Monthly Archives: July 2013

This Week in #SocialTV: Google’s Dongle Gamble and Prince George’s Social TV Premiere

RealPrinceDongle

Google’s Dongle can be plugged in to any HDMI to make your television smart.  Is this the future of television?  Or is the iPad the future?  Of course you can’t forget about Facebook and Twitter.  And Netflix.  Well, all you need to kill traditional television is $70 billion per year.  Psst, did you Tweet about Prince George while watching CNN?

Google’s Dongle and more

“Google’s new Chromecast TV dongle turns on your TV and automatically switches inputs, thanks to HDMI-CEC. This may just be a killer feature.”  Basically, “Instead of giving your TV a smartphone app interface, Google’s $35 gadget turns your smartphone, tablet, or computer into a remote control.”  “Google’s previous attempts at TV integration have been failures. But this surprise Chromecast announcement shows that the search giant still has a shot at reinventing how we channel surf. Instead of treating smartphones and tablets as second-screen accessories, Google has created a future where it’s the other way around.”  “The Wall Street Journal is saying Google actually has something more interesting [Than Chromecast] on the way. It is working on a set-top box that streams content and also includes a camera and a motion sensor.”

http://gigaom.com/2013/07/24/chromecast-hdmi-cec/

http://www.fastcompany.com/3014894/where-are-they-now/google-plans-to-rival-the-apple-tv

http://www.fastcompany.com/3014803/tech-forecast/googles-chromecast-is-a-brilliant-inversion-of-the-streaming-tv-market

The Future of TV

“Half of all viewing will be away from STB by 2020.”

http://www.v-net.tv/half-of-all-viewing-will-be-away-from-stb-by-2020/

“What if TV was like a live Twitter?”

http://letsrabbit.tumblr.com/post/55187064878/what-if-tv-was-like-a-live-twitter

“The future of television has arrived: it’s called the iPad.”  “Tablets allow for much faster innovation than any currently available smart TV platform, all of which are tightly controlled by manufacturers.”

http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/12/3758972/cable-second-screen-tablet-apple-ipad

“Netflix is future of TV.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/business/media/tv-foresees-its-future-netflix-is-there.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130722

“The future of TV looks like the present.”

http://mytabletreview.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-future-of-tv-hint-it-looks-much.html

Second Screen

“TV is the Second Screen.”

http://gigaom.com/2013/07/21/forget-second-screen-apps-today-the-tv-is-the-second-screen/

“It doesn’t make sense to reinvent Twitter and Facebook for the second screen, or any screen for that matter, because people are just fine using Twitter and Facebook, and only more so while watching TV. The best new apps will be the ones that provide additional utility without trying to monopolize a screen that TV viewers already use for something else.”

http://gigaom.com/2013/07/21/forget-second-screen-apps-today-the-tv-is-the-second-screen/

Other News

“Want to know how to “kill” the traditional TV industry?  It’s easy.  Come up with a cash flow of roughly $70 billion.  That’s it.  Pure and simple.”

http://www.livedigitally.com/2013/07/19/recipe-to-disrupt-tv/

“Facebook is launching a new content group to work with the film and television industries, and new products on the way will make non-friend and non-public data more available, which should help films and TV shows become even more social.”

http://allfacebook.com/social-tv-group_b122313

“Sprint, in conjunction with Leo Burnett, used never.no’s Social TV Advertising platform Sync, during TNT’s Wide Open coverage of NASCAR’s Coke Zero 400 in Daytona, Fla., to power the first real time Twitter-race during a sponsored segment.”

http://www.tvtechnology.com/news/0086/neverno-and-leo-burnett-enable-real-time-twitter-integration-into-social-tv-advertising-/220486

“Only 6% of TV Viewers Discover New Shows Via Social Media.”

http://mashable.com/2013/07/23/avid-ovum-report/

“They can Tweet at you now.”

http://qz.com/105252/now-any-company-can-tweet-at-you-while-youre-watching-your-favorite-tv-show/

“Aereo instead of Time Warner for CBS.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/business/media/with-prospect-of-cbs-blackout-time-warner-cable-to-suggest-aereo-as-alternative.html?_r=0

“Get rewarded for predicting the outcome of your favorite TV shows, meet Insticator, a second screen app that will reward users with real prizes based on their predictions about both scripted and live television.”

