"No one doubts the news business will eventually migrate to a new platform on the Net. In the meantime, the traditional model—including trucking the newspaper to people—is a big business with sound cash flow. It’s foolish to think it will soon expire. Yes, a new foundation is emerging. For now, the old structures remain because they bring in the money the Web cannot. This isn’t like the tech industry where market position can melt away in a year if you don’t innovate.
Still, it was agreed: Big Media does not know how to innovate. What capacity for product development do news organizations show? Zip. How are they on nurturing innovation? Terrible. Is there an entreprenurial spirit in newsrooms? No. Do smart young people ever come in and overturn everything? Never. Do these firms attract designers and geeks who are gifted with technology? They don’t, because they don’t do anything challenging enough. They don’t innovate, or pay well. So they can’t compete."
And this ...
"In competing on the Web, the bloggers do not alarm big media. It’s people like Bill Gannon. Yahoo worries them, with its surging revenues, huge traffic flow, and recent moves in news and editorial that involve original content. The portals attract talent, and with their billions they can fund innovation, and roll out new products. This capacity dwarfs what the old line media companies can do, even if everyone on the editorial staff became a Webbie overnight."
Friday, September 30, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
One Image, One Word – the power of photos
The Photo Revolution Has Begun - from Poynter.org
Beyond Taste: Editing the Truth – the issue of altering photos for news use, from Poynter.org
Magazine Covers: Photojournalism or Illustration? – the issue of altering mag cover photos , from Poynter.org
The Martha Stewart Newsweek cover
Other cover alterations - from Darmouth class on Digital Media
War Images as Eyewitnesses - from Poynter.org
OJR piece on new controversey with war images - Online Journalism Review
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
There is also a group based at Harvard Law School called Global Voices Online, which has made it their mission to encourage blogging internationally and helping those who are doing it from countires with limited freedoms of speech and press. Their Website has a wealth of info and resources.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Blogging and the Law: Letting loose is not without its risk
We'll discuss in class. The article also refers to Legal Guide for Bloggers - put out by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a big supporter of Internet rights.
Online Journalism JRN525 Blogging Guidelines – Updated 9/22/05
A blog can be many things: a diary, a photo album, a news source, a running commentary on a particular subject, etc. A blog offers a way to have instantaneous interaction between writers and readers. It also links the reader out to articles, Web sites – broadening a reader’s knowledge of the blog’s topic(s). In this class, we are experimenting with writing in a more free form style on our blogs, but under an umbrella of journalism ethics and standards. Our blogs will have a mix of reporting and opinion writing.
Basic ground rules we will abide by
- Must write with proper spelling, grammar, punctuation. Blogger.com has a spellcheck – use it
- No profanity – if a general newspaper doesn’t print it, than we don’t use it in this class
- No obscene photographs – no sexually explicit or violent images
- No personal attacks
Using outside content: In addition to linking in posts, many bloggers also pull other writer’s material into their posts. You can do this with small snippets of material, but you must follow my guidelines. It must be clear to your readers that this is not your material. Always have a lead in sentence followed by a colon:
Here is what sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy wrote in his column “On Second Thought” in the Boston Globe today (9/23/05):
“Here we are, looking up at the Yankees. Again. We all know this thing should
have been over. The Yankees were there to be beaten. But the Sox eased up on
the accelerator, broke down in key places, and now are in danger of
finishing second to New York for a record eighth consecutive season. And
only 10 games remain.”
The way you get this block quote look, is to highlight the quoted text, and then click on the icon that looks like two quotes in your blogger post area. Make sure you also link to the actual story so your reader can go read the whole piece. (Over time many of these links will “break” because some sites archive stories behind firewalls after a day or two. Also some sites require a user registration to read material – and not everyone will be registered or want to register. Don’t worry about both these issues for now.)
Photos: I’m researching this issue. Right now, the rule is that you can only post your own original photos. More to come on this.
Facts: get your facts right – if you want your writing to be taken seriously by your readers, you need to be accurate – double check your facts before publishing them. If I see a factual error, I will write it in your comment section.
Context: provide some context so readers know what you are talking about when it comes to long-running issues, etc. Give a bit a background when introducing a new topic.
Honesty: for example, if you give a plug to your favorite restaurant and your uncle happens to own that restaurant, than make sure to inform your readers.
Admit your mistakes: if you realize that a previous post had an error, than own up to your mistake and write a correcting post.
Changing your mind: same things goes if you change your opinion whether it’s because you learned more information, or thought long and hard about it, etc. Just explain to your readers why you feel differently.
Respect others: Welcome debate on your blog. People may disagree with you. This is fine and good. Respect other opinions – it’s fine to have a back-and-forth with someone about an issue but keep it civil. If a reader goes over the line with you, please inform me and we will deal with the situation.
These guidelines are a work-in-progress – if you want to discuss an issue, please raise it in class so we can all discuss together.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Note to students - I didn't require you to write your first post yet, but you are more than welcome to give it a try. An easy way to start is with a little intro on what you are hoping to do with your blog or find a news item like Meghan did -- comment on it and link to it.
- Writing 4-5 posts every week for the rest of the semester – the size of the post will vary depending on what you are saying. Sometimes it may be as simple as two or three sentences and a link and other times you may write six long paragraphs with many links, etc. I want to see a range of writing here.
- Completing blog assignments when requested – for example, one week I may request that you post comments on a fellow student’s blog, or I may ask you do write a post that involves your own original reporting.
- Sometimes I may ask you to go off topic on your blog or something may happen in your life, in the news, etc. and you want to comment on your blog, but for the most part, the goal is to stick to you topic.
- This is a journalism assignment – you must write with proper spelling, grammar, punctuation. Blogger.com has a spellcheck – use it!
- No profanity – if a general newspaper doesn’t print it, than we don’t use it in this class.
- No obscene photographs – no sexually explicit or violent images
- No personal attacks
What I’m looking for …
I’m looking for a combination of writing styles on your blog.
- Article Links: You should be reading local news Websites (the Globe, Herald, Phoenix, etc.).Write a few lines or paragraph about the article and then provide the reader with a link to that article. I will also be scanning the news for all of you and sending suggestions, but quite quickly I want to see your own initiative on this take off. Also, depending on your topic, there may be other sites you should be keeping an eye on and linking to them.
- Reviews: This is where you can practice being a critic and write a review on something that is related to your blog topic.
- Profiles: You research and write a profile about a person or group that is related to you topic. For example, you blog may be about the homeless and you do a profile on a local homeless shelter and link to their site.
- Reporting: Original reported posts – for example, you do a Q&A interview with someone relevant to your topic, or you research and report a small story. You attend an event related to your topic and write about it.
Guidelines – I will hand out a list of guidelines such as how to you quote material from another Website or blog, the use of photos, etc. Remember that your blog is public – anyone can read it and post comments to you posts. Blogs are a free-form style compared to other media forms, but as we experiment with our blogs, we are also going to maintain journalism ethics and standards with the blogs in this class.