@andymboyle not every piece of journalism software is a public-facing news app built on deadline.
— jonathanstray (@jonathanstray) December 21, 2011
The newspaper that almost seized the future: The amazing true story of digital innovation and atrophy over more years than you’d expect at the San Jose Mercury News, from CJR.
q&a: brian boyer on the plan for panda: Ben Welsh talks with Brian Boyer about the ingredients for PANDA, a Newsroom Data Appliance.
PANDA will be a place for folks in the newsroom to stash their data, and a tool for helping reporters search and compare data sets.
Trust me, your newsroom needs a PANDA. Excited for this.
Best of Digital News Design Winners: From March 2011, SND’s online news design award winners.
A Powerful Tool for Local Journalism: Contextualized News on a Map: Alexis Madrigal, like many who have commented so far, are impressed with Tackable’s tablet news map app. Me, too.
Now, go build something useful.
Solid notes on the evolution of the beat: A set of slides from Matt Thompson on the shift from “Stories to Streams.” Included: A briefly imagined alternate history of how the Enron story might break in 2011. You should follow Matt on Twitter.
DocumentCloud in action: Five examples from 10,000 Words, including uses from the Las Vegas Sun and PBS NewsHour.
Newspaper video lessons learned: How The Miami Herald cultivates loyal audience for video, its second biggest traffic driver. The short version: Breaking news, sports, weird local news, nothing your audience isn’t already reading about on your site or in your paper.
Charles Apple points to an explanation from Canada’s National Post, getting at the details of how the illustration you’ve clearly already seen — the one comparing Starbucks cup sizes to the average human stomach — from which we learn a bit about the convoluted nature of news today.
To summarize the sequence:
Perhaps the most interesting question about this, which Charles Apple asks: Did this graphic ever appear in print?
I’m not sure the answer matters, really, other than as evidence that you can create original content and drive loads of traffic (fleeting as it may be in this case) to your original content, even if it’s just an online illustration intended to gussy up an interesting wire story.
More fun questions: OK, so the traffic came and went, but did the National Post expand its reach by scoring some new Facebook fans, Tumblr followers, Twitter followers? Probably.