Some end-of-summer journalism reading

Catching up with some good journalism links that have been making their rounds around the journosphere in the last week or two:

The death of newspapers, part 1: “Being in the vanguard of a revolution does not guarantee that it will treat you kindly, as the national papers that have invested heavily in online news are discovering afresh. It does not even guarantee that your death will be remembered.”

The Internet Isn’t Killing Papers, We Are: “The reason that most beat reporters hung out in bars and got tips on stories from beat cops and bookies is because they made about the same as beat cops and bookies. It wasn’t romantic, it was hard, tiring work, and it paid poorly. And their bosses were more like Perry White than Lou Grant.”

12 Things Newspapers Should Do To Survive: “None of these are new, and it’s doubtful the suggestions — as good as they are — will be heeded. sorry, but what good is this constant repeating of the same online mantras if it is likely to fall on deaf ears.”

A short history of journalism’s future: “Do you recall ‘civic journalism’? What a howler that was. Flush with foundation money, newspapers and other media convened snoozola focus groups to lecture voters on issues the media deemed to be important. Then we covered the focus groups! That was a lot easier than, say, traveling all the way to New Hampshire to find out what voters were interested in.”

Newspaper cuts clip younger workers: “Newspapers have lost of lot of their mojo. If you are 25 or 35 (years old), you are going to be part of an industry that is going to thrive in the future. That is not the way newspapers are perceived right now, rightly or wrongly.”

25 things journalists can do to future-proof their careers: “But I’ve encountered literally dozens of offline hacks who sneer at ‘the internet’. To them, journalism can only be considered ‘proper’ if it finds a home in newsprint. I assume many of these people have since been certified clinically insane, as it’s totally nuts to think that a newspaper magically improves the quality of a story.”

10 online tools for journalists starting blogs: Is there a big chunk of money to be made from making your blog available on the Kindle? No. Will at least one person out there take advantage of being to get your blog on their Kindle? I hope so. The bottom line is there is nothing to lose by making your blog available and there is everything to gain.

Huffington Post+Facebook=The Future of Journalism: “The question is how permanent of a future it will be. Users can certainly reject the new initiatives, but that won’t stop publishers from foisting them forward. This kind of syndication and social tracking is just too much of a gold mine to ignore. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean it’s not important.”

Can Yahoo Save the News?: “There are two primary reasons some of these Internet aggregators may have a leg up on finding the ultimate business model for original content: 1) They already have experience giving audiences the kind of content they want on the new digital platforms; and, 2) They don’t have to support the legacy businesses, like print or broadcast, which have huge cost structures that are becoming less efficient as their audiences splinter off and require multiple distribution systems to reach.”

Journalism startups not a panacea: “The challenges faced in these organizations should not deter the establishment of new online initiatives or keep the rest of us from supporting them. We need to be realistic about their potential, however.”


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