http://lostremote.com/get-rewarded-for-predicting-the-outcome-of-your-favorite-tv-shows-meet-insticator_b38274

The Trenddr Facebook Study

Trendrr has announced that it has partnered with Facebook to gain “preliminary access to previously unanalyzed Facebook user engagement data on chatter relating to television content.” “And those preliminary findings reveal that Facebook outpaces all other social networks combined by a 5-to-1 margin with social TV activity.”  “Facebook users overindexed on broadcast TV, particularly for dramas and comedies, with seven times the activity levels on other social services. By contrast, Facebook chatter related to cable programming was 4.5 times as large.”

http://allthingsd.com/20130723/like-sharknado-but-bigger-facebook-has-five-times-more-tv-chatter-than-twitter/

http://lostremote.com/facebook-has-5-times-more-social-tv-activity-than-twitter-finds-trendrr_b38319

http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/facebook-users-more-tuned-to-broadcast-than-cable-shows-1200566879/

Prince George’s Social TV Premiere

Oh yeah, Prince George was born into a Social TV frenzy.

http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/07/22/world/europe/100000002351171/the-little-princes-media-moment.html

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This Week in #Journalism: Could Matter Accelerate Collaborative Journalism?

RealChalkboard

This week collaboration is king, LinkedIn launches paid content and Matter accelerates media startups.  Could Matter accelerate collaboration?

“Collaboration is more than just a buzzword.  It could be one of the pillars that keeps investigative journalism standing.”  “The traditional walls that once stood between media organizations are crumbling. Sure there is still competition in local markets and some scoops too good to share, but in many cases we no longer hoard ideas, sources and institutional knowledge. Collaboration is the new reality.”  “As news organizations trim budgets and staff, these investigations are simply not going to get done any other way.”

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/07/collaboration-key-to-the-future-of-investigative-journalism

“The goal [of NewsPad] is to make it easy for a group of people to work together to tell one story — whether that’s a local protest or a future-of-news conference.”

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/07/5-things-you-might-like-about-newspad-which-made-us-write-this-headline-this-way/

“Matter invests in media startups, giving them $50,000 and five months to work on their products. As CEO Corey Ford said, it’s an attempt to figure out what new media will look like.”

http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/23/media-startup-accelerator-matter-comes-to-new-york-for-demo-day/

“LinkedIn has been behaving like a business publisher recently, as a way to become a go-to source for professional content and bolster its core recruiting business. The launch of sponsored content fits with this broad direction.”

http://gigaom.com/2013/07/23/linkedin-continues-to-act-like-a-media-business-its-now-offering-sponsored-content/

“Click the “tweet” button on a story from Slate’s website and, rather than tweeting the story’s original headline, the site tweets out a much more Twitter-friendly headline.”

http://paidcontent.org/2013/07/19/check-out-slates-cool-tool-for-better-twitter-headlines/

“With the launch of a web version, Flipboard highlights how far it has evolved from its early days as a standalone app, and how it is both a partner and a potential competitor for content companies.”

http://gigaom.com/2013/07/23/is-flipboard-a-partner-or-a-competitor-for-publishers-and-content-creators-yes/

“In 2012, 82% of Hispanic adults said they got at least some of their news in English, up from 78% who said the same in 2006. By contrast, the share who get at least some of their news in Spanish has declined, to 68% in 2012 from 78% in 2006.”

http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/07/23/a-growing-share-of-latinos-get-their-news-in-english/

This Week in #SocialTV: Social-Con and the Mull of Google

realcon

Comic-Con 2013 is here.  Will Social TV and Second Screen take leading roles?  By Grabthar’s hammer, by the sons of Worvan, they shall!  Meanwhile in a galaxy far far away . . . Korean OTT is heading to Latin America and Google mulls internet cable service.

“A social TV strategy isn’t needed for Comic-Con – the greatness of the gathering is that all of the influencers TV networks are trying to reach on the web are already there, many having flown from around the world. Their task is now to offer the right type of content, including sneak peaks, celebrity appearances and kitschy Instagram-able items to get fans talking on the social web.”

http://lostremote.com/our-complete-guide-to-tvs-big-presence-at-comic-con_b31532

“With new platforms, more content and a social web that’s matured and grown since last year [Univision] isn’t just launching a campaign, they’re changing how social affects [big tent pole events like Premious Juventud].”  Here’s a breakdown of what they’re doing for this years event:

