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We now know where Buzzfeed sources its content!


Buzzfeed is all the buzz because of the gazillion stories that they push out out social media that go viral. Even more established news sites have been trying out the click bait stories. And new websites that are trying the emulate the Buzzfeed content have been sprouting like mushrooms.

I have always wondered where, or more specifically how, Buzzfeed sourced all of the ‘news’ items that they highlight. And the answer is now revealed!

The website Priceonomics.com conducted some research and found out that Tumblr is the main source for Buzzfeed’s news content, followed by Instagram, Getty and YouTube. So I guess that’s what the whole Buzzfeed team does on a daily basis… scour Tumblr!

Head on to Priceonomics.com to read about the data in more detail.

Cutting the cord: Who needs TV anymore?


In the past five years, millions of people have cancelled their television cable or satellite connection. Where are they getting their news and entertainment now? The Internet, of course! These people are ‘cutting the cord’ because they feel that TV no longer serves any purpose for them.

I haven’t cut the cord yet but I see it eventually happening since I don’t even watch TV anymore. All I do is watch the Internet since I’ve connected my Mac Mini to my TV set. (Wait… that means I still watch the TV… right?)

And there is increasing number of youth who are now known as ‘cord-nevers’. They have never even really watched TV because they have been raised solely on the Internet.

And I see the point. Why would anyone want to pay expensive monthly subscription fees for TV channels that don’t satisfy their needs? A cheaper alternative for all this is high speed broadband.

And it’s not like they will be missing anything from TV because the same information is presented to them online, and with and even more appealing presentation and form!

There are also online exclusive content services now available like IFlix and the likes which are so much cheaper. IFlix has a starting subscription fee of RM8 a month!

So unless TV still wants to be in the game, they need to look back at their content presentation and start repurposing.

Read more about cutting the cord at Mediashift.Org.

Listen to The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 53) – TV News… When was the last time you watched it?

Instagram journalism!


Instagram journalism sure sounds interesting! Two veteran photojournalists are already trying it out… Neil Shea and Jeff Sharlet. Although Instagram is more known for selfies and pictures of ‘hot dog legs‘, these two are doing something much more significant with the platform.

Neil shoots in conflict areas for National Geographic while Jeff writes and shoots for Mic.com and his current project is documenting individual profiles from across the United States.

Instagram is primarily a visual platform but these two are experimenting with the written word on it as well. And in my opinion, there is still more that can be done. We just need to keep on trying things out on Instagram.

Both Neil and Jeff are now working with The Virginia Quarterly Review to commission writers to produce Instagram stories for the journal. It starts in July 2015. So keep an eye out for it.

Personally, I don’t use Instagram actively for journalism. I just use it to show off to people how cool my life is! But every once in a while, I will post a photo from my journalism work and it always gets good response.

According to an article on Contentlty.net, Instagram has already surpassed 300 million users. Compare that number with the most populous countries in the world and the social media platform will come in at number four!

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 53) – TV news… when was the last time you watched it?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 53) – TV news… when was the last time you watched it?

Where does television news sit in the current media landscape? Zan and Aizyl can’t remember the last time they actually sat down at 8pm to catch “breaking” news. So should it be done away with or is there some way it could evolve to remain relevant?

Listen to more Fat Bidin Podcasts here.

Civic journalism: Forget audience measurement & focus on audience engagement instead


In a time when news organisations and journalists are so obsessed with metrics and audience measurements, maybe we need to step back and see what really matters… good, quality stories that actually engage the audience.

The term civic journalism has long been gone from so many newsrooms and it may just be time to highlight it again so we don’t lose the plot – that the true stakeholders whom journalists need to serve are the people.

Civic journalism means that as journalists, we try to find a way to include the ordinary person in the stories and issues of the day, creating a way for them to participate and to put them in a position to actually act and do something.

Read more on civic journalism at NiemanLab.Org:  ‘If audience engagement is the goal, it’s time to look back at the successes of civic journalism for answers