Hat tip: Political Carnival, via Mediaite
I’m a journalist, should I learn programming?
A picture that’s worth 10,000 Words…
Click on image to enlarge (opens in new window).
Artist holds after-parties for printed newspapers
The Print After Parties by from Jason Eppink are a series of unauthorized notional raves thrown in the abandoned distribution infrastructure of crumbling print institutions. (They’re pretend parties, not real ones.)
Nonprofit Texas Tribune launches
The promotional video [above] gives the flavour of this new news organization which launched this morning, while Martin Langeveld at Nieman Journalism Lab explores the Texas Tribune website.
Founder and chairman John Thornton writes about the Tribune’s mission and the reasons for its nonprofit approach.
Stephen Fry on the net generation and social media
Part 1: About the net generation
Part 2: About social media and the press
Great idea: the vertical newspaper
Idea: Peter Bluijs, former newspaperman with Holland’s De Telegraaf
Video: Marcin Nowak and Artur Karda from Media Regionalne
Hat tip: Journalism.co.uk
Warning: this post contains graphic scenes
Today, a roundup of some graphs related to yesterday’s release of newspaper circulation numbers in the United States.
Warning, these graphs may disturb anyone who believes printed news isn’t fading fast. Discretion is advised.
- How much has newspaper household penetration fallen since WW2? From almost 130 per cent to only 33 per cent. Allan Mutter charts it.
- How is circulation changing at the country’s largest papers? Hint: You wouldn’t want to work for the SF Chronicle. The NewsCred blog paints a colorful but ugly picture.
- How has circulation changed for six major newspapers since 1990? If you’re the Wall Street Journal (which can count its paid online subscribers in total circulation) things are great. Otherwise, this is a roller coaster that now only goes downhill. The Awl tracks the trends.
- And finally, how have newspapers themselves reported circulation? With fewer hard numbers, more references to percentage changes and a focus on trying to tell their own positive story. Again, from The Awl.
Nice presentation on the new hNews microformat
If you know some basic HTML, you should find this fairly easy to follow.
Click within the player to advance the presentation.
Thanks to Stuart Myles.
Western Manitoba loses local TV news as CKX closes
I was sad to read of the closure of CKX TV in Brandon, Manitoba last Friday.
In the late 1970s I was the afternoon drive announcer on CKX Radio, a 50,000 watt station covering Brandon and dozens of rural communities across southwestern Manitoba. I occasionally wandered into the TV studios to appear in car dealer ads or do a bit of voice-tracking for station breaks. I was amazed that – back then at least – the competing CTV and CBC television transmissions were run side-by-side from the same control room, apparently a sensible efficiency in such a small market.
Photos from Life magazine: When newspapers mattered
Life magazine has a nice gallery of photos they call When Newspapers Mattered.
The photo above, of NBC “columnist” Walter Winchell, caught my attention because of the semi-automatic telegraph key (commonly known as a “bug”) right next to the Life watermark.
These old keys were beautiful mechanical marvels. I’m fortunate to own a couple of them.