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The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) plans to launch an investigative news YouTube channel in July 2012, according to a press release. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the channel will spotlight videos from prominent broadcasters such as NPR, ABC News and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, among other freelance contributors, the release said.

The CIR, a nonprofit organization that produces public interest investigative journalism, will teach reporters working for the channel how to best reach online audiences, the release said. CIR and the Investigative News Network (INN) will also coordinate to try to capture the interest of online users through social media, the release said.

Michael Maness, Knight Foundation Vice President for Media Innovation and Journalism, said in the release, “This collaboration is poised to bring investigative reporting authoritatively onto the social web. We hope it will engage audiences and expand public appetite for visual story telling.”


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Gianna Walton


2012-04-12 12:32

There's no doubt that social media has made its mark on journalism. Just think of the way that the news of Steve Jobs' death spread rapidly around the world.

These changes haven't just changed the way we read newspapers. They've also profoundly altered our relationship with television.

This was the subject of a talk given by Mike Proulx, co-author of the book Social TV, at "Les Nouvelle Pratiques du Journalisme" conference at Sciences Po, Paris, hosted in collaboration with Columbia Journalism School.

Proulx listed the four areas of broadcast news that have been affected by Twitter.

Breaking news.

All sorts of news is broken now on Twitter, from the earthquake on the US East Coast this August, to the fact that Billy Crystal was to replace Eddie Murphy as the host of this year's Oscars. The fact that news breaks on Twitter profoundly affects the way journalists work: many reporters monitor trending topics on to see what's happening, for example. They also mine social networks for information, pictures and videos about new stories. The famous photo of the jet which landed in the Hudson River was originally a twitpic.

Finding sources.


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Hannah Vinter


2011-12-02 17:03

The online reaction to the rebellion in Libya has been huge; and even if you don't follow him on Twitter, you will probably have heard about Andy Carvin's record total of 1,200 tweets over the weekend, documenting both the Libya situation and the earthquake on the East Coast of the U.S.A.

Tweets from officials and from foreign correspondents have all been standard components of many live blogs, helping to keep people all over the globe informed.

Yet again, social media has proved essential in forming both journalists' and the public's understanding of a dramatic and rapidly unfolding political situation.

In recognition of the power of social media, Al Jazeera has now decided to dedicate large amounts of airtime to news brought directly and exclusively from Twitter, according to The International Journalists Network.


Katherine Travers


2011-08-24 16:55

Writing for the Nieman Journalism Lab, Jason Fry recently discussed a South Korean academic paper, entitle "What is Twitter, a Social Network or a News Media," which examined what characterizes Twitter as a hybrid social networking and news media site.


Robert Eisenhart


2010-05-10 17:48

Jonathan Stray from the Nieman Journalism Lab recently conducted an analysis of the amount of original news content found in news articles through Google. In conducting the analysis, Stray took a major headlining article in the news and then tracked how many articles pertaining to the subject contained original content.

The results of the analysis were surprising. Stray examined 121 different articles covering the announcement that students in a Chinese university had hacked into American computers, finding that only 13 or 11% had some original content.

Of the 13 "original" stories, Stray noted that 8 came from traditional paper-based media outlets. All the other articles published lacked original content but nonetheless provided in-depth articles concerning the same story in a different way.

The results of his analysis led to Stray to ask "What were those other 100 reporters doing?" One must question how effective it is for news outlets to produce essentially their version of the same thing. Many argue that a multitude of voices on one subject is the most effective way at revealing the truth, but these findings suggest that time, energy, and more importantly money are being wasted for no reason.


Robert Eisenhart


2010-03-17 17:08

National Public Radio is creating a new version of its website to accompany the launch of Apple's iPad early next month, according to Poynter.

In addition to the iPad-friendly website, similar to those digital editions designed solely for smartphone access, NPR is preparing an app for the Apple's tablet too.

Media Memo's Peter Kafka reports that when the iPad launches on April 3rd, users who want to access NPR's content through their brand new iPads will be able to either download a version of the broadcaster's iPhone app, optimized for the iPad, or to visit NPR.org, which will detect the user is accessing from an iPad and will show a tailored site with "no traces of Adobe's Flash," software that the device does not support.

