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Digital-first – a transitional strategy for traditional newspaper companies

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

After a haitus of more than a year, just starting to get back into surveying the News Media landscape.

Here’s a video from November 2011 where Jeff Jarvis hosts Justin Smith, CEO of Altantic Media, and John Paton, CEO of Digital First Media, Journal Register, and Media News, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism speaking on the role that a Digital-First strategy has in transforming their publishing business models and operations.


Tunisia: why the Revolution was not televised in the West – Al Jazeera

January 23, 2011 1 comment

Posted on January 22 2011 on YouTube:

Give me Al Jazeera over CNN or pretty much any American media outlet anyday.


Future of Content and Journalism – Web 2.0 Summit 2009

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Just came across a couple of great videos on the future of content and journalism from the Web 2.0 Summit 2009. The first is titled The Future of Content, and can be viewed below:

The second is titled Whither Journalism, and is shown below:

Over a year old now. I think the debate has evolved a bit since these panels, but still quite relevant.


Leveraging Network Effects – Sean Parker from Web 2.0 Summit 2009

January 3, 2011 1 comment

Hat tip to Scott Karp for linking to the following Sean Parker presentation from the Web 2.0 Summit 2009 on leveraging network effects.

Of course, the value of large scale network effects has long been touted by many including Hal Varian, Tim O’Reilly, Dion Hinchcliffe, Jeff Jarvis, and others.

But I find it interesting to contemplate how leveraging network effects – across both content and ad networks – can be applied to a Community Journalism strategy.

Anyway, that’s that. 🙂


Scott Karp’s response to Clay Shirky on future of news syndication

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

A very interesting riposte from Scott Karp to Clay Shirky‘s Nieman Journalism article What will 2011 bring for journalism? Clay Shirky predicts widespread disruptions for syndication. Karp’s response is contained in the following post also the Nieman blog: Scott Karp: Clay Shirky’s right that syndication’s getting disrupted — but not in the ways he thinks it is.

Below is my synopsis of Karp’s key messages.

News Consumption is moving away from the traditional “aggregated links” model to rich forms of interaction and packaging

Says Karp:

In 2011, we’ll see open acknowledgement of what has long been understood about the traditional desktop web as a platform for consuming news content — it sucks.

News consumption has begun a major shift from the traditional desktop web to apps for touch tablets for a simple reason — the user experience and user interface are so much better, as the recent RJI survey of iPad users reflects. Consumers are choosing tablet apps over the traditional desktop web based on the quality of the user experience and the overall content “package.”

The shift to rich, immersive news readers changes the role of syndication


With the immersive, hands-on experience of a tablet news app, the value of syndication changes entirely. Apps that deliver nothing but one news organization’s content will not compare favorably with the content richness of the web, no matter how good the UI is. And apps that bounce users around from site to site with an in-app browser, mimicking the traditional desktop web model, will fail for precisely the reason why users chose the app in the first place.

But news apps that can deliver full content, curated from a wide range of sources, within a cohesive, optimized — even breakthrough — UI for news consumption, will win because users will have the best of both worlds. Syndication in news apps will not be about republishing news that everyone else has. It will be about combining curated news with original content in order to create consumer packages that are deeply engaging and in many cases worth paying for. With this shift, news organizations will stop ceding to aggregators the huge value creation of curating and packaging news. Instead, news organizations will start defining their editorial brands as curators as much as they define them as original content creators.

Syndication through social networks and affiliated content brands

First, the basics. Quoting Karp:

Traditional syndication is based on a hub-and-spoke model, where a newswire middleman takes in content from many sources, combines it with original content, and redistributes it. This is an inefficient, obsolete model and will be replaced by a model that has proven wildly successful in the consumer world — the social network.

This syndication strategy involves leveraging social graphs, typically associated with large social networking sites like Facebook. However, Karp also addresses syndication through affiliated brands across a content network – thereby leveraging the network effects of the network.

Quoting Karp:

News organizations will create a network of trusted sources, the equivalent of “friends,” but where the relationships are based on distribution and the affiliation of editorial brands. I call this the “Content Graph,” the analogue to Facebook’s “Social Graph.”

This is a powerful notion, and it dovetails very well into a Community Journalism strategy and ad network strategies. Karp makes the point – which was has been voiced often by Tim O’Reilly, Hal Varian, Jeff Jarvis, and others – that leveraging network effects is an essential strategy for a web-based world. Oh, and he provides a link to a Sean Parker talk from the Web 2.0 Summit 2009 to illustrate the point.

