From Michael Kelley at Media Bistro on March 28 – Periodically and with increasing speed, the Internet goes through a transformation, which is today being defined by digital video. Thanks to innovative communications providers, the continued expansion of broadband and availability of faster download speeds to anyone with an Internet connection, video is now the new frontier on every device. Many are rushing to get a piece of the “action” and now, just like a growing community, we need to build the proper infrastructure to measure and value digital video. Read More
With revolutions throughout the world and natural disasters in places like Japan, TV news budgets are quickly spending money to cover everything. A report came out recently showing how the foreign coverage may break the bank this year (read the article here).
One TV executive said that to send a crew and reporter oversees can cost tens of thousands of dollars each week. With so much breaking news overseas so far this year, there may be much more money to be spent to report the news in 2011. Read the article
From the LA Times on March 25 - Many of Mexico’s top media companies agreed Thursday on first-ever guidelines for covering a drug war that has drastically increased risks for journalists.
The 10-point accord, covering more than 700 outlets across the country, calls on news-gathering organizations to find ways to protect their journalists and avoid glorifying crime bosses. Read more
Recently Amanda Hocking, the self-publisher who sold millions of copies of her books through Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites, signed a deal with St. Martins for her next series of books (you can read the short NYT article about it here). The bigger story in this though is whether or not self-publishing is just astepping stone to signing book deals with major media companies, or is self-publishing a viable alternative to the big companies?
Hocking said she’ll benefit from the deal by not having to manage herself (hiring an editor, running the business aspect of things) and be able to focus on her writing. She’s probably right, and only she knows what she can handle. But for all those out there trying to get their work published, do you think self-publishing is the way to go, are traditional publishers still necessary, or like Hocking is a mix of both the best avenue?
The first assault came on Monday when Fox’s defence correspondent, Jennifer Griffin, alleged that Gaddafi’s forces had successfully thwarted air strikes by using journalists from CNN and Reuters as human shields. Read More
From the Editors at CJR in March/April 2011 issue - Washington beckons as a land of opportunity for journalists today, at least in the realm of high-cost subscription news. We’re cheering, but wary, too. A new unit of Bloomberg News is hiring 150 editorial staffers, essentially doubling the size of its DC bureau, to provide detailed coverage of federal legislation, regulation, and government spending. Politico has hired another forty or so journalists for its new “pro” brand, a high-priced news service that will write fast and furiously about every major and minor happening in energy, health care, and technology policy and politics. National Journal last April offered buyouts to all of its hundred-plus editorial employees, but has been on a hiring spree since then to bring on nearly fifty new journalists. Meanwhile, CQ Roll Call, moving beyond the staff shakeout that followed the combination of the two Washington policy stalwarts in their September 2009 merger, is also launching new services and hiring fresh talent. Read More
This week the Institute for Advertising Ethics published their Principles and Practices for Advertising Ethics (available for download). The paper lays out eight main principles that advertisers should follow when presenting information to consumers. With all the changes to technology and media, the paper says that:
The one constant is transparency, and the need to conduct ourselves, our businesses, and our relationships with consumers in a fair, honest and forthright manner.
In an AP story published earlier today, Michael Liedtke wrote that USA Today is revamping its paper to try to keep pace with the Internet. Although this is nowhere near a new idea in the newspaper industry, USA Today has taken multiple steps in the last few years to innovate the paper and boost earnings.
One thing Liedtke’s story says is that the content of the paper will focus on topics that attract more advertising such as tech reviews, financial advice, travel and lifestyle tips, and sports features. USA Today’s published believes the changes will increase revenue.
Do you think this is a good idea? How will changes in content like this impact the journalism community overall (if at all)? Leave your thoughts in the comments.