After seeing a Longreads post about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ comment section, spoken of as Jay Rosen says, now mostly in the past tense, I wonder if comments can actually withstand the Google-scale audiences. Are there any strategies that can allow a single focus comment section to grow beyond its initial community by choice?
Jim Brady is launching a Millennnially-focused, mobile news site in Phlladelphia, and he says that young news consumers want “traditional reporting as a springboard to strengthen communities”. I think that it isn’t just young news consumers and Millennials who want this engaged brand of journalism. At the two newspapers that I edit, audiences of all ages are responding to traditional journalism combined with a focus on providing solutions and strenghtening our communities.
Kyle Wagner of Deadspin thinks that Gamergate shows how political battles will be fought by a generation that grew up online. As someone who has covered three presidential campaigns, the future is easy to see and terrifying to contemplate.
When I wrote recently about my efforts to build a community platform at the two local newspapers I lead, a good friend, Adam Tinworth, summed up my ideas as not doing more with less but about doing different forms of journalism. In this era of fewer resources for local journalism, we have to be strategic about what we do and what we stop doing. Harvard’s Nieman Lab summarises a new study from the Reporters’ Lab at Duke University as an issue of stopping feeding the goat. Newsroom leaders must make the brave decision to stop the endless stream of incremental stories and focus on stories that reveal meaning and context.
My job search is over, and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be returning to a newsroom, a couple in fact, as a regional executive editor overseeing two Gannett-owned newspapers in the US.
Comments are broken! That’s been a common refrain lately, and while I do think comments are a mess, I think this is down to a lack of strategic thinking around audience engagement and passive, or non-existent, community management strategies. It’s not rocket science though, and Lifehacker has shown a simple way to foster good conversations online.
When you’re creating an engagement strategy for your news website, don’t mistake your online community (or communities more precisely) for the internet. Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at the Atlantic, shares how he has created his and how he interprets freedom of expression online.
Ethan Zuckerman had a great insight yesterday at the Knight Foundation event looking at the information needs of communities. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/andrewhaeg/status/172021672419926016″] Ethan pointed to the coverage of Tunisia and how the video of Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation was uploaded to Facebook, one of the few such sites still accessible in Tunisia. Exiled Tunisian Sami ben Garbia covered the early stages of the… Read more →
Disqus has released an infographic of some analysis they’ve done on their comments to compare pseudonymous, eponymous (real name) and anonymous commenters. They looked at both quantity and quality and found that pseudonymous commenters are better for a community than either eponymous or anonymous commenters. To save you from having to wade through a rather pointless infographic, here are the… Read more →
Via Kevin, I came across this piece by James Fallows of The Atlantic: Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media. As soon as I saw that headline, my feathers ruffled. So you think new media is worse than traditional media eh? Well, how come debates that pit blogs against journalism never talk of the scum-sucking pond-dwelling tabs, eh? How… Read more →