.us). The goal would be to get them to not just understand, but demonstrate that on their own they can envision, research, evaluate, and act upon options to do more with their content online. There’s a lot you can do without getting too geeky. They need to gain the confidence that many options are within their personal grasp — they don’t always need to get permission or beg someone else to do things for them.
There’s a lot more on my list, of course…
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|Journalism skills work well outside the newsroom, too — maybe even better.|
One of my BlogHer friends, Elana Centor, just wrote me to pose an interesting question. She asked: Is journalism a smart career path in 2008?
I’m just one of many people she asked, so I can’t wait to see her final piece. (I’ll post a link to it when it’s up.) But here’s a cleaned-up and expanded version of what I told her:
Great question. Personally, I think that developing journalism skills and experience is valuable for many career paths — but I think that betting that you’ll spend your career working for mainstream news orgs is a losing proposition in most cases. I think most j-schools are setting bright students up to fail, and that bugs me. A lot.
It’s such a shame that most j-schools still are not teaching new journalists crucial skills they’ll need to act entrepreneurially in media: content management systems (including blogging tools), mobile tools and mobile media strategies, social media, business skills, management skills, economics and business models, marketing, SEO, community management, etc.
One exception to this is Arizona State Univ., which just launched the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship that Dan Gillmor is heading up. Also, at various schools, there are exceptional teachers who really get online/mobile media and entrepreneurial journalism, such as Barbara Iverson at Columbia College, Mindy McAdams at the Univ. of Florida, Rich Gordon at Medill j-school (Northwestern Univ.), and Kim Pearson at The College of New Jersey. That’s important — sometimes all you need is one really good teacher in a program to open a student’s mind. (Disclosure: Barb, Rich, and Kim all contribute to Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits blog, which I edit.)
That said, what surprises me even more is that most j-school students don’t seem to care much about online media or being entrepreneurial…