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Global Radio News: Investing in local reporters before stories break

November 3rd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick

Nieman Reports has an interesting article by Henry Peirse, founder of Global Radio News, an online agency for reporters, in which he discusses how the organisation began and how it hopes to support foreign journalists.

As an agency, GRN aims to suggest stories for broadcasters to cover, based on ideas sent in on a daily basis from reporters across the world, Peirse says.

GRN tries as much as possible to use journalists who live where the story is taking place. Local journalists have the gift of institutional knowledge and this can set them apart from those who parachute into a story, though the old-timers can also be ready to leap in given the expertise they carry inside of them. When they were foreign correspondents, they settled in a region of the world and got to know their way around; they were ready when news broke. In this tweeting generation of journalists, deep digging isn’t valued so this kind of ingrained knowledge doesn’t grow. Of course this is understandable at a time when it’s the rare news organization that invests in having a reporter watch a story until it becomes news.

This is what Peirse says GRN aims to do, “to support reporters by finding them and investing in them before a story breaks in their backyard”. Once it has, GRN can connect them to broadcasters.

Read more from Peirse on the model here…

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#followjourn: @awollenberg – Anne Wollenberg/freelance

September 20th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

#followjourn: @awollenberg

Who? Anne Wollenberg, “Freelance journalist and editor. DVD hoarder. Novice knitter. Ranty person.”

Where? www.annewollenberg.co.uk

Twitter? @awollenberg

Just as we like to supply you with fresh and innovative tips every day, we’re recommending journalists to follow online too. They might be from any sector of the industry: please send suggestions (you can nominate yourself) to laura at journalism.co.uk; or to @journalismnews.

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NewsTilt: What went wrong

September 17th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Business, Journalism, Online Journalism

Earlier this year we reported that NewsLabs, the company behind the NewsTilt platform, appeared to have been closed by its founders.

NewsTilt, which launched in April, aimed to provide a place for journalists to publish their work and increase direct interaction with readers.

Journalism.co.uk had contacted one of the founders Paul Biggar to try and find out what went wrong following its demise and Biggar has now composed a detailed piece looking at why he thinks it failed, as well as the right choices made along the way. His comments may be useful reading for other online news start-ups:

NewsLabs failed because of internal problems and problems with the NewsTilt product. NewsTilt failed because:

  • journalists stopped posting content;
  • we never had a large number of readers;
  • we were very slow to produce the features we had promised;
  • we did not have the money to fix the issues with NewsTilt, and it would have been tough to raise more.

None of these problems should have been unassailable, which leads us to why NewsLabs failed as a company:

  • Nathan and I had major communication problems;
  • we weren’t intrinsically motivated by news and journalism;
  • making a new product required changes we could not make;
  • our motivation to make a successful company got destroyed by all of the above.

See his full post here…

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#followjourn: @montymunford – Monty Munford/freelance

September 14th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

#followjourn: @montymunford

Who? Monty Munford, “proud dad, founder of Monty’s Outlook, writer/blogger about mobile and technology for TechCrunch, Telegraph and more”.

Where? Monty writes extensively for the Telegraph, covering India, and has his own site, Monty’s Outlook, with issues of ‘Monty’s Indian Outlook’ and links to all his published work.

Contact? @montymunford

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Japanese journalist tricked Afghan captors into letting him tweet

September 8th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance, Press freedom and ethics

On Monday, Journalism.co.uk reported on the release of Kosuke Tsuneoka, a freelance Japanese journalist, who had been freed after being held captive by soldiers for five months in northern Afghanistan.

Kosuke Tsuneoka had been missing since 1 April, when a message posted to his Twitter account indicated he had travelled to a Taliban-controlled region of northern Afghanistan. According to the Associated Press, friends then received information that he had been kidnapped.

Tsuneoka’s Twitter account then lay unused until last Friday, when a post appeared in English saying “I am alive, but in jail”. He was reportedly released to the Japanese Embassy on Saturday.

But new details have emerged as to how Tsuneoka managed to send the tweets that led to his release. According to reports, the journalist managed to send the messages from one of his captor’s phones.

Says IDG Net via PC World:

The soldier had heard of the internet, but he didn’t know what it was. When Tsuneoka mentioned it to him, he was eager to see it, but the phone wasn’t signed up to receive the carrier’s GPRS data service for accessing the Internet.

“I called the customer care number and activated the phone,” he said. Soon after he had the captor’s phone configured for internet access (…) “But if you are going to do anything, you should use Twitter,” he said he told them. “They asked what that was. And I told them that if you write something on it, then you can reach many Japanese journalists. So they said, ‘try it’.”

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#followjourn: @amystillman – Amy Stillman/freelance

August 27th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

#followjourn: @amystillman

Who? Amy Stillman, freelance journalist based in London.

Where? Amy has written for the Financial Times, the New Statesman, Look magazine, the Independent, and Latin Lawyer, among others. You can view her work via her blog, American Abroad. She also has a website, www.amystillman.com and a page on LinkedIn.

Contact? @amystillman

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#followjourn: @sbisson – Simon Bisson/freelance

August 23rd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

#followjourn: @sbisson

Who? Simon Bisson, “travelling technology journalist, blogger, vrai Jerri, and all round geek”.

Where? Simon blogs from “the bleeding edge of technology” on his site, Technology, Books and Other Neat Stuff.

Contact? @sbisson

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#followjourn: @timanderson – Tim Anderson/freelance

August 18th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

#followjourn: Tim Anderson

Who? Freelance journalist, technology writer.

Where? Tim has a tech blog at Tim Anderson’s ITWriting and a profile on the ITJOBLOG

Contact? @timanderson

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NYTimes: US startup to launch weekly niche magazine for mobile

August 11th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Freelance, Mobile

A new US-based digital magazine will feature the work of freelance journalists in mini-editions, produced and designed for mobile phones, reports the New York Times.

Subscribers to Nomad Editions, produced by a startup company of the same name, will receive a weekly edition focused on their area of interest and delivered via a mobile application. Each issue will take between 20 and 30 minutes to read. Writers will earn up to 30 per cent of revenue subscription from each edition with different shares for editors.

A niche, mobile, and freelance model? A new launch worth watching when it goes live in October.

Full post on NYTimes.com at this link…

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#followjourn: @christiandunn – Christian Dunn/freelance

August 11th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

#followjourn: @christiandunn

Who? Christian Dunn, former digital editor at NWN Media and now freelance journalist, SEO consultant, web site manager, mutli-media producer, and, er, geo-engineering PhD student.

Where? Christian publishes a blog on Science, web, SEO and journalism. He also has a Flickr page. Christian wrote a two part feature for Journalism.co.uk in 2008 on writing for the web: Part 1 / Part 2.

On Twitter: @christiandunn

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