The world of journalism has changed in the internet era. Newsrooms are significantly smaller now than they were 10 years ago, and news is no longer a once-a-day product, but instead a constant flow of information. The rise of Twitter brought concerns within the industry - would this overwhelming source of direct raw information put professional reporters out of business? Journalists are now faced with the challenge of adapting their roles in this digital era, finding new ways to add value to content, and helping to ensure that the internet is changing our worldview for the better.
Journalism, in this age of social media updates, has definitely become a slower means of imbibing knowledge regarding the current affairs of the country and yet it has not lost its relevance. On the other hand, information available on social networking sites are less authentic and may even be a rumor. It is far easier to make a ruthless assumption of facts and post it on a social networking site than to make an evidence-based inference of a situation.
Yes, Twitter has raised the bar for all journalists and news outlets. Social networking sites provide people real-time coverage of news events, meaning that journalists have to be quicker and more accurate than ever in order to catch their reader’s attention. However, they must be cautious while tweeting (and, also, using hashtags) about debates and/or political events as it does not take much time for a tweet to turn into a controversial statement and I’m sure the media may love to cover a controversy but it would like to stay away from getting into one!
After major outcry from individuals and organizations concerned with language Instagram included in their new Terms of Service, which will go into effect January 16, 2013, the company responded.
The Guardian, and manyotheroutlets, reported concerns that users’ photos could be “used in advertising, without reference to the owner, with all the payments going to Instagram”.
For media companies, this raised major questions about how their staff photos could be used, and if Instagram planned to sub-licence photos, making a profit off of photos that were shot for agencies or media outlets.
To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear […] The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement. We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question. Our main goal is to avoid things like advertising banners you see in other apps that would hurt the Instagram user experience.
The headline conclusion of Pew’s latest monster survey of the media landscape was the demise of TV news. “There are now signs that television news is increasingly vulnerable,” the authors wrote, “as it may be losing its hold on the next generation of news consumers.”
But the larger story is the rise of the Web, which has surpassed newspapers and radio to become the second most popular source of news for Americans, after TV.
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Journalists are True Alphas When it Comes to Comment Trolling
Background: Yesterday in the Columbia Journalism Review Howard Owens published a piece called How David Simon is wrong about paywalls. In some five thousand plus words he expounds on how paywalls cannot, and will not, save the newsroom.
First comment, by David Simon to defend himself includes such gems as, “Your numbers are just whack. Insane. Off the charts.”
Then come Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz, creators of the Software as a Service paywall system Press+, and a host of other media thinkers sniping at one another.
It’s a lively discussion, to be sure, and well worth the now very long read. It is, after all, a gathering of many who have worked with and without paywalls and study the overall economics of sustainable news operations.
Start with David Simon’s original post and be sure to hit the comments. Then move on to Howard Owens’ rebuttal.
It may be very much inside baseball but sometimes inside baseball is a very good place to be.
Stop quoting “Sources familiar with the matter”, Asian websites lazily thrown into Google translate, Apple Supplier Press Releases or the way Tim Cook holds his coffee cup in the morning; it’s lazy shitty reporting and only serves to make you look like an asshole when you’re inevitably proven wrong or called out on your bullshit.
I love this piece. Read it all. It’s about how Apple rumors are made (up).
NBC started using Instagram for some behind-the-scenes photos from around the NBC News studios and offices, said Anthony Quintano, NBC’s senior community manager who also is a photographer and avid Instagramer. But users requested real news content as well.