There was a time, not so long ago in the grand scheme, when the iPad was thought to be the savior of digital publishing. Magazines rushed out digital editions, many of which were flawed in both their pricing and in technology. The promised manna did not materialize. And now tablet sales are plateauing. via “The tablet magazine has been flawed from the start” – Digiday.

The HTML5 <video> element makes embedding videos into your site as easy as embedding images. And since all major browsers support <video> since 2011, it’s also the most reliable way to get your moving pictures seen by people. A more recent addition to the HTML5 family is the <track> element. It’s a sub-element of <video>, intended to make the video timeline more accessible. Its main use case is adding closed captions. These captions are loaded from a separate text file (a WebVTT file) and printed over the bottom of the video display. Ian Devlin has written an excellent article on the subject. Beyond captions though, the <track> element can be used for any kind of interaction with the video timeline.[…]

It’s also important to develop your own online approach, rather than just mimicking broadcast TV, according to practitioners and experts who spoke to the World Editors Forum for this report. Television is usually targeted at mass audiences and designed to appeal to everyone, whereas newspapers tend to have a more specific audience and so can be more distinctive in tone. Embrace this, and develop your own style, they say. Some of the panelists spoke about the different approaches at their publications: via Online video strategies that work for newsrooms | IJNet.

Among businesses, the share of total lobbying expenditures accounted for by the top 100 organizations is between 37% (2011) and 48% (1998); and the share of total personnel representing the top 100 organizations is between 35% (2008, 2009) and 47% (2000). For non-business organizations, the spending concentrated in the top tier organizations ranges between 31% (2008-2009) and 46% (1998), and the personnel concentration ranges between 48% (2008-2009) and 74% (1998). Though the concentration does decline somewhat over the 15-year period, one has to keep in mind that the overall lobbying expenditures more than double between 1998 and 2009. So the denominator is increasing significantly. That the concentration of activity in a small number of organizations relatively remains stable during this[…]

“The web evolved into a powerful, ubiquitous tool because it was built on egalitarian principles and because thousands of individuals, universities and companies have worked, both independently and together as part of the World Wide Web Consortium [established by Berners-Lee so that stakeholders could work together in open groups to build a better web than any company could build by itself], to expand its capabilities based on those principles.” But, in spreading from the grassroots up, his invention has arguably lost many of the egalitarian principles Berners-Lee hoped for. It has become less straightforwardly a force for good. Earlier this month, Charles Leadbeater, former policy adviser to the Labour government and a champion of the web’s potential to give power[…]

There are plenty of great plugins out there that can help you get your visitors more involved in your blog. Some are simple: they let your users submit content they think is useful, or make it easier to have a real discussion in comments. Others are more complex, on par with full-featured social networks like Facebook. All of them can help you create a community surrounding your blog and your content.   Building Community Sites with WordPress: 15 Plugins to Get Started – noupe.