The role of Curation in important to News Media Brands

Karp makes the case that curation of content by the consumer’s social graph is becoming an increasingly important role of news curation, and that is poised to rival Google’s relevance algorithms for determining relevance for a new consumer. He then makes the point that “the value of human curation is actually becoming more important in defining the value of news brands”.

Hmm, that’s not really human curation though. That’s still algorithmic curation, but by a different relevance algorithm, now centered around a user’s social graph. While I agree curation is a valuable activity, I tend to agree with Shirky that news organizations will increasingly have to “add value” to content, or provide a unique perspective, and not just endlessly republish original source content.

Free syndicated content changes the business model of syndication

I’m not going to elaborate on this point. Please see Karp’s article.

In Summary

The most important point I took away from Karp’s article was around syndication through affiliated brands across a content network to leverage network effects. Definitely want to give this some more thought.


News Media, Innovation and Technology – 2010 in review/Trends for 2011 (links)

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

This post is a compilation of various links around News Media, Advertising, and Technology that were of interest to me as I reviewed the year past, and look forward to 2011. Sorry if the links seem a bit arbitrary – many were “filling in the gaps” of my current view of the world. Hopefully you find something of interest, if only the taxonomy 🙂 .

A – News Media

A1 – News Sites

Adam Westbrook’s blog

News for Digital Journalists – Knight Digital Media Center

News Leadership 3.0 blog – Knight Digital Media Center

Online Journalism Review blog – Knight Digital Media Center

Guardian – Media news

A2 – News Voices

Emily Bell blog; Emily Bell – Twitter

NewspaperTurnaround.Com; Matt Derienzo – Twitter

eMedia Vitals

A3 – 2010 Year in Review/Predictions for 2011

Publishing industry year in review 2010 – eMedia Vitals, December 2010

Series: Predictions for Journalism 2011 – Nieman J-Lab, December 2010

10 Predictions for the News Media in 2011 – Vadim Lavrusik, December 2010

Video: top trends in journalism in 2011 – Adam Westbrook, January 2011

Maybe not much will change at all: 2011 journalism predictions from Malik, Gillmor, Golis, Grimm, more – Nieman J-Lab, December 2010

Jonathan Stray: In 2011, news orgs will finally start to move past the borders of their own content – Jonathan Stray, December 2010

A4 – News Media Strategy/Business Models

Changing Interactions with News Media – NY Times’ Alexis Lloyd – Glenn Assheton-Smith, August 2010

What A Difference A Year Makes – John Paton, December 2010

John Paton’s Dec. 2 Presentation at INMA Transformation of News Summit in Cambridge, Mass. – December 2010

For Newspapers, the Future Is Now: Digital Must Be First – Matthew Ingram, December 2010

Newspaper Execs: Still Denying, Still Crying and Still Lying to Themselves – Judy Sims, November 2010

Smart Stuff – Mark Potts, December 2010

Why TBD is Important – Mark Potts, August 2010

Are Newspapers Sticking to a Premium Strategy Amid Digital Disruption? – Rick Edmonds, July 2010

Dave Winer: There’s no good place for a new Maginot Line for the news – Dave Winer, December 2010

Discussion: Whither Journalism? – Web 2.0 Summit 2009, October 2009

A5 – Community Development/Audience Engagement

C3 presentation for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association – Steve Buttry, October 2010

10 Tips For Aspiring Community Managers – Adam Lavrusik, September 2010

Social Media is not Community – Rachel Happe, July 2008

Community management The ‘essential’ capability of successful Enterprise 2.0 efforts – D Hinchcliffe, Sept 2009

40 Great Resources for Developing a Community Management Strategy – Vanessa Memies, November 2009

A6 – Citizen/Community Journalism Takes a Community-Driven Approach to Newsgathering – Vadim Lavrusik, August 2010

“A completely new model for us”: The Guardian gives outsiders the power to publish for the first time – Nieman J-Lab, September 2010

The missing link in journalism curricula: Community engagement – Vadim Lavrusik, May 2010

The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe

The Register Citizen Community Media Lab

The Register Citizen Community Journalism School

25 Cool Things About The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe

A7 – Content Strategy

Content Strategy and Publishing – My introduction to – Glenn Assheton-Smith, October 2010

Discussion: The Future of Content – Web 2.0 Summit 2009, October 2009

A8 – Content Networks

Glam Media Set to Overtake AOL: Verticals vs Portals – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

