If you're an online publisher in the tech space, you probably have reason to envy Gawker Media. After all, one of its properties, popular tech gadget blog Gizmodo, recently broke what Gawker Media owner Nick Denton himself has billed "pretty much the biggest tech scoop ever."
That scoop, of course, is the 'lost' next-generation iPhone. As the story goes, Denton purchased it for $5,000 from the man who found it in a bar after an Apple employee left it behind.
A number of prominent newspapers, including the New York Times, have publicly committed to setting up pay walls as they struggle to find new sources of revenue.
But according to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism "State of the News Media 2010" report, newspapers planning to erect pay walls could be in for a rude awakening.
News organizations are getting hip to social media. For many of them,
figuring out how to use social media hasn't been easy, but a growing
number of them have seen the light and realize that social media
platforms can serve as valuable tools for journalism.
But should news organizations require that their journalists use, say,
Twitter and Facebook? The director of BBC Global News, Peter Horrocks,
apparently thinks so.
The actions of internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, no stranger to
controversy, have sparked a debate about media credibility after his
off-the-wall tweets about the Apple tablet were picked up by prominent
online and offline media outlets.
Prior to the launch of the iPad, Calacanis tweeted that he had been "beta testing" the "Apple tablet"
for two weeks and spilled the beans on his experience and the specs.
From old media stalwarts like CNN and the Wall Street Journal to new
media mavens like TechCrunch and Silicon Alley Insider, 'reporters' were quick to relay Calacanis' claims to their audiences.
Most news organizations get that social media is important. And while many are embracing it, in a lot of cases social media is still kept in a silo.
But Sky News is looking to change that. It plans to install the popular Twitter client Tweetdeck on all of its journalists' computers in an effort to encourage them to incorporate social media into their news gathering efforts.
Rupert Murdoch's media empire produces news, but he also has a habit of making it himself. Most recently, he was a headline-creator when he stated he'd be pulling his websites out of Google's index.
Journalism in the 21st century is clearly something that matters a lot to Murdoch, both financially and personally. And in an op-ed piece in his own Wall Street Journal, Murdoch laid out his views on where he sees journalism going, and who needs to stay out of it.
Facebook's growth, it seems, is limited only by the scope of Mark Zuckerberg's ambition. It began as a social networking site trying to keep up with MySpace, but Facebook is now circling its own orbit.
All that's stopping Facebook from becoming the pre-eminent news publisher for its 300m users is Zuckerberg's desire to do it.
The Washington Post's Twitter crackdown has created a lot of debate. At the heart of it: whether it's okay for journalists to express their opinions publicly through social media outlets.
It's an interesting debate and there are a lot of ways to approach it. A central issue -- whether or not expressing an opinion jeopardizes a news organization's journalistic credibility -- is a fascinating subject. After all, most news organizations like to present themselves as objective sources who deliver truth and fact. But the debate over online postings that show their journalists and employees to (gasp) have opinions raises interesting questions: do news organizations even sell 'objectivity'? Should they?
With the death of the News Corporation title thelondonpaper last week, chatter about pay walls has increased. News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has already said that most, if not all, News Corp. titles will have a pay wall in place soon enough.
In anticipation of that, The Times has launched an ad campaign on the Tube that promotes what they see as their unique brand of news.
The 15 German journalists and bloggers behind the Internet Manifesto have a message for mainstream media organizations: the internet is here and you had better adapt.
The Manifesto, which has now been widely-circulated and discussed by some of the very organizations it speaks to, contains 17 declarations about "how journalism works today".