Agreed! I call it “back-patting due to hero worship” when it comes to the likes of the big news orgs. All of the journalism talking heads want to be on their good sides, so they give far more praise than is due.
Sometimes in journalism we like to pat ourselves on the back.
I think some moral support is good from time to time. But I also think we often don’t deserve it.
The Washington Post announced a crowdsourcing platform they built.
NYT does contextual links.
These are both great…
This idea is crazy smart. Journalism as an industry doesn’t do nearly enough with the data contained within news coverage to see trends, give context larger than the story at hand and see what changes over time. I really hope this works out!
1. What do you propose to do? [20 words]
Build a networked word-processor that stores and accesses news information via interconnected facts instead of documents and metadata.
2. How will your project make data more useful? [50 words]
Machine-readable facts stored in full context represent a…
Almost every story has some component of reusability or a component where you can collect the data in a way that helps your reporting in the future… There are lots of freely available tools out there that are making this easier. But, if you don’t have the mindset that approaches, understands and knows why this is going to help you and make you a better reporter, then it’s sometimes hard to motivate journalists to see why they might want to grab on.
– Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University School of Journalism on the job skills gap in modern newsrooms and reinventing journalism school
No more TimesPeople, it seems. Nice of them to let users know.
So, I finally got a response to my inquiries about Times People, the NY Times social news network:
Dear Stowe Boyd,
Thank you for contacting NYTimes.com.
We apologize for the inconvenience, however, we are no longer supporting Times People and are in the process of fully removing…
This is an excellent and unconventional use of onsite analytics and search terms. Though a lot of traditional reporters don’t generally get ready access to this kind of info, they can make contact with their analytics geniuses to regularly get a peep at it. I could see where bloggers and independent journalists who control their own sites could really find this helpful.
I’ve written before on writing from analytics, but what happened today was just such a good example, I think it’s worth sharing. Briefly: checking out my site analytics, and taking clues from them led me to an unreported homicide.
Here’s the step-by-step.
1. I had four searches for “20 year old…