State of the News Media
Each year, the Project for Excellence in Journalism issues a report on the news media. The State of the News Media 2008 is now available. It looks at each news sector, newspapers, cable, broadcast, online, etc., as well as providing special reports on advertising, public opinion and the changes that the news media faces today. There is a lot of data available and you can customize your own graphics. [URLs: http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.org/2008/]
More and more print journals are providing online access to their archival material (see Newsworthy below). Sports Illustrated is joining that group today with the launch of its Vault site. It will contain all of SI’s past issues and many of the images that appeared in the magazine. It’s due to premier this afternoon. [URLs: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/]
HBO has recently begun its John Adams mini-series based on the biography by David McCullough. We thought you might be interested in a few sites on our second president. HBO has a John Adams website that explores the making of the series. The White House site provides a short bio of
[URLs: http://www.hbo.com/films/johnadams/, http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/ja2.html, http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/letter/, http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/jadams.html, http://www.johnadamslibrary.org/]
This Week’s Reports
Both of our reports this week look at technology issues. The first is the 2008 Digital Entertainment Survey (a large file that takes a few seconds to load) from Wiggin and Entertainment Media Research. It looked at the attitudes and behavior of to British consumers on all types of digital media. One interesting finding: ?Given the choice of accessing content on demand on a paid for basis or free with advertisements, 70% of respondents preferred the free route despite the ads.? You can read a wrap-up of the findings in this press release.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project issued a data memo, Mobile Access to Data and Information. “62% of all Americans…have some experience with mobile access to digital data and tools.? The cell phone has now become the one tool most people say they could not live without.
[URLs: http://www.entertainmentmediaresearch.com/reports/DigitalEntertainmentSurvey2008_FullReport.pdf, http://www.wiggin.co.uk/semEvent_read.asp?ID=82, http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Mobile.Data.Access.pdf]
Software industry unveils its ‘Vision for K-20’ is a story in eSchool News Online about the SIIA (Software and Information Industry Association) and its new initiative “to help educators and administrators make effective daily use of technology in their classrooms and decision-making activities.? The program has seven goals for using educational technology and five benchmarks for measuring success.
The National Head Start Association (NHSA) put out a press release this week, 77% of Head Start programs are at ‘breaking point,’ unable to absorb new cuts and hundreds of new rules. 477 programs in 49 states and
On HappyNews.com this week comes this story, Blog catapults Japan’s new literary star. “Japanese writers are far ahead of Americans in making their work available on the Internet. Many have had successful books published after producing novels intended to be read on mobile phones, for example…In the U.S., publishers are just starting to understand the market power that writers with hit blogs can wield.?
Innovations for Learning is providing kids with handheld computers (teachermates) in 7 cities for $50 each, according to Low cost handheld targets elementary students. Innovations for Learning is a Chicago-based non-profit and the 7 cities are Chicago, New York, Detroit, New Orleans, San Antonio, Phoenix and Denver. “The teachermate is really a bridge from the digital world to a first grader,? according to the organization.
[URLs: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/top-news/?i=53055;_hbguid=9998647c-b1c9-47af-ab0d-21759816d54e&d=top-news, http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/03-19-2008/0004777407&EDATE=WED+Mar+19+2008,+07:19+PM, http://www.happynews.com/news/3202008/blog-catapults-japan-new-literary-star.htm, http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/top-news/?i=53093;_hbguid=fc2b6af0-33eb-4063-95c4-81824cbb071e&d=top-news]
5 Years in
This week marks the fifth anniversary of the
Ending on a sweet, happy note, we present a short film of a new polar bear born in