So I am in sunny Dublin (well not actually today, but it has been for the last few days) attending the annual IAMCR conference. Below you can find my slides for my paper: The ‘ecology of participation’: A study of audience engagement on alternative journalism websites. The ‘ecology of participation’: an investigation of audience engagement… Continue reading Audience engagment as an ecology of participation
This seems to be a question that I am often asked. For most journalists, the idea of readers critiquing their work in public beneath their story is more than a little confronting. Then the question of when, if ever, they should respond becomes even more difficult. Yes, the comments beneath online news stories can include… Continue reading Entering the fray: When should a journalist join the discussion in comments following a news story?
What is one of the key differences of telling news online to any other journalistic medium? The story never ends.Whether it is the audience discussing the story or just the insatiable need of news websites to continue to publish new content for a fickle click happy reader, stories need to have a life longer than… Continue reading The three stages of an online news story
Below is another set of links for a training session with APN journalists. Being a good online journalist isn’t just about presenting a story well online. It’s also about harnessing online tools to help you in the reporting process. Here are two tools which will help you keep across the ‘white noise’ of information on… Continue reading Online reporting tools
Another day, another conference. Well that is a little of what it feels like while I am over in the States. Across this past weekend I went to another fabulous conference – Journalism Interactive – run by my host, the University of Maryland. Heaps of fabulous sessions, but one in particular that will be of… Continue reading Some tips for teaching online video
I am now one week into a three-month research visit to the US (I’m hoping I will have more time to blog now that I am not teaching). The University of Maryland has been kind enough to host me and I will be using my time here to research users of American participatory journalism sites.… Continue reading ONA 2011 conference – top takeaways
I recently had the opportunity to do some training with fellows from the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre on mobile journalism. Many of the participating journalists, from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and East Timor, face incredible constraints to their reporting including limited and very expensive access to internet and mobile phone coverage.… Continue reading Mojo and Asia Pacific journalists
What’s more important embracing change or protecting current revenues? This may seem like an old question. A question which has been debated in the media industry to death – should we embrace the new opportunities offered by the digital media landscape or protect current revenue makers- traditional media. In fact many have debated that attempts… Continue reading Why should regional media embrace online?
As is always the case at the end of semester, I am looking at how I can reshape my courses. I am currently considering my post graduate online course and I have had a thought: Why not have students develop their own news website. By this I don’t just mean create and website and whack… Continue reading Journalist as entrepreneur
I am hoping to present a paper at the World Journalism Education Congress in South Africa next year and thought I would share my initial thoughts with you. Below is an initial draft of the abstract, let me know your thoughts. The traditional role of a journalist was to gather information, shape it into a… Continue reading The case for incorporating social networking skills in journalism education