Media have only scratched the surface in assessing their value to the world. To better understand and deliver that value, we need to improve how we measure the true impact of journalism. Analysis technologies have never been more abundant and accessible, and can almost do what we need, but better tools are needed.
Certainly, there is tech-based impact measurement already happening in the form of Web analytics, social mentions and related metrics. There are dashboards to let us watch it all in one place. But these measure impact on attention. The model and technology are still very nascent for measuring impact on behavior and policy beyond the website, the TV program, the mobile app.
Automating impact measurement, therefore, would be powerful. [click to continue…]
These days, I’m depending heavily on tech podcasts to stay current. I figured I’d list some of my new favorites here.
My big dive into tech podcasts is really a means of survival. It turns out that having a baby disrupts everything. Who knew? Well, that includes disrupting the time I have to devote attention to things I can read, click and touch. [click to continue…]
It’s time to finally get citizen journalism right.
The problem with “citizen journalism” is that it insults professional, paid, rigorously trained, working journalists to equate them with people who often have only a modicum of training, or none at all. It also encourages news organizations to think citizens can be a cheaper alternative to professional journalists, which could degrade the quality of journalism. This, in turn, puts the citizen journalists in an awkward economic position, as some organizations believe they should not be paid. And unpaid content contributors are considered by many to be exploited.
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Also, if this looks familiar, it’s because it is a streamlined and hopefully clearer version of my earlier post here titled, “It’s time to finally get citizen journalism right“.