New Tech Assignment Pages

To all,

I added a page for the Prelim Tech Plan and the Tech Observation. You can access it by navigating to the Tech Immersion category on your menu bar. They are both under Assignments.

Please post your responses to your blog and add the assigned TAG to the post.

Additionally, we are going to be having a data vis lunch at the end of this month. Rebecca Shapely from Google Fusion will be stopping by to help us with the data we have put together. Continue reading

Huff x Keller: another chapter of the content wars

Web’s most confusing post title?

Bill Keller Accuses Me of “Aggregating” an Idea He Had Actually “Aggregated” From Me

There is an ongoing battle between two media giants – NYT and HP – and Arianna voiced her side of the story on the front page of the Huff Po today.

Let me “Huff Posticize” what she said, here:

She starts by suggesting that the feud might be a result of the recent Huff Po/AOL merge creating a staggering number of page news that outnumber the Times’ current statistics (Jan 2011 point to 1.5 billion vs. 750 million).

The piece is covered with feisty remarks – such as Keller’s “patting himself on the back so hard I’d be surprised if he didn’t crack a rib”.

She attacks Keller’s description of the Huff Po as containing nothing more than “celebrity gossip, adorable kitten videos, posts from unpaid bloggers and news reports from other publications” – to which she replies that he must be looking at another site and not the Huff Po.

She claims they have “148 full-time editors, writers, and reporters engaged in the serious, old-fashioned work of traditional journalism” – a number which surprised me.

It goes on and on – with each part claiming that their thoughts and words were “aggregated” by the other – 15 minutes of 2 years later.

Frankly, I would have preferred to read a tweet.

I’m not going to go on Huff Posticizing, you can check out the original post here.

To resolve a qualm like this – what better than the facts? Someone please publish the ratio of original to “aggregated” content on Huff Po and please move on to focusing on journalism issues that really matter.

Article: When a Community News Site Becomes a Facebook-only News Outlet…

Rockville Central: set to become a Facebook-only outlet » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism.

Excerpt: ” … Starting March 1,Rockville Central, a community news outlet for the DC-area city of Rockville, Maryland, will move its operation to…its Facebook page. Entirely to its Facebook page.

“There are always two different conversations going on,” Cindy Cotte Griffiths, the site’s editor, told me — one on, and the other on the site’s Facebook page. Why force the two to compete with each other, when they’re actually, in general, the same conversation? Facebook is, Cotte Griffiths notes, “where the people are.” (Rockville Central currently gets about 2,000 of its average 20,000 monthly hits from Facebook, she told me.) …

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” …The most immediately obvious drawback, though, is that a site hosted on Facebook can’t host its own local ads. In fact, to make the switch, Rockville Central had to return money to its advertisers.

And that’s a sacrifice it’s willing to make. Profit, Cotte Griffiths notes, isn’t itself the site’s overall goal: She and Rourke see the outlet not so much as a money-making vehicle as an experiment in civic engagement. (That gives Rockville Central much more financial flexibility than, say, The Batavian or theWest Seattle Blog, which function not merely as labors of love, but also as livelihoods for their publishers.) “For entities and organizations that are trying to turn a profit, or have other institutional or organizational reasons to have a separate identity, it can make sense to have a separate web space,” Cotte Griffiths and Rourke note. “But Rockville Central is different and, as we thought hard about it, we realized we could find no compelling reason that Rockville Central needs to exist as a separate site.”

Then again, Rockville Central isn’t, you know, opposed to turning a profit. And building a strong, committed community on Facebook, Cotte Griffiths points out, could be a means toward developing non-ad-based revenue streams in the future, from hosting conferences to staging community events. (Cotte Griffiths’ day job? Event planner.) …. “

The Internet Wish List + an Article

This looks like it could be a great asset for keeping an eye on what the world wants from the web. It may also help you understand who to focus on as far as your business market is concerned.

I don’t think enough people know about it yet though. Maybe we can contribute by spreading the word?

It doesn’t really have any “how to wish” instructions, but it looks like you just tweet them to @theiwl

additionally, in the spirit of our guest this Monday (Mike Haney) who will be discussing the topic of interactive publishing (for mobile devices — on which we will be going into further detail toward the end of the term) check out this article from Forbes Mag. It presents a series of principles and thought processes in regards to publishing articles in a web-based or digital format.

Their argument is essentially that the digital medium is indeed a different medium and should be treated as such when delivering content–something we all know in theory but tend to not see in practice.

See you all on Monday!