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…

You can never be too thin (unless you’re a newspaper)

Yeah, we still get the print edition of the local newspaper delivered at my house. Frankly, I’ve wanted to cancel it many times — the online portal to the world meets my needs, and I dislike the waste a newspaper subscription generates — but my wife resists so we continue to get it. My Sunday…

Oddly optimistic

I’ve been working on the process of closing down the Enthusiast Group (including trying to sell our websites). Oddly, it’s not quite as depressing as I thought this would be. I don’t exactly feel good, of course, but I’m feeling optimistic. I’m trying to figure out why. I’m not someone who hates change (how could…

Front-page editorial: Should there be more?

On Sunday, the Denver Post had an unusual front-page editorial that blasted Colorado governor Bill Ritter for his executive order allowing state workers to join unions. The tone of the editorial was particularly harsh, comparing Ritter to “Jimmy Hoffa” and calling him “a toady for labor bosses” and “a bag man for unions.” (Colorado Confidential…

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…

The social company — and implications for media companies

My Editor & Publisher Online column this month looks at the mega-trend of companies becoming more “social.” That is, they’re starting to move money away from traditional advertising and into content, services and community. Companies like Nike are figuring out that they can be media companies, too, in additional to being brand companies. I think…

Online media is about conversation: Will newspapers ever get that?!

Just checked out the Denver Post’s new MileHighMamas.com niche website/community. On the plus side: Bravo to the newspaper company for recognizing that there are opportunities in local niches, and moms is one of the no-brainer choices. Bravo also for giving it a non-Post brand name; you don’t see “Denver Post” anywhere on the homepage except…

Saving investigative journalism

The decline of the newspaper industry and its continuing spate of layoffs is bad news for investigative journalism. As publishers cut back operations to deal with ad revenue declines, investigative projects become a luxury. I’ve written before about this problem, and suggested that non-profits and foundations may be one way to save this important watchdog…

Who wants to be a newspaper millionaire?

Newspaper companies clearly need to create a stronger culture of innovation. So this employee incentive program from Gatehouse Media is a step in the right direction. The idea is that any employee (or group of them) who can come up with a business idea for the company that makes $50 million in revenue by the…

From the Irony Department…

Journalism department chairman resists his dean’s proposal to dispense with print edition of student newspaper and go with online only version, and is fired. Below is the banner ad that showed up when I viewed this story.

A foolish statement

Duncan Riley writes on TechCrunch about ABC News letting go of Amanda Congdon, the Rocketboom girl: As much as we wish Amanda the very best in her future endeavors, her failure to move from online celebrity to mainstream media company successfully does bring into question the ability of online stars to go mainstream.” Ummm, no…

TimesSelect: another blow to newspaper paid content

I’m not at all surprised that NYTimes.com has decided to scrap its TimesSelect paid premium content program. That was the program that put (among other things) the Times’ popular op-ed columnists behind a paid subscription wall. The Times story on the move blames Google, in effect, for the failure of TimesSelect to do better. More traffic…

Yeah, they get it

I really like this e-mail I just received from NYTimes.com:   One of the mega-trends when it comes to news consumption is, of course, that consumers no longer rely on a single brand — or even just a few. Great, credible news sources from around the world are available freely with a few clicks. There…

Helping alleviate climate change: Fox?

Since I wrote an Editor & Publisher Online column recently about media coverage of climate change — and got a ton of flak about my views, much of it negative — I was intrigued to hear an NPR report, “News Corp. Sets ‘Green’ Goals,” earlier this week. The piece by Nate DiMeo talks about News Corp.’s new initiative —…

Taking ‘journalistic balance’ too far

Continuing on my temporary climate change theme (I hope you’ll bear with me just a bit longer), I want to offer this excerpt from a column by Sacramento Bee executive editor and senior VP Rick Rodriquez: “A group of the world’s leading scholars on climate change had a message for news executives earlier this week:…