Interesting reads (weekly)

  • Research paper by Matthew Hindman into the regional news business in the US. Fascinating, frustrating and familiar… “Hindman’s research finds that although national news websites have robust traffic, traditional local newspapers are severely behind in adopting the technology and digital content practices needed to retain and grow audiences. No business model – advertising, paywalls, or nonprofit funding – can succeed long-term without continuous digital audience growth. Hindman suggests a variety of proven techniques for newspapers to implement, including faster page load time, improved user experience, personalized content recommendation, social media optimization, and A/B testing.

    tags: future+of+news innovation disruption

  • ‘If your mother says she loves you, check it out’… Or not, in the case of Rolling Stone. So much has been written about the Rape on Campus ‘story’ but this is one of the most considered reads around what it says about Journalism and what happens when the scramble for a Good Story overtakes fundamental training. “The Story Too Good To Check happens at the intersection of journalism’s two imperatives: Be truthful, and be interesting. This doesn’t provide a lot of room to operate—almost everything that’s true is boring and almost everything that’s interesting is false. There’s an asymmetry in the profession, however; journalists are expected to be truthful, but they are rewarded for being interesting. It is into that asymmetry that “A Rape On Campus” fell. “

    tags: journalism Rolling+Stone

  • Vertical video isn’t going away although I could do with the shaky ‘LOOK AT MAH PERISCOPE OF THE OFFICE!” dying down, like, yesterday, this is a good set of how-tos for getting it right.

    tags: video tips how-to

  • Casey Neistat responding to a question about why he’s using YouTube to make video blog posts (yeah, I can’t say vlog and keep a straight face): “I have premiered movies at Cannes Film Festival, the Sundance Festival and written, directed, edited and starred in my very own HBO TV series. I was awarded the Rockefeller Grant for Film Making and I am a lifetime member of the Sundance Institute. Creating a new movie every 24 hours and releasing that movie to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people is an evolution in filmmaking. Our job as creative’s is to further define any medium and also define a new cliché and not to adhere to generations past. To suggest that this is anything but film making is to highlight some preconceived falsehood of what film making is.”

    tags: video youtube journalism

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

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About Alison Gow

I'm a journalist, particularly interested in story-telling, networks and digital innovation.
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