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How Citizen Journalism Helps A Story Live On

Gaines_Jim.jpgAs we cover the media trends we’re looking forward to in 2010, today we’re focusing on citizen journalism and crowdsourcing — two similar concepts that promote engagement between reporters and people involved in the stories they’re covering.

To get us started on this topic, we spoke to Jim Gaines, the former managing editor at People, Time and Life magazines and current editor-in-chief of digital publication FLYP, about the possibilities of citizen journalism and the future of journalistic storytelling.

Gaines is a big proponent of using journalism to start a conversation, and using collaboration from readers to continue that conversation and coverage of a story. Although his own pub FLYP doesn’t have the infrastructure in place yet to accomplish his vision, Gaines thinks collaboration is the wave of the future.

“I think 2010 is going to be enormously important as a turning point for digital publishing in general, citizen journalism in particular, because the facility — and by that I don’t just mean the software and hardware, I mean the culture and other supportive elements — are just getting into place,” Gaines told us.

“Google Wave is a wonderful example of a collaboration, but there are so few people on it that it has no scale. I think that it is an interesting model for the storytelling of the future, which is not going to be a one-way story told. A story is going to be the beginning of a conversation and that story will be modified by the conversation that follows. I don’t know exactly what that model is going to look like because the experimentation is only beginning. But it’s very exciting.”

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WNYC Hosts Debate on Merits Of Citizen Journalism and Technology

twitter3_091110_mn.jpgLast week’s tragedy at Fort Hood, so close to Veteran’s Day, left the public scared and confused — not only because of the senseless nature of the crime which left 13 dead, but because some of the information that leaked out about the event from the ground turned out to be false.

After US Airways Flight 1549 fell into the Hudson River last year — and the first photo of the event landed on Twitter — people have looked to Twitter to provide first-hand accounts and early information about breaking news. But what if the information from these citizen journalists (if that’s what they are), isn’t accurate?

Yesterday, WNYC‘s Brian Lehrer hosted Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine and Paul Carr of TechCrunch in a debate about the relative merits of citizen journalism and technology.

After the jump, how the debate unfolded

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Obama Admin to Newspapers: ‘Drop Dead’

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USA Today’s The Oval caught this:

The Department of Homeland Security “is consolidating subscriptions to professional publications and newspapers, and, where possible, encouraging the use of free online publications rather than purchase the print version.”

Anticipated savings total $47,160 in fiscal years 2009 and 2010.

Ouch!

The proposal is one of 77 cost-saving measures submitted this week by federal agencies, totaling $243 million. President Obama had ordered a list of new cost cuts back in April.

We’ll call it yet another death rattle for print.

Via Jeff JarvisTwitter feed

Notes From The Personal Democracy Forum: Talks About Social Media, Transparency and Government

pdf.jpgToday and tomorrow, FishbowlNY will be reporting from the Personal Democracy Forum, a conference that focuses on the intersection of politics and technology.

This morning, after a keynote from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (in which he revealed that his home phone number was listed in the phone book for many years until a reporter discovered it and published it) we sat through presentations by Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com, Ning.com founder Gina Bianchini, Harvard researchers Danah Boyd and David Weinberger and media critic Jeff Jarvis.

(Photo: Jeff Jarvis presents at the Personal Democracy Forum on Monday morning)

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What Is The Boston Globe Worth?

boston-globe-logo.jpgThere might be some buyers interested in saving the Boston Globe, but how much will they have to shell out? David Carr of The New York Times, who asked industry experts to weigh in on the issue, raises an interesting point: the New York Times Co., which owns the Globe, may have to pay someone to take the Boston paper off its hands.

The Times Co. paid $1.1 billion for the Globe in 1993, but now the paper is set to lose about $85 million this year. Even if it can cut its losses through agreements with unions and additional cuts, what can the Times Co. reasonably expect to get for its troubled asset?

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MediaNews Memo Continues Online Pay Content Discussion

medianews group.pngYesterday, Romanesko published a memo by executives from national newspaper publisher MediaNews Group. The memo outlined the company’s new interactive strategy, as devised by 22 MediaNews execs. Like many other newspaper companies, MediaNews is facing a decline in print circulation and interactive revenue growth, so its leaders have been trying to find a good solution.

