Considering the audience

How have the Internet and other digital media changed the audience for news? And how has journalism changed its view of the audience, if at all? Those were two of the key questions on day two of the Phil Meyer symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill. Shawn McIntosh, director of culture and change at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, …

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Something strange and possibly dangerous

Technology has changed journalism in ways that journalists themselves don’t understand. Phil Meyer, known to many as the father of investigative reporting and a longtime leader in journalism research, says we’d better figure it out if we want to survive. Here’s the text of a speech Meyer delivered last night at a symposium in his …

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Raising the ante

How has the Internet changed journalism? Can journalism survive in a world where there are no longer any “gatekeepers” and if so, what will it look like? I’m at a symposium in honor of Phil Meyer, author of Precision Journalism, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where these big questions and many …

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Faked out (again)

The Los Angeles Times has apologized for a recent story that it says was partly based on fake documents. The story quoted records obtained from the FBI as saying that associates of rap producer Sean “Diddy” Combs set up the murder of Tupac Shakur. But the paper’s editor, Russ Stanton, now says the documents appear …

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Good news on the job front

The economy is reeling, news organizations are contracting, and journalists are losing their jobs.  At first glance, you’d think this would be a terrible time to look for a job in news.  But there’s a silver lining if you’re a new journalism grad, according to Ernie Sotomayor of Columbia’s J. School: Part of it is …

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More go online regularly for news

The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s State of the News Media 2008 helps confirm what many have suspected — that the Web is becoming an increasingly important source for news and information. In late 2007, more than 7 in 10 Americans (71%) said they went online for news, the same number reported in 2002, according …

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Local TV finally “getting” online

The State of the News Media 2008 is out and it contains plenty of good news for those who care about local broadcast journalism. Financially, the report indicates that TV stations are doing well and that means newsrooms budgets are going up, too. However, it also indicates that the only staff growth can be attributed …

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Ratings data more sophisticated…and scary?

It’s a reality that some TV newsrooms live and die by the numbers. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, Nielsen will soon be offering “second-by-second” ratings information to some clients, and the cable companies’ set-top boxes have made this all possible. Under the deal with Charter Communications, Nielsen receives information from 320,000 households in …

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Generating audience through social networks

Journalists who blog and encourage their readers to comment can learn a lot from their audience. But if you really want to build an audience, says senior producer Shawn Smith of the Michigan newspaper site MLive.com, you also have to interact on social networks. On his New Media Bytes blog, Smith encourages journalists to use …

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Messy online structure pays off

The most-read news site in Norway may have something to teach the rest of us. By its editor’s own admission, VG is “the world’s ugliest news site” but it’s making a bundle. Kristine Lowe at Journalism.co.uk quotes editor-in-chief Torry Pedersen as saying the secret of the site’s success lies in its messy structure: The great …

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