R.I.P. Gabriel García Márquez
Especially during the tough times, the difficult deadlines and the sorrowful stories we must sometimes tell, this is great advice for journalists.
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Sometimes, I find myself wondering what wonderful rhythmic clacks reporters orchestrated as deadlines neared in newsrooms back when typewriters were the standard.
"But now I’m wondering if what I consider “reporting” is just a form of aggregating, of skimming, of lifting the best parts of a scientist’s work and repurposing it for my own interests. These scientists have spent many, many years doing research, much of it at the very edge of the knowable, where finding a new piece of solid data is a laborious process that may require long nights at the computer or the laboratory bench, or mulling a bust of Galileo, and this work has to be slotted among other obligations, including grant applications, peer-reviewing papers, teaching, advising graduate students, holding office hours, serving on faculty committees and schmoozing at the faculty club. And here I am calling up and saying: “Give me the fruit of your mental labors.” Asking for the ripest fruit, as it were. Asking not just for information but for wisdom. Give it to me! For free. And they did, because they always do, because we have a system of sorts."
"Nine in ten 18-to-29-year-olds watch online videos, and almost half, 48%, watch online news videos. That is equal to the 49% of 30-to-49-year-olds who watch online news video and outpaces the 27% of 50-to-64-year-olds and 11% of those 65 and older who do the same."
Twitter is getting a Face(book) lift: According to Twitter’s blog, the “new web profile lets you use a larger profile photo, customize your header, show off your best Tweets and more.” Just like a Facebook page. Here’s the list of the features that will come with the changed visuals:
- Best Tweets: Tweets that have received more engagement will appear slightly larger, so your best content is easy to find.
- Pinned Tweet: Pin one of your Tweets to the top of your page, so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about.
- Filtered Tweets: Now you can choose which timeline to view when checking out other profiles. Select from these options: Tweets, Tweets with photos/videos, or Tweets and replies.
For journalists, the “pinned tweet” feature could give news organizations and reporters the opportunity to highlight newsworthy tweets, especially during times of breaking news when misinformation circulates faster than any printing press.”Filtered tweets” also has some potential of making a basic search function for content helpful when looking for realtime, first-person accounts and documentation of breaking news as well.
My one concern from reading this preliminary announcement is the “best tweets” feature. Sometimes the “best tweets,” which Twitter defined as the tweets that get the most engagement, aren’t always correct or the best for news. For example, say a large news organization tweets information that is later found to be incorrect, but millions of people RT it or engage with the content. However, later tweets stating the correction don’t usually get quite as much traction as the erroneous one. Depending on how predominantly those “best tweets” are displayed on profile pages and how much customization is given to users, this could change the way news organizations handle corrections on social media.
According to Twitter, the new layout will be available today to a limited number of users. New Twitter users will also begin using the new profile. In the coming weeks, the new layout will be available to all users.
Photo of FLOTUS profile design comes from Twitter’s blog post on the profile redesign.
"As digital media gave more writers a voice, qualifications for journalism jobs became more stringent and dependent on wealth. This is true worldwide. In 2009, the average cost of journalism school, often a prerequisite for hire in the US, was $31,000. Some universities charge over $50,000, along with living expenses the total bill can be above $80,000 (median US income is $52,000.) A British government report showed that in the UK, journalism is the third most exclusive profession to enter, with the greatest decline in social mobility among its practitioners."