Tag Archives: Technology coverage

Mossberg and Swisher

Mossberg and Swisher talk about Re/Code founding

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Former Wall Street Journal reporters Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher spoke Tuesday night on the “Charlie Rose Show” about the founding of their new technology news site Re/Code.

“All of our reporters are terrific and know their stories will hold until we get the right sourcing,” said Mossberg.

Added Swisher: “We are moving journalism into the next phase of journalism bringing along the old standards that are good and leaving behind the ones that aren’t, at the same time embracing new delivery systems.”

IBT

International Business Times seeks tech editor

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The International Business Times is looking to hire a global technology editor.

The  Tech Editor will helm a global team of reporters who aggressively cover the industry, culture and economy of technology – from breaking news stories on major developments and new gadgets to feature and enterprise stories.

The Tech Editor will work closely with our staff writers to develop, approve, and assign story ideas, to help maintain voice and tone across the site, and to make independent editorial decisions.

Candidates must have several years of experience as a digital tech reporter with a proven record of breaking news, getting traffic and producing high-quality articles with original reporting in a fast-paced newsroom. You will be responsible for generating fresh angles, great story ideas and viral headlines for our team of technology writers.

The Tech Editor will also work closely with our social media marketing manager to help execute a content marketing strategy, so it will help if you’ve had some experience with content marketing and SEO optimization.

Please contact m.baram@ibtimes.comwith your resume, cover letter and list of references.

South Florida Business Journal

South Florida Biz Journal seeks real estate reporter, venture/tech reporter

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The South Florida Business Journal, the award-winning business news leader, is looking for a real estate reporter and a venture/technology reporter.

As a reporter in one of the hottest markets in the country, you will be responsible for quality coverage across all platforms. We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic reporters to establish themselves as the go-to source on their respective beats. Our reporters must marry strong traditional journalism skills — source building, sharp interviewing techniques, strong analytical and investigative reporting skills, clear writing, document use – with online and social media know-how.

A Business Journal reporter is widely recognized as the community’s foremost authority on their assigned beat. Our reporters are expected to own their beats by breaking important hard news online and using print and video to tell the story behind the headlines, providing deeper analysis of newsworthy events.

Duties:
· Produce compelling, high-impact breaking news and enterprise that is rich with perspective and context for the South Florida business community.
· Own the beat audience and conversation.
· Build source network relentlessly.
· Work collaboratively with editors, photographers, designers and others to maximize the impact of stories reported.

Skills:
· Ability to work independently and remotely.
· Break news and identify newsworthy events and sources.
· Strong writing, analytical and investigative interviewing skills.
· Work under deadline pressure and prioritize tasks appropriately.
· Experience with using social media to source and promote content.
· Understanding all platforms including print, mobile and online.

Experience:
· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
· Minimum two years journalism experience with proven ability in reporting and writing.
· Knowledge of South Florida markets preferred.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Mel Meléndez, Managing Editor, at mmelendez@bizjournals.com.

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Yahoo moves into TV

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Last week, Yahoo announced yet another strategy to win over Internet users – moving into original TV programming.

The Wall Street Journal had this story by Mike Shields and Douglas MacMillan:

Yahoo Inc. is raising its ambitions in online video, with plans to acquire the kind of original programming that typically winds up on high-end cable-TV networks and streaming services like Netflix, people briefed on the company’s plans said.

The company is close to ordering four Web series, these people said. And unlike in years past, Yahoo isn’t looking for short-form Web originals, but rather 10-episode, half-hour comedies with per-episode budgets ranging from $700,000 to a few million dollars, the people said.

The projects being considered would be led by writers or directors with experience in television. “They want to blow it out big time,” said one of the people briefed about the plans.

Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is hoping to show off TV-caliber content to advertisers on April 28 when Yahoo holds its “NewFront” event that is Internet companies’ answer to the so-called upfront ad-sales presentations made by TV networks each spring.

David Carr of the New York Times called Yahoo a “permanent adolescent in search of an identity” in his column about their latest move:

At a time when the culture is addicted to high-end television narratives, Yahoo wants in on the action, partly because while its site may have (flat) traffic — 700 million global visits a month — and (declining) revenue, it has zero cachet and no discernible way forward.

For many years, digital media players watched longingly as HBO and then AMC, FX and Showtime managed to rise above the clutter on television, where Americans still spend five hours a day. So last year, when Netflixbroke through with “House of Cards,” it made sense that companies like Amazon, Hulu and Yahoo would want to follow suit.

