New column for E&P

Not much time for blogging this week, but I’ll at least share a pointer to my latest Editor & Publisher Online column: How to Get Ahead in the New Media Newsroom.

EPpy winners, and a surprise for me

Hmmm. The annual EPpy Awards winners were announced today. This is the annual competition produced by Editor & Publisher and MediaWeek to select the best news sites on the Web. I was a judge (one of several dozen) again this year, as I have been for years. (Way back when, I was the original organizer…

Newspapers & death (readers’, and their own)

Well, it seems I’m not the only one to think that paid newspaper obituaries are a lame and greedy idea. Columbia Journalism Review executive editor Mike Hoyt went through the death-of-a-parent thing recently (as did I last year) and wrote about his experience in writing an obituary for his mother — then being socked with…

A magazine brings its editors out into the open

So I’m reading the June 2006 issue of Bike magazine. (Which is a gorgeous, slick publication published by Primedia.) After a few pages of ads and the table of contents, I come to the editor’s column, “Beaming Down to the Surface,” by Mike Ferrentino. He’s writing about something I feel passionate about. I’m surprised and…

Colbert makes the NYT … finally

Chalk up another success for the blogosphere. As I noted earlier this week, the New York Times and some other major news organizations all but ignored comedian Stephen Colbert’s performance at the White House Correspondents Association dinner over the weekend. Colbert was merciless in insulting and criticizing George W. Bush while the president was sitting…

Cartoonists: Stop thinking in print

Here’s something profound from Berkeley Breathed, creator of Bloom County (the classic, now-defunct comic strip) and Opus (currently running in Sunday newspapers). This is from an LA Times article: “I don’t think you’ll ever see another ‘Calvin & Hobbes,’ ‘Bloom County’ or ‘Doonesbury‘ again,” says Breathed, 48, who received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning…

The paper’s MySpace profile

Who says old dogs newspapers can’t learn new tricks? Take a look at this MySpace user page. It’s actually a persona for 7, the weekly entertainment section of the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. Online publisher Ken Sands of the newspaper explains: “It’s our way of joining the social network of local musicians (and a jillion…

Social advice for newspapers

My monthly column for Editor & Publisher Online has been published: “Home, Home on the Web: Giving the Audience Some ‘Space’ of Their Own.” Here’s the description: “Millions of people — yes, more of them young than old — are creating their own personal spaces online at these huge websites, sharing their lives, often in…

Yahoo!’s star reporter

Kevin Sites is an old journalist (CNN correspondent) who became a new journalist (correspondent for Yahoo! News). Associated Press reporter Anick Jesdanun profiles Sites and his Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone feature for Yahoo! I’m sure we’ll see many more reporters like Sites in the years ahead, operating as independent correspondents and funded by…

Voluntary registration: The way to go

Oh, joy! … One of my pet peeves is news websites that insist on requiring users to register before viewing free content. This strategy is nuts. There’s so much information available on the Web that many people will simply go away rather than register to read some story they’ve come to via a blog mention…

Commercials & satellite radio: You’ve gotta be kidding

This Business Week article, “Coming Soon to XM: More Commercials,” is maddening — or maybe just off base. The author talks about satellite radio network XM adding commercials to a few of its stations, and suggests — quoting radio industry analysts — that the future well may portend XM and competitor Sirius having commercials on…

The (news)paperless future

Interesting Q by a reader and A by NY Times editor Bill Keller: Q. “Will the New York Times have a paper edition in fifty years, or will it likely be entirely web-based and digital by that time?” A. “Fifty years into the future? That’s the province of novelists, not editors. (Neal Stephenson! William Gibson!…

Submit now or be doomed

As a longtime new-media evangelist (my writing over the years has largely been about encouraging “old media” to move more aggressively in taking advantage of Internet and digital opportunities), it warms my heart to read this Fortune article by David Kirkpatrick, “Does old media love the Web too much?” Excerpt: “Some of the biggest companies…

Katie who?

So much fuss is being made of Katie Couric’s move to become the anchor of the CBS Evening News. But really, why? In today’s media world, anchors are less important. The media world is fractured. Our collective attention is spread over dozens of TV stations and thousands of news websites. Network TV news attracts an…

Going printless

Whoa! … “Hello, New York Times? I’d like to cancel my subscription today. … I’m canceling because the redesign of your Web site, which you unveiled yesterday, bests the print edition by such a margin I’ve decided to pocket the annual $621.40 I currently spend on home delivery.” That’s Jack Shafer writing in Slate.