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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 08/12/2014

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August 12th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 08/10/2014

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August 10th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 08/07/2014

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  • tags: multimedia journalist google glass videojournalism vj

    • The mobile phone accessories industry will also be hit. This assumption comes from how filmmakers and their propensity towards more reality e.g. hyperreality,  plays out.
       
       Anything that takes the fuss out of holding a camera as a community of head-mounted GoPros illustrate gives us a glimpse of how a permanent ‘google’ lens, which films 16g, will take its place.
       
       In virtual reality, as witnessed during the Chinese Expo, Glass users may enjoy 3D virtual environments, where non glass users see the world in sight-3D.

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August 7th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Journo stuff I’ve collected on 08/06/2014

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August 6th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Inside the UX Lab with Contributoria

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User testing, is not, as Contributoria designer Dean Vipond was at pains to stress, about the testing of users. No, it’s pretty much a poorly named activity which is more accurately a test of all the tools and processes we’ve been busy building for our writers on the crowdfunding journalism platform.

In my first visit to the mysterious UX Lab on the ground floor of Kings Place inside The Guardian (I’ve often walked past but not been invited in for all these years) I got to see first-hand exactly how some of our most experienced writers approach their work on the platform.

Contributoria.com is now in its 8th month and has grown to become the workplace of choice for many freelance journalists in the UK and elsewhere in the world looking for financial and professional support for longform writing across a huge range of topics.

Today’s session involved some invited writers from the London area who were asked to use some existing tools as well as consider some ways in which their day-today could be made easier and so more enjoyable.

The UX lab room itself looks how those interview rooms in police crime dramas are depicted – a large space divided by one way glass with the users and facilitator on the nicely decorated, bright and airy side of the space with the testers observing in the darkness of the other side, illuminated only by screens showing close-ups of the activity within.

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Cameras are located behind the user as well as focussed on hands and faces to track what happens in terms of keystrokes, mouse moves and expressions and, together with many microphones, the experience of the testing is beamed through to the testers behind the divide.

It was fascinating to see and hear from the writers as they were challenged with various activities such as formatting their work, finding and responding to comments and using the online currency of points to reward their peers with funding for articles.

The resulting notes capturing all the responses will now help us prioritise the development work for the next few weeks as we continue to evolve the site. Plenty more features to come and a big thank you to the writers who gave up some of their busy day to help us, it’s great to be working with you all.

If you’re an independent journalist looking for a marketplace for your work, feel free to check us out at Contributoria.com here.

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August 5th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

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.

       

      • Key findings:

         

           
             
          • 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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