However, Kinsey Wilson, senior vice president and general manager of NPR Digital Media, told Poynter that the app was like a "fixed-price meal, with fewer options aimed at creating a rich overall experience" as opposed to an "a la carte menu" in which the diner can choose from a wide range of choices, when speaking of the iPad-friendly site.


Maria Conde


2010-03-16 14:20

Many journalists have been denied visas for Iran in the lead-up to the Islamic Revolution anniversary celebrations, and those in Iran have been told not to report on opposition protests, The Guardian reports.

The internet and phones have been interfered with and the few foreign correspondents in Iran operate under tight restrictions. Although the Iranian government says that over 200 foreign journalists have been approved to cover the event, this consisted of government minders escorting them to the official rally at Tehran's Azadi square. Exiled Iranian journalists warned their colleagues not to go.
Sixty-five Iranian journalists are in detention, according to Reporters Without Borders, and Iran has become the leading jailer of journalists in the world, according to the International Press Institute (IPI).

Official media in Iran have not offered a wide angle on the story, The Guardian says, citing a report on English-language Press TV: "Every year I tell you that it's very glamorous, it's very exciting, it's very impressive," said correspondent Gisoo Ahmadi.


Elizabeth Redman


2010-02-12 12:16

Australian public broadcaster the ABC has launched a new digital initiative called ABC Open to feature user-generated content on existing ABC local websites.

The initiative aims to develop the digital skills of local communities to tell their own stories. The reports produced through the project will be published on the broadcaster's local websites and other sites, and may also be distributed on radio, television or mobile platforms.

More than 50 editors and producers, based in local radio offices around the country, will be charged with helping communities design and develop media-rich local stories.

The launch comes just after the ABC announced plans to launch a 24-hour television news channel.

The chief executive of major Australian news publisher Fairfax Media, Brian McCarthy, said that ABC Open could force some Fairfax-owned local newspapers to close.

ABC Open "threatens to undermine the viability of the excellent service commercial media organisations such as Fairfax Media and Rural Press have provided to regional and rural Australia for decades,'' he said. The Fairfax Media group owns Rural Press.

"I do not believe it is the role of the ABC to disrupt the commercial landscape by building empires with public funds."


Elizabeth Redman


2010-02-05 17:07

More local news comes from newspapers and their websites than from television, radio or online-only news sources, ABC News reports.

A study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism looked at one week of local news reporting across 53 media outlets in Baltimore during July last year. It found that for six major stories, 61% of original reporting or new information came from newspapers and their websites. By contrast, 28% came from local television stations and their websites, 7% for radio stations and 4% for online-only publications.

Although local television produced slightly more content than newspapers, fewer of the stations' stories contained original reporting. Content often included information obtained from other media, primarily newspapers.

"This study does suggest that if newspapers were to disappear, what would be left to aggregate?" director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism Tom Rosenstiel said.

It's not all rosy for newspapers, though. Falling advertising revenue and staff cuts over the last decade have meant that local newspapers aren't covering stories in as much depth or producing as much content as they did in the days before online news, according to the study.


Elizabeth Redman


2010-01-11 13:46

Last week, MSNBC.com announced the purchase of EveryBlock, a platform that allows users in 15 US cities to search for news, photos and other data based on ZIP code. The move will allow MSNBC to provide much more local content, which was previously limited to aggregated news stories.

MSNBC.com President Charlie Tillinghast told Advertising Age the acquisition makes sense because it would not be feasible for the news site to hire its own reporters in every local news market. However, Tillinghast sees EveryBlock more as a complement to local news rather than a direct competitor.

The exact purchase price for EveryBlock was not named, nor did Tillinghast provide any specifics on a revenue plan - perhaps because most hyperlocal ventures are still trying to figure out what model works best. EveryBlock, which launched in January 2008, was initially funded by a $1.1 million grant from the Knight Foundation.


Liz Webber


2009-08-24 16:14

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