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  • J's Notes | news?
    McCroskey was a big fan and singer rapper or Horrorcore which is different from regular rap in that it s about doing awful things like killing people Wait Anyways the gem in the article is this One song attributed to McCroskey on one of his MySpace pages discusses committing murder in a rage trying to get rid of the remains and driving a stolen vehicle So here s what the RTD wants you to think McCroskey s fascination with music rap music in particular horrorcore rap music specifically may have led this guy to kill four people Just look at the lyrics THAT HE WROTE Anyone else see a problem with that logic It s like saying bad literature may have led Charles Manson to be crazy JUST LOOK AT HIS OWN ATTEMPTS AT LITERATURE It s an attempt at sensationalizing the story in a matter that appeals to base emotions Books lead to violence Movies lead to violence Video games lead to violence Music leads to sex drugs and more violence It s like a hat trick for the Devil OR Really messed up crazy kid s violent writings showed a mind that could comprehend doing horrific acts Now

    Original URL path: http://jsnotes.com/tag/news/ (2016-04-27)
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  • J's Notes | The Buzz Bin: Newspapers Are Like Department Stores
    ask can we do it better If not then link And devote your time to what you can do better As I linked to in March Newspapers Adapt Or Die Newsweek is already doing this Newsweek is about to begin a major change in its identity with a new design a much smaller and it hopes more affluent readership and some shifts in content The venerable newsweekly s ingrained role of obligatory coverage of the week s big events will be abandoned once and for all executives say There s a phrase in the culture we need to take note of we need to weigh in on said Newsweek s editor Jon Meacham That s going away If we don t have something original to say we won t The drill of chasing the week s news to add a couple of hard fought new details is not sustainable If you can t make it your own focus on what you can make your own and hat tip others for the rest of it For some that may not be enough Sarah Lacy has advice at TechCrunch that s a bit more aggressive but sounds like a perfect business model for succeeding online and off There s an obvious option for these magazines and I m surprised more people aren t talking about it Ruthlessly collapse the print and online staffs run everything online as soon as they write it except one or two cover length long form glossy pieces Those will anchor the print issue rounded out by the best stories from online Then cut the money spent on trying to court new subscribers shifting the entire marketing budget to promote the Web or real life conferences and branded events You could even use reader comments to flesh the online pieces out more for the print edition driving more engagement in both the print and online versions Voila One publication not two pretending to be one And guess what One publication is a hell of a lot cheaper even if it s printed on dead trees Give them something online many times a day save the meat for the print and utilize your audience for filler when the magazine paper comes out Now a reader can participate and have a vested interest in the success and invest in the media accordingly Not only does this allow media to remain relevant but also supports newspapers and magazines doing what they can do better than most any other blogger out there WRITE ACTUAL ARTICLES Real meat investigative pieces that take up 5 10 pages and really involves some journalism the reporting that they are better trained equipped and financed to do Get a handful of kids fresh outta college to do your online content for 25 30k a year a starting pay a couple veterans the bigger bucks to deliver the meat groom the kids to eventually be able to do the same and suddenly you have yourself a working paper

    Original URL path: http://jsnotes.com/2009/05/the-buzz-bin-newspapers-are-like-department-stores/ (2016-04-27)
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  • J's Notes | Do Journalists Add Value?
    would link to what you re doing you probably shouldn t be doing it And Do what you do best and link to the rest The link economy is ruthless in judging value The question every journalist must ask is Am I adding value It s a hard thing for a journalist or a media outlet to face In this age of infotainment presentation has become everything while the actual meat of the story takes a backstage for the sake of flash and bang and ratings But if you re not adding anything of merit to the conversation it won t spread it won t go very far and it s hardly news This comes back to the continuing argument I make about newspapers as they continue to hemmorage subscriptions specialization is key Do what you do well leave the rest to the experts If you are able to cover something better than everyone else if you re really able to add value to the conversation people will pay and reward you for it As Jarvis points out Bloggers have had to learn that too Just linking to and commenting on others reporting won t get you much attention Every blogger who does original reporting and tells the world something it doesn t know but wants to know learns that this is how to get links and audience Arianna Huffington told Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger in London months ago that she was hiring reporters because their stories get more traffic it s enlightened economic self interest This is a lesson we teach our journalism students at CUNY when we have them add reporting to the conversations that are going on online Whether you re a blogger or a new form of news organization you re going to have to ask

