MORE THAN ANY OTHER newspaper that I buy in Ireland, the Sunday Business Post (SBP) looks like it could benefit from subtitles written in Twitterspeak. It's quite simple--just add the Twitter nic to the writer's byline and you're off. If the journo doesn't use Twitter, add a Twitter user name to the body of the article when the person interviewed has an account there. This idea occurred to me while paging through the SBP and I took the liberty of marking up the appropriate stories with my attempt at attributing Twitter nicknames to people in the stories. The seven minute Qik video that I put online shows what I mean. There are stories about technology in education that cite people using electronic tools well. Some of these people tweet and many of them write blogs so the SBP reader deserves to be alerted to where to go for the rest of the story. And in some cases, those Twitterstreams and blog posts provide important details about what's really happening with technology, business and education. Being a realist, I know that most of the ink used by the Sunday Business Post is clever commercial profiles for companies and I don't argue with that approach. However, I think many readers would find better embedded web reference to be a technique worth considering as a way to boost newsprint sales.
I've annotated the stories used in today's Qik clip below.
1. Nicola Cooke -- "Call for outsourcing of airport immigration system" in the News section of the SBP, 24 May 2009.
2. Nicola Cooke -- "Failte Ireland sets ambitious business tourism target" in the News section of the SBP, 24 May 2009.
3. Martha Kearns devotes pages of SBP coverage to the Ryan Report. Victims of horrific institutional abuse have reacted warily to the report.
4. Mannix Flynn -- "It was murder of the soul" in a thoughtful piece about the Ryan Report in the SBP.
5. Ian Campbell -- "IT Package planned for every class" in the "Best Business" section of the SBP, 24 May 2009.
6. Ibid -- "Classroom tool delivers when time is right". As @seoinin can explain, interactive whiteboards have a positive impact on pupils and teachers, but they need to be deployed carefully.
7. Ibid -- "Schools connect with growing digital content". What about linkages between schools or connections between ICT champions?
8. Post Reporter -- "Seach for Ireland's brightest Young Scientist begins again" in the SBP "Trends" section of the education supplement.
9. Ibid -- "Film is a happy medium for schools". More needs to be publicised about the 2009 FIS Project.
10. Leslie Faughnan -- "Electronic education wins by a distance". The article shows UL and my Qik clip points to @gabig58, one of the most-connected tweeple at UL.
11. Ibid -- "West is wide awake to new tech approach." Nice item, but I wonder why @iainmacl gets no coverage?
12. Ian Campbell -- "A school for connecting young minds". Daithi O'Murchu talked to the journo. It would have been more interesting to see what the journo thought of the Gaelscoil's OpenSIM environment or how effective he thought Daithi's virtual presentations are for viewers.