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The platform, developed in collaboration with mobile network EE, will "crowdsource content from around the globe by enabling users to share videos, pictures and text directly with the Guardian's editorial team, as well as to browse the contributions submitted by other GuardianWitness users." By facilitating reader participation and influence, the Guardian's new tool reveals their commitment to a model of "open journalism" that has gradually become the core of their identity as a newspaper.

Author

Emily Moore

Date

2013-04-16 16:15

Rue89 is a news site with a particularly unique brand: it functions on an innovative model of collaboration and participation. The site contains a mixture of content from journalists, expert bloggers, and everyday Internet users in the form of reports, investigations, witness accounts, opinion columns and topical analyses. The site was sold to Le Nouvel Observateur in December 2011, an excellent decision according to Grosjean since they "never interfere in the site’s content," and have made them less "economically fragile." The site receives 5.6 million visitors on average per month. They have a total of 145,000 Facebook likes – according to Grosjean, the most likes of any exclusively online newspaper – and more than 440,000 Twitter followers. Grosjean is quick to defend the participative element of Rue89, arguing that it does not make them any less serious or credible as a news site. Their "expert bloggers," for example, are still subjected to rigorous fact-checking by an editorial team who validate their work to ensure that a high quality of journalism is maintained.

Witness accounts

Author

Emily Moore

Date

2013-04-12 17:44

The report, released today, revealed that as in previous years, online news consumption was the only category of news to show growth in 2012. It rose sharply the last two years, following the rapid spread of digital platforms.

While digital media continues to threaten the newspaper industry, it also has the potential to force newspapers to experiment with new media.“For the first time since the deep recession that began in 2007, newspaper organizations have grounds for a modicum of optimism,” said the report.

“Companies have started to experiment in a big way with a variety of new revenue streams and major organizational changes,” the report continued.

One of these new revenue streams is, of course, digital subscription plans. So far, 450 of 1,380 U.S. dailies have started or announced plans for some kind of paid online content or paywall plan.

The New York Times, which has offered paid digital subscriptions since 2011, earned more money with paid subscriptions and purchases than with advertising revenues, a first for the paper. Across the country, digital pay plans are helping add new revenues and reduce dependence on advertising.

Author

Briana Seftel

Date

2013-03-18 13:39

In a move to highlight their respective business-friendly credentials, both the biggest social networking site Facebook and the virtual social pinboard Pinterest have unveiled separate platforms designed for marketers and corporations in a move that has clear ramifications for the newspaper industry.

In their latest move to declutter the standard 'News Feed', Facebook will today role out a new ‘Pages Feed’, an unfiltered section devoted solely to promotional posts and updates from businesses. Introduced to minimize any unwanted juxtaposition between business concerns and genuinely social interaction, the concept exemplifies the balancing act Facebook must constantly perform between everyday users and those who use the site for commercial or promotional purposes. The feature, which users can click to from a button on the left side of their profile page, was reportedly developed in response to criticism from some businesses that their activities on the site were failing to reach a sufficiently wide audience.

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Frederick Alliott

Date

2012-11-15 19:05

‘Post-truth politics’. The expression has an undeniable ring to it. Fusing a modish anti-politics sentiment with pleasingly Orwellian overtones, the phrase has come to symbolize the pessimism and contempt that has permeated much of the media commentary during the lead-up to today’s Presidential election. Orwell himself said that in times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act; whether or not the 2012 campaign ought to be castigated as being especially mendacious, the central role of websites such as FactCheck and PolitiFact suggests an urge to scythe through the dense undergrowth of shrill partisanship in search of something that is empirically, verifiably, irreducibly ‘true’. 

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Frederick Alliott

Date

2012-11-06 18:54

In the Q&A that followed a lecture by the Guardian’s Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger at the Sciences Po School of Journalism in Paris earlier this month, a student seated near the back of the intimate lecture theatre posed an inevitable question. To paraphrase: what would it take to get a job in your newsroom?

Rusbridger prefaced his response by congratulating the 40-odd assembled students for possessing enough grit to be pursuing a journalism education under present circumstances. He then conjured the image of a candidate who is excited about the challenges and opportunities inherent in this period of upheaval; a journalist who lives and breathes digital, has a head filled with inventive ideas, and ideally, is something of a data whisperer.

It seems as if these are exactly the kinds of graduates who will be turned out by the new Guardian News & Media/Cardiff University Masters in Journalism with Digital Media, which was announced in a press release on the Guardian’s website yesterday. The yearlong, London-based post-graduate programme has yet to receive official validation, but aims to convene its first class of students in September 2013.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-09-27 18:22

“I’d like to thank Dick for ruining my attention span, malnourishing my children, and making every copy editor I have worked with for the past four years curse the mention of my name,” joked Emily Bell, on stage with Dick Costolo at the Hyatt Regency hotel in San Francisco on Friday afternoon.

It was the second day of the Online News Association Conference and Awards (ONA 2012), and Bell, Director of the Tao Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, was engaging in a cheerful but piercing luncheon interview with the Twitter CEO about the social network’s influence on journalism (video below). The following evening, the conference culminated with the ONA Awards, during which jagged, transparent statuettes were presented to the winners of digital journalism prizes in more than 30 categories.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-09-24 16:46

It is a truth near-universally acknowledged, that a news organisation in possession of a reputable but costly print heritage must be in want of an effective online video strategy.

After all, audience eyes and advertising dollars are increasingly gravitating toward YouTubelast month in the U.S. more than 180 million people watched 33 billion videos, according to the comScore’s Online Video Rankings, and video advertising had its best month on record, with U.S. Internet users watching 11 billion video ads.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-24 18:45

The bird's subdued new blue is not all that's changed on Twitter this summer. 

There is no use in pretending it's breaking news, since there’s a good chance you’ve already retweeted it: about 19 hours ago, Mobile Product Manager Sung Hu Kim (@sunghu) announced that Twitter had updated its apps for iOS and Android.

Combined with the changes to search and discovery announced Friday, these updates signal a new phase in the social media site’s evolving role in the way we report and consume news.

The new features and their ramifications for breakers and followers of news are as follows:

Push notifications

Quicker reviewers have touted this as the most noteworthy aspect of the update: now mobile Twitter users can opt to receive push notifications on their phones from selected accounts, as well as notifications on actions like mentions and retweets while they are inside the app.

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Emma Knight

Date

2012-07-11 18:12

If you want to see an example of the media working together with its audience to create valuable journalism, you need look no further than the Quién es Quién section of the digital Colombian publication La Silla Vacía.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-28 12:43

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