Where journalism fails

Doc Searls

That’s because stories are what journalism produces. For journalism, however, what also matters about this is that years went by, with hundreds of thousands more dying, before the killing fields became a big story. But Big-J journalism will mostly be preoccupied elsewhere, by more interesting stuff. Digital Life Journalism News Politics problems publishing“What’s the story?”

On Linux Journal

Doc Searls

I’ve been involved with Linux Journal since before it started publishing in 1994, and have been on its masthead since 1996. Beyond that I know nothing other than these facts: Linux Journal was rescued from oblivion by London Trust Media after all but giving up the ghost at the end of 2017. London Trust Media has never interfered with Linux Journal ‘s editorial freedom. To be clear, Linux Journal ‘s archives is not mere “content.”

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Journalism, mistrust, transparency

David Weinberger

Ethan Zuckerman brilliantly frames the public’s distrust of institutional journal in a whitepaper he is writing for Knight. (He’s The post Journalism, mistrust, transparency appeared first on Joho the Blog He’s posted it both on his blog and at Medium. Choose wisely.). As he said at an Aspen event where he led a discussion of it: …I think mistrust in civic institutions is much broader than mistrust in the press.

The Spinner’s hack on journalism

Doc Searls

The Spinner* is also a hack on journalism, designed like a magic trick to misdirect moral outrage toward The Spinner’s obviously shitty business, and away from the shitty business called adtech, which not only makes The Spinner possible, but pays for most of online journalism as well. adtech advertising Business Internet Journalism marketing privacy Technology

Journalism without Twitter

Doc Searls

So I’m taking live notes—or trying to—at Blockchain in Journalism: Promise and Practice , happening at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation , in the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism , to name the four Russian dolls whose innards I’m inhabiting here. I wanted it up, on the outside chance that stories themselves, as journalism’s stock-in-trade, might get discussed. Journalism Personal problems publishing

Journal of Learning Analytics

George Siemens

SoLAR just announced the inaugural issue of Journal of Learning Analytics. It is an open access journal. If you’re interested in data and analytics in learning, this is the journal for you! Interest in learning analytics is growing. It’s a data centric world and will only become more so in the future.

Toward post-Journalism journalism

Doc Searls

Which brings us to journalism. For small-j journalism, this is not the End of Time, but the beginning of it. For big-J journalism, it might be the end. Bonus link: Dan Gillmor’s The Only Journalism Subsidy We Need is Bandwidth. Tags: Journalism

Journalism is outlining

Doc Searls

In Journalism as service: Lessons from Sandy , Jeff Jarvis says, “After Sandy, what journalists provided was mostly articles when what I wanted was specifics that those articles only summarized. ” Journals aren’t going to stop giving us stories, because stories are the main attraction. They are also the frontier, because journals on the whole suck at lists. Art Blogging Broadcasting Ideas Journalism Live Web News problems

Future of journalism

David Weinberger

What’s so hard about local journalism? It was about the authoritative nature of local journalism. Our content theory: let’s invest in the most important areas of journalism and content, build B2B, and have relationships with people in the most important areas of their lives. But we’re still engaged in long form journalism. Q: What makes global journalism work? How does that change the target audience for online journalism?

Journalism and Wikipedia

Doc Searls

Yet most of journalism ‘s products, I would bet, do not. So here’s what I’m thinking: Journalism, as a field, should be concerned with adding to the record that is Wikipedia. Wikipedia clearly cares about journalism.) I also wonder to what degree journalism classes, and schools of journalism, care about Wikipedia. Though I plan to soon, since I plan to make journalism a preoccupation of mine over the coming year.

Jeff Jarvis on journalism as a service

David Weinberger

It proposes that we understand journalism as a provider of services rather than of content. Jeff then dissolves journalism into its component parts and asks us to imagine how they could be envisioned as sustainable services designed to help readers (or viewers) accomplish their goals. My wife and I had breakfast with Jeff Jarvis on Thursday, so I took the opportunity to do a quick podcast with him about his new book Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News.