AOL to Acquire TechCrunch: Padding Content for Media Network – September 2010



A9 – Social Media in News/Journalism

The Future of Social Media in Journalism – Vadim Lavrusik, September 2010

News Orgs Take Social Media Seriously by Hiring Editors to Oversee Efforts – Poynter Institute, January 2010

How News Organizations Are Generating Revenue From Social Media – Vadim Lavrusik, November 2010

A10 – Social News

The future of news reading: a social reading experience – News 3.0, December 2010

The Social Guardian points to the future of real-time news sharing – The Next Web, December 2010

The New York Times Truly Takes up Social Media 267.0 – November 2010

A11 – News Streams/Syndication

How News Consumption is Shifting to the Personalized Social News Stream – Vadim Lavrusik, August 2010

I Want This New Facebook Filter Feature – Marshall Kirkpatrick, December 2010

What will 2011 bring for journalism? Clay Shirky predicts widespread disruptions for syndication – Clay Shirky, December 2010

Scott Karp: Clay Shirky’s right that syndication’s getting disrupted — but not in the ways he thinks it is – Scott Karp, December 2010

Top 10 RSS and Syndication Technologies of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

A12 – Hyperlocal

Newspaper Launches Hyper-Local Location-Based Service – Jason Falls, December 2010

A13 – Mobile News

Smartphone growth, Murdoch’s Daily, and journalism for the poor: Predictions for mobile news in 2011 – Nieman J-Lab, December 2010

How Mobile Technology is Affecting Local News Coverage – Mashable, May 2010

Smartphone Users Prefer Mobile for Breaking News [STATS] – Mashable, December 2010

A14 – Video Journalism/Storytelling

Meet the online video heroes of 2010 – Adam Westbrook, December 2010

A15 – News Readers

HuffPost NewsGlide: Version 2.0 of Our iPad App – Paul Berry, December 2010

iPad news apps may diminish newspaper print subscriptions in 2011 – Reynolds Journalism Institute, December 2010

With a New Version, FLUD Hopes to Take on Pulse And Flipboard as Your iPad News Reader – TechCrunch, December 2010

A16 – Provenance

The importance of provenance – Jeff Jarvis, June 2010

Google News and Source Citation – Nathan Yergler, December 2010

Provenance on the Web going Mainstream – Think Links, November 2010

AP Begins Crediting Bloggers as News Sources – The Next Web, September 2010

A17 – Authenticity/Transparency

Wikileaks: Power shifts from secrecy to transparency – Jeff Jarvis, December 2010

How Wikileaks has woken up journalism – Emily Bell, December 2010

Goodbye mainstream media. It’s been fun. – Adam Westbrook, December 2010

Jay Rosen on Jay Rosen on Wikileaks The watchdog press died; we have this instead. – Jay Rosen, December 2 2010

How propaganda is disseminated: WikiLeaks Edition – Glenn Greenwald, October 2010

The myth of the opinionless man* – Jeff Jarvis, July 2010

He Said, She Said Journalism Lame Formula in the Land of the Active User – Jay Rosen, April 2009

A18 – Innovation in News Media

Liquid Newsroom – Steffan Konrath, News 3.0

Meet the ideaLab – John Paton, July 2010

The 100 Percent Solution: For Innovation in News – Jay Rosen, October 2010

A19 – Entrepreneurial Journalism

Entrepreneurial Journalism curriculum at CUNY – Jeff Jarvis, November 2010

CUNY’s Entrepreneurial Journalism program – Jeff Jarvis, December 2010

A20 – Other

8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalist – Vadim Lavrusik, December 2009

So You Want to Be A Journalist? – Vadim Lavrusik, December 2010

Guardian Changing Media Summit 2011

CBC Office of the Ombudsman

B – Advertising & Marketing

B1 – Top Sites

BIA/Kelsey Blog

Brian Solis

Borrell Associates

The Bad Pitch Blog

Screenwerk – Greg Sterling’s blog

Advertising & Marketing – Mashable

B2 – 2010 in review/Predictions for 2011

Top 10 Digital Advertising Innovations of 2010 – Mashable, December 2010

6 Predictions for Digital Advertising in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

5 Predictions for the Public Relations Industry in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

B3 – Advertising


How to do better than Groupon in building local advertising market share – Robert Niles, OJR, December 2010

