Newsletter 03.17.2014

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ONLINE JOURNALISTS: Foundations for Research into Their Changing Roles, by Jane B. Singer, Ph.D.
Abstract Interactive media have grabbed the attention of communication researchers in the latter half of the 1990s, but the focus to date has been primarily on media audiences and their use of these new forms. This paper suggests four approaches that may help provide theory-based underpinnings in a different area: the study of journalists and the ways in which their roles and jobs are changing.
Video | The Transition to Digital Journalism | kdmcBerkeley
Online video took off as broadband access to the Internet grew. About 65 percent of the U.S. adult population had home broadband access as of December 2012, compared to less than 10 percent in 2001, according to surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Monday Q&A: Jake Batsell wants to build a guide on how to build a successful news nonprofit

At the International Symposium on Online Journalism this year, SMU journalism professor Jake Batsell presented a paper on taking the idea of engagement out of the web browser and into the real world through events. Batsell had visited newsrooms all over the country because of an interest in finding alternative revenue streams in panels, parties, bar nights, quiz bowls, sports events, cook offs, and more.

Idea Lab

3 Reasons Participatory Journalism Will Rise at Traditional Newsrooms Editor’s Note: This blog post is the third installment in a 3-part series intended to look at engaging citizen reporters beyond crisis events. Part 1 can be found here, and Part 2 here.

Can BuzzFeed Be Stopped?

It’s been a good week for old media. The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal have all done a superb job of reporting on the NSA/PRISM revelations. Unfortunately it has also been a terrible decade for them. Newspaper advertising revenue has fallen by..

Hugo E. Martin on Media + Marketing: PEW Study: Trends in News Consumption: 1991 – 2012 (US)

From the PewResearchCenter ‘In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable’ Some Highlights – The Rise of Social Networks for News – Twitter Not a Major News Source, but growing – The Decline of Paper in Reading & Writing – Only 1/3 of Americans aged 18 – 29 watched yesterday News on TV The Rise of Social Networks for News The Decline of Paper in Reading & Writing Twitter Not a Major News Source, but growing via / more at

A Bright Future for Newspapers | American Journalism Review

It’s not hard to understand how we could get from here to there. The media have been covering the bad news about newspapers for years. To see and read these accounts is to encounter an industry that seems on the verge of crisis, and possibly on the edge of the abyss.

How Twitter won the social media battle for journalism | The Wall Blog

Polis, the journalism think-tank at the LSE, has published an in-depth report looking at the value of social media to journalism, specifically public service broadcasting, and it highlights how Twitter has come to dominate news. As the report puts it, Twitter plays a more important role in newsgathering than Facebook, which is much more about discussion and far less about breaking news.

Using Social Media in Journalism

13% – proportion of online Americans on Twitter, according to Pew Research. 59% – proportion of online Americans on a social network such as Facebook. The Pew Research Center is a non-profit organization at Washington, D.C. that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

Digitize Me, Captain

‘Tis the season for making predictions and I’m making a few of my own. In no particular order, the digital trends journalists should watch in 2013: The relationship between social media and photography will grow even stronger. Using social media to bring traffic to your website – whether it’s a newspaper, blog or small business – isn’t new.

Technology Adoption and Diffusion
V.H. Carr Jr. Introduction Had technological change and innovation proceeded at today’s rate in fifteenth century Europe when printing technology was introduced, one can only speculate on the economic and political effects that its adoption and diffusion might have had on that era and subsequent history.

Parker Polidor, CEO Parker is the Co-Founder of Cell Journalist, which provides a real-time, hyper local content platform to 150+ local TV stations and newspapers. Prior to Cell Journalist Parker, an inveterate entrepreneur, started and later sold Mountain Valet, the first parking management company in Vermont serving ski resorts.

Scan and Analysis of Best Practices in Digital Journalism In and Outside U.S. Public Broadcasting

The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action-media made by, for, and with publics to address the problems that they share. We pay particular attention to the evolution of documentary film and video in a digital era. With research, public events, and convenings, we explore the fast-changing environment for public media.

How Newsrooms Can Adopt a Mobile-First Mindset | Mediashift | PBS

How Newsrooms Can Adopt a Mobile-First Mindset First, it was the Web. Now, mobile is the “second tidal wave of change about to collide with the news industry,” said Cory Bergman, general manager of Breaking News, a mobile-first startup owned by NBC News Digital.

5 things journalists should know about Quartz, Atlantic Media’s business news startup

Atlantic Media is about to launch its much-buzzed-about global business news product called Quartz, as soon as this week or next. It’s another digital news startup that gets a lot of pre-launch attention for its intention to do things differently – which makes it not only interesting but also a sort of lab experiment whose successes or failures will bear lessons for other news organizations.

International Symposium on Online Journalism

Program(PDF) Schedule Follow#ISOJ The 14th International Symposium on Online Journalism was held on April 19-20, 2013 in the auditorium at the Blanton Museum of Art on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Please see news coverage of the 2013 ISOJ below. Follow us on Twitter and use tag #isoj.

Commentary: Mobile Journalism: A Model for the Future

by Allissa Richardson We used to tell ourselves stories in order to live, according to famed author Joan Didion, who offers us this classic line in her seminal book of essays, The White Album. But in the digital age, with the help of mobile devices, we tell our stories in order to rebel – and the cellular chant is rising.

Innovation Starts Within: Implementing Innovation in Organizations

Innovation is known to fuel organizational growth, to drive future success, and is the engine that allows businesses to sustain their viability in a global economy. Both managers and researchers regard innovation as a ‘life-and-death matter for a firm’, in which the constant need of fighting for survival and the threat of competition encourage firms to innovate.

Massive Amount of Video Content Pushes Case for Recommendation and Personal EPGs for Future [2184] | Second Screen – TV App Market

Details Published on Friday, 14 June 2013 11:48 There will be over 30bn items of video content viewed in the US this year, creating a need for TV services to offer personal programme guides that deliver personalised TV schedules and VOD recommendations, multiscreen access and TV control, as well as personalised advertisements, according to Multimedia Research Group.

A Look Back from 2018

It seems so long ago. Yet it has been less than 25 years since the digital tsunami known as the Internet washed over media companies, disrupting their businesses and the lives of their consumers. Looking back from the calmer perspective of 2018, it is hard to remember the turmoil that gripped the newspaper and broadcast industries between 2000 and 2012.

Obsessed With Social Media? Why Not Get Paid For It!
A new study by the University of Florida reveals a social media skills gap. Businesses want to incorporate social media into their marketing and recruiting, but lack qualified personnel to use it to the fullest.
Social Media 2020 – long term prediction – Society3
Source: AxelS | Post viewed 1,801 times I was asked multiple times to write a prediction for 2013 While proud that most of my previous ones were pretty much on target, I thought I look a bit farther and dive a bit deeper. Where are we going with Social Media in the long run?
Futurists Forecast Eight Trends for 2018

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 25, 2008 An international foresight, strategy, and innovation firm has identified eight catalysts for change it believes will be shaping America’s future over the next 10 years and beyond.

Data Revenue Will Exceed Voice by 2018, Says Industry Group

Mobile data revenue will exceed voice revenue globally by 2018, according to a report released today by the mobile operators industry group GSMA. Data revenue first surpassed voice revenue in Japan in 2012. This year, Argentina will become the second country to reflect the coming shift, according to the report.

Ericsson forecasts 4.5 billion smartphone subscriptions and 60% LTE coverage worldwide by 2018

Telecommunications company Ericsson has released its latest mobility report which predicts that in the next five years, the number of smartphones subscriptions in the world is expected to reach 4.5 billion, with 60 percent of the world’s population covered by LTE.

Mobile Data to Overtake Voice By 2018

Mobile phones have become so much more than just telephones used for voice calls. GSMA, an organization that represents the mobile industry, believe that mobile companies will make more money from our data usage than they will with voice calls by 2018.

Bold Predictions For The Social Web By 2018

Guest Post by Adam Gismondi As a PhD student at Boston College, we have focused a great deal on both past trends and current developments in social media. As we reflect on the present and the past, I found myself considering the future directions in the field. A few of these […]

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The future will not be cool

Futurists always get it wrong. Despite the promise of technology, our world looks an awful lot like the past Topics: Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Books, technology, science-fiction, Life News Close your eyes and try to imagine your future surroundings in, say, five, 10 or 25 years.

amor mundi
I’ve added a list of easily accessible links to futurologists (all of whom I am strongly critical of) and their critics (some of whom I am critical of as well), since this is a topic that has always definitely been part of the mission of Amor Mundi, but which I think it is fair to say is the primary reason folks come here.
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The speed with which change happens in our society today is astounding. Whether you are a policy maker, entrepreneur, or a grass roots activist, irrespective of the sector you work in, coming to terms with that change is what will either make you relevant and competitive or redundant.

