• Media Picks #6 – Integrated newsrooms, recycling news, and latte art with a journalism angle

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    Media Picks #6 – Integrated newsrooms, recycling news, and latte art with a journalism angle

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    Media Picks #6 – Integrated newsrooms, recycling news, and latte art with a journalism angle

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    Media Picks #6 – 23 January 2015
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    Can you ask for specific questions to be asked? Can you get a full list of questions in advance? What happens if you want to be off the record? All the questions about the questions you might have wanted to ask.

    Should you or shouldn’t you: The case for, and against, integrated print-digital newsrooms
    In the dot-com days, publishers tended to treat their online counterparts as second-class bolt-ons to their print editions. When it became clear the Web was here to stay, they had to demonstrate they were serious about growing their Web operations. One way to shed their Stone Age image was to eliminate the distinction between their print and Web editorial staffs and combine them into one.

    Don’t try too hard to please Twitter — and other lessons from The New York Times’ social media desk
    “On the Times social media desk, we work to maximize the impact of our journalism on Twitter. But we aren’t alone in this work. Our colleagues on copy desks around the newsroom are excellent wordsmiths. And we can often rely on their judgments that what makes good headlines in print or on NYTimes.com will also be powerful on Twitter.”

    Why it’s risky business for publishers to build their own CMS
    2014 was a crazy year for news technology. A new wave of publishers running custom software gained traction, while established news organizations continued to embrace open-source technologies. The overall awareness of the humble content management system (CMS) grew substantially and became an even bigger part of the “future of news” conversation. And building your own CMS is in style again, except now we sometimes call it a platform, especially in front of investors. But building your own CMS is still very risky business. Technology is strategy, and culture eats strategy for breakfast.

    + That’s one side of the story. Here’s another:

    Building an open source newsroom CMS
    “If I could, I would ban the term “news CMS” for its glib disingenuity. A CMS is OK if you’re a corporate or a small business. If, on the other hand, your business is news, you need something more than a one-size-fits-all box. Even as news media continue on the path to convergence, the tools to handle each media type retain the need for specialism, and the expertise of specialists to design them.”

    Recycling the news: Vox experiments with re-publishing old stories
    “For one week, we asked our writers and editors to update and republish a number of articles — one each day — that were first posted more than two months ago.”

    + a cartoon from the Columbia Journalism Review 1963 when recycling the news was hilarious (via Jim Romenesko)

    How deep is the newspaper industry’s money hole?
    Forget keeping up with the economy — what would it take for the newspaper business just to keep up with inflation? Even the “growth” areas are slowing down. If you like some numbers with your doom and gloom then there’s no-one better than Ken Doctor.

    Building journalism with community, not for it
    At so many publications, journalists are rebuilding their newsrooms around new technologies from smartphones to social networks. But for the most part, the community is left on the other side of the screen. In 2015 there is a huge opportunity to engage communities in the work of helping build powerful journalism.

    Fight! Fight! Mathew Ingram kicked this one off with his post titled:
    How much work the NYT has to do on social sharing, in one chart​
    To summarise: a lot. Ingram’s premise was that The New York Times’ social lunch was being eaten by the likes of Buzzfeed and others.

    Naturally, others responded:
    Who cares if Buzzfeed has more social shares than the New York Times?
    “We’ve found effectively no correlation between social shares and people actually reading.”

    And one more, albeit earlier, perspective here:
    No, BuzzFeed isn’t “beating” the New York Times
    The New York Time’s 875,000 digital subscribers are worth many times their number in web visits to BuzzFeed – not only are they producing more direct revenue, but there’s also an argument that you can sell advertising to them at a higher premium. This is why comparing website traffic between BuzzFeed and the New York Times is largely apples to oranges.

    How The Guardian became the most tweeted UK newspaper
    Stories from The Guardian are tweeted on average 392,358 times per week making it the most popular newspaper in the UK on Twitter. However that’s not to say that The Guardian creates the most shareable individual stories, that win does in fact go to the Daily Mail.

    Lessons from 2 months of a newspaper’s daily WhatsApp newsletter
    When a Finnish paper noticed a drop-off in activity on Facebook among young people they turned to WhatsApp to reconnect with these readers. Two months on and the project has opened up a direct line of communication with its target group.

    Tough love: How best to move forward after newsroom layoffs
    We don’t like to talk about it but layoffs in the media world are real. And responding to layoffs can be difficult both for management and staff. After studying newsrooms that had been through layoffs Professor Brian Ekdale identified four types of reactions to layoffs.

    This is not just pretty cool latte art but also the subject of a fantastic step-by-step guide to shooting iPhone video
    The video is titled “King of Coffee,” and tells about Seivijus “Elvis” Matiejunas, who has been training around the clock as he prepares to represent Ireland at the World Latte Art Championships in Australia. This news report was shot on an iPhone 5S and broadcast on RTÉ News, Ireland’s national broadcaster.

    And finally,

    Don’t try to be a publisher and a platform at the same time
    Publishers seeking new business models are often tempted to become more platform-like by enabling their audience to post user-generated content; they hope to increase revenue by selling ads on this “extra” content. Sometimes, they also hope to develop a content management system that other publishers can license and use to distribute their content.

    Until next week

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    Written by Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.


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