Common Sense Journalism



Rosen's suggestions for young journalsts worth reading
Doug FisherDoug Fisher, Common Sense Journalism Common Sense Journalism, 2010/09/14

This advice for journalists applies equally well to teachers and (especially) politicians and educational administrators. "Seeing people as masses is the art in which the mass media, and professional media people, specialized during their profitable 150-year run (1850 to 2000). But now we can see that this was actually an interval, a phase, during which the tools for reaching the public were placed in increasingly concentrated hands. Professional journalism, which dates from the 1920s, has lived its entire life during this phase, but let me say it again: this is what your generation has a chance to break free from. The journalists formerly known as the media can make the break by learning to specialize in a different art: seeing people as a public, empowered to make media themselves."

Rosen again: "The reason I showed you this clip is that it makes vivid for us a great event we are living through today: the breakup of the atomized "mass" audience and a shift in power that goes with it. What would happen today if someone on television did what Howard Beale did? Immediately people who happened to be watching would alert their followers on Twitter." Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Get your AP - direct
Doug Fisher Doug Fisher, Common Sense Journalism Common Sense Journalism,

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The general response to Associated Press's new plan to lock down its content with DRM and charge people for any use, even quotations of headlines, is to ask whether AP is run by idiots and ponder the implications of its suicide. Of course, if you really want open AP content, as Doug Fisher notes here, you could just go to its website. But really, I have to ask, is it worth the trouble? If I want politically loaded and slanted news coverage from a partisan point of view, I can get it directly from politicians. More coverage: from Buzz machine, on replacing AP; NY Times coverage of AP's actions; Journalism Iconoclast on AP versus fair use; CJR telling bloggers to relax; Today: Total:48 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Following Tropical Storms, Etc.
Doug FisherDoug Fisher, Common Sense JournalismCommon Sense Journalism,

This isn't quite ready for prime time, but I really like the way they've set it up. Part of the idea is that you can create your own 'situation page' but I'm not sure whether that's running. And it needs to have a good authoring tool, allowing you to just cut and drag content into a new document or application. Today: Total:46 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Happy National Grammar Day
Doug FisherDoug Fisher, Common Sense JournalismCommon Sense Journalism,

Kewl - is nAtional grammar day Today: Total:53 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Study Questions RSS' Usefulness
Doug FisherDoug Fisher, Common Sense JournalismCommon Sense Journalism,

I have been told that I am too critical. But stuff like this explains why. This post discusses a study by the University of Maryland's International Center for Media and the Public Agenda - surely a credibl;e agency, right? - suggesting that "RSS feeds from mainstream news sites aren't very useful in keeping up with the news" and that users would be better off using Google News. The study, of course, misrepresents how RSS is actually used. You'll find my (overly critical?) response at the end of this post. Today: Total:36 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Hartsville Today -- The Cook Book
Douglas J. Fisher and Graham OsteenDouglas J. Fisher, Graham Osteen, Common Sense JournalismCommon Sense Journalism,

I hope this item inspires some people to create their own community newspapers (especially in my home town!) but I'm sure it will be of use to educators as well. This cookbook (link to a 1m PDF) offers a comprehensive guide with useful, practical advice. Advice that wears the badge of experience - for example, the authors advise that the best means of promotion is in person: "Speak to civic and community groups, Scout troops, neighborhood groups and churches. But don't stop there; basic shoe leather is still an effective recruiting tool. If you confine yourself to the 'known suspects,' you are likely to have a site that reflects the local establishment - often white and older - and risk not connecting with everyone in your community, especially the younger audience you need for the future." Today: Total:42 [Comment] [Direct Link]


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