MySpace runs up the white flag

MySpace, which was a hot program a few years ago, is changing into a music/entertainment service. Facebook is eating MySpace’s lunch, thanks to some mismanagement from NewsCorp, which bought it when it was hot. Turns out the digital/social media are just as prone to public taste and mismanagement as MSM.

PRDaily, 27 Oct. 2010

Supremes OK confidential sources, on a case by case basis

The Supreme Court of Canada has given legal recognition to the concept of journalists needing to keep their sources confidential, but only on a case by case basis; there is to be no sweeping ruling on the right to protect sources. Instead, journalists should be forced to reveal their sources only when there is no other alternative to get the information and when disclosure of sources’ identities is vital to the administration of justice, and that has to be balanced against other rights, such as that of the accused to know who his accuser is. So, back to Quebec Superior Court on the Adscam case; interesting to see how the law will be applied in this case. Not going to link to the Supreme’ ruling; unlike their landmark defamation ruling last December, this ruling is too dense and legalistic for me to follow.

Globe and Mail, October 23 2010

Ten seconds or less: please finish this post

A new survey shows that almost 20 per cent of viewers of videos online move away within 1o seconds; 44 per cent in a minute. So if you’re putting up a video….wait, wait, don’t leave me now, there’s so much more……


New York Times, October 11 2010

Good news for Canadian newspapers

Marketing Magazine takes a look at recent circulation figures, and concludes that the great decline has at least stopped; most big city papers are holding steady, as we slowly come out of the Great Recession. Le Droit is down, but the rest are doing well. The Toronto Star, possibly the most boring newspaper on the planet, continues to lead, for inscrutable reasons, PostMedia is holding well, but the Sun chain lags every market. How long will it last, and will a right wing  nut television channel save them?

Marking Magazine, via J-Source, Oct. 6 2010

Prof scolds J-schools for not teaching enough digital

Journalism prof Wayne McPhail berates journalism schools for still being mired in the old technology and old patterns of thought and not being aggressive enough in teaching use of new, digital technology as a means of journalism. He notes he has grad students who don’t know what RSS is. This is a bit of a conundrum, since the latest crop of undergrads comes in with the reputation of being the most tech-savvy ever, and they will be supplanted by next year’s crop. Still, I think he has a point, since most journalism profs are still practitioners leaving the field for a better, more predictable job, teaching what they’ve been doing in the last 15 years. Still don’t see as much digital in MSM as the technology seems to imply it can do.

MediaShift, September 29 2010