  • Social Voting –  The two winners will be unveiled LIVE during the last segment of the show.
  • Twitter Mirror – For the first time, Univision has implemented a Twitter Mirror where the evening’s winners can pose for a special.
  • Summer Song 2013 – Fans have been given the opportunity to vote for their Summer Song 2013.
  • Instagram & Facebook Celebrity Insider – Evening’s celebrity insider team photodocumenting the experience on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Real-Time Truth or Dare Celebrity Q&A and Social Videos – Fans can Tweet, Vine and Instagram “Truth or Dares” for their favorite celebrities.
  • Celebrity Arrivals Interviews –Fans can Tweet their questions to the stars during the carpet arrivals by using the hashtag #PJPregunta.
  • Social Shoutouts to the Stars – Viewer and celebrity Facebook and Twitter commentary will be shown on-screen throughout the telecast.
  • Battle of the Fan Clubs – Fans support for their favorite celebrity helping to make them the most mentioned on social media.

http://lostremote.com/how-univision-is-making-social-tv-an-even-bigger-part-of-this-years-premios-juventud_b38224

Technology

“[A] breakthrough technology [GIGANETTV] allows subscribers to enjoy up to 30 simultaneous video or data streams on any broadband device worldwide.  The viewing experience . . . includes full live cable channel lineups, single or multiple live personal/group chatting/conferencing, movies, web surfing, texting, blogging, video games, DVR all in HD on simultaneous multiple PIP (picture-in-picture) expandable/shrinking/movable floating screens, buy now option with advanced programming guide, scrolling newsfeeds and alerts all on one site.”

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/giganettv—-internet-tv-revolutionary-technological-breakthrough-allows-for-ultimate-social-tv-everywheremulti-tasking-evolution-215829891.html

Second Screen

Second-screen activities with laptops, smart-phones and tablets whilst watching TV:

  • Catching up on email (98%)
  • Posting on social media like Facebook and Twitter (79%)
  • Working or doing homework (78%)
  • 72% call or text friends to tell them to watch a show
  • 70% have shopped for items seen on TV
  • 51% post social media updates about shows they are watching
  • 50% have voted in a TV show poll

http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2013/07/younger-females-driving-social-tv-use.html

In addition to the interactive voting experience, the [2013] Project Runway [second screen] experience will also include:

  • Short form video – including highlights from the episode; winner interviews and exit interviews; as well as designers vlogs;
  • Rate the Runway – Photos of the runway; including front, back and side views where viewers can rate each on a Five Star scale;
  • Designer Portfolios – The portfolios will feature designer sketches from the show and their final design from the runway;
  • Designer photo galleries – follows each designer’s personal journeys during the episode;
  • Blogs including a weekly rundown on the official Lifetime Project Runway blog as well as from other past designers.
  • Weekly scorecard – weekly snapshot of Who Is In; Who is Out; Top Three; and Bottom Three
  • Weekly episodic content – THE place where Superfans can dive deeper into every episode!
  • Runway Redemption (#RunwayRedemption) – a mystery contestant from a past season, chosen by fans on mylifetime.com and Twitter, will be unveiled as the 16th designer for season 12.
  • Project Runway Superfan Contest – via video submissions, seven super fans will be chosen to be featured in an upcoming episode this season for a fashion makeover.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/07/17/project-runway-to-reveal-biggest-second-screen-interactivity-in-its-history-for-launch-of-season-12/192387/

“Sights Unseen: Auggie Undercover isn’t the first second screen play for Covet Affairs. Last year, USA produced the first Sights Unseen web series, which chronicled a time right after Auggie was blinded in Iraq. During the show’s second season in 2011, fans helped Auggiecomplete a mission over Twitter.”

http://mashable.com/2013/07/16/chris-gorham-covert-affairs-vine/

Hashtags and Other News

“From social revolutions to McDonald’s horror stories, hashtags provide a way for audiences on Twitter to curate conversations around their favorite (or most hated, in the case of McDonald’s) topics, thinning the fire hose that is a Twitter feed down to a manageable stream (which is relative, depending on the hashtag). Nearly all networks are using them to lead the conversation (such as Arrested Development’s#BluthParty).”

http://socialmediatoday.com/index.php?q=jonthomas/1587806/second-screen-engagement-twitter-leads

“[Korean OTT social TV site Viki] announced that its audience has been growing in Latin America during the past years and accounts for a quarter of its monthly audience. The community of viewers is strongest in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru.”

