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The Web Means the End of Forgetting

In New Media on July 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm

This is really worth reading!

The Web Means the End of Forgetting –


Rethinking the Role of the Journalist in the Participatory Age

In Audience, Journalism, New Media on July 26, 2010 at 10:14 am

Alfred Hermida urges both the news consuming (also producing) public and the journalists to rethink the role of the journalist. I am glad to find this because i just started to design a research to investigate this issue:

Journalism developed as a relatively closed culture for the production of knowledge, based on a system of editorial control. Yet new media are characterized by their connected and collaborative nature. The challenge for journalism, and the journalist, is to find a place along the continuum between control and connection, and between a closed and a collaborative media culture.

MediaShift . Rethinking the Role of the Journalist in the Participatory Age | PBS

I am liberal, according to NYT interactive feature.

In Journalism, New Media on July 25, 2010 at 2:59 pm

It is a good example of the interactive news. 

How Your Views Compare With the Court – Interactive Feature –

A new journalism on the horizon

In Journalism, New Media on July 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm

A rare article talking about the future of news with a positive attitude. We all hope so, but long way to go.

An interesting comment:

People pay for magazines, television channels, DVDs and endless apps. The notion that they shouldn’t ever pay for news is actually quite bizarre and a historic anomaly.

BBC News – A new journalism on the horizon

Facebook Is a Utility?

In New Media on July 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

If so, it calls for government regulation.

Danah Boyd, a social media researcher at Microsoft and a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, argues that Facebook fits that mold.

On her blog in May, she posted:

“I hate all of the utilities of my life. Venomous hatred. And because they’re monopolies, they feel no need to make me appreciate them. Cuz they know that I’m not going to give up water, power, sewage, or the Internet out of spite. Nor will most people give up Facebook, regardless of how much they grow to hate them.”

Facebook Is to the Power Company as … –

Private News?

In Journalism, New Media on July 24, 2010 at 12:15 am

Another piece about the future of news business.

  • Advertising/Subscription Model
  • Professional/Consumer Hybrid Model  ( ex. The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition,  Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, & Detroit Fress Press)
  • Private/Public Model 

We’ve all figured out that Craigslist, Google, and other digital predators have decimated the print-advertising model, and that no matter how brilliant our Web sites, the shiny digital-advertising dime doesn’t replace that old print dollar.

 Anderson helped spread the term “freemium”—first popularized by New York venture capitalist Fred Wilson—to describe the mix of free and premium (i.e., very expensive) content that he believes is the dominant business model of the Internet age.

The Rise of Private News : CJR

News fatigue?

In Audience, Journalism, Media Criticism, New Media, Youth on July 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm

This talks about a study conducted about 2 year ago, introducing an interesting concept of “news fatigue.” It has much to do with new style of new consumption such as multi-tasking among the young. Who suffer more from the news fatigue and any solution for that?

That effort includes what The AP calls "1-2-3 filing," starting with a news alert headline for breaking news, followed by a short present-tense report that is usable on the Web and by broadcasters. The third step is to add details and format stories in ways most appropriate for various news platforms.

Young adults suffering from news fatigue, study says – The New York Times

The push for paywalls mischaracterizes the nature of online newspaper readership

In Audience, Journalism, New Media on July 21, 2010 at 7:40 am

An article that discusses why paywalls for online newspaper would not be a good idea. The conclusion is based on the reality of online newspaper readership in local market only. Of course, news industry could launch a tiered payment system as the CJR article indicated

The push for paywalls mischaracterizes the nature of online newspaper readership — AEJMC Hot Topics

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Race/Gender/Media–September 15

In CFP on July 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Race/Gender/Media: Considering diversity across audiences, content, and producers (Third edition), edited by Rebecca Ann Lind. Seeking a variety of chapters representing all paradigms (critical, rhetorical, social scientific, etc), focusing on all media (new and old), looking at all aspects of media (production, reception, text), and looking at all types of content (comic books, video games, newspapers, film, internet, etc). Proposals preferred by September 15, 2010, chapters due by January 1, 2011. Flexibility possible, with prior arrangement.

For full details go to (case sensitive), or email Rebecca Lind at

How mobile devices can absolve journalism of its original sin: giving away online content

In Journalism, New Media on July 20, 2010 at 9:46 am

A good grasp about the future of new media, in particular in term of revenue model in the ecosystem of emerging platforms. It becomes more clear that the free rider mode of online news will disappear.

The key questions for news industryare whether or not news consuming public is willing to pay and how to monetize mobile content in ways based on the “failure” of online news model. 

On the other hand, is that really an original sin for new media to giving away online content for a news-reading public? 

I wonder if there are other ways to break thorugh the hardship of news media, rather than explicitly claiming that news is ALSO business. What is the news?

A Second Chance : CJR