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.