This week’s links: Local outreach, Yorkshire Post building and comments

Here’s your weekly guide to useful links about digital journalism and blogging.

The Guardian are currently trying out some changes to their commenting system – Martin Belam adds some context to the (controverial) changes on his Currybet blog.

Robert Picard’s latest post, Many Journalists Can’t Provide the Value-Added Journalism Needed is an incredibly interesting read. It makes the point:

To survive, news organizations need to move away from information that is readily available elsewhere; they need to use journalists’ time to seek out the kinds of information less available and to spend time writing stories that put events into context, explain how and why they happened, and prepare the public for future developments.  These value-added journalism approaches are critical to the economic future of news organizations and journalists themselves. Unfortunately, many journalists do not evidence the skills, critical analytical capacity, or inclination to carry out value-added journalism. News organizations have to start asking themselves whether it is because are hiring the wrong journalists or whether their company practices are inhibiting journalists’ abilities to do so.

The Guardian’s Matt McAllister posts on ‘building momentum on local outreach and n0tice’.

Magazines on tablets: publishers’ painful lessons – check out One Man and His Blog’s report from the Adobe Digital Publishing Summit.

UCLAN lecturer Andy Dickinson blogs on video:

“[in my] Digital Newsroom module I’ve tried to find open source or free resources to use over and above the resources available to the students via the uni network.  I wanted them to explore the possibilities (and limitations) of using free resources and compare the workflows to the more established stuff.  In many cases the free stuff is what the industry are using; slideshare, audioboo and soundcloud for example.”

And it’s goodbye to the Yorkshire Post building in Leeds over at Hold the Front Page. Could the building become a hotel?


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