A requiem for quality journalism 1

Warwick Fairfax meets the press

Warwick Fairfax meets the press

Fairfax Media spiraled into decline as a series of Boards of  Directors misunderstood or just ignored technological changes, as they maneuvered  for perceived political and commercial influence. The cost cutting, centralisation and redundancies which resulted from  this decline, may have saved money but they also squandered the news group’s intangible but critical  advantages. It seemed that the Boards didn’t really know what made Fairfax unique.

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Newsgathering with Tweetdeck Reply

tweetdeckHow do you ensure accuracy with speed, so that social media driven journalism is credible?

Conciseness, the ability to summarise complex stories in the 140 characters demanded by microblogs such as Twitter, should already be a given.

However,  some twitterati  often appear to be unconcerned whether the information they distribute is correct, coherent or even recent.

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Insuring free speech Reply

114121_originalTweeters, bloggers and freelance journalists will be able to insure against defamation actions against them, in a scheme announced by the Media Alliance.

While the internet enabled freelance journalists to self publish, it also meant that independent journalists no longer had an umbrella of employers’ legal protection.

Australia has no constitutional guarantees of free speech, allowing the wealthy or well connected to target their online critics with costly legal actions. Journalists have been faced with the choice of going silent or talking a loan to pay for a lawyer. More…

Voicing the voiceless : Swara 1

swaracover-smallNews is being re-defined in India where citizen journalists use mobile phones  to create a grass roots news gathering network.

To seek accuracy and foster credibility, their stories were fact checked by professional journalists employed to review submitted material. More…

ABC News goes multi-media Reply

mcmurtThe Australian Broadcasting Corporation plans to launch a seamless, new multi media News process.

Under the News system being tested this week, desk editors and producers were working with Chief of Staff desks and day editors in the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane newsrooms to coordinate national stories, from commissioning through to production – across all platforms. More…

Sleaze, Smear and Social Media Reply

Julia Gillard as depicted by Larry Pickering

Julia Gillard as depicted by Larry Pickering

The opposition attacks on Julia Gillard’s ethics were underpinned by an unprecedented underground online campaign prosecuted on social media.

The questions raised by the opposition’s Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop were foreshadowed in the Murdoch press which in turn was informed byblogs maintained by  right wing activists operating on the margins of the mainstream media. It happened beyond the rarified gaze of the press gallery, which itself has become a target for speculation and abuse. More…

New media and the US elections 3

New media revolutionised US Presidential elections through fund raising, fact checking and crowd sourcing, according to Tom Shaller ( @schaller67 ).

Social media offered fast, if not always accurate, coverage.

Schaller , Professor of political science at the University of Maryland, was speaking at a master class on media and US politics at the UTS Graduate School of Journalism. Tom Schaller is a regular political columnist for the Baltimore Sun and is the author of a number of books on politics. His visit to Australia was sponsored by the US government. More…

New Media Log Reply

dinosThe Online Journalism blog contains more than fifteen reports on online journalism, new media and the professional use of Twitter and Facebook. They include:

A very short history of journalists and computers

Computers were introduced into Australian journalism in the early seventies by Australian Associated Press (AAP), a news wholesaler owned by the major newspaper groups.

Editing before computers

International news came in on tele-printers, typed in capitals. Sub-editors cut  sentences into strips and glued them onto paper backing.

Outsourced editing

Networks of outsourced sub-editors, linked by computers, could  edit most newspapers.

How to tweet the News

Combined with good journalism fact checking, Twitter can help create an unprecedented network of sources providing global reach, diversity and credibility. More…

The Twittering Classes 2

The Internet abolished journalists’ dominance of international news. Twitter eclipsed political reporters’ control of the political debate.

Politicians’ news conferences, broadcast live, are dissected by running commentaries and analysis by a galaxy of often anonymous microbloggers. MSM (mainstream media)  journalists have been running to catch up. More…