Social networking plays a role in another big story

Here’s an interesting excerpt from an ABCNews.com story about today’s horrific Virginia Tech shootings: Many students were looking online for information about schoolmates. Some of them established a so-called “wall” at Facebook.com to share what they knew; others turned to MySpace.com. “Many of us are all worried about our friends, so lets do this. If…

What I said … Yeah, I still believe it

I don’t always stand behind what I wrote several years ago. After all, writing about media trends and making predictions is dangerous business in an industry that changes as rapidly as online media. But I do still believe what I wrote in this column for Editor & Publisher Online, which is about American media’s (and…

My daughters will never read print newspapers

My latest Editor & Publisher Online column, published earlier this week, is Where News Consumption Is Heading. This column is one of those that’s getting a lot of feedback (which is always good, even if I’m being criticized — which I’m mostly not on this one). One of the more brazen statements in the column…

Relationship advice is most e-mailed

And the most e-mailed New York Times story of 2006 is … [drumroll] … “What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage“! Yeah, I remember that one. I read it myself when it came out, and e-mailed it to my wife (of course). It’s a story about how techniques for training animals also can improve…

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…

The columnist’s paradox

A line in Bill McCloskey’s latest E-mail Insider column resonated with me. In his latest, “What You Can Expect From This Column In 2007,” he wrote: I have absolutely no idea what my readers consider the gems and what they consider the dregs. I’ve been writing columns for over 10 years now and I have…

It didn’t take long: Saddam hanging video

As expected, there’s already video of Saddam’s hanging — I mean the actual death — online. A blog reader pointed me to this. It looks like someone had a video camera phone with them and surreptitiously shot the few minutes before the actual hanging, because the camera moves around a lot and after the floor…

Should editors publish Saddam hanging images, video?

That’s a no-brainer, as far as I’m concerned. The answer is yes, when you’re talking about online. If you’re thinking of publishing gruesome photos on the font page of your newspaper, or video of the actual hanging on a news broadcast, then (especially in the USA, where we’re still puritanical about such things), don’t do…

I don’t write for print anymore

My name popped up in this article on The Editors Weblog, so I read the piece, which is about the idea of better integrating print and online newsrooms. This excerpt caught my eye: The reality is that these two media have ingrained differences, and cannot necessarily be mastered instantaneously. For some print journalists, the switch…

Newspapers: The great un-innovators

My latest Editor & Publisher Online column has generated a lot of e-mail, mostly pro, some con (and as noted in my previous blog item, lots of right-wing “down with the liberal media” crap). While I’m ignoring the political stuff, it’s been fascinating to watch the e-mails and blog comments from people in the news…

Attack from the right on my non-political column

My monthly Editor & Publisher Online column was published today, “Why Aren’t Newspapers Breaking Out of the Box.” It’s a look at what online editors and managers think (when speaking behind the veil) needs to be done to save the newspaper industry. (One radical idea: Put them in charge of the whole shebang — including…

What’s wrong at newspapers: I’m looking for some frank answers

I have an idea for my next Editor & Publisher Online column, but need the help of newspaper new media folks. This was also posted today on the Online-News discussion list: I have some simple questions for you: WHAT IS IT THAT YOUR NEWSPAPER SHOULD BE DOING, BUT ISN’T? AND WHY IS THAT? (Institutional intertia?…

What are they smoking in Santa Barbara?

I’ve been writing about the intersection of news media (and especially newspapers) and the Internet for many years, and there are some things that just drive me crazy. One is when a newspaper decides that it doesn’t want anyone linking to its content on the Web, yet it publishes the content freely on its website….

Irwin death video: It’s only a matter of time

When Steve Irwin died from an encounter with a stingray recently, his death was caught on video. The video was not made public, and as far as we know, only law enforcement people involved have access to it. I hope it’s never made public — but I bet it will find its way onto the…