Some journalism stories from week ending 20 March 2016


18 March 2016
What The Guardian learned from comparing Facebook Live and Periscope for event coverage

For its latest experiment, the newspaper’s Mobile Innovation Lab compared the two livestreaming platforms and the engagement generated on each.

18 March 2016

Column: Click here for actual journalism
David Lazarus writes about “native advertising” or content marketing or advertising apearing as jourmalism

“As newspapers and magazines struggle to survive, you’ll probably be hearing a lot about “native advertising.” It’s a purposefully vague way of saying that online ads will look more and more like articles, making it harder for readers to tell the difference”

18 March 2016
John Brewer: Peace journalism does not mean sacrificing the truth

“It is very unpopular amongst journalists who believe it requires them to sacrifice reporting the truth for the sake of supporting peace.

“This is not so.

“Peace journalism is about fair and balanced reporting. ”

18 March 2016
After the cuts, what can The Guardian do to prove its viability?
Kevin Anderson’s assessment of where the Guardian is and how it got here.

“Five years ago, I said that The Guardian needed an intervention, and after a half a decade of losses which have left them unable to cope with a sudden negative turn in their business, it seems that little has changed except the rhetoric.

“CEO David Pemsel has said boldly that membership revenue will make a third of their take in three years without giving a sense of a clear strategy on how to achieve that.

“Like so many people, I wish The Guardian would match their editorial brilliance with commercial innovation. The Guardian can stop this cycle, easily, but it has to make some fundamental changes to its strategy, its business and its culture. As I said in 2011, file this under tough love.”

March 17 2016
Who do they think ‘we’ are? Why the BBC should keep its distance
Are the Radio 4 Today programme presenter’s more informal presentation style compromising the BBC’s objectivity by talking about “we”

“Our survey of content on the BBC’s flagship Today programme found that these days presenters regularly use the word “we” (or “our”) when referring to Britain, NATO, “the West” and other entities or identities. It seems that the importance of the clear blue water marked out in those guidelines from 35 years ago has been forgotten.”

March 15 2016
DCMS did not open memory stick containing 6,000 BBC consultation responses from Radio Times readers
“The Radio Times has accused the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) of not taking its readers’ views on the future of the BBC into consideration.

The Radio Times published 16 questions which, it said, mirrored those in the DCMS’s official consultation.

But in a letter dated 11 March, the magazine said at least 6,000 digital responses delivered to the DCMS on an encrypted memory stick for data protection purposes were not included.”

14 March 2016
Why journalists should be afraid of Trump’s media strategy
Joel Simon, a columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review and the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, like many other journalists in recent weeks, warns against the way US presidential candate Donald Trump’s media strategy and the intersection between new and traditional media.

11 March 2016
Why you shouldn’t ask questions like a White House reporter
excellent article on how not to ask questions. A White House press conference with Obama and Canadian premier Justin Trudeau disected by Poynter.

22 February 2016
Using the new app Anchor, WNYC is experimenting with social audio

“It’s very hard to share audio on social media, and now we have a place to go and share our voices and hear the voices of our fans too.”

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