Should development organizations stop worrying about the future?

How to plan [development work] when you don’t know what is going to happen? – asked Duncan Green in a recent, must-read blog post.

10 well paid jobs of the future

Mr Bellini posited the idea of an elderly well-being consultant, who specialises in personalised care for older patients, or a memory augmentation surgeon who helps counter memory loss. He also saw big changes in farming as food resources became scarce, with genetically modified crops becoming common and crops grown vertically in areas resembling multi-storey car parks to save space.

China’s economy to outgrow America’s by 2030 as world faces ‘tectonic shift’

A US intelligence portrait of the world in 2030 predicts that China will be the largest economic power, climate change will create instability by contributing to water and food shortages, and there will be a “tectonic shift” with the rise of a global middle class.

Beyond The Beyond

The implications of this manifesto are plenty weird. Basically, it’s stating that it’s easier to use Google-style resources to disrupt and up-end entire industries than it is to get a ten percent improvement through incremental every day business-process improvements.


So, last week saw me take the train down to London in order to give a presentation on science fiction narratives as strategic planning tools to the Strategic Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management. (That’s neither a topic or audience I’d have ever expected to address publicly, had you asked me eighteen months ago.)

Astrogator’s Logs

“She left her story, to which her entire devotion was due, to attend to some personal grievance. She remembered that she had been starved of her proper due of experience. // One has only to skim those old forgotten novels and listen to the tone of voice in which they are written to divine that the writer was meeting criticism.

2018 Timeline | Future | Technology | Predictions | Events | 2010 | 2012 | 2015 | 2020 | 2050 | 2100 | 21st century | 22nd century | 23rd century

A speculative timeline of future history, based on current trends, long-term environmental changes, known advances in computing such as Moore’s Law, the latest scientific advances, and the evolving geopolitical landscape.

Twitter’s Roadmap Includes Real-Time Streams
SAN FRANCISCO–Twitter’s roadmap will include locations, user streams, and annotations, Ryan Sarver, head of Twitter’s platform development, said Thursday at the Chirp conference here. The company did not announce a formal roadmap, choosing instead to disclose a few additions that the company will be building in the next few months.
The newsonomics of a news company of the future

What will news companies look like in 2018? How will they operate differently? That future is coming into focus. While many publishers’ vision is still quite blurry, it’s the Financial Times that is clearest-eyed about its roadmap and its future.

Human Brain Project – Future Computing

Contenu principal Future Computing Today computing technology faces obstacles, which, if not overcome, could significantly slow the exponential progress of the last fifty years. Specifically, computing faces a “power wall” and a “reliability wall”: as we build computers with ever-higher numbers of processing units, power consumption and the probability of component failures rise, potentially to unmanageable levels.

The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual

You’re walking home alone on a quiet street. You hear footsteps approaching quickly from behind. It’s nighttime. Your senses scramble to help your brain figure out what to do. You listen for signs of threat or glance backward. What you learn may prompt you to turn down another street, confront the person, or relax.

This $100 Samsung Accessory Represents the Future of Computing

Salvatore “Sam” is a member of The Motley Fool Blog Network — entries represent the personal opinion of the blogger and are not formally edited. Sales of mobile computing devices — tablets and smartphones — (NASDAQ: (NASDAQ: continue to show explosive growth. Meanwhile, PC sales have been steadily declining.

Mobile Opportunity: It’s Time to Reinvent the Personal Computer

“In chaos, there is opportunity.”-Tony Curtis, Operation Petticoat (and also Sun Tzu) “Chaos” is a pretty good word to describe the personal computer market in 2013.

Tech Planet

Design by Won-Seok Lee and this computer concept is called the B-Membrane. This is an interesting concept that might find its niche somewhere. The B-Membrane does away with a monitor by projecting the image of the screen onto whatever surface you point it at.

Space Cube: The Two Inch Square Computer

The two inch square Space Cube computer is a first in small form factor. It’s smaller than a cup or an apple, yet packs a punch. This is what the future of computing will be, extremely small and portable computers that weigh barely more than a cup of coffee.

Blurry Future for Wearable Computers

Asa Mathat/D: All Things Digital RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.-If you haven’t heard, the future is wearable computing. But how that future-seen through Google Glass specs-will go mainstream is still out of focus. At the D11: All Things Digital conference here, the tech elite buzzed about the promise of microcomputers that attach onto humans.



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