At the end of the week (I can’t say work week, because that, apparently, doesn’t end):

  • CBS Digital Chief: Networks must embrace ‘user editors’. This video report from Advertising Age features a news exec speaking sense.
  • Community is its own newspaper. Interesting development as a small Washington State town loses its newspaper and gets a citizen-driven online alternative that’s owned by an ad agency. Jerry Large’s column about The Orting Times includes this: “He’ll pay a pro or get one of his staffers to do important stories that haven’t been submitted by readers. But if readers have a disagreement, he’s not playing referee. Responses go directly to the writer. And The News won’t do the big stories and investigations traditional papers do. It’s a model that wouldn’t fly in a city. Maybe in a town small enough for most people to know each other there would be some natural checks and balances.” Hmmmm. It may also be a model that works well in a neighbourhood in a city. Discovered through Wired Journalists, via Twitter, because that’s the way the world works now.
  • New Audacity beta. I’ve pretty much switched to Amadeus Pro for audio editing, but I’ll still give the latest beta from Audacity a shot. Via Macintouch.
  • Expand your media blogosphere today. Some recommendations from Ryan Sholin, because you can never have too many media blogs.
  • The future of sports coverage? At Visual News Editors, the beginning of a conversation about where agate fits in the modern sports page, if it does at all. One thought: most of the people that devour this stuff, seem to know most of it already.
  • footsteps and shadows. Migod, I love the sheer creativity of Richard Kochi Hernandez. I am in awe of his talent.
  • Zooming In on Online Video. This should take up a large part of my weekend: a major Newspaper Association of America on newspapers’ use of video, covering everything from tips for doing it to making money from it. Via Howard Owens.
  • Distributed acts of media. Paul Bradshaw has taken to video blogging in a big way recently and one of the results is this six-minute video about the implications of the massive change in how news is distributed by both journalists and readers. I agree with Steve Outing that this is important.