Articles about "Aggregation"


Quartz’s practice of ‘linking out’ renews attention to aggregation debate

CJR | The New York Times | Knight Science Journalism at MIT | Nieman Journalism Lab
CJR’s Hazel Sheffield took a look at the new publication Quartz and didn’t like a few things: links take you away from the site, there’s no commenting, infographics aren’t interactive and It didn’t have enough original content when she looked at it.

One example: of the 13 stories that appeared under the heading “Energy Shocks” in the site’s first five hours, eight were either sponsored or aggregated.

With the caveat that I have no idea what “Energy Shocks” are, I view getting five original stories out in five hours as working at a pretty good clip. Quartz Senior Editor Zach Seward responds to Sheffield’s dismay about Quartz’s linking practices in the comments:

Our goals are just to cite our sources, acknowledge that there’s a whole wide world of great business reporting, and point our readers to material they should see.

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Slatest news blog shifts from ‘comprehensive aggregation’ to ‘news companion’

Slate | The Slatest
Slate’s news blog, The Slatest, is bringing tighter focus and more editorial voice to its aggregation of daily news. “Starting Monday,” innovations editor Katherine Goldstein writes, “The Slatest has a new tagline: ‘Your News Companion.’ Rather than offering comprehensive aggregation, the new Slatest will highlight the excellent writing and keen editorial voice of Josh Voorhees, who’ll be bringing you definitive insight into the day’s events.”

Slatest’s last relaunch in April 2011 was aimed at “quickening its pace,” and as editor David Plotz explained to CJR, being “a very smart, entertaining brief on the most interesting stories of the day.” The Slatest arrived in 2009, as a re-invention of the site’s popular feature born 12 years earlier, “Today’s Papers.” In its first iteration, the Slatest was updated three times a day to reflect what then-Slate media critic Jack Shafer described as the three phases of the news cycle. Read more

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Elizabeth Flock will blog for U.S. News & World Report

Elizabeth Flock, who resigned from The Washington Post in April after a misattributed blog post drew a gnarly editor’s note, has a new gig. She’ll be lead writer on U.S. News & World Report’s Washington Whispers blog, which was written by Paul Bedard before he decamped for The Washington Examiner.

Reached by phone, Flock mostly referred me to her tweet announcing her new job. She said the social issues piece would mean writing about race, gender and immigration.

Post Ombudsman Patrick Pexton weighed in on Flock’s departure in April, saying the paper had failed her. He wrote that he had spoken to other bloggers there.

They said that they felt as if they were out there alone in digital land, under high pressure to get Web hits, with no training, little guidance or mentoring and sparse editing. Guidelines for aggregating stories are almost nonexistent, they said. And they believe that, even if they do a good job, there is no path forward.

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Aggregation is unlike fast food because you rarely write the same thing twice

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Trevor Butterworth is the latest to come to the defense of former Washington Post blogger Elizabeth Flock, and I hereby unironically aggregate his critique of “an ethically flexible form of ‘journalism’ which involves reporting news from elsewhere.”

Butterworth writes that, contrary to what Ben Goldacre said on Twitter, aggregation isn’t like flipping burgers. McDonald’s can quickly cook and sell burgers of consistent quality (he said, restraining himself) anywhere in the world because it’s always cooking the same things.

Aggregated news stories, on the other hand, may all sound similar and share the same formal qualities (lots of links!), but each is the product of a different set of ingredients. In McAggregate, you are never going to flip the exact same burger twice. This food processor reviews
means the probability that you’re going to unknowingly report something false or miss a crucial ingredient is much, much higher than McDonald’s is likely to serve an undercooked burger.

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Upworthy seeks the serious side of shareable content

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There’s no shortage of aggregators on the Web trying to ride the cresting waves of viral content, but a new one launched Monday with a different spin. Upworthy promises to find content that is “highly sharable and clickable and actually important,” co-founder Eli Pariser writes. It will be a test of whether important news stories and public issues can be as viral as cat videos. Upworthy’s preference for visual content also makes it uniquely suited to thrive on Pinterest. All Things D’s Liz Gannes notes that Upworthy is another project funded by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who just bought The New Republic.