    Original URL path: http://jsnotes.com/2009/05/do-journalists-add-value/ (2016-04-27)
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  • J's Notes | Fair Use, Fair Game
    would be aggregated from local blogs So Richmond com as part of this new hip social media thing was going to be providing content not only generated by users and a paid staff but by bloggers who aren t necessarily opting into RDC And making money off of it Which leads to the question The response is a little glib but that they responded at all is to be commended A Twitter debate followed among some bloggers where fair use was brought up as well as folks either saying they really didn t mind or they particularly minded because it infringed on their content rights One of the biggest arguments with the Richmond com model is that there isn t enough done to show where the meat is coming from It s a matter of attribution and affiliation and that also had a flare up on a larger scale last week when AllThingsD a site owned by Dow Jones posted a link to Joshua Schachter s article about URL shorteners Josh s response was short and to the point He wasn t impressed Andy Baio at Waxy org has a good write up of the whole thing as well as reactions and explanations One that stands out and hits my point home is from 43Folders Merlin Mann Andy Baio gets to the real heart of the matter when he says the presentation makes it very hard to distinguish between original contributions And that s the key properly attributing the work not just in name but in looks as to distinguish what is being borrowed from what is truly original content If you start mixing the two together you start confusing the audience whether purposefully and maliciously or merely out of laziness The other problem with Richmond com is they re unapologetic about it For aggregated content we share by directing traffic to your site and ads That is assuming that the site RDC is redirecting to has advertising or a structure to take advantage of any traffic That leads to the argument of the difference between professional media and independent media It is one thing for blogs to use mainstream media for meat and to feed readers to an outlet that is built and structured around a for profit model that is designed to take advantage of any traffic that comes their way They are ready to make the sale push an advertisement any number of avenues for revenue When mainstream media outlets do the reverse using the content of blogs for meat if they properly link and attribute which is rare even on media websites they are feeding readers to a site that is not set up to take advantage of the traffic and thereby help the original author There is no structure in place to take advantage of such a referral for personal or financial gain Both ways the mainstream media wins RDC tries to win many times over When linking to community blogs they don t make

