Monthly Archives: October 2005

Can ‘Citizen Journalists’ Really Produce Readable Content?

[Keyword: ]. So asks Steve Outing. He answers positively, but with some examples of press release-style examples that highlight the potential problems with the form.

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New news search engine/aggregator that jumps pages and includes paid content

[Keyword: ]. “Inform.com is a new news search engine/aggregator that competes with the likes of Topix.net and Google News,” reports Poynter (my last link to them today, honest).

“Inform’s technology scours news articles deeper than its competitors, it seems. (For instance, on a Web article that “jumps” four pages, Inform analyzes all four pages of content.) One thing that impressed me in talking with Goldman was how the service is being designed to integrate paid content. As he explains it, the idea is to search and catalog news that’s behind registration and subscription walls. So, for example, Inform will index and analyze not only articles from NYTimes.com (user registration required), but also from WSJ.com (paid subscription).”

Digital Journalists Meet in Venezuela

[Keyword: ]. To quote in full: “Some 200 people are taking part in the 2nd International Congress of Online Journalism in Maracay, Venezuela, this week. As part of the first day’s issues, there were lectures about digital narrative, legislation, and digital content. On Friday, the last day of the event, speakers will be talking about weblogs, including a track about how to get earnings from them. “

To moderate or not moderate online debates

[Keyword: ]. …That is the question, or at least in Norway, where the Norwegian Code of Press Ethics is being revised, according to Poynter:

“The committee proposing a new Code claims that it’s the duty of an editor to read through and accept or reject every post in a forum. Clearly this is a hard line to follow, and a representative of Norway’s largest website, VG Nett, said earlier this year that this would keep about 20 people working full time, in addition to slowing down the debate and thereby destroying the dynamics that are so crucial to Web chats and debate forums.”

Flash Journalism – the short version

[Keyword: ]. As someone who’s been teaching the skill for three years I’m looking forward to reading Mindy McAdams’ book on Flash Journalism (nice coining-of-phrase there, by the way) – in the meantime, she’s written an overview of the practice at Online Journalism Review with some of the reasons why journalists use Flash, summed up in the following quote:

“Flash addresses two key needs in online journalism: integrating multiple media (content), and reaching the widest possible audience (compatibility).”

It also emphasises the importance of interactivity in Flash journalism. If you ever create a ‘Next’ button you’re thinking in the wrong way:

“Users appreciate having the ability to choose, according to Mega Communications’ Villalobos. “The things we get the most traffic out of is when the users get to decide what they’re going to see,” he said. “You can’t do that on TV. You can’t do it in print. Online is the only place where you can redefine how stories are told.””