There are signs that it is working — streaming for Amazon Prime tripled in the last year and the company has introduced its own device, Fire TV, which will fight for shelf space in your home along with Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku. At the same time, Comcast is seeking a merger that will give it the scale to invest in technology, and HBO Go is pushing to follow the consumer onto mobile. “People always want to be what they aren’t,” said Jonah Peretti of BuzzFeed when we discussed the crisscross the other day.

The prize is dear. Winning in the distribution of high-end content is about mining an audience, and you can’t blame technology companies for believing they have relevant skill sets.

Bloomberg Businessweek reported in a story by Claire Suddath that Yahoo is planning to pay for its new content by selling ads:

Yahoo’s shows will theoretically be ad-supported and available to people for free online, aligning it more closely with YouTube (GOOG) than, say, Netflix’s subscription-driven strategy. Also unlike Netflix (NFLX), which captured an existing audience with the already-beloved Arrested Development and then jumped headfirst into the serialized drama fray with House of Cards, Yahoo is looking for 10-episode comedy series with a per-episode cost that’s less than “a few million dollars,” as the Journal put it—or about the price of a regular network sitcom. That’s a deft move on Yahoo’s part: Audiences already have plenty of novelistic dramas, but what they can’t get online (as original content, anyway) is a new half-hour comedy that really makes them laugh.

The moves by Yahoo and Microsoft are just part of a larger erosion of the traditional TV audience. The shrinking started in 2011 when Nielsen (NLSN) reported that the number of U.S. homes with television sets dropped for the first time in 20 years. As a result, the number of people who watched traditional TV programming, via broadcast or cable, started to decline as well. So far the decline has been slight but in a few years will probably pick up speed. Last year 86 percent of Americans still had cable—down from 88 percent just three years before. The premium cable channels have been hit the hardest: 32 percent of people subscribed to HBO, Showtime, or Starz last year, down from 38 percent in 2012, according to NPD group. Meanwhile, the number of Netflix subscribers rose 24 percent, to 31.1 million people.

As cable audiences shrink and the providers reduce competition by merging (Comcast and Time Warner), there is room for more original programming. The big question is whether Yahoo can move into that space. The firm’s reputation as an Internet innovator and go-to location for content has been damaged during the past few years. Many earlier adopters have left the platform for others. It will be interesting to see if it can win back users or if this is just another phase in its identity search.

KING 5

Seattle TV station seeks business/tech reporter

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KING 5 TV is looking for an experienced, dynamic, and energetic reporter with a focus on business and technology reporting.  If you like to tell great stories, thrive in a fast-paced, team environment, we want to hear from you. You must love where our business is headed and be aggressive at participating on all platforms.

Brief Description of Duties
Report and cover events of news interest, business and technology, special events, and breaking news on multiple platforms.  You must be motivated and aggressive about enterprising stories and known for going the extra mile in service of telling stories that are meaningful to the people we serve.  You will be expected to contribute to multiple platforms on a daily basis including writing for the web sites, posting on social media, creating for mobile, and most of all creating a dialog with our audience and your friends and followers.  You will have the opportunity to collaborate with America’s finest photojournalists to produce the most creative, compelling stories.  You must be proficient with live reporting, including breaking news.  You may also anchor or do fill-in anchor work on any newscast.  If you have experience and skills as a multi-media journalist capable of performing as a one-person operation for distribution on multiple platforms, then you will have an advantage.

Qualifications
• College degree with minimum two years’ experience as a general assignment reporter in a medium to large market.
• Excellent writing, packaging, and live skills.
• Must be able to report in a broad range of styles with good on-air presentation skills.
• Good business and technology acumen.
• Demonstrated ability to work under pressure.
• Familiarity with all distribution platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Internet etc.
• Good understanding of operating video equipment desired.  Must be willing to work overtime and any shift.

To be considered a candidate for an opening at KING, you must complete the online application and attach your resume, video link, and cover letter.  Paper resumes or any electronic information received that do not come through the online application process will not be considered part of the applicant pool.  If you want to send a DVD of your work, in addition to applying online, please send that to:  Mark Ginther, Executive News Director, KING TV, 333 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA  98109.

To apply, go here.

Recode

Arguing for the importance of tech coverage

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David Folkenflik of National Public Radio interviewed Kara Swisher of Re/code about the creation of the tech news site and the difficulty in getting newspaper editors to understand the importance of tech stories when she was at The Wall Street Journal.

