I had a meeting recently with a PR company that I do occasional Web work for. They asked me to remove some content from their site, because they were approached by a lawyer representing several newspapers (New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post were named).
Apparently, these papers want PR companies to remove media placements from their Web sites in cases where the company had simply uploaded a PDF of the print product.
OK, yea, that’s totally not fair use. But why do you think they started doing that in the first place, rather than simply link to articles?
Oh yea…those damned paywalls.
PR companies have been doing this for years. Why do newspapers suddenly care?
Is it that more PR companies are getting their sites optimized for search engines?
Is it the $0.10 in ad revenue that the papers might be losing because someone looks at a PDF instead of going to the newspaper’s Web site?
DIDC was announced by agencies in the U.S. UK and Canada to search for ways to use the huge amounts of data that have become available to the public.
The idea behind the Digging into Data Challenge is to answer the question “what do you do with a million books?” Or a million pages of newspaper? Or a million photographs of artwork? That is, how does the notion of scale affect humanities and social science research? Now that scholars have access to huge repositories of digitized data — far more than they could read in a lifetime — what does that mean for research?
Applicants have to form teams from two out of the three countries. A list of data repositories is provided, although it doesn’t look like you’d have to use those specific datasets.
DIDC is being sponsored by “the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) from the United Kingdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from the United States, the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the United States, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) from Canada.”
Submit a “Letter of Intent” by March 15, 2009, final applications are due July 15, 2009. Winners will be announced in December, and will receive grants to build their projects.
7.5. Google should pay restitution for driving traffic to my news site
10. â€œX is not journalism!â€ and â€œJournalism is not Y!â€
I think these conversations pop up every few months, though I haven’t kept track of who is having them. Is it the same people over and over? Or, do different people encounter the same questions as the printies move online? Can we build an F.A.Q. for newbies, listing the different points to each argument?
Having the same conversation over and over again does not progress make. We need to move beyond these questions and find new ones.
Some new questions:
How can we support journalism? Do organizations need to turn non-profit? Or get their work funded by the community? What online advertising models are being used and are they effective? How can news organizations collaborate?
Got more discussions you hate? More questions that need answers? Leave them in the comments!
I spent a week or so collecting, sorting, e-mailing, and calling. I’ve spent the past 2 weeks doing interviews. And I ended up with 4 or 5 projects I wanted to write about.
Wait a sec, my posts only come out every other week…
I had two choices: hold onto some projects for next month or do mini-posts on my off-week.
I didn’t want to hold onto things because I’m sure that I’ll be flooded with great new projects next month as well. I was concerned that the inconsistency of the mini-posts – I won’t always have the time or material to do them – would affect the series.
A few weeks ago, I saved this blog post about how to avoid Smart Pricing in Google Adsense on a WordPress blog.
By now, most people know that Smart Pricing is a penalty Google applies to Adsense accounts that don’t convert well for the advertiser, resulting in you earning only about 10% of what you’d normally earn per click.
Basically, this can be fixed by making yours ads sensitive to cookies so that only people who find your Web site through a search engine (and thus, not likely to be returning visitors) will see the ads. Supposedly these visitors are more likely to click on ads.
I’ve initiated this today as a test. I’m not making much on Adsense, and before I end that experiment I’d like to give this a shot.
More Web sites need to be sensitive to what kinds of visitors they have, treating search engine and direct referrals differently. I want to experiment with this concept a little here, but I need to read up some more on how this works and what the best methods are.
Poynter is hosting another conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Journalism That Matters: Adapting Journalism to the New News Ecology
The conference will take place March 1 – 4, 2009.
The New News Ecology means new jobs, new tools, new relationships, new
But journalism’s very survival — at least its values and functions — depends
on the ability of news organizations — and citizens — to adapt to a
dramatically evolving landscape.
Where, now, does the news industry end, and begin? As some newsrooms shrink and
morph, what — and where — are the new roles for journalists — and journalism —
in a broader civic sphere? How do we match journalism with the work of
non-profit organizations, government, civic and even advocacy groups . . .
without abandoning its core values and functions to democracy? Is it time for a
national journalism service corp?
Somehow, not being in school anymore just makes me more interested in the evolution of curriculum at journalism schools.
No, it’s not a subconscious desire to teach. I’ve not the temperament for that.
But I’ve been collecting information about what’s being taught, perhaps in the hopes that they’ll teach something I don’t know, thereby giving me an excuse to go back to school.
My, that sounds arrogant. But I only mean that I’ve been through the traditional journalism curriculum, took some online media courses and taught myself a hell of a lot in my spare time.
Bryan Murley updated his syllabus for the multimedia course he teaches at Eastern Illinois University.
Most of the syllabus is the same as it was during the last semester, however, I’m spending much more time on audio and video, with lots of repetition and building upon core concepts.
Also, I should note that we’re using Final Cut Express this semester instead of iMovie. I’m done with iMovie until it is more stable and edits audio easier.
Andrew Dunn reports changes to the curriculum at the University of North Carolina, which now requires a class called “Audio-Video Information Gathering.” The UNC curriculum includes specializations choices of Multimedia and Electronic Communication (whatever that is).
This course is a primer on the study of online social networks. We will explore the theory, methods and findings of a growing literature on the topic. We will also explore applications and use cases, particularly in the context of education and library/information services. While online social networks are but a subset of social software, this course should provide you a strong set of fundamentals for exploring the multiple facets of our pervasive online sociality.
The winners have been announced, chosen through three rounds of competition, voting by the YouTube Community, and a panel of journalists from the Pulitzer Center.
The winner is Californian Arturo Perez, Jr., who reported on Camphill California, a community where adults with developmental disabilities live, learn and work together. He will receive $10,000 to travel and do a story in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center.