Journalism-related pieces you really should read:
- From ‘news that sells’ to ‘news that moves’ (A model for the 21st century newsroom pt4). Paul Bradshaw continues his innovative and mind-bending remodeling of the newsroom. Part four delves deep into delivery. This whole series is essential reading.
- Using the past to measure the future. Terry Heaton on the messy world of metrics and measurement, and the need for innovative thinking, in a new media age. Includes this: “The era of bean counter dominance in our culture is being disrupted, because we can’t solve all problems with rational thinking.”
- Time to get crazy. Mindy McAdams wants newsrooms to let it all go: tear up the newshole, rethink the journalism and have at it. Plenty there to chew on, argue with and admire.
- Defining newsaper video: Video Illustration. Andy Dickinson on Howard Owens’ concept of almost raw, lightly edited video illustration as one of the new tools for newspapers. I’m still thinking about this: like the idea, not sure about its application.
- Journalism without Journalists: Vision or Caricature? I’ve only skimmed the introduction and conclusions of this much-point-to paper published by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard. That said, it looks interesting enough to set aside for later reading. (Link goes to PDF). Via Cyberjournalist.
- Exiled Myanmar Nntwork boosts broadcasts. You can’t keep a good message down. Pro-democracy efforts continue.
- A letter to readers from the publisher. In which the publisher of the Gilroy (CA) Dispatch announces it’s cutting print publication from five days a week to two, and concentrating more on the web. I suspect we’ll see more of this in 2008. Via Romenesko.