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.

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."

Guardian: Web providers must limit internet’s carbon footprint, say experts

"With more than 1.5 billion people online around the world, scientists estimate that the energy footprint of the net is growing by more than 10% each year. This leaves many internet companies caught in a bind: energy costs are escalating because of their increasing popularity, while at the same time their advertising revenues come under pressure from the recession."

New York Times: Internet Users in Developing Countries Drag on Sites’ Profits

"Web companies that rely on advertising are enjoying some of their most vibrant growth in developing countries. But those are also the same places where it can be the most expensive to operate, since Web companies often need more servers to make content available to parts of the world with limited bandwidth. And in those countries, online display advertising is least likely to translate into results."

The Economist: Making the web pay – The end of the free lunch—again

"Internet companies are again laying people off, scaling back, shutting down, trying to sell themselves to deep-pocketed industry giants, or talking of charging for their content or services. ... [Quite] how Facebook or Twitter will be able to make enough money to keep the lights on for their millions of users remains unclear."

Teaching Online Journalism: Why the Las Vegas Sun is so great (Part 2)

"It’s not only [the 988 pixels wide] size that sets Las Vegas Sun video apart; it’s the options. Download a version for your iPod. Or download the HDTV/720p version and watch it really big in your living room. ... Subscribe to videos (or photos) via RSS (lots of options there). And yeah, they’re in iTunes. And on YouTube."