Say farewell to the TV generation. The Internet is our new addiction. In a recent survey by market researcher Synovate, 88 per cent of Canadian respondents said they could not live without Internet access or would miss it a lot, compared to just 70 per cent who felt the same about television. What would Neil Postman say?
A study of Twitter usage by the top 100 U.S. newspapers found that while all hosted feeds, almost 40 per cent didn’t link to those feeds from their websites. The Bivings Group study also reported many newspaper tweeters did not make effective use of the social media application’s reply capabilities to interact with readers.
Continue Reading Newspapers twitter, but could do it better
Hundreds of reporters have briefly embedded with Canadian forces in Afghanistan and, in most cases, returned to their regular beats at home. After the tragic death of Calgary health reporter Michelle Lang, former military journalist Bob Bergen questions whether this is the right approach to covering the armed forces at war.
Continue Reading Langs death raises questions about how media reports from Afghanistan
Recent articles of interest published in scholarly journals:
“Evaluating Journalism: Towards an assessment framework for the practice of journalism,” by Ivor Shapiro, Journalism Practice 4 (2), April 2010
“The Globe on Saturday, The World on Sunday: Toronto weekend editions and the influence of the American Sunday paper, 1886-1895“, by Sandra Gabriele and Paul Moore, Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 34, No 3 (2009)
“CCTV surveillance and the poverty of media discourse: A content analysis of Canadian newspaper coverage“, by Josh Greenberg and Sean Hier, Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 34, No 3 (2009)
With ad revenues slumping and web readership growing, news industry leaders are again mulling over making people pay to read online news. Two consulting companies recently released results of their own studies into consumer preparedness to pay for news and the results are … inconlusive. The Boston Consulting Group polled more than 5,000 people in nine countries and concluded many consumers would pay a few dollars a month to access local, specialized and breaking news on devices of their choice. Forrester Research, on the other hand, polled more than 4,700 Americans and concluded 80 per cent would not pay for online news.
Continue Reading Consumers willing, not, to pay for online news
News organizations that wait for online revenue to increase before reallocating major resources from traditional products to online products are making a huge and possibly terminal mistake, according to a research paper presented to a conference on the future of journalism hosted by the Yale Law School.
News consumers are shifting their attention to online products much faster than ad spending, but the money will catch up, the study argues. “All of which suggests that if traditional news organizations are to ‘survive’ and eventually thrive in this digital age, they need to radically change course and transform their century-old business model, following much of the same game plan used by … niche information providers – of shedding legacy costs as quickly as feasible, while simultaneously and aggressively re-building community and revenue online.”
Continue Reading Bold advice for news orgs: Follow customers before money
In a special issue, Journalism examines how transformations in the media business are impacting working conditions and labour practices in the journalism workplace. Articles include:
“Compressed dimensions in digital media occupations: Journalists in transformation,” by Amy Schmitz Weiss and Vanessa de Macedo Higgins Joyce
“Token responses to gendered newsrooms: Factors in the career-related decisions of female newspaper sports journalists,” by Marie Hardin and Erin Whiteside
“The performative journalist: Job satisfaction, temporary workers and American television news,” by Kathleen M. Ryan
“Structure, agency, and change in an American newsroom”, by David M. Ryfe
“Watchdog or witness? The emerging forms and practices of videojournalism,” by Sue Wallace
“The shaping of an online feature journalist,” by Steen Steensen
“Between tradition and change: A review of recent research on online news production,” by Eugenia Mitchelstein and Pablo J. Boczkowski
For a full list of articles with abstracts, please click on ‘More’.
Although recent Pew surveys in the United States have documented a serious decline in the public’s perception of news media’s performance in areas like accuracy and neutrality, the role played by the press in monitoring and criticizing government and politicians continues to be regarded as a valuable and important public service.
Continue Reading Public supports watchdog press: Pew
Despite the surging popularity of social media sites, content-oriented sites are by far the biggest attraction online, according to figures compiled by the Online Publishers Association. In fact, the number of people attracted to content sites and the amount of time they spend there are growing. So far, it appears the dramatic growth in popularity of social media is happening at the expense of older online communication tools such as e-mail and instant messaging. The findings suggest news media organizations should avoid enhancing their social media capabilities by cannibalizing resources used to generate original content.
Continue Reading It’s the content, stupid!
The National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University has just launched sportsjournalism.org, a website devoted to the subject of sports journalism and sports media.
Continue Reading New site focuses on sports journalism