Digital News Report: Journalists Still Matter

June 13, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

The third annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report shows that as the online news environment grows ever more crowded, journalists play an important role in driving traffic to news brands and in encouraging people to pay for them.

The digital age has brought about a shift towards journalists as a key reason for using or trusting particular online sources of news.

The reputation of individual writers is cited as one of the key reasons why people might be prepared to pay for online news. Read more

Delve Deep: Data Mining Software for Reporters

February 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Associated Press news agency has developed an open-source tool to help journalists with data mining journalism to assist in original and investigative reporting.

Overview, a Web application, aims to make accessible, for journalists and scholars, a way of analyzing massive amounts of disorganized collections of digital documents. Read more

Verifying Sources, a Handbook for the Digital Age

February 12, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Digital journalists who mine user generated content now have a new tool available. The European Journalism Centre asked a team of respected media analysts including Anthony De Rosa (Circa), Mathew Ingram, Craig Silverman (Poynter) and Steve Buttry to write a book on how best to use UGC. The book is designed to help journalists reporting on crisis situations to avoid the pitfalls involved in using social media as a source of information. The book “The Verification Handbook” is available online in Creative Commons and in ebook format. Read more

Should News Apps Use Location-Based Services?

February 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Of young adult smartphone users, a gap exists between how users consume information and news—and the technologies that news organizations are utilizing to convey it. The author of this study argues that a combination of location-based services and news are an ideal pair—and no longer just for the weather or traffic. Location-based services allow for the location of every story to be pinpointed. “Legacy news organizations analyzed in this study show that they are failing to keep up with the demand based on what news consumers, particularly young adults, are doing and using on their smartphones,” according to Amy Weiss.

Despite the rise of location-based news technologies with more than 5,300 apps and more than 2,300 news apps, no one has yet combined these technologies. Using location-based services would allow the users to search by what is happening in their neighborhood, as well as read a story that is embedded in a map. Read more Redesign Promotes Native Advertising

January 8, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

The New York Times has redesigned its website to make it both easier to read, and easier for advertisers to place branded content.

The changes, which come into play on 8 January 2014 and affect both desktop and mobile versions of the site, are detailed on a dedicated section of the site.

There are no radical changes to the graphics. The website will keep its minimal and iconic style but is now easier to read.

The key change is the introduction of ‘native advertising’ or branded content to the website. These are advertisements that are designed to look similar to the news articles they sit alongside. Several news outlets are introducing this content, in an attempt to generate revenue from the web, but there are fears that their presence confuses and misleads readers. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. promises that journalistic and promotional content will be clearly separated from editorial copy, and a stories containing paid for advertising will be clearly marked as “Paid Content.” Read more

The Rise of the Drone-Journalists

July 16, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The market for drones is expanding rapidly and will soon play an important role in the way journalism works, according to a new report.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International estimates that in the next ten years, the market for drones will be worth 190 billion Euros. Read more

Drones Flying Into Newsrooms

May 6, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Originally created for military and intelligence purposes, flying drones are becoming an everyday reality thanks to recent commercial success.

For roughly €300, customers can purchase the AR Drone 2.0, a quadricopter capable of shooting high quality video from great heights in the sky. Cameramen and robotics geeks can now buy a user-friendly drone for shooting video or images, making it easy to see the many ways in which flying drones could be used to serve journalistic purposes. Pilots and newsmen can forget having to risk life and limb with helicopter flights, in the future the sky may be full of drone journalists.

The potential of flying drones for journalism has grown from humble beginnings last winter. The movement began when spectacular video surfaced of a Warsaw riot shot by a semi-pro cameraman using a RoboKopter drone. The video went viral on YouTube and showed the event from a unique perspective no other reporter could have captured Read more

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