"Some critics who prefer the magazine approach will argue that it is better, since it results in higher-quality output, and that the risk with an approach like Medium’s is that it turns into something like Forbes — a site where the quality of the contributed content is so low that it arguably damages the brand.
For my part, I agree with Williams that while the Medium approach has its flaws, the potential for discovering new voices amid the flotsam and jetsam makes it worth it in the long run. Whether the site will be successful in reinventing how the writers of that content get compensated is a much bigger question, but at least it is trying.
"If the UK is looking for examples of initiatives and organisations doing this work around the world, there are plenty. The 2016 summit offers a chance to highlight some of the many approaches taken by organisations like The Constitute Project or African Legal Information Institutes when it comes to publishing legislation or BudgIT’s efforts in Nigeria to make budget data accessible and understandable."
"From that perspective, features like Facebook’s Instant Articles and Twitter’s Moments are just the continuation of an ongoing process of devaluing the hyperlink— a process that values the stream over the URL, the in-app experience over the click. Another step in the transformation of the web into something more like television. Is that bad? I honestly don’t know. But there’s no question it’s happening."
See the trend: create one piece of content and then post it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr a blog, and on and on. If you won’t come to my content, dammit, my content will come to you!
"Abuse is just as central to tech that connects people as selling beef that isn’t contaminated with salmonella is to an industry that feeds people. For the simple fact is that no one wants to spend their life being shouted at by people they’ll never meet who are angry not at them but at the world for things they barely even said to people they barely even know. "
"Since then, we’ve done several projects showcasing how reporters can use UAVs, including covering a political rally and developing a 3D interactive model of a huge trash dump in Nairobi. The project’s success can largely be attributed to its small, dedicated team and our successful access to funding. But it was also essential we had the creative freedom to make the case for using UAVs in a journalism context.
Based on this experience with African skyCAM and other media innovation projects, like the development of a citizen journalism app at the Kenyan newspaper The Star, I’ve put together a list of some key issues that can help make innovation work."
" dashboards that can help with newsgathering"
"Get the one-sheet photo verification guide here, the one-sheet video verification guide here, and the double-sided booklet guide here (following these steps to fold it up for use). You can also check these Medium posts to see the photo guide and video guide in full."
"Everyone trusted everyone else to cover their role, and trust that they would deliver what they needed on-time, so as not to hold anyone else up. We worked asynchronously, and entirely distributed. Slack kept us chatting, and allowed us to catch up when we’d been away. But no software could replace the trust and respect within the team. "
"I’m a big fan of getting new voices into journalism and keeping them there. One of the ways to help level the existing playing field is to make sure everyone knows about the groups that already exist. Many of these groups are not well-advertised and are hard to find, particularly if you’re a freelancer or new to the field. So I decided to round up all the ones I know about in one place."
"The expanded previews are actually a new-ish Twitter card ("Summary card with large image"), and you'll only see auto-expanded links from publishers that have enabled the card on their sites. "
"Among these are techniques of traffic building, video processing and information aggregation. The most sought after category in "content employment" is in social marketing — that is, as someone who can work the underlying system of social media, most specifically Facebook, to attract traffic. There are more than 50,000 such jobs listed on LinkedIn.
These new journalism and content jobs may one day produce real profits, but their value is now equivocal. In fact, judging by the ever-declining price of advertising, and the per head worth of a user in most digital media, the value of those techniques and of the digital journalism craft as a whole rather appears to be in free fall.