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February 15, 2011

The booming data business: Report, conference explore emerging options

News organizations generally don’t think of themselves as data companies, but they are—or at least, most have the potential to develop this business alongside their news and other offerings. A new report and upcoming event from Giga Om could help news orgs figure out where data opportunities might lie, and how to capitalize on them…

>The report Big Data (available to Giga Om Pro subscribers, 7 day free trial) covers the equipment and systems needed to store and manage large databases—or especially complex ones, as might be generated from a content management system and archive of decades’ worth of news stories, or from the web analytics for a complex, dynamic site.

Better data management tools can help journalists and editors analyze or visualize complex issues, especially those buried in unstructured information. It can make your publishing efforts more scalable. And—perhaps most importantly to the news business—it can support advertisers through data, analysis, and services.

These topics and more will be discussed at GigaOm’s March 23 event in New York City, Structure: Big Data 2011. One theme of particular interest to news publishers is how businesses are spinning out separate companies built around their data. The conference is mainly geared toward CIOs and technologists, but news publishers and technology managers might gain strategic insight here.

April 29, 2011

White House “print only pool” reporting rules ignore media realities

Is the White House narrowly defining reporters’ roles as “print only” in order to limit critical coverage?

Today reports that the White House has threatened to exclude The San Francisco Chronicle from coverage pools for its Bay Area events after the news organization posted a video of a protest at recent Obama fundraiser…

At issue was an April 21 Obama fundraiser in San Francisco attended by Chronicle senior political reporter Carla Marinucci. Her invitation was on the condition that she send a written (text) report to the White House, so they could share it with other reporters who did not attend the event. This “pool” approach to coverage is common for White House events.

According to (the online edition of the Chronicle): “A group of protesters who paid collectively $76,000 to attend the fundraiser interrupted Obama with a song complaining about the administration’s treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who allegedly leaked U.S. classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.”

Although Marinucci was representing a print news organization and had to submit her text story to the White House, she also shot a video of the protest. This video was included in the online version of her story on, as well as on the site’s politics blog, after she filed her text pool report.

Marinucci noted that several other attendees also videoed the protest—including some protestors.

“Everyone in an audience has video capability,” she said. “That’s a reality. God forbid if the president was attacked, would you just let citizen journalists record the event? This is not 1987. There is no such thing as pure print anymore, and you’re basically telling us we cannot record news when it happens and citizen journalists can.”

In a Huffington Post interview, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “No reporters have been banned from covering future presidential events and the White House of course would have no problem including any reporter who follows the rules in pool-only events.”

Similarly, in a Politico article another White House spokesman denied that the Chronicle had been “threatened.”

Politico noted: “The White House Correspondents’ Association board sets guidelines that govern Obama’s ‘pool’ coverage, which includes restrictions on when written pool reports can be issued and when photos and videos are allowed. However, those guidelines are silent on whether print reporters are allowed to take cell phone or video footage at events that are only for ‘print’ reporters. In fact, according to the guidelines, ‘print poolers can snap pictures or take videos,’ and aren’t responsible for sharing them with the rest of the press corps.”

July 08, 2011

Knight Foundation sponsors DEMO tech conference, scholarships available

Got a good tech idea you want to pitch to investors? This year the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is sponsoring DEMO, a leading technology investment conference, Sept. 12-14 in Silicon Valley…

Normally it costs about $1000 to attend DEMO, but this year there are 20 scholarships available for startups—including two for women and minority-led digital media companies.

Apply for scholarships

Deadline: July 15

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

September 27, 2011

Block by Block 2011 conference this week: Follow it online

If you didn’t find enough community news action at the recent ONA conference and awards in Boston, then here’s another event to watch:

This week Loyola University is hosting Block by Block 2011, an annual gathering of online community news entrepreneurs. Here’s how you can follow it online…

The Chicago event will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The agenda is based mostly on suggestions from community news publishers, many of whom are conference participants. The conference is co-chaired by Michele McLellan (of KDMC and the Reynolds Journalism Institute) and Jay Rosen (of New York University).

The Twitter hashtag is #BXB11.

There will be a live stream of the conference’s opening session (Thursday, 4pm Central) as well as all main sessions and selected breakouts on Friday. Breakouts include “How to set ad rates” with Deb Galant (Baristanet, 10:30 am CT Fri.) and “Mobilizing for Mobile” with Amy Gahran (Oakland Local, 3:15 pm). Selected sessions from Saturday morning’s unconference also will be live streamed.

