From the ‘net:

  • Update 2: Parkersburg tornado: the aftermath. An incredibly good job of map-based storytelling that combines text, images and video. I think we are approaching the point where this type of storytelling becomes the norm for major stories where one of the organiing principles is geography.
  • Update 1: Future of Journalism: Jonathan Zittrain. An hour-an-half audio recording from the Guardian with the author of The Future of the Internet — and How to Stop it. Fascinating talk, although much of the content about the future of journalism is a matter of inference.
  • The New Architecture of News. Upendra Shardanand’s post on the future (present?) of publishing news on the web makes so much sense that it deserves to be widely read. Sample quote: “What’s changing is that the web is casting off much of the inefficiency and sub-par products that were masked when publishers were near-monopolies who controlled distribution.” Via Mathew Ingram.
  • Phone sex operators. This is a great series of portraits and words.
  • Post Gannett pension plan comments here. Gannett employees aren’t happy with changes the company has made to their pension plans. As the comments show, journalists do apparently understand finances.
  • What I learned about crime reporting via Twitter. Ron Sylvester, who twittered a recent capital murder trial, deconstructs the process, tells us what the readers thought and offers tips for reporters who want to follow in his footsteps. The bottom line: “The most difficult reporting brings the best rewards.”
  • Theatre of the Absurd at LA Times. Oh, good grief: the publisher reportedly reinvents the LA Times Magazine as a creature of the ad department without the involvement/knowledge of the editor.
  • PBS’s FRONTLINE/World launches iWitness. Media Storm says it’s “definitely a site worth bookmarking and coming back to.” I agree, but it really needs an RSS feed or two.
  • In search of the new aggregator. This Doug Fisher post from a couple of weeks back is another of those pieces that anyone trying to sort through the messiness of present-day media needs to read and ponder. (If you’re not following Doug, you should be. I find his posts to be among the most thoughtful and thought-provoking.)
  • ScribeMedia Launches From Print To Digital WebTV Series. I haven’t watched the full first broadcast yet, but there’s some interesting stuff in Matthew Schwartz’s pieces. The focus for the first four is technology publishing, but the concepts spread beyond the niche.
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