Journalism, defined by my Delicious network

My little network of linking friends on Delicous is an incredible resource, and I often to turn to items that they’ve tagged with the word journalism. Here is a quick roundup of items from that list this morning.

  • Journalism is programming. In Chapter 5: Getting Text Out of an Image-Only PDF on ProPublica, Dan Nguyen (@dancow) teaches “how to write a program to extract the data into tabular format.”
  • Journalism is attitude. In Journalism’s problem isn’t the Internet or advertising; it’s attitude on The Online Journalism Review, Robert Niles (@robertniles) opines  “Too many people in our industry, from publishers to cub reporters, are wallowing in a culture of failure, bringing a fatalistic attitude to their jobs, one that has been and will continue to become self-fulfilling.”
  • Journalism is employed. In What happens to print journalists after they lose their jobs? on, Roy Greenslade (@greenslader) summarizes the results of a survey of former Seattle Post-Intelligencer staff. The first bullet point: “Half have new full-time jobs, and just over 50% are working as journalists. The rest are in corporate or non-profit communications, business etc.”
  • Journalism is social business. In A New Local Business Model for Twitter on Social Media Today, Patrick Kitano (@pkitano) says “Twitter can now build a national network of hyperlocal websites without the HR expense of hiring editors” and then “leverage their local media presence to deliver Deals and coupon based advertising.”
  • Journalism is visual. In 10 Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics on, Angela Alcorn (@smange) claims that “infographics are far more likely to be shared than your average blog post” and goes on to list some tools to help create those visuals.

Top sources for news about journalism (part one)

Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) has a great Twitter list of Top Journalism Linkers. I asked some of the people on that list to share their top sources for journalism news. Here are their replies.

  1. Kevin Sablan
    ksablan Question for @ckanal @jeffjarvis @mediatwit @mediagazer @cressman @mathewi: What’s your top source for journalism news?
  2. Megan McCarthy
    Megan @ksablan @AlexMurashko Mediagazer publishes our source leaderboard:
  3. Craig Kanalley
    ckanal @ksablan That’s a tough one. I have this list & check them all frequently @ckanal/media-analysis. Really like @rww & @mashable.
  4. Mark Glaser
    mediatwit @ksablan No top source for j-news. Romenesko, MediaShift, Nieman Lab, Mediabistro, Poynter, ReadWriteWeb all good.
  5. Mark Glaser
    mediatwit @ksablan Also: Howard Kurtz, IWantMedia, Mediagazer, BuzzMachine, On the Media, NewTeeVee and others.
  6. Mathew Ingram
    mathewi @ksablan: increasingly, I get my media news from @mediagazer — but also my list of media sources on Twitter
  7. Dale Cressman
    cressman Weirdly,it’s becoming Twitter. RT @ksablan: What’s your top source for journalism news?

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Somehow, I made it into Rosen’s list, so here is where I get most of my information about journalism:

Share your sources

Where do you get news about news and journalism? Please share in the comments below and help other readers and me to stay current with the changing world of journalism.

Popular: Brevity, Pew, revenue and Dolly Freed

DeliciousWhen is the last time you used Delicious as a discovery tool? That’s right, it’s good for more than just saving bookmarks.

Go to the Delicious popular tags page and (in the field labeled “Type a tag”) enter one word related to a topic you cover. Then hit the return button to get a list of relevant popular posts. For example, here are five popular items recently tagged “journalism.”

  1. How News Happens: You’ve likely read many blog posts about this Pew Research Center study that called 83% of the news they examined as “essentially repetitive.” Oh, this was the same one-city, six-storyline study that was blogged and tweeted ad nauseum with triumphant proclamations that 95% of originating reporting comes from traditional media. This link was first saved on Delicious by frasernz.
  2. There is no new revenue model for journalism: Robert Niles argues publishers need to review their three options for revenue generation. Then, they can “work to find a publishing and production model that allows a news publication to live within its current income means.” This link was first saved on Delicious by Daniel Latorre.
  3. Cut This Story! The Atlantic examines stories from The New York Times and The Washington Post says to make the point – in roughly 1,800 words – that newspaper articles are simply too long. This link was first saved on Delicious by smashcut_media.
  4. iPhone News Apps Compared: No, these aren’t the best tools for mobil journalists. Instead, it is a good roundup of 14 sites that deliver news on Apple’s device. This link was first saved on Delicious by hungrymarshall.
  5. Finding Dolly Freed: When The New York Times pulled a story two days before it was to run, freelance writer Paige Williams decided to transform her 1,200-word newspaper article into this web site. She also add a slightly humungous “support the journalist” button to accept PayPal donations. This link was first saved on Delicious by Katharine Beutner.

