Note: This post is another installment for the Carnival of Journalism project, where people passionate about journalism are sharing ideas in the blogosphere about ways to preserve and improve the craft. This month’s prompt: For December I would like you all to write a letter to your younger self. You can write about anything, no rules, […]Read More Note to self: Don’t fear your choices
Note: This post is another installment for the Carnival of Journalism project, where people passionate about journalism are sharing ideas in the blogosphere about ways to preserve and improve the craft. This month’s prompt: What should the student media of the future look like? And should j-schools teach students how to aggregate? — Teach the art […]Read More #jcarn: Teach the art of curation and the importance of verification
Nate Silver scares the bejeebers out of traditional journalists. In the 2012 election, he aggregated polling information and other data, and used statistics and forecasting methods, making FiveThirtyEight the must-read column of the election cycle. While pundits became an echo chamber positing a close election, Silver used data to show that for most of the election, […]Read More Embrace your statistical self: Tips from fivethirtyeight’s Nate Silver
Sometimes, bloggers mistake content farming for curation. Content farms snag entire articles and stories from other sites and post them as their own. At first blush, it may seem the same as curation; after all, curators collate other content from across the Web. The difference? The curator is adding something of value to the collection process. Take the […]Read More Content farming vs. curation
When Google announced it was killing Reader, some pundits wondered whether the move might mean the demise of RSS as well. Let me channel a little Monty Python so we don’t throw RSS — the original push technology that delivers content to users — on the death cart just yet. ‘I’m not dead yet’ In […]Read More ‘I’m not dead yet’: How to use RSS effectively
Since 2009, my research partner and I have been studying the changes at the Christian Science Monitor in its efforts to morph into a Web-first newsroom. Its success in increasing page views has been well documented. Using search-engine optimization and frequent news updates, its site regularly tops 30 million page views a month, and the […]Read More The phases of engagement and the best answer ever
Prior to the first Obama-Romney debate, some critics blasted polls as Democratic-leaning. The more accurate statement: Polls reflect the people more willing to answer pollsters at the time of the poll. And now, it seems Republicans are the more motivated interviewees. Before the debate Before the debate, Democratic voters were motivated. After the conventions, President […]Read More Interpreting polls: Motivated interviewees, motivated voters?