Ignoring The Content Network? Think Again To Vastly Improve Conversions – Search Engine Land, March 2009

4 Tips for Developing Content Network Campaigns – Target Marketing, February 2010

Why the Fashion Industry Is Betting Big on Branded Online Content – Mashable, December 2010

B4 – Mobile Advertising

Top 5 Mobile Advertising Trends To Watch – Mashable, August 2010

5 Ways HTML5 Is Changing Mobile Advertising – Mashable, September 2010

Mobile Ads News and Trends Android Requests Up, iAd on the Rise, RIM Joins the Game – ReadWriteMobile, September 2010

B5 – Social Media Marketing

Ogilvy PR 360 Digital Influence Blog

The Daily Influence – Ogilvy PR

How Big Brands use Social Media Marketing – GasPedal – Glenn Assheton-Smith, January 2010

GasPedal – Word of Mouth Marketing; GasPedal on Vimeo; GasPedal presentations

Social Media Business Council

Brains on Fire

4 Social Media Marketing Predictions for 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

B6 – SME Marketing

HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Facebook Insights for Small Business – Mashable, December 2010

5 Predictions for Small Business in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

35 Essential Social Media & Tech Resources for Small Businesses – Mashable, November 2010

How SMBs Can Start Using Facebook Places Now – Mashable, September 2010

Beyond Foursquare: 5 Location-Based Apps for Your Small Business – Mashable, August 2010

How Small Businesses Will Use Social Media in the Future – Mashable, August 2010

SMB 2011 Resolutions: Fine-tune That Social Media Strategy – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

C – Business Models and Innovation

Leveraging Network Effects – Sean Parker from Web 2.0 Summit 2009 – Glenn Assheton-Smith, January 2011

Creating value – Umair Haque is my new hero – Glenn Assheton-Smith, December 2010

Creating Platforms for Social Innovation – Grant Young from Zumio – Glenn Assheton-Smith, December 2010

Business Model Innovation – Alexander Osterwalder – Glenn Assheton-Smith, July 2010

Architect Frank Gehry inspires Management Theory – the intersection of Business and Design – Glenn Assheton-Smith, August 2010

Bill Moggridge on Design and Business Innovation – Glenn Assheton-Smith, August 2010

D – Commerce

The Rise of Social Commerce – Brian Solis, September 2010

The Rise Of Social Commerce – Charlene Li, September 2010

Speed Summary | Wired Feb 2011 Cover Story on Social Commerce – Social Commerce Today, January 2011

Social Commerce Top 10 for 2010; Outlook for 2011 – Practical eCommerce, December 2010

Facebook Launches Big New Social Commerce Service for Local Businesses – Social Commerce Today, Novermber 2010

Facebook Deals Guide [Download] – For Brands & Retailers – Social Commerce Today, November 2010

Top Trends of 2010: Social Shopping – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Roundup of Social Commerce Predictions for 2011 Phase 3 (Sophistication) – Social Commerce Today, January 2011

Social Commerce – leveraging the Social Graph to facilitate commercial transactions (links) – Glenn Assheton-Smith, January 2010

Oodle’s Craig Donato on the emerging Social Marketplaces category – Glenn Assheton-Smith, January 2010

E – Technology

E1 – 2010 in review – top trends/products

ReadWriteWeb’s 2010 in Review

Top Trends of 2010 Internet TV – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Top Trends of 2010: App Stores – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Top Trends of 2010: The Rise of Tumblr, Posterous & Light Blogging – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

Top Trends of 2010: HTML5 – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

Top Trends of 2010: Social Shopping – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

E2 – 2011 Trends/Predictions

Mary Meeker, “Internet Trends” – Web 2.0 Summit 2010, November 2010

JWTIntelligence – 10 Trends for 2011 in 2 minutes – JWT Intelligence, November 2010

100 things to watch in 2011 – JWT Intelligence, December 2010

95+ Predictions for the Web in 2011 – January 2011

2011 Predictions: Richard MacManus – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

2011 Predictions: Mike Melanson – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

2011 Predictions: Klint Finley – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

E3 –  Multimedia

The Mobile Photo Sharing Boom Is Here – Mashable, December 2010

E4 – Social Media

Social Media Trends for 2011 – iMedia Connection, January 2011

5 Ways Cities Are Using Social Media to Reverse Economic Downturn – Mashable, December 2010

For Restaurants, Social Media Is About More Than Just Marketing – Mashable, December 2010