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  • J's Notes | blogging
    created and driven website like RVANews community blogs like CHPN and others but that s for another day Media blogging RVA The Washington Post Is Afraid Of Change Comment The last week has seen a bombardment of articles from newspapers crying about how necessary they are for the sake of society and community Two recent examples out of The Washington Post point out that newspapers cover the police and the legislature better than anyone else can ever hope to In the latter Marc Fisher writes Across the nation it s not just that fewer reporters are covering state government newspapers and TV stations are also devoting far less space and time to that news Does that mean citizens are less well informed Do blogs and other new media fill in where old media are cutting back Is it really a loss if reporters cover fewer legislative debates We used to sit here and it was a typing contest Lewis says A lot of those process stories had a very small audience When we had four people here for AP we covered every floor debate every vote Stuckey says I m not sure much quality was lost when we cut back to two people We focused more on what it all means than on the daily politics In one hour in the Virginia House the other day I watched debates on raising the cost of vanity license plates the No s won letting employers pay workers with debit cards rather than paychecks Yeses won and making it a felony to hang a noose on someone s property approved Hardly earth shattering issues but each has an impact on people s lives Yet none got any press a couple of years ago they would have The smaller the press corps gets the more you see personality stories rather than pieces about what is at stake for people says Virginia Gov Tim Kaine Smoking in restaurants is always going to get covered but now when we make big changes in mental health or foster care nobody covers it That has a real impact It would be hard for campaigns to get even more superficial but they might A combination of media revolution and economic collapse is dismantling our news infrastructure especially at the state and local levels Someday people will wake up to the depletion of the press corps Gibson says I don t know if the result will be corruption or demagoguery but the interests of the people are not being represented anymore Which begs the question Which came first the declining subscription rates and income for the papers or the declining quality of product in the name of cost cutting and profit maximizing The title given Fisher s piece Bloggers Can t Fill the Gap Left by Shrinking Press Corps seems to want to take a shot at anyone who believes blogging will do the job But no one worth their salt is advocating blogs as being the new force to be reckoned with when it comes to covering the news nor should anyone believe this is the case Bloggasm recently surveyed the front pages of Technorati s top 10 blogs and found that original reporting only accounted for 13 of posts Bloggers rely upon newspapers and professional media for content Bloggers provide supplementary information to what the professionals quickly generate an overview of that is then presented as the whole story Not only that the ability of bloggers to gain access to press pools or have the time money or other resources to find the news in ways that journalists have been expected to in the past is severely limited Bloggers aren t granted the same privileges by associations and organization that don t view websites as legitimate news sources Certainly this may change over time but bloggers are still severely limited by their lack of resources support structure and yes training to be actual journalists Not that journalists are getting the best training these days Many are coming fresh out of school being taught to trust what they see on the web Email is a proper tool for interviewing sources now and hey if you need to describe an organization you can just check out the about page on their website Nevermind that emails can t replace actual face to face interactions you know the kind that verify the person behind the email address or that about pages don t tell the full story in an objective manner Many reporters and journalists are now expected to be a jack of all trades writing and copy editing their stories providing audio video supplementary coverage and needing to be able to edit and put it all on a website in a timely manner This lack of specialization in an effort to cut costs leads to a product of lower quality something that any reader could get for free from going to well a blog Newspapers and their websites have a higher expectation of quality associated with their product As that quality diminishes so does the ability to charge for it whether you re charging subscribers or advertisers Newspapers are afraid of the internet As they should be But that shouldn t make them get defensive or ball up in the fetal position and cry until they die It should force them to confront it and evolve Newspapers need to take a good hard look at what their purpose is Are they public service tool or are they a profit minded business that puts income over content and quality Can they continue to attempt to be a jack of all trades in terms of content or are they going to have to realize that there are some things they can do very well and do those specialize accordingly and let others cover what they can t Radio didn t kill newspapers Television didn t kill newspapers either Both forced newspapers to reevaluate the way they did things and adapt accordingly Newspapers should

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  • J's Notes | RVA
    of the whole thing as well as reactions and explanations One that stands out and hits my point home is from 43Folders Merlin Mann Andy Baio gets to the real heart of the matter when he says the presentation makes it very hard to distinguish between original contributions And that s the key properly attributing the work not just in name but in looks as to distinguish what is being borrowed from what is truly original content If you start mixing the two together you start confusing the audience whether purposefully and maliciously or merely out of laziness The other problem with Richmond com is they re unapologetic about it For aggregated content we share by directing traffic to your site and ads That is assuming that the site RDC is redirecting to has advertising or a structure to take advantage of any traffic That leads to the argument of the difference between professional media and independent media It is one thing for blogs to use mainstream media for meat and to feed readers to an outlet that is built and structured around a for profit model that is designed to take advantage of any traffic that comes their way They are ready to make the sale push an advertisement any number of avenues for revenue When mainstream media outlets do the reverse using the content of blogs for meat if they properly link and attribute which is rare even on media websites they are feeding readers to a site that is not set up to take advantage of the traffic and thereby help the original author There is no structure in place to take advantage of such a referral for personal or financial gain Both ways the mainstream media wins RDC tries to win many times over When linking to community blogs they don t make it easy to actually GET to the community blogs You know actually direct traffic to their sites and ads Visit RDC s News Views Just this once Scroll down past the advertisements and get to the actual list of News Views Pick any one of those articles Click on it Guess what You re not done yet No you now have another page of RDC ads to scroll through the title the first few words THEN there s a link you get to click on to finally get to the community blog that provided this meat Whatever they can do to keep you on their site is good for them The appearance of meat of community news and involvement furthers this business model This issue is only going to grow as more and more newspapers switch to online models to save their failing business plans They re going to seek community content which usually equals free content and laugh all the way to the bank while the content providers are left working for someone and seeing no reward for their efforts Attribution is key Affiliation is key There has got to be something

