Farewell, Online-News!

By Steve Outing

I’m going to partake of a little nostalgia here. Stop reading if you don’t care about the early days of interactive news. …

Back in 1994, I started an e-mail discussion list called Online-News. It turned out to be the primary hangout for lots of the pioneers in the field of online news, and continued to be a thriving industry discussion venue for many years.

It was so long ago that in those days we were talking about the merits of dial-up bulletin board services; which proprietary online service (AOL, Prodigy, Delphi, Interchange, and some I’ve forgotten) news organizations should hook up with; and this fledgling thing called the World Wide Web, and whether or not we should take it seriously.

I served as list “owner” for quite a while, and when I went to work for the Poynter Institute in 2001, the lists went with me to be hosted there. I left my Poynter job in 2006, but Online-News continued on, residing on Poynter’s servers.

Alas, Online-News is no more. When Poynter Online introduced its new design in the last week, the old Online-News mailing list went away, replaced by a web discussion area: Journalism Conversations: Online & Multimedia.

I’m hoping that the new “Groups” functionality of Poynter Online will support a continuation of the great conversation that we Online-News members have had over these many years.

I am a bit worried that the rebranding and the ridding of the name Online-News will confuse people about what happened to it. So this is my attempt at leaving a record of the transition, and hoping that old Online-News members will make the transition. There’s still plenty to talk about!

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!