“Today’s subs design, lay out and publish pages (in print and on the web), write headlines, standfirsts and captions, edit, cut and make sense of copy (from whatever source and no matter how dubious its quality), check facts, grammar and house style, ensure stories are legally safe, select and crop photographs, edit picture galleries, handle audio and video … In short, they are the people who know what “coruscating” means. And they can write, too.”—David Marsh, Excoriating the coruscating Coren
30: Many theories have been presented about the tradition of ending a story with the number 30, sometimes rendered as “-30-” or “##30##.” The most plausible is that it’s a telegrapher’s code. Some attribute it to Walter Phillips, who developed a telegraphic shorthand for frequently used words so press reports could be sent faster and cheaper than typing out full words.
Among the Phillips codes, Richard B. Harnett reported in his 1997 book, Wirespeak: Codes and Jargon of the News Business, were Scotus for “Supreme Court of the United States” and “Potus” for “President of the United States,” acronyms still used today. (Others, such as “Rpby” for “responsibility” and “Enud” for “enumerated,” are best left to the dustbin of history.)
The Phillips Code did not include any numbers, Harnett pointed out. But the code used by telegraph operators did. “30” meant “No more, the end.”
A 1915 textbook, Newspaper Editing by Grant Milnor Hyde, strongly supports the telegrapher theory. Its 1925 edition says to write “30” at the end of a story, preferably in a circle, and twice identifies “30” as “the telegrapher’s end mark.” That book also lists “#” or “###” as end marks.
I’m reading Anthony DeRosa’s post again on how some traditional media companies refuse to enter into the link economy.
The practice is also prevalent here in Tumblr, it seems.
Photos and articles are sometimes posted sans attribution or links to the sources. Other Tumblr users, meanwhile, delete the link pertaining to the original tumblelog that posted the material.
No. If it’s on the web, it’s not yours. You can’t pull out the fair-use-clause card if you don’t attribute or try to claim something that is not yours. Remember Krip?
Fellow Tumblrers: This is important. I see this a lot, particularly when it comes to crediting photos. The rule is, give as much credit as you know, and if you can’t find enough information to credit the photo, quote, or article, DON’T POST IT. This isn’t something to be casual about.
This issue really bothers me. Yes, the photo posts are the majority of it but I see it happening in all kinds of posts: videos uploaded to Tumblr w/o links (Tumblr’s video upload is reserved for videos you’ve taken yourself, no?); text w/o block-quotes and sources, etc. It’s especially disheartening when it’s from “reputable” Tumblrs.
From a Tumblr editor’s perspective, I cannot promote a post without proper link to the source, per Tumblr’s Editor Guidelines, and I refuse to reblog one based on the same criteria. Please take the extra minute and credit.
“What worries me most is the blissful ignorance of many Americans about the real state of our country and how it compares with other advanced societies. Americans these days seem to be living in a big cocoon that isolates them from the realities of the world. Most spend their lives in their own space, with a horizon that reaches no farther than the shores of their continent. They do not know how the rest of the world lives and thinks. From time to time, their television programs and newspapers, or the Internet, give them glimpses of the world beyond their shores, but these fragmented reports from abroad have no more impact on their lives than radio waves from a distant galaxy.”—Tom Fenton, Junk News (via onlyfreestyle)
The escalating civil war is drawing in experienced and not-so experienced photographers from round the world. In some ways it’s the ideal war for photographers – colourful, anarchic rebels taking on a professional standing army. Compared with Afghanistan, the access to this conflict is easy.
To cover the Afghanistan conflict in any meaningful way, photographers have to be embedded with the western armies, which means applying to and working with defence ministries and their press minders. In Libya, if you have the dollars and the guts, you just follow the road into Benghazi and from there to the ever-moving frontline.
The inexperienced learn quickly in these situations, but they also know that, like bomb-disposal soldiers, they have to be near the action. Sometimes too near. As the most revered of all war photographers, Robert Capa, put it: ‘If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.’
”—Guardian head of photography Roger Tooth explains the unique challenge of war photojournalism
Some individual Demand sites are doing even worse than that, with Answerbag, a questions-and-answers site, being the hardest hit. Its Google referrals are down 80 percent. Meanwhile, eHow, Demand’s largest and most important site by far, is down 29 percent; it now accounts for 0.29 percent of Google’s downstream.
In other words, there’s a reason Demand Media’s stock has fallen more than 40 percent this month. Today it hit its lowest level yet, $14.05 a share. A Demand media spokesman declined to comment.
“Laypeople tend to draw strong conclusions based on few observations, and that biases are common and systematic when predicting improbable events. In a more general perspective, such biases may induce public opinion and the media to call for dramatic swings in policy in response to highly improbable events. Politicians are then under pressure to yield to popular demands for drastic regulation. However, regulators would be well-advised to be aware of the common tendency to over-infer regularities from rare events and to carefully investigate whether observed data indeed warrants a dramatic swing in policy.”—
“I actually think my job is like a video game—like Whack-a-Mole or Asteroids. You get in your station and stuff’s flying at you constantly and you have to blast it down. It’s really thrilling; my heart is racing, it’s really stressful (which I like), my eye is usually twitching, and I have muscle spasms—that’s a good day. A bad day is when there’s no news.”—
Joe Weisenthal, deputy editor for Business Insider, lays out his media consumption habits.
For our second exclusive work, we decided to go deeper in the issue of publishing, after taking a trip into the history of printing on our Press Facts infographic.
Based on the 2010 study provided by Bain & Company for the Forum d’Avignon, by Patrick Béhar, Laurent Colombani and Sophie Krishnan, this infographic compiles some interesting facts and numbers presented in that report - that can be downloaded here (.pdf).
From the share of consumers ready to pay for content from online sources, to the impacts on the book industry, the Publishing in the Digital Era is a must-see for all of those interested in the future of knowledge dissemination.
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“It’s called datajournalism, but it isn’t just about slapping a pretty pie chart on a news story. Data journalists weave compelling narratives, often of the investigative variety, using statistics and numbers—and not, say, press statements or interviews—as their primary sources.”—Datajournalism: Reporting the Truth, in Numbers via DesignTaxi.com (via futurejournalismproject)
“What Storify and similar tools do goes by a number of different name. Some call it “aggregation,” which is a somewhat mechanical-sounding term, and best describes the more automated approach taken by companies like Google with Google News. It’s also a term traditional media sources often use disparagingly when talking about new media, as New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller has when discussing The Huffington Post . Others prefer to call it “curation,” which implies a human being filtering and selecting the best of something and then pulling it together into some kind of coherent whole.”—
I completely missed this great article by The Copy Editor this weekend, and just want to say thanks for including me in this piece.
Josh Sternberg, a communications company owner and guest writer for The Huffington Post, Mashable, and Mediaite, is also impressed with Tumblr’s social media impact.
“The biggest difference is the social factor,” he said. “Other blogging platforms like WordPress or Squarespace are solid for content and making a home on the Web, but having the social aspect (the notes, reblogs, etc.) has been a helpful tool in growing reach, relevancy and influence.”