Once out there it can be linked to, commented on, discussed, dissected, tagged, bookmarked and sent to a friend. That can take place on the original news site, but it probably doesn’t. The story is no longer yours. So once the news site has added comments, a message board, ’email to a friend’ boxes and ‘bookmark this’ buttons, what more can it do? Continue reading →
Based on a review of a number of case studies, and some literature on wikis, the paper proposes a taxonomy of wiki journalism, and outlines the opportunities and weaknesses of the form. The following is the edited highlights: Continue reading →
“Cricinfo … has developed an application that ties 3D animation to the site’s ball-by-ball updates. The technology tracks over 20 differentials in each ball that’s delivered and broadcasts a 3D version directly after every bowl.
“Experts have claimed that the move could infringe copyrights and the technological developments could lead to a new set of rights covering 3D animation being introduced.”
“MySpace News takes News to a whole new level by dynamically aggregating real-time news and blogs from top sites around the Web
“Creates focused, topical news pages that users can interact and engage with throughout their day
“MySpace is making the news social, allowing users to:
Rate and comment on every news item that comes through the system
Submit stories they think are cool and even author pieces from their MySpace blog
“MySpace users previously had to leave the site to find comprehensive news, gossip, sporting news, etc. With MySpace News, we bring the news to them!
It will be interesting to see what MySpace can bring to the idea – it’s already been tried by The Sun (MySun) and, more recently, USAToday (as Heaton explains in his post), but it’s one thing for a news organisation to try social networking; quite another for a social networking company to try news. I’m hoping for intelligent agents that suggest RSS feeds, or automatically subscribe you to your friends’ blog feeds (I’ve never used the MySpace blog but that might persuade me otherwise), or their RSS feeds, in an Amazon ‘people who liked this also like this’ kind of way.
Given the critical mass of MySpace, could this be the tipping point (I hate that phrase) to bring RSS to the mainstream?
It “could give News Corp. lots of ideas about pushing its news content into such an aggregator, giving it priority of some kind, etc.”
“Will News Corp. use its MySpace News as a kind of jungle drum, to pick up stories that might be under the radar?” (my view: sadly, I don’t think so, as this assumes that News Corp. sees journalism as a priority, rather than making money)
So asks Shane Richmond of the Readius, “an electronic reader with a rollable screen that folds to the size of a mobile phone.” Looks like a believable picture of the future – I’ll be showing it to my online journalism students to convince them of the merits of RSS (if they’re not already addicted to MyGoogle/Wikio/Bloglines after their first session).