Interesting things for Saturday

sheeeeeetHere is today’s collection of links and things that have come my way in between marking.

First off is something that makes me feel less guilty about giving you lots of links to work with. Gina Chen at Save the Media notes that linking was missing from list of 10 Tips for Journalists Who Blog, and posts about why it’s so important. It is, it really is. One thing I’m asked A LOT by journalists that I meet is ‘How do i get my blog more popular/visible/in search engines?’ I say “link”.

It’s still a surprise that so many ‘blogs’ published on MSM sites continue to appear without one link in the posts. THAT’S NOT BLOGGING. A link is about recognizing/being part of a bigger discussion. As Kirk Lapointe points out in his reflection on his first year blogging ” Giving credit where it’s due is a virtue online because your community feels respected, encouraged and understood.”

Tim Windsor muses on Don Tapscott’s take on the new digital audiences in his book  Grown Up Digital and asks Who are the digital natives? And what do they want? He then asks you “How are your sites changing to meet the increased expectation of Gen Net?” Do you need to ask that question? Are all young people Gen Net? What about Gen Off-Net? And doesn’t the media depend on the fact that a good deal of young people turn in to the same kind of old people their folks are?  Almost like having a demographic band that people move in to rather than defined by peoples behavior. Anyway, it’s an interesting read.

Picking up on yesterdays theme of recommendation (hello to today’s new twitter followers) Elaine Helm has some recommendations for Journo blogs to follow at Wired Journalists. One in particular that I hadn’t seen before was Brian Boyer’s Sixth W. What’s the sixth w? who, what, where, when, why and web.  I like that. I also hadn’t seen Matt McAlister’s Inside Online media. Posting is light, but good. I particularly like his post on Why the open strategy is a good idea.

Another source that gets a mention in the comments on Helm’s post is Delicious’ popular posts tagged with journalism. If you don’t use Delicious I would highly recommend you give it a whirl. Think of it like Digg but without the viral videos. Before you do, you might want to check out Jason Falls’ The Practical Guide To Content Tagging In Social Bookmarking which talks about tagging. I think delicious is a great place to learn/try tagging as it shows how it can work personally and then that experience can transfer across to the way you tag for an audience. It’s the future you know.

Talking of new discoveries and useful things, my new glut of twitter followers has included a number with non-English language blogs that are rather spiffing. These include the French by Fabrice Gontier, who’s all over multimedia at the wonderfully titled Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journaliste. The perfectionnement des journaliste, I love that.  Another new follower is Antonio Granad whose blog Ponto Media I’ve been following for a while.  Of course there are plenty of other great foreign language blogs out there including:, and the wonderful Alex Gamela’s O Lago.

Alex blogs in English and Portuguese which makes me think the best language for a journalist to learn this year may not be Java or php etc. but an actual foreign language. But as my grasp of a foreign language (to my shame)  doesn’t stretch far beyond what’s on the back of a wine label, I rely on Mloovi to translate foreign language sites in to English RSS feeds so I can get lots of their loveliness in my reader. I use Google reader which picks up the post is a translation and automatically feeds any post you click to through its translator. Cool.

Speaking of useful online tools. It seems that the macworld rumour mill has kicked in with news that imovie may be going in to the cloud. Crunch gear have speculated that macs low-end, iwork video app may be moving online as Apple get to grips with online applications.  Computerworld notes the rumour and wonders if Apple is truly ready to go online after the ‘fiasco’ with MobileMe.

And finally the picture. Yes, its Clay Davis from the pure genius that is The Wire from Toffutibreak via Ben Hammersley’s Other Blog. And if that’s your thing then this may be as well.

Linking on News sites: Give a little to get a little

Links out = links in

That’s John Hassels simple headline for his post looking at the value of linking out from your site.

John picked up on a study by David Eaves of The SEO Company who challenges the received wisdom that links out leach traffic.

