journalism

  • In Memory Of Journalist James Wright Foley

    In Memory Of Journalist James Wright Foley

    James Wright Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist, is dead, killed far from home and alone. It is a tragedy and a horror. None of us have ever had to be as brave as James Wright Foley in our efforts as journalists and none of us here can understand the cost of his sacrifice. Foley was kept captive in Syria since 2012 and his image only now resurfaced in a terrible video taken by the… Read More

  • How Independent Media Around The World Can Flourish

    How Independent Media Around The World Can Flourish

    Independent media has historically faced an uphill slog. Before the Internet, organizations had to deal with printing costs and very limited distribution networks. Web 2.0 gave them new outlets, but did not necessarily help publications grow readership or attract sponsors. Read More

  • With Angel Funding From Top Media Veterans, The News Lens Wants To Reshape Journalism In Taiwan

    With Angel Funding From Top Media Veterans, The News Lens Wants To Reshape Journalism In Taiwan

    Earlier this month, The News Lens, an independent media startup in Taiwan, announced that it had received angel funding from Marcus Brauchli, whose resume includes top editing positions at the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and Sasa Vucinic, who helped launch the non-profit Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF). In addition to their investment, Brauchli and Vucinic are… Read More

  • Uncoverage Hopes To Crowdfund Investigative Journalism, Because Newspapers

    Uncoverage Hopes To Crowdfund Investigative Journalism, Because Newspapers

    Israel Mirsky likes to give the following analogy about the role of journalism in a democracy: a free society can only function if it has a strong immune system. Investigative journalists serve as the helper T cells that find and fight infection, by directing the attention of prosecutors, lawmakers, and public opinion toward corruption. But because the Internet changed the news business… Read More

  • Cyber Attacks Against Journalists Are On The Rise, Says Advocacy Group

    Cyber Attacks Against Journalists Are On The Rise, Says Advocacy Group

    More journalists are now the target of cyber attacks, said the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ deputy director Robert Mahoney said cyber attacks on individuals and news organizations have increased notably over the past few years and that the practice serves as easy and inexpensive censorship. In a press conference with reporters, Mahoney cited the recent attacks on The New York Times… Read More

  • Keen On... Emily Bell on Journalism's New Paradigms

    Keen On… Emily Bell: Identifying The Massive Opportunities In Online Journalism [TCTV]

    Few people are better equipped to imagine the future of online journalism than Emily Bell. As Bell told me when we talked in her New York office, she believes that online journalism has a future – both in terms of content sitting behind paywalls, ad-supported news, and content subsidized by organizations or wealthy individuals. Read More

  • Churn: The Problem Of The New Tech Journalism

    Churn: The Problem Of The New Tech Journalism

    A decade ago, the news cycle for a CE product worked like this: a PR person contacted a major title – Laptop, say, or PC Magazine – and offered an exclusive for a cover story. “Hey,” they’d say. “Hot new laptop coming out! It’s got that new Wi-Fi!” An early version of the laptop would arrive at the title’s office and someone would write… Read More

  • Circa’s New iOS App Will Change The Way You Consume News

    Circa’s New iOS App Will Change The Way You Consume News

    The way that we consume information on the Internet has changed dramatically over the years. The main reason is because there is simply more content available to us than we could ever consume during our time on Earth. Back in the day, our only options for news were newspapers and then eventually the local TV or radio station telling us what’s happening in our immediate area. Circa… Read More

  • Coders Can’t Put Writers Out Of A Job Yet, But We’d Better Watch Our Backs

    Coders Can’t Put Writers Out Of A Job Yet, But We’d Better Watch Our Backs

    Last week The New York Times ran a story by John Markoff about robots replacing human workers. Andrew McAfee, co-author of the excellent Race Against The Machine followed up with a post of his own. The gist: technology and automation lead to more job creation than job displacement in the past, but that may be changing. Writing is one of the few areas that McAfee and his co-author Erik… Read More

  • Pew: YouTube Represents New Kind Of “Visual Journalism”

    Pew: YouTube Represents New Kind Of “Visual Journalism”

    Consumers may think of YouTube as the go-to place for watching funny cats, wannabe stars in the making or music videos, and Google may be pushing YouTube as a destination for original content, TV and movies, but a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism says that YouTube is also serving another purpose these days: it’s a news outlet. The… Read More