Here is an excerpt:

FOLKENFLIK: Swisher chronicled the birth, the struggles and then the explosion of digital media, often to the seeming indifference of editors, even as she left The Post for The Wall Street Journal.

SWISHER: And even at The Journal there was a lot of doubt over this Internet thing. They thought – they treated it like it was a fad – I was covering a fad. Someone called it CB radio to me. They said oh, you’re covering CB radio. And I was like, no, I’m covering massive change in worldwide communications. But you’ll see.

FOLKENFLIK: Along with The Journal’s influential tech columnist Walt Mossberg, Swisher wanted to create a standalone blog with an identity apart from the paper. But they got nowhere. So instead, in 2003, the high-octane reporter and the high-profile columnist created a conference; called it D – All Things Digital, recruited heavyweights to take questions and charged each attendee thousands of dollars.

SWISHER: We do live journalism at the conferences. We break news. We create historic interview moments like Gates and Jobs, of course, everybody remembers that.

Read more here.

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Vox, the forefront of technology and journalism?

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Ezra Klein is being hailed as the future of technology driven journalism in a Sunday profile in the New York Times by Leslie Kaufman. In the introductory quote, Klein says that while he respects the Washington Post, he was being hampered by its technology. He rolled out the new version of Vox.com on Sunday and talked about the decision with the Times:

Technology has become crucial to every newsroom, of course, but not all technology has been designed equally. News organizations born in the print era have generally knit together disparate systems over the years to produce websites that integrate graphics, social media and reader comments with various degrees of smoothness.

Many all-digital organizations have built their content management systems from the ground up with the Internet in mind. That strategy, many say, produces a more organic melding of journalism and technology.

The result is an increasingly dynamic publishing universe where sites like Vox, Vice and BuzzFeed, and new enterprises like Pierre Omidyar’s The Intercept, are luring seasoned journalists as well as a new generation of storytellers.

In this high-tech universe, Vox Media’s content management system — which even has its own name, Chorus, and is used to publish all the company’s websites — has earned recognition. It is credited with having a toolset that allows journalists to edit and illustrate their copy in dramatic fashion, promote their work on social media, and interact with readers — all seamlessly and intuitively.

What is interesting is that the site isn’t being hailed for its content, but the ability to make managing it easier and more accessible. The BBC reported that venture capitalists are:

The financial future of the news business is uncertain, but lately US venture capitalists have been placing their bets on journalism.

Over the past year, venture capitalists contributed at least $300m (£180m) to digital news organisations, many of them start-ups, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center.

“It’s a great time to build new brands in the media landscape,” says Eric Hippeau, managing director at Lerer Ventures, a venture capital fund that has invested in scores of digital start-ups, including Policymic, a news site geared towards millennials – people born between 1980 and 2000.

Mr Hippeau believes the youngest generation of news consumers are an appealing target audience.

“Young people do not really care about the old brands for the most part. They are attracted by brands that cater to and are building content that are specifically for what they like,” he says.

That sounds like good news for Vox. The Times story reported they’re trying to create a pool of reporters who are constantly updating pages, much like Wikipedia:

To help accomplish this, the developers have been building a tool they call the card stack. The cards, trimmed in brilliant canary yellow, contain definitions of essential terms that a reader can turn to if they require more context. For example, a story updating the battle over the Affordable Care Act might include cards explaining the term “insurance exchange.”

Ms. Bell said Vox.com would start with roughly 20 reporters with expertise around specific topics, a limited travel budget, and, of course, very inchoate technology.

Ms. Bell confessed that she was both “excited and terrified” to go out with a product that has had just three months to gestate. “I worry people will say, ‘Hey, you guys promised us magic,’ ” she said, “and I’ll say, ‘Hey, wait a minute. Give us some time and we will get there.’

Columbia Journalism Review also touched on the topic of journalism and technology this week:

Cultivating many small audiences of superfans in different subject areas isn’t exactly a new business model. Many old-school trade magazines share a single publisher. And digital powerhouses like Gawker segment their audience and appeal to advertisers with a portfolio of sites, each with a distinct, narrow focus. But with companies tracking individual users’ every click across the internet, advertisers can increasingly target users over sites. Rather than buy a large banner ad atop Jalopnik, Gawker Media’s car blog, the company can just serve its ad to a subset of car-interested people no matter where they browse. (If you’ve become annoyed when a product you clicked on once while online shopping shows up in ads on every other site you visit, you’ve experienced this phenomenon firsthand.) This sort of highly targeted ad usually involves a middleman, and therefore results in less revenue for the publication serving it. Soon the niches will have to be even niche-ier, the superfans even more devoted, to convince an advertiser to buy directly from a publication.

