Dave Winer on what it means to have Tumblr hiring reporters

The function of a newsroom in the future is to coordinate the voices of the world to produce a coherent news product. That job will be done in very much the model that Tumblr is doing it. You could have started with a blogging community or you could have started with a news organization, but they’re both heading to the same place.

The Times of course has the best newsroom. So why don’t they evolve a blogging platform like Tumblr’s? They should have. I’ve been begging them to do it since the mid-90s. There’s still time to gather some of the leftover energy in the web, and to be prepared to catch some of the deserters when Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter et al stumble at growing into the space formerly occupied exclusively by the Times, Wash Post, etc.

But less time remains all the time.

Dave Winer — NYT growing the wrong way.

New York Times releases code to help journalists collaborate on WordPress, other platforms

New York Times releases code to help journalists collaborate on WordPress, other platforms. Track changes within the WordPress editor. Code is available on Github; it would be awesome to see this support realtime collaborative editing too. (via Steve Myers)

Jeff Jarvis on the NY Times’ do-not-track hypocrisy

Sunday’s New York Times editorializes in favor of Do Not Track and other privacy legislation going through Congress and the Federal Trade Commission. Yet The New York Times itself makes much use of personal, private, and tracking information itself. Indeed, it requires tracking.

Jeff Jarvis — Do-not-track hypocrisy

NYT’s Stephen Farrell on Libya and working as a foreign correspondent

From earlier today at the J-School. Stephen Farrell was one of four New York Times reporters taken captive in Libya and released only a few days ago. Before being welcomed back to the newsroom, he stopped by and talked a bit about his experience in front of a packed house. Money quote: working in a war zone is “big boy’s game, big boy’s rules.”