Other sessions will be recorded and posted on RJI after the conference.

Background, updates, and more are available on the Block by Block network blog.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

October 10, 2011

Video: FCC hearing on Community Info Needs

On Oct. 3, the FCC held a public hearing to explore the recent report Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age.

Video of this session is now available online…

The panel featured FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Commissioner Michael Copps, Chief of FCC Media Bureau William Lake and report author Steve Waldman, They heard testimony from a panel of media experts on the future of U.S. media. Journalists, academics, businesses, and the public discussed how to innovate and strengthen journalism and other forms of newsgathering to meet community needs and support democracy.

Genachowski noted three key findings of the report:

  • Opportunities. new tech is creating a new world of opportunity to empower journalists and citizens, and to keep the public informed
  • Disruption. The internet and economic pressures have had a disruptive impact on local newsgathering. “There’s an emerging gap in local news reporting that’s not yet been fully filled by digital media.” FCC is moving forward on report’s recommendation for transparency by broadcasters, and to remove obstacles to nonprofit news organizations.
  • Universal broadband access. “This is an economic imperative for the U.S.,” said Genachowski. “Broadband is a bright spot in the current economy.” He noted broadband offers benefits for for both new and existing businesses, including the news business. Larger broadband audiences will better support the business models for all kinds of news and information ventures.

Waldman noted: “We don’t have a content crisis; we don’t have a news crisis; we have an accountability reporting crisis.”

Watch the video.

January 18, 2012

Knight Community Information Challenge 2012: Apply by Feb. 27

Once again, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is challenging community and place-based foundations to play a leading role in meeting the information needs of their communities…

This year’s Knight Community Information Challenge has three simple rules:

  • Applicants must be U.S. community or place-based foundations (community partners also are welcome).
  • Projects must meet a local information need.
  • Foundations must match Knight’s investment.

Deadline for applications: Feb. 27
Apply now

ALSO: Registration is now open for the Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar 2012. Held Feb. 19-21 in Miami, this event brings leaders from community and place-based foundations leaders together with with journalism and technology experts to explore the topic of community information needs. Register now.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

February 01, 2012

Live chat Feb. 8: Knight Community Information Challenge

Looking for funding for your local news or information project? Consider approaching local community foundations and applying for the Knight Community Information Challenge. This contest offers matching grants to community and place-based foundations for community information projects. And in one week, there’s a great opportunity to ask questions about KCIC…

KCIC is now accepting applications, which must be submitted by a foundation.

Learn more and apply now!
Deadline: Feb. 27

Ask questions about KCIC in a live chat:
Feb. 8, noon EST, at

More context, see Michele McLellan’s recent posts:

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

February 15, 2012

Mobile Monday: April 2 at ASNE 2012 convention

The 2012 convention of the American Society of News Editors (April 2-4, Washington D.C.) will start with a special afternoon workshop on using mobile technology for reporting, and publishing to mobile devices…

The two-hour Mobile Monday workshop on April 2 at ASNE 2012 will be led by Val Hoeppner, director of education at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute. He will cover:

  • How reporters can use smartphone apps for multimedia, editing, notetaking, location and livestreaming.
  • The impact of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices on news reporting and publishing.

This session will open with a report on the latest research on the public’s use of online digital media presented by Roger Fidler, director, Digital Publishing Alliance at the University of Missouri.

Register before March 15 to receive a $50 registration discount.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

February 16, 2012

Knight Media Learning Seminar: Livestream, Feb. 20-21

Next week, community, foundation and tech leaders are gathering in Miami to explore trends in news and information, as well as the best ways to invest in media. It’s the 2012 Knight Media Learning Seminar, and you can watch the livestream online…

Watch the livestream beginning Monday, Feb. 20, 10 am EST. Full schedule and more info.

The program includes keynotes by:

Other sessions include:

  • Monday 11:45 am EST: Achievements. Foundation leaders discuss their successful local news and information projects.
  • Monday, 3:45 pm EST: What’s now, what’s next. A look at emerging technologies, with Knight VPs Michael Maness and Paula Ellis, and Amy Webb of the WebbMedia Group.
  • Tuesday, 10:15 am EST: Partnerships. Tips on how to find the best partners for your news and information project, based on the new Knight Foundation report.

Follow the conference hashtag on Twitter: #infoneeds.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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