‘A New York Times story is tweeted every 4 seconds’

New York Times chairman Arthur Sulzberger gave a speech a few days ago at Polis LSE, which Charlie Beckett kindly posted in full. In it, Sulzberger talks about why the NY Times (which recently said it now has 325,000 digital subscribers) is engaging with its readers. The main Facebook page of The New York Times …

Canadian court rules that posting hyperlink ‘doesn’t constitute publishing defamation’

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that posting a hyperlink to defamatory material does not constitute publishing the defamation: In its unanimous decision to dismiss the [Crookes vs Newton] case, the court said a hyperlink, by itself, should never be considered “publication” of the content to which it refers. But that doesn’t mean internet …

A simple test for whether people will pay for news

So you’re a daily newspaper guy and you think people have always paid for news. Fair enough. Some of your readers probably do pay for news. But if you want to charge for your news online you’re going to need to know roughly how many people are willing to pay for it so you can …

We’re in the business of ‘filling knowledge gaps’

I like these bullet points from a post written by Joy Mayer after she saw Elements of Journalism author Tom Rosenstiel speak at an Association of Alternative Weeklies  conference. They strike me as helpful in changing the way we think about journalism – especially in established newsrooms where old habits and entrenched thinking die hard. …

‘I find it helpful to think of modern journalism in terms of mental disorders’

I’ve avoided weighing into any debates about whether or not bloggers are journalists or blogs are journalism because I think it’s a pointless conversation. It’s like debating whether books are journalism – it depends on the book in question. Anyway, I enjoyed this post from science writer Ed Yong who writes Not Exactly Rocket Science. …

‘Everything is a remix’ and other thoughts on innovation

Below are videos from a four-part series on innovation and remixing by Kirby Ferguson called ‘Everything is a Remix‘. I came across them via Idealog on Facebook. In the videos, Ferguson walks through the evolution of ideas and art ranging from the Apple Macintosh to Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. I’ve come across many of these ideas …

Martin Bell on TV news anchors

Enjoyed this 2011  post from Martin Bell about the history of TV anchors at the BBC. In due course TV journalism became a performing art. The BBC’s Vin Ray, an experienced hand who secretly admired the old ways while defending the new, described it as “being in the moment”. There was actually a style coach. …

Analytics for journalists

I’m pulling together a few resources for journalists who are new to the web and in particular new to analytics. I like this slide show: Introduction to Web Analytics for Journalists from Patrick Glinski I’m also using… Reuben Schwarz’s Six Rootin Tootin Myths About Analytics (which is highly readable and based on his experience at …

‘Website is where Al Jazeera audience comes for in-depth coverage

‘ Robert Hernandez has a Q&A up on his blog with Al Jazeera online producer Bilal Randeree. Hernandez introduces the piece thus: Without a doubt, the leading news organization covering the historic Middle East unrest is Al Jazeera. Available in limited markets here, their website has been the home for its impressive coverage. “We had figures …