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  • J's Notes | Media
    other new media fill in where old media are cutting back Is it really a loss if reporters cover fewer legislative debates We used to sit here and it was a typing contest Lewis says A lot of those process stories had a very small audience When we had four people here for AP we covered every floor debate every vote Stuckey says I m not sure much quality was lost when we cut back to two people We focused more on what it all means than on the daily politics In one hour in the Virginia House the other day I watched debates on raising the cost of vanity license plates the No s won letting employers pay workers with debit cards rather than paychecks Yeses won and making it a felony to hang a noose on someone s property approved Hardly earth shattering issues but each has an impact on people s lives Yet none got any press a couple of years ago they would have The smaller the press corps gets the more you see personality stories rather than pieces about what is at stake for people says Virginia Gov Tim Kaine Smoking in restaurants is always going to get covered but now when we make big changes in mental health or foster care nobody covers it That has a real impact It would be hard for campaigns to get even more superficial but they might A combination of media revolution and economic collapse is dismantling our news infrastructure especially at the state and local levels Someday people will wake up to the depletion of the press corps Gibson says I don t know if the result will be corruption or demagoguery but the interests of the people are not being represented anymore Which begs the question Which came first the declining subscription rates and income for the papers or the declining quality of product in the name of cost cutting and profit maximizing The title given Fisher s piece Bloggers Can t Fill the Gap Left by Shrinking Press Corps seems to want to take a shot at anyone who believes blogging will do the job But no one worth their salt is advocating blogs as being the new force to be reckoned with when it comes to covering the news nor should anyone believe this is the case Bloggasm recently surveyed the front pages of Technorati s top 10 blogs and found that original reporting only accounted for 13 of posts Bloggers rely upon newspapers and professional media for content Bloggers provide supplementary information to what the professionals quickly generate an overview of that is then presented as the whole story Not only that the ability of bloggers to gain access to press pools or have the time money or other resources to find the news in ways that journalists have been expected to in the past is severely limited Bloggers aren t granted the same privileges by associations and organization that don t view websites as legitimate news sources Certainly this may change over time but bloggers are still severely limited by their lack of resources support structure and yes training to be actual journalists Not that journalists are getting the best training these days Many are coming fresh out of school being taught to trust what they see on the web Email is a proper tool for interviewing sources now and hey if you need to describe an organization you can just check out the about page on their website Nevermind that emails can t replace actual face to face interactions you know the kind that verify the person behind the email address or that about pages don t tell the full story in an objective manner Many reporters and journalists are now expected to be a jack of all trades writing and copy editing their stories providing audio video supplementary coverage and needing to be able to edit and put it all on a website in a timely manner This lack of specialization in an effort to cut costs leads to a product of lower quality something that any reader could get for free from going to well a blog Newspapers and their websites have a higher expectation of quality associated with their product As that quality diminishes so does the ability to charge for it whether you re charging subscribers or advertisers Newspapers are afraid of the internet As they should be But that shouldn t make them get defensive or ball up in the fetal position and cry until they die It should force them to confront it and evolve Newspapers need to take a good hard look at what their purpose is Are they public service tool or are they a profit minded business that puts income over content and quality Can they continue to attempt to be a jack of all trades in terms of content or are they going to have to realize that there are some things they can do very well and do those specialize accordingly and let others cover what they can t Radio didn t kill newspapers Television didn t kill newspapers either Both forced newspapers to reevaluate the way they did things and adapt accordingly Newspapers should have been adapting for years but now faced with tough economic times that are further drying up their advertising income it s do or die time Unfortunately for many they may not be able to do UPDATE How s that for timing As soon as I hit publish I see John Sarvay s thoughts on the same articles The point here isn t whether newspapers deserve to die becuse they sort of do having pissed away so much of their credibility over the past two decades of corporate stewardship The point is that their death is going to fundamentally change our ability as citizens to stay connected stay informed and to hold our elected and appointed officials accountable A great example of just how topsy

    Original URL path: http://jsnotes.com/category/media/page/2/ (2016-04-27)
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  • J's Notes | Facebook Users In Richmond
    Richmond users I do this once in a while more for personal reference than anything but I figure some other people may be interested in the data as well All figures come from the Facebook Ad targeting system so they aren t 100 accurate but do represent a good snapshot for RVA s Facebook usage Total Facebook Users In Virginia 1 794 480 Facebook Users In Richmond 193 240 Age

    Original URL path: http://jsnotes.com/2009/02/facebook-users-in-richmond/ (2016-04-27)
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