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Episode 40: iPhone comes to Cricket

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The iPhone has entered the prepaid world, and that’s big news.

We discuss the implications and our hopes that this can disrupt Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (maybe T Mobile?).

We also discuss some very interesting Twitter data from a new Pew report and AOL threatening a blogger for doing what AOL Huffington Post does.

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Episode 36: Hacks and hackers

We begin by discussing my experience at BarCamp NewsInnovation Philadelphia, one of the best (un)conferences around. It brings together journalists and technologists.

What I really like about events like BCNI is that people take the sessions seriously and the audience is engaged and asks lots of questions. The sessions really become great Socratic debates. No one is proposing a session just so they can get in free; BCNI costs $5 and came with free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The event led me to write a post about taking news beyond the narrative form based on a session I attended.

We then discuss the whole Washington Post blogPost mess. We have to ask, who really made the ethical lapse at the Post?

Also, Jeremy thinks that working on blogPost is the worst entry-level journalism job he has ever heard of.

There are also a few good rants. So buckle up.

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On failing young journalists

The Washington Post’s Ombudsman Patrick Pexton says the Post has failed some of its young journalists:

But The Post failed her as much as she failed The Post. I spoke with several young bloggers at The Post this week, and some who have left in recent months, and they had the same critique.

They said that they felt as if they were out there alone in digital land, under high pressure to get Web hits, with no training, little guidance or mentoring and sparse editing. Guidelines for aggregating stories are almost nonexistent, they said. And they believe that, even if they do a good job, there is no path forward. Will they one day graduate to a beat, covering a crime scene, a city council or a school board? They didn’t know. So some left; others are thinking of quitting.

Without guidelines, training and vision from the top how can you say a blogger failed?

Source: Washington Post.

Who really made the ethical lapse at blogPost?

Trevor Butterworth at the The Awl says former Washington Post blogger Elizabeth Flock was setup to fail:

How can this be a “significant ethical lapse” when the whole point of blogPOST is to profit from other people’s work? Because she drew attention to the essence of what aggregation really is? The story ends with Discovery protesting at being obviously burgled rather than being burgled and left with a thank you note in the form of a small trickle of click-throughs. Ms. Flock immediately and voluntarily resigned, saying the mistakes were hers, that it would only be a matter of time, given the pressures of the job, before she made another mistake. The full extent of her journalism crime was the omission of a link.

An 11 hour day, seven posts, almost 3,000 words and getting pushed out over making a mistake less than 1 percent of the time.

I encourage you to read everything Butterworth wrote. It’s a keeper, and I hope editors at the Post read it. Butterworth and I may defer on whether or not we believe that aggregation can be done well (I do believe it can), but top editors at the Post need to have clear guidelines for what they expect from bloggers and figure out a strategy that provides value for all.

Source: The Awl.