Archive for June, 2009

Reporting, distribution tools from Google

So it isn’t enough for Google to put newspapers out of business; now it’s targeting j-schools. Seriously … there’s some quite good, basic reporting advice in the new YouTube Reporters’ Center. My favourites of the bunch are the Associated Press’s: How to Pitch a News Story — 2:11 of jam-packed practical advice — and NPR’s […]


Search services struggled following Jackson death

There were some interesting observations today about the effect of Michael Jackson’s death on search services. Google reports that interest in the June 25 event was “meteoric.” It led to one of the largest mobile search spikes Google had ever recorded, involving 5 of the top 20 searches that day. The spike in queries was […]


Tight rules govern social media for 2010 Games

Criticism levelled by Reuters’ editor-in-chief are highlighting again the restrictive rules for spectators seeking to use social media at the upcoming Olympic Games. David Schlesinger said in a speech to the International Olympics Committee Press Commission that London 2012 will be covered by “Twitterers sitting in the stadium banging out the result in a Tweet […]


Apparent plagiarism in Anderson book Free

I don’t see the irony that others see in the revelation that Wired editor Chris Anderson has seemingly lifted vast swaths of content from Wikipedia (and other sources) for his new book Free. Anderson has been a vocal proponent of open-source content. In fact, he argues that a new economy is emerging — one based […]


Lessons in the Guardian’s crowdsourcing site

If anyone needed evidence of the value of a competitive news industry, the Guardian provided it last week. Its rival the Telegraph had uncovered the biggest British political scandal in decades by revealing widespread abuses in MPs’ expense claims. But the Guardian took the investigation to a new level last Thursday. The British newspaper media […]