  • TL;DR: The Problem With Long-Form Publishing Plays

    TL;DR: The Problem With Long-Form Publishing Plays

    Last week, our writer Devin Coldewey wrote a 3,000-word essay on Google+. It got 114 comments. Comment numbers are a wildly inaccurate metric for popularity in general – some posts get 100 comments because they’re poorly written, sensationalistic, and/or just strike a nerve – but in this case 114 is a good number for a long piece on a relatively boring subject. On the same day… Read More

  • NewsiT Raises $500K To Gamify Crowd Journalism

    NewsiT Raises $500K To Gamify Crowd Journalism

    Crowdsourced news platform NewsiT.net just announced that it has raised $500,000 in seed funding. And, timed to match the beginning of South by Southwest, it’s also launching its iPhone app. The company was founded by longtime journalist Melinda Wittstock, who has worked for the Times of London, BBC Television, the Guardian, the Observer, ABC News, National Public Radio, and MSNBC/CNBC. Read More

  • Support Long-Form Journalism With This Online Kickstarter Project

    Support Long-Form Journalism With This Online Kickstarter Project

    Most Kickstarter projects are some permutation of the words iPad,iPhone,case,stand,shell, and stylus. But this project is a permutation of the words long-form, journalism, and website. The project, called #MATTER, is the brainchild of Jim Giles and Bobbie Johnson and hopes to bring thoughtful, long-form journalism to the tabletweb. Read More

  • Warning Stickers For Newspapers

    If newspapers came with warning labels, they might look something like the ones Tom Scott came up with. The British “geek comedian” created warning stickers you can print out and put on newspapers (PDF below). They include: Warning: This article is basically just a press release, copied and pasted. Warning: This article contains unsourced, unverified information from Wikipedia. Read More

  • German bloggers' Internet Manifesto on journalism's future makes waves

    After stirring up their own country, the German blogger elite has launched an international version of their Internet Manifesto in English. Fifteen authors of Germany’s most popular blogs have signed a declaration about How journalism works today. The 17 articles run down from statements like “the Internet is different” and “the Internet improves journalism”… Read More

  • Is journalism dead in the 21st Century?

    The Traveling Geeks gathered together for a great turnout (despite the torrential downpours) at the Guardian’s Media Talk (live) podcast. Our agenda was to discuss journalism and it’s rapid change in the 21st Century. Listen here. While more and more newspapers lose their audience and their advertisers, print is quite quickly, becoming obsolete. In the video below you will see… Read More

  • Faux-chrome olde-style USB microphone


    Podcaster, eh? I know your type. Always talking, never listening to other people’s podcasts. Well since you’re so sure you’re the next Edward R. Murrow, maybe you oughta look the part. Tuck in that shirt, you hippie. Get some suspenders! Roll up those sleeves… stop! Too much, roll them down again. Now get this chrome-lookin’ USB microphone and talk into it… Read More

  • GameSpot defends itself, says advertiser pressure didn't cause editor's firing

    Tell me if you believe this yarn, said by CNET Networks Entertainment vice president of programming Greg Brannan: Neither CNET Networks nor GameSpot has ever allowed its advertising business to affect its editorial content. The accusations in the media that it has done so are unsubstantiated and untrue. Jeff’s departure stemmed from internal reasons unrelated to any buyer of advertising… Read More

  • Fired Kane & Lynch guy fights back, says video game writing isn't corrupt

    More Kane & Lynch fallout, ladies and germs ($1 to John Biggs). As you may already know, a GameSpot editor was recently fired in the wake of his review of the game. Was he fired because the review, especially the video review, was harsh on the game (Eidos is a major advertiser on GameSpot) or for some other, unknown reason? No one knows yet, which, in accordance with the Rules of the… Read More

  • Reuters' N95-equipped toolkit for on-the-go reporters

    As a well-respected, professional, hard-hitting technology journalist, I can appreciate what this kit has to — buwahahahaaaa!! I’m sorry, I couldn’t get though it all. Well-respected! Professional! Journalist! L! O! L! Anyhoo, Reuters came up with an interesting idea to try out with some of its reporters that entailed the use of an entirely mobile setup consisting of a Nokia… Read More