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Posts Tagged ‘old media’

Old Media Is Less Likely to Link than New Media

The biggest culprit for not linking to sources, according to Anthony DeRosa at Reuters, is not blogs with all of their aggravating aggregating, but the Old Media.

Apparently the New York Post is a common offender. The Post has gone so far as to have allegedly admitted, by way of correspondence from one of their reporters, that they in fact have a policy to not credit blogs (or anyone else) if they can verify independently after they’ve been tipped off from the source they choose not to cite.

This strikes us as very bad manners. As a blogger, one learns pretty quickly that if you forget (or wrongfully deem it unnecessary) to include a link, the author of the source will notice, will tell you, and you will feel unprofessional/foolish when they do so. Best to avoid it altogether. The only ones who apparently get away with this are old media outlets. Writes DeRosa:

Even here at Reuters, links are rarely seen, if ever, in the context of the articles we post. Felix Salmon recently referred to the Wall Street Journal as “the kid in class with his arm around his homework” in reference to their refusal to link. The New York Times is just as stingy with their links…

We highly doubt these practices will last long. More and more we hear about original sources standing up for their right to be linked, and this relic of pre-digital reporting culture will change, and change rapidly.

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Government Looks To “Retrain” Media People

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Jump Start is a government-funded program aimed at taking people from occupations that no longer exist in today’s economy, and teaching them how to apply their skills to jobs that still exist. Last spring there was a Jump Start program for those who worked in the financial services industry, which helped finance workers learn skills for a new career at a tech firm, or something.

Now the second phase of this program begins: Jump Start New Media, which features a curriculum designed to retrain people who have lost jobs in “old” media, like newspapers, magazines and at traditional broadcast companies. Media workers who go through the program will learn skills that they can put to work in new media. We don’t like to make fun, because people been asking for a media bailout for ages now, and finally the government is going to teach us all how to fish for ourselves instead of just injecting trillions of dollars into the industry. Great!

Except that the market is already over-saturated with young 20-somethings who know everything there is to know about new media, and the only benefit of bringing someone from ‘old media’ onto your ‘new media’ project is to get the wealth of experience and expertise that comes with working 20 years in a news room.

Still though, it never hurts to learn something new, especially when it’s free. The Jump Start New Media program, designed by The Levin Institute, which is part of The State University of New York, begins February 1 right here in Manhattan. Learn more info about it here.