http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/2013071228771/korean-ott-social-tv-site-viki-looks-to-latin-america.html

“If Google has its way, you might someday get cable television the same way you get Gmail: through any ordinary Internet connection.”  “Google is one of several technology giants trying to license TV channels for an Internet cable service.”  “Google, Intel and the others eyeing the television space are deep-pocketed giants. And they have another thing going for them: in customer satisfaction surveys, they are a lot more popular than the cable guys.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/business/media/google-is-said-to-mull-internet-cable-service.html?ref=media&_r=2&

Sharknado ended the week number five in tweets, but that was enough for a sequel! <(((“>

“It was VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta that stole the throne for the week of July 8.”  Beating Sharknado by over 300k tweets.

http://mashable.com/2013/07/15/sharknado-nielsen-social-tv-vh1/

“Tweet your sequel subtitles to @SyfyMovies to name the movie!”

http://lostremote.com/after-sharknado-social-success-syfy-announces-sequel-set-in-new-york_b38198#more-38198

This Week in #Journalism: Journalism is moving online, can the crowd source it?

realcrowd

As the American Journalism Review moves online, crowdsourced photos take over for traditional photojournalism, and newspapers loose our attention, what’s going to happen to journalism as we know it?

“We want to completely crush today’s model of journalism,” cofounder and CEO Martin Roldan.  “CrowdMedia’s premise is simple: crowdsourced social photos shared on Twitter or Instagram are, more and more, becoming critically important to news coverage. So the startup offers an automated platform that gets those pictures out of social media and onto the front page of major news organizations, with rights cleared and money in the owner’s pocket … all within minutes.”

http://venturebeat.com/2013/07/12/crowdmedia-sells-everyones-newsworthy-twitter-pics-and-could-just-change-journalism-forever/


“It no longer made financial sense for the award-winning AJR to continue producing a print magazine because most American Journalism Review readers accessed content on the Web,” said Dean Lucy A. Dalglish of the university’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. “In addition, philanthropy has long been an important source of funding for print magazines devoted to media criticism. That support has steadily declined over the past 10 years.”  “Now there’s another very symbolic sign of how numbered the days seem to be for much of the “print” media.”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/17/203098437/american-journalism-review-to-quit-printing-go-online-only

“Bad news for teens and tweens! A new Pew Research survey of teachers around the country found that today’s digital technologies like the internet, texting and social networks make middle school and high school students likely to perform a number of academic atrocities, including using informal language in formal papers and plagiarizing. Students also have trouble reading long texts and forming complex arguments. So basically, everything everyone suspected is turning out to be true.”

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/07/internet-making-writing-worse/67297/

“Newspapers’ declining hold on audience attention began long before the web came along, the Scottish newspaper consultant [Jim Chisholm] argues, and tablets are one of the best hopes for reclaiming it.”

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/07/its-the-engagement-stupid-jim-chisholm-says-newspapers-need-to-do-more-to-earn-attention/

“What if the price you had to pay to read a story dropped as more people clicked on it?”  “While everyone is trying to figure out a way to monetize online content via paywalls, John Battelle of Federated Media wonders whether a “group buying” approach would work better by giving readers an incentive to sign up.”

http://paidcontent.org/2013/07/11/what-if-the-price-you-had-to-pay-to-read-a-story-dropped-as-more-people-clicked-on-it/

“It’s finally here. Atlantic Media‘s much-anticipated new site Defense One launched [July 16, 2013], with executive editor Kevin Baron at the helm.”  “Defense One does seem to have hit the ground running. Here’s hoping they don’t trip.”

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowldc/atlantic-media-defense-one-launch_b110554

http://www.defenseone.com/

“Publishers including Maxim, Radar Online, Guitar World and USA Today Sports Media are experimenting with a pay wall that instead of charging readers requires them to watch an advertiser’s video.”

http://adage.com/article/media/publishers-pay-walls-watching-video-key/243069/

An Argument for Print

“By convincing readers to act as distributors, Works That Work’s print edition is helping the magazine gain global readers and engage others closer to home.”  “It works like this: Fans of the magazine can ask their favorite bookstore to sell copies for a fixed price. If they agree, the reader then purchases 10 or more copies of the magazine at half price (print copies cost $20, while the digital version costs $10), and then sell them on to the bookstore at a price higher than what they paid but lower than the cover price. Reader/distributors keep the difference.”