E5 – Social Networks

6 Predictions for Social Networks in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

E6 – Geolocation/LBSs

Most Promising Company For 2011: SimpleGeo – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley: Location Will Connect Us – Om Malik, December 2010

E7 – Local Search

Google Unveils Hotpot, a Recommendation Engine for Places – Jolie O’Dell, November 2010

E8 – Real-time Web

Top 10 Real-Time Web Products of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

E9 – Mobile

5 Predictions for Mobile in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

Top 10 Mobile Products of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

What Were the Top Mobile Trends of 2010? – BIA Kelsey, December 2010

Mobile Year in Review 2010 – Mobile Future video, December 2010

2011 will be the year Android explodes – CNN, December 2010

Mobile TV Coming to 20 U.S. Markets by 2011 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

E10 – Game Mechanics

5 Predictions for Game Mechanics in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

HOW TO: Use Game Mechanics to Power Your Business – Mashable, July 2010

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Site More Fun – Mashable, April 2010

E11 – Relevance & Recommendation

Genieo: A Recommendation Engine that Learns From Your Browsing Habits – ReadWriteWeb, September 2010

E12 – Semantic Web

Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Web Linking Gets Deeper with New Standard for Link Relations – ReadWriteWeb, October 2010

LookBackMaps – Building a Location-Based Time Machine – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

SPARQLZ Shines as a Vision for Linked Data Made Easy – ReadWriteWeb, August 2010

Mapping People to Products: Hunch & GetGlue – ReadWriteWeb, August 2010

BBC World Cup Website Showcases Semantic Technologies – ReadWriteWeb, July 2010

E13 – Internet of Things

Top 10 Internet of Things Developments of 2010 – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Beyond Social: Read/Write in The Era of Internet of Things – ReadWriteWeb, July 2010

E14 – Big Data

Technology forecast – Making sense of Big Data – PriceWaterhouseCoopers, June 2010

Foursquare Searching for Data Scientist – A Sign of Things to Come? – ReadWriteWeb, December 2010

Which companies have the best data science teams?

DJ Patil – LinkedIn

E15 – Web Development/Design

The Top 8 Web Development Highlights of 2010 – Mashable, December 2010

10 Predictions for Web Development in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

4 Predictions for Web Design in 2011 – Mashable, December 2010

How the iPad Is Influencing Web Apps – Mashable, December 2010

5 Design Trends That Small Businesses Can Use in 2011 – Mashable, November 2010

Top Trends of 2010: HTML5 – ReadWriteWeb, November 2010

HTML5 for Web App Development – from Google I/O 2010 – Glenn Assheton-Smith, December 2010

Why Designers and Developers Should Care About Internet Explorer 9 – Mashable, September 2010

E16 – Facebook

Facebook Accounts for 25% of All U.S. Pageviews – Mashable, November 2010

Facebook Profile Pages Becoming Irrelevant – ReadWriteWeb, August 2010

WikiLeaks, Mainstream Media, and the future of Journalism

January 1, 2011 1 comment

I haven’t had a chance to blog about Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks phenomenon, but reading up on the state of journalism at the end of 2010, it’s a hard topic to avoid.

I’m going to assume that readers of this post are familiar with the WikiLeaks story. If not, I recommend watching the following Chris Anderson interview with Julian Assange at a TED talk in July 2010:

… as well as the following interview with Julian Assange by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now from October 26th, shortly after WikiLeaks’ release of the Iraq War Logs: WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on Iraq War Logs, “Tabloid Journalism” and Why WikiLeaks Is “Under Siege”. The first part of the interview can be viewed below:

For an update on Assange’s current situation in Great Britain, the following is an excellent interview of Assange by Robert Frost of Al Jazeera from December 22 2010:

WikiLeaks, Mainstream Media, and the future of Journalism

Rather, I want to specifically explore mainstream media coverage of WikiLeaks, and what it means for the future of Journalism.

Let’s start with Adam Westbrook‘s blog post from December 14 2010 titled Goodbye mainstream media. It’s been fun. Westbrook begins his post:

The past two weeks has seen the first, sustained, clash between two ages: a new era of complete online freedom and transparency (and all that this entails, good and bad); versus the old world of secrecy, authority and control. And it’s been paralleled in a clash between a new way of doing journalism and the way the traditional, mainstream media does it.

… I have now come to the conclusion that the future of journalism will not come in any shape or form from the current established media – at least in its present form. … the future of journalism does not lie with the mainstream media.

