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links for 2008-02-29

By on Feb 29, 2008 in Uncategorized |

Neil Thurman’s UGC study is flawed [Shane Richmond : Telegraph Blog] “Neil is an eminent academic and experienced in this field and I’m not suggesting that this study is without merit. However, many of the problems he highlights are not problems any more. Some of the problems we have now didn’t exist back then.” (tags: academicresearch onlinecommunitymanagement onlinediscussion telegraph comments Journalism statistics news2.0 newspaperwebsites) Using and sharing our databases online – Dallas Morning News “At The Dallas Morning News, we often acquire and analyze whole sets of data as part of reporting a story. And we hope to share some of that data with readers.” (tags: texas networkedjournalism journalism...

journalism techniques: processes into content part 4

By on Feb 29, 2008 in BBC, blogging techniques, journalism, social software | 1 comment

The BBC Internet Blog is where "senior staff from BBC Future Media teams will talk about issues raised by you about the technology behind bbc.co.uk, our mobile services and the BBC’s presence on the internet." Not only does the blog give readers the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes, it also gives license fee payers the opportunity to engage with senior staff working for the BBC’s Future Media and Technology division and to hold them accountable for the services they provide. I spoke with Nick Reynolds, Editor of the BBC Internet Blog, about how he’s turning the process of finding and responding to audience feedback into content: Click To Play Having trouble with the embedded player? Here’s a direct link to it on blip.tv (now also on...

broadcast live video online using your mobile phone

By on Feb 28, 2008 in activism, blogging, blogging techniques, citizen journalism, journalism, mobile | 2 comments

Earlier this week I installed an application that turns my mobile phone into a highly portable, live broadcasting device. There are plenty of video sharing services that can accept uploads via mobile phone including youtube, blip.tv, kyte.tv and others. But qik, the service I’m currently alpha testing, does something very different – it allows you stream video live from a 3G phone to the web. The potential for this is incredible. From now on, every journalist will have the ability to get usable video content on air almost instantly using nothing but a mobile phone that fits easily in their pocket. Activists will be able to stream live from protests. Concert goers can share their front row seats with friends at home.  Privacy concerns aside,  the ability to stream live video from a cameraphone, and for that video to be instantly available around the world via the internet, really is awesome. Here’s what the service looks like online: And a short video I made showing how the mobile application looks on a Nokia N95 handset: Click To...

dallas morning news asks readers to sift lost jfk assassination docs

By on Feb 28, 2008 in citizen journalism, journalism, law, newspapers, social software |

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins recently made public documents and relics relating to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. The existence of the materials, stored in a 6ft x 6ft safe, had been kept secret until now. The Dallas Morning News has put the documents online and is asking readers to help sift through the content which they say includes "transcripts, personal and official letters, newspaper clippings, lists of jurors, police reports, rap sheets, autopsy reports, trial notes, police notebooks, photographs and much more."      The problem, according to the paper, is that the documents are, "…neither cataloged nor indexed, and they are in no apparent order. Given the volume, we haven’t been able to review most of the files. That’s why were calling on you. Here’s your chance to review never-seen-before materials related to the JFK assassination."  Asking readers to help sift through the massive amount of material released is, of course, a great way to use the audience to help find interesting details that will generate stories. At the moment, it looks like the only way users can do this is to send messages to the paper or post on a discussion board – neither of which really harnesses the full potential of the network. I think the paper is missing a trick by not creating an editorial framework around how people can help with the project. For example, the paper could ask users to use a social bookmarking tool, such as del.icio.us, to bookmark, tag and share. This way they’d be able to more quickly index the documents, making it easier for those with specialist skills or knowledge to get to the documents where their skills can be put to best use. Simply putting the materials online, and asking audiences to help sift through them, is a good first step but so much more could be gained by applying the newspaper’s editorial skills to creating a framework for...

links for 2008-02-28

By on Feb 28, 2008 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

News Websites’ Uneasy Relationship with User-Generated Content (link via David Black) Neil Thurman of City University London reveals that, despite the seemingly heavy emphasis on UGC at mainstream news websites, questions remain about the extent to which users are interested both in participating themselves and viewing other readers’ contr (tags: academicresearch usergeneratedcontent citizenjournalism news2.0 bbcnews journalism journalisttraining moderation) Earthquake in UK? News Broken on Twitter – ReadWriteWeb Just to drive home the point, the BBC had the story up a full 35-40 minutes after we first heard about it via Twitter. Not bad by any means, but that just further illustrates how much Twitter breaks down the news cycle. (tags: twitter microblogging citizenjournalism news2.0 journalisttraining) Jeff Jarvis on Twitter “I now see it is an important evolutionary step in the rise of blogging…” (tags: jeffjarvis bloggingtechniques guardian microblogging journalisttraining) BBC Editor Jeremy Hillman’s thoughts on PR PR isn’t about flogging a ropey product launch. It comes from a deep understanding and mastery of the issues around the industry and business you represent and the ability to express those powerfully and honestly. And that, like good journalism, takes tim (tags: bbcnews marketing) Reuters play with “Twitter This” functionality (link thanks to Martin Stabe) Want your friends to know what you are reading? Click the twitter this button next to the article. That’s the idea anyway. (tags: twitter microblogging news2.0 newspaperwebsites recommendation linking reuters) Dallas News: Help us examine the lost JFK files (link thanks Dan Gillmor) The Dallas News calls on it’s readers to help sift through rediscovered files on JFK assassination – “Given the volume, we haven’t been able to review most of the files. That’s why were calling on you. Here’s your chance to review never-seen-before materi (tags: citizenjournalism collaboration crowdsourcing journalisttraining journalism texas...