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/07/in-the-netherlands-a-magazine-experiments-with-social-distribution-and-they-dont-mean-retweets/

Viral Covers

“Rolling Stone Under Fire for Cover Featuring Dzhokhar Tsarnaev”  “It was not the image of Mr. Tsarnaev that ignited outrage, it was the frame. With its headline callouts to Jay Z and Willie Nelson on the current issue, and a history of hosting rock luminaries, there were suggestions that the magazine was conferring iconic status on a man who has been charged with a brutal act of terrorism.”

“But did it sell magazines?”

“It’s hard to measure an increase in sales” when a cover goes viral, said Larry Burstein, New York Magazine’s publisher. “I will say that when a cover goes viral, you see retweets, favorites, shares and traffic go way up.”

http://mashable.com/2013/07/17/rolling-stone-tsarnaev-cover/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/20/business/media/with-accused-bombers-selfie-rolling-stone-got-more-attention-than-it-may-have-wanted.html

http://www.digiday.com/publishers/the-limits-of-viral-magazine-covers/

This Week in #SocialTV: Sharknado’s Twitter Boom and Ratings Bust

RealShark

If a television show blows up Twitter but nobody’s watching, is it a bust?  Shazam double downs with $40 milllion, Zeebox asks users for their best and Second Screen comes built-in.

Sharknado devours the Tweets.

“Tara Reid and Ian Ziering (of Beverly Hills 90210) co-starred alongside the flying sharks, creating the perfect brew for Twitter comedy. Everyone from Mia Farrow to Damon Lindelof (and probably your grandmother) had a shark-related joke to share. And the Internet totally devoured it.”  “The SyFy movie about flying sharks and bad weather was seen by just over 1 million people. It had a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic in early Nielsen numbers. That’s not just a bust by cable standards. It’s a bust by SyFy original movie standards. “Most Syfy originals have an average viewership of 1.5 million people, with some getting twice that,”  “There were more than 600,000 tweets sent about the movie between 8pm and 3am last night (fewer if you go by Nielsen’s numbers), which is two tweets for every three people in America watching Sharknado.”  “If they can make the case that their stuff is viral and a hit with famous media people with big Twitter followings then, hey, maybe they’ll get a higher affiliate fee in their next negotiation round. But the real conclusion is that the overlap between the meme-hunting Twitterverse and the larger world of families with TVs in the living rooms isn’t as massive as we thought.”

http://mashable.com/2013/07/12/funniest-sharknado-tweets/

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/07/sorry-twitter-sharknado-was-an-enormous-ratings-bust/277759/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/07/12/sharknado-syfy-twitter/2513489/

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/07/sharknado_syfy_ian_ziering_tara_reid_twitter.html

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-sharknado-social-media-twitter-20130712,0,2988809.story

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/12/showbiz/sharknado-twitter/index.html

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/07/sharknado-director-explains-why-sharknado-pure-fun/66956/

Wimbledon by the numbers.

An analysis of all Wimbledon-related tweets during the Championship by IBM have yielded some fairly expected results:

  • Andy Murray mentioned on Twitter more than 1.1 million times.
  • The final was mentioned in 120,000 tweets per minute towards the end of the match, according to Twitter, equivalent to 2000 tweets per second.
  • While it’s not surprising that Britain’s tennis stars received the highest proportion of supportive tweets, it was Laura Robson and not Andy Murray who came out on top.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2013/jul/08/twitter-wimbledon-andy-murray

French Social TV

“The activity of social TV in France has quadrupled over the 2012-2013 season according to research firm NPA Conseil.”  “2 million Twitter users have sent 55 millions tweets about TV. The number of weekly tweets thus passed from 500,000 in September 2012 to more than 2 millions in June 2013.”

http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/2013070828681/french-social-tv-activity-quadruples-over-the-season.html

Second Screen

“Social TV veteran Tom Bowers recently wrote in TV App Market on some the main hurdles in the UK facing adoption. He said production companies need to start allocating a percentage of budget towards social TV. He said it is a problem just finding the right people at broadcasters who are making decisions on shows and can be approached. There seems to be a fissure between digital teams and traditional production teams that needs to be better bridged.”  “The various industries have to experiment to discover what does and does not work.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media-network/media-network-blog/2013/jul/08/second-screen-social-tv-television

