I find myself agreeing with Paul Cantor, who wrote a piece recently arguing that “nobody goes on the internet to read.” What he means is that nobody opens up an internet browser the same way they open a book or a magazine. They go to the internet as a point of reference, to seek out specific information or to be entertained. Yes, in the process of this browsing they may come across news articles and videos, but these are simply byproducts of a larger ecosystem that includes your friends’ baby photos, dispatches from Weird Twitter, and YouTube videos on how to install kitchen tile. To divorce news from these other offerings is to ignore the very reason we open apps[…]

the first rule in the society of professional journalists’ code of ethics is “do no harm.” yes, rolling stone is guilty of shoddy editing of the uva rape story. but they are guilty of an even worse crime: they blamed the victim. and the point of the story was to illustrate how the victims of rape are shamed and shunned into silence by the university and the wide culture. and now they have brought down the entire court of public opinion on her as they scramble to cover their own asses. they have done her irreparable harm. the washington post is being praised for its week of reporting that surfaced the holes in the story and the lapses in fairness[…]

Found this in a recent blog post by Mario Garcia: 1. Today’s audience has a big appetite for news and information, and so they appreciate the constant flow of information. 2. Today’s audience also wants a bit of the curated, or “static” editioning that comes two or three times a day, at a specific time and in which they get a reassurance from the editors of their favorite news source about stories they ought to know about. 3. Today’s audience, constantly saturated by the never ending flow of information, wants a sense of finality at some points during the day: my workout has come to an end, the movie is finished, I have gotten to the last page of the newspaper or magazine.[…]

Two great pieces, one by and one an interview of Gabriel Dance, break down some of the approach in multimedia storytelling and the technical aspects of The Guardian’s excellent NSA Decoded interactive feature. Gabriel’s interview with Justin Ellis of Nieman Lab is here. He and Feilding Cage co-wrote a piece for Source about the tools and thinking behind the project.