This is a page of resources on the changes in the news industry. I don’t vouch for any of them but have found all of them useful at one time or another.
Media and Education
Many of the best and most prolific sources of information and thought come from the world of education, specifically the big US J-Schools.
Reports from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard: always provocative and interesting.
American Journalism Review is a national magazine that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media.
The Online Journalism Review, from the The Knight Digital Media Center. The KDMC is a partnership of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalism. It also provides the following blogs:
- Jim Romenesko, “Your daily fix of media industry news, commentary, and memos.”
- NewsPay by Bill Mitchell: “How will news be transformed and sustained?”
- Al’s Morning Meeting by Al Tompkins, “Story ideas that you can localize and enterprise”
- E-Media Tidbits, “A group weblog by the sharpest minds in online media”
The Columbia Journalism Review. Under the auspices of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, CJR examines day-to-day press performance as well as the forces that affect that performance.
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism is dedicated to trying to understand the information revolution. “We specialize in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press, particularly content analysis. We are non partisan, non ideological and non political.”
Media and technology
Much of the most interesting commentary comes from brave souls who have ventured into the new world, many with a grounding in old media.
10,000 Words gives journalists and web aficionados practical tips on how to best incorporate multimedia into their work. The site also culls the web for up and coming or underused technologies that enhance journalism. 10,000 Words is written by Mark S. Luckie, a print journalist who discovered his hobby of multimedia and his love for journalism could be combined to great effect.
CyberJournalist.net is a news and resource site that focuses on how the Internet, convergence and new technologies are changing the media. It is edited and published by Jonathan Dube, an award-winning online and print journalist who founded the site in 2000. Dube is the Director of Digital Programming for CBC News.
mediabistro.com is dedicated to anyone who creates or works with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a content/creative industry. That includes editors, writers, producers, graphic designers, book publishers, and others in industries including magazines, television, film, radio, newspapers, book publishing, online media, advertising, PR, and design.
Jeff Jarvis blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New Yorkâ€TMs new Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor of Daylife, a news startup. He writes a new media column for The Guardian. He consults for media companies.
The Online Journalism Blog publishes comment and analysis on developments in online journalism and online news. The blog is written by Paul Bradshaw (UK), Nicolas Kayser-Bril (UK and France), Alex Gamela (Portugal), Nico Luchsinger (Switzerland), Wilbert Baan (Netherlands) and Dorien Aerts (Belgium).
Media and business
In my view none of this matters a jot without a business model to back it up. Not because profit is all that matters, but because good people deserve to get paid decent money for hard work.
Silicon Alley Insider covers the intersection of the technology, media, and communications industries, with a focus on companies and people making waves and shaping digital business.
Newsosaur is the musings (and occasional urgent warnings) of a veteran media executive, who fears our news-gathering companies are stumbling to extinction.
paidContent.org, flagship of the ContentNext Media network, provides global coverage of the business of digital content. paidContent:UK covers the business of digital media for the U.K. and European markets
NewspaperInnovation is a blog about free dailies.
The Industry Bodies
The large US and global bodies tasked with guiding the industry. Many cannot really work out what to call themselves any more, let alone what to do.
The World Editors Forum is the organization within the World Association of Newspapers devoted to newspaper editors worldwide. The Editors Weblog is an essential source for editors and senior news executives looking to stay abreast of the monumental changes affecting newspapers and journalism.
The Newspaper Association of America is a nonprofit organization representing the $56 billion newspaper industry and more than 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers, as well as non-dailies, other print publications and on-line products.
The American Society of Newspaper Editors is a membership organization for daily newspaper editors, people who serve the editorial needs of daily newspapers and certain distinguished individuals who have worked on behalf of editors through the years.
People with blogs
There are lots of these and I will add more as I go.
John Zhu is a graphic/Web designer, copy editor, and writer based in Durham, N.C. He is a former journalist who has worked full- and part-time in newspapers for more than 10 years. His blog focuses on issues that concern journalists and former journos.
Recovering Journalist is by Mark Potts, a recovering journalist who now is a strategic, product and business consultant to leading media and Internet companies. It includes his thoughts on the media, the Internet, Web 2.0 and changes in how we create, receive and interact with news, information and advertising
Ink-Drained Kvetch is a blog about reinventing a journalism career in the digital age.
Wewereprint is dedicated to print journalists – specifically, newspaper journalists.