Westbrook authored this post 2 days after he appeared on Al Jazeera with Robert Fisk – a bit of a journalistic hero of mine – on a panel discussing how WikiLeaks is challenging, and changing, the craft of journalism. The video can be viewed below:

I started with Westbrook because his voice is from a younger generation of journalists that looks to the Internet to provide a visibility and transparency that (I believe) was absent from previous forms of media and journalism. Westbrook makes the case that WikiLeaks represents a new form of journalism made possible by the Internet age, and the “complete and utter transparency” that is made possible by the Internet. He contrasts this with an older, more secretive era of both diplomacy and journalism.

Jeff Jarvis has also commented frequently of late on a new “era of transparency”, and supports WikiLeaks efforts in this regard in his blog post from December 4 2010: Wikileaks: Power shifts from secrecy to transparency.

Jay Rosen provides a very interesting angle on the WikiLeaks phenomena in the video below:

Rosen’s line of thought is not so much whether WikiLeaks is a journalistic force for good or evil (so to speak). Rather, he asks the important question of why WikiLeaks as an organization arose as a trusted source for whistleblowers in the first place? Quoting Rosen:

One of the reasons (why whistleblowers trust WikiLeaks with their information) is that the legitimacy of the press itself is in doubt in the minds of the leakers. And there’s good reason for that. Because while we have what proports to be a watchdog press, we also have … the clear record of the watchdog presses’ failure … to provide a check on power …

So I think it’s a mistake to try and reckon with WikiLeaks and what it’s about, without including in the frame the spectacular failures of the watchdog press over the past 10, 20, 30 years, but especially recently.

And so without this legitimacy crisis in mainstream American journalism, the leakers may not be so included to trust an upstart like Julian Assange and … WikiLeaks.

When the United States is able to go to war behind a phony case. When something like that happens, and the Congress is fooled, and a fake case is presented to the United Nations. And a war follows, and hundreds of thousands of people die, and the stated rationale turns out to be false. The legitimacy crisis extends from the Bush government itself to the American state as a whole, and the American press, and the international system. Because all of them failed at one of the most important things that a government by consent can do – which is reason-giving.

That’s powerful stuff.

Glenn Greenwald on Mainstream Media reporting of WikiLeaks

No journalist, however, has done more to expose the conflicted relationship of mainstream media (in the US) and WikiLeaks that Salon’s Glenn Greenwald – who also gets my vote as the top journalist writing for a US media outlet.

It’s hard to even know where to start to cover the excellent journalism Greenwald has done in holding mainstream media accountable for their inaccurries and mistruths regarding WikiLeaks. Here’s just a sampling of my favorite Greenwald pieces surrounding WikiLeaks:

Shameful Assange Media Interview award – CNN’s Atika Shubert

But my vote for most shameful Assange media interview of 2010 goes to CNN’s Atika Shubert who (briefly) interviewed Assange in October 2010. First, the clip:

This interview was conducted right at the time of the WikiLeaks’ release of the Iraq War Logs – an event of enormous import. In this interview, Shubert employs (to my mind) the age-old technique of attempting to discredit the messenger when the message is unpalatable. It’s shameful journalism, and Assange was exactly right to walk away from the interview. I thought he handled the situation with dignity and grace.

In Summary – the birth of a genuinely accountable news media?

I believe WikiLeaks sets a new example and ideal for transparency and accountability in both investigative journalism and world affairs. It’s an organization that could not have been born prior to the current Internet era, and its emergence is being resisted by entities – political and journalistic – that for far too long have not been held accountable to public scrutiny. It’s a very encouraging and hopeful phenomenon IMO.


John Paton – Reinventing Journalism for a Digital Age

December 29, 2010 1 comment

Of the many voices contributing to the reinvention of news media, John Paton looms large. He is known for both spearheading the Ben Franklin project at the Journal Register, and for his Digital First (Print Last) journalism mantra.

Paton has a couple interesting posts on his blog from the past month – one a video summararizing a year of change at the Journal Register, and the other a summary of a presentation he gave at INMA in December. The brief Year of Change video is presented below:

Paton’s IMNA presentation from December 2010 can be found at the following link: Channeling Change. I haven’t had a chance to review the presentation, but there should be many important insights for the year ahead around video journalism, new device proliferation, community engagement, new News business models, the importance of designing digital-first editorial workflows, and leveraging new tools and technology.


