Feeling a bit better after Aspen conference

This week I was lucky enough to participate in an Aspen Institute conference, “Of the Press: Models for Preserving American Journalism.” The participants were an all-star bunch, including Madeleine Albright (a journalist before becoming a diplomat) for day 1, Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli, Marissa Mayer of Google, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Federal Trade…

Isn’t it about time to expose the hypocrites?

I’ve been away for a few days, but when I got back I caught up on some episodes I’d missed of the Daily Show and Colbert Report during the Republican convention. Jon Stewart hit it particularly well by comparing past and recent statements by folks like Karl Rove and Fox News TV pundit Bill O’Reilly….

Tweetscan: journalistic tool

I just discovered Tweetscan, which is a cool little service that aggregates Twitter posts for user-selected topics. You can go to the site and type in a search term, then see recent tweets (that’s what you call Twitter posts) that include your term. Jeff Jarvis noted this over the weekend and used the example of…

Here’s the problem with journalism

Did you see the Brodeur survey of journalists released the other day? “Brodeur Journalists Survey Identifies Blogs’ Influence on Traditional News Coverage.” Flipping through the PDF version of the report, my jaw dropped when I saw this slide: One in four journalist blogs. One in five has a page on a social network. Good grief,…

Call in the Twitter posse

Here’s yet another Twitter+journalism idea, via PBS MediaShift: Twitter posses. As J.D. Lasica explains, the concept is to have reporters begin using the immediacy and interactivity of Twitter: “A beat reporter could enlist a dozen or two dozen passionate, driven readers to serve as a kind of Twitter posse. Whenever she was about to tackle…

Gillmor to the news industry’s rescue

Dan Gillmor is gearing up for his new position as inaugural leader of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, starting next year. Over on the Center for Citizen Media blog, he blogs about the planning process for getting the new center…