iPad Users Mostly Male, Love Photos [Y! Mobile]

From Yahoo’s Mobile Blog: “As expected within the classic early-adopter profile, we identified a male skew in the 35-44 age group among these early users. In fact, among all users, men outnumber women 2:1.”

“The iPad Yahoo! user closely followed the interests on Yahoo! that we would suspect: Flickr, Finance, Sports and News”

More results and charts at Y! Mobile Blog

[Hat tip to the Newsosaur]

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25+ Useful Online Media Infographics [Webdesigner Depot]

Remember all of those awesome inforgraphics you’ve found across the internet? You know like the giant social media map or the subway map of Internet trends.

They’re all compiled here. [Update 4-29: Apologies for the link fail. The link is posted now.]

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Report: Women 55+ Facebook’s Fastest-Growing Demographic

From the Shaping The Newspaper Blog, sourced from a Morgan Stanley Research report:

“To the surprise of many, Facebook in not just the privilege of tech-savvy kids – the college and post-college folks (18- to 24-yearolds), which the site originally aimed to target, now only account for less than 25 percent of total users. The fastest-growing demographic group is women age of 55 and older, up 175 percent since September 2008.”

Read more at SFN

[Hat tip to Journerdist Will Sullivan]

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What Does One Call A Programmer/Journalist? [PBS MediaShift]

From Aron Pilhofer writing at MediaShift:

“This is a problem of no small significance, because as the career paths of journalists and developers converge, the labels we use affect how we are seen by those around us. I experienced this first-hand a few years ago when I went from being a journalist who used data in his reporting to a computer-assisted reporting specialist.”

“Then there’s the term that seems to be more and more in vogue — “programmer-journalist.”  And while that definitely captures the dual nature of mission, it feels like a bit of a cop-out to me. Like we couldn’t find a good title, so we’ll just jam a couple half-baked ones together. It’s clunky to say, clunkier to write and it’s just a little too combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell, you know?”

Read more at MediaShift

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Newspaper Comments: Forget Anonymity! The Problem Is Management [Scott Rosenberg]

From Scott Rosenberg’s Wordyard: “The great mistake so many newspapers and media outlets made was to turn on the comments software and then walk out of the room. They seemed to believe that the discussions would magically take care of themselves.

If you opened a public cafe or a bar in the downtown of a city, failed to staff it, and left it untended for months on end, would you be surprised if it ended up as a rat-infested hellhole?”

More at Wordyard

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Slash? Backslash?

Another goodie from XKCD, which is on a roll of late:

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Predicting The Future Of Obituaries

A team of Northwestern University students led by pioneering professor Rich Gordon has published the results of a compelling analysis on Legacy.com and the future of newspaper obituaries.

Gordon published an overview today on Poynter E-Media Tidbits, where he urged the newspaper industry to pay more attention to the state of obituaries.

Obituary revenue has weathered the massive industry changes relatively well for now, Gordon says, but that may quickly change as it did for other classified categories. He writes:

“For newspapers, the key lesson from history should be clear: Act now, before it’s too late. And don’t let the industry’s current, relatively strong position in death notices and obituaries stand in the way of innovation, collaboration and partnerships.”

“Historically, via death notices and obituaries, newspapers met the needs of all of these audience segments. But changes in technology, media usage and cultural norms are combining to threaten newspapers’ dominance of this category.”

So check out Gordon’s piece here and the recommendations his students made to Legacy (PDF download here).

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At Snopes, A Quest To Debunk Misinformation Online [NYTimes]

From the NYTimes: “The popularity of Snopes – it attracts seven million to eight million unique visitors in an average month – puts the couple in a unique position to evaluate digital society’s attitudes toward accuracy.

After 14 years, they seem to have concluded that people are rather cavalier about the facts.

In a given week, Snopes tries to set the record straight on everything from political smears to old wives’ tales.”

Read more at NYTimes.com

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The Twitter News Instinct

See the original at XKCD, my all-time favorite webcomic.

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Eye-Tracking Tablets And The Promise of Text 2.0 [Wired]

From Wired.com: “For example: What if those written words were watching you reading them and making adjustments accordingly? Eye-tracking technology and processor-packed tablets promise to react, based on how you’re looking at text – where you pause, how you stare, where you stop reading altogether – in a friction-reducing implementation of the Observer Effect. The act of reading will change what you are reading.”

Read More at Wired

[Hat tip to Journerdist Will Sullivan]

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Automated Sports Reporters Coming This Summer [ReadWriteWeb]

From ReadWriteWeb: “Make room on the bleachers, the robot reporter wants to sit down and watch the game. Sports statistics company StatSheet says it will have technology ready this Summer to turn statistics for hundreds of small college basketball games into richly reported blow-by-blow coverage of how the contests unfold.

The rise of Automated Sports Journalism
The union of AI, predictive models, and sports is growing every year more.
It seems like a lifetime ago when there were no latest-generation sports products or super-technical materials. When the Boxscores were created with a pencil and a notebook and the training of the athletes was based only on running.
This situation has been turned around by a tech revolution that is leading to a sports improvement, both in terms of products and performances. Of course, sports romantics won’t be happy about it, but this technical an methodological change is relentless and we can do nothing to stop it.

Totally unexpected is the use of AI in sports journalism, a field that so far didn’t have the deserved attention.

Perhaps not everyone knows that since some years sports journalism became the object of different tech integration trials: first among the many, the data and tech integration for the editing of sports articles.

This revolution – started from Baseball – is a clear example of how Sport is the perfect field for testing new processes that, if working, can be used in many other activities and in the popular ones like Badminton, so if you are looking for equipment check the new Quality badminton racket and more new available products !

The Associated Press started its first test on a sample of 10.000 matches in the minor leagues of baseball. This new software seems to be capable of building up a detailed recap of the most important moments of the game, after analyzing all the data coming from any single match.

It is very hard to reach outcomes comparable to the report of a journalist, but these first tests proved that the results are good and with a big margin of improvements.

This new software can easily be a game changer of sports journalism, especially because AI can cover any single match on a national scale, becoming a sort of extension of the journalist and doubling his resources.

Sports journalism is not the only journalism affected by this evolution. Many important newspapers (New York Times or The Washington Post just to name two of them) are already introducing these new technologies in their workflow and so far the results are great.

The application of AI is bringing added value to some crucial topics, such as:

– Automation of daily procedures: AI let journalists focus on important matters, automating their daily and time-consuming routine.

– Data analysis: AI makes possible to analyze a huge amount of data and make predictions on specific topics.

– Fight against fake news: AI can use algorithms able to stand in the way of this phenomenon

So far, one of the most ambitious attempts was made by The Washington Post during Rio Olympics of 2016. Thanks to Smart Software Heliograf, the prestigious newspaper could cover multiple disciplines at a time, generating a flow of information big enough for the editing of many articles.

People have been talking about robot reporters for years, but sports coverage is a logical, structured field for it to happen in and StatSheet says it will soon bring a product to market.”

Read more at ReadWriteWeb

[Hat tip to Doug Fisher, who has a great post on this too.]

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Update Facebook On Weekends, Twitter In Mornings [OMNT]

From Old Media, New Tricks: “In a recent blog post, Dan Zarrella published results from an ongoing analysis of Facebook data points. One interesting statistic stood out: Facebook users share anywhere from 20 to 50 percent more stories on weekends than they do during the week.”

Read more at Old Media, New Tricks

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