Monthly Archives: April 2005

CNN’s online coverage of the Jackson trial

[Keyword: ]. Thanks to Andy for drawing my attention to CNN’s online coverage of the Jackson trial. The company have clearly ploughed some hefty resources into this one, with video reports, a gallery of key players, and an interactive timeline. Well worth exploring.

Google Suggest

[Keyword: ]. Thanks to a colleague for introducing the slightly-more-useful-than-Google Google Suggest: basically Google with an auto-suggest function that guesses what you’re searching for (and tells you how many results there are).

So, ‘s’ and ‘sp’ bring up ‘spybot’; ‘spr’ brings up ‘sprint’; and ‘spra’ brings up ‘sprained ankle’. Just what I was looking for…

How web traffic affects news decisions

[Keyword: ]. From Buzzworthy: “NAA‘s Presstime magazine looks at how newspaper editors factor in Web traffic when deciding what stories will make the front page in print. (At the Post-Intelligencer, printside editors get regular reports about what stories are most popular online but I think they usually make their decisions based on more traditional criteria.)”

Poynter opens online “News University”

[Keyword: ]. To quote:

“News University works in concert with leading journalism organizations and journalism schools to offer three types of e-learning:

  • Self-directed classes that journalists can complete at their own pace.
  • Faculty-moderated seminars that are scheduled over the course of days or weeks.
  • Live eSeminars that are broadcast over the Internet.

“NewsU’s course topics range from basic reporting and writing skills, such as interviewing and lead writing, to visual journalism, such as using color in news design, as well as courses for newsroom managers. NewsU is launching with nearly 20 courses and will continue to add more to meet the training needs of busy journalists…”

Poynter opens online "News University"

[Keyword: ]. To quote:

“News University works in concert with leading journalism organizations and journalism schools to offer three types of e-learning:

  • Self-directed classes that journalists can complete at their own pace.
  • Faculty-moderated seminars that are scheduled over the course of days or weeks.
  • Live eSeminars that are broadcast over the Internet.

“NewsU’s course topics range from basic reporting and writing skills, such as interviewing and lead writing, to visual journalism, such as using color in news design, as well as courses for newsroom managers. NewsU is launching with nearly 20 courses and will continue to add more to meet the training needs of busy journalists…”

A look at the evolving pay schemes of writers online.

[Keyword: ]. …from the OJR’s Mark Glaser, including the trend of basing payment on popularity. Will we see a split between ‘tabloid’ bloggers chasing numbers and ‘quality’ bloggers who can afford independence? As always with these things, it seems there are both good and bad aspects to the trend: on the one hand journalists become more aware of their audience and self-promotion; on the other when does chasing ratings become an ethical issue?

There is no escape from the hit counter, it seems…