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Today’s links 03/22/2012

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March 22nd, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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Today’s links 03/21/2012

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March 21st, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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n0tice: Three tools for journalists

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A project I’ve been working on for the past nine months is being launched to world today –  n0tice.com has come out of it’s invite-only phase .

This ‘baby’ carries with it the usual  hopes and fears of early-days initiatives so I’m expecting to be watching over these first steps with that strange post-launch mixture of anxiety, pride, excitement and over-protectiveness before everything becomes established.

The official announcement can be read here and the thinking behind this social-local-mobile platform is explained far better than I can by founder Matt McAlister here.

But I thought I’d use my blog to highlight some of the features which can help journalists going about their work. There’s plenty of other things going on in there eg. revenue share on ads, community noticeboards, self-serve events listings etc. (more details on those at the n0tice blog), but here I’ll just pull out three useful tools for journalists and bloggers who might be new to it.

 1. Liveblogging

Each report, or news posting, has the ability to add updates as and when required making liveblogging easier – or even simply taking notes at a live event. Updates can be a mixture of media eg. pictures, tweets, videos etc. so it’s possible to create a liveblog which is a mixture of content from a variety of sources and intersperse with direct reporting. In this way n0tice can be used a bit like storify to curate others’ activity. Adding the other media doesn’t require any embed coding, simply the URL so, in the case of tweets, just the timestamp detail is enough to include the full tweet in it’s attributable context. Same drill for youtube, flickr etc. – there’s no need to rummage around for the embed code.

2. Collborative story gathering

Because the updates can be made by any user, not just the report’s originator, there’s a great potential for collaboration here. This could stem from simply being in the same place. n0tice works around proximity to place so, even if you do not know other notice users, this location based aspect means you can easily discover who is nearby. Imagine a scenario where a major event is happening eg. a protest. The first person at the scene may have simply reported that fact however, others in the area can quickly add pictures, video, tweets or whatever to quickly build up the story.

Away from live events, the platform makes crowdsourcing from multiple locations around the world easy too. Having a noticeboard for a project with it’s own URL means that contributors can easily post their items from wherever they are. The Guardian Music noticeboard is a good example of this approach, taking submitted reviews from across the UK, but it could also be used to gather evidence for investigative work too.

 3. Mobile reporting

There is already a mobile site for quick reporting which is built in html5 and so will be compatible with any phones. It’s a pared down version of the complete site and makes it easy to post a report from a location without having to worry about all the additional features until you get back to base. In the next few weeks we will also launch an iPhone app which will bring a whole new experience to the mobile reporting – watch this space!

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March 20th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Today’s links 03/19/2012

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March 19th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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Today’s links 03/18/2012

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March 18th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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Today’s links 03/13/2012

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March 13th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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Today’s links 03/09/2012

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  • tags: google google maps maps data opendata

    • To be sure, 25,000 map loads per day is a high threshold. Everyday mapping users aren’t going to come anywhere near it, and many businesses and apps that use mapping as an ancillary feature rather than a central component of their service would probably be unaffected. Google estimated that the usage load limits would impact about 0.35 percent of its users. However, if you’re a company like Apple — with over 180 million iPhones and 60 million iPads in the wild, all with Google Maps built in — the fees start to add up. To be sure, Google offers a Maps API Premier option with guaranteed service levels, support, and annual pricing structures: Google doesn’t publish prices for the premier plan, but it’s safe to say it’s not cheap.

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March 9th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

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Today’s links 03/08/2012

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March 8th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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Today’s links 03/06/2012

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March 6th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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Today’s links 03/05/2012

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      • The decline in newspaper editorial employment, however, doesn’t signal an overall decrease in journalism-related employment. In 2010, Michael Mandel used Bureau of Labor Statistics figures to show that the number of “news analysts, reporters, and correspondents” had rebounded after dropping.

         

        I think his conclusions are still relevant:

         

        • The hiring is happening in nontraditional industries.
        • More journalists are self-employed.
        • Strong employment figures don’t mean that these people aren’t being asked to work longer or accept lower pay.
  • tags: blog blogging hyperlocal deletion noticeboard

    • It was simply a noticeboard that had not been touched for a year. Noticeboards are a pain as someone has to go out of their way and pin new things to them.
  • tags: pew

    • The study involved 38 newspapers from six different companies providing highly granular data about their digital revenue and sales efforts-creating a robust series of case studies. The data sought were developed in consultation with the partnering newspaper companies after site visits and interviews with multiple executives. After collecting the data, researchers conducted follow-up interviews to confirm whether the findings reflected broader company performance. Those findings, in turn, were shared with executives from seven more companies to test how widely they could be generalized. All data was provided on the basis that it would be anonymous. 

       

       This multi-faceted approach allowed researchers to draw broad conclusions and identify specific case studies, which reveal more than can be discerned from public industry data. The research approach also yielded a high level of candor in discussions with executives. 

        • Of the papers sharing private data, advertising on mobile devices accounted for only 1% of the digital revenue in 2011. Executives are generally excited by the prospects of mobile, but for now it accounts for a tiny amount of revenue. Executives also believe that due to its ubiquity in the market, the phone ultimately could be more important to mobile revenue than tablets, a sign perhaps of some growing uncertainty about the ability to charge for apps, though some executives are already skeptical about how much money newspapers can make with smartphones.
  • tags: AR app manchester time machine university

    • Using footage from the university’s film archive, this moving window through time shows historical events such as bombings in 1940 and VE day across the city along with glimpses of the buildings, the people and transport of a bygone age.

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March 5th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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