links for 2009-04-30

By on Apr 30, 2009 in Uncategorized |

2008's top 10 media & publishing ideas – Media musings "Springwise highlights smart concepts that will continue to provide entrepreneurs with plenty of inspiration and opportunities in 2009! Featuring both startups and new concepts by established players, here's their pick of media & publishing ideas.." (tags: journalisttraining journalism newspaperbusiness publishing)

links for 2009-04-29

By on Apr 29, 2009 in Uncategorized |

Laptopforbud på NJ-landsmøtet | The Norwegian union for journalists has banned laptops and mobiles from it's conference, saying they just distract journalists… (tags: journalism norway mobile conference union) / UK – Sweet to tweet Finally, an interesting article about twitter… "This has turned big global news events into a new form of shared experience. Traffic on the website jumped during the inauguration as users who were there, or watching it on television, turned to the service to talk about their feelings – a contrast with Google and Facebook, which saw dips in traffic during the event. As last year's siege of Mumbai played out, a flow of eyewitness accounts turned Twitter into both a source of news and a place for people to respond immediately to it." (tags: twitter business ft) / Columnists / Lucy Kellaway – Twittering executives reveal too much "I think it is potentially the best communication tool there is; the trouble is that most executives are making a complete hash of using it. Either they fill it with mundane personal detail, or they fill it with mundane professional detail – which is possibly worse. The first scores higher on embarrassment; the second on tedium. " (tags: twitter business management) Matthew Collin: Breaking the Silence in Kazakhstan "At a forum on blogging [RH note – my panel!], a young woman stood up in front of the powerful Nazarbayeva and condemned a proposed new law which campaigners claim will put serious restrictions on internet journalists and bloggers and potentially allow the authorities to block sites on political grounds. Wearing a home-made T-shirt which read:Shhh! Censorship in the Room”, Yevgenia Plakhina said that six other activists had just been detained while trying to stage a protest against the planned legislation." (tags: conference freespeech censorship kazakhstan) Turning Movable Type into a light weight desktop blogging client | – Home of the MT Community "What makes Movable Type and Fluid work especially well together is the iMT plugin, which provides a beautifully designed user interface specifically for iPhone users. Coupled with Fluid's ability to let any application it bootstraps to masquerade as an iPhone, Fluid can be used to bring all the benefits of the dramatically simplified iPhone user interface of the iMT plugin right to your desktop" (tags: blogging bloggingtechniques iphone tools movabletype mac...

forum for debate on the road to media freedom

By on Apr 29, 2009 in activism, blogging, citizen journalism, conferences/events, headshift, journalism, law | 2 comments

Last week I spoke at the Eurasian Media Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The conference brings together journalists, business leaders, academics and politicians for two days of discussion ranging from news coverage of global events such as the current economic crisis to the implications of the Obama Presidency on East-West relations. It’s a pretty far flung place, but one with a fascinating mix of influences – cultural, economic, political, historical, religious. The conference is hosted by none other than the Daughter of the President, so the security bubble it (rightly) exists within also makes it quite different from most of the conferences I’ve been invited to. I went, at least in part, in the hope that by talking about the tools and techniques of blogging and social media, I could encourage delegates to think about being more open, transparent and direct in their dealings with audiences, consumers and, for the politicians in attendance, the populaces they govern. It was my usual sort of presentation but attendance at my talk was a bit disappointing which I later discovered was because a small scale protest was going on outside the building. Dan Kennedy blogged about that and what happened in the subsequent panel which we both participated in, on his blog Media Nation. Obviously, I can’t profess to have been aware of the protest at the time I was on stage nor could I, as an outsider, ever expect to fully understand it – Central Asia has cultural and contextual differences that can, without a proper analysis, make it hard for Westerners to fully unpick things. What I can say is that the purpose of the conference – creating a broad forum for debate about media, politics, society and business- made it absolutely worth attending. It’s an even more important debate in this region, where many are still trying to figure out exactly where they fit into a world that has changed dramatically around and within them over the past...

revealed: groundbreaking study of user generated content use at the bbc

By on Apr 28, 2009 in academic studies, BBC, citizen journalism, journalism | 2 comments

In July 2007, as I announced here, the BBC/AHRC partnership selected eight projects to go forward. I was, along with Liz Howell and Robin Morley, the primary BBC sponsor for the largest of those projects, the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of User-Generated Content and it's Impact upon Contributors, Non-Contributors and the BBC. The study was awarded £90,000, a clear demonstration of the importance of this piece of research both to the BBC and to the academic community. The study was completed last summer but, until now, I've been unable to blog about it. Don't read between the lines – the report wasn't buried, I simply didn't feel that I had the necessary permission to blog about it but that all changed yesterday when the BBC and AHRC, who co-funded the research, held an event open to invited members of the public, including myself. Claire Wardle from the Department of Journalism at Cardiff University, who completed the ground-breaking research along with colleague Andy Williams, revealed in this first presentation of the findings, the following. The project was truly groundbreaking in that researchers had unparalleled access to BBC journalists, editors and audiences – allowing for: 10 weeks of ethnographic shadowing in BBC newsrooms interviews with 115 journalists interviews with 12 senior managers content analysis of a range of radio and television broadcasts as well as online content a MORI poll representative of the British public at large an online survey 12 focus groups The access we were able to provide the researchers with was exceptional – no previous researcher or research group had been given such an opportunity, at least not in so far as any of us was ever aware. The main findings of the research were that: There are 5 main types of "UGC" and they fulfill 6 different roles within the BBC Journalists and audiences display markedly different attitudes towards the five types Technology is changing the volume, ease and speed of gathering news material and sources, but traditional journalism practices still important "UGC" at the local level is particularly interesting Overall there is support from the audience for the ways in which the BBC has been using "UGC" Specific calls to action are most useful for news gathering and when eliciting high-quality relevant comment only a small, select group of people submit "UGC" UGC should never be treated as representative significant barriers to participation: digital divide, social economic background, lack of impetus, and – most interesting for me – negative perceptions held by general audience of contributors contributors want a real world impact for the contributions – eg. "If it was going to be read by Gordon Brown, then of course I'd submit it…" The study also identified a typology of audience material: audience content audience comments collaborative content networked journalism non-news content ("photos of snowmen") The majority of respondents to the MORI poll commissioned had favourable views of user generated content and thought it played a positive roll in reporting yet few have actually contributed. One of the questions was whether people would take a photo if they saw a fire break out – just 14% said they would, and just 6% of those said they'd send it to a news organisation. Great differences were seen across classes – 16% of higher management would take a photo, with all saying they'd submit it to a news organisation, but in other groups (middle-management to manual laborers) only between 4 – 5% would take a photo. There's lots of other interesting findings in the full-version of the study which, so far as I'm aware, hasn't yet been published publicly although it's my hope that it will be made available...

links for 2009-04-28

By on Apr 28, 2009 in Uncategorized |

BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | India election train: Map Journalists at the BBC are mashing up their blog posts, images, audio and a map…link thanks @sambrook (tags: bbcnews journalisttraining bbc blogging journalism india)