How True Advertising Can Save Journalism From Drowning in a Sea of Content

Doc Searls

Journalism is in a world of hurt because it has been marginalized by a new business model that requires maximizing “content” instead. Here’s one way to tell the difference between real advertising and adtech: Real advertising wants to be in a publication because it values the publication’s journalism and readership. Here’s one way to tell the difference between journalism and content: Journalism has ethics.

Giant Zero Journalism, cont’d

Doc Searls

While doing research on another topic, I ran across this post by Amy Gahran ( @agahran ) in Poynter , riffing off a March 2007 post on my old blog titled Giant Zero Journalism. Here’s the post: We’ll start with Corporations Co-opt Citizen Journalism , by Frank Beacham , who concludes, I predict that in a world overflowing with dreadful citizen-made images, talented photographers and videographers will survive. Good journalism may be hard, but technology is easy.

The need for good journalism

Euen Semple

I agree with what Robin Lustig says in this piece about the importance of a free press. Each time I am interviewed by mainstream media journalists I am unimpressed by their grasp of the topic; frustrated at their wide of the mark questions; worried about the apparent randomness of selecting me as an “expert”; and nervous, from experience, about my words being twisted to reinforce an agenda that they have already set.

Journalism x.x

Doc Searls

Tags: Journalism

iTunes for journalism (reprise)

Euen Semple

Some time ago I suggested iTunes for journalism and compared newspapers to albums - having to buy two crap tracks along with the six you really want. I know all the arguments about the need to fund good investigative or foreign journalism but this might in the long term prove an interesting alternative Why not build an RSS playlist of journalists you rate rather than having to pay for all the stuff you don't? This tweet from Mark W.

Journalism and hospitality

David Weinberger

Third, it applies hospitality to journalism as a way of framing the discussion of why American media don’t well represent the non-Western world. Lokman Tsui has posted his dissertation. I like it for a few reasons. First, it’s Lokman’s :) Second, it takes hospitality seriously as a virtue; this used to be definitive of cultures but in modernity has gotten associated with the offering of cupcakes.

[2b2k] Inside.com’s updates: A new rhetorical form for journalism?

David Weinberger

Jason Calacanis , the founder of the site, and someone I hadn’t talked with since the glory days of blogging, emphasized the site’s commitment to the “atomic unit” of journalism, a particular type of summary that he calls an “update.” It’s not often you get a new rhetorical form, especially for something as important as journalism. In any case, the update form Inside.com has created seems to me to be a worthwhile addition to the rhetoric of journalism

Call for Papers, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

George Siemens

Valerie Irvine, Jillianne Code, and I are editing a special issue of Merlot’s Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (.pdf). The journal theme: massive open online courses (MOOCs). Extended abstracts of ~500 words are due Nov 15, 2012. Full papers due January 31, 2013. Please consider submitting if you’ve taken a MOOC, taught one, or just generally hate them

Blog Post: We are flipping teaching - how about flipping journalism?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen We are flipping teaching - how about flipping journalism ? "We're We're the facilitator of a conversation," instead of "we're speaking for you

Evidence-based journalism

David Weinberger

Richard Sambrook , director of the BBC ’s World Service and Global News, has posted an excellent engagement with Jay Rosen’s piece on He Said/ She Said journalism. He agrees that that type of journalism is a problem, but the problem isn’t with the He Said/She Said format. The problem is lazy journalism, says Richard. It may have run its course but there are many who simply favour journalism of opinion - under the cloak of “calling the story&#.

Journalism that Matters – Day 3

Nancy White

We are into day 3 of Journalism that Matters, Re-imagining News and Community in the Pacific Northwest. Balancing the closeness and connection of community with the wider possibility of “infecting&# others with journalism that matters by forging outward.

