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February 27, 2007

People care about news, they just don’t want to read newspapers

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Jason Kaneshiro wrote an interesting post at Webomatica entitled “I Don’t Read Newspapers, But I’d Read Your Blog” in which he challenges Steven Rattner’s (WSJ) viewpoint that Americans are less interested in ‘real news’ and more concerned with entertainment and gossip.

It’s all a response to the ever declining readership of newspapers. Jason’s headline sums up his desire to read the news, but to do it using a medium that offers greater choice and interactivity.

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January 31, 2007

Reuters Issues Guidelines on Photoshop Use

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A few months ago, top news agency Reuters was severely criticized for publishing digitally altered photos from Lebanon. The unfortunate incident is now better known as the “Adnan Hajj photographs controversy,” leaving a dark blemish in the use of digital photography for news reportage. read more

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January 24, 2007

Keith Waterhouse: a look back over 77 years, tech free, and proud of it

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I’ve had my disagreements with Keith Waterhouse over his perception and portrayal of bloggers, but I have to say I’ve gained a new sense of respect for the man for whom technology is a dirty word and an unfathomable mystery, yet who has had an amazing career and seen a multitude of changes in more traditional media.

In an interview with Ian Burrell of The Independent, we see a man who has stood up to Robert Maxwell, written West End plays and best-selling books, and landmark television programmes. Despite what you think of him, he has an immense following – more than most bloggers only dream of.

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January 18, 2007

If No One Reads What You Write, That’s Because It Sucks

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There are a number ways to describe the headline of this post — sensational, trolling, obnoxious, pandering, link bait. I wrote it like that on purpose, of course, to make a point. The feedback loop on content is accelerating at a breakneck pace. YouTube can spread video content as fast as prime time TV. Digg routinely crashes servers unprepared for the avalanche of traffic. And AdSense makes it possible for anyone to experience first hand the intimate relationship between traffic and dollars.

The inevitable result for media companies, who are having an increasingly tough time selling “bundles” of content, is to start paying their content creators based on how much traffic each discrete piece of content can draw. Steve Rubel highlighted ZDNet’s introduction of a pay-for-performance system:

ZDNet’s pay-for-performance blogging system raises some interesting questions. For example, will a blogger favor writing a sensational post that is likely to get more clicks over one that perhaps is less sexy and is based on, say, a press release? News value and clicks often go together, but as we’ve seen on collaborative sites like digg, sensationalist rumors sometimes are more popular.

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