How Stuff and NZ Herald reached out during quake coverage

Interesting post from Fairfax Media’s Reuben Schwarz about features NZ news sites used in their coverage of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. He talks about how the main sites – nzherald.co.nz and stuff.co.nz – worked with other people, in a way not seen before. “The quake changed the way the nzherald.co.nz and stuff.co.nz sites pulled in …

‘How to do long-form journalism: gather big-name writers and immerse them in social media’

For those interested in the future of long-form journalism and public affairs reporting, a good post this week on the Nieman Lab blog from Lois Beckett. It reports on a conversation held at Berkeley School of Journalism between former New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati and author and former New Yorker writer Mark Danner. It notes that …

News and emergency information sources for #Christchurch #eqnz

NZ Civil Defence updates: http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/ Up to date information on what’s happening and what to do: http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/ including printable pdfs of contact numbers in English, Chinese, Korean, Find out what’s open: http://eq.org.nz/   Essential numbers from Civil Defence Earthquake Government Helpline: 0800 779 997 A service for people requiring information on income support, housing options, health issues, …

‘The web is NOT a publishing medium: it’s a customer service medium’

A great post from Paul Ford at ftrain about ‘the fundamental question of the web’. He considers media in terms of “questions answered”. “Here’s one question: “I’m bored, and I want to get out of the house and have an experience, possibly involving elves or bombs. Where do I go?” “The answer: You could go to …

So many great stories disappear from view too soon

I like the idea of a home for retired stories. Somewhere they can gambol about care free and folks can come and visit them. So many stories, especially human interest stories and videos and photo galleries, spend a day or two in the limelight of news homepages then drift under water never to surface again …

Kinetic type in video journalism

I enjoyed this post from Lauren Rabaino on 10,000 Words about the use of kinetic type in video storytelling and how it can be used in journalism. “There’s huge value in being able to tell a story that people will read all the way through– from start to finish– and then share with all their …

What pays more – fluff or public interest? (2010)

Some food for thought via Nieman Lab about what kind of content creates the most value for news publishers online: “A study released today provides a hopeful counterpoint… For publishers, hard-news-focused, public-interest-oriented reporting might actually be more valuable than celebrity gossip and similarly LiLotastic fare. And not just in a good-for-democracy sense, but in a …

Hot metal: old films about how newspapers were made

There’s something irresistible about the old print industry footage kicking around on YouTube. These are from the 1950s. Making a newspaper Perfect if you want to know what ‘the stone’ looked like and where the term proofreading came from. https://youtu.be/G8cCS3o62iI ‘Public opinion in a Democracy’