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Video transfer company launches iPhone app

February 24, 2012

By Anna Fata

To see the video click here.

Latakoo’s mascot is a bird, so perhaps other video-sharing sites’ mascot should be a sloth. 

Latakoo offers a fast and user-friendly way to share large video files, now made more convenient with the launch of an iPhone application.

For news organizations, latakoo’s services are both cost- and time-efficient for sending large video files from a reporter to the station. Sending large, high quality video files could traditionally take hours to upload, or hundreds of dollars to ship via courier. 

Many news outlets fail to target online advertisements, Pew study shows

February 23, 2012

By Elizabeth Blancas
Although it seems as if consumers' online behavior is constantly tracked in order to display the most relevant ads, a report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism reveals that some news organizations are not using online advertisements effectively.

Since the digital revolution, news sites have struggled to stay afloat financially, but it seems as if they are not learning from successful sites that thrive on online target advertising such as Facebook and Google.

Photojournalists turn to the Internet as citizens with iPhones squeeze their profession

February 17, 2012

By Grace Sherry
With iPhones and citizens competing with full-time photojournalists at newspapers, the field of photojournalism is finding a way to reinvent itself in a world where now anyone with a camera phone is a photographer.

Photojournalism was once a highly specialized field. To take a good news photograph and be able to develop and print it was something that required time, effort, skill, and patience. Now, everyone with a camera phone has the ability become a news photographer. If a disaster happens, witnesses can simply pull out their phones, take pictures and then ask newspapers if they would like the photograph. Because of the novelty and excitement of "getting a picture in the paper," these citizen journalists are not paid for their images, devaluing the entire field of photojournalism.

Although the newspaper industry has faced major cutbacks in the past few years, in the last few months in particular, several major news organizations have gotten rid of many of their photojournalists. CNN, for example, fired nearly a dozen photojournalists and their main reason for doing so was that citizens with iPhones could do the job more cost-effectively with their camera phones. The iPhone specifically is labeled as a cause of the downfall of photojournalism, as it has become the most popular camera in the world.

Author highlights six factors for online journalism innovators to follow

February 16, 2012

By Barbara Audet
Author and entrepreneur Mark Briggs outlined a path for journalistic invention in the digital age during a webinar offered recently by the News University, an e-learning project operated by the Poynter Institute.

The web seminar, “Six Traits of Successful Entrepreneurial Journalists,” was hosted Feb. 9 by Howard I. Finberg, the institute’s director of interactive learning. The audience included professional journalists, students and others, who were able to watch a live video streaming of tips and information broadcast from Studio H at the institute.

Throughout the event, participants were able to ask questions and post comments using either a Twitter hashtag [#nuwebinar] or by way of a direct comment feed to Poynter. Following the conclusion of the event, participants were able to review the webinar comments captured in a Storify file and in replays through the News University site.

MySpace tries to claw back relevancy by targeting music industry

By Sarah Lindig
For those of us whose adolescent journey through the throes of high school’s social scene coincided with the coming-of-age stories of the media and networking platforms that now function as integral parts of our daily lives, it might be tempting to write off a "dinosaur" like MySpace. Now that we’ve successfully conquered puberty and outgrown our fascination with self-photographed mirror shots and tYPinG lyKE OMG iDioTz LOL, what on earth would we want a Myspace for?

The site that once attracted nearly 80 million unique visitors each month has been little more than a teenage memory ever since Facebook took over as ruler of the popular crowd in 2009. Last year MySpace lost 10 million users in March alone, and by the time it was sold three months later the number of unique monthly visitors was down to 33 million and falling. It would seem that MySpace wouldn’t stand much of a chance at survival, let alone growth.

Although there may not be any future for MySpace as the powerhouse social network it once was, recent numbers suggest that perhaps the site could come into its own in a more specific context: music.

Pinterest raises its profile, even among journalism sites

February 10, 2012

By Allicia Garza
It seems like “pinning” may be the new buzzword for 2012. Pinterest.com was a small start-up but has become one of the most popular social networking sites on the Web, driving more traffic to sites than YouTube, Linked In, and Google+ combined, according to Mashable. 

Time Magazine named Pinterest one of the top 50 Websites for 2011 and its popularity only continues to grow. Alexa, a Web traffic analytics company, ranks Pinterest.com as the 24th most visited site in the United States

Facebook's public offering may mark new phase in Internet evolution

By Matt Stottlemyre
Facebook filed to begin selling shares as a publicly traded company on Feb. 1. While the company is expected to be worth up to $100 billion, making some rich shareholders much richer, a case study will continue to unfold on the current nature of the networked world.

The eight-year growth from a dorm room idea to a $100 billion, mostly advertising-funded company with voluntarily generated data resembles some radically unfamiliar media landscape envisioned on the Internet. At the end of January, Facebook and other new media heavyweights showed that they don’t just organize sorority meetings and collect ad revenue.

Google and you: The search giant's move to a user-driven platform

By James Whitely
Google recently announced that it will begin operating under consolidated privacy guidelines starting March 1, following a ruling by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last Spring mandating creation of a comprehensive consumer-protection policy for the company.

At issue in the investigation were claims of deceptive practices by Google in the unveiling of its Buzz network, which has since been replaced by Google+. Gmail subscribers found their private information being shared within the Buzz network without their consent or knowledge. The new privacy guidelines codifies the company's shift to a platform where user information is shared "seamlessly" across all Google-related products.

Newspapers seek revenue from bricks and mortar

By Chase Martinez 
As reporters continue to be laid-off or offered buyouts, some newspapers have looked to their buildings to find new ways of saving money and raising revenue.

Several major publications are leasing office space in their buildings to make ends meet. According to News and Tech, The Miami Herald is moving from its bay office location after the building was sold for $236 million to resort operator Genting Malaysia Berhad. The new location will be in Doral, Florida, 12 miles from downtown Miami.


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