Now, Rob is headed to Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (WPNI) on Oct. 2 as vice president of product development. I couldn’t be more pleased to have Mr. Curley in the neighborhood.
On June 27, NYU professor Jay Rosen published a bluntly worded clarion call to mainstream media organizations: The People Formerly Known as the Audience
Excerpt: “We feel there is nothing wrong with old style, one-way, top-down media consumption. Big Media pleasures will not be denied us. You provide them, we’ll consume them and you can have yourselves a nice little business.”
If you’re old enough to remember using WordStar, the most prominent word-processing program (long before Microsoft Word) in the early days of computers, you can understand this conundrum: Digital archives are much more fragile than good old paper archives.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, the February/March issue of American Journalism Review has an important article about the Washington Post‘s print circulation slide and efforts to stem it (by senior writer Rachel Smolkin), “Reversing the Slide.” If you care about the future of news, read this.
Today, Online Journalism Review published an excellent analysis by Nora Paul, director of UMN’s Institute for New Media Studies. In ‘New News’ retrospective: Is online news reaching its potential?, Paul revisits perspectives offered a decade ago at Poynter’s first New News Seminar about where online journalism might be heading, vs. where we’re at today.
She focuses on the outcome to date of these early prognostications: the limitless newshole (the opportunity to present all information gathered), additional depth and context, hyperlinking from and between news stories, and increased reader-reporter interaction. Paul notes that for the most part, news organizations (…)
Greg Edwards of Eyetools (the company that did the heavy lifting on Poynter’s Eyetrack III study last year) has started a blog about eyetracking and Web design. (Eyetracking is simply tracking the path of the human eye as it reads or views something and analyzing the resulting data.) If you care about online design, you’ll want to add this one to your bookmarks (or add the blog’s RSS feed).