I’ve looked at a number of tools in this series, often very new with potential applications for journalism that haven’t been realised. This time I want to turn the spotlight onto tools that you’re using every day, which may not be flashy, but which do a simple job very well – for example:
in managing or filtering information,
identifying leads, ideas and contacts,
producing news itself,
or allowing users to get involved.
What have been the most useful online tools you’ve used?
Dorien Aerts takes a look at Flemish newspapers’ mobile efforts.
What kind of mobile internet services do newspapers in Flanders offer? Since the launch of the iPhone in Belgium a few weeks ago, the mobile internet has become a hot topic. It has ‘a face’ since then, and more and more people want to try it out. Here’s what’s being done…
One of Belgium’s quality papers, De Standaard has offered a mobile website to its readers since the 16th of June viam.standaard.be.
The service contains all kinds of news, from sports and politics to celebrity updates. Apart from that, the mobile website offers the weather forecast and up to date traffic information. Continue reading →
The other day I realised that this blog had passed the milestone of 1000 posts without me noticing. This seems as good a time as any to look back and pick out the 1% that are worth highlighting.
You’ll notice that the (coincidental) redesign of the blog has an ‘OJB Highlights’ area in which I’ve picked the posts which – from my memory at least – have proved particularly popular or comment-worthy, or at least those I’ve spent most time on.
But that’s just my opinion. I’d love to know if you think I’ve overlooked any posts that should be included.
I’ve written a piece in the latest Press Gazette about the need to “take down the walls, stop mystifying investigative journalism and include readers in the process, starting now.” Sadly, they’ve pigeonholed it as being about “blog investigations”. Never mind: you can read it here.
Last Friday the Guardian published it’s ‘Ultimate Summer Pop Quiz’ – a typically original take on the pop quiz format with a gloriously, insanely difficult set of over 100 questions such as “The opening lines of which post-punk song were inspired by the above passage from Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky?”
Having only managed 31 answers (and 24 guesses) over the weekend, I took to the web on Monday to see who else was doing it – and if it was on the web so I could send it to friends. Continue reading →
I’ve recently been reading ‘Making Online News‘ a book of ethnographic studies of online news production. Tucked towards the back of the book is a chapter called The Routines of Blogging by Wilson Lowrey and John Latta. It is one of the few studies I’ve read to look not at journalists, but at the work practices of bloggers – specifically, political bloggers.
And their findings support what I’ve increasingly suspected: “the more relevant bloggers become in terms of audience and influence, the more their production routines resemble those of professional journalists.” Continue reading →
All you do is send an email to the address used by the service with the URL of the web page you want in the subject line. After a few minutes (they say) you receive the web page in HTML format in your email.