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januari 5th, 2007

More on Daylife

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Daylife.comIn my previous post about the News Coverage Index, I used a new tool called Daylife, a news-gatherer which also analyzes and organizes news according to connections, topics, timelines, top stories and also they of course offer search. They call it a platform, and it’s possible to add Daylife to other sites, like the Huffington Post has done.

Jeff Jarvis, who’s been helping this startup out, has more:

Note that the only thing that is created by editors is the cover you’ll see on the home page. Everything else is automated. I’ve been saying that I am the only editor on earth who is not building an empire. But that is just why it has been so exciting to work on Daylife, to collaborate with an incredible technology team assembled by founder and CEO Upendra Shardanand as they find new ways to analyze, understand, display, and distribute news. I believe that what this does in the long run is send people — and thus support — to journalism at its source.

‘s Michael Arrington was less impressed though, critizising the lack of RSS feeds and comments fields. RSS feeds will be included in an upcoming release, responds Jarvis, but wonders whether comments funcions are necessary when you can comment on your blog (atleast that’s the way I interpreted it): ”Is the use of the platform on sites everywhere a rich form of interactivity itself? What is the best form of interactivity on the site: comments or contributions?”

For a quick look at Daylife, you can take the tour.

Update 2007-01-06:
Dan Gillmor on Daylife: ”It’s a very promising start to a useful service. If they get it right, they’ll be Google News done the right way.”


januari 5th, 2007

Weekly media study to include more than a hundred blogs

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

More than a hundred blogs are to be included in a new weekly media study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ), writes USA Today. Though they will be separated from the established media in the study.
According to PEJ, the News Coverage Index will be ”the largest effort ever to measure and analyze the American news media on a continuing basis”.
About four dozen traditional media sources (print, network TV, cable, online, and radio) will be scanned continuously, and the result will be presented in a weekly report at

The initiative is an attempt to provide an empirical basis for cataloguing and understanding what a wide swath of media offer the American public at a time of growing debate about the press’ influence, standards and economic foundation.

What about the bloggers, then? Well, they’re a part of a ”series of secondary indices”, and collected in a Blogger Index. Other things meassured in this series are ”People in the News” and ”a Talk Show Index from cable and radio programming”.
Bringing together the different results – and pairing them with the Pew Research Center‘s News Interest Index, an index showing how closely people are following certain news stories, based on questionaires with respondents – will let the researchers find out more about the public’s response to news stories.

These twin indices of what the media are covering, and how the public is responding will offer an unprecedented pair of tools to understand the degree to which journalists and citizens are in sync—or in disagreement—over what constitutes important news.

PEJ researchers hope to discover whether there are gaps between what ‘mainstream media consider news and what the public thinks is important and what they want to talk about. Over time, that will start to show up,’ PEJ associate director Mark Jurkowitz says to USA Today.

Very interesting indeed, if that can be the result. But what I didn’t get was how the Blogger Index will be used if the public’s response will be taken from the News Interest Index. It does say that the NII will be new and expanded, but not exactly how.
USA Today writes: ”Blogs will be launched later, analyzed separately from the main index but compiled in a way that comparisons can be drawn.”

Even more interesting to see is how mainstream media will react if it turns out there are indeed great differences between what they are reporting and the interests of the public. Will they stick their head in the sand, or actually change?

This raises further questions. When using the Blogger Index in comparison studies, what conclusions could be drawn? Is the number of people in the blogosphere responding to a piece of news a measurement of how interested the public is?

How much should mainstream media change, based on these results? A story about Britney Spears not wearing underwear of course creates more buzz than reportage of a war in a far-away country. Does that mean that the public wants the first and not the other? Or is there a mission for established media beyond the creation of buzz? (Yep, these are extremes, but does not responding always mean you’re not interested in a subject? Could it not also be that you simply don’t have enough knowledge about it yourself to be able to contribute, or value the reporting?)

What would be interesting to see, are the number of occasions when MSM will have to back on stories because of blog coverage proving them to be inaccurate or have flaws. And how much MSM uses blogs as sources for news.

(via Daylife, a new tool worth checking out, which I found through Joho the Blog)

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