Today, the ebook formally known as Be a Better Blogger published to Amazon, Google, and Smashwords ebook stores. Title—drum roll, please—Responsible Reporting: Field Guide for Bloggers, Journalists, and Other Online News Gatherers.
As explained in post “Bye, Bye, Be a Better Blogger“, I launched a 28-day crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to spend two months researching and writing the book. But the campaign lost money and wasted valuable time. You can always get more money, but time is a commodity never regained.[Read more]
Say, bloggers, journalists, and social sharers, you do want to watch this Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard interview with BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith. For more than a year, I have offhandedly observed the site’s transformation from aggregator to newsroom. Smith understands something about contextual news consumption you probably don’t. My new book, which title I will reveal tomorrow, regards “contextual journalism”—anytime, anywhere, on anything news production and consumption—as your next destination.
I’m a big fan of crude-rude writing which wordplay bites your bum. Michelle Collins delivers in this Vanity Fair post (and many others). Say, does she have a team working the pics, gifs, and vids? Love `em!
To date, my Indiegogo campaign for book Be a Better Blogger is a money loser. Costs exceed the pittance of contributions, and I appreciate every one made. Make no mistake, if you contributed—thank you! But with 11 days to go, and the campaign about 1.8 percent funded, absolute failure looms large.
So with little to lose, but more money, I hired one of several crowdfunders that emailed or commented soon after the campaign’s launch. I don’t expect much from the $149 fee, which gets me one hour consultation, press release, PR distribution, journalist outreach, and feed submission (whatever that means). But I did receive important insight, which is more a lesson about interacting with others rather than working alone.[Read more]
Later, Apple refutes the conjecture with simple explanation: website maintenance. But BGR keeps the link-bait “mysteriously” headline and “unexplained” lede, while placing an “update” at the story’s end. Many, if not most, people won’t read far enough to see Apple’s response. So the amended story spreads misinformation.
This is excellent example of the kind of egregious news reporting that prompted me to start working on forthcoming book Be a Better Blogger. BGR can claim responsible reporting because Apple’s response is included. But, I say, that’s not enough. Wire services update stories consistently, often publishing subsequent versions with more accurate information. That’s a good standard to adopt.