Changing Interactions with News Media – NY Times’ Alexis Lloyd

August 8, 2010 1 comment

An interesting presentation by Alexis Lloyd, Creative Technologist in the NY Times R&D lab, on profound shifts occurring in user interaction and product design in news media.

So what does working in the NY Times R&D Lab entail? Here’s how Lloyd defines its mission:

The R&D Lab was founded about 4 years ago, and our mission is really to look around corners, to foster innovation at the company by researching technology trends and projecting outward anywhere from 18 months to 2-5 years. And we design and prototype ideas for what future interfaces for news media and content might look like.

Cool. The rest of this post highlights key messages from Lloyd’s talk, and is broken down into 5 sections:


From Static Publishing to an Interaction paradigm

Lloyd says that if she had to boil her entire presentation down to one sentence, it would probably be this:

The web is shifting from a publishing paradigm to a paradigm of communicating.

And this is having profound effects on the way we understand, experience, and create content.

The old paradigm

First, Lloyd presents the traditional publishing paradigm:

She comments:

In the old paradigm, information was at the center, and people actively seek it out. So you have a website, and people make this pilgrimage to your website to experience your content.

The new paradigm

Then, the new publishing paradigm:

Again from Lloyd:

In the new model, people have shifted to the center of this equation. And more and more often, content and information is getting pushed to them rather than them actively going and seeking it out. Which really changes how they experience it, how they interact with it. And furthermore, those arrows are now moving in two directions a whole lot more. So not only is content being pushed to users, but they’re increasingly broadcasting it and creating their own content and pushing that outward.

This new paradigm (or model) can be described in terms of three profound shifts. They are:

  1. From one (or a few) to many Devices
  2. From a web of pages to a Web of Data
  3. From static web to Real-Time Web

These three shifts are described in the following sections.

Next: Trend #1: From one (or a few) to many Devices

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Open Innovation and Henry Chesbrough

August 1, 2010 3 comments

Henry Chesborough’s work on Open Innovation and Open Business Models


I’ve posted a fair bit on this blog on Business Innovation, but somehow the work of Henry Chesbrough has eluded me. Chesborough is a leading proponent of Open Innovation and Open Business Models, as well as Executive Director for the Center of Open Innovation at University of California, Berkeley.

Chesbrough is also the author of 2 important books on these topics: Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating And Profiting from Technology (2005) and Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Landscape (2006).

Both books discuss opening up a company’s research processes to outside parties. So “open” in this case, has a fairly specific meaning.

Chesbrough on Open Innovation

The following video is worth watching for the first 20 minutes or so as an introduction to Chesbrough’s perspective on Open Innovation:

The slides for the first 20 minutes of this presentation can be found in another presentation Chesbrough gave around the same time here.

BTW, I love Chesbrough’s comments at approximate 10:08 into his talk:

Bill Joy … has a wonderful expression … “Not all the smart people in the world work for you“. So if you’re a company looking for ideas to grow, etc. your initial assumption, unlike 50 or 100 years ago, where maybe you did have to really invest to create the ideas … These days there are lots of smart people in lots of places, and that should be the starting point for thinking about your innovation search for new ideas and technologies.

Now you’re still going to need smart people in this world. But part of the job for your smart people in this world is to identify, recognize, and then connect to the other smart people that are out there.

And so one of the points that Open Innovation as a perspective starts with is this open and distributed model of innovation. That instead of thinking like things in a very deep hierarchy, in the sense that Alfred Chandler might argue for say the book he wrote about scale and scope … We’re instead in much more of a network model. And in particular a network model where there’s not necessarily a central hub, but a distributed network. Where much of the activity is going on at the periphery of the network.


Finally, the slide below really captures the essence of the new model of Open Innovation that Chesbrough describes:

Unfortunately, the above visual probably won’t make a lot of sense until you listen to Chesbrough describe it, which he does from 15:28 to approx 21:00 of the video.

Applying Open Innovation and Open Business concepts to News Media

I work for a Canadian news media organization that is about to set out on a journey that I believe will lead to a fundamental transformation in both our business model, and how we do business. I have a colleague that like to use the term Open Newsroom, as a framework for understanding the “newsroom of the future” (which may be virtual, and will certainly be “open”). While the meaning of “open” … more collaborative and participatory … is different than the sense that Chesbrough uses the term, I’m wondering if some of the same principles and thought processes might be applied.

If anyone has any thoughts or comments on the matter I’d be most interested to hear.