Is Twitter ruining journalism or are journalists ruining Twitter?

‘It’s not Twitter’s fault; Twitter’s just a tool. It’s the idea that everyone should report and re-report every trivial thing that happens (or maybe doesn’t happen) in a mad rush to be the first with it and get all the traffic. … You can’t blame technology or the applications it creates for turning us in the […]

Are robots and content farms the future of the news?

Are robots and content farms the future of the news? Position: Per Piece Writer Treatment: 1099 Independent Contractor Time: You choose when you work, but we are looking for day availability Location: Remote. As a contractor, you choose where you work Pay: Per-piece, roughly $12/hr. For example $4 stories take about 20 +/- minutes, and […]

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Must read article about startups: The characteristics of somebody who should NOT focus on profitability include those who: Have or perceive that they have the opportunity to build an immensely scalable businesses. Internet scale. Have easy access to capital by investors who are committed to building businesses at Interent scale

Personal Journalist Accounts Preferred on Twitter

While all major mainstream media outlets have a strong presence on Twitter, some with millions of followers, when it comes to how information spreads through Twitter – when it’s coming from personal, individual accounts, it is likely to reach a larger audience. As is the case for employers and companies. QED.

The new lazy journalism

We don’t need paid professionals to do retweeting for us. They’re slicing up the attention pie thinner and thinner, giving us retreaded rehashes of warmed over news, all hoping for a bit of attention because the issue is trending. We can leave that to the unpaid, I think. Retweeting actual news can have a journalistic […]

What notable journalists are thinking about their craft

An anonymous source in an interview series about the status of tech journalism. We can’t ignore what our readers want (AppleAppleApple, slideshows of fancy homes, tiger mom), but we also give them what we think they need (mistakes in European monetary/economic policy, proliferation of insider trading in the U.S., etc.) and that they’ll eventually be […]

The article as luxury or byproduct

Journalism has been under a lot of pressure in the last few years. First bloggers came along who were faster than traditional mediaoutlets. With the rampant succes of social media, things got worse. Live coverage of events is widely available. Eye witnesses tweet away while events unfold. Yet media outlets keep thinking in terms of […]

When the Internet Thinks It Knows You

Like the old gatekeepers, the engineers who write the new gatekeeping code have enormous power to determine what we know about the world. But unlike the best of the old gatekeepers, they don’t see themselves as keepers of the public trust. There is no algorithmic equivalent to journalistic ethics. via When the Internet Thinks It […]

Journalists Are Aggregators Too (And That’s A Good Thing) | Techdirt

The real problem, however, is that journalists are, by their nature, thieves of words. You can call it what you like; you can say “Possibly I am old-fashioned,” and talk about how “actual journalists are laboring at actual history, covering the fever of democracy in Arab capitals and the fever of austerity in American capitals” […]