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June 28, 2011

Twitter for Newsrooms Now Available For Media Use

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Twitter For NewsroomsAs the battle to grab Tweets for news reporting continues to heat up Twitter on Tuesday officially launched Twitter for Newsrooms, a resource for media company’s that attempts to explain exactly how to best utilize 140-character tidbits of information.

Twitter created the newsroom with four section in mind: #Report, #Engage, #Publish and #Extra.

The first option #Report provides information to media users so they can better understand how to find sources on the microblogging service, including “best practice uses” for mobile device searching.

The second option, #Engage is a simple glossary of key terms along with an “effective tweeting” guide and tips for optimizing Twitter profiles to make them more engaging and easier to find by other media agencies and Twitter users.

The third section called #Publish is meant to attach actions to readers, while providing specific guidelines such as how to show tweets, user names and hashtags during on-air presentations, this section is similar to creating an AP Styleguide for Twitter information presentation.

Finally the #Extra section offers Twitter support forms, ecosystem partners and any other information Twitter has deemed important for media organizations.

Speaking about their new platform Twitter wrote: read more

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March 16, 2010

Print Is King, Blogging a Prince

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When I was a Media Studies undergrad in the late 90s, I vividly remember assembling clip packets. These were photocopied bundles of my best written work that were shipped off to print media. The goal was to get paid assignments or a full-time job.

Years later, as I made the transition from print media to digital media, physical clip packets evolved into e-mails and links. Not only was it a time saver, but I saved money on envelopes and postage too.

Through the years I picked up more blogging gigs and the world was grand. Who needed newspapers and magazines anyway. The writing seemed to be on the wall: Print was a dying relic, the future of the Web bright. That still might be the case. But suddenly I have the urge to take a step “backwards” and concentrate on scoring more print gigs. Hmmm. read more

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September 1, 2009

IBM develops “automatic blogging during media viewing” patent

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ibm-auto-blogging-media-patentDigging through patent applications can bring up some interesting designs, such as this idea from IBM, filed last year and just now being talked about on blogs.

Realizing that there is still a degree of separation between mainstream home entertainment (TV) and mainstream blogging/social networking (Twitter/Facebook), IBM has come up with an idea to combine the two so that the everyday user can blog or tweet about something they’re watching on TV via a specially crafted remote control unit.

The geekier among you (me included) will probably roll their eyes and suggest that the separation needn’t matter — I can already tweet or blog from my laptop or iPhone while watching TV and it doesn’t matter to me that the devices are distinct. In fact, having tested out accessing basic web services from remote control units, I’d say it can be a pretty painful experience. read more

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August 17, 2009

No Blogging, Tweets or Videos Allowed When Attending SEC College Games

sec-logoThe Southeastern Conference is expected to ban social media for fans in a bid to protect its exclusive deal with media companies ESPN and CBS. In clear this means that fans will not be allowed to blog, tweet, upload (live) videos or even update their Facebook status during games. Both companies are paying the conference $3m for the broadcast rights over the next 15 years.

In the actual digital era it is not new anymore for news to be broken on the popular social media platforms and often games can be followed on Twitter or on many a fan page on Facebook. Sometimes live video finds it way to streaming platforms such as Qik or captures are uploaded only minutes after important events to Youtube. The SEC now calls these fan activities illegal.

Ticketed fans can’t produce or disseminate (or aid in producing or disseminating) any material or information about the Event, including, but not limited to, any account, description, picture, video, audio, reproduction or other information concerning the Event.

Is the SEC effectively trying to protect its revenue stream or actually censoring the fans?

Source: Tampabay.com via Mashable.

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August 3, 2009

Syntagma Media Launches Devon & Cornwall Online

Syntagma Media launched Devon & Cornwall Online as the first of four hyper-local websites covering the west of the United Kingdom. During the harsh economic times traditional media are experiencing, Syntagma aims to fill in the gap in local news coverage created by the nosedive of local print media. read more

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June 25, 2009

Reuters editor: Olympics media rules are outdated

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The International Olympic Committee’s reluctant acceptance of bloggers and social media’s participation in sharing information from the Olympic Games has been challenged by Reuters’ editor-in chief David Schlesinger.

Speaking to the International Olympics Committee Press Commission, he said that it was now not possible to control how established and new media disseminated information.

“The old means of control don’t work. The old categories don’t work. The old ways of thinking don’t work. We need to come to terms with that,” he said.

“Fundamentally, the old media won’t control news dissemination in the future. And organisations can’t control access using old forms of accreditation any more.” read more

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March 23, 2009

Established media players want greater differentiation in Google search results

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Media companies with vast budgets who produce “professional content” should get some preferential treatment from Google, according to a weekend report in Advertising Age.

I’ve avoided using sensationalist headlines because I think there’s value in looking at the underlying principles here.

It would be very easy for me, as a blogger, to have a knee-jerk reaction against those calling for Google to favour certain brands, particularly as one content executive described bloggers as “parasites off the true produces of content”. read more

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March 20, 2009

Science journalists turning to blogging?

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It’s not news that many journalists working in traditional print media are feeling the pinch, but a new survey published in Nature journal suggests that science journalism is really under pressure.

Surveying nearly 500 science journalists from Europe and North America, it found that jobs are being lost because the science sections of newspapers aren’t making money.

Conversely, it found that science blogs and web sites run by researchers are growing in number and readership, and are often looked to by traditional journalists for story ideas.

Of course there are plenty of issues to contend with when it comes to science blogging — authenticity and trustworthiness, for a start, as well as how to monetise, particularly when sponsorship and advertising could come from drug companies, threatening readers’ perception of a site’s impartiality.

Are science blogs a good substitute for the in-depth research and analysis found in the papers?

(Via Xinhua Net)

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March 17, 2009

The Root launches The Browntable Blog

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therootThe Root, an online magazine that feature perspectives from emerging black thought leaders, has launched its political roundtable blog called “The Browntable.” The Root dubs this new blog as venue for smart reporting and analysis on politics, culture, and media.

Dayo Olopade (Washington reporter), Kai Wright (policy reporter), and David Swerdlick (political satirist) will anchor the daily conversation, with regular contributions from other writers from The Root and well known political and media figures. Olopade will focus primarily on politics, environment, religion and the Obama administration. Wright will focus on health care, the housing crisis and economic issues. Swerdlick will focus on the intersection of politics and pop culture.

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October 27, 2008

Could Your Host Disconnect You?

Jeff Rosenstock is the head of Quote Unquote Records, a small, independent label that gives its music away for free on their site.

However, earlier this month, he suffered a setback as his site was pulled down, seemingly for no reason. According to his host, the cause was that they felt he was infringing copyright even though all of the music on his site was content he had the right to distribute, much of it his own, and no one had filed a complaint.

It was an unnecessary and extremely pro-active takedown, but it has had many other bloggers, musicians and filmmakers worried. Could their ISP do the same thing to them and, if so, what could they do about it?

Fortunately, cases such as Rosenstock’s are relatively rare and the odds of it happening to any one person are very slim. But after Rosenstock endured several days of downtime before his site was restored, it has many very nervous about the potential for disaster. read more

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