Journalism links for Nov. 25

These are select links tagged by members of my network on Nov. 24.

One post was bookmarked by more than just one member of my network, and is mentioned within some of the blog posts in the list: A scenario for news was submitted by Amy Gahran (aka agahran) and others. Here is a quote from the blog post from Jeff Jarvis:

It’s fair to expect me to put forward scenarios for the future of news. In a sense, that’s all I ever do here, but there’s no one permalink summarizing my apparently endless prognostication. So here is a snapshot of – a strawman for – where I think particularly local news might go. What follows is just a long – I’m sorry – summary of what I’ve written here over time and an extension of the one model I think we need to expand coming out of the conference, where one lesson I took away is that news – on both the content and business side – will no longer be controlled by a single company but will be collaborative.

And, since this blog is about linking, I need to point to an article tagged by Laura Oliver (aka Her description of “Denmark: “Deep Linking” Under Fire by Newspaper Publishers” … Danish newspaper publishers are insisting [Google] and other sites only provide homepage links, rather than directing users to individual articles.

The model

  • Small is inevitable (from richardk) – “How many journalists do you need to bring out a newspaper? When the latest round of cuts is over, both the Independent and Express will have fewer than 200 editorial staff for seven-day-a-week publication.”
  • A model for the 21st Century Newsroom (from solle) – Two diagrams, one from Paul Bradshaw and the other from Charlie Beckett, on one Flickr image.

Secret API meeting

  • 10-Point Road Map for API execs ” ReJurno  (from agahran) – “In case any of the 50 news executives attending API’s secret conference are interested, here’s Jane Stevens’ 10-Point Webcentric News Organization Roadmap to Success …”
  • The secret API meeting: Do we laugh or cry?  (from agahran) – “API’s summary quotes by name only the meeting’s business consultant/facilitators. The few CEO views referenced in the report are anonymous. So, sadly, we don’t know who made this suggestion: “‘…there were a few calls for radical rethinking of newsrooms. One (participant) suggested hiring experts, such as a scientist or a bank regulator, in place of some reporters, to highlight expertise.’ “Would the author of that suggestion please step forward? …”

BBC lifeline

Traffic isn’t the problem

  • Look again and Fleet Street’s disasters may only be on paper (from richardk) – “Yet look at the latest ABC-sanctified unique user totals for Fleet Street websites. The Guardian up to almost 26 million, a 41 per cent rise in a year … Maybe nobody’s quite learnt how to make money from those big user figures yet.”
  • Newspapers Seek New Business Plan (from amonck) – “The problem is not traffic. You get millions of people who go to look at newspaper Web sites every day,” Hussman said. “The problem is the fact that you can’t get $1 a thousand for it because there are millions of people out there selling that advertising.”
  • Journalists and the information-attention markets (from amonck) – “In this article we suggest economic theory (specifically rational choice theory) as a promising approach to analyze the dramatic changes journalism is currently going through.”

Tech on news sites


  • Homepage Highlights (from maicondom) – Poynter’s collection of screengrabs from national & international news web sites.
  • Media futures: where’s the critical thinking? (from amonck) –  Howard Weaver’s “objections to a rather superficial recent post in which marketing guru Seth Godin detailed his complaints and recommendations for how the New York Times should be operating online.”
  • Crowdsourcing a university journalism lecture (from ksablan) – Robin Hamman asked his Twitter and Facebook followers to what he should show journalism students on his first day teaching at City University London.
  • Traits of a Good Reporter (from agahran) – A heartfelt tribute to the virtues of traditional journalism from the Washington Post ombudsman. But my colleague Dave Poulson of MSU tweeted about this: “will [good reporters] survive platform change? Should they?” Damn good question.
  • Is Six Apart’s journalist blogging program just a publicity stunt? (from – The launch of Six Apart’s ‘Bailout Program’ for journalists, which offers a pro account on the service, promotion from the company and technical support, has been criticised by some as a gimmick and PR stunt for the company.
  • In Britain, outwitting strict laws against libel (from amonck) – Reporting on what cannot be reported is something in which the British have much more experience. “In the U.S., the starting point is that you have the right of freedom of expression,” said James Edelman, a law professor at Oxford. “There are ways it can be curtailed, but that is the starting point. It is almost the opposite in the U.K.”