Live blogging from the courtroom

An online team blogged about a trial in Eureka, Kansas, with the use of various technologies, such as audio and video. The audio and photos were pared together to give a more emotional viewpoint on the trial.
“[The reporter] downloaded audio from the recorder to the MacBook, edit out slices of it, and drop it into a folder with pictures and feel it into Soundslides,” wrote Ron Sylvester of the Technolo-J blog.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was pleased with the use of online media. Although this technology was not new, it was fresh to Kansas. Therefore, the KBI asked to use a slideshow from the team to train new agents.

Journalists ask for help with technology training

A survey of journalists sponsored by the Newspaper Guild and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians found that “Sixty percent indicated they need more training to do their jobs, especially with increasing workloads. And about half said they have recently seen people lose their jobs because of technology,” writes Kelly Wilson of American Journalism Review.
Journalists are also skeptical about whether blogs should be included in journalism. In addition, journalists feel that the print journalism industry will come together with the Internet.
Overall, journalists say they need better training in order to keep up with the growth of technology.

Using online video to create communities

Many people shown an interest in making videos or short films that help to inspire viewers about salient topics. The people are extremely passionate about getting these messages across to viewers some are willing to take time away from their day job. Mindy McAdams writes on her Teaching Online Journalism blog that “Jenny Douglas is another person who’s working for love, not money. KarmaTube is a site dedicated to finding videos that inspire.”
With the growth of the Internet, people find it easier to get meaningful points across to viewers. The Internet allows the video makers to collaborate and share interests with one another. Therefore, it is easier for people sharing common interests to promote what they believe to viewers.

Social networking sites become journalists’ tools

Kelly McBride of PoynterOnline reports on how journalists can use social networking sites to get the latest news as well as who is talking about.
Social networking sites, like Facebook and MySpace, were originally created for friends to share common interest and in touch with one another more often. These sites have grow so big and attracted so many people with different interest that they can be a source for breaking news and potential sources.
Drawbacks to using social networking sites is the information must be independently verified because people may make things up or exaggerate stories, especially when they are in social setting.
“Balancing the personal and professional turned out to be the thorniest issue,” said McBride. Journalists must use “restraint when it comes to making political statements and revealing your own biases,” on their profile page on either Facebook or MySpace.

Blogger talks about news after the demise of the newspaper

With most people turning to online media and the slow downfall of the traditional newspaper, many people are wondering what will become of the “news”. Blogger Seth Godin poses a more concrete question. “What will we miss when newspapers disappear?”
Godin writes: “What’s left is local news, investigative journalism and intelligent coverage of national news. Perhaps 2% of the cost of a typical paper.” Advertisements, comic strips, restaurant and book reviews are all still available online anytime. Godin asks who will care about true investigative journalism when there is no one to pay for it.
Christine Huang considers Godin’s argument.

Focusing on the news in poor budgetary times

Clifford Krauss of The New York Times writes that although many newspapers are dealing with a financial scarcity, The St. Petersburg Times still finds a way to keep the majority of its reporters. The Times still putting emphasis on their features and other pressing issues locally and nationally. Krauss notes:

For newspaper publishing – an industry awash in uncertainty as it tries to adapt to the Internet – The St. Petersburg Times offers one possible model of salvaging enterprises that much, as all businesses do, respond to financial reality.

The Times still believes in delivering news effectively to readers opposed to cutting costs, which many major newspapers are doing today.

Filed under: Newspapers, Economy, Investigative Reporting | Tagged: st. petersburg times, budget crisis

Online journalism brings the evolution of ethics

For years journalists followed a strict code of ethics applying to print journalism. With more and more news being published online the code of ethics needs to be change along with the news industry, according to Robert Niles of the Online Journalism Review. If journalists are not willing to adapt their thinking to the ever changing industry, then there will be even an even smaller pool of readers and advertisers supporting journalists.
Niles writes:

I’m not suggesting that journalists should change their core beliefs about this field when they switch media. The central tenet of journalism ethics (in my opinion) remains: Do what’s best to empower your readers with truthful information. Everything we do ought to flow from that goal.

He discusses three widely accepted tenets of journalism and his proposed changes to these tenets.

Journalistic recording rules

Geanne Rosenberg explains the basic rules and ethical values of citizen journalism in regards to recording audio and video. Issues discussed include private property, privacy, public forums (places where journalist are free to record), government rules in dealing with the media, personal intrusion, and how to deal with children. Important facts about recording of phone conversations are included in the article. Rosenberg notes:

In terms of recording of conversations, some states within the U.S. are one-party states that allow a person who is a party to a conversation to record that conversation without the knowledge of other participants. Other states are all-party states that require that all parties to a conversation know about or consent to any taping. Eavesdropping and surveillance can also lead to criminal and civil sanctions.

Mobile news grows as delivery platform

Arielle Emmett writes in American Journalism Review that news organizations are coming to the realization the cell phones are the new platform in which many people view news. The rise of smart phones like the iPhone, BlackBerry and Treo gives users the ability to view various news articles, sports news audio and video with relative ease.
This new marketing strategy is also being done in the Far East and Western Europe. Mobile news advertising is highest in the Far East.
Mobile sportscasting may be the best genre to capitalize on this new wave of technology according to the article.
Emmett writes: “ESPN reported it had more hits for NFL content on its mobile Web site (4.9 million) than it did on its PC site (4.5 million), according to RCR Wireless News.”

According to an article by Kelly Wilson, many journalists are creating profiles on the popular networking Web site Facebook, which was once intended for college students. Lori Schwab, at the time the executive director of the Online News Association, is the main subject of the article. She believes that Facebook will be a great resource for journalists young and old. Wilson writes:

Across the board, social sites are a way for people to interact as they never could before (or at least, never could with such ease). For journalists that means contacting others for ideas and support on tough assignments or connecting with editors for advice and job opportunities. Many organizations have gone a step further to create groups only for members of their news outlets’ networks.