You know how teenagers are always clammoring for new ways to learn about politics and interact with broadcast news teams? Well, Facebook is answering that call: “ABC News and Facebook have formally established a partnership — the site’s first with a news organization — that allows Facebook members to electronically follow ABC reporters, view reports… Continue reading Facebook Now a Platform for Politics & News
Do Journalists Fear “Comments” on Their Writing?
Journalism professor Clyde Bentley offers up reasons why some traditional journalists don’t like the idea of anyone being allowed to add comments to their articles online: “[traditional journalists] were shocked at the lack of interest from the blog world when they wrote informative, well-crafted and traditional essays.” “Journalists are steeped in a culture of insecurity.… Continue reading Do Journalists Fear “Comments” on Their Writing?
The Shifting Role of Journalists: From Center to Edge
Jeff Jarvis takes a look at the concept of “beat blogging,” whereby beat reporters embrace networked journalism: “So I like to think of this as turning reporting inside-out: Before, the reporter put himself at the center, because it was through him that reporting flowed to the press and public. Now there can be a network… Continue reading The Shifting Role of Journalists: From Center to Edge
Veteran Journalists Launch Website to Compete with Newspapers
Last week, a new online-only news source launched: MinnPost. The Minneapolis-based site is run by former Star Tribune publisher Joel Kramer and “will rely on nearly 50 freelancers – including many former Pioneer Press and Star Tribune reporters – to produce most of its stories. Many are in or near retirement and can afford to… Continue reading Veteran Journalists Launch Website to Compete with Newspapers
Journalists With No Sense of Community
Clyde Bentley is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Missouri, who helped start the MyMissourian grassroots journalism hub. He reflects on what he has learned in the past three years: “One of the hardest lessons that I have learned from the MyMissourian project is that traditionally trained journalists often have close to… Continue reading Journalists With No Sense of Community
The Divide Between Journalists and PR Professionals
A new survey indicates that many journalists do not think very highly of public relations professionals they deal with: “According to the findings, almost half of journalists generally believe PR people don’t understand their media or the subjects they cover, bespeaking a greater need for media research before pitching or distributing press materials. Indeed, 45%… Continue reading The Divide Between Journalists and PR Professionals
This is What A Multimedia Reporter Looks Like
Robert Niles speaks with John McClain, a veteran sports reporter for the Houston Chronicle. This is what a multimedia reporter looks like: “I cover the Texans and the NFL for the Houston Chronicle. I write blogs and do videos and audio for Chron.com, our website. Our videos are run on YouTube and Brightcove and other… Continue reading This is What A Multimedia Reporter Looks Like
Blogging Journalists: Advertising is not the Enemy
Robert Niles explains why journalists who have their own blogs are not “selling out” if they put advertising on their site: “You’re not selling out. In fact, ads on your site are not a “sell out” but a way to buy into the ability to do even more thorough and better-informed journalism for your readers.”… Continue reading Blogging Journalists: Advertising is not the Enemy
Will “Page Views” Kill Journalism?
Jon Friedman is afraid that “most popular articles” listings on websites will adversely affect journalism: “The worst aspect to these lists is the fear that journalists, trying to win favor with their business-conscious editors, will lower their standards and write top-40 stories instead of pieces with actual depth.”
Newspaper Writer Leaves Print – Starts Own Website
The Daily News TV critic David Bianculli is leaving the paper, and started his own website brand: TV Worth Watching.