Expert supporters and over-caffeinated critics

OK, I knew when I wrote my last Editor & Publisher Online column on climate change and media coverage of it that I’d annoy some people. Some journalists didn’t like my message, as well as some of the expected global warming skeptics. This week criticism of me was stepped up a notch with a blog item…

Don’t hold back now! … Letters berating me

Editor & Publisher Online published some of the letters from folks who hated my most recent column. Here. I’l resist debating everyone, but this particular statement galled me: … Advocacy journalism involves artfully telling the reader what they should think, Steve, not the other way around. Its great practitioners, from Ida Tarbell to John Stewart,…

Getting insulted online

My latest Editor & Publisher Online column, published this week, was a bit out of the ordinary for me. Instead of sticking to online media trends and news as I usually do, I did an opinion piece about climate change and how the newspaper industry fails to use its power to influence positive behavior because…

TV or computer? The answer is obvious

Me (Dad): “If you could only have one available to you, which would it be: TV or computer/Internet?” Daughter, age 15: (without hesitation) “Computer, because with TV I couldn’t be in touch with all my friends. You can do so much more on the computer — even watch some TV. TV is just one small…

TV on the way down

From the Hollywood Reporter, citing a media usage survey by IBM: Personal time that consumers spend on the Internet is rivaling their TV time, with user-generated content and networking sites among the most popular destinations for entertainment seekers. Plus, people seem more open to mobile content and are looking for more traditional entertainment offerings on…

TimesSelect doomed?

It appears that TimesSelect is about to die. That’s the New York Times’ premium web subscription service, which takes some of the best content on its website (like the respected op-ed columnists) and puts it behind a pay wall. A couple years ago I wrote a cautiously optimistic column for Editor & Publisher (sorry, no…

3.9 out of 5 stars

That’s how my latest Editor & Publisher Online column is rated by 11 reviewers (as I write this) on Newstrust. The column is about the larger issue of the proliferation of alternative news sources online (blogs, grassroots media, et al), and the lack of any competent guidance in telling consumers whether those sources are credible…

Why newspapers should give it away free

In a comment to an earlier blog item, I got the following question from Larry. (I’ll answer in a new blog item, so that it’s more likely to be seen.) As the new media guy for a couple alt-weeklies and long-time reader of your columns, in response to your post here, I am coming to…

Bad news of the day

Wow, it’s getting depressing for the newspaper industry. Scripps just announced it’s shutting down the Cincinnati Post and the Kentucky Post. My Columbia Journalism Review came in the mail the other day, and there was this article about the serious troubles of the Dallas Morning News. And of course there are the continually released reports…

Stop! Don’t unfold that paper! … Can you take it?!

On the front page of my local paper (Boulder Daily Camera) this morning was something I’ve never seen before. This note, with a red headline: Don’t unfold the page, yet An apparent assassination attempt on our governor left one man dead in the hallway of one of the most public places in our state Monday….

Picture perfect humor

The Redbook Faith Hill Photoshop incident is just too funny. After you finish laughing at how the retouchers turned her into a skinny younger fembot, be sure to check out the comments on the linked article (they’re half the fun).

Speaking ill of the dead

Of course it’s considered bad form to speak ill of the dead. But what of someone like right-wing fundamentalist Jerry Falwell, who spent much of his life insulting and denigrating those who didn’t see the world in his extremely narrow (and bizarre) view? Someone like that I’m not sure can expect to get a neat…

NAA shoots self in foot with flying newspapers

Alan Mutter is right. The Newspaper Association of America’s advertising campaign is beyond lame — and shoots the industry in the foot. The only group that would think this bizarre mascot is futuristic or cool are probably over 60. Then there’s the game that you use a gun to shoot newspapers at paper boxes as…

Another reason online beats print

My business partner noted an item in Keith Huang’s Blog Watch column of the Wall Street Journal on Monday that talked about one of my company’s bloggers, Katie Brown, and her blog on YourClimbing.com. He saw it in the print edition. So I wanted to put a link to the column on YourClimbing.com, but of…

Watch fake news; grasp what’s really happening

I love this: From a New York Times report on a new Pew survey, it is revealed that the people in the US that know the most about what’s going on (that is, the news junkies who actually follow what’s happening) are more likely to be viewers of fake news shows like Jon Stewart’s The…