The Romenesko Indicator

Many of us watch Romenesko to keep tabs of the news business. The venerable media blog, which is published by the Poynter Institute, is great for giving a sense of where the industry is at. I’ve yet to see anyone use Romenesko for research. (Have I missed it?) But I wonder if a careful analysis…

ESPN gets on the widget bandwagon

No sooner had I finished off a draft of my January Editor & Publisher Online column (probably to be published next week) on how news organizations must learn to share their content any- and everywhere, than did news of ESPN’s WidgetCenter arrive on my radar screen. (I think it launched last month, but I must’ve…

To trust or not to trust Wikipedia

I was reading Howard Owens’ latest post and noticed that in the first paragraph he links to a Wikipedia entry in order to explain MBOs (management by objective). It’s normal for bloggers to provide links to Wikipedia; I do it frequently, too — usually as a shortcut to defining a term or describing something. But…

Twitter made even easier (using Jott)

I just discovered Jott.com, a very cool voice service that can interact with other web applications. Tonight I’ve been trying it out with RemberTheMilk, a web to-do utility that interacts nicely with Google Calendar. By using Jott, I can speak into my cell phone while I’m away from my computer and very easily add a…

Digging deeper on Newsweek.com’s Ruckus

The Media Bloggers Association and Newsweek have debuted The Ruckus, which is a group blog about politics on Newsweek.com. It’s a laudable project, because it has a very traditional news organization opening up to outsiders and publishing their content under the Newsweek brand. The political bloggers get prominent play, their photos featured, and potentially significant…

Twittering the traffic

Over at STLToday.com, Kurt Greenbaum’s Twitter project is live: Today on Highway 40. The idea is to use Twitter to document the driving and commuting experiences of people as a key arterial in St. Louis is closed for a long reconstruction period. Greenbaum, who is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s social media director, recruited 10 people…

More Twitter news implications

Jack Lail blogs about using Twitter to cover breaking news stories with a series of alerts, riffing off an earlier post by me, and cites an example of a fan “tweeting” a high school football game. That is an excellent example of a news use for Twitter. Just imagine receiving phone text alerts from someone…

Group Twittering instructions

In other blog posts here and on Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits, I’ve discussed ideas for using Twitter to cover major breaking news stories (like disasters) with micro-bursts of instant news reporting. This can be especially powerful if you’ve got a team of reporters all feeding a Twitter story stream. Alas, Twitter doesn’t allow multiple cell phones…

We should not micro-blog by Twitter alone

Earlier this week I blogged over on Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits about news organizations using Twitter to cover fast-breaking, big news stories. A few interesting follow-ups came my way subsequently: First, Kurt Greenbaum, director of social media for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote to say that he’s planning to use Twitter in the way I described…

A’s to some Q’s from this week’s E&P webinar

This week I was one of the speakers in a webinar, “Hometown Paper In A Digital World: Serving Local Audiences As Well As Advertisers Through Search And Community,” produced by Nielsen and sponsored by Editor & Publisher. (I write a column for E&P Online.) Audience members had the opportunity to send in questions for the…

News companies: Allow embeds of your video!

I was reading an article on NYTimes.com this morning: “Team Turns Unsung Runners Into Elite Marathoners.” Included in the article is a NYT-produced video sidebar. (While I would term it a sidebar to the story, it can stand on its own; someone viewing it who had not read the story would not be confused.) Take…

It’s 2007: Is it for your website?

Every year, without fail, either in my Editor & Publisher Online column or in one or the other blogs I write or write for, I remind people on January 1 to check the copyright tagline at the bottom of their websites. So many people forget to change it to the current year. Well, for the…

Tag, I’m it

OK, it’s my turn to play the Blog Tag game. B.L. Ochman “tagged” me last week, and it’s my duty to tell five things about myself that most people don’t know, then tag five more bloggers. I was born in the UK, in Essex, about 90 miles from London, and lived in a tiny village…