2009, the year social media covered journalism

Before 2009, few of my IRL journalism colleagues read popular social media blogs, and those sites rarely talked about the news industry or journalism. But this year, everything changed. Many journalists and news organizations started participating in social networks, we watched major stories unfold in mobile and social spaces, and social media blogs wrote about journalism and news industry more than ever.


Mashable (@mashable) calls itself “the social media guide.” This year it tagged 29 posts with the word journalism:

  1. 10 News Media Content Trends to Watch in 2010
  2. 8 News Media Business Trends for 2010
  3. What the US Media Shield Bill Means for Bloggers & Citizen Journalists
  4. 10 Rules for Increasing Community Engagement
  5. How Programmer/Journalists Are Changing the News
  6. 8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalist
  7. The Journalist’s Guide to Maximizing Personal Social Media ROI
  8. How Google Wave is Changing the News
  9. Trash or Treasure? The New York Times Tries Crowdfunding
  10. How Social Media is Taking the News Local
  11. What’s Your Favorite Media Site of 2009? #openwebawards
  12. University Makes Twitter a Required Class for Journalism Students
  13. 4 Things Old Media Can Learn From the Music Industry’s Last Decade
  14. HOW TO: Launch Your Own Indie Journalism Site
  15. Facebook and Journalism: What You Should Know [Audio]
  16. 7 Ways to Make News Sites More Social
  17. The Journalist’s Guide to User Generated Video
  18. 12 Things Newspapers Should Do to Survive
  19. AP to Dominate Google Rankings?
  20. The Journalist’s Guide to Facebook
  21. Is Crowdfunding the Future of Journalism?
  22. 10 Ways Journalism Schools Are Teaching Social Media
  23. How Social Media is Radically Changing the Newsroom
  24. Everything I Need to Know About Twitter I Learned in J School
  25. The Journalist’s Guide to Twitter
  26. Can a Paywall Coexist With Sharing? I’m Afraid Not
  27. 5 Ways Traditional Media is Going Social
  28. Social Journalism: Past, Present, and Future
  29. Helium Zones: Google Knol for Pro Writers

Read Write Web

Read Write Web (@rww) covers web apps and social media. Although they  tagged 19 posts as journalism in 2009, they wrote other posts, for example this one about the Google and the real-time web, that speak directly to news and storytelling.

  1. Online Journalism Honorees Announced: Meet the Newseum’s Latest Members
  2. Sponsor Post: Courtroom Tweeting
  3. The Real-Time Web Is Not Hype: We Are All Traders Now
  4. Journalism Needs Data in 21st Century
  5. Don’t Let Yellow Press Standards Define the Future of Journalism
  6. DocumentCloud Gets Funding to Create Research Memory Bank in the Sky
  7.’s iPhone App Could Be a Model For Media Saving Itself
  8. Journalism and Social Media: Video Interview
  9. The News Gets Social: Video Interview with an NBC Journalist and a Blogger
  10. Social Media Meets Industrial Media at Social Media Club Event Panel
  11. Journalism Students + Computer Science Majors = Better News Apps for All
  12. Two Current TV Journalists Sentenced to 12 Years in North Korean Labor Camp
  13. Rupert Murdoch: Let’s Charge for Online Content Again
  14. Journalism 2.0: Don’t Throw Out the Baby
  15. Bad Stats: Are There Really Almost As Many Professional Bloggers As Lawyers?
  16. The Future of Journalism Will Be Radically Different
  17. Can Media Take Tips from Twitter? Techmeme’s Experience as Case Study
  18. How Japanese Newspapers are Trying to Save Themselves
  19. Citizen Journalism Gets a Cash Infusion

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) is an author and blogger who is ridiculously popular in social networks. He occasionally blogs about journalism. Here are some from this year and 2008:

  1. The Visible Media Maker
  2. Look for the Signs- They are Everywhere
  3. USAToday and Microblogging Offline
  4. Post From the Comments – Alex Howard on Public Radio
  5. Local Social- How WBUR Gets the Public in Public Radio
  6. Guest Post – What Bloggers Can Learn From Journalists
  7. Growing New Crops
  8. Some Differences Between Pitching Mainstream Press and Bloggers
  9. Bloggers vs Journalists and Who Cares

More blogs to follow

If those three lists weren’t enough for you, Google will help you find journalism in posts from these blogs that cover, and sometimes opine about, social media and other technologies: TechCrunchProBloggerDosh DoshArs Technica.

Before 2009

By the way, Mashable and Read Write Web both wrote about journalism prior to this year. Here are links to some of their old j posts.