User comments sway a trial’s change of venue

A long-running soap opera legal case here in Boulder involves the Midyettes, a couple whose 10-week-old baby died. Molly Midyette is serving a jail term for not preventing the death of her son, while Alex Midyette is set to stand trial for child abuse resulting in death. This week, Alex Midyette was granted a change…

Why does this idea persist?

How to save newspapers … NOT! http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/socialstudies.php Why does this idea persist? I realize that the “free content” model is not paying out as quickly as the newspaper industry wants it to — thus necessitating drastic cutbacks in response to the downward revenue spiral — but this author’s suggestion of newspaper publishers banding together and…

Are you ready for iPhone as No. 1 device?

I think the iPhone 3G is gonna be big. … D’uh! That’s a pretty safe statement. After today’s announcement, and after drooling over its new features on the Apple website, I tried to check my AT&T account to see when my 2-year contract is up, so I can upgrade to the new iPhone without paying…

Serving your former customers

My May column for Editor & Publisher Online is up: “Serving Those Who Don’t Read the Print Edition.” It’s a riff on how newspapers need to figure out how to serve the increasing number of people who are dumping their print habit and halting subscriptions to the paper edition (and serve those for whom printed…

Let the readers provide the links?

There’s still plenty of old-media thinking among newspaper editors. I caught an example this week with this story from DailyCamera.com: “Larimer sheriff slams Boulder cyclists,” which is about some inflammatory comments made by the sheriff of Larimer County, suggesting that when his deputies encounter cyclists from Boulder, the Boulderites often have an “attitude.” The article…

Responses to a pile of critics

My April 1 Editor & Publisher Online column (not an April Fools joke) about ending my long-held subscription to my local newspaper’s print edition generated a fair bit of controversy in the form of letters to E&P. I apologize for not responding more promptly, but it’s been a crazy period for me. Belatedly, here are…

Going printless

Well, it took me a lot longer than many of my new-media colleagues, but I finally gave up the print habit and stopped the driveway deliveries of the Boulder Daily Camera. I used this life milestone — and it is, since I’ve been getting a printed newspaper delivered for my entire adult life, and as…

Sign of the times for newspapers

This is the cover of the weekly TV guide insert in the Boulder Daily Camera that showed up in Sunday’s paper. (Click on the image to see the larger view.) Like many papers, the Camera has continued to cut back on elements of the print edition. At the same time, it recently raised the home-delivery…

Journalists are pissed!

My latest Editor & Publisher Online column is up: “When Journalists Aren’t Happy, the Industry Isn’t Happy.” It’s about what we can learn from the rants that are filling up the new website, AngryJournalist.com. Enjoy. (This is actually my February column, delayed because of a weird e-mail problem where my messages to E&P editors didn’t…

Angry journalists make entertaining reading

This could become addictive: AngryJournalist.com. Simple concept: Allow any journalist to anonymously air a gripe about life as a journalist. Moderate comments to keep out the trolls and spam. So far it’s entertaining reading. But I think it also will prove useful. I hope newsroom managers will make AngryJournalist.com a regular read. It will be…

Introducing GrowYourNewsWebsite.com

I’ve just debuted a new website/blog designed to be a resource for ideas, tips and advice for online news publishers. It’s called GrowingYourNewsWebsite.com, and it’s NOT another industry news blog. The focus is exclusively on advice. I hope you’ll find it useful. I soft-launched the site yesterday, so hardly anyone knows about it. I’d love…

The Romenesko Indicator

Many of us watch Romenesko to keep tabs of the news business. The venerable media blog, which is published by the Poynter Institute, is great for giving a sense of where the industry is at. I’ve yet to see anyone use Romenesko for research. (Have I missed it?) But I wonder if a careful analysis…

Newspaper price hike: dangerous in current environment?

Earlier this week, a large ad ran on page 3A in the Boulder Daily Camera, my hometown paper, announcing an increase in the subscription price — the first one in 13 years. Publisher Al Manzi’s letter and photo took up the entire page. He rattled off the many price pressures faced by the Camera plus…

Parody news from the AP?

Is this story a joke? “Clinton, Obama keep distance at Bush speech: Rivals come within a foot of one another without acknowledging it.” The Associated Press report, as spotted on MSNBC.com, also includes an accompanying video and this earth-shattering news: In other handshaking news, Bush shook Obama’s hand after the speech but not Clinton’s.” So…

Parade: your grandfather’s news magazine

Tens of millions of people were treated to an example of print media’s slide toward irrelevance this morning. Parade magazine, which is inserted in Sunday papers across the US, offered up its cover story about Benazir Bhutto: “Is Benazir Bhuto America’s best hope against al-Qaeda?” (Only if you believe in reincarnation.) The story, an interview…