24 hours in the media: Fri 27 April
A trial service. Today - a product, newspapers are dead, newspapers aren't dead and earning lots, and pictures of horses.
This is a trial - both from our point of view (seeing how long it takes to produce, when it makes sense to produce it, and what editorial lessons we'll learn), and from your point of view (to see whether this is actually any good). Your thoughts are welcome - either on the editorial below, or on the concept - in the comments below.
"24 hours" today refers to about 18 hours, thanks to a very early start as the entire Media UK editorial team goes to a meeting in Paris.
Muxco's Matt Deegan discusses the London DAB 'boost' in a blog post. A better signal for nine million people is always a good thing, and we intend to test the reception at street level in the capital at some point shortly, as soon as we've found the portable DAB radio we're sure we have somewhere.
In the US publication RadioWorld, a nice man with a beard says that Pandora is not radio, in an excellently-written piece that frankly makes us wonder why he isn't writing for more publications. What a guy! People should be snapping him up! He's jolly good at conference speaking too! etc.
Also by the same author, a rather lazy copy'n'paste job from a student's email answering questions about digital switchover, childrens' radio, and other stuff. This handsome and erudite gentleman says: "The radio interface – not its content – is getting increasingly old-fashioned and out of touch; and broadcasters, receiver manufacturers or advertisers seem to be sleepwalking the entire medium into irrelevance." - oooh, get YOU. Who do you think you are, some kind of 'futurologist'? What does that even MEAN?
The BBC's tech types have posted a blog post impenetrably called six months in the life of the radio and music product, which goes into detail about what they've done. Highlights: We used the model of tee shirt sizes to get a sense of the size for how long each "epic" might take. ... We let the teams chose their names and they've come up with "Bowie", "Eno", "Propellerheads" and "Gaga" - no prizes for guessing the theme - and we have since added "Moby". I still don't actually understand what the "radio and music product" is - is it the radio homepage, and if so, why not use that language rather than businessese? - but it's an interesting insight into how the BBC works.
Adrian van Klaveren, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live, tweets: Important interview by BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater setting the record straight on the BBC's sports strategy - it's from Media Guardian, and is a long and interesting interview with... oh, he's said already.
Want to watch lots of TV from across the world on your iPhone, iPad or iToy - or Android device? You'll be wanting this thing; TechCrunch point out that it "is so illegal that we can probably expect to see it fold in a matter of hours".
Print and publishing
Is blogging journalism? No, says Martin Belam, and then proceeds to get very cross.
In the Leveson Inquiry yesterday, Rupert Murdoch said... wait... you knew? (We'll cover opinion pieces on Leveson, but not re-report the stuff that Huw Edwards reported last night in his Welsh tones. That's what our live news feeds are for).
The Economist (which calls itself a newspaper, even though to all right-minded people it's a magazine, and you wouldn't understand the angst we had adding it into the directory) has finally gone out and said it - the future's not print, it's all digital. And it's 25 years away. In other news, Flipboard is "problematic", and Apple's 30% commission is "not problematic". Bzzt. Repetition.
But maybe he has a point. In the US, newspaper website visits are up, according to MediaDailyNews. Except they quaintly call them "Web sites". Of younger people, almost half only read digital newspaper content.
But how much of that is charged access? Anyway - how much should journalism sources charge online? The Neiman Journalism Lab has a useful look at (US) subscription prices for digital news.
Media UK's jobs section doesn't accept unpaid positions: because they're normally illegal, and almost always immoral. That doesn't stop other people doing it though. The Media Blog reports on some print jobs currently being advertised that has non-cash rewards that are out of this world.
Don't go taking any photos at the Olympics this year, by the way - paid or not: it's agains the terms and conditions for ticket holders, according to Techcrunch UK.
And talking about photography, we're such a sucker for the Reuters photography blog. Today it's all about horses. It's a wonderful read - we recommend it.
James Cridland is the Managing Director of Media UK, and a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business.
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