Digital trends point to the biggest media companies getting even bigger, with everyone else staying relatively small. Despite the explosion of blogs and media startups, the top 7 percent of news websites still attract 80 percent of all traffic, according to Nielsen. Most sites will never be big enough to appeal to advertisers on the basis of unique visitors alone, but they can embrace their size by making a play to keep the readers they do have engaged and coming back. But systematic thinking about how to do that has fallen by the wayside as even the little guys pursue viral hits—and the immediate Chartbeat spike that comes with them—to meet monthly traffic goals. According to Chartbeat, visitors from social are the least likely to return to a site in the future.

What if some of the effort spent writing the perfect tweet or shareable headline was focused instead on trying to deepen the relationship with existing repeat visitors?

It’s a good question. And according to CJR, Vox will have a lot of work to do to attract eyes. But if the model of deeper engagement is one that works, then there will be many following their example. And if not, then Klein will have a lot of questions to answer.

Tech Times

Tech Times seeks reporters

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Tech Times is a digital media startup that owns and manages several news sites, and delivers engaging content on technology, health and science for diverse audience.

As part of our organization, you’ll enjoy a stable and growing environment, along with an office culture that rewards, recognizes and respects talent and achievements. We provide competitive compensation and offer a great environment and opportunities for growth.

We’re looking for talented, passionate and web-savvy reporters/bloggers (full time/freelancers) who are experienced in writing on technology, science, health, general and offbeat stories.

Job Requirements -

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent
  • Experience in writing for online news site/blog
  • Solid understanding of consumer technology, science and health topics
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Prolific writer
  • Excellent in English and research skills
  • Social-media savvy and solid understanding of the importance of engaging our audience via multiple channels
  • Sound knowledge of how to craft SEO-friendly interesting stories
  • Creative storyteller

Submit your application with [1] resume and [2] at least 3 online writing sample(s) (preferably on technology, health or science) to career@techtimes.com.

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Investor’s Business Daily seeks tech reporter

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Investor’s Business Daily’s Silicon Valley bureau seeks a technology reporter to write breaking news and features for the national IBD newspaper and Investors.com website.

The ideal candidate is familiar with key technologies, industry players and trends, can read financial statements and has an interest in stocks. We’ll provide training on using computer databases and stock charts to analyze tech companies and glean trends. At least three years of experience is preferred. A four-year degree is required.

Submit resume, cover letter and at least three clips to IBDnewsjobs@investors.com. Put Tech Reporter in the email subject field.

CNET

CNET en Espanol seeks journalists

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We are: CNET en Español. We are a small team working within CNET.com (the world’s No. 1 tech news and reviews site) to launch the most comprehensive, timely, and engaging technology news, reviews, and advice on the planet, custom-written for the U.S. Spanish-speaking audience.

We work with a team of more than 90 of the world’s best journalists to hunt down the best tech, then tell our readers and viewers how to incorporate technology into their lives. We live tech, and then we write, translate, and produce compelling, informative product reviews, articles, and videos.

You are: A creative, tech-obsessed, English/Spanish bilingual journalist ready to try anything. As part of our charter editorial team for CNET en Español, you will be responsible for reviewing products with wit and flair, writing technology news and original commentary, creating slideshows, confidently presenting products in videos, developing buying advice and features, and translating some content from English very quickly. We’re looking for an independent thinker, a creative writer, and a natural storyteller who is passionate about technology and loves the idea of bringing that passion to others. You will build strong working relationships with your peers, customers, users and all levels management.

Other duties steering content through the editing and production process, working with the CNET.com team on content development, and developing a following on CNET and on social media. On-camera experience isn’t essential, but the position will require filming First Look videos and occasional media appearances. Some travel is necessary, particularly to industry events, trade shows, and product launches where you’ll be required to write news stories, appear in product videos, and shoot photos.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

A successful senior editor brings passion and creativity to the job every day. You will:

Translate, write, and pitch consumer tech reviews, news stories, and appropriate companion content
Write scripts and star in videos to accompany your posts
Maintain an active and engaging presence across major social media platforms
Maintain and cultivate contacts with all beat-appropriate product vendors
Support colleagues across CNET’s Reviews and News divisions with your expertise
Become an expert technology photographer
Travel as necessary to industry events and trade shows

To apply, go here.