“The internet is increasingly being consumed on devices with touchscreens, and ever more of it is being experienced in the form of video. But those two trends haven’t really fit together comfortably.”  “The app [TouchCast] enables users to create their own interactive TouchCasts with the help of 16 different types of video apps, or vApps.”  “Historically we’ve always thought of lean back and lean forward,” says Segal, who earlier founded the search company Relegance and sold it to AOL in 2006. “There’s a new category and we’re calling it ‘lean back and touch.’”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2013/06/27/introducing-touchcast-video-with-the-second-screen-built-in/

Shazam

Shazam double downs with $40 millions dollars from Mexican television billionaire.  Getting ready for an IPO?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/07/08/billionaire-slim-puts-40-million-into-shazam-as-it-expands-into-tv/

http://brand-e.biz/yr-allies-with-shazam-for-second-screen-advertising_29136.html

http://mashable.com/2013/07/08/shazam-funding-ipo/

http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/shazam-fuels-tv-push-with-40-million-from-mexican-billionaire-carlos-slim-1200548294/

The Zeebox Competition

“Now Zeebox is trying to give viewers even more reason to participate in the daily gabfest by having them compete for cash prizes.  The company is offering $10,000 for whoever creates the best “room.” Zeebox is also giving away $1,000 a day over 30 days for the best comments, posts and other contributions.”

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-zeebox-tv-rooms-contest-20130708,0,6364782.story

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/zeebox-asks-viewers-get-a-581836

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/get-a-room-zeebox-launches-contest-to-showcase-the-best-of-the-second-screen-tv-community-214717251.html

Hulu’s off the market 😦

After Guggenheim underbidding, Hulu pulls the plug.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-hulu-no-longer-for-sale-20130712,0,6106004.story?track=rss

http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/guggenheim-exit-leaves-hulu-a-pay-tv-pawn-1200560694/

This Week in #Journalism: The Pandora of News?

RealNPR

Journalists show how Twitter can be used for quality journalism, the media gets whiter as the country get browner and NPR tries to reinvent themselves as the Pandora of News.

“Nearly three months ago, two bombs shook the Boston marathon, and the world. As news of the blasts and the subsequent manhunt spread, Twitter became a crucial part of the journalist’s toolkit.”  “For the Boston Globe, (@BostonGlobe) as the biggest local newspaper, it was a time to test its use of Twitter.”  “When the events occurred, many Globe staff members were actually running in the marathon or covering it, and they immediately snapped into action, live-tweeting the action around them as a way to report from on the ground. The Globe newsroom had a list of its reporters already in place that they used to monitor incoming tweets through TweetDeck.”  “For journalists, Twitter became a prime information source, as Boston-area citizens stayed indoors, tweeting the images outside their windows, and reporters incorporating that information in their stories.”  “In the aftermath of the investigations, other news organizations found innovative ways to illustrate the story using Twitter data.”  “The Watertown manhunt illustrated the fact there are times when a traditional journalist can do his job more efficiently and effectively on Twitter than any other medium… for those three or four hours when a gunman was on the loose and a neighborhood was under siege, Twitter was the most efficient way to get information out to the public.”

https://blog.twitter.com/2013/the-boston-bombing-how-journalists-used-twitter-to-tell-the-story

“In New Jersey, a university teams up with local news orgs to collaborate for impact.  “What we probably need here is a co-op, sort of like the Associated Press.”

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/07/in-new-jersey-a-university-teams-up-with-local-news-orgs-to-collaborate-for-impact/

“FrockAdvisor Wins Irish Times’ Startup Challenge Focused on Ad Innovation.”  “FrockAdvisor – the winner of Fusion, is a fashion “space” that lets shops offer targeted responses to what customers say they’re looking for, giving direct access to users in a shared digital space. Money comes in through subscription by shops, brand integration and ultimately 25 percent commission. A poll found 70 percent of Irish Times female readers would pay to use such a service, but it will be made freely available.”

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/07/frockadvisor-wins-irish-times-startup-challenge-focused-ad-innovation

“What we’re trying to work on is a Pandora for news, to allow listeners to customize a playlist, available through the cloud, live. We want to have serendipitous listening, not knowing what the next story is, but we’ve also got to give people the option of a la carte listening, or they will turn to other places.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324867904578595730483213490.html

“A new generation of companies is seeking to inject themselves where the money gets made — in the space between customers and the products they want.”  “It’s a fairly straightforward business relationship. ShopAdvisor supplies growing product databases and attendant e-commerce functionality. Publishers do most of the sales and make money.”  “If any of these new relationships should reduce the outsized impact of the disintermediators at all, that will be a story worth telling. Any dollar, euro, pound, or yen reclaimed may be money spent paying journalists.”

