theatlantic:

Coming tomorrow: Our September issue, featuring James Fallows on the upcoming presidential debates, Ta-Nehisi Coates on America’s fear of a black president, and Hanna Rosin on the effect of college hook-ups on women.

What do you think of the cover?

(Source: slugfest2012)

Chris Hutchinson: The rise of the journocoders?

chrishutchinson:

Applicable in the most part to aspiring journalists, in this post I consider if there is a new breed of journocoders emerging, and how code is becoming an integral part of the journalism industry.

When computers and digital devices have become such a critical part of our day-to-day lives, Liz…

Cool post on the fusion of the journalist and the coder. Knowing even basic HTML and Java can go a long way. 

Louis CK is exactly the person media companies should be worried about

Matthew Ingram hits it out of the park, again. 

Comedian Louis CK raised some eyebrows earlier this year when he sold downloads of a live show through his website and pulled in more than $1 million in about a week, despite the fact that fans could easily download the content for free. Now, he has done it again: instead of a traditional tour, he decided to sell tickets through his website, and sold $4.5-million worth in under 48 hours. Content creators of all kinds — authors, musicians and others — would do well to learn from his example, and that of others like Amanda Palmer, who recently financed a new album and tour through Kickstarter. The main lesson? Building a community is more important than ever.

(Source: gigaom.com)

Flipboard and The New York Times make a deal

Though the specifics of the deal are under wraps, there is no way Flipboard isn’t the winner here.

The New York Times has long needed a better distribution model and this is it. The iOS app (nestled gently in the Newsstand Folder) and its Android counterpart are passable but no where near as functional or easy to use.

In a lot of ways, Flipboard has become a better version of Apple’s Newsstand.

It has given readers a catalog of content in a clear, simple and publisher-centric way. It’s ubiquitous on tablets and smartphones alike and gives power to the publication and the reader, not Apple.

More importantly, Flipboard is now an option for media companies behind paywalls.

It’s quick and simple distribution method for any newspaper. I have never been a fan of the paywall, but it has become an option for a lot of media companies, particularly local media.

Flipboard has a great way it displays ads within content, so this could potentially become an alternative to a paywall. A journonerd can dream, can’t he?

Flipboard CEO Mike McCue had this to say to TechCrunch:

“We think this is a milestone for us and directionally important for the industry. We certainly believe there is a way for Flipboard to help publishers deliver premium content side-by-side with free, Web content and we will continue working with publishers to figure this out. We don’t succeed unless they do.”

Best part. This goes live on June 28. My birthday. 

(Source: The New York Times)

Three Things at E3 That Need to Stop, Part 1: Take That Sh*t Off

hyrulechozo:

This article by Kris Ligman looks at the odd state of games journalism at E3, and how most games journos allow themselves to be walking advertisements and blatantly violate the “no cheering in the press box” rule of journalism:

Look, hypothetical E3 attendee. You are a professional, or you should be, because I’ve been turned away from the show before as not professional enough, so presumably you’ve got your act together more than me, and I like to think the site I curate for is a pretty class act. So I’m assuming you are a legitimate enough working professional to convince the people at registration to hand you a badge. And enough to, say, not act like a kid excitedly darting toward the rides as soon as he’s through the gates, wearing a Mass Effect hoodie and Portal t-shirt, Mario keychain hanging off your belt.

Now look, I own all of that aforementioned merchandise. And I expressly wore none of it while at the convention. Why? Because voluntary corporate branding is enough of a social disease without racing about the E3 show floor wearing Disney bunny ears.

She talks about other related issues at the show, but this one always sticks in my craw.  It is always incredibly embarrassing to see supposed journalists whooping, jockeying for swag, and fanboying out all over the E3 floor.

I think this is a trend that is pretty apparent in smaller trade circles like games and even tech. But the difference is that most tech writers, like Engadget for example, are more about consumer advocacy that games are. That’s not to say all game journos “cheer in the press box.” Further more that’s not to say all technology writers are consumer advocates. 

I think readers just need to be a little more picky and mindful of who they read. 

(via discovergames)