We believe that linking to useful websites doesn’t “leak” traffic – quite the opposite in fact. Offering useful links actually makes visitors more likely to return to see what other interesting websites they might find in the future, a model that sites such as Digg and Fark are built around.

The Chart is really interesting:

The response from the industry is just as interesting. James Montgomery of the has an odd take.

What I can say, regarding attribution by the FT to non-FT sources, is that one needs a clear distinction between “attribution” and “sourcing”, journalistically speaking. Citing a non-FT source would not, generally speaking, meet the FT’s required standards of verification. (Just because something is reported by the New York Times, say, doesn’t make it true, however much we implicitly believe what we read in that newspaper – we have to check for ourselves.)

I say odd – I searched for a word there – as it seems to feel a little like an excuse which might be unfair. But to be fair I think he has a good point in citing the difference between attribution and sourcing is an issue.

Is there more value both in terms of links and the ability to inform the audience and broaden their understanding than in owning the ‘veracity’ of the story. Tricky.

Still the apparent lack of external links is not just an ethical issue. Technology rears its ugly head,  as Times online search editor Drew Broomhall points out*:

Our outbound link count might even have been higher before the relaunch, a lot of links were lost due to html being stripped out of inline links when they migrated to a new CMS.”

He must have been beating his head against the desk.

*Disclosure: Great to see Drew quoted. He was a student of mine a few years ago. I’m very proud.

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Doing video, doing down designers and ducks.

What feels like a very busy few weeks has kept me off the blogging (and feed reading radar). So in that braindump kind of way, here is what caught my interest before I had to bite the bullet and press the ‘mark all as read’ button.

Colin Mulvany asks ‘do you have a video strategy’ and in a thoughtful post turns it in to a personal question. Reflecting on how he plans to take The Spokesman-Review forward with video he creates a nice reflection on how a strategy can develop. If you want more behind the scenes stuff then have a look at a video, hosted at the  Associated Press Photo Managers Association, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s video process. Interesting stuff

Mulvany starts his post with his thoughts on Howard Owens’ strategy for video and the man himself has been busy. He’s set up a new search engine., a vertical search engine for media professionals”. Along with Ryan Sholin’s Wired Journalists community, this just adds to number of rEsources out there. There is no excuse to get in to the digital culture. And yes you can learn how to be part of the culture.

Of course anything on Howards blog is worth a read even if it’s just to get your blood boiling for the day. It’s like a daily dose of the journalism equivalent of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal jacket… this is my p&s camera. There are many like it….

As a result of that robust debate, Howard has picked up a troll. On his post about the wired journalists site one Wenalway features large. Very interesting ‘anti-design’ stance from Robert Knilands and it’s nice to see someone have the courage of their convictions by having absolutely no design on his site at all. Rendering most of it unreadable.

But I digress. Howard has been posting quite a bit on developing the role of a journalist. What a journalist needs to get the job done. It’s good stuff, especially when some journos are wondering how they are going to fit it in. Micheal Rosenblum neatly sidesteps the dumbing down defense, neatly advertises his service (well it’s his blog) and claims that all newspapers are moving in to the VJ arena as he answers the concerns of one journalist on the newspaper video list. Its a sensible response to an oft expressed fear but surely  we are all stepping in to online video territory; VJ’s too?

But if you are VJ or NJ or OJ or…whatever doing video then Visible Measures may be interesting. I’m sure there are people out there doing the same stuff but this sets up a good benchmark of the kind of things you could do.

Oh and if identity is something that is vexing you then perhaps Steve Klein’s musings on ‘web people’ over at Poynter may strike a chord. (that’s where the duck comes in)

But perhaps the web is the wrong platform. Perhaps Mobile is where we need to be. Matt Buckland has an interesting take on this with a post about mobile and monopolies in Japan.

And thats enough I think. Of course there is loads of interesting stuff I’ve missed but you’ve probably already read it. So next time, instead of leaving it so long, perhaps I should just hubdub and get ahead of myself