Twitter, The Conversation-Enabler? Actually, Most News Orgs Use The Service As A Glorified RSS Feed (Nieman Journalism Lab)

As much as we tout Twitter for its conversational abilities — for its revolutionary capacity to create discursive, rather than simply distributive, relationships with news consumers — many major news organizations are still using the service as, pretty much, a vehicle for self-promotion.


What Facebook’s Latest Updates Mean For Journalists (Nieman Journalism Lab)

Vadim Lavrusik: Facebook has released several updates in the past month that will affect how journalists use the platform for reporting and storytelling. Many of these new features will make it easier for journalists to distribute their content and keep up with sources of information. TechCrunch: Facebook has filed to establish FB PAC, a political-action committee intended to “give [Facebook’s] employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process,” presumably over and above voting and contributing independently to campaigns and other PACs. NYT: Facebook wants more friends. And it is willing to pay for them.

Japan: When Public Broadcasting Meets Limited Access (Nieman Journalism Lab)

How far can (and should) a news organization go to protect the products of its journalists? How do the duties of a publicly funded news organization differ from those of a private one? And how does the mission of serving the public match up with the mission to sustain a news organization? From Japanese business newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun, originally in Japanese: On the 11th of March, NHK disallowed the online transmission of earthquake footage by other news media outlets. “We are sending our correspondents to the ground so we can broadcast the footage ourselves, so it makes sense that the public watches it on NHK’s TV channel or website,” said NHK’s public-relations department. B&C: Cablevision is making the Japanese-language TV Japan channel available to digital-cable-service customers at no charge, joining other operators taking the channel up on its offer of an open feed during the crisis. AT&T is also temporarily providing subscribers to its IPTV U-verse platform free access to TV Japan. B&C: Atushi Shibata, senior media analyst for NHK, told B&C from Japan Friday that the broadcaster continued to cover the earthquake aftermath “without interruption.” Vanity Fair / VF Daily: After the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan failed to induce a market nosedive, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow expressed his relief in terms that seemed to appall even his fellow cheerleaders for capitalism: “The human toll here,” he declared, “looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that.” AllThingsD / NewEnterprise: While the damage and casualties in Japan are still being assessed, one bit of good news concerning the events in that country is that one key piece of infrastructure has managed to stay up and running despite the massive earthquake and tsunami waves: the Internet. AdAge / Global News: Unlike the earthquake in Haiti, a raft of firsthand videos showing falling debris and collapsing buildings sprang up on YouTube within hours of the event; Twitter lit up with multiple sources pointing to news reports and information; and Google, which has 35 percent of the search market in Japan, responded much like a traditional news organization, taking advantage of its software by publishing tools and information on its Google Crisis Response page. Mashable: As you read this, victims of the tragic earthquake in Japan are waiting to be rescued under piles of rubble. Here’s a way for you to help them, and you barely have to lift a finger. Google Blog: I was in the middle of writing code when the Google Japan office, on the 26th floor of Roppongi Hills in Tokyo, started shaking slowly. The rocking gradually increased, and I looked out the window to see the surrounding buildings all swaying ominously. HuffPost: CNN’s Tokyo bureau was shaken up by the massive earthquake that struck Japan Friday. Google LatLong Blog: We’ve worked with our satellite imagery providers to get the latest available data of the areas affected most. Gawker: Here’s video taken from a Sendai Airport terminal as the tsunami approaches and washes away cars in the parking lot directly below. It gives you a sense of just how quickly it moved. Multichannel News: Time Warner Cable is making all calls to Japan placed by its Digital Phone customers free through April 15 in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in that nation. paidContent: Want to use your phone to donate to the relief effort in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? Here is a list of short codes you can use. Gawker:A social media genius at Bing decided that the tsunami was a good way to boost their brand recognition on Twitter.

The Context-Based News Cycle: Editor John O’Neil On The Future Of The New York Times’ Topics Pages (Nieman Journalism Lab)

“There are a lot of people in the news industry who are very skeptical of anything that isn’t news,” The New York Times’ John O’Neil said. As the editor of the Times’ Topic Pages, which he calls a “current events encyclopedia,” O’Neil oversees 25,000 topic pages, one-half of which — about 12,000 or so — include some human curation.

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