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    Media Picks #3

    Media Picks

    Media Picks #3

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    With the end of the year in sight retrospectives and predictions abound, headed up by Nieman Labs’ Predictions for Journalism for 2015. If you haven’t already checked this out it is definitely worth putting on your holiday reading list.

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    Smart (news) filters on the rise
    The old challenge was often phrased as getting it first or getting it right, but in the knowledge-first era journalists face a new mandate — getting it to make sense.

    The fall and rise of the news bundle
    The notifications from news apps that make it onto that lock screen are in prime position to capture attention. The lock screen is the new bundle.

    One of the big media moves locally over the past month has been the appointment of Andrew Trench as the News24 editor. Trench has a reputation for pushing the boundaries of storytelling as well as having an appetite for finding new ways of doing news. In From print trenches to digital forefront Trench talks about his plans for SA’s largest news site.

    Mobile tools for data collection
    Mobile is big news in the news industry as publishers do their best to get their content in front of an increasingly mobile readership. But what of using mobile devices as news and data collection tools? Joachim Mangilima has put together a great introductory list of mobile data collection tools.

    There’s never been a better time to run a niche media business
    It’s easy to look around the media houses making waves (think Buzzfeed, Vox and company) and think that the news industry is all about the big players while the small fry get, well, fried. There is some indication, however, that that’s not the case and there is a growing opportunity for niche players to thrive in the market.

    And what about the nano-publishers?
    Felix Salmon has been one of the voices championing the role of niche publications in the face of the media giants. In an intriguing piece on medium Salmon talks to one of the current leading examples of niche publishing, Ben Thompson, about the role of the nano-publisher.

    10 funding options for journalism that blossomed in 2014
    There’s no shortage of great journalistic content being produced right now. From video interviews to longform writing to entirely reimagined storytelling vehicles, journalistic creativity and heft are at a high. But how do you pay for it?

    The beginning of the end of Facebook’s traffic engine
    In a provocative piece Felix Salmon argues that the age of Facebook as a major driver of news traffic is starting to unravel. “The losers are going to be external websites who have become reliant on the Facebook traffic firehose. That traffic is going to start falling, in 2015, for the first time.”

    VIDEO: Jeff Jarvis on journalism as a service
    You may have heard that journalism professor Jeff Jarvis is publishing his latest book, Geeks Bearing Gifts, for free on Medium. It’s worth a read but if you want a short(ish) summary of some of the concepts in the book it’s worth watching this interview with Jarvis in which he expands on some of his ideas.

    Tool of the week
    Kimono Labs
    There are a fair number of web scraping tools around but Kimono Labs’ tool is one of the easiest to use. It’s literally click-and-scrape: load up a website with the data you want, select the elements you want too scrape, and save. The scraped data can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including an API if you want to continuously scrape the data as it gets updated.

    And finally, How we used WhatsApp for storytelling
    A German news organisation commemorates the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Heilbronn using WhatsApp, with great success.

    This will be the final Media Picks newsletter of 2014. Enjoy the holidays and here’s to a profitable news new year.

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    Written by Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.


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