Pet peeve time: Print web links that don’t work

Outside Magazine, January 2009 print edition. (Ah, yes, in the age of instant digital news, we still get our print magazines dated weeks in the future!) On page 25 is a nice photo and brief story about professional climber Katie Brown. (Katie was editor of my defunct company’s YourClimbing.com site that we published from 2006…

So it’s OK to publish rumors now?

On LATimes.com today, Andrew Malcolm posted this on the site’s political blog: “After Sarah Palin VP debate, Joe Biden to step aside for Hillary Clinton?.” It’s a long analysis of an Internet rumor that, near as I can tell, has no solid basis for taking seriously. (See Snopes.com‘s analysis.) Hmmm, a mainstream media outlet has…

Yes, people will post news, but perhaps not when YOU ask

The concept of “citizen journalism” has been around for a while now, and early applications of the concept typically have involved creating a platform for people to share what they know. A classic example of this is CNN’s iReport website, where all of us are encouraged to put on our amateur reporter caps and share…

Comment threads often contain hidden gems

There’s been plenty of fretting in journalism circles this week about comment threads on news stories. My position: Don’t publish without them, but figure out ways to keep the conversation civil and ban the trolls. The website of my local newspaper, the Boulder Daily Camera, has pretty active comment threads, and, predictably, the more bizarre…

User comments in limbo

Argh! Intense Debate (used for comments on this blog) has been having problems today that still aren’t resolved. I know from their tech support folks that they’re working on it. Meanwhile, comments to this blog are stuck in moderation queue and I can’t get to them to approve for publication. I can be patient, but…

A smart and low-cost way to cover niches

Please take a look at my latest column for Editor & Publisher Online, posted today: “How to Create Killer Niche Web Sites Without Hiring.” I think the two initiatives I’ve profiled are truly significant innovations that can move the news industry forward. For lack of a better term, Examiner.com’s Examiners program and the Mail &…

Time to give up and retire?

How depressing. Did you see this Rick Edmonds post at Poynter.org? “Far-out Ideas? We Have No Far-out Ideas.” He reports on the Capital Conference newspaper convention in Washington, D.C. last week, where Anthony Moor (a smart and innovative guy now at the Dallas Morning News) asked some publishers on-stage: Can you each give an example…

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…

The hidden world of teen behavior, for all to see

You know how on the web you’re always serendipitously running into odd (and often interesting) stuff. That happened to me tonight when I was looking up the right way to spell the slang word “biatch.” I spotted this odd video of teen girlfriends “biatch slapping” each other. Now, I have a daughter around the age…

Site on hold

To anyone who’s wondering why this site has gone quiet recently (is anyone really out there?), I’m reassessing what to do with this little project. FYI. –Steve

This is my first blog…

This is my first blog entry produced using Jott. That is a service that allows you to speak into your phone, and have your words converted into text and then post it to another service. In this case, I have dictated this blog entry to Jottfrom my phone and I’m having Jott post to this…

Credit the referring website

Here’s a nice feature implemented by the Examiner.com news websites: When a website refers an online user to an¬†Examiner.com story, Examiner.com inserts a text line under its masthead crediting the referring site. Here’s an example. Below is a link (from this blog, obviously) to an Examiner.com article: Frontier posts revenue increase on routes against Southwest…

What would you do with 15 minutes of spare time?

This is from a new study called Never Ending Friending, sponsored in part by MySpace. … It’s yet another example of how today’s young media consumers are more and more about interacting (two-way, new media) than being passive (one-way, old media). … As usual, consumers are leading the way — and most media and marketers…