My ‘interesting reads’ roundup (weekly)

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The council that tried to charge for using social media

This is the full announcement by Local Government Minister Eric Pickles, on a new guide detailing how journalists, bloggers, hyperlocal media and the public can now use social tools and filming for live reporting*.

In Wales it seems to have been chiefly noted for the fact that he criticised the Welsh government – which puts me in mind of that line about the Devil’s greatest trick.
Certainly it looks like the central fact of the debate has gotten a little lost amid the sound and fury.
Anyway, there was an interesting discussion about the issue in general on Twitter the other night, that I saved and finally got around to Storifying. The standout point for me is that one about a council trying to charge a newspaper for using anything other than a notepad and pen to report meetings.
Astonishing.

[View the story “Filming and using social tools in council meetings ” on Storify]
David Higgerson has written a blog post* about the importance of campaigning. If you missed it, I really recommend it as a read.

*The Daily Post gets an honourable mention in dispatches, in the notes. 

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My ‘interesting reads’ roundup (weekly)

  • According to Ericsson, mobile data traffic will grow 12 times between now and 2018, driven largely by video. Mobile is soon going to be as big as fixed line internet access and it won’t be long before it is the primary way audience access the web.  

    tags: mobile broadband

  • “By using just two satellite images from Google Earth, taken two months apart, a citizen journalist has been able to tell the story of the end of Sri Lanka’s 25-year civil war.” Great read; follow the links for an even more detailed analysis on the original source

    tags: google earth storytelling journalism

  • Hell, yes. 

    tags: journalism future of news advice

  • This has all the potential of becoming the straw breaking the camel’s back for the regional newspaper industry. Worrying that it’s still dragging on as a viable proposal. “The industry and its advisers anticipate that allegations of code breach or trivial complaints of the type currently resolved by the editor direct or by the PCC, will be put forward as legal claims for compensation and applications made for arbitration. Even if struck out at the first stage by an arbitrator, such claims will still incur costs for the publisher. It is estimated that around 1000 claims a year would affect the local newspaper industry, with additional claims encouraged by the publicity surrounding the new regulator and its arbitration system and by the professional advice which clients would receive.”

    tags: arbitration cost journalism

  • It caused controversy when the scheme was launched (‘Journalism on the cheap’ was the most trumpeted cry) but the local Northcliffe sites really did seem to gain traction with their communities, I think it’s sad to see the site champions being let go, and I doubt users will be happy to lose that point of contact, Community news is not about creating a vacuum for people to fill, and I suspect the people who ran these sites also helped give them a little bit of soul.  “A group of 25 freelance community publishers who helped run a network of hyperlocal sites for Local World have left their roles after the publisher decided it now had enough users to sustain itself. Local World has now ended the freelance contracts it had with 25 community publishers”

    tags: hyperlocal journalism

  • “The point is just that the grand solutions implemented by big Western publishers, that were the bread and butter of such conferences in the past, are seldom the workable, modest, affordable and inspiring solutions the rest of us are looking for.” Steve also points out the La Presse app cost R380m and three years to develop. I am absolutely open-mouthed at this. What the hell were they doing for that time and money? Gold plating their laptops? 

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My ‘interesting reads’ roundup (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

My ‘interesting reads’ roundup (weekly)

  • Street photographer Anton Kawasaki posts his thoughts on mobile photography, and what it means to him. This is a fascinating read, illustrated with beautiful photographs – all taken on a smartphone. “I started to play around with my own phone’s camera, began to like what I was producing (others did too), and suddenly I was hooked! Growing up surrounded by the film industry, and also working in comics for so long, definitely helped me in developing an eye for visual storytelling. And shooting non-stop with an iPhone for the last 5 years has really made me adapt to the device’s strengths and weaknesses.”

    tags: photography mobile journalism

  • This speaks to me. Every time I see a news organisation try to ape Buzzfeed or Mashable slideshows I get angry. It undermines the point of having an editorial digital team that can create news content, in my opinion. If you want a team that builds slideshows of lolcats, put them on the marketing budget. “News organizations should not treat people as a mass now that they — like Google, Amazon, and Facebook — can learn to serve them as individuals. Can’t the same be said of the brands that are now rushing to make content? They’re listening to too many tweeted media aphorisms: that content is king, that brands are media. Bull. A brand is a relationship. It signifies trust and value. Advertising and public relations disintermediated the relationship that commercial enterprises used to have with customers over the cracker barrel. Mass media helped them bring scale to marketing. But now the net enables brands to return to having direct relationships with customers. That’s what we see happening on Twitter. Smart companies are using it not to make content but to talk one-on-one with customers.”

    tags: ‘brand journalism’ content advertising

  • Why the friendships we build online are as meaningful and important as any other. A good read, and a good link to send anyone who thinks social media is a little hollow. “Technology can be bad for us, but it can also be very good for specific things. We create frustration for ourselves when we are tricked by technology into thinking it can solve all of our problems in the same way. It can’t. But it can likely help us solve problems and foster friendships in different ways, though even then it is only one aspect of the three-dimensional, physical and virtual space we inhabit and should be used proportionately. We seem to always make the mistake of condemning the internet for not allowing us to achieve the same satisfaction that we get from face-to-face relationships in half the time. How churlish. The internet is once again our digital scapegoat. Friendships, like Aristotle’s “slow-ripening fruit” remain valuable because of the time and presence we invest in them. “

    tags: offline online facebook socialmedia

  • “For too long some mainstream newspapers and magazines have treated their websites as dumping grounds for the text and thumbnail images associated with their articles. That or, worse, they kept the “web edition” sparse, merely uploading blogs and short pieces as a sort of useless teaser for the print version. New design concepts on the block may, at last, be provoking a rethink. Personally I don’t believe in paywalls or a future of digital publishing which ignores long form writing. I think we’re way past the legitimacy of either option, to be honest. That’s partly because there are already publications proving, by virtue of their profitability, that special feature design is what online journalism has to do next. The trick, of course, is doing it in the right way – and at the right cost.”

    tags: journalism future

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