If Google can have a channel, so should news organizations

Does your news organization have a YouTube video channel featuring a fresh stream of originally produced videos? It should. And it wouldn’t be that hard to do, nor expensive. So that idea came to me after having watched a couple great videos on The Official Google Channel on YouTube. (I’ve attached one of those videos,…

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…

Be everywhere, be a survivor

New column from me for Editor & Publisher Online: This Should Be Your Mantra: Be Everywhere I think that the theme of this column will be something that we in the news business (well, broader media, too) will be talking about and dealing with a lot this year. Although, comments and e-mails on this column,…

Who needs TV critics?

In Melanie McFarland’s farewell column as TV critic of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (she’s taking a web job with Amazon.com’s IMDB.com), she writes: Although I won’t be under the globe anymore, a number of talented reader bloggers and regularly updated articles from TVGuide.com will continue to make this one of the best places for couch potatoes…

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…

The Collegian: fond memories, unsettling future

Back in the dark ages of my college years, I was a reporter and managing editor of the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the student newspaper at Colorado State University. (How dark? Reporters used electric typewriters and copy was taken to the composition department to be set into cold type.) So it was with interest that I…

The Simpsons on demise of print media

I missed last night’s The Simpsons, but according to Mediabistro’s FishbowlDC blog, there was this funny scene: “Did you watch last night’s ‘The Simpsons’? Like when Dan Rather introduced his panel of debate moderators, including ‘Ron Lehar, a print journalist from The Washington Post.’ “Prompting Nelson to point at him and say ‘Ha ha: Your…

The year of changing newsroom culture

In my latest Editor & Publisher Online column, I asked a smattering of news industry folks what they would have me fix at their organizations if I walked in the door with a magic wand. A common theme came through: We need serious cultural change in the newsroom in order to transform our companies, so…

My Former So-Called Life

Since it’s winter and much of my exercise has been indoors, I’ve been watching DVDs to pass the time while on the treadmill or bike trainer. Right now I’m watching old episodes of “My So-Called Life,” a great drama from 1994. In case you don’t remember it, Life was a “realistic teen drama series that…

Trying to make sense of most viewed stories on NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com released its Top 10 Viewed Features of 2007 (even though 2007 isn’t over yet!), and here they are: 1. Magazine: Sweeping the Clouds Away 2. U.S.: Virginia Tech Shooting Leaves 33 Dead 3. U.S.: Virginia Gunman Identified as a Student 4. Health: Study Shows Why the Flu Likes Winter 5. Magazine: Unhappy Meals 6….

Outsourcing user comment management: Maybe

The deal between MediaNews Corp. and Topix.net, where Topix will host the user comments for web articles on MediaNews’ newspaper websites, is stirring up debate in the blogosphere — especially between Howard Owens and Topix CEO Chris Tolles. (Journalism.co.uk report.) Owens has gotten heated in his criticism of the deal. I understand where he’s coming…

A gift I won’t be giving

Over at Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits, Peter M. Zollman reports that he received a solicitation from the Wall Street Journal hawking holiday subscriptions (paid, that is) for its website. As he notes, that’s a silly purchase since (about-to-be) new owner Rupert Murdoch has announced his intention to make WSJ.com free. Perhaps they’ll get some orders from…

Potts to shake things up at Philly.com

Backfence co-founder Mark Potts (also ex-Washinton Post and various other new media ventures) has found a chance to put his money where his mouth is, so to speak. He’s accepted a 3-month assignment at Philly.com as acting vice president-editorial. Philly.com is the website for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Potts talks about the gig…

Many news organizations are too slow with breaking news

Kevin Anderson of The Guardian (UK) has written up some thoughts to follow up on my own about using Twitter for breaking news alerts. Good stuff; worth a read. His post helps me realize that in many ways, mainstream news media have been beaten by the web 2.0-enabled crowd. That is, when big news happens…

Rise of the social media directors

As far as I’m concerned, every news organization should have a staff member with the title of Director of Social Media (or some variation of that). If you run a news organization and you’re not devoting resources and brainpower to user generated content, social networking, crowd sourcing, etc., then you’re missing what the Internet is…