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Video: Ben Huh Discusses His Journalist Past, The Future of Journalism

I have to admit, before watching this Shama.TV video interview with Cheezburger Network CEO Ben Huh, I had no idea Huh majored in journalism in college (at Northwestern, no less). He obviously didn’t pursue a news media career and went to work on the web, which, you know, seems to be working out all right for him. In a mash-up of his talents, he’s also co-founder of the relatively new Circa app, designed to improve the way readers consume news on mobile devices.

He discusses the app and his take on the future of journalism and the importance of local, unique stories in the survival of journalism. It’s a short but insightful clip. Here’s a taste:

“I think journalism is going to go through a very innovative process. How we think about journalism today is really about location and format… and also by geo-location… For journalism to be really a influential force in new media ti has to understand mobile, it has to understand tablets, it has to understand new viewing habits and how they all work together.”

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The Declaration of Internet Freedom Wants Your Feedback

Six months after the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was shelved, a new petition strongly advocating “a free and open Internet” is making the rounds online.

The Declaration of Internet Freedom was released Monday and is a reminder that those who opposed SOPA and its sister bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), have not forgotten about these laws and in fact, are more than willing to fight against them.

The petition’s preamble reads:

We believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world. To keep the Internet free and open, we call on communities, industries and countries to recognize these principles. We believe that they will help to bring about more creativity, more innovation and more open societies.

Spearheaded by FreePress.net, the petition is not only open to feedback, but is actively seeking it. The declaration is listed on platforms such as reddit, Techdirt, Cheezburger and Github, where you can “interact” with the text and make your opinions and alterations known. Read more

Tumblr, Others View Journalistic Content As Key Part Of Future

Tumblr really wants to be more than a collection of cute animal pictures. In fact, it views large publishers as an essential part of its future. Tumblr’s mindset is that quality content from these publishers grows audiences.

“At Tumblr, there’s a recognition that Tumblr is better when you get better stuff on it,” Mark Coatney, Tumblr’s media evangelist, told Josh Sternberg in an interview.

It’s a difficult sell, as not much direct traffic is sent to publishers directly from Tumblr. But Newsweek senior writer Jessica Bennett told Sternberg that it’s a way “to connect with an audience outside the usual network of Newsweek/Daily Beast reader.” Read more

The Top 5 ONA11 Takeaways

After this weekend’s 2011 Online News Association Conference in Boston, I thought I would share some of the big takeaways I had from the conference.

1. What a difference a year makes!

During last year’s conference, in Washington, the two biggest pieces of buzz were TBD and Patch. That was certainly not the case this year, since TBD now exists only in a scaled-back form with almost none of its original staff. Patch is still expanding, but after reports of AOL’s hyperlocal brand losing millions of dollars surfaced, conference-goers seemed to be less interested. Read more