All entries for Sunday 07 September 2008
September 07, 2008
Blogging and the Media
This posting is a developing collection of links to web articles plus a bibliography of things to do with blogging and journalism. It also contains links to stories about new media journalism courses.
A good example of a reasonably successful British Media company using blogging as its medium is Shiny Media. They originated as a small group of freelance jornalists who wanted to expolit the opportunites the web has to offer.
Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) on the importance of correct metrics for the internet. The article questions the figures of the Daily Telegraph concerning its number of hits.
Guardian media blogger and former Daily Mirror editor Roy Greenslade is quitting the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), because of the organisation's attitude towards new media. Report by Laura Oliver
Birmingham Post has moved to a web-first news strategy. (February 2008)
From YouTube to YouNiversity. Henry Jenkins CMS director at MIT. Useful article on the growth of comparative media studies
A Blogging Assignment for All Journalists. Online Centre for Media Studies
Guardian Guide to the World's 50 Most Powerful Blogs. There is nothing on the methods used to establish the claims to this. no measurement of numbers but the comments indicatre influences which are of course hard to measure.
Mindy McAdams. Rethinking the Education of Journalists. Although not directly related to things digitalit offers some wise advice when coosing what to do alongside journalism at degree level.
What Makes a Weblog a Weblog? Harvard Weblogs
New Rules of Media. OCMS (March 2008)
Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
describes a world where every story, image, sound, brand, and relationship plays itself out across the widest possible array of media platforms, and where the flow of media content is shaped as much by decisions made in teenagers' bedrooms as it is by decisions made in corporate boardrooms.
Blogging: A Bibliography
What I have learned so far about blogging has been through experience advice from people involved in warwick blogs and what I have picked up from various sites. I haven't as yet read any '(very) old media' - i.e. books on blogging. However now I'm going to start teaching about blogging it seems sensible to provide indicators to what is available and also gathering a bibliography starts to give people an overview of what is happening in this area of new media.
Certainly when I tell friends and colleagues that I blog they don't quite know what to make of this. They don't quite know what it is and their impression from the media is that it is largely done by a load of ill educated people who are either sad cases wanting to spout off to the world or else tecchie geeks who don't have a life outside of the internet. Beginning to gather a list of what is available and the dates and also which publishers are involved provides clues too what is happening in this rapidly evolving area of virtual society.
Cetainly I havn't yet come across any more scholarly analytical work on the growth impact and changes that blogging is making. however there are a lot of get out and do it type of books and also plenty of marketing and business style books. This in itself signifies a changing culture.
I've just ordered a couple of titles from Amazon (where else) and will eventually provide some brief annotations. This might help teahcers / lecturers / librarians prioritise what might be useful for their students.
This page will be updated on a regular basis as I'm sure there will be plenty of words pouring out.
Gardner & Birle. 2nd Ed. 2008. Blogging For Dummies. Wiley
I haven't actually used any of the For Dummies series but the ability to search through the cahpters online showed me that a lot of the content looked good for non-technical people like me.
Grappone & Couzin. 2008.Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day. Wiley-Blackwell.
(Why I ordered this. SEO as I've outlined elswhere is crucial to making any web presence effective. This is a recent book and published by Wiley / Blackwell publishers that I have trusted over many years to produce good quality academic and technical books. We will see if my bet is right :_).