Monday, 28 April 2014

App for journalists: Hokusai, for recording and editing audio | Media news

What is it? Audio recording app with a surprising amount of features for professional editing, plus the ability to import clips from other applications.

Devices: iOS

Cost: Free

How is it of use to journalists? There are many audio recording and editing apps around, but not many do both of these things well.

For journalists producing interviews, podcasts or voiceovers, Hokusai makes it easy to record and edit audio on the fly thanks to its simple yet sophisticated functionality.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Citizen journalism has role in new media landscape

Citizen journalism has role in new media landscape.

CLOSING down citizen journalism website Stomp may not solve the inherent issues in the social media era, as similar platforms will sprout up to take its place ("MDA responds to anti-Stomp petition"; last Thursday). 

Appeals court says blogs are not only media, they're an important source of news and public commentary

Appeals court says blogs are not only media, they're an important source of news and public commentary.

It would be nice if the debate over whether bloggers are journalists could be put to rest, more than a decade after it first began, and especially after bloggers like Glenn Greenwald have not only broken news stories but won Pulitzer Prizes for doing so. But it continues — especially when it comes to the protections that bloggers are entitled to and whether they should be the same as those given to professional journalists, as I have argued they should be.

Friday, 18 April 2014

News Shooter | Newsshooter interview: The state of online news video with Duy Linh Tu of Columbia J-School

US Newspapers and other online publications are currently in the midst of another wave of investment in video. But does this all makes sense? are they making any money from video? how large are the teams working on these videos? how do you define news video? and why the emphasis by many on the longer form?

Thursday, 17 April 2014

5 Ethical Conundrums For Journalists In the Digital Age

5 Ethical Conundrums For Journalists In the Digital Age.

In the world of crowdsourcing and citizen blogging, many newsroom codes of ethics seem about as antiquated as fedoras. Some journalists are prohibited from voting, donating to political campaigns, or even volunteering — rules that stand in stark contrast to the first-person, subjective, anecdotal writing that permeates the web. But transitioning to a digital medium not only complicates existing ethical concerns, it also raises new ethical questions.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

18 Lessons Richard Kalvar Has Taught Me About Street Photography

18 Lessons Richard Kalvar Has Taught Me About Street Photography

Richard Kalvar is one of the contemporary masters in street photograph, and also a member of Magnum. I have always loved his quirky and observant street photographs, and am quite pleased how active he is– especially on Facebook and the Magnum Blog. I gained a lot of insight about his work and street photography through his various interviews online. Read more to gain inspiration from him!

From hyperlocal paper to Syria’s frontline – a snapshot of a photographer’s career

From hyperlocal paper to Syria's frontline – a snapshot of a photographer's career.

For photographer Sam Tarling, it all began with a prison newsletter.

"I was writing about some of the projects at Erlestoke Prison [where he worked in the admin department] and taking some photos, so I decided to send around a newsletter," explains the 28-year-old from Wiltshire. "It was very amateur, but it was a start."

From these humble beginnings, Tarling has taught himself how to become a professional photographer. Based in Lebanon, he now completes assignments for big name clients such as The Telegraph, Oxfam and Save The Children. "I learnt on the job," he explains.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Turkey is a case study in the value of citizen journalists, thanks to the ones behind @140journos — Tech News and Analysis

The value that social-media tools like Twitter bring to journalism becomes even more obvious when they are used in countries where the traditional media is failing to do its job, and Turkey's @140journos group is a fascinating example of that at work