[newmedia] Journalism panel

David Weinberger

Dan Gillmor is not as pessimistic as many others about the future of journalism. Jim VandeHri from Politico agrees with Dan that we’re going to end up with more and better journalism, although he has no idea what it’s going to look like and he thinks that newspapers are in much worse shape than most acknowledge. There will be lots of journalism, but just not dominated by the big papers and broadcasters. We are going to lose eat-your-spinach journalism.

Do we still need academic journals?

George Siemens

Tony Bates asks wether we still need academic journals (note, he pays homage to the need for a system that is capable of “disseminating useful information that has a sound academic base&# …he just questions the journal model). The form of journals – 6-12 articles in an issue, published on a fairly regular interval is somewhat irrelevant.

Bullet Journaling for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth Kanter

The topic was bullet journaling and the table host was nonprofit tech colleague Ma’ayan Alexander. Bullet Journaling for Nonprofit Professionals – Guest Post by Ma’ayan Alexander. Bullet Journal (BuJo) started as “an analog system to track the past, organize the present and plan for the future.” Basically, you take a notebook and a pen, and make it your calendar, journal and planner. What is the Bullet Journal System?

A history lesson in how to automate journalism with war and sports metaphors

Doc Searls

I’m resurrecting it here because it does a good job of explaining how easy it is to automate journalism by framing a story in terms of war or sports — and tees up my next post. December 7th, The Wall Street Journal writes, Bill Gates “issued a thinly veiled warning to Netscape and other upstarts that included a reference to the Pearl Harbor attack on the same date in 1941.” history Internet Journalism News Outlining Personal problems Technology

Transparency and noir journalism

David Weinberger

David Eaves makes a crucial point in a post inspired by Clay Shirky ’s and Steven Johnson ’s recent brilliant postings about the future of journalism. Will this bring about a fundamental change in the practice of journalism? Much of traditional journalism already assumes transparency in business, government, and, yes, sports. Tags: journalism media newspapers noir david_eaves

Imperial College in showdown with closed-access journals

David Weinberger

Felix Online, the online news of Imperial College in the UK, reports (in an article by Kadhim Shubber) that Deborah Shorley, Director of the Imperial College London Library, is threatening to end the library’s subscriptions to journals published by Elsevier and Wiley Blackwell , two of the major publishers in the UK.

Belated Reflections from “Journalism that Matters” PNW

Nancy White

Earlier this month I attended the Journalism that Matters Pacific Northwest gathering here in Seattle. With the theme “Re-Imagining News and Community in the Northwest,&# I was given the chance to stop, listen and reflect on journalism, my community and me.

The person who beat Nate Silver – DailyKos and journalism

David Weinberger

One political analyst was actually ever so slightly more accurate than Nate “Poll God” Silver : Markos Moulitsas, the founder of DailyKos. I’ve always checked in on DailyKos occasionally, but over the past year or so it’s become a multi-daily stop, and was one of my primary sources of news about the campaign. It embodies a lot of the good stuff the Net is doing to news, and some of the bad. DailyKos is obviously a partisan site. It’s perfectly clear about that.

Law journal goes open access

David Weinberger

Tags: open_access journals law_journals everything_is_miscellaneous

Journalism and Net Nativity

Doc Searls

I don’t go to TV for Journalism any more, even though I’m sure there’s plenty left: needles scattered thorugh a haystack of channels and program schedules that have become so hard to navigate on satellite and cable systems that it’s just not worth the bother. Newsweek’s Journalism of Fourth-and-Long. The Wall Street Journal ’s especially. Journalism without sources is not worthy of the name.

Toward post-largesse journalism

Doc Searls

You can’t visit the subject of daily newspaper journalism without paying respect, if not homage, to the Ochs and Sulzberger s, the Chandlers, the Annenbergs , the Loeb s, the McCormick s, the Gannetts , the Graham s, the Knights , the McClatchys , the Storke s. Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that we can’t leave the role of these families out of any consideration, much less study, of the Great Institution of Daily Journalism.

