"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.
Contributoria has made it possible to do stories that wouldn't otherwise be told and to invite useful people who are normally excluded from journalism into the creation of the articles. We've had some shocking articles such as the day in the life of a high street bookie which posed big challenges to gambling laws in the UK in a very accessible (and horrifying) way. And we've heard inspiring stories from places all over the world such as the foundation working with young refugees living in a former Iraqi prison, helping them tell their stories through art.
"From Boston to Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, one thing has become crystal clear: To get real reporting—and to get it fast—you've got to switch off cable and go local. It's here you'll find the scoops, the sense of place, the authentic compassion; it's here you can avoid the predictable blather from a candidate, or pundit, or hack filling airtime. It's here you'll find out what's really happening to a particular group of Americans who have just been shoved into a tragic spotlight. Turn off the TV and Google the local paper on your phone. Find their Twitter feed. Follow their journalists."
"The BBC’s decision to promote external content fairly is one way of doing this. Another could be to adjust the UK’s inflexible charitable law regime. Charitable status brings with it obligations and restrictions that are not suitable for every type of media organisation. But such changes would have significant benefits for outlets that are geared towards producing content in the public interest, or tailored for local geographic or special interest communities.
Benefits would include tax relief (such as gift aid) and eligibility for certain kinds of philanthropic funding. This would be especially helpful for producers of democratically important content (such as investigative journalism), which is not easy to sell to advertisers or consumers. It would also offer some protection against the pressures of commercial advertising on journalistic content."
Pleased to see my story from Contributoria last month making it onto the GIJN.
"Verifeye Media is a technology driven visual news agency, representing freelance journalists and accidental eyewitnesses. We have automated the verification, curation, distribution, licensing, and monetization of eyewitness media, in real time. We can deliver unique verified content from the centre of a breaking story, as it is still breaking."
Some good tips shared from experience
Delighted to see this feature in Time magazine! Engin was one of the participants in the MADE workshops we held in Istanbul a few years ago and his work with 140Journos is well worth wider attention.
Sure it will go from strength to strength. Congratulations!