One of my goals for 2009 could have been to read more about my industry, but I already read quite a bit. I haven’t shared some of those articles in quite a while, though, so here is an update on some interesting articles (although some may be dated).
The always fabulous 10,000 Words updated the list of journalists on Twitter that people should follow. There were some changes to the top 10, but Mark Luckie also added some additional people to follow at the bottom.
Of course I’m tooting my own horn here since I appear on the “additional journalists” list, but this is an excellent list of media people to follow. I was already following most of the people on the list before he revised it.
We can argue all day and all night about what is the best blogging service, but Typepad does provide an excellent service. Small problem is that the service isn’t free, and many people don’t want to shell out the cash.
But if you’re a journalist, Typepad wants to help you out in furthering your career. They have a program was initially intended to help laid-off journalists, but it’s a good service for all journalists looking to promote their work and ideas.
The items on the list aren’t complicated, like learning to shoot and resize a photo for the Web. But it’s an excellent list of skills journalists should obtain in our changing media climate.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban explains quite well why the local media is who covers a sports team best. I agree, and as a hockey blogger on a fan site, I wouldn’t be able to do my job without the beat writers. I’m not doing the original reporting. They are. How can I comment on the team without their work? We need them.
But I don’t know if I agree with Cuban’s approach. In some ways it could cause problems of an appeared conflict of interest. His plan, though, is worth analyzing.
I’ve written extensively why New Jersey needs the Star Ledger, and Editor & Publisher takes an in-depth look at the newspaper and its recent troubles.
And while the Star Ledger was saved, there is still some hurt. The buyouts meant a large amount of institutional knowledge walked out the door in the last two months. That institutional knowledge is part of what makes the Star Ledger’s reporting good.
Is it really shocking there are more and more tools for hyperlocal information on the Web? I like the fact that I’ve been on the ground floor of the movement.
Local information is what people crave most, and it’s what will help journalism in the future. Newspapers should focus on Web-only content that focuses on hyperlocal content and tools if they want to save themselves.
And Rosen is getting a lot of responses, including my own.
I went hardcore into Twitter when I was out of work to connect to other journalists, and found a fantastic community of other media people.
Now I’m a mobile journalist who works out of her apartment and assorted public spaces. I visit our New York office only once a week. I miss the comradery of the newsroom.
Twitter doesn’t quite replace it, but it is a place where I can find discussions about the industry and talk to other media people. I’ve made some Twitter friends over the last few months. It helps ease the lonely existence of being a mobile journalist.
Harvard has produced an in-depth study of citizen media today. Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to dive into the report yet, but the summary is essentially that citizen media hasn’t met its potential yet.
There is a lot of work ahead, though, is people want citizen media to work. People don’t just create journalism. While they may feel called to action when there’s a major news event — like a flood or bombing or earthquake — they need a little push to do more.
The whole “if you build it, they will come” philosophy that some had towards citizen media and user-generate content has proven to not work. Citizen journalists need a push, they need training and they need people who understand they work on their own schedule. They might not always be reliable. They’re working for free.