Why I think ‘block level’ news, data is important

Earlier today Howard Weaver tweeted the following, which I can’t answer in 140 characters (!) so I’ll respond here. … “Why do people (@steveouting et al) keep saying ‘block level’ info is best premium opportunity? Seems *most* likely to be citizen generated.” –@howardweaver I don’t recall saying it’s the “best” premium online content opportunity, though…

Newspapers: Redefine the ‘news’ you offer

My latest column is up over at Editor & Publisher Online: “Newspapers First Need to Redefine ‘News’ to Move Forward Online.” I’m very curious to see the reaction to this one, as I think I’m hitting some significant new ground. And if anyone can point me to examples of the global-to-micro-personal news service that I’m…

Response to a critic of my hyper-local thinking

My recent Editor & Publisher Online column about hyper-local news websites contained a call for a new model, one that relies on professional journalists working closer with “citizen” (non-journalist) experts more so than being just open to submissions from non-paid community members (aka, “citizen journalists”). I followed that up with a blog item here suggesting…

A defense of personalized news

Jay Small, a new-media and newspaper veteran for whom I have great respect, has responded to my recent blog post about individuated news: “Individuate Me!.” In it, he challenges the wisdom of making personalized news a priority. Here’s my response: First, Jay noted that “the conference title muddles the theme: personal news. (Really, isn’t ‘Global…

OK, it’s time to get personal, newspapers

I spent today at the Global Conference on the Individuated Newspaper, hosted by MediaNews Group and run by MN’s VP of targeted products, Peter Vandevanter, who is a long-time student and fan of personalized news. Forty or so people gathered in the auditorium of the Denver Newspaper Agency building — an interesting mix of technologists,…