Ted Diadiun vs. John Kroll: Plain Dealer face-off

Here’s the video promised by Cleveland Plain Dealer Impact Editor John Kroll (representing the paper’s online/digital side) having a follow-up debate with Reader Representative Ted Diadiun about some disparaging comments Diadiun made toward bloggers and Internet news sites during a previous video chat, which generated quite a bit of heat. (Original link on Cleveland.com.) This…

RSS madness (please resubscribe)

Today I finally got around to fixing this blog’s RSS feeds, which got messed up some time ago when I stopped using another domain name and fouled up my Feedburner settings. In repairing the damage, I seem to have lost lots of people who subscribed to this blog’s feed. Ugh. If you’d like to be…

Get paid to write online (pay me, please!)

Since much of my attention these days seems to be on how to get writers and media companies paid on the web, allow me to pass along the latest scheme I’ve learned of. Payyattention.com (2 y’s?) looks to be promising for bloggers and individual writers wanting their fans to voluntarily pay for their work. The…

From Twitter to CJR’s blog: What the…?

This strikes me as so funny and unusual, I have to blog it. … So earlier today I posted this to Twitter: A short while later I notice that I’ve turned up on Columbia Journalism Review’s website on its “The Kicker” blog, where the (short) blog item is actually longer than my tweet! I’m not…

Palin’s e-mails aren’t going back in the bottle

Since John McCain has stated that he doesn’t know how to use a computer, his campaign’s reaction to someone hacking into running mate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Mail account and spreading the contents around the web should come as no surprise. (It appears that the e-mails are legit.) His campaign manager, Rick Davis, appears to be…

What is Twitter good for?

This is for my wife, who is trying to figure out how to use Twitter (despite that her friends aren’t on it yet). You might find it interesting too… How Do You Use Twitter? from biz stone on Vimeo.

The rules have changed; politicians beware

Fascinating story from NY Times today: “For New Journalists, All Bets, but Not Mikes, Are Off.” The short version is that a “citizen journalist” working for Huffington Post’s Off The Bus was talking to Bill Clinton at a campaign rally, and the ex-prez blurted out some unsavory words thinking that he was just talking to…

Are you blogging less, tweeting more?

I have a few projects going right now, and I find that I’m remembering to post to this blog less often than I usually do. It’s not just that I’m busy, though; I’ve always been busy. No, I think that in part I’m blogging a bit less because I’m tweeting more. (To “tweet” is slang…

Your tweets are not private communication

I was a bit taken aback this evening when I saw that Derek Willis quoted one of my Twitter posts from earlier today on his blog, The Scoop. (That’s an insightful item, by the way, about the behind-the-scenes situation at the Washington Post where interactive star Rob Curley and his team are departing.) Now, I…

A smart and low-cost way to cover niches

Please take a look at my latest column for Editor & Publisher Online, posted today: “How to Create Killer Niche Web Sites Without Hiring.” I think the two initiatives I’ve profiled are truly significant innovations that can move the news industry forward. For lack of a better term, Examiner.com’s Examiners program and the Mail &…

Introducing techGRL.com: the comic, reinvented

April 1 seems like an appropriate day to debut a humor project: techGRL.com. California artist Steve Kearsley (a colleague from my long-ago San Francisco Chronicle days) and I have been working on this for a while now, and today took the wraps off the site. We’re working toward “reinventing the comic strip,” applying social networking…

Trying out Intense Debate

Next time you make a comment here, you’ll notice that I switched from the default WordPress commenting feature to using Intense Debate. Let me know what you think of it, please. Intense Debate is a new company based here in Boulder, and I know its recently appointed CEO, Tom Keller. What they’re doing definitely looks…

Comment snafu

Aack!! I just realized that WordPress stopped delivering me e-mail approval alerts when new comments get posted to this blog. I moderate comments in order to spare you from comment spam. (I must admit to having neglected this blog recently in terms of upgrading to current versions of WordPress and the Askimet comment-spam filter; ergo,…

Introducing GrowYourNewsWebsite.com

I’ve just debuted a new website/blog designed to be a resource for ideas, tips and advice for online news publishers. It’s called GrowingYourNewsWebsite.com, and it’s NOT another industry news blog. The focus is exclusively on advice. I hope you’ll find it useful. I soft-launched the site yesterday, so hardly anyone knows about it. I’d love…