Sarah Hartley

Journo stuff I’ve collected on 07/20/2014

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  • tags: journalism newsroom unconvergence

    • Today the trend has reversed towards newsroom disintegration: specific teams for specific platforms. You don’t use your tablet the same way as your computer and it requires specific attention from publishers. The newsroom will become a ‘control room’ with less people at desks and more journalists in the field. The notion of the ‘collective intelligence’ of journalists working in the same room will disappear.

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July 20th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Behind the scenes with the Contributoria printing presses

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Printing presses! I still haven’t quite got used to the idea that we now publish a printed thing at Contributoria.com after all these years of being a digital journalist.

The online journalism platform launched by three of us (myself, Matt McAlister and Dan Catt) at the start of this year is now coming out in print for monthly subscribers. This month’s issue is designed by Dean Vipond and Dan Catt, written and compiled by the community and available now!

Photographer Michelle Marshall went along with Matt to capture it rolling off the presses last night – and straight onto Virgin Atlantic planes and the Eurostar trains inserted inside The Guardian and being delivered to passengers flying to Paris, LA and New York!

Here’s a gallery of what it looked like as it was created by the Newspaper Club.

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July 15th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 07/14/2014

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July 14th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 07/10/2014

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July 10th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 07/07/2014

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  • tags: hyperlocal community news

    • More than two thirds of respondents (70 per cent) see what they do as participation in community life, while over half (57 per cent) identify it as local journalism. As our own data below demonstrated, much hyperlocal output does indeed cover the kinds of information, campaigning and watchdog activities that are regarded as journalistic norms. In a media market where traditional providers of local news are in retreat people are stepping in and self-consciously doing it for themselves.

       

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          • The UK community news sector is well-established, and dominated by players who have achieved a degree of longevity (nearly three quarters have been producing news for over three years, and nearly a third for more than five years).
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          • Seven out of ten producers see what they do as a form of active community participation, over half see it as local journalism, and over half as an expression of active citizenship.
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          • Large numbers also self-identify as producers of local journalism, and almost half have journalistic training or experience working in the mainstream media.

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July 7th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 07/03/2014

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July 3rd, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Taking Contributoria out of beta – and into newsprint

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Today’s an important landmark in the evolution of the independent journalism network Contributoria.com.

The tagline’s changed for a start – and we’ve gone into PRINT! Plus there’s a paid membership scheme launched as part of our six month anniversary.

As editor and one of the co-founders (with Matt McAlister and Dan Catt), people often ask me how it’s going – so here’s some vital statistics created by our designer Dean Vipond.

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If you want to help us develop this model of funding quality journalism in a sustainable way, you can join up now – find out more on that here.

The full press release, complete with downloadable images, is available here: https://www.contributoria.com/press/20140701

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July 1st, 2014 at 10:51 am

Journo stuff I’ve collected on 06/17/2014

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June 17th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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New issue of Contributoria.com: Writers tackle weighty news issues

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The need for toilets in India (and elsewhere), the challenges for gay men in Africa and the ‘wonder cure’ for world hunger, Soylent. All topics explored in-depth at the June issue of Contributora which is out today.

Given the three month publishing cycle which exists at contributoria.com, the topics writers choose to cover tend to be less about the daily news agenda and much more about global issues and wider concerns.

But this month’s new issue, published online today, has bucked that trend, with many of the articles chiming closely with current news concerns.

For those unfamiliar with the crowdfunded journalism platform I work on, Contributoria.com, the process from journalists proposing a story idea, through to seeking support, and then to publication takes three months and so the stories online today were actually pitched by the writers back in April.

Maybe it’s because there’s been such a focus within the mainstream media on international news in the past few weeks, or perhaps it’s that this month’s theme of the ‘world we want’ tapped into some universal concerns? Whatever the reason, it’s been good to see the articles in the current issue provide some additional insight and focus onto subjects being discussed elsewhere.

Here’s just some of those which resonated with me:

Toilets save lives
As we recoil in horror at the terrible story of the teenage girls gang-raped and hanged in India for want of a toilet , Emma Jayne looks at one of the issues which can mean life and death for women and girls in many parts of the world – access to toilets.

Male rape: The forgotten human rights taboo
With mounting outrage at the very idea that Uganda’s ‘anti-gay’ minister Sam Kuesa could be appointed at the UN, Rich McEachran looks at the reality of being gay and a survivor of child rape in South Africa.

Food hacking and the future of hunger
Karl Hodge decided to look again at Soylent – the ‘nutritionally balanced, total meal replacement in liquid form’ that could hold some hope of a solution for the 842 million people in the world who are classed as “hungry”. These people are undernourished, eating fewer calories a day than the basic physiological minimum required to survive. 98% of these live in developing countries. And if that’s got you wondering what that might taste like, then a couple of days ago The New York Time gave it a taste test.

The full issue for this month’s Contributoria.com can be viewed here. Proposals from writers for the next cycle of publication are now open. If you’ve a story that needs to be told, submit it to the community for consideration here.

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June 1st, 2014 at 3:21 pm

There ain’t no purple in my UK map

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Ok, it’s actually the Guardian’s election map but the point’s the same. If you’ve been wound up by the Ukip ‘success’ narrative then take heart.

Whatever your political viewpoint, the comments on the map are worth a read too. Plenty of people less than impressed with how coverage across all media has played out today

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May 24th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

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