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/07/the-newsonomics-of-shop-til-you-hop/

“News media is getting whiter as the country is getting browner.”  “journalists need to make the case for diversity as not just a “nice thing to do,” but an essential part of a newsroom that reports the news well.”  “while online communities like Twitter bring more voices to the forefront, the existence of these platforms should not be allowed to occlude the severity of the issue.

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/07/news-media-is-getting-whiter-as-the-country-is-getting-browner/

This Week in #SocialTV: The Awkward Years

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It’s only time before Social TV gets it’s braces off.  What’ll it look like?  Who will be driving the industry?  And who won’t be a part of it?

“We’re in the awkward teenage years of second screen and companion experiences,”  “There’s still a lot of discovery and experimentation going on.”  “It’s an ongoing problem, but it’s getting better every single day.”

http://www.multichannel.com/content/2nd-screen-summit-companion-experiences-still-awkward-teenage-years/144176

The Future of Social Television?  Children.

“The future of television begins now… with an all-out $2.2 trillion media war that pits cable companies like Cox, Comcast, and Time Warner against technology giants like Apple,Google, and Netflix.”  “Will someone please think of the children? In the ongoing battle for the future of the living room, that’s exactly what Netflix and Amazon are doing.”  “Children’s programming has been a quietly dominant force in the cable landscape for years. In the first half of 2013, Disney and Nickelodeon had more overall viewers than any other cable channel, with each averaging about 1.7 million viewers on a given day, according to Nielsen.”  “All of that explains why Amazon and Netflix are now spending hundreds of millions of dollars to scoop up the best kids’ content from cable and to fund production of original shows that they hope will become the next Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob.”  ““Kids are already the on-demand generation,” Netflix’s Friedland says. “We want to make the best possible service for them so that they stay with us and we build a relationship over time.”

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/02/how-espn-is-driving-the-second-screen-revolution.aspx

http://business.time.com/2013/06/29/how-kids-will-help-decide-the-future-of-television/

Social Media Landscape 2013

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/07/01/reorganizing-the-social-media-landscape-with-the-updated-conversation-prism/

Instagram vs Vine update: It’s a tie?

http://allthingsd.com/20130629/in-the-instagram-vs-vine-war-for-social-video-we-still-dont-know-whos-winning/

Twitter and Social TV

“There is no doubt that platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are used by consumers wanting to further extend their TV experience. Shows such as the ABC’s Q&A have integrated social platforms well to add discussion and content to the shows format.”  “The networks strategy of attempting to develop their own, walled garden social companion applications is a flawed one that is failing to generate real traction with consumers. Twitter offers people what they need – scale, reliability and simplicity. On top of this, for most users it’s something they use in their day to day.”  “Out of all the data we see about discussion about TV, roughly 10% is about the ads. The rest is about the content.”  “There is no denying the TV social app ecosystem is a sexy one for those looking for a next big thing. It stirs together the mysterious world of apps, the next big thing platform of mobile, the revolution of TV and the overarching and liberating concept of social media. The theory is that by adding a layer of ‘interaction’ it will bring the broadcast TV concept into a much more participatory realm.

The sell is clear for the industry, but it doesn’t appear consumers are buying it.”

http://mashable.com/2013/06/24/twitter-joel-lunenfeld/

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/7/2/technology/why-viewers-arent-appy-second-screen-sell

The Twitter Spring?

What do Lady Gaga, Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Love Hewitt have in common? They’re all leaving Twitter.  Is this the start of a revolution?

http://mashable.com/2013/07/05/lady-gaga-twitter-egg-artpop/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2013/07/03/alec-baldwin-will-never-ever-get-back-on-twitter/2486957/

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/jennifer-love-hewitt-quits-twitter-find-out-why-201357

This Week in #Journalism: Journalism or Activism?

 “A real journalist is one who understands, at a cellular level, and doesn’t shy away from, the adversarial relationship between government and press – the very tension that America’s founders had in mind with the First Amendment.”

