Social Reader: Making Research More Accessible?

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

ResearchGate, a social networking site for scientists and researchers, dubbed ‘Facebook for Science’, has launched a new social reader  – the RG Format – which it claims will help academics manage their work and time more efficiently.

The new RG Format is designed to allow researchers to openly share their own papers and read and comment on others, also to contact those who have left feedback on their work. According to ResearchGate, academics only find time to read for one hour and five minutes on average during their 60-hour working week. Email and meetings take up another 17 hours.

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Journalism Theory And Digital Change

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The continuing transformation of journalism not only affects journalists, technologists and media managers. It also presents a challenge for journalism scholars: How can theory keep up with practices that are changing so fast and so dramatically?

A special issue Digital Journalism tries to tackle this challenge by providing an overview of contemporary strategies that theorize the digital transformation of journalism.

Steen Steens and Laura Ahvam, the editors of the special issue, Theories of Journalism in a Digital Age, assess changes in theoretical approach. They analyze keywords and abstracts in two leading publications dedicated to journalism studies, Journalism—Theory, Practice and Criticism and Journalism Studies and detect a “broad paradigmatic change since 2000 from perspectives of political science to sociological perspectives.”

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Journalism in France: What Next?

January 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Twelve dead in a newsroom, many injured people. Most of them were working for Charlie Hebdo, a Paris-based satirical magazine. They were writing and drawing the news to be published. And they found death during the first editorial meeting of the year.

After the Charlie Hebdo attack, on January 7, 2015, France has woken to a terrible atmosphere. It was a shocking beginning of year for the country, especially for journalism, freedom of speech and freedom of cartoons.

Knowing this tragic situation, here are six possible scripts for journalism in France in 2015: a display of solidarity, a switch to mobile, a fight over push notifications, a complicated equation between Web and TV, the return of the newsletter and more artificial intelligence within the news.

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European Journalism In 2015: Predictions And Reflections

January 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2015 journalism will continue to be shaped by digital technology. Virtual reality could soon enable users to wear their news, or sense it via a headset. Simple news stories will be written by robots and curated by algorithm. Digital security will become more sophisticated, to protect journalists’ sources and, as we shift away from content ownership, the cloud will expand.

Last year, politics and the economy, as well as innovation, influenced the media. 2014 was the year when some journalists became social activists, most notably in Ukraine.  Major publishing companies were forced to adapt to new digital trends: integrating newsrooms and moving production from print to online. In many places, particularly Eastern Europe, advertising revenues declined amid challenging economic conditions. It was a particularly dangerous year for journalists: 66 reporters were murdered in 2014, and 119 kidnapped – a 35% increase on the year before.

To mark the start of 2015, European Journalism Observatory (EJO) partners from across Europe present their own media highlights of the past 12 months, and predictions for the year ahead.

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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

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