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#JCARN: The Web can be a ‘third place’ to expand news sources

Just like walking into a coffee shop and approaching a stranger for a comment, it takes guts to rely on information from sources found online. We have to work to overcome the stigma attached to Web content. Not everyone who opens himself up online has an axe to grind or is a shameless self-promoter. Most of them are average citizens who love where they live and work. They get together online, just as they would at a real world third place, to connect with others that feel the same.

Journalists need to be part of that conversation.

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Practice what you preach: Yahoo! News helps improve citizen journalism

But as Yahoo! has expanded their original news offerings once again, I think they’ve set new standards for citizen journalism. The Style Guide is a first step. Sure the guide has a lot on SEO, but Barr repeated over and over again to students that no one should write for the search engines. I agree. It leads to the kind of articles Slate’s Farjad Manjoo describes. Barr also assured us that all members of the Yahoo! Contributor Network work with editors. At this stage, that’s good enough. At least it shows Yahoo! is practicing what it is preaching.

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Carnival of Journalism makes journalists, educators, editors talk to each other

It was gratifying to see the amount of participation based on Cohn’s first summary post. A number of friends, colleagues and former students at the University of Missouri responded. What I appreciated most about the carnival, especially after reading most of the first 50 or so posts, is how Cohn is encouraging us to practice what we preach. He brought so many people together from so many different places that I’m confident positive change will come from our discussion. I know I will at least make better contacts and add some new ideas to the way I teach journalism. I’ve added at least half a dozen new blogs to my Shrook account.

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Carnival of Journalism: J Schools should test, model what editors wish they could do

Universities need to push the journalism envelope when the industry cannot.

They need to test the innovations because they can afford to fail. Failure is often a good lesson for students. To make it all worthwhile, however, universities must do a better job reaching out to the industry and providing more than an ample supply of interns. Journalism researchers and professors must overcome our fear to step back into the newsroom. We must realize the industry is hungry for what we have to offer.

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Newspapers, magazines should realize it’s worth it to subscribe through iTunes

What would news organizations give for a system that would handle subscriptions for them effortlessly? Is it worth 30 % of revenue?
That’s what Apple seems to be asking right now from big media house such as Time Inc. who want to sell iPad magazine subscriptions. I admit I don’t know all the details. I also understand the need to access and mine subscriber data. I know Apple can be a control freak that isn’t willing to compromise.
But I still have to ask if publishers shouldn’t be willing to give a little to get something invaluable.

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Another glorious theft from Apple: The Mac AppStore

Before the Apple’s Mac App store, I had downloaded maybe a half dozen applications on my own. In the last three days, I’ve at least tripled the number of programs I’ve added to my Mac. This is a testament to what Apple does best. The company has a knack for finding ways to make things, whether it be apps, information, menus, or music, easy to find and use.

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Hyperdock: Make OSX act like Windows 7 for one reason only

I’m not going to stupidly claim Hyperdock was my idea. I wanted to make it my second freeware suggestion for journalists because I love it. I think German developer Christian Baumgart addressed the one glaring issue in Snow Leopard. Before installing Hyperdock, I had a hard time finding open windows, even when using Spaces. In fact, I think Spaces makes the problem worse sometimes.

Now, all I have to do is mouse over an application on my dock to see all windows associated with that application. I can scroll through them and click to find the one I want.

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Wordless Weekend: Photo essay, old logos, the real OU

On this Wordless Weekend, I present three screen captures from TV news that suggest ESPN and 48 Hours need to review their photo policies, because ESPN has old logos, and CBS doesn’t understand what goes into a photo essay. A bunch of pictures of a porn star do not count.

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Professor and parent: A connection worth studying

I’m giving Della Winters’ survey on teaching and parenthood a shoutout because I’m interested in the results. I love my family, and I love my job, but I have to admit there are times when I feel they conflict. Maybe it’s the holiday season where I’m looking at grading or creating training materials while my children are out of school, but I think it’s a valuable question that needs to be addressed.

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Today Show, viral video can’t be reduced to a formula

Look I don’t have a problem with journalists cracking a joke here and there (see my posts on Brian Williams), but The Today Show is only making fun of their sources and their audience at the same time in their new Today Goes Viral series. Viral video creators like Tompkins and Fong respect their source material. Even more, they respect their audience.

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