Nieman Journalism Lab: NPR’s Infinite Player: It’s like a public radio station that only plays the kinds of pieces you like, forever

"This week, NPR unveiled Infinite Player, a web app that mimics the simplicity of radio, but with a personalized twist. Press play to hear the latest NPR newscast, followed by a never-ending playlist of random feature stories. It doesn’t stop till you turn it off ... Michael Yoch, NPR’s director of product development ... said he took a cue from personalization products like Zite, Flipboard, and YouTube’s LeanBack..."

Recovering Journalist: Apple’s Tabula Rasa

Mark Potts: "it's important not to look at the forthcoming tablet through the prism of individual media types. Most of those speculating about Apple's tablet aren't thinking big enough. They're concentrating on narrow possibilities—it could be a book reader! It could play movies!—without seeing the much bigger picture of what Apple may be on the verge of creating. To its users, it will be: All Of The Above. And that's huge."

Mashable: 10 News Media Content Trends to Watch in 2010

"A look at several trends in content distribution and presentation that we will likely see more of in 2010. ... 1. Living Stories ... 2. Real-Time News Streams ... 3. Blogozines ... 4. Distributed Social News ... 5. News Goes Mobile ... 6. The Year of Geo-Location ... 7. Story-Streaming ... 8. Social TV Online ... 9. Marketers as Producers ... 10. Social News Gaming."

Media Guardian: Interview with Claire Enders: ‘I’m not an advocate, I’m a sceptic’

"[Claire Enders'] company predicts that half the country's 1,300 local newspapers will close between now and 2013, destroying 20,000 media jobs. There will be "a decline of original content across the board that will have enormous consequences for democracy ... Like fax machines and CD players, local newspapers and commercial radio are victims of change. These are long-term economic cycles."

Los Angeles Times: TV misses out as gossip website TMZ reports Michael Jackson’s death first

"With the death of pop star Michael Jackson, TMZ gave the most potent demonstration yet of its ability to stir the pot of entertainment news. The gossip site once again left TV networks and other traditional media outlets scrambling in its wake, even as they attempted to distance themselves from a source widely regarded as salacious, if not disreputable."

Business Insider: The Arrogance Of Newspapers Is Astonishing

Nicholas Carlson|: "Online publications aren't weak, they're just niche-focused. If newspapers went away tomorrow, people would get their national politics from Politico, their celebrity news from TMZ, their sports news from countless team-specific publications ... Or, more likely, 66% of them would continue to get their news from TV just like they do now."

Jeni Barnett: MMR and Me (updated)

Jeni Barnett's defense of the MMR programme that is the focus of a legal dispute between LBC and Dr Ben Goldacre. To her credit, she allows those who disagree with her to comment.

Update 9/2: It seems my pleasant surprise at Barnett's willingness to engage with her critics was premature. As Holford Watch points out, the critical comments have now been removed from her site.

Barnett also added second, more snarky post condemning Ben Goldacre as a "Bad Scientist". The (quite reasonable) comments on that post have also been removed.

If you publish non-fiction in any public medium — be it a blog or something with a considerably larger audience like a radio programme — you must expect people to question the factual veracity of your reporting and the logical consistency of your analysis. If this happens, you should be willing to take it on the chin, defend your position, or even honourably withdraw claims that don't stand up to the critique.

This is the standard that scientists hold themselves to, and it would be nice if those with the power to disseminate ideas to mass audiences would hold themselves to the same standard.

Broadcast: NME Radio kicks off multiplatform push

"NME Radio will host and record the Jack Daniels Birthday Sessions twice a week for the whole of September ... The sessions will be recorded in the studios for NME radio and will be filmed in HD at the same time. The video will be uploaded on NME's online video player and may also be used to compile a series on NME TV later this year. Interviews around the performances will be posted online and profiled in NME magazine."