Ever wondered what instructions from a government censor sound like?
China’s so-called “Ministry of Truth” was out in force after the Google affair this past week, issuing specific instructions to Chinese media companies about what to avoid in coverage.
According to the China Digital Times, a news service run by the Berkeley China Internet Project, ordered among other things:
Not to hold discussions or investigations on the Google topic
To remove all text, photos or videos that dedicated flowers to Google or asked Google to stay
Not to report Google’s press releases
Sure, local media companies will have to comply. But good luck on trying to control the Twitter stream.
(Photo/Creative Commons: thaths, Flickr)
Filed under: News, China, Google
Yahoo! Southeast Asia (where I work) is looking for an online reporter to gather, produce and present daily news stories for our Singapore Front Page. You must be a dynamic and independent “go-getter” with a passion for what makes news in Singapore. You must also have a wide network of contacts within the industry.
Traditional news reporting skills such as strong writing and the ability to deliver under tight deadlines are a must. But you must also be comfortable working in a multi-media newsroom, pulling together text, video and audio. Broadcast or newswire experience is a plus.
You’ll also need a broad knowledge of subjects as diverse as politics, business, entertainment and sports. If you have experience engaging and “shepherding” such communities online, that’s an even bigger plus.
Technical experience isn’t necessary, but you’ll need to be comfortable with a number of internet publishing tools. The position is based in Singapore and reports to the Singapore country editor.
Here’s what we’re looking for in a candidate:
– Fluent in English
– Mandarin language skills would be ideal
– Have broadcast or hosting experience in either TV or radio
– Able to write in a strong, unique and engaging conversational voice
– Outgoing with excellent inter-personal skills
– Must have at least 3 years of relevant or related experience in online and/or traditional media
– Excellent local knowledge and network of contacts
– A wide variety of subject interests, from local politics to health to local entertainment
– Prepared to work irregular hours, including weekends
– Able to work with diverse teams of people from different cultures
– Bachelor’s degree, preferably in journalism or communications
If you think you have the skills, we’d love to hear from you. Send your cover letters and CVs to our Singapore Country Editor Jeff Oon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Filed under: Jobs, Singapore, Yahoo!
What does $1.99 get you in terms of content?
The Washington Post this week started an interesting conversation about what consumers will pay for news on the iPhone.
Instead of building a paywall like the New York Times, the Post is playing with a $1.99 iPhone app that gets you a full year of “customized access and offline reading.”
This marks a major shift in thinking — away from paywall desktop revenue models to the mobile phone, where in the iPhone ecosystem, many consumers are already comfortable making micropayments.
According to paidContent, the Guardian’s iPhone app was downloaded about 100,000 times from December to February. That’s pretty good for an app that sold for $3.99.
At $1.99, the Washington Post’s attempt to find a revenue foothold is admirable. “It’s not really so much about this from the point of view of a large revenue stream, but trying to gauge how our readers react to paying for content,” Goli Sheikholeslami, VP and GM for the digital ops at the Post told Nieman Journalism Lab. “It really provides us with a platform for experimentation.”
So where does this leave the desktop?
Filed under: Newspapers, Apps, Washington Post
I recognize that I’ve been quick to dismiss Apple’s iPad; now I want one.
When I first saw the keynote by Steve Jobs, I thought to myself how lame it was — that really, the iPad is nothing more than a bigger iPod Touch or an iPhone.
I’ve come around to see that there’s more to that. In many ways, it is just a larger screen, but the iPad will give content publishers a new and far more interesting way to distribute and engage their audiences.
So what got me going? This video by Wired and Adobe. Check out what Wired wants to do with its articles on an iPad. Then come back and tell me if this doesn’t get you going.
And if you haven’t already heard, the iPad hits the shelves in the U.S. on April 3. It reaches Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.
Filed under: Newspapers, Publishing, Tools
Ahead of an expected election this year, a core group of influential journos in the Canberra Press Gallery have been tweeting their way on the campaign trail.
Julie Posetti at PBS’ MediaShift has a great post on the use of Twitter by Australian journalists to cover the ins and outs of what happens in Canberra. As part of her investigations into how Twitter is changing journalism, she’s found that:
Twitter is a new dissemination point for breaking political news
Collegiality is being fostered between tweeting political journalists
Journos are linking to long-form stories on their own companies, but more interestingly, also to their rivals
Journos are posting photos to illustrate the mood and feel of the situation
This is a fascinating prelude if you will, to the other upcoming election in the region — that of the Philippines on May 10th. It would be interesting to see how the coverage plays out on traditional media and social news. I suspect Twitter will play a large part in that.
I was recently at a Purple Thumb conference organized by Yahoo! (where I work) to discuss the changing media landscape and how social media could change the way this election is covered. One point that came up over and over again was that despite the variety of new social tools, traditional values are more important now than ever. That means the basics like getting the facts right, great story telling and covering both sides.
I can’t wait to see what political journos in the Philippines do with Twitter. If you’re a reporter in the Philippines, I’d love to hear from you.
Filed under: News, Twitter
Worries about information overload are apparently as old as information itself.
According to Vaughan Bell, a clinical and neuropsychologist at the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, and King’s College London, the alarm on information overload was sounded way back in — guess what — 1565.
He wrote in an article for Slate that the Swiss scientist Conrad Gessner commented almost five centuries ago about the overabundance of data, concluding it was “confusing and harmful” to the mind.
Hindsight, with a bit of humor, reveals that:
Socrates warned against writing because it would “create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they would not use their memories”
French statesman Malesherbes railed against getting news from the printed page as it socially isolated readers and detracted from getting news from the pulpit
In 1936, the music magazine Gramophone complained that radio (then called “wireless”) distracted children from their homework and disturbed the balance of excitable minds
Media historian Ellen Wartella noted how “opponents voiced concerns about how television might hurt radio, conversation, reading, and the patterns of family living.”
The always-on ‘now’ generation has its own problems, with Twitter and Facebook harming moral values, and of course, how could I forget — Facebook addiction ruining relationships.
Perhaps the best one so far: How Facebook use may lead to cancer.
I can’t wait for the next big media frenzy. Will the iPad be bad for your love life?
Ultimately, the point here is that our approach to new media technologies — though not unjustified — have always been exaggerated. Take a deep breath. Understand what’s changing in society, and deal with it. You won’t be the last to complain about how the internet is changing lives.
Filed under: General
A new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Project for Excellence in Journalism is shedding more light on what Americans do online. Some of the trends are surprising (the parts in italics are mine).
1. 61% say they get some kind of news online. That’s seven percentage points above radio. So, are online ads doing as well as radio’s?
2. The majority of consumers (57%) say they rely on just two to five sites for their news. It would be good to see how aggregator sites do on this trend.
3. The weather is still the most popular online news subject (81% of users) followed by national events, health and business. Notice how “local” isn’t on that list?
4. News consumption is a social activity. 75% of those surveyed said they get the news forwarded via email or posts on social networking sites. 25% have commented on stories, but only 3% have Tweeted about news.
5. News is pocket-sized and portable. The biggest use of mobile news: Weather (26%).
6. The personalized “Daily Me” news. 40% of users say an important feature of a news site is the ability to customize the news they get from it. Oddly, only 28% have actually done so.
Are you just as surprised by this report as I am?
Filed under: News