For today’s bushel of information, we have a confession from the Wall Street Journal bureau chiefs about their disavowal of grammar. We also have a few ruminations on how media outlets have developed technology to cover stories in far flung locales, and what stories their audiences really want to read. Finally we have stories about how to fund your indie journalism outfit, and how to streamline your Twittering.
For all the news fit to blog, it’s Ebyline’s Daily Dose:
“Listen, we’re going to let you guys in on a little secret: You can really put your commas anywhere. Grammar’s all a big sham.
Oh, the fancy doctors of English and keepers of the language must bristle to hear such a claim! But it’s true.”
“The public’s news interests this week are far out of sync with the news media’s coverage: While the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami was the public’s top story by a wide margin, news organizations devoted far more coverage to the military conflict in Libya.”
“In recent weeks, the media have reported on how events in Libya and Japan are affecting Misurata, Az Zintan, Tripoli and Rikuzentakata. Is your geography good enough to know that Misurata and Az Zintanare in northwest Libya, that Tripoli is northeast of Kabaw, and that Rikuzentakata is a coastal town in northeast Japan? If not, then look at some of the maps that journalists at The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and CNN have published recently in print and online.”
“What if independent journalists and article writers were funded directly by their readers and viewers? Rachel Anderson, a 26-year-old journalist from North Dakota, is using Kickstarter to find out. Anderson is asking the site to help fund her stay in Libya, where she is releasing weekly videos on the lives and struggles of Libyan rebels, revolutionaries and artists.”
“Bloggers in the main, crave attention otherwise they wouldn’t write, so making your content easy to share is one step towards having readers show up every day to your blog. Providing a tempting and low friction content sharing environment requires constant optimizing and fine tuning of your blog and the social media ecosystem that sustains it.”