Over the past few days, the ‘net has served some substantive piece on almost all aspects of journalism. Among them, I found these worth setting aside the time to read and think about.
- Google’s Fast Flip – a cruel joke on the news industry. I like the Fast Flip interface and can see some value in the ability to quickly run through a sampling of the day’s news. But I also like Paul Bradshaw’s take on the issue of Fast Flip being of value to publishers. Related and worth reading: Google Takes Another Swipe At Newspapers And Magazines With Fast Flip by Mitch Joel, What Google Understands About the Future of News and Publishing That Publishers Do Not by Scott Karp and Google’s Fast Flip Dips Publishers’ Toes in Google’s Own Ad Revenues, by Ken Doctor.
- FoJ09 talk: Twitter as a system of ambient journalism. Alfred Hermida is smart, smart, smart and his concept of ambient journalism is one that deserves serious study and understanding for those grappling with reinvented media. There’s a lot here, in almost every graf. A sample: “One new role for the journalism professional may be designing the tools that can analyse, interpret and contextualise a system of collective intelligence, rather than in the established practice of selection and editing of content through the prism of news values.”
- Statistical evidence: many newspaper execs not seeing reality. Steve Outing takes a look at the delusion of newspaper execs. A short post, but it says a lot. Related: Glass Half Full? 51 Percent Of Newspaper Publishers Believe Charging For Online Content Can Succeed at Paid Content.
- How to make readers pay for news. A long and (as usual) useful post from Frédéric Filloux at the Monday Note. Includes this — “Fact is : advertising doesn’t work as expected for news websites.” — and the first comprehensive (and logical) list of requirements for a modern payment scheme that I’ve seen. This will all be fleshed out in subsequent posts, which promise to be worthwhile reading.
- National Sports Journalism Center launches America’s most comprehensive Web site about sports media. Indiana University program goes comprehensive. The site is here: National Sports Journalism Center.
- Five phrases to outlaw in newsrooms. Alison Gow’s post is very smart, very deep and very useful.