Michelle Nicolosi, Editor, Japan Media Review - 6th
What's your background and that
Media Review is an online-only journal that examines
the forces that are shaping Japanese journalism
and media. We're also looking at how people in
Japan are using emerging technologies to communicate
with each other, and to get and share news and
other information. We launched in March 2003.
Media Review publishes a new feature every week.
We also feature an occasional diary from students
at Keio University in Japan who are studying how
the proliferation of high-tech cell phones and
other mobile devices are changing Japanese culture,
communication and media consumption habits.
am a former print journalist -- I worked as a
reporter for 10 years at the Orange
County Register in California. http://www.inserttexthere.com/resume.htm
I covered health and medicine there for five years
and was a lead reporter on the yearlong Pulitzer
Prize-winning investigation of a California
fertility clinic, where doctors took eggs and
embryos from patients and gave them to other patients
since worked at a few Internet companies, and
am now Editor of Japan Media
and an editor at Online
Journalism Review www.ojr.org
and why was JMR established?
received a three-year grant from the U.S.
Dept. of Education http://wwwcrl.uchicago.edu/info/ticfia/participants2002.html#usc2
to create a site that would explore media in Japan,
and how technology is changing the way news and
information is delivered and consumed. You can
see project proposal here: http://wwwcrl.uchicago.edu/info/ticfia/japanmedia.pdf.
are your aims and objectives?
is really no other place you can go to learn about
the forces shaping journalism and media in Japan.
There are dozens of scholarly journals about Japan
-- I searched them all and found very few articles
about journalism in Japan. One paper by researcher
Barbara Gatzen republished
on our site
observes that few communications scholars are
studying Japanese media, and few media critics
are talking about what kind of job the media are
doing in Japan.
not? Japan is a media saturated country, their
papers are the largest in the world -- the top
two have daily circulations of 12 and 14 million
each. The top newspaper in Japan has a larger
daily circulation than the combined circulation
of the top nine papers in the U.S.:
more than the USA Today,
The Wall Street, the New York Times, the Los Angeles
Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune,
the New York Daily News, the Denver Post/Rocky
Mountain News and The
Dallas Morning News combined.
and media are, as they say, big in Japan. So why
isn't anyone writing about how journalism works
in Japan? In the U.S. and othercountries, there's
plenty of discussion about how the media are doing,
arethey good enough, how can they be better. Just
look at all the media columnists on the left side
of Romenesko's media news
-- and that's just the start. This kind of debate
and scrutiny holds the media accountable and hopefully
makes for better journalism. I'd like to think
we're creating a place where that kind of conversation
about Japanese media can happen.
also think the Japanese are in many ways ahead
of the curve in their use of communication technology
-- we can all learn from examining what they're
are the biggest stories you have broken?
writing about a topic few have written about.
Many of the stories we've done -- about how the
media works in Japan, about how the people in
Japan are using emerging technologies to communicate
and to access news have received no play in the
Western press. We're breaking stories all the
time -- if only because we're covering a topic
no one else is covering.
many website visitors do you attract?
got about 10,000 page views last month (May, 2002).
We've only been live for two months, so I think
that's pretty good. Our most popular article by
far was an article by scholar Mizuko Ito on how
cell phones are bringing sweeping changes to how
the Japanese coordinate, communicate, and share
do you prefer to write about and why?
our Writers Guidelines description of what we're
is looking for freelancers to write about how
emerging technologies are changing journalism
in Japan. We're not looking for columns, opinion
or first-person pieces -- just traditional news
reporting. We will consider pitches from reporters
who have substantial experience writing trend
pieces for daily newspapers, magazines or online
like to hear about developments in journalism
in Japan that have a technology, Internet, wireless,
or convergence angle. Most of our stories will
focus on talking to people in the media about
where their industry is going in light of emerging
many contributors does JMR have, and how are tasks
have about a dozen people in the U.S. and Japan
writing for us. Our grant allows us to hire four
grad students help produce the site and to search
the Japanese Internet for the latest news. They
write a weekly news digest onwhat's happening
with media and communications in Japan. Journalism
students at Doshisha University
in Kyoto, Japan, will also contribute to the news
other platforms of media does JMR use, or is it
other media coverage has you received?
have been written about and linked to many times
by other publications onthe Web.
other imporant information should we know about
Media Review is a joint project of the University
of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication,
the USC East Asian Studies
Center and GLOCOM
-- the Center for Global Communications at the
International University of Japan. JMR
is a sister publication of
Online Journalism Review. (www.ojr.org).