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Common Sense Journalism: Obits behind the paywall?

Doug Fisher picks up on plans by one of Journalism Online’s first public clients, the Intelligencer Journal-Lancaster New Era. The title wants to monetise its obituaries behind a partial paywall, according to paidContent’s report:

In Lancaster, publisher Steinman Enterprises will charge readers outside the circulation area for access to obits, starting with a certain number free and then requiring a fee.

“It’s an interesting move, since obits are one of the most popular landing points at many smaller papers. But I’m not sure they are one of the most monetisable, at least not this way,” comments Fisher.

Full post at this link…

Common Sense Journalism: ‘Unpublishing’ news

Doug Fisher, who co-authored a paper about digital archiving in 2007, picks up on a piece by the Toronto Star’s reader’s representative, Kathy English in which she looks at the “growing number” of requests for news organisations to “unpublish” news stories and digital information.

50 non-journalists also answered English’s survey, and she says most supported the resistance to “unpublish.” I think it may be time to do some more extensive research in this area – and then repeat it periodically. I have a feeling this is not going to be a static subject.

Full story at this link…

(via Martin Stabe.com)

Common Sense Journalism: Tweets and a news ‘story’ – stop confounding the two

Doug Fisher illustrates once again why his blog has ‘common sense’ in the title in his reaction to an essay by journalism instructor Melissa Hart on ‘The Trouble with Twitter’.

Journalists need to know when a story is a story; when a tweet is a tweet; and when presenting the factual expositions of a news item is enough, he writes.

Using the right tools for the job is a persisting hang-up in the industry that needs to be overcome:

“Why do we have so much trouble getting our heads around the idea that you use the best tool for the job you need to do? If you want a hole, use a drill, not a screwdriver. Other businesses get it. Why do journalists continue to cling to the idea that all they have is a screwdriver? The problem with that, of course, to continue the metaphor, is that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Thus, to too many journalists, everything has to look like a ‘story’, instead of acknowledging that much of what they do is not story but factual exposition, and maybe if they stripped those factual expositions down, they’d actually have time to do stories…”

Full post at this link…

Thomas Crampton: New job requirements – the Phnom Penh Post recruits

Interesting post from Thomas Crampton – not only because it flags up a promising internship role at the Phnom Penh Post, but more because of the requirements stipulated in that job’s description.

Candidates for the social media internship must have:

– At least 150 followers on Twitter
– At least 200 Facebook friends
– Administrator or creator of at least one Facebook group
– A blog with a Google Page Rank of 2 or higher

Which raises the question, as posted by Doug Fisher, what journalism/communication schools are teaching these skills?

Reuters: Slumping economy leads US networks to ‘give voice’ to everyday people

“In a slumping economy, U.S network news programs are expanding their gaze beyond Wall Street and Washington to mainstream America, heralding projects that give voice to everyday people and their financial woes,” reports Reuters.

Full story at this link…

Find an injection of cynicism over at Doug Fisher’s blog, at this link.