The strategy outlined in the memo — don’t put all print content online for free, create distinct Web sites that will emphasize regional news and build local sites to draw user generated content, younger audiences and targeted advertisers — has been criticized by Jeff Jarvis for lacking innovation and creativity. But paidContent.org, which also pointed out this is a similar strategy sought by companies like Gannett, said MediaNews’ plan “could help maintain newspapers’ fairly strong audience growth.”

We agree that putting all print content online for free undermines the value of journalism and undoubtedly has contributed to the decline in print circulation nationwide. Media companies will not be able to survive this recession until they find a way to make money from their Web properties, but finding the right solution may take some time — time the faltering industry doesn’t really have. Maybe MediaNews’ strategy won’t work, but they do get credit for trying.

How do you feel about paying for content online? WSJ.com is doing it well, and dreaming up new ways to get online revenue every day (micro-payments anyone?) What do you think publishers have to do in order to keep the newspaper industry alive?

Jeff Jarvis Talks Google, The College Humor Show Throws a Party

3257102507_57c955319gga.jpgA couple of fun media events took place in the city last night — or so we hear. Thanks to flu season we were m.i.a at both Jeff Jarvis‘ “What Would Google Do?” Daylife event as well as the The College Humor Show premier party on the West side (watch Barry Diller‘s speech here and see Nick McGlynn‘s photo coverage here).

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Never fear, however! Thanks to the magic of our friend Rachel Sklar‘s Twitter feed (and flickr page) it’s almost like we were there ourselves!

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Jeff Jarvis on the Relationship Between Google and Authors and Publishers

jarvisstud.pngNo one can say with any assurance where the future of publishing lies, but Harper Studio is certainly putting forth a convincing example of how a house might deal with the oncoming changes. Just last week they struck a deal with Borders who has agreed to buy Harper Studio’s books on a non returnable basis in exchange for a steeper discount on the purchase price. The HarperCollins imprint is also continually increasing their online presence with their blog The 26th Story, which is how we came across this interview Harper Studio head Bob Miller did with Jeff Jarvis, ostensibly about Jarvis’ new book What Would Google Do? but the discussion also turns to the relationship between Google and authors and publishers. Watch an excerpt after the jump.

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Jeff Jarvis: Stop the Press(es)!

blogdaddy.jpgThe BuzzMachine himself, Jeff Jarvis has a worthwhile piece on Huffpo today, titled “L.A. Times: Turn Off Your Presses”:

But what if, once past bankruptcy and the cost of shutting down print operations, the LA Times as a news service could be profitable and grow? Yes, grow. News is a growth industry today; newspapers aren’t. But they could be again.

This is after his follow-up on his site about LAT’s web revenue is enough to now fulfill their editorial payroll:

Russ Stanton does some bragging about the Times’ web life and given this milestone, let’s grant him the moment as Neilsen Net Ratings says it passed USA Today and the Washington Post in uniques with, according to internal numbers, 138 million page views in November, up more than 70% in a year, and 24 million uniques, up 125%.

That’s swell. Where’s our check?

UPDATE: FishbowlNY has their own Jarvis post today. Popular.

Jeff Jarvis Thinks ‘Community Organizers’ are the Future of Journalism

PH2005052901076.jpgThe New York Observer is running a profile on “Blogger, professor, and media consultant” Jeff Jarvis (parts of which, having to do with Bill Keller, Jarvis apparently has some issues with). Here’s some of his advice regarding how media people might approach and uncertain, quickly-changing future:

We should embrace change…Instead, too often we fight change. That’s the nature of organizations and institutions that hold power. Change might mean losing power. The great and magnificent irony of online — this would really send [Ron] Rosenbaum’s spine up — is that in my blog, in what I call Jarvis’ Law, is that I say if you give people control, we will use it. If you don’t, you lose us. The counterintuitive way of the Internet age is when you give up control, you win. The old way was to maintain control to win.

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