 

“The question of who is a journalist and who is an activist and whether they can be one and the same continues to roar along, most recently in the instance of Glenn Greenwald’s reporting for The Guardian on the secrets revealed by Edward J. Snowden.”  “Journalists are responsible for following the truth wherever it may guide them,”  “Activism — which is admittedly accompanied by the kind of determination that can prompt discovery — can also impair vision. If an agenda is in play and momentum is at work, cracks may go unexplored.”  “Why is neutrality in journalism so continually celebrated?”  “A feigned objectivity in a field that runs on issues that demand a side be taken is an empty ruse.”  “Why must we define a journalist? Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan felt compelled to because the newspaper took it upon itself to decide who may wear the cloak, because of debates about Glenn Greenwald as an advocate, and because of questions of law. Her wise and compelling conclusion: “A real journalist is one who understands, at a cellular level, and doesn’t shy away from, the adversarial relationship between government and press – the very tension that America’s founders had in mind with the First Amendment.” Sadly, we don’t often see that definition of journalism played out from TV or the Beltway or especially the overlap of the two.”  “The fact that it is more difficult than ever to decide who qualifies as a “journalist” may make for a confusing media landscape, and it may trouble some professional journalists and media outlets, but in the long run we are better off.”  “Many people may not be journalists by profession, but still, at times, perform journalism. And it’s not that difficult to figure out which is which. Otherwise, you’re carving out a special class of people in an arena in which people doing the exact same thing would face different rules.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/business/media/journalism-is-still-at-work-even-when-its-practitioner-has-a-slant.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=media&

http://buzzmachine.com/2013/06/30/there-are-no-journalists-there-is-only-journalism/

http://paidcontent.org/2013/06/30/thanks-to-the-web-journalism-is-now-something-you-do-not-something-you-are/

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/06/27/Matt-Taibbi-All-Journolism-is-Advocacy-Journalism

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-06-25/its-acts-journalism-matter-not-people-called-journalists

 

Other stuff

Photographer Rob Hart created a Tumblr (“Laid off from the Sun-Times”), on which he documents his “new life [of underemployment] with an iPhone, but with the eye of a photojournalist trained in storytelling.”

http://www.cjr.org/opening_shot/opening_shot_1.php

 

“The investigative news nonprofit [ProPublica] is launching a monthly digital magazine for iOS devices that will collect the best of its reporting on current topics in the news. The first issue of ProPublica The Magazine, “In the Crosshairs,” is focused on war and gun violence, with stories on drone strikes and the Guatemalan civil war.”

http://www.niemanlab.org/2013/06/propublica-introduces-a-magazine-to-reach-new-readers-on-mobile/

 

“Thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of mobile devices, a new generation of designers and CMS developers has found the religion of Structured Content.”  “This challenging requirement — providing editors and writers with more control over the presentation of their content — is where many well-intentioned content models break down.”

http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2013/06/26/controlling-presentation-in-structured-content/

 

“Overall confidence in TV news, which was at 46% in 1993, is now 23%; conservatives’ confidence is 18%, the lowest on record; and Republicans’ is 16%. (These numbers contrast with the opinions of liberals and Democrats, whose confidence in TV news is 26% and 34%, respectively.”  “Going forward, the mainstream commercial media, online and off, face many challenges, most prominently the competitive threat to their business models arising from the Internet generally and Google specifically. In such an environment it is essential that they not paint themselves into a political or ideological corner where only the like-minded feel welcome and trusting.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/06/28/scott-pelley-trust-media-column/2465123/

 

“Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue.”  “So isn’t this all bad for society? Another blow for the English language where children won’t even bother to communicate in LOL-speak anymore?

“We’re tiptoeing into a potentially very deep and interesting new way of communicating,” said Mitchell Stephens, author of “The Rise of the Image, the Fall of the Word,” and a journalism professor at New York University. “And as with anything, when you tiptoe in, you start in the shallow waters.”

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/30/disruptions-social-media-images-form-a-new-language-online/

 

Data Journalism is thriving. This the most salient conclusion from the second edition of the Data Journalism Awards organised by the Global Editors Network and sponsored by Google.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2013/jul/01/data-journalism-awards-improving

 

What The U.S. Government Asks Google To Censor [Infographic]

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-07/heres-what-us-government-asks-google-censor-infographic

 

The Changing Face of Journalism [Infographic]

http://www.business2community.com/infographics/the-changing-face-ofvjournalism-infographic-0515167