Apparently, I’ve been hoarding a lot of stuff:

  • 12seconds. Share video with Twitter followers as long as it’s only 12 seconds long. Is there a role for journalism here?
  • Why newspapers make bad decisions. Much of this has been said before, but the fact it needs repeating shows how far(?) newspaper decision-making has come. Concludes this way: “… if newspapers can’t intelligently and pro-actively decide that Marmaduke and stock tables have had their day, they probably can’t make intelligent higher-level decisions, either.”
  • Local media should be compensated for exclusivity. Cory Bergman provoke some thought (and some good conversation) as he ponders a different world, where local media that break stories that go viral and get spread all over the net get something other than the glory. Intriguing ideas.
  • Newspaper Roundup: Layoffs At Two Dozen Bay Area Dailies; Duluth News Also Plans Job Cuts. Paid Content rounds up some of the latest bad news from newspapers. Related: Paul Gillin’s More dismal newspaper earnings, but some bright spots, too.
  • With video, show me something interesting and check your storytelling at the door. Howard Owens’s model for newspaper video is YouTube. He writes: “It takes a damn lot of talent to tell a good story, and to really make a story sing, you’ve got to get into that whole production value thing, which as we know, has damn little ROI on the web.” While I get Howard’s business argument, I disagree profoundly that, until newspapers develop that well-honed ability to tell video stories, their salvation lies in flooding websites with interesting, story-less video.
  • The elements of storytelling. Mindy McAdams recaps a presentation by journalist Ken Speake, which contains all sorts of vital advice for storytelling. (And yes, I am being a bit mischievous in putting this squib right after the on above.)
  • Bad Science Journalism and the Myth of the Oppressed Underdog. An excellent post, from a scientist, on how science journalism isn’t doing that good a job of covering how science actually works. Good discussion in the comments, too.
  • The land of free. If you care about the future of journalism, you need to read and absorb Doug Fisher’s latest.
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