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  • Kevin: A plan to save newspapers. "Turn them into nonprofit, endowed institutions — like colleges and universities." I'm not sure about this. I think that one of the problems with newspapers is that they aren't connected with communities. Insulating them from profit-loss might make the journalism loftier but also more irrelevant. Having said, having worked for the BBC and now the Guardian, having some insulation from market fluctuations has its benefits.
  • Kevin: Henry Blodget of the Silicon Insider says: "George Soros just predicted that the global economic collapse could end up being worse than the Great Depression. How do we know? Because Reuters' editor in chief, David Schlesinger, Twittered the speech live from Davos. Journalism evolves!"
  • Kevin: You'll have to download a PDF, but it's an interesting look at Barack Obama's use of social media. "Although the Obama campaign was revolutionary in some respects, it ultimately used the same
    tools that many campaigns had previously employed. However, the campaign did everything
    incrementally better than its competitors." Pay special attention to the section on mobile.
  • Kevin: An interesting analysis (much of which I agree with) about the upcoming report by Andrew Currah from the Reuters Institute about journalism. "This report is not without value, but as an analysis of how newspapers are dealing with the transition online it doesn’t really offer an fresh insights."
  • Kevin: Joanna Geary talks with Mark Comerford about the 'new journalism' and when she had her aha moment.
  • Kevin: Straight shooting from Dan Gillmor who watched and blogged about the housing bubble from one of the centres of the catastrophe, California. He writes: "Our government's current operating principle seems to be bailing out people who were culpable in the financial meltdown. If so, journalists are surely entitled to billions of dollars.

    Why? Journalists were grossly deficient when it came to covering the reckless behavior, sleaze and willful ignorance of fundamental economics, much of which was reasonably obvious to anyone who was paying attention, that inflated the housing and credit bubbles of the past decade."

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Washington Post’s TimeScale feature for Obama’s inauguration

I’ve been blogging about some of the new ways that news websites covered the inauguration and collaborated with their audiences. One interesting presentation was a feature called TimeSpace at the Washington Post. Simon Willison and I were taking a look at the guts of this, and it appears that they have built a platform that will allow them to quickly build features like this in the future.

TimeSpace one of those things that I do wonder who will use this and whether it was promoted enough on the front page. I like it, but I am always keen to see if this is something that appeals to a wider audience. I do believe that the geo-tagging elements that they have added have a wider application. The inauguration really highlighted a lot of new ways of showing this historic event. I’ll be interested to see what projects were one-offs and which ones have staying power.

Obama’s Transition team talks Technology, Innovation and Government Reform

President Barack Obama has already begun his first day in office, but it’s interesting to look back at his transition, which has won praise in Washington as one of the most organised and disciplined in history. During his transition, he launched a website, to not only outline his policies but also to seek input. This video is worth watching. Technology and change is challenging for any organisation whether you’re in the business of governing a country or running a news service. Obama’s Technology, Innovation and Government Reform talk about how they faced these challenges.