Upworthy focuses on the sweet spot between awesome, meaningful and visual
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Editor of Daily Mail’s website defends attribution practices in face of growing criticism

This week’s issue of The New Yorker has a profile of the Daily Mail and the place it holds in Britain. The timing is perfect: last week the paper won 10 prizes at the U.K. Press Awards and the Mail was named Newspaper of the Year.

Writer Lauren Collins focuses most of her New Yorker piece on the paper, but also talks with Martin Clarke, editor of Mail Online, the Web version of the Mail. Recently, it was recognized as the newspaper site with the biggest online reach worldwide, according to one major analytics firm.

In addition to attracting lots of traffic, the Mail’s website has recently become a lightning rod for criticism. Earlier this month, I wrote about two Newsweek/Daily Beast writers (1,2) who said Mail Online stole their work and either offered no credit or the “tiniest fig leaf of attribution.”

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Can we agree about aggregation standards?

Tuesday at South by Southwest, Simon Dumenco spoke on a panel called, “Is Aggregation Theft?” The panelists all agreed that there are proper ways to aggregate, but there are plenty of “thefty” examples.

At 3 p.m. EDT Dumenco will describe his goals for a group he’s formed called the Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation, highlighted in David Carr’s Media Equation column Monday. (The Huffington Post took issue with Carr’s column, but not with the Council.) Among the things we’ll discuss during the chat:

  • Can we agree on standards for ethical aggregation?
  • How can you tell the difference between something that adds value and something that rips off someone’s idea?
  • Can we identify any aggregation best practices, such as length of posts, linking and credit?
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Can SEO-heavy aggregation eventually lead to in-depth journalism?
“Sometimes I think we want a one-size-fits-all, linear solution to the tumult in the news business when the the real ‘answer,’ such that it is, is that you have to walk before you can run, and that your transition for success SHOULD, and indeed must, have a lot of pivots in it, as most good entrepreneurial thinkers know.

“It reminds me of teaching beginning news reporting. … Somehow, learning to write the most basic, simple story launches you into a space in which you can then start doing some more interesting things as a reporter and a writer. Sometimes you have to learn a certain skill – how to be smart on the web – before you can start creatively melding that skill with some of your higher values of investigative journalism.”

Carrie Brown-Smith, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Memphis

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AP sues aggregator Meltwater News over copyright infringement

Associated Press | Meltwater
Six weeks after the AP and other investors launched a licensing organization to collect fees from aggregators, the AP has filed a lawsuit against Meltwater News, which bills itself as “more than a traditional media monitoring service.” AP CEO Curley calls it a “parasitic distribution service” that is undercutting AP’s business by providing its content to Meltwater clients without paying for it.

The AP says Meltwater is taking its customers — not the newspapers and broadcasters you normally think of as AP clients, and not the average guy scanning Google News at lunch, but those like the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. According to the lawsuit:

The U.S. government is one of AP’s largest customers, and AP’s subscriber roster includes nearly 100 government agencies — federal, state, local and foreign — including the U.S. Senate, the U.S. State Department, the New York City Police Department, and various foreign embassies.

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New iPad app aggregates only long-form journalism

The essential role of an aggregator is to make choices for readers, usually about which topics, sources or issues are worth paying attention to. A new aggregation and reading app launching Wednesday for the iPad holds a different standard — length.

Longform for the iPad aggregates long pieces of writing from popular sources.

The Longform iPad app aggregates editors’ picks of long-form journalism from Longform.org, as well as long stories from 25 sites known for such work, including The Atlantic, Slate, Mother Jones, and Esquire.

For most sources, the cutoff is 2,000 words, Longform co-founder Max Linsky told me, though editors can exercise discretion to include a great 1,500-word story or cut out a 4,000-word item that doesn’t belong.

“We really want this to be a home for this kind of writing on the device,” Linsky said. “The goal is to try to create a central place people can rely on to find a very particular kind of writing, which I think is really in a golden age.”

The app, which costs $4.99, embraces some popular ideas. Read more

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