Blogging between plays on the gridiron:

  • Tourism Vancouver’s DOV Facebook Fake? Yesterday I pointed to a good post offering a guide to Facebook for journalists. Coincidentally, yesterday also produced this local post that serves as a potential warning about taking Facebook at face value. At issue is a number of suspicious new members of a Facebook group. The need for verification is in force when reporting through/on Facebook.
  • Metro US for sale. Last year’s loss was over $10m. It appears as though Metro may be retrenching to focus on countries where money is being made.
  • Britain is not doomed to repeat woes of US newspaper industry. Roy Greenslade compares the dreary U.S, newspaper scene with Britain and finds significant differences.
  • Go all guerrilla on ‘em. Ron Sylvester: “Dare to take the guerrilla challenge: Shoot a video on your cell phone, or your point-and-shoot, and pick up the audio separately on your digital recorder, using a microphone. Then find someone who has a good editing software, such as Premier Elements or Final Cut Express and try to synch it all together.” Short version: lack of high-price equipment is no reason not to leap in.
  • Pay-for online venture aims at dethroning Le Monde. A French start-up figures people will pay a monthly subscription fee of $13 for quality journalism. Stranger things have happened.
  • Keep an eye on the low end. We need to be paying attention to the slew of (and interest in) sub-$500 “toy” computers, says Steve Yelvington. “But the disruptive potential of these ultraportable Linux laptops isn’t limited to technology companies. Textbook publishing, entertainment broadcasting, record companies and government-controlled mass media all around the world are going to be upended.”
  • TV getting into the cell phone game? More pain and more competition in the mediasphere.
  • In China, citizen journalism gets you killed. This is awful.