13th Post – Journalistopia

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2009 by theobaldwolfgang

Journalistopia is blog by Danny Sanchez, the Multimedia Content Manager at OrlandoSentinal.com, talking about developments of journalism online, as well journalism in general and journalism events being held across America.

Sanchez’ has been writing this blog since August 2006, meaning it documents developments in journalism, both on and offline, since then. It also discusses multimedia tools available on the internet, as well as social networking sites. Interactivity is a topic that arises frequently in his posts, which is natural considering his current occupation.

Google News has been the subject of recent blog posts.



12th Post – New York Times Online Coverage of Zidane Headbutt

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2009 by theobaldwolfgang

This article , entitled ‘NY Times links Zidane headbutt video on Youtube’ discusses the New York Times linking its readers away from the story about the 2006 World Cup Final between France and Italy to a Youtube video of French captain at the time, Zinedine Zidane, headbutting Italy’s Marco Matterazzi and being sent off.

While this is an old article, it highlights how, at the time, this editorial decision by the NY Times reflected a growing realisation amongst mainstream media organisations of the potential of Youtube. This was despite Youtube only being in existence for just over a year and a half at the time.

Within this article are links to various other articles about the incident. The sending off of arguably the greatest player in his generation in his final game before retirement is always going to attract attention, but it is interesting to see the sheer number of articles written on the matter, as well as the amount of interactivity going on in each article, as there are links to further articles all the time.

This video is a reminder of the real reasons why Zidane should be remembered:

11th Post – Survey: Optimism About Online Journalism’s Potential Revenue Stream

Posted in Uncategorized on April 5, 2009 by theobaldwolfgang

This article discusses the results of a survey conducted by the Pew Research Centre’s Project For Excellence in Journalism.

Survey says journalists optimistic about revenue for online journalism

Survey says journalists optimistic about revenue for online journalism

The article, entitled ‘Survey results: Online journalists optimistic about potential in revenue, technology‘, found that journalists working online were less likely to believe that journalism was headed in the wrong direction, while two-thirds of the survey-takers believed advertising would be the most important source of revenue for web sites in the next three years.

See here for the PDF of the survey results. Below is a link to a video of the results being delivered at a conference.

Survey of ONA members on online news from Merrill College on Vimeo.

10th Post – Wikipedia: a Form of Participatory Journalism?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2009 by theobaldwolfgang

Andrew Lih of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong wrote a paper entitled ‘Wikipedia as Participatory Journalism: Reliable Sources? Metrics for evaluating collaborative media as a news resource’ in 2004. This paper discusses the history and growth of Wikipedia and the findings of a study conducted by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong which related to the idea of participatory journalism, and to Wikipedia as a form of this strand of journalism.

Certain findings of this study are interesting, particularly the findings discussed on page 12 of the PDF file. Here, the study focuses on the number of news organisations who referred directly to Wikipedia in an article/broadcast in the space of a certain period of time. Amongst these were big publications, such as the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. The Daily Telegraph was found to have referred to Wikipedia in 41 of its articles in the period of time this study was conducted.

The paper concludes by stating Wikipedia benefits from large internet traffic and user contributions as “it provides for very quick evolution of encyclopedic knowledge, providing a function that has been missing in the traditional media ecology.”

Maybe not as negatively anticipated as first anticipated...

Maybe not as negatively explosive as first anticipated...

9th Post – Article on Online Opportunities in Journalism

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2009 by theobaldwolfgang

This is an article by Rich Gordon on the future of journalism. He argues in his article, entitled ‘Online opportunities make journalism’s future bright, despite gloomy feeling’, that, despite the worrying lack of investment by big companies in journalism, online journalism holds the key to the future success of the industry.

Future of news?

Future of news?

8th Post – Article on Citizen Journalism

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2009 by theobaldwolfgang

This article by Rick Edmonds, entitled ‘As Blogs and Citizen Journalism Grow, Where’s The News?’ examines the role of the citizen journalist and whether or not it is viable or editorially sounds for the future of journalism.

In this article, available on PoynterOnline.org, Edmonds remarks that:

‘Traditional media have roused from their slumber and are indulging in the most sincere form of flattery, getting urgent about bringing blogs or citizen-written sites into their mix.’

Edmonds argues that, while on ground accounts or video/picture footage of natural disasters or warzones from citizens is useful to journalism, he feels general news reporting is something that should be left to the professionals.

While the article was written in 2005, many of the arguments it makes still hold true today.

Citizen Journalism, eh?

7th Post – Struggle of Online News

Posted in Uncategorized on March 20, 2009 by theobaldwolfgang

This is a Reutors report, entitled ‘Newspaper’s struggle online’, discussing Online Journalism’s faltering advertising growth back in 2007. The New York Times reported a 50% drop in online advertising revenue at the time.

An argument made in the report by Porter Bib of Media Tech Capital Partners is that the papers were not adapting to the demands of being online fast enough. An interesting point made in the report was the fact that MySpace and other such sites branched out into news.