"On this, the 100th anniversary of the day the first world war began, it is sobering to look back at the way that conflict was so badly reported. The catalogue of journalistic misdeeds is a matter of record: the willingness to publish propaganda as fact, the apparently tame acceptance of censorship and the failure to hold power to account."
Roy Greenslade, The Guardian. First world war: how state and press kept truth off the front page.
FJP: The more things change…(via futurejournalismproject)
Pandora for news, via This Is NPR:
With NPR One there is a new way to listen to public radio, one that’s responsive to your tastes, your routines and your local interests. Open the app, and you’ll hear the best news and programming from NPR and your local public radio station. As you listen you can mark individual stories as ‘interesting’ so it can better tailor the content just for you. It blends NPR’s editorial judgment with your personal tastes and creates moments of discovery – things you didn’t even know you’d find, sent right to your smart phone or tablet.
The impact on locals, via Ken Doctor:
Most of the programming is national, with local to be increasingly added in. But local branding is front and center, displaying the call letters of your local station prominently. That’s the awkward balance: NPR is sending its content directly to listeners, potentially bypassing the stations and their earlier quasi-monopoly in bringing it to us. The local branding is the tradeoff. Like all tradeoffs, it won’t be exactly 50-50, but the share of benefits to NPR national (which has been afflicted with staff cutbacks) and to the local stations (which are generally healthier financially, with memberships accounting for more than half their revenue) is impossible to forecast at this point.
Learning about audience, via TechCrunch:
It requires that you log in via FB, Google+ or your own NPR profile so that it doesn’t repeat content, but this also means they’ll be able to research listener habits and gather feedback that will likely influence future program – which isn’t a bad thing. In fact, this is a sign that NPR is very much concerned with what future iterations of public radio (or its online equivalent) will look like, and being able to contribute to that project is no small thing.