Lost Remote: ‘WSJ Live’ coming to Google TV, Roku and more

"The Wall Street Journal’s video service, WSJ Live, has expanded aggressively beyond its iPad debut in September. This week, WSJ announced it has inked distribution deals with Google TV, Roku, Apple TV and Daily Motion. Earlier, it expanded to Boxee and a variety of internet-connected TV sets including Samsung, Sony and Yahoo’s Connected TV platform."

Mashable: Why Burberry Is Now as Much a Media Company as a Fashion Company

"Burberry staged a 'Tweetwalk' earlier this week during which the London-based fashion house premiered every look on Twitter moments before the models hit the runway. ... Part of the initiative’s success was driven by a series of “Twitter Takeovers” on Burberry’s regional accounts, a spokesperson for the company tells us. Among the participants were Işın Görmüş, editor in chief of Elle Turkey, who tweeted on behalf of @Burberry_Turkey; Daria Shapovalova of Vogue Russia for @Burberry_Russia; and Julia Juyeon Kang, editor in chief of Elle Korea who tweeted for @Burberry_Korea."

Paul Bradshaw: The investigated ‘investigate’: Primark does Panorama

"The [Primarl] video borrows all the language of investigative journalism (if not Panorama's production values) to 'follow the trail' of the investigation's producer in making the programme - before lapsing into promotional video mode at the end when it talks about Primark's code of conduct and shows its products. ... Apart from the commercial implications of advertisers spending their money on communicating directly with customers, there is an editorial consideration here: any publishing strategy needs to account for this sort of reaction. The more evidence you can publish online, the better."

Journalism and social media whitepaper

Daryl Willcox publishing has today released a whitepaper about how journalists have adapted to the rise of social media over the last five years, which I wrote for them.

The report is aimed largely at an audience of PR professionals who want an insight into how journalists think about social media, and it is being published alongside a survey about how journalists use social media. I must say some of the findings of that survey surprise me:

out of the 922 956 journalists surveyed, over 200 made additional comments – some scathing, slamming social media as a pointless communication channel to manage, and some pointing to the fact they are now dependent on these websites as news sources.

Other findings of the survey were less surprising:

The survey also found that little more than one per cent of respondents claimed they were using social media less than they were 12 months ago, confirmation that journalists reject the notion that social media may be a fad.

One of the great frustrations of working on this project has been that the topic is so fast moving that the paper is inevitably out of date already. In the few weeks since I finished writing this, there has been quite a lot of additional information and new examples that I would have loved to include:

There have also been some interesting case studies in journalists’ use of social media, most notably the critical role of New York Times journalist Brian Stelter’s (re-)tweeting in breaking the story of Osama bin Laden on Twitter. In Britain, we have seen Twitter play an central role in the debate about privacy injunctions.

Somewhat less dramatically, Stefanie Gordon’s images of the Space Shuttle Endeavour provided an excellent case study of how images published on social media sites rapidly becomes incorporated into news organisations’ output.

Inevitably, the best way to keep up to speed with developments in social media and journalism is by participating in the link sharing communities that social networking sites enable. So here’s one place to start: my feed of social media and journalism links.

Sky News Blogs: The Brega Bunker And How We Found It

"Within an hour or so of the Brega air strike report, I began to get tweets from various Libyans who follow me. They all suggested that they knew of a bunker in Brega, but didn't know where it was. One of the tweets made some mention of a Dutch construction company being involved. So I did something very simple, but seemingly rather effective. I typed 'Brega Bunker Dutch' into Google. I soon found an interview with an engineer called Freek Landmeter. It was in Dutch sadly. But with the help of followers on Twitter I soon had a translation. Mr Landmeter had built a bunker in Brega in 1988. In the interview he gave the exact coordinates for the location of the bunker."

Project for Excellence in Journalism: Navigating News Online

"the findings suggest that there is not one group of news consumers online but several, each of which behaves differently. These differences call for news organizations to develop separate strategies to serve and make money from each audience.
The findings also reveal that while search aggregators remain the most popular way users find news, the universe of referring sites is diverse. Social media is rapidly becoming a competing driver of traffic. And far from obsolete, home pages are usually the most popular page for most of the top news sites."

TechCrunch: Yahoo Sells Delicious To YouTube Founders

"Yahoo has finally found a buyer for long suffering Delicious. YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have acquired the company, says Yahoo, via a “new Internet company, AVOS. ... The YouTube founders plan to work closely with the community over the next few months to develop innovative features to help solve the problem of information overload."

New York Times: Financial Times Digs Gold Out of Data

"John Ridding, the chief executive of The FT ... said improvements in collecting and mining customer data were a big reason digital sales accounted for 24 percent of The FT’s revenue last year, a big jump from 19 percent a year earlier and a considerably higher percentage than many other publishers can claim. ... Mr. Ridding said The FT was considering joining Google’s new One Pass subscription system, which will take a commission of 10 percent and share customer data with publishers. An iPad without The FT in its digital newsstand might be a losing proposition for both parties. Yet if Apple sticks to its position, Mr. Ridding said, “it would be a shame, not just for us, but for the broader ecosystem that has developed in recent years around these devices. It requires some thought before harm is done."