This Week in #Journalism: It’s all About the Data

Mobile, local, amateur. The future of online journalism seems to be fast, atomized and crowdsourced but are the mountains of data we create every day accurate?

Social + mobile = the “dynamite”

“Thorough and reliable sourcing takes time, and while the papers of record focus on assembling traditional articles, less trustworthy sources take to tweeting with the slightest of substantiation.”


“Local broadcast TV viewers are 85% more likely to post photos and videos than users of all media — as compared to radio, newspapers, broadcast and cable television. But local newspapers  are higher than all other media in generating retweets — with a 54% greater likelihood.”


“Amateur journalists is an oxymoron. Those gossiping via Twitter and Facebook are not journalists. If news professionals were to put stock in such chatter without verification, they would be wrong, but there is little evidence of that really happening. The wild frontier of social media shouldn’t be conflated with the established world of journalism.”


“Though many people do still read news online that has been produced by traditional outlets, many users are now expressing that they feel the traditional outlets are ‘too slow’ or that their reporting has ‘too much of an agenda’.”


Now the New Yorker magazine says it can help journalists, and their sources, cover their tracks. It is rolling out an electronic tip box it says will give leakers and tipsters the ability to cloak their identity when they reach out to the magazine.


As the media have become more social and thereby more “networked” — whether they like it or not — smart publishers like The Guardian and ProPublica have taken advantage of this phenomenon to crowdsource knowledge in a variety of ways.


“We live in age where more data is collected than ever and that data will be used for setting policy goals and decision-making. But we also all sit behind computer screens and databases are not rocket science anymore, so if you’re not using data for investigations, you’re missing out.”


Organizations and journalists using sensor technology to create their own real-time data and then report on it. But is sensor journalism feasible or sustainable?


“Yahoo announced a new partnership with Twitter Thursday that will see select Tweets being folded into the Yahoo newsfeed.”


How Much Data Does the World Create Every Year?


How the New York Times can fight BuzzFeed & reinvent its future

“Now, if they can actually overcome their angst — and it hurts me to say this — they can change the conversation in the media business away from the increasingly shallow content and instead bring the focus back to quality and in-depth journalism, which is their stock and trade.”


Here it is: In 2012, newspapers lost $16 in print ads for every $1 earned in digital ads. And it’s getting worse, according to a new report by Pew. In 2011, the ratio was just 10-to-1.


Moreover, 59% of Americans age 18-24, the youngest group of adults surveyed, access newspaper content across all platforms during the same time period, the study found.


The web is awash with all kinds of news. With people’s access to internet dramatically increasing in recent times, more and more newspaper readers are switching camp, putting a big question mark on the survival of print media.


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