The media portions of the blogosphere exploded with interesting content yesterday and today, including these items of note:

  • Seahawks: Wrong Lens, Right Time. Here’s a well-done photoblog from Seattle Times sports shooter Rod Mar about the roles preparation and luck play in getting the shot. He even posted the out-of-focus images. Discovered via CNET News.
  • Out of the Box Thinking About Education and Teaching. Details about a free online roll-your-own MBA (without the piece of paper at the end of the process) have me wondering about the potential for combining readings, forums, file-sharing and the like to help keep journalists educated.
  • Hop off the bus, Gus. There are more than 2,500 journalists covering the U.S. presidential primaries in Iowa!? That’s a lot of people basically running around and writing the same story.
  • Data ghettos. Matt Waite thinks getting the data online is a great thing for newspapers, but he’s not impressed by the lack of context nor the clunky ways of getting at the data.
  • Five Guiding Principles For The Transformation Of Media Companies. Scott Karp outlines his ideas for rethinking media. Nothing earth-shaking here, but all five are solid pieces of the puzzle.
  • What’s Needed in 2008: Serious Newsroom Cultural Change. Steve Outing polled some journalism contacts about what they’d like to see change to benefit the business and published the results at Editor & Publisher. Cultural change isn’t the only wish, but it’s a big one.
  • Rethinking the byline: market your name as a brand. Kiyoshi Martinez, at Innovation in College Media, thinks that promoting yourself “should be in the forefront of young journalist’s minds as they enter what’s a tough job market and trying to figure out ways to get ahead of the pack.”
  • Myanmar regime imposes satellite TV fee. The annual fee for the dishes has risen from the equivalent of three euros to an astounding 546 euros (three times the annual wage of a public school teacher), showing the power of the media and the fear of it.