There are better ways to save journalism

Doc Searls

In a Columbia Journalism Review op-ed , Bernie Sanders presents a plan to save journalism that begins, WALTER CRONKITE ONCE SAID that “journalism is what we need to make democracy work.” He was absolutely right, which is why today’s assault on journalism by Wall Street, billionaire businessmen, Silicon Valley, and Donald Trump presents a crisis—and why we must take concrete action. Or hell, skip that and read Bernie Sanders Has Misguided Plan To Save Journalism.

Doc Searls Weblog · Toward a new ecology of journalism

Doc Searls

Shelley Powers and David Kearns both took issue with the “citizen journalism&# concept. David himself weighed in with good answers to his critics, and added, “This isn’t real journalism and I don’t think anyone would claim it to be (I wouldn’t).

Music videos are the new journalism: learn about fracking!

Trends in the Living Networks

The US public interest news group ProPublica recently teamed up with New York University’s Jay Rosen to create ‘explanatory journalism’ ProPublica has an existing three-year running project reporting on fracking and drinking water contamination.

How-to guide for moving a journal to Open Access

David Weinberger

The Association for Learning Technologies has published a detailed and highly practical guide , based on its own experience, for journals moving toward an Open Access model. ALT’s journal has been renamed Research in Learning Technology , and it will be fully Open Access as of January 2012. Indeed, the guide is of even broader utility than that, since it considers the practicalities of moving from an existing contract with publishers for any reason.

Interactive Journalism, The New York Times and Andrew DeVigal

Adaptive Path

Andrew DeVigal, the multimedia editor at The New York Times, visited us at the Adaptive Path Amsterdam studio on March 22 and gave an interesting talk on interactive journalism. The two-by-two he uses has on its axes: Does this piece 1) advance our journalism?

Can journals live on subscriptions?

Doc Searls

My point is that it’s possible to have an excellent journal that lives on subscriptions, which are a value-for-value exachange. Tags: Journalism VRM problems Chapel Hill paychoice subscriptions subscrtiption Sun Sy Safransky The Sun Some do. My long-time favorite magazine is The Sun.

Impact, a new journal on workplace eLearning

Jay Cross

The inaugural issue of Impact, the Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning just appeared on the web. The first looks primarily at academic journals. You can read this first issue on the web for free. Disclosure: I am on Impact’s Editorial Board.). I’ve read a little over half of the 14 articles. Richard Straub writes cogently about the lay of the eLearning land. Andrew Whitworth presents a fascinating thought piece on context.

Another open access journal, and when closed access journals go rogue

David Weinberger

On the one hand, a new peer-reviewed open access journal is starting up: The Journal of Media and Communication Studies. On the other hand, Jonathan Zittrain blogs about a European journal currently being sued because it refused to give in to an author’s demand that a short, critical book review be removed. It’s promising to work toward a four-week decision process for submitted articles, with publication in the next issue. Good luck to JMCS.

Wonderful Piece of Journalism by John Walsh

Nigel Paine

How much does it hurt? Aching, throbbing, searing, excruciating – pain is difficult to describe and impossible to see. So how can doctors measure it? John Walsh finds out about new ways of assessing the agony. One night in May, my wife sat up in bed and said, “I’ve got this awful pain just here.” She prodded her abdomen and made a face. “It It feels like something’s really wrong.” Woozily noting that it was 2am, I asked what kind of pain it was.

Pew Excellence in Journalism now watching blogs

David Weinberger

Pew’s Research Center for Excellence in Journalism has now added a weekly new media report on what the ol’ blogosphere is blathering on about. Tags: pew blogging new_media citizen_journalism That’s you and me, sister. Or what most people indexed by Technorati and Icerocket are talking about, anyway. For example, we seem to have focused a lot on Obama’s inauguration. Wasn’t that three months ago?