Rob Curley moves to WPNI: It’s about time

For a long time now, I’ve wondered why Rob Curley reserved his considerable talents as a new media guru and visionary for small newspapers. He led the new media operations at the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World for many years, then moved to a bigger company (Scripps) but worked for one of its small papers, the Naples…

My E&P column: Newspapers must think small

My “August” column for Editor & Publisher is online now: “Small Should Be ‘The New Big’ for Newspapers and the Web.” Actually, the column is dated September 5, 2006, but it really is my August column. I was pretty late turning it in toward the end of the month, then E&P took a few days…

State of the art multimedia from MSNBC.com

Want to see some absolutely stunning, cutting edge news multimedia? Look here: Rising From Ruin: Two Towns Rebuild After Katrina from MSNBC.com. Wow. Comment from MSNBC.com executive producer for editorial experience Ashley Wells, which accompanied his pointer to me: “And it only took 9 months!”

Am I being sarcastic? You figure it out

I don’t know what it is about the online medium (well, I have an idea), but it’s often the case that sarcasm is lost on people. It happens in e-mail; it happens in blogs. If you don’t make it super clear that you’re being sarcastic, some segment of your readership will take you seriously —…

Something in common: Electric cars and newspapers

My wife and I saw Who Killed the Electric Car? tonight. Please go see it — and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, too. I feel like with both of these films, it’s a moral imperative to see them and educate yourself about our society’s most pressing problem — our dependence on an energy source that…

E&P column: Nostalgic new-media conversations

My July column for Editor & Publisher Online has been published: “Online-News: Have We Come Far Enough?” I pored through a bunch of discussions going on 10 years ago on the Online-News industry discussion list (which I founded back in 1994 and is now operated by the Poynter Institute). It’s fun to see what were…

Some ancient media history: Online-News, circa 1994

Back in 1994, I started an Internet e-mail discussion list called Online-News. It became, I think it’s fair to say, the primary online meeting place for the pioneers in online news media. The list still exists today, hosted by the Poynter Institute (my former employer), though it’s not as active as it used to be….

Why is NYTimes.com afraid of the link?

Oh, c’mon NYTimes.com. You’ve got to be kidding! … Its article, “NBC’s Web-Only Episodes Offer ‘The Office,’ a Little at a Time,” contains NO LINK TO THE VIDEO. Writer Alessandra Stanley gets readers intrigued about seeing some Internet-only “webisodes” of the popular TV comedy The Office, but NYTimes.com editors force us to seek out the…

Jacksonville.com dumps forced registration (Good!)

Since I’m on record as opposing mandatory user registration (and supporting voluntary schemes with incentives) for news websites, I’m encouraged by this news: “Registration is no longer required for viewing content on Jacksonville.com, the (Florida) Times-Union’s Web site.” Explaining the switch away from forced registration, a story by Wayne Ezell notes, “In a recent national…

Friedman on TimesSelect

New York Times star columnist Thomas Friedman was interviewed at the Webby Awards for Mediabistro.com. Check out what he says about TimesSelect, the paid service of NYTimes.com that puts his popular column behind a paid subscription wall. The short version: “I hate it.” Longer version: Watch the video.

My corporate mantra

I really like this quote, spotted in the MediaPost Video Insider column, “Four Ways to Improve Your Online Video Ads“: “The thing to realize is, interactivity is not just the icing on the cake when you’re dealing with the Web — it is the cake. People watch TV, but they use the Internet.” I’d have…

Wisdom of the technologist/journalist

Online Journalism Review’s Robert Niles has a great interview with technologist/journalist (and all-around smart guy) Adrian Holovaty of Washingtonpost.com. Good reading. A favorite exchange from the Niles-Holovaty interview: OJR: “Journalism’s always been a competitive business. But what technical initiatives should news organizations be cooperating on? What opportunities, if any, is the industry missing when companies…

Top info source: Press releases, not trade pubs

Outsell sent out a press release today about some new research on search, and included was this gem of information: “Press releases are becoming a treasure trove of information. In fact, they have overtaken trade journals as the top information source for knowledge workers, followed by trade journals and publications, reference books, academic journals, and…

The columnist as Energizer Bunny

I’m in awe of NY Times technology columnist David Pogue. Not only does he write a column for the print edition and NYT website, but he also has a blog, writes a weekly e-mail newsletter (that’s often sort of a supplement to his regular column), produces a nearly weekly video feature, AND now has begun…

Depressing newspaper outlook; depressing ads

You can’t help but see the irony in the screen-grab below: The story from MediaPost, “Newspaper Outlook Dubbed Deeply Depressing, Ad Business Shifting To Online,” is accompanied by an ad from the Newspaper Association of America, part of a recent (and controversial inside the industry) campaign to encourage more newspaper advertising. The irony is that…