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O News, Where Art Thou?

This just in: news consumption on the web is up, but down via newspapers…with the gap widening every day. So says “The State of the News Media 2012,” the annual report on American journalism by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

More than four in ten American adults own a smartphone; one in five owns a tablet. All this mobility actually makes us want to consume more news – at our desks, on the run, out to lunch. So far, so good. But here’s where it gets ugly: total newspaper and newspaper-affiliated website revenue continues to decline. Same goes for network and local television and magazines.

At the same time, Pew reports that a more fundamental change is intensifying as the extent to which technology intermediaries – Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, etc. – are taking control of the future of news.

Think about it. How are you consuming your news?  What media sources do you trust?

On the surface, there’s nothing particularly sexy about this report. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that for consumers, the Pew Center’s findings are a mixed bag.

Read the full report here.

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Bite-Size Journalism

Thanks to a well-placed article in today’s New York Times, I discovered a news product that is exactly what I’ve been looking for in today’s overloaded information society. It’s called The Week, a compilation of 100-word news bites rounded up from other international news organizations. What’s not to get excited about finding something to read that hits the sweet spot between headline news and Time magazine?

The formula is apparently working because the news magazine is growing (and earned a $4 million profit last year). In addition, traffic to its web site hovers at one million monthly visitors, although my hunch is today’s article will result in a readership spike.

So what will you find in the magazine? Excerpts from a variety of news articles and opinion columns on each topic, plus film and book reviews and obituaries (I confess, I am a big reader of obituaries). And there’s a section called “Best Properties on the Market.” How fun is that?

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Twitter: How to Get Started

I found this article on and wanted to share it with those of you struggling to understand Twitter (trust me, I am trying to educate myself, too). It was written by C.G. Lynch, and published February 03, 2009. I have condensed it below:

“Twitter remains a very nascent social network, so if you don’t know how it works or what it does (or you haven’t even heard of it), don’t feel bad. In fact, you’re still in the majority. Twitter is a free service that allows users to publish short messages of 140 characters or less. These messages are read by “followers” — people who make a conscious decision to subscribe to your messages and have them delivered to their own Twitter home pages. Each message you post is known as a “Tweet.”

Do You Belong on Twitter? The Wild West view of social networks proposes that you should just try them out and see whether or not you like them. But in a world where most people already belong to existing social networks, allocating time for another outlet should be considered carefully. Think about why do you want to do it.  Twitter should be place where you want to share common interests.  People in a particular industry often use Twitter to keep up with news, opinion and happenings in their field, for example. When you go to Twitter to sign up, it says, “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” The best way to make the most use of it is not just answer what are you doing now. Instead, answer: ‘What’s important to me?’ That changes the conversation and makes value.

How to Sign Up for Twitter:

1. Click on the “Join the Conversation” button in middle of the page.

2. Fill out basic information. This will include your full name, preferred user name, password and e-mail address.

3. See if your friends are on Twitter.

4. Twitter will suggest some people for you to follow as well. Check to see if anyone of them are relevant.

5. Setting up your profile. Click on “settings” in the upper right hand corner of your Twitter home page. You’ll be brought to a tab-based menu that helps you build your profile and adjust settings.

6. Fill in the fields. Of particular importance is the “one line bio” under the “Account” tab. You have 160 characters to present yourself to the Twitter community.

7. Start looking for followers and people to follow.

Go ahead. Dip your toes into the water. A little birdie told me to take the plunge, and I’m glad I did.

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Give ’em Hell, Ian!

Ian Shapira, Washington Post, “The Death of Journalism.” Read it & abide or you’ll be reading about “Death of Twitter.” (that’s my Twitter post). In a nutshell, he states the case for attributing the original source of an article, right at the beginning. After all, the reporter spent the time and effort to chase down the story, so at the very least, he/she should be given the credit. Thank you, Ian, I hope I have done the right thing.

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