GalleyCat FishbowlNY FishbowlDC UnBeige MediaJobsDaily SocialTimes AllFacebook AllTwitter LostRemote TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser

Posts Tagged ‘nieman lab’

Why Journalists Should Be Hosting Sponsored Events

With a fresh school year ramping up, I’ve noticed several news publications beginning to big-time promote the special events they’re heading up this fall.

It seems like more of these kinds of gatherings keep popping up, or maybe it’s that they were there before and are now being Tweeted and Facebooked about more often.

For each organization, it’s a bit different. The Texas Tribune Festival packs tons of experts in the online paper’s coverage areas — energy, health care, public education, etc. — along with political big-wigs like Texas Sen. Wendy Davis and First Lady Anita Perry into a weekend of discussion about all things political in the Lone Star State. Only a couple of years old, the Festival is a huge deal in Austin and beyond. And the Trib’s Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith, who has become something of a poster child for raising big cash for online news, plays an important role in the weekend, helping to moderate discussion and serve as a reminder to guests why they’re all there – because of the Texas Tribune’s reporting and how it has proved itself in the world of Web journalism.

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Get a Literary Agent

Get a Literary AgentWork with a publishing consultant to find the right agent for your book and write a query that will get the deal done! Starting December 3, learn the best methods for finding a literary agent, how to choose the right agent for your book, the etiquette of seeking literary representation, and how to stand out among the numerous queries agents receive daily. Register now!

Journo Ipsum: Funny New-Media Inspired Filler Text

Journo Ipsum It’s the Friday before a long holiday weekend (at least here in the U.S.). So I thought I’d pass along what’s amusing me at this hour as a service to folks planning to re-design their sites over the three-day weekend, or to those who just need some amusement to help make it through the last hour of work today (at least on the East Coast).

So you’ve probably heard of Lorem Ipsum, the standard filler text designers plop on a page when they lay it out. It’s Latin and it’s meaningless, which makes it great (and way less embarrassing than fake headlines someone doesn’t catch before they publish).

Nieman Media Lab has a new take on the filler text: Journo Ipsum. It’s not Latin, but it’s almost meaningless — and absolutely hilarious. Every time you refresh the page, you get a new serving of hilarity. To demonstrate, here’s the first paragraph I was served:

hyperlocal libel lawyer audience atomization overcome Alberto Ibarguen linking Android Like button, copyboy layoffs perfect for starting a campfire AP What Would Google Do MinnPost put the paper to bed, Gannett natural-born blogger Innovator’s Dilemma gotta grok it before you rock it content farm. hyperlocal Gannett Facebook WaPo Pulse meme innovation semipermeable retweet, Kindle Single Twitter topples dictators iPad app fourth estate reporting net neutrality hot news doctrine attracting young readers Alberto Ibarguen, discuss we need a Nate Silver if the news is that important, it’ll find me crowdsourcing community stupid commenters The Daily.

It’s like a Twitter, Romensko and an SEO e-book smoothie. It’s way more entertaining than plain old Latin dummy text.

You can read more about the project at the Nieman Lab blog. And let us know the funniest line it produces for you in the tabloid dead trees anonymity nut graf Django, newspaper curmudgeon Mozilla reality-based stupid comments or on Twitter @10000words using the hashtag #journoipsum.

Nieman Report: Communities, Not Paywalls, Are The Key To A Successful News Business Model

In an age when news organizations are scrambling to keep up with technological innovation, it is easy to lose sight of the original strain that kickstarted social networks in the first place: people are inherently social beings, and flourish in spaces where we can genuinely connect with each other. According to a new Nieman Report entitled “Community: A New Business Model for News,” the simple evolutionary fact that humans not only love but need community is the key to creating a successful news business model.

“We have long known communities are powerful and that local media thrive when they bring together and serve their community,” writes Michael Skoler, the VP of Interactive for Public Radio International. “Somehow though when it comes to the challenge of online media, we forget this. We search for new business models that involve paywalls, more video, the iPad, and wealthy donors, while the most powerful emerging business driver in the new economy is community.”

This is not necessarily a new discovery, particularly to those of us who work as Community Managers (Disclosure: That’s my day job!), but the important part is figuring out how to appropriately harness our desire for togetherness and turn fans into community members. Skoler makes this distinction in his piece, arguing that there is a difference between fans of a brand and the active community members that generate enough passion to make the community influential. “If media organizations are going to tap the new community business model, they will need to avoid mistaking their audience for a community,” he writes. “Fans become a community when they have the freedom to explore their interests and connections and organize themselves.”

Read more