News startup Circa is taking a programmatic approach to mobile news. FastCo.Labs talks to founding editor David Cohn about abandoning the article format and organizing stories into atomic units like events, statistics, quotes, and images which can be resurfaced, reused, and refactored.
It's been the week of hyperlocal. And by week, I mean the past two days, since Twitter accelerates the online journalism news cycle to roughly the rate at which we breathe. I hadn't finished exhaling the news of Everyblock's sale to MSNBC before Jeff Jarvis's hyperlocal news model hit me like burst of hot air.
Remember "Dell Hell." That’s when Dell learned – or should have learned – the power of consumer anger. Blogger Jeff Jarvis reamed Dell for its shabby customer service and the story was amplified into a "blame Dell" crusade across the ‘Net.
Well, now it is a few years later and you would have thought the computer behemoth would have learned about the power of word of mouth and personal branding. I’m here to report that Dell has moved up one notch, but only a notch, and now qualifies for purgatory.
Another soundbite from a Davos discussion on user-generated content. In something of a metaphor for the UGC phenomenon, much of the most trenchant stuff came not from the formal panel members but from the audience. Jeff Jarvis, editor of Buzzmachine.com, described three phases of interactivity on the web as practiced by large companies. Phase 1 was "we let you talk." Phase 2 is "give stuff to us" and we'll use it on our site.
After the lunch break at Freedom to Connect, Jeff Jarvis, proprietor of BuzzMachine interviewed First Amendment Attorney Robert Corn-Revere. Their wide-ranging conversation addressed how legal precedents in the broadcast media world could affect use of the Internet — as well as